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Gallery: All of Nelson Piquet’s F1 race wins

On this day in 1980, Nelson Piquet became a Formula 1 race winner with a dominant drive in Long Beach. It was the first of his 23 grand prix wins, all of which are listed below.

1980 US GP West (Long Beach)

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1980 Dutch GP

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1980 Italian GP

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1981 Argentine GP

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1981 San Marino GP

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1981 German GP

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1982 Canadian GP

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1983 Brazilian GP

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1983 Italian GP

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1983 European GP (Brands Hatch)

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1984 Canadian GP

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1984 US GP West (Detroit)

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1985 French GP

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1986 Brazilian GP

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1986 German GP

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1986 Hungarian GP

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1986 Italian GP

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1987 German GP

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1987 Hungarian GP

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1987 Italian GP

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1990 Japanese GP

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1990 Australian GP

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1991 Canadian GP

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Bikes

GALLERY: Ducati Streetfighter V4S super naked

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It looks like the world has to wait a little longer for the public release of the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4S, with almost every country closing borders and imposing lockdowns. However, Ducati has released an image gallery of its premier naked sports bike, the Streetfighter V4S.

Shown at the Ducati World Premier in Rimini, Italy, last year, the Streetfighter V4S takes the Stradale V-four engine from the Panigale V4 and puts it in naked sports clothing. It also takes the electronics suite from the Panigale V4 to give what Ducati calls, the “Fight Formula”.

Continuing the successful formula of the Ducati Streetfighter 848, the Streetfighter V4S is essentially a superbike in naked clothing, a trend begun back in the late 80s when riders took GSX-Rs, stripped the fairings off and installed Renthal handlebars. In this case, the Streetfighter V4S has raised handlebars and a mid-mount footpeg position, placing the rider more upright.



This does not mean Ducati has forgotten aerodynamics, claiming that the biplane aerofoils mounted on the sides of the fairing generate 28 kg of downforce at 270 kmph. Which rider would be foolhardy enough to attempt 270 kmph on a naked sports bike, we don’t know, but it’s there and Ducati says it helps prevent the front wheel from floating at speed.

Motive power comes from the Desmosedici Stradale mill, displacing 1,103 cc and putting out 208 hp, the same as the fully-faired Panigale V4. In case a power to weight ratio of 1.17 is inadequate, adding the optional Akrapovic exhaust bumps power up to 220 hp with weight going from the standard Streetfighter V4’s 178 kg to 172 kg.

Naturally power has to be controlled and this is done with 6D inertial measurement unit (IMU) that gives cornering ABS, Ducati’s EVO2 traction control, slide and wheelie control – we tried the Panigale V4’s slide control at Sepang circuit and can confirm it is a lot of fun – as well as launch and engine braking control. Three riding modes are available – Race, Sport and Street – controlled by buttons on the left handlebar pod and a full-colour TFT-LCD screen displays all the necessary information.

For braking, Brembo’s road-going best, the Stylema Monobloc calliper, is used, clamping twin 330 mm discs on the front wheel. Suspension for the Streetfighter V4 uses a Showa Big Piston Front (BPF) upside-down fork and a fully-adjustable Sachs monoshock at the back with a Sachs steering damper keeping front wheel shimmy under control.

Things in the suspension department are turned up a notch for the Streetfighter V4S, which comes with Ohlins NIX-30 front forks and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock, controlled by Ohlins Smart EC electronic suspension. Also setting the Streetfighter V4S apart from the base model is an Ohlins electronic steering damper and forged aluminium Marchesini Wheels.

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Car Reviews

Gallery: ABT Modifies the Golf 8

Although ABT hasn’t yet upped the power, it has revealed what it would do to give the eighth generation of Golf look a little more special.

The look starts out with lowering springs because “lowering is essential to create a sporty appearance,” writes the tuning house in a statement. In all, it can be lowered from 25 to 30 mm (0.9-1.2 inches) depending on what you opt for.

Naturally, the look is rounded out by some bigger wheels. And although there’s a variety of choices, ABT has decided to show off a set of 20s.

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Racing

Gallery: All of Ayrton Senna’s F1 race wins

On this day in 1984, Ayrton Senna made his Formula 1 debut at the wheel of a Toleman-Hart. He went on to score 41 grand prix wins, all of which are listed below.

