Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
Many of his fans were quick to throw their support behind him, telling him not to despair.
'I think he was referring to environmental issues and not anything related to racing. However, I'm not sure,' a Mercedes spokesperson said.
Damon Hill reckons Lewis Hamilton is the United Kingdom's greatest ever driver, ahead of the likes of Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell, and Jim Clark.
Toto Wolff believes it is 'completely normal' that Lewis Hamilton has a gripe with the strategy employed by Mercedes at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas has revealed he raced to victory at Suzuka in a monocoque used previously by his teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Motorsport's governing body, the FIA, are to launch an investigation after the chequered flag was shown a lap early at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel produced an epic lap at Suzuka on Sunday as his Ferrari took pole position for the typhoon-affected Japanese Grand Prix ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc.
The Japanese Grand Prix's entire Saturday track programme, including qualifying, has been cancelled as Typhoon Hagibis bears down on the Suzuka circuit, race organisers announced Friday.
Saturday's third practice session and qualifying could be called off for the Japanese Grand Prix as this is when the local area is expected to bear the full brunt of a typhoon.
Japanese Grand Prix organisers are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis which could upset this weekend's race timetable as the teams battle at the iconic Suzuka circuit.
Even though he deleted the pro-vegan post that started the trouble, Lewis Hamilton continued to be the centre of social media debate.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton declared in an Instagram post that he worried about the "extinction of our race" if humans kept eating animals.
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes' driver pairing is "absolutely" the best in Formula 1.
Mattia Binotto has denied that he is losing control of the situation with Ferrari's drivers.
An emotional Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff dedicated his team's historic sixth consecutive world championship double to Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, who died earlier this year.
Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel second in a Ferrari and the Finn's Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in third.
Japanese Grand Prix organisers were hoping that Sunday's race would be able to go ahead as Typhoon Hagibis began to lash a deserted Suzuka Circuit with wind and heavy rain on Saturday.
Lewis Hamilton says that Sebastian Vettel was now "clearly not" number one at Ferrari but warned against the team "ramping up" support for Charles Leclerc.
'Ferrari has always had a good overall package. But now they have changed something about the engine to make it better than all the others. It's making a big difference,' says Championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton may not be able to clinch a sixth world championship at the typhoon-threatened Japanese Grand Prix , but knows he can knock all but teammate Valtteri Bottas out of the title race.
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