Posted: 13 April, 2015

Hamilton, Rosberg Argue Post-Race!

Mercedes teammates involved in a war of words post-Chinese Grand Prix

(Watch from the 40-second mark Video: Sky Sports) 

Lewis Hamilton roared to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix but sparked a furious blast from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg as their long-running feud reignited on Sunday.  Watch the full video above from the 40-second mark.

The Briton made it two wins out of three races this year after the cars came home behind the safety car, with Rosberg second and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finishing in third. 

Rosberg, who reacted petulantly to his near-miss in qualifying by snapping at mechanics, at one point demanded over the radio that Hamilton speed up as Vettel closed in behind him. 

"I wasn't controlling his race, I was controlling my own race," shrugged Hamilton, when asked about orders to pick up his pace. "I had no real threat from Nico through the whole race." 

An infuriated Rosberg shot back: "It's interesting to hear from you, Lewis, that you were just thinking about yourself. 

"Driving slower than was really necessary at the beginning of stints opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try to jump me," added the German, still hopping mad. 

"It compromised my race." 

World champion Hamilton extended his record number of wins in China to four, but victory was overshadowed by his latest spat with Rosberg. 

"It's not my job to look after Nico's race," insisted Hamilton, when offered the chance to respond to Rosberg's accusation. 

"My job is to manage the car and bring the car home as healthy and as fast as possible. And that's what I did." 

The pair's rivalry boiled over last year when Rosberg drove into Hamilton in Belgium, and Mercedes will be anxious to avoid any further bad blood spilling over to next weekend's Bahrain race. 

Vettel, who stunned dominant Mercedes to win in tropical Malaysia two weeks ago, failed to produce another upset as the Silver Arrows resumed normal service, but he held off teammate Kimi Raikkonen to finish on the podium. 

Hamilton was cruising almost five seconds ahead of Rosberg until Max Verstappen's Torro Rosso stopped on the pit straight two laps from the end, bringing out the safety car. 

"The safety car at the end wasn't helpful for anyone because it's an anti-climax," said Hamilton, whose only trouble of a near-flawless weekend was an overheating cockpit. 

"Ultimately it was a much smoother weekend than the last race." 

Starting from pole, Hamilton darted aggressively into turn one and immediately began to take control. 

Twenty laps in, Rosberg tetchily told his team: "Tell Lewis to speed up." 

Hamilton, who had been protecting his tyres, obliged and quickly established a comfortable gap over Rosberg that would prove impossible to close. 

"We tried everything we could today," said Vettel. "We were able to put some pressure on them, especially in the beginning of the race. Towards the end they were just too quick." 

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Romain Grosjean's Lotus seventh and Sauber's Felipe Nasr eighth. 

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Marcus Ericsson in the other Sauber rounded out the top 10. 

McLaren's Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso both finished a race together for the first time this year but have yet to win a point in 2015. 

Alonso finished 12th but Button was given a five-second penalty for colliding with Lotus's Pastor Maldonado, demoting him from 13th to 14th.

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Tags: Motorsport, Formula 1, F1

Posted: 6 March, 2015

5 Greatest Australian Grand Prix Moments

The Australian Gran Prix is almost here for 2015 - here are some of the highlights over the years from Melbourne and Adelaide.

 1. Michael Schumacher Wins His First Formula One Championship

Hill vs Schumacher 1994 Adelaide Formula 1 GP.

In infamous circumstances Schumacher wins his first F1 Championship by default in Adelaide after a collision with rival Damon Hill that left him in 2nd overall.

2. Mark Webber Comes Fifth On Debut

Mark Webber Finish is home Grand Prix

Superb effort by Mark Webber on his debut after qualifying 8th clawed his way through the field to come fifth.

3. Jensen Button Wins The Australian Grand Prix With Brawn

Jenson Button Wins the Australian Grand Prix with Brawn GP, welcome back

Riding with a basically unknown team, Button pulled off a great win in 2009.

4. The F1 1986 Championship Comes Down To The Wire

Nigel Mansell Tire Explosion At Adelaide 1986

Another championship hung in the balance in Adelaide 1986 with Mansell, Prost and Piquet in contention. Mansell looked like he had it wrapped up but his tyre blew out on lap 64 going 300km/h.

5. McLaren Laps The Whole Field Of The 1998 Grand Prix In Melbourne

F1 1998 Australian GP - Part 8

With some rule changes and a new McLaren design, Coulthard and Hakkinen qualified a second in front of the field and ended up lapping them in the '98 season opener.

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Lastly, the greatest moment in Australian GP history has to be the time Schumacher paid homage to Crocodile Dundee with this outfit in '94.

