Monthly Archives: April 2017

A summary of the top European F3 contenders in 2017

Formula 3 will be the third different category in which Joey Mawson, Harrison Newey, and Mick Schumacher have raced against each other. Mawson had a clear advantage when they were all teammates in German F4 (and beat Schumacher to the title last year with twice as many victories) but the trio now seem to be a bit closer. Between them they won 14 of 16 races in the recent MRF challenge and Newey narrowly claimed the title after passing Mawson in the final laps of the final race.

Schumacher is with the Prema Powerteam who have won the last seven championships in a row so they will give him the best possible chance of success. Mick is fast but tends to make mistakes so he will need to match speed with consistency to prove he is more than just a surname. His teammates will be Callum Ilott and Maximilian Gunther who are two of the strongest drivers from last year to line up again. Gunther was the 2016 runner up to Lance Stroll whilst Ilott (who was once part of the Red Bull young driver program) took six podiums and a pair of victories. Both are expecting to be title contenders.

Ilott and Gunther were outscored by Joel Eriksson over the final 6 races in 2016. Eriksson was very consistent with 10 podiums and will be a title threat this year if those 2nds and 3rds turn into wins. In the final race of 2016, Eriksson was joined on the podium by Jake Hughes who performed well in a one-off guest appearance. Hughes joins Formula 3 full-time this year after winning multiple races in last year’s faster GP3 championship. In theory this should be quite good preparation against a field of less experienced runners.

If any of the seven drivers above want to win the title in 2017, they will have to beat Lando Norris. The 17 year old is part of McLaren’s young driver program and won three different single-seater championships last year alone. He is one of the best young drivers in the world and, after proving quick in testing, he will be hard to beat.

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F1: Max Verstappen has produced another brilliant onboard video

Max Verstappen’s first lap in China was straight out of a video game. Not only does he make it look easy passing 8 cars, but it’s interesting that he starts the race in 2nd gear and also that he gains at least 100 metres on Dani Kvyat under braking for the final hairpin.

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Johann Zarco made a stunning MotoGP debut

Johann Zarco forced himself into the lead on lap 1 of his first MotoGP race and quickly pulled away from the field. Although Zarco ended up crashing out, he made a real impression and is now the only rider on the current grid to have led his first race in the premier class.

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Creating an effective Formula One feeder system

This year GP2 will be rebranded ‘Formula 2’ which is a small but helpful step towards creating a more coherent Formula One feeder system. Here are a few