1985 Portuguese GP

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Lotus 97T, Renault 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1985 Belgian GP

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Lotus 97T, Renault 1.5 V6T. Started: 2nd

1986 Spanish GP

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Lotus 98T, Renault 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1986 Detroit GP

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Lotus 98T, Renault 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1987 Monaco GP

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Lotus 99T, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 2nd

1987 Detroit GP

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Lotus 99T, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 2nd

1988 San Marino GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 Canadian GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 Detroit GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 British GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 3rd

1988 German GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 Belgian GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1988 Japanese GP

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McLaren MP4-4, Honda 1.5 V6T. Started: 1st

1989 San Marino GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1989 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1989 Mexican GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1989 German GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1989 Belgian GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1989 Spanish GP

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McLaren MP4-5, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1990 US GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 5th

1990 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1990 Canadian GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1990 German GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1990 Belgian GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1990 Italian GP

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McLaren MP4-5B, Honda 3.5 V10. Started: 1st

1991 US GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 Brazilian GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 San Marino GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 Belgian GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1991 Australian GP

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McLaren MP4-6, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 1st

1992 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-7A, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 3rd

1992 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-7A, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 3rd

1992 Italian GP

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McLaren MP4-7A, Honda 3.5 V12. Started: 2nd

1993 Brazilian GP

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McLaren MP4-8, Ford HB 3.5 V8. Started: 3rd

1993 European GP

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McLaren MP4-8, Ford HB 3.5 V8. Started: 4th

1993 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-8, Ford HB 3.5 V8. Started: 3rd

1993 Japanese GP

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McLaren MP4-8, Ford HB 3.5 V8. Started: 2nd

1993 Australian GP

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McLaren MP4-8, Ford HB 3.5 V8. Started: 1st

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Gallery: All of Hamilton’s F1 race wins

On this day in 2007, Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut as a fresh-faced 22-year-old. Thirteen years on, he is inching closer to one of Michael Schumacher’s long-standing records of grand prix wins, with 84 victories in 250 race starts.

2007 Canadian GP

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McLaren MP4-22, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2007 US GP

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McLaren MP4-22, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2007 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-22, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2007 Japanese GP

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McLaren MP4-22, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2008 Australian GP

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McLaren MP4-23, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2008 Monaco GP

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McLaren MP4-23, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 3rd

2008 British GP

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McLaren MP4-23, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 4th

2008 German GP

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McLaren MP4-23, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2008 Chinese GP

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McLaren MP4-23, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2009 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-24, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 4th

2009 Singapore GP

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McLaren MP4-24, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2010 Turkish GP

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McLaren MP4-25, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2010 Canadian GP

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McLaren MP4-25, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2010 Belgian GP

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McLaren MP4-25, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2011 Chinese GP

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McLaren MP4-26, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 3rd

2011 German GP

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McLaren MP4-26, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2011 Abu Dhabi GP

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McLaren MP4-26, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2012 Canadian GP

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McLaren MP4-27, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2012 Hungarian GP

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McLaren MP4-27, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2012 Italian GP

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McLaren MP4-27, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2012 US GP

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McLaren MP4-27, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2013 Hungarian GP

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Mercedes F1 W04, Mercedes 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2014 Malaysian GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 Bahrain GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2014 Chinese GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 Spanish GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 British GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 6th

2014 Italian GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 Singapore GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 Japanese GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2014 Russian GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2014 US GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2014 Abu Dhabi GP

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Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2015 Australian GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Chinese GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Bahrain GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Canadian GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 British GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Belgian GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Italian GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2015 Japanese GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2015 Russian GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2015 US GP

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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2016 Monaco GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 3rd

2016 Canadian GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 Austrian GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 British GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 Hungarian GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2016 German GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2016 US GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 Mexican GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 Brazilian GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2016 Abu Dhabi GP

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Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Chinese GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Spanish GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Canadian GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 British GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Belgian GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Italian GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 Singapore GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 5th

2017 Japanese GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2017 US GP

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Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 Azerbaijan GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2018 Spanish GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 French GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 German GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 14th

2018 Hungarian GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 Italian GP

Photo by: Alessio Morgese / Luca Rossini

Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 3rd

2018 Singapore GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 Russian GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2018 Japanese GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 Brazilian GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2018 Abu Dhabi GP

2018 Abu Dhabi GP

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Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2019 Bahrain GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 3rd

2019 Chinese GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2019 Spanish GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2019 Monaco GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2019 Canadian GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2019 French GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

2019 British GP

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2019 Hungarian GP

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 3rd

2019 Russian GP

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 2nd

2019 Mexican GP

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 3rd

2019 Abu Dhabi GP

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Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+, Mercedes 1.6 V6T. Started: 1st

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GALLERY: W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs previous-gen W176 – what's different between old and new?