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Tags: Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Australian Grand Prix, Formula One

Posted: 6 March, 2015

The 8 People You’ll Meet At The Australian Grand Prix

Who'll you see at Albert Park on the greatest weekend of the year.

Who'll you see at Albert Park on the greatest weekend of the year.... 

#8 The People Who Don’t Wear Earplugs

When too much noise is nowhere near enough. These people love the bellowing roar of the engine, the ear piercing gear shifts and the squeal of tyres.




#7 People Who Wear Earplugs

Unlike their non-earplug wearing counterparts, they are happy to enjoy the race without a constant aural assault!



#6 The Bitter South Australian

You would think that after two decades they’d get over it, but Melbourne nicking the Grand Prix from Adelaide is still a sore point for many South Aussies.

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#5 The Bloke Who Had Half A Beard

We have no idea who this guy is or why is is sporting half a beard. But he was at Albert Park last year for the Australian Grand Prix.

We reckon he'll return!

 

#4 The Bloke Who’s Only There To Check Out The Grid Girls

These blokes couldn’t tell you the difference between a radiator and a rear axle. Come on fellas. You aren’t fooling anyone.



#3 The Small European Bloke With The Really Tall Girlfriend

We are definitely NOT talking about Bernie Ecclestone.

#2 The Autograph Hunters

This group are in danger of being over taken by the Selfie takers.



#1 The Overzealous Ferrari Supporter

Wearing WAY too much red and a flag cape. Still hanging onto the Schumacher glory days but can you blame them?

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Tags: Australian Grand Prix, Grand Prix 2015

Posted: 28 February, 2015

Mark Webber Questions The Cause Of Alonso’s McLaren F1 Test Crash

Mark Webber on the Dead Set Legends with Mark Howard and Wayne Carey

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Aussie Formula 1 Legend Mark Webber has spoken about his good mate Fernando Alonso’s heavy crash at McLaren F1 testing.

33-year-old Alonso spent 3-days in hospital last week after suffering severe concussion.

Speaking with the Dead Set Legends on Triple M Melbourne, Webber questioned if gusting winds were to blame for the crash.

"It’s a bit strange, why he left the road. But he’s a world class guy, he’s got reflexes like a cat. If anyone can catch a car in the wind (he can)."

“McLaren said he lost the car cos of the wind, I’m like 'Not sure about that'."

"I’ve been texting him (Alonso), he says he is 100%. He’s good now."

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Speaking in a video on his Youtube Channel, Alonso has thanked fans for their support and hopes to be back on the track soon.

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Tags: Dead Set Legend, Mark Howard, Wayne Carey, Mark Webber

Posted: 8 December, 2014

Off-Track Incident Results In Biff

Best carnage of the day… Then it resulted in a little alley way biff

What you didn't see at the V8 Supercars over the weekend.

"Best carnage of the day… Then it resulted in a little alley way biff," read the Instagram account of the bloke who captured the incident on video. Watch the video below.

As you can see in the video below, the Holden car driven by Brett Stewart rams his rival's car Josh Kean after they returned from Race 2.

The "off-track" incident happened after the Dunlop Series season finale at Sydney Olympic Park.

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John Kean’s Commodore following the off-track incident Photo: Phil Walmsley

It's believed the driver got out of his car and allegedly punched an official in the face "while another was pushed to the ground in the nasty scuffle", reported Speedcafe.com.

It was reported two people received medical attention following the alleged assault.

V8 Supercars spokesperson Jason Bargwanna said they were investigating the incident.

“There was an altercation between two competitors and there were officials involved,” Bargwanna told Speedcafe.com.

“There is not much more than we can say at this stage.

“I know there were two people taken to the medical centre but I don’t know the extent of their injuries.”

Post-Race Incident

"Best carnage of the day... Then it resulted in a little alley way biff #v8sc #v8supercars #nrma500 #dunlopseries #v8supercarsdc" Video: teeeeww Instagram

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Posted: 1 December, 2014

Big V8s News

Ford will not fund a team at the V8s event from 2016

Some big news if you're a V8's fan. Ford will not fund a team at the V8 Supercars event from next season.

Ford made the announcement today on it's official website, saying the car manufacturer will no longer support its V8 Supercars team Prodrive Racing and its racing program.

“Ford Australia’s decision to not extend its commercial relationship with our team beyond the end of next season is extremely disappointing for our large and loyal fan base, but as a business this decision now allows us to concentrate on our long-term future,” Mr Edwards said.

“We will run the new FG X Falcon next season as planned with support from Ford, and we’ll possibly campaign the car in 2016 ahead of the major regulation changes coming from 2017.

