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Todt is thinking about citing Vettel before the court!

Posted on June 28, 2017

Sebastian Vettel could face further sanctions from the FIA over his antics during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver saw red on the streets of Baku when he drove into Lewis Hamilton in retaliation for what he perceived to be a brake-check by his title rival.

Vettel was hit with a ten-second stop-go penalty but still finished the grand prix in fourth place, one position ahead of Hamilton.

The incident made headlines around the world, both for Vettel’s actions and for what some believed to be an extremely lenient penalty.

Coming just eight months after the Ferrari driver was warned over his conduct following his sweary rant at F1 race director Charlie Whiting in the 2016 Mexican GP, Sunday’s antics have caught the attention of FIA president Jean Todt.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, Todt is “thinking about citing Vettel before the court” and will make a decision later this week.

There is some precedent regarding punishment for deliberate crashes with Michael Schumacher stripped of his points in 1997 for crashing into Jacques Villeneuve.

And it was, at least according to Hamilton, a deliberate hit from Vettel.

“There’s no reason to pull up alongside the leader at that point,” he said.

“It couldn’t be clearer [what he did] – it’s as clear as blue skies.

“We’re the World Champions, we’re the best drivers in the world…. maybe if you [a journalist] are going down the road in your road car and you put your hand out the window and do this, you might swerve to the right… but we don’t do that.

“We’ve been racing for years, we just don’t do that.”

 

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Meet the Mercedes truck, the X-Class!

Posted on July 19, 2017

Thankfully it looks almost exactly like the X-Class Concept. There’s a reason Mercedes chose South Africa as the backdrop for the reveal of the X-Class pickup, the carmaker’s first dedicated passenger truck that, unlike truck versions of the G-Class built for the military, is intended for civilian use. It’s all because within the borders of Africa’s more developed nation, truck sales account for 17% of all passengers and light commercial vehicle sales and Mercedes wants to be a part of that party. And it will, at least from what can be inferred by the fact it left the X-Class concept almost fully intact. [...more]

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Lewis Hamilton explains his post race unhappiness

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lewis Hamilton has called for understanding from fans and journalists, saying they cannot expect a driver to be happy when they don’t get the result they wanted. Hamilton fell 20 points behind Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, finishing fourth to the Ferrari driver’s P2. [...more]

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The latest creation from Porsche could break Nurburgring lap record!

Posted on July 4, 2017

Will the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS beat the 918 Spyder’s lap time? After denying its existence despite debuting at the E3 gaming convention last month, Porsche finally lifted the wraps off the new 911 GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week, and it was worth the wait. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine from the current 911 Turbo S that produces 700-hp, the GT2 RS is the most powerful road-going 911 Porsche has ever made, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds. Clearly, this incredible car was built to set blistering lap times. Question is, how fast will it rip round the Nurburgring? [...more]

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Could Lewis Hamilton be retiring end of this year?

Posted on June 22, 2017

Lewis Hamilton admits he could follow former team-mate Nico Rosberg out of Formula 1 as early as the “end of this year.” The 32-year-old is currently embroiled in a battle with Sebastian Vettel for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship title. [...more]

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When a $50 million Ferrari collection isnt enough for Ferrari..

Posted on June 19, 2017

When the uber rich get denied. Only 200 examples of the LaFerrari Aperta are being built, and despite the $2.2 million price tag, Ferrari is having absolutely no problem selling all of them. As is common with Ferrari, there’s far greater demand than supply, but what’s needed to get on that exclusive 200-person list? The Los Angeles Times has done a great write up about watch and jewelry entrepreneur David Lee, who’s also a serial Ferrari collector (and Pagani Huayra owner). Over the year’s he’s amassed a Ferrari collection now worth $50 million. [...more]

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