Side by side comparisons are a good way to spot the changes between model generations, and we’re doing just that with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Most of you are familiar with the compact model in its third generation (W176), which marked a radical departure from the boxy look of the first two generations (W168 and W169).

More dynamic in appearance and appealing massively to younger customers, the W176 was a popular choice among those looking to get into Mercedes-Benz ownership. It would then be replaced with the fourth-generation A-Class (W177) in February 2018, which was launched in Malaysia the same year later on in October.

Still retaining its sleek, hatchback body style, the W177 showcased the brand’s latest design language with a more aggressive front end clearly inspired by the latest C257 CLS. This includes slimmer and more angular headlamps that flank a trapezoidal grille, the latter with a diamond pin insert on AMG Line-equipped models like the W177 A 250 we have here.

The previous W176 A 200 AMG Line beside it also sports a diamond pin grille, but as you can see, its lower apron is visibly different from the W177. While the newer model has a bumper design that mimics the larger AMG-styled sedan models (think C 43 and the C 300 AMG Line) with fins on the corner “inlets,” the W176 does without them.

More hints of the CLS can be seen at the rear of the W177 with the two-piece taillights, which take up considerably less space than the larger (and more squarish) clusters on the W176. The rear bumper continues to feature two exhaust outlets, but the newer A-Class has a more expressive diffuser-like element by comparison.

Built on the uprated Modular Front Architecture 2 (MFA2) platform, the W177 is now 4,419 mm long, 1,796 mm wide and 1,440 mm tall, making it a whopping 127 mm longer, 16 mm wider and 7 mm taller than before; its wheelbase is also 30 mm longer, at 2,729 mm. Mercedes claims that the car now offers greater head-, shoulder- and elbow room, easier rear-seat access and a boot that is 29 litres larger at 370 litres.

The changes on the inside are just as noticeable, with the W177’s dashboard being dominated by a pair of 10.25-inch displays to handle instrumentation and infotainment. The central display also comes with touchscreen support unlike on the W176 that requires you to use the rotary control knob on the centre console.

On the mention of controls, the W177’s infotainment can be also be accessed by the touch-sensitive controls on the redesigned steering wheel in addition to the touchscreen and touchpad – the latter is in line with models higher up the Mercedes-Benz range. Voice commands continue to be offered as well, but is further improved in the W177 thanks to the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system.

More intuitive than the Audio 20 system it replaces, the newer MBUX comes with added functionality, including a more natural voice recognition system that can be triggered via the activation phrase “Hey Mercedes.”

As for the rest of the cabin, the W177 continues to retain the air vent arrangement of its predecessor, with three circular vents in the centre, while the ones in the corner are positioned slightly higher. The archaic climate controls have also been updated to toggle switches, which again, brings the A-Class closer to its more upmarket siblings.

W177 Mercedes-Benz A 250 AMG Line (left), W176 A 200 AMG Line (right)

Under the bonnet, the W177 A-Class is offered with a choice of a M282 1.33 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developed in conjunction with Renault. The mill, which is found in the base A 200 Progressive Line, makes 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque, with a Getrag seven-speed wet dual clutch transmission paired to it. The A 250 AMG Line you see here gets a revised M260 2.0 litre unit that churns out 224 hp and 350 Nm, mated to Mercedes’ own DCT, which is also a wet clutch unit.

Meanwhile, the W176 A-Class in its last, facelift form sold in the past, was available in three variants – A 180 Urban Line, A 200 AMG Line and A 250 Sport. Both the A 180 and A 200 (seen here) came with a M270 1.6 litre turbo four-pot, which served up 122 hp and 200 Nm in the A 180, and 156 hp and 250 Nm in the A 200. The A 250 used a 2.0 litre version of the M270 with 211 hp and 350 Nm – all three used a 7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

After you’ve digested these details, spend some time to browse through our photos of the two A-Class generations placed side by side, and let us know which one is more appealing to you in the comments below. All opinions are welcomed, even if you’re a fan of the W168 or W169.