Read the full statement below.

Official Ford Statement

BENALLA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Mark Winterbottom of Ford Performance Racing in action during race two of round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway on August 3, 2008 in Benalla, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Mark Winterbottom of Ford in action during the V8 Supercars at Winton Raceway in 2008 Photo: Getty Images

Leading V8 Supercars team Prodrive Racing (Australia) has been informed by Ford Australia that from 2016 the car manufacturer will no longer support the team and its racing program.

Prodrive Racing (Australia) (PRA) has raced under the guise of Ford Performance Racing since the team’s inception in 2003, acting as Ford Australia’s primary manufacturer team throughout this period.

PRA Chief Executive Officer, Tim Edwards responded to Ford Australia’s decision.

“Ford Australia’s decision to not extend its commercial relationship with our team beyond the end of next season is extremely disappointing for our large and loyal fan base, but as a business this decision now allows us to concentrate on our long-term future,” Mr Edwards said.

“We have enjoyed a highly-successful relationship with Ford Australia with just shy of 50 race wins, 150 podiums and the last two Bathurst 1000 crowns together.

“This on track success, along with the engineering and commercial strength that underpins our racing activities, provides us with a very viable business and a strong platform for our future in the sport.

“We will run the new FG X Falcon next season as planned with support from Ford, and we’ll possibly campaign the car in 2016 ahead of the major regulation changes coming from 2017.

“Now that we know where we stand we can further develop other opportunities. We have a range of options, some existing and some that were awaiting this decision, so we can now begin to explore these further.

“Whatever happens, I know our loyal fans will support our team whatever direction we take.”

Team owner Rod Nash also expressed his opinion.

“When [fellow co-owner) Rusty French and I purchased the team two years ago we did so because we saw a strong and diverse business, filled with vibrant people and all with a desire to succeed,” Mr Nash said.

"That hasn’t changed today and nor will it based on the decision of one of our commercial partners. We have a broad revenue base and this decision does not weaken the viability of our business.

“Our team of people have been working tirelessly, with support from V8 Supercars, to ensure a blue presence in our sport so while we don’t agree with today’s decision, we have no choice but to accept it.

“While I sympathise with the legions of Ford fans, they are also fans of our team and our drivers, so whatever direction we take we firmly believe that support will continue.

“Our immediate focus is of course this week and finishing off the season strongly in Sydney. We want to secure Mark second in the points and try and top off Chaz’s Bathurst-winning year with more success.

“Once we’re done in Sydney we can begin working on the future and exploring our range of opportunities.”

The team will look to add to its Bathurst triumph and win tally this weekend at the season-ending Sydney 500 at Sydney Olympic Park.

Earlier On Triple M

Ford racing legend Dick Johnson has rubbished reports Ford are finished with the V8s

"We are racing Fords next year.. without a doubt," said Johnson, on Triple M Brisbane. Listen to the full audio below.

Dick Johnson on Triple M

Earlier On Triple M

Mark Winterbottom of Ford Performance Racing heads through the chicane during race two of the Clipsal 500 which is round one of the V8 Supercar Championship Series on the Adelaide Street Circuit on February 24, 2008 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Mark Winterbottom of Ford during race two of the Clipsal 500, which is round one of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide Photo: Getty Images

It's the end of the road for Ford.

Competition ends in the V8 series after next year.

The Daily Telegraph reports V8 officials have been told 2015 is Ford's last season in the popular series effectively ending the great 22-year-old rivalry between Holden and the famous 'Blue Oval', made famous by Peter Brock and Dick Johnson.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton says he was desperate to keep Ford in the race.

“We have two teams who will race Ford in 2015 even if they will not be factory backed,’’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

“We have consistently made our case to Ford, not only for 2015, but well into the future. They know exactly where we are going and the huge benefits we can deliver.

“We would obviously love to have them continue in the sport."

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is on this weekend

And Triple M is live from the Mountain in Bathurst NSW, all weekend. We're at the top of Merchandise Alley. Come down and say g'day! CLICK HERE to listen live.

V8 Supercars Best Final Laps Ever

Just a few of the best laps from the V8 Supercars Video: YouTube

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Tags: V8 Supercars, Ford, Bathurst 1000, Motorsport

Posted: 1 December, 2014

Mark Webber High-Speed Crash

Aussie motor car driver Mark Webber has been taken to hospital after a high-speed crash

Aussie racing legend Mark Webber has been taken to hospital after a high-speed crash during the World Endurance Championship in Brazil.

The nasty crash happened at the entrance at the 300km/h-plus Arquibancadas curve, where it's believed Webber collected the Ferrari.

