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Bridgestone’s unique retreading process sets new standards

Bridgestone’s Compressed Tread Retreading System uses compression to produce a superior retread that is safer and longer lasting.

There are several important benefits:Due to the tread applied under compression, it resists a cutting edge. By contrast, conventional retreading is easy to cut and can be more easily damaged.

Compressed-tread tyres wear more slowly than conventional treads as 6 percent more rubber is compressed into the same casing circumference.

Finally, a tread applied under compression has an extremely strong bond with the casing and is not inclined to spring off.

Another advantage of Bridgestone retreads is that we test casings under high pressure before retreading. Such testing reveals pinholes, ply separations, ineffective repairs and other faults that require treatment... more here

Aftermarket Buzz

New Liqui Moly ADVANTAGE App launches in SA

Find products and earn points with ease Since German lubricant, oils and additives brand Liqui Moly launched in South Africa just over a decade ago it has created a rapidly growing local fanbase who love the products. Why? Great results inspire… more

31 SEMA Show Hotels With Free Shuttle Service

SEMA Showgoers who are interested in staying at hotels with free shuttle service to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center are encouraged to make their reservations while rooms are still available. With a quick look on the… more

Engen wins Ask Afrika Icon Brand Award

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Mobility Beat

DHL introduces new mobile app to further enhance customer experience

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Commercial vehicle sales remain in green but tough months ahead

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Hino's 50-day promotional roadshow into Africa proves successful

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Looking for a great value mom’s taxi? Here are the five best used car buys

By Jeff Osborne, Gumtree Autos At a pinch, almost any car will do for a school run (and for all the other parenting chores) but there are some vehicles which are definitely more suited to being a Mom’s Taxi. A compact 5-door hatchback is ideal… more

New Audi A1 Sportback: an ideal companion for an urban lifestyle

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Preview of the new Jeep® Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) at MotorVillage Champs-Elysées Paris

The first Jeep® Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle for the EMEA region will be the star of a Jeep exhibition in the heart of Paris. The Jeep Renegade PHEV will be previewed at the MotorVillage Champs-Elysées until the 25th of September. Following… more


The primary role of a team’s 'number two'

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


Will new Ferrari recruit and recent race winner Charles Leclerc upstage his four-time world champion teammate at Ferrari this year?

“Fernando is faster than you….”  Ferrari’s infamous coded order delivered to Felipe Massa by race engineer Rob Smedley during the 2010 German Grand Prix was a clear indication that the Italian team was fully committed to Fernando Alonso, its “number one” driver. Massa was leading the race, but Alonso was expected to do the winning for Maranello.

Ferrari has a long history of support for a recognised team leader. Who can forget the 2002 Austrian GP when Rubens Barrichello was ordered to slow down by Ferrari to allow teammate Michael Schumacher through to win?

Some drivers are happy to accept their subservient role within the team. Eddie Irvine, Michael Schumacher’s teammate at Ferrari between 1996 and ’99, believes he could hold his own against most of his Formula One rivals, except Schumacher. “Michael was in another world,” he says.

When Schumacher was side-lined by a broken leg following his crash at the British GP in 1999, Irvine stepped up as team leader and won the next two races. Although he lost the title fight to Mika Hakkinen by just 2 points, Irvine helped Ferrari win the Constructors Championship, the marque’s first in 16 years.

Irvine demonstrated the unique qualities every successful number two driver needs. These are acceptance of the vitally important support role they must play, and confidence to be able to take on the mantle of team leader when the call comes.

After Daniil Kvyat was demoted from Red Bull to the sister Toro Rosso team in 2016 to make way for Max Verstappen his confidence was visibly shaken and he was subsequently dropped from Toro Rosso too.

However, a spell as Ferrari’s development driver restored his confidence, resulting in significantly improved performances this year on his return to Toro Rosso.

Hopefully, Red Bull will successfully manage Alex Albon’s promotion to the senior team. While much will be expected of the young racer, it would be disastrous if Alex’s promising career is stunted by unrealistic expectations.

A driver who subverts his ego, accepts his support role and develops a reputation as “a safe pair of hands” will help engender a harmonious atmosphere within the team – for the benefit of all.

Can we expect teams in the modern turbo-hybrid era to learn from history when it comes to obviating the hazards of having two number one drivers? Or, as former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said; "two roosters in the same henhouse".

Fans will remember the explosive relationship between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna at McLaren in the late 1980s and – more recently – the antagonistic nature of the Hamilton/Nico Rosberg pairing at Mercedes in 2016.

What about Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet at Williams in 1986? A lack of logical oversight by the team in their intense and vicious battle for world championship points allowed Alain Prost to claim the World Champion title for McLaren by the smallest of margins.

Similarly, in 2007, a bitter battle ensued between McLaren’s Hamilton and Alonso. While the Spaniard was the team’s number one ‘on paper’, he was challenged by Hamilton who was out to prove his rookie status was no impediment to winning.

Without strict team guidelines, the pair fought aggressively – and senselessly - until season’s end. In the final reckoning both scored 109 points and both won four races. But Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen took the coveted championship title by a scant one-point margin.

Defining driver roles and establishing a hierarchy is seldom easy. In a team where drivers are joint leaders, as is the current case at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas will always be under pressure to beat Lewis Hamilton, his arguably more talented team mate. This could lead to driving errors.

Over at Ferrari the stability of the classic number one/two line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc is being challenged. Leclerc, now a popular race winner, is out to prove himself against Vettel, a four-time world champion. This could deny Vettel (and Ferrari) a shot at this year’s drivers’ title as the drivers share valuable championship points.

As tough as it might be, both Bottas and Leclerc should accept number two driver status (if only for this year), adjust their approaches accordingly and provide support for their team leaders. Like Barichello, Irvine, Massa and many other talented, confident number two drivers, their time to shine will arrive.


Fernando Alonso to be part of the action at Lichtenburg 400 while title contenders battle it out over 400 tough kilometres

While many eyes will be on the two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso, in attendance at the Lichtenburg 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) that takes place on 13 and 14… more

Lotus legend celebrated: Jim Clark tribute at Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb

Celebration of motorsport icon Jim Clark at Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb 60 years after he competed Story of Clark’s participation told in a new film featuring a Lotus Exige Sport 350. Download it now at Event featured unique… more

MEYLE Performance Update

ADAC GT Master - T3 Motorsport back from its summer break At the beginning of August, the time had finally come: After two months, the "League of Super Sports Cars" returned from its summer break. The third race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters… more

Automotive Business Review July / August 2019

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