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Gallery: Super GT returns to action in Okayama test

While most of the motorsport world was placed on hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, SUPER GT pressed on with its first official pre-season test at Okayama, albeit with no spectators present.

The two-day test was the first chance to see the full 45-car 2020 SUPER GT field on track together, with many of the GT500 contenders running in full livery for the first time.

Honda led the way on the first day of running on Saturday, with Bertrand Baguette setting the pace in the Real Racing NSX-GT, while Toyota dominated Sunday’s action as Sho Tsuboi put Cerumo’s new GR Supra top of the pile.

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#38 ZENT GR Supra

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#2 Syntium Apple Lotus

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#14 WAKO’S 4CR GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#21 Hitotsuyama Audi R8 LMS

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#24 REALIZE CORPORATION ADVAN GT-R

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#7 Studie BMW M6

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#230 NISMO test car

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#64 Modulo NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#38 ZENT GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#38 ZENT GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#8 ARTA NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#17 KEIHIN NSX-GT

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT

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GALLERY: Mitsubishi Triton by graffiti artist Kenji Chai

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the more happening parts of Klang Valley, you’d have probably stumbled across some art by Kenji Chai. The Sandakan-born graffiti artist is known for paintings of his signature dog, Chaigo, as well as vibrant murals both locally and around the world.

He has also collaborated with various brands, and his latest joint venture is with Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), which presented a Triton that has been spray painted by Chai. As you can see from these images lifted from the company’s social media platforms, the pick-up truck has been dressed in Chai’s trademark colourful imagery which, on this application, takes the form of an abstract cheetah.


According to MMM, the use of a cheetah is to “portray the Triton’s exceptional swiftness” and both Chai and the Triton’s “unconventional characteristics to adapt to challenges or obstacles ahead of them.” The feline adorns the bonnet, driver’s side and tailgate of the vehicle, while Mitsubishi’s “Drive Your Ambition” tagline is sprayed across the passenger’s side. Chaigo also appears at the rear corner, on the driver’s side.

Chai and the Triton will be the subject of a mini-documentary, premiering on AXN next month. Members of the public will also be able to check out the truck at a roadshow at Central i-City – next to a modified Triton – until March 8.

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GALLERY: Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT with accessories

Pick-up truck and 4×4 modification is big business these days, judging by the number of fake Ford Ranger Raptors on our roads and the countless Toyota Fortuners that appear to have the entire Brothers catalogue slapped onto them. At a recent roadshow in Central i-City, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) gave owners and prospective buyers a taste of what’s possible with a Triton VGT AT fitted with various accessories.

The dolled-up truck looks a lot more rugged than stock, coming with large black plastic overfenders and a beefy tubular sports bar with the “Triton” script stamped out of it. Adding to the muscular look is a black front spoiler with a silver lip, incorporating LED daytime running lights, bright red tow hooks and “Xtreamer” script across the middle (no idea what that means).

Elsewhere, you’ll find a bonnet guard, head- and tail light garnishes and appliqués for the door handles and fuel filler door that look a little crass in my book. The whole look is finished off with 16-inch XD Series two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop Grandtrek AT20 tyres.

Otherwise, it’s a standard VGT AT, powered by a 181 PS/430 Nm 2.4 litre MIVEC VGT turbodiesel that is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox and an Easy Select four-wheel drive system. Coming with features such as projector halogen headlights, side steps, a 2-DIN head unit with USB and auxiliary input, two airbags and stability control, it retails at RM105,990 on-the-road without insurance.

So, what do you think – is this giving you any ideas on how to modify your pick-up? You can also check out MMM’s take on a Thai-style sporty low-rider, starring the new Triton Quest.

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Gallery: All of Mark Webber’s F1 race wins

On this day in 2002, Mark Webber finished a stellar fifth on his maiden Formula 1 race appearance with Minardi. To celebrate 18 years of his grand prix debut, we look back at all of his victories in the sport.

2009 German GP

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Red Bull RB5, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2009 Brazilian GP

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Red Bull RB5, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2010 Spanish GP

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Red Bull RB6, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2010 Monaco GP

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Red Bull RB6, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2010 British GP

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Red Bull RB6, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2010 Hungarian GP

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Red Bull RB6, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2011 Brazilian GP

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Red Bull RB7, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

2012 Monaco GP

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Red Bull RB8, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 1st

2012 British GP

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Red Bull RB8, Renault 2.4 V8. Started: 2nd

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