There were concerns for Webber's safety but after receiving medical attention he and the driver of the Ferrri (M. Cressoni) are understood to be okay. 

After leaving the track on a stretcher, FIA reported Webber as “awake and alert” when he arrived at the hospital. Watch the video below.

Mark Webber Crash

A huge crash between the #20 Porsche of M. Webber and the #90 Ferrari of M. Cressoni at the final round of the WEC Video: YouTube

Eyewitness Video

Eyewitness video of the crach involving Mark Webber at the World Endurance Championship in Brazil Video: YouTube

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Posted: 13 October, 2014

Chaz Mostert Wins 2014 Bathurst 1000

Racing pair Mostert and Morris went from last to first in an incredible win.

Chaz Mostert celebrates incredbile Bathurst win: Getty Images

Starting last, from 25th on the grid, Chaz Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris didn't seem to have much of a chance of winning the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

However, that didn't stop them, as the leaders crashed out in front and around them, Mostert and Morris waited patiently to make his move.

Mostert timed it to perfection, overtaking five times Bathurst winner Jamie Whincup on the final lap as he ran out of fuel.

On Triple M Brisbane's Grill Team, Chaz Mostert explained how he pulled off the incredible win and heard his Dad's reaction to the win.


Chaz Mostert's Dad, Eddie Mostert On The Grill Team

“I woke up at the camp ground here this morning and I said to the missus, I said.. something's different today – she said what’s that?  I'm the father of The King of the Mountain," said Eddie Mostert.


2014 Bathurst 1000 Highlights

2014 Bathurst 1000 Highlights video: Channel 7

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Posted: 13 October, 2014

Chaz Mostert Wins 2014 Bathurst 1000

Racing pair Mostert and Morris went from last to first in an incredible win.

Chaz Mostert celebrates incredbile Bathurst win: Getty Images

Starting last, from 25th on the grid, Chaz Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris didn't seem to have much of a chance of winning the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

However, that didn't stop them, as the leaders crashed out in front and around them, Mostert and Morris waited patiently to make his move.

Mostert timed it to perfection, overtaking five times Bathurst winner Jamie Whincup on the final lap as he ran out of fuel.

On Triple M Sydney's Grill Team Mostert took the boys through his incredible and surprising win.


2014 Bathurst 1000 Highlights

2014 Bathurst 1000 Highlights video: Channel 7

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Tags: Chaz Mostert, 2014 Bathurst 1000

Posted: 10 October, 2014

10 Massive Bathurst Crashes 1997-2012

To get you pumped for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, here's some of the most epic crashes!

Bathurst is Australia's oldest inland town; it's also where you will find Mount Panorama, the place where the biggest car racing event of the year takes place.... and it's here!

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is the premiere V8 race that separates the real drivers and vehicles in Australian racing. This is where the whole 'Holden versus Ford' thing really got up and running.

Hell Corner, Mountain Straight and Forest Elbow are all well known landmarks in the journey around the track. The winner now receives the Peter Brock Cup trophy names after the legend, the man who won the race an amazing nine times. The race is always filled with drama, intrigue and spectacular crashes like in the above video.

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Triple M Live From The Mountain

Hear Triple M live at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

10 Awesome Moments At Bathurst

Triple M celebrates the most unforgettable moments.

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Tags: Bathurst 1000, Triple M

Posted: 9 October, 2014

Triple M Live From The Mountain

Hear Triple M live at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is on again this weekend.

Triple M is live from the Mountain, all weekend thanks to Holden and Pedders Suspension. We're at the top of Merchandise Alley. Come down and say g'day!  CLICK HERE to listen live.

More Bathurst Stuff

Red Bull Racing Rev Up For Bathurst

Ahead of 2014's Bathurst 1000 Red Bull Racing have released this awesome video.

12 Legendary Bathurst Cars

The cars that have gone down in Bathurst history.

NASCAR Legend's V8 Bathurst Hot Lap

What happens when you put a NASCAR legend in a V8?

World’s Hottest Grid Girls

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Tags: Bathurst 1000, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Motor Racing

Posted: 9 October, 2014

Red Bull Racing Rev Up For Bathurst

Ahead of 2014's Bathurst 1000 Red Bull Racing have released this awesome video.

Red Bull on the road to Bathurst 100: YouTube - Red Bull Racing Australia

Red Bull Racing Australia and the superstar team of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have made a great little promo video on the lead up to Bathurst 1000.

With their camo stripped cars they enlisted the help of the Royal Australian Air Force to make sure they got their cars there in time.

In typical Red Bull style, it's a very impressive little video.

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Tags: Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia