We’ve had our first session here in Singapore and there was plenty of spectacular action and a few near misses out on the track as the drivers get used to it. At the end, Hamilton very nearly hit Fisichella who had spun in one of the blind corners and was across the track. Lewis was fastest, by a few hundredths from Massa and Raikkonen. Kovalainen had a huge moment at the final corner, as did Vettel. Luckily for bthe there is plenty of run off area there. Mark Webber hit the wall on the outside of the corner which passes under the grandstands early on, so Red Bull lost a lot of set up time, which is not ideal on a new track. It’s very dusty out there, as you’d expect, but also very bumpy and the cars look very lively out there. They move around a lot, buck and jump over the bumps and generally look as though they are on the edge. Perhaps the artificial lights exacerbate that too. Lewis describes it as a 'very busy lap' and there are plenty of traps lying in wait for drivers … [Read more...] about The cars look spectcular
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Christian Horner has labelled the Japanese Grand Prix a “shocker of a race” for Sergio Perez, after two on-track incidents contributed to him ending his afternoon early. A slow initial getaway saw the Red Bull driver squeezed at the start, suffering wing damage as he was sandwiched between Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton on the run down to Turn 1 and losing places. Later on, as he was trying to make his way back through the field, he tried a hopeful lunge on Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin, but ended up being given a five-second penalty for causing a collision after making contact. Sergio Perez suffered “shocker” of a Japanese Grand Prix Perez was punished twice in the race having also overtaken Fernando Alonso under yellow flag conditions, giving him 10 seconds’ worth of time penalties and four extra penalty points on his super licence to boot. On top of having retired, Perez was told to stay in his car and then suffered the ignominy of going back out later in the race for … [Read more...] about Christian Horner bemoans ‘shocker of a race’ for Sergio Perez at Suzuka
The lack of coverage given to Mercedes during the Japanese Grand Prix prompted questions whether Formula One Management deliberately avoided showing them for political reasons. Lewis Hamilton dominated proceedings while Nico Rosberg moved up from fourth on lap one to finish second. However the silver cars appeared to receive minimal coverage. Bernie Ecclestone has described Mercedes’ domination of F1 as “wrong” and urged them to supply power units to Red Bull, who have threatened to quit if they do not receive competitive engines . However Mercedes intends to supply engines to Manor instead. Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda agreed the coverage of the team’s cars had been limited, but suggested there might be an innocent explanation. “I have to find out because it was really strange to me too,” Lauda told Sky. “Even the pit stop was missed, we just saw [Hamilton] going out of the pits.” “Maybe the guy who’s running the show today was replaced by somebody else … [Read more...] about Did FOM give Mercedes its ‘invisible treatment’ in Japan?
At this year’s Rennsport Reunion 7, Hot Wheels, in collaboration with Porsche and Mobil 1, unveiled the Dirtmeister to celebrate the automaker’s 75th anniversary. It’s a modified 1987 Porsche 944 that looks ready to complete a rally stage or two. The toy maker will offer the wicked build as a die-cast car on a made-to-order basis. The full-size Porsche features a custom roll cage from Jimco Racing, one of the many modifications made to the vehicle. The most noticeable is the shooting brake upgrade from Kudensport, giving the vehicle a wagon-like appearance with just two doors. Gallery: 1987 Porsche 944 Dirtmeister By Hot Wheels 7 Photos Underneath the modified exterior are the off-road goodies. The 944 has Trophy Truck technology like coilover shocks with Eibach springs, Pirelli tires, and Triple R LED lights. Garmin’s Baja Tread XL navigation equipment and … [Read more...] about One-Off Porsche 944 Rally Wagon Gets Hot Wheels Twin