FormulaY : China Debrief

Round 2 provided a spark in action and over taking, giving an upward trajectory to the 2017 campaign early.

Since this Debrief is still new on our site here’s our spiel on the post set-up:

Welcome to the first FormulaY : Debrief! Since the focus of our racing podcasts is on the Formula Y Project Rewind: 2010 (Intro thru Round 3 coming soon!) , Javier Alonso (ALO) and myself (KRU) decided the best way to keep up with the 2017 F1 season would be to provide a Debrief on the past Round’s racing in the week following the Grand Prix. A casual (and hopefully useful) notes + thoughts blog that may be an evolving project as our time dictates. Don’t forget to scroll through to the bottom after reading our thoughts. We include F1 Standings and Schedule, plus many other Racing Series schedules to make sure you have enough motorsport in your life!




No ALO this week but he wanted me to touch on the first point…



Red Bull

RBR’s Renault engine had some trouble in Round 1 and through qualifying of Round 2. Verstappen’s engine misfired in Q1 but was not the true cause of his back of the grid start. Giovinazzi’s crash interfered with setting down an improved time. Come race day, the engine was good enough and VER had the correct settings and modes worked out. More impressive than the engine and works stability was the performance of the drivers on a wet-to-drying, medium downforce track. Finishing 3rd and 4th behind the two WDC favorites who are in much faster cars isn’t so bad. Max flew from the back and shown overtaking as a real possibility this year. RIC was impressive, too, as another driver that isn’t out of place in wet conditions. It shows that when the weather and track placement aligns RBR might be able to strike on these tracks, and not just when they have extreme downforce advantages.

If anything, this should give the team more excitement heading into Renault’s engine upgrade scheduled for around the Canadian GP. Hopefully, it may spurn the Renault team to push harder to get the upgrade onto the track earlier, if feasible. Can RBR make this a three constructor challenge?


Lewis Hamilton’s Round 2 was a lot like the rounds following last year’s break. Pole position, fastest lap, and leading race start to end. Lew was ready. The reason he falls into this Debrief isn’t for his domination though. After FP1 and FP2 were shortened due to Medical Helicopter visibility issues, Hamilton tossed hats into the grandstand and made sure to at least attempt to give fans some Face time if they wouldn’t get much Practice time. Hamilton was also pretty vocal about needing to work around these issues for the fans’ sake. Fans travel, spend money, and are the life blood of the sport. Hamilton is a savvy businessman and personal empire– he gets it and handles it very well. Drama diva Hamilton to some, I am sure, but these actions break that narrative.

Another gem from Hamilton this week was gushing about the respect and admiration that lie between Hamilton and Vettel. Many of the racing tabloids and forums have already hashed the undertones of this to death. “Ooooh what a dig at Nico!” or similar sentiments. A different take I haven’t seen as much is what this could mean for HAM performance moving forward. If Nico’s challenge last year pushed Hamilton to fix his starts and come back with renewed focus after the break last season, what will a better challenger in Vettel bring out in Hamilton?

For sure, it is buddy-buddy between the two now but when the season winds down and the trophy is within reach, these stories may turn cold. Either way, this is a positive for the sport and Liberty Media.

Indy 500

Being a a day later than intended on this Debrief gives me a chance to discuss Fernando Alonso skipping out on the Monaco GP for the Indy 500.

Monaco GP is a great track, by the looks. When it comes to racing though, it’s mainly a parade procession through a beautiful location. Alonso has already won here so that is not an issue. While Alonso wouldn’t really be able to show off his driving in Monaco, there’s a chance the right circumstances could have put ALO in the front of the pack to parade home to points. This of course is still possible with the Belgian Waffle or Button (should he be the one to take ALO’s seat for the week) but this was one race you could maybe pencil in ALO for a top 10 finish realistically.

In a year of growing frustration for Alonso, which we already touched on last Debrief, this bit may be best news he gets all year. Alonso is a lover of all race and a Indy 500 win and a Le Mans win are definitely on his bucket list. Despite going into another Honda powered car, this could be Fern’s big chance to get a win (not just points) in 2017.

As far as marketing goes, this is an obvious win. One of F1’s most popular drivers, on one of Racing’s biggest stage, in Liberty Media’s US of A– a gigantic market mainly untapped by F1. You can see this laying the ground work for IndyCar and F1 crossovers, or more races in the US. This is the first of many upcoming unique opportunities F1 will have in America.

But, in the name of fun, here is how the Andretti Honda’s Long Beach race went:

Formula 1 Standings and Schedule

Formula 1 Drivers' Championship
Place Name Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 43
1 Lewis Hamilton 43
3 Max Verstappen 25
4 Valtteri Bottas 23
5 Kimi Räikkönen 22


Formula 1 Constructors' Championship
Place Name Points
1 Mercedes 66
2 Scuderia Ferrari 65
3 Red Bull Racing 37
4 Toro Rosso 12
5 Force India-Mercedes 10


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
4 30 April Russian Sochi Autodrom
5 14 May Spanish Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
6 28 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco
7 11 June Canadian Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8 25 June Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
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


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
6 20 May Paris Paris Street Circuit
7 10 June Berlin Race 1 Tempelhorf Airport Street Circuit
8 11 June Berlin Race 2 Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit
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
4 April 29 Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix GP Phoenix International Raceway
5 May 13 IndyCar GP Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
6 May 28 101st Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7 June 3 Chevrolet Detroit GP Raceway at Belle Isle Park
8 June 4 Chevrolet Detroit GP Raceway at Belle Isle Park
9 June 10 Rainguard Water Sealer 600 Texas Motor Speedway
10 June 25 Kohler GP Road America
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 Winner Team
1 16 April 6 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone Circuit
2 6 May WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
3 17-18 June 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe
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
3 5 May World RX of Hockenheim Hockenheimring
4 12 May Coyote World RX of Belgium Circuit Jules Tacheny
5 26 May World RX of Great Britain Lydden Hill
6 9 June Team Verksted World RX of Norway Hell
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 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
1 R2 7 May Hockenheimring
2 R1 20 May EuroSpeedway Lausitz
2 R2 21 May EuroSpeedway Lausitz
3 R1 17 June Hungaroring
3 R2 18 June Hungaroring
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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