FormulaY : Azerbaijan Debrief

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was as chaotic a race as it is a word for me to type. Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan. The pinnacle of the performance drama came when Sebastian Vettel misjudged Lewis Hamilton’s speed behind the Safety Car, slamming into Hamilton. Enraged, Vettel drew up beside Hamilton and ran his right wheel up into Hamilton’s front left.


What the Fisichella !?

Blind rage is a helluva drug. Vettel could have easily put his WDC title into jeopardy with this move–that accomplished what exactly?

If it were me, I’d have pulled Vettel out of the race at the Red Flag–if not Black Flag him. There is a fine line between cut throat competition and being outside the rules of engagement. Retaliatory and intentional collisions, especially in response to a non-infraction (i.e. Hamilton didn’t break test Vettel), should be penalized. Much harsher than 10 seconds.

It has also been reported that the 10 second time penalty was given under the consideration of not upsetting the World Driver’s Championship race. If race penalties are impacted by that, it should also be impacted by the star status or importance of the people involved. It would make as much sense. Lewis Hamilton is the most valuable driver to Formula 1, and they need to protect him as such.

This isn’t a shove or push, a slash in hockey, an over aggressive tackle in football (soccer). The risks are just that higher in Motorsport–even under a safety car.

Stroll Gets First Podium

Hats off to Lance Stroll for following up a couple good drives with his first podium finish. Stroll is the second youngest stander on the podium in F1.

What impressed me most this drive for Stroll was his ability to side step the trouble spots on the track and stay away from the gremlins hitting others. It’s a bit of luck and a bit of the experience coming into play but earlier in the year, Stroll would have DNFed. Stroll also, from my perspective, had less lockups letting the race come to him and having better tires come final laps.

Bottas was still able to reel him in over the final 12 or so laps, but that’s a situation designed for Stroll to lose, and frankly an experience that will help Stroll more than hurt.

 

Shoey Sunday

It was a fanboy moment to see RIC take the checkered flag, the fourth different person to win a race this season. Red Bull Racing has had some trouble this year but Ricciardo’s driving is showing he’s close to his prime, or in it now. However, it’s a bit tough to assess his true level of performance given Renault’s engine and Red Bull’s inability to finish races consistently. 61 points back from the WDC lead…dare we dream?

No matter how you look at it, RBR and RIC needed that win. 5th GP win for Daniel is a big deal for him and it’s always good when the life of the party has something to celebrate. Hopefully he can pick up one or two more by year’s end.

 

McLaren Passes Red Bull Racing in Total Laps Completed

Alonso secures points for McLaren-Honda for the first time this year. Once again driving the washer unit farther up the grid than physics should allow. With Verstappen’s early exit and big laps from both McLarens at Baku they were able to nudge ahead. At face value, it is an embarrassing state of affairs for Red Bull and some semblance of positivity for McLaren-Honda. But upon further inspection, Red Bull still has more wins, more points than McLaren all while pushing their engines and components much harder at the front of the pack.

But McLaren must seize upon this and continue to take strides with their engine upgrade 3 in Austria. The pressure from fans and McLaren’s team are pushing Honda into do or die territory. It is at the point that a press release from McLaren post any race discontinuing their Honda partnership in 2018 wouldn’t surprise me.

 

HEY! Sainz Didn’t Hit Anybody!

Good for you Carlos Danger.

 

Well Done, Baku!


Formula 1 Standings and Schedule

Formula 1 Drivers' Championship
Place Name Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 153
2 Lewis Hamilton 139
3 Valtteri Bottas 111
4 Daniel Ricciardo 92
5 Kimi Räikkönen 73

 

Formula 1 Constructors' Championship
Place Name Points
1 Mercedes 250
2 Scuderia Ferrari 226
3 Red Bull Racing 137
4 Force India-Mercedes 79
5 Williams-Mercedes 37

 

Formula 1 on NBC Sports
Round Date Grand Prix Track Winner Team
1 26 March Australian Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2 9 April Chinese Shanghai International Circuit Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 16 April Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 30 April Russian Sochi Autodrom Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
5 14 May Spanish Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 28 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
7 11 June Canadian Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
8 25 June Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing
9 9 July Austrain Red Bull Ring
10 16 July British Silverstone Circuit
11 30 July Hungarian Hungaroring
12 27 August Belgian Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
13 3 September Italian Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14 17 September Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit
15 1 October Malaysian Sepang International Circuit
16 8 October Japanese Suzuka International Racing Course
17 22 October United States Circuit of the Americas
18 29 October Mexican Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
19 12 November Brazilian Autódromo José Carlos Pace
20 26 November Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit

