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After an upturn in performance in Japan, Ferrari struggled to keep the roll going in the United States – Kimi Raikkonen retired after a pit stop error, while Sebastian Vettel came home a somewhat distant fourth. As team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admits, luck wasn’t on their side – but in his opinion Austin was never likely to play into the Scuderia’s hands…

[Raikkonen’s retirement] was simply unfortunate – that is all
Maurizio Arrivabene
Q: Maurizio, what did you make of the performance in Austin compared to the last race in Suzuka?

Maurizio Arrivabene: This is a high-downforce track and not comparable to Suzuka. In Suzuka we made some steps, but we knew that coming here it would not be so easy. But in reality Sunday was not so bad compared to Friday or Saturday. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the most of our race.

Q: Was Raikkonen’s pit stop a failure in the system or a human error?

MA: We had a problem with a nut – and that was it basically for Kimi.

Q: Kimi was given the green light to go although the wheel was not properly attached. Do you need to review the system you have in place?

MA: It has nothing to do with the system. It was simply unfortunate. That is all.

Q: Coming back to the overall car performance. This track is not the only high-downforce track. In Singapore you were pretty competitive – so why not here? What’s the difference?

MA: Well, obviously we knew that this track is not really preferable for us. We knew that. But you have to look at the overall situation: if you want to solve problems this year you are losing time for next year.

We have been concentrating on high-performance circuits like Suzuka – as in this case you take parts that give you data for next year
Maurizio Arrivabene
This is why we have been concentrating on high-performance circuits like Suzuka – as in this case you take parts that give you data for next year. At this stage of the championship anything else would not make any sense.

Q: Is it correct then to interpret from what you’ve just said that you have worked on your problems with high downforce completely for next year?

MA: Yes.

Q: What about your reliability issue? What happened to Seb’s car towards the end of the race?

MA: No reliability issue. He had a piece of rubber on the rear wing. Seb said that it is not so easy to drive with this issue. And looking at the gap that he had to the car behind we told him to come in – a

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S Exterior, Interior and Drive

The new Panamera’s performance encroaches on supercar territory. The 4S, which shares its engine with the upcoming Audi RS4 and RS5, charges from zero to 60 mph in a claimed 4.2 seconds; the Turbo manages it in 3.6 seconds, and in both cases, the optional Sport Chrono package shaves off a further 0.2 second thanks to its launch-control function. Stated top speed is 180 mph for the 4S and 190 mph for the Turbo. But fuel consumption is said to be lower by over 10 percent in both models.

When Porsche originally decided to move forward with the Panamera, a lot of options were on the menu, including a traditional three-box sedan. But there were enough of those in the market, and not so many hatchbacks. Since then, more hatchbacks have joined the luxury arena, including the Audi A7 and the Tesla Model S. But the Panamera stands alone: More spacious than the A7 and more luxurious than the Tesla, it’s a valid contender against the Audi A8, the BMW 7-series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-class, although its shape and dynamics pit it against top versions of the Germans’ sleeker offerings, such as the Audi RS7, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-AMG CLS63 S.

Easy on the Eyes
The second generation of the Panamera, which Porsche launched at a lavish event in Berlin, takes everything a step forward: It’s slightly bigger, it’s more powerful, it’s said to perform better, and it’s fitted with a cutting-edge man-machine interface. What’s more, it looks better—a lot better. When we rode along on a prototype drive in South Africa earlier this year, we got a sense of the much-improved proportions of the new car. Its roofline has been lowered over the rear passengers, and the shape of the side-window opening resembles that of the 911.

UK’s angry women drivers

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A study of 1,000 UK drivers for Hyundai Motor UK revealed that women are, on average, 12% angrier than men when they’re behind the wheel.

In an experiment conducted by Patrick Fagan, a behavioural psychologist at Goldsmiths University, London, drivers were ‘sense tested’ to see how sound, sight, smell, touch and taste provoke emotional responses in different driving scenarios.

New test

Hyundai and Fagan have used data from the research and cutting-edge technology to create the world first Driving Emotion Test (DET). This unique experiment involves facial coding technology, eye tracking analysis, galvanic skin response and a heartrate monitor to record how specific stimuli impact our emotions when we’re driving. The results are then fed into specially-created software to provide subjects with a unique DET score.

Other key findings include:

  • The primary reasons for our continued love affair with driving are the freedom it gives us (51%), mobility (19%) and independence (10%)
  • If you want a man to open up, take him for a drive. Just under a third (29%) of men said they find it easier to have a conversation in the car – 14% added that a chat actually makes them a better driver
  • 54% of Brits said the thing that made them really happy in the car was singing – which explains why Carpool Karaoke has resonated with so many people
  • When the researchers looked at what makes us happy behind the wheel, 84% of people said “empty roads”, 78% said “the countryside” and 69% “the seaside”
  • Music also makes drivers happy. Eight out of 10 people nearly always listen to something while driving with Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody top of the driving charts. Pop (70%) and rock (61%) are the most popular genres

Hyundai's DET test

Researchers found driving sparked ancient ‘defence’ instincts from when humans were hunter-gatherers.

These evolutionary traits kicked in during the test when women were either undertaken, shouted or beeped at, had to deal with a back-seat driver (women 14% angrier) or were faced with a road user who failed to indicate (women 13% angrier).

