languages languagesicone
site loader
site loader
April 30, 2017 Valtteri Bottas takes first ever F1 race win with Russia victory

Valtteri Bottas takes first ever F1 race win with Russia victory

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Daimler AG

Valtteri Bottas muscled past both the Ferrari drivers off the line in Sochi to take the lead of the race. He survived a safety car period, the tense one-stop strategy, as well as a late charge from Sebastian Vettel, to take his first victory in Formula One, after more than 80 races. A well-earned win, the Finn was joined on the podium by Vettel and Räikkönen, with Lewis Hamilton finishing a distant and disappointed fourth.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso didn’t manage to finish even the formation lap before his Honda engine gave up. On the first lap, Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer collided, knocking both cars out of the race. Each blamed the other but the stewards deemed it a racing incident. The only other retirement was Daniel Ricciardo, whose brakes gave up after just seven laps.

Lance Stroll did manage to see the chequered flag, however, finishing in 11th place just outside the points. Ahead of him, both the Force India drivers picked up points, with Max Verstappen, Nico Hülkenberg and Felipe Massa also inside the top ten.



April 30, 2017 Sauber announce partnership with Honda for 2018

Sauber announce partnership with Honda for 2018

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Sauber F1 Team

Given the current problems that McLaren and Honda have been having for the past season and a half, you’d think there wouldn’t be a large customer base waiting to sign up for Honda power. However, the Sauber F1 team have confirmed they will be joining technological forces with the Japanese manufacturer for 2018 and beyond. Sauber are currently powered by Ferrari but their statement says “This extensive strategic and technological realignment creates a new basis for the team.” Whatever that means.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said: “We have set another milestone with this new engine era, which we await with huge excitement and of course we are looking for new opportunities. We very much look forward to our partnership with Honda, which sets the course for a successful future.”

Honda have struggled since their return to Formula One with McLaren, but having another team on board will allow them to gather more data and get more testing, as well as share the burden of success, or failure.



April 29, 2017 Vettel and Räikkönen score all-Ferrari front row after Sochi qualifying

Vettel and Räikkönen score all-Ferrari front row after Sochi qualifying

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Ferrari Media

The sun was shining and the tension was high as qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix got underway. The first session was as you might expect, although Romain Grosjean dropped out surprisingly early. Jolyon Palmer struggled as well, after missing out on practice and having an engine change in his Renault.

Fernando Alonso got through to the second session, but was disappointed not to be able to challenge for anything above 15th. Both Toro Rosso drivers dropped out in Q2, whilst both Force India drivers made it into the top ten.

All eyes were on the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers, as Kimi Räikkönen set the benchmark lap time. All four were in with a chance of snatching pole position, but Kimi failed to improve and allowed his teammate Vettel to get ahead of him. Bottas tucked in behind the two Ferraris, whilst Hamilton couldn’t make up the difference and ended up fourth. Ricciardo rounded out the top five for Red Bull, and it’s also worth a quick shout out for Hülkenberg who dragged his Renault up to eighth.



April 28, 2017 BikeLive #9 – King Of COTA (#BecksGoesFullKent)

BikeLive #9 – King Of COTA (#BecksGoesFullKent)

Louis Suddaby hosts Episode 9 of #BikeLive and after her return last week, Becks goes full Kent this week! In her absence, Dre makes his comeback and Ryan King makes his BikeLive debut to review the Grand Prix of the Americas

This week’s show looks at yet another Marc Marquez victory in the United States while Maverick Vinales throws away his early championship head-start, allowing Valentino Rossi to take the points lead.

We also review Moto2 and a third straight win for Franco Morbidelli and Romano Fenati giving Aron Canet a bloody nose to win the Moto3 race!

Copyright Motorsport101 -

April 28, 2017 Ferrari go fastest in Russia practice as many struggle for grip

Ferrari go fastest in Russia practice as many struggle for grip

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Ferrari Media

Although the sun was beating down on the Sochi circuit, it was a scrappy day of free practice for many teams and drivers. Sergey Sirotkin was in at Renault, celebrating a Friday appearance in front of his home crowd, but it ended with his engine switching off. Esteban Ocon also suffered in the engine department in a slightly different way, the pink engine cover on his Force India flew off the back of the car as he was braking. Meanwhile, Kimi Räikkönen went fastest, whilst Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel hit the kerbs hard and sent himself into a spin.

In the second session, Daniil Kvyat spun his Toro Rosso in front of his home fans, but he wasn’t the only driver pushing too hard. All day there were spins and lockups, and cars running wide. Romain Grosjean had a spin and cried “What the hell is going on?” Max Verstappen suffered a loss of power that brought his Red Bull to a halt at the entrance to the pit lane, whilst it was Ferrari who finished ahead for the second session in a row. This time, it was Vettel who ended the day on top.



April 28, 2017 Gareth Jones On Speed #307 for 28 April 2017

Gareth Jones On Speed #307 for 28 April 2017

published: 13 Apri 2017

duration: 47′ 01″

Presented by: Gareth Jones, Richard Porter & Zog

#307 Uber, Las Vegas and Bentley. Our Uber experiences at home and abroad. The Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, will it work as a real car? Sniff Petrol on Alonso at Indy. Plus The On Speed band perform My Cars Electric live from 10 Years On Speed.

Gareth Jones & Carwyn Jones

Gareth Jones And The On Speed Band – My Car’s Electric (Live version)

I toyed with buying a Toyota
But a hybrid’s not my style,
I like electronics, calculators
And fuel is expensive if you pay by the mile

The fuel cell’s for fools, 
Hell, I’m not sure if it will even work.
I don’t want water in my exhaust pipe, 
Even if my car’s a Merc

Hydrogen sounds like an option
A way of staying in motion
Though, like you I must admit, 
I’m worried about an explosion.

I’ve decided to buy myself one of those electric cars, 
I know it’s not large,
But at least I’m exempt from paying 
The congestion charge. 

My automobile’s electronic, it sometimes produces sparks
I’m gonna recharge it, when I’m down in the park.

My automobile’s electronic, it sometimes produces sparks,
My car’s electric, I’m gonna recharge it, when I’m down in the park.

I gonna buy myself a G-Wiz
It’s environmentally friendly, costs little cash
Up to 30 mph, I hope I don’t crash.
It’s cute and small and friendly it’s frankly fantastic
An just like a Sinclair C5
It’s mostly made of plastic
It’s iconoclastic, oh!

I’m having trouble with my BMW 5 series
It’s the I-Drive, the graphical user interface
I’m telling you, this is serious.

iDrive, U Drive
iDrive, U Drive

Oh! in a vain attempt to stop pollution, 
I’ll turn to technology for my solution.
Now that car’s are electronic, I’m going to have mine built 
by Moog or Ensoniq.

Mine’s broke down….

Written by Gareth Jones & Zog May 2007

Gareth Jones – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Richard Porter – Backing Vocals
Zog – Keyboards
Eddie Macdonald- Guitar/Vocals
Eric Boitier – Drums
Freddie Draper – Bass/Vocals
Steve Allan Jones – Keyboards

Recording Engineer – Tony Selinger
Produced & Mixed by Gareth Jones
Recorded live at “10 Years On Speed Live” The Islington, Islington, London 16 Jan 2016


Copyright -