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More Race Schedules

Formula E on Fox Sports
Round Date ePrix Track Winner Team
1 9 October 16 Hong Kong Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
2 12 November 16 Marrakesh Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
3 18 February Buenos Aires Puerto Madero Street Circuit Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
4 1 April Mexico City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi
5 13 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
6 20 May Paris Paris Street Circuit Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
7 10 June Berlin Race 1 Tempelhorf Airport Street Circuit Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing
8 11 June Berlin Race 2 Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams
9 15 July New York Race 1 Brooklyn Street Circuit
10 16 July New York Race 2 Brooklyn Street Circuit
11 29 July Montreal Race 1 Montreal Street Circuit
12 30 July Montreal Race 2 Montreal Street Circuit

 

IndyCar on NBC Sports or ABC
Round Date Race Name Track Winner Team
1 March 12 Firestone GP of St Petersburg Streets of St Petersburg Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
2 April 9 Toyota GP of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Honda)
3 April 23 Honda Indy GP of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park Josef Newgarden Team Penske (Chevrolet)
4 April 29 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix GP Phoenix International Raceway Simon Pagenaud Team Penske (Chevrolet)
5 May 13 IndyCar GP Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Will Power Team Penske (Chevrolet)
6 May 28 101st Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport (Honda)
7 June 3 Chevrolet Detroit GP Raceway at Belle Isle Park Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
8 June 4 Chevrolet Detroit GP Raceway at Belle Isle Park Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
9 June 10 Rainguard Water Sealer 600 Texas Motor Speedway Will Power Team Penske (Chevrolet)
10 June 25 Kohler GP Road America Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)
11 July 9 Iowa Corn 300 Iowa Speedway
12 July 16 Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place
13 July 30 Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
14 August 20 ABC Supply 500 Pocono Raceway
15 August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Gateway Motorsports Park
16 September 3 GP at The Glen Watkins Glen International
17 September 17 GoPro GP of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway

 

FIA World Endurance Championship on WEC website
Round Date Race Track LM P1 LM GTE PRO
1 16 April 6 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone Circuit Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Derani/Priaulx/Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK
2 6 May WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Bird/Rigon Ferrari AF Corse
3 17-18 June 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe Bernhard/Hartley/Bamber Porsche LMP Team Turner/Adam/Serra Aston Martin Racing
4 16 July 6 Hours of Nürburgring Nürburgring
5 3 September 6 Hours of Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
6 16 September 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas Circuit of the Americas
7 15 October 6 Hours of Fuji Fuji Speedway
8 5 November 6 Hours of Shanghai Shanghai International Circuit
9 18 November 6 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit

 

FIA World RX Championship on World RX website
Round Date Race Track Winner Team
1 31 March World RX of Barcelona Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Mattias Ekstrom EKS RX (Audi)
2 21 April Bompiso World RX of Portugal Montalegre Mattias Ekstrom EKS RX (Audi)
3 5 May World RX of Hockenheim Hockenheimring Mattias Ekstrom EKS RX (Audi)
4 12 May Coyote World RX of Belgium Circuit Jules Tacheny Johan Kistoffersson PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
5 26 May World RX of Great Britain Lydden Hill Petter Solberg PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
6 9 June Team Verksted World RX of Norway Hell Johan Kistoffersson PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
7 30 June World RX of Sweden Holjes Motorstadion
8 4 August World RX of Canada Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres
9 1 September Bretagne World RX of France Loheac Bretagne
10 15 September Neste World RX of Latvia Bikernieki National Sports Base
11 29 September All-Inkl.com World RX of Germany Estering
12 10 November World RX of South Africa Killarney International Raceway

 

DTM on DTM website (US may need VPN), replay on CBS/CBS Sports
Round Race # Date Track Winner Team
1 R1 6 May Hockenheimring Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT
1 R2 7 May Hockenheimring Jamie Green Team Rosberg (Audi)
2 R1 20 May EuroSpeedway Lausitz Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT
2 R2 21 May EuroSpeedway Lausitz Jamie Green Team Rosberg (Audi)
3 R1 17 June Hungaroring Paul di Resta Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL Energy
3 R2 18 June Hungaroring Rene Rast Team Rosberg (Audi)
4 R1 1 July Norisring
4 R2 2 July Norisring
5 R1 22 July Moscow Raceway
5 R2 23 July Moscow Raceway
6 R1 19 August Circuit Park Zandvoort
6 R2 20 August Circuit Park Zandvoort
7 R1 9 September Nürburgring
7 R2 10 September Nürburgring
8 R1 23 September Red Bull Ring
8 R2 24 September Red Bull Ring
9 R1 14 October Hockenheimring
9 R2 15 October Hockenheimring
 

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