In all test scenarios, women were more likely to respond with anger than male drivers.

The study found there are two dominant emotions: happiness – intrinsically linked to a sense of freedom when driving – and anger when drivers feel out of control.

An online version of the DET is available at www.houseofhyundai.com, where free tickets to House of Hyundai – a three-day sensory experience on the November 4-5 at Unit London in Soho – can also be secured. The event is aimed at inspiring motorists and giving them a glimpse into what the future of driving could look like.

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK’s President and CEO added: “We are constantly striving to better understand what impacts people’s behaviour when they are driving and this research has certainly revealed some interesting, and somewhat surprising results. By examining drivers’ emotions, our aim is to help them get a better drive both today and in the future.”


Sabine Schmitz smashes the competition in one lap of the nurburgring

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Sabine Schmitz (Sabine Reck while married; born 14 May 1969) is a German professional motor racing driver for BMW and Porsche, also known for driving the BMW “ring taxi” around the Nürburgring race track as well as being a television personality. She has presented the BBC’s motoring programme Top Gear since May 2016.

Born to the local hotel and restaurant owning Schmitz family, Sabine and her two elder sisters grew up in the “Hotel am Tiergarten” (in the basement of which is the Pistenklause restaurant) in Nürburg within the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Schmitz trained as Hotelfachfrau (graduate in hotel and catering business) and sommelière. During her marriage to a hotelier she lived in Pulheim, but after her divorce in 2000, up until 2003, she owned a bar-restaurant in Nürburg named the Fuchsröhre (Foxhole) after a track section. In 2004[citation needed] she qualified as a helicopter pilot.

Following occasional drives with the family car on the Nordschleife, all three sisters started racing, but only Sabine continued and collected victories. Schmitz won in CHC and VLN race events, the VLN endurance racing championship in 1998, and won the 24 Hours Nürburgring, in 1996 and 1997, all with a BMW M3 entered and co-driven by local veteran Johannes Scheid. In 2006 Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen drove the #97 Porsche 997 in the Nürburgring VLN endurance racing series, entered by Land Motorsport. They finished third in the 24h 2008, beaten only by the factory-backed Manthey-entered winners of 2007 and 2006.

Resultat d'imatges de Sabine Schmitz 911

Schmitz came to mass public attention driving one of the two BMW M5 “ring taxis” around the 20.8 km-long race track in an entertaining manner.

According to her own estimates, Schmitz has gone around the track more than 20,000 times, increasing by approximately 1,200 per year. Her familiarity with the circuit earned her the nicknames “Queen of the Nürburgring” and “the fastest taxi driver in the world”. She says her favourite parts of the track are Schwedenkreuz (“Swedish Cross”) and Fuchsröhre (“Fox Hole”).

Her company, Nürburgring-based Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, offers advanced driver training and a “ring taxi” service for passengers. Schmitz herself ceased driving the “ring taxi” in 2011.

Is the ford fiesta the most popular hatchback of all time?

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Did you know that the original name for the Fiesta was going to be the “Bobcat” developed by Henry Ford II in September 1972. The Fiesta was approved for production in 1973 and they estimated that around 500,000 could be produced every year. The car started to gain large amounts of popularity during the eighties, as it was seen as the perfect option for day to day driving. The Fiesta really became a big deal when it realised the mark IV, which went on to be the bestselling car in Britain from 1996 to 1998. This is when Ford really started to establish itself in the hatchback market.

Whether you like the Ford Fiesta or not, you cannot deny its success and popularity. The seventh-generation Fiesta is currently the UK’s bestselling car and it is easy to see why. There is definitely an argument for the Fiesta been the most popular hatchback of all time. With so many rivals gaining in popularity, it will be interesting in a few years’ time to see if they can maintain their reign. If you are looking to buy a Fiesta it is always important to buy from trusted dealerships such as Bristol Street Motors. This way you are guaranteed to get a reliable service & aftercare plan. This means you can spend more time browsing the many cars for sale and less time worrying.

Move on a few more years to the present day and the car has gone from strength to strength becoming a popular choice all around the world. The modern Ford Fiesta click here is a firm favourite with many critics. It is seen as a great car to drive with its comfortable ride and stylish interior and exterior. This supermini is very reasonably priced and cheap to maintain and run. There is also a large selection available to choose from including more sporty versions such as the Fiesta ST. It is renowned for its handling and excellent new Ecoboost engine. On the downside it trails behind some rivals on versatility and also the trim looks a bit cheap. Ford can also be a bit reluctant to offer good standard equipment, extras often cost more.

Hatchbacks have been a popular choice for many years with everyone from families to first time drivers. They are often cheaper to buy, run, insure and are widely available on the market. If someone was to ask you to name a hatchback the chances are the Ford Fiesta would pop into your mind. But would you consider it the most popular hatchback of all time?

The hatchback industry is full to the brim with competition these days. This means the Fiesta has a lot to live up to and compete with. Some of its most notable rivals are the Volkswagen Golf and the Vauxhall Adam. This has meant that car manufactures have to do more to attract buyer’s attention. Many years ago people would stick to one manufacture that they liked and be loyal to them for many years. These days we want more for our money so we are more likely to shop around. Although the Fiesta is holding its own in the industry there is definitely some other options to look at. Car buying is always down to personal preference so test drive as many different hatchbacks as you can to find the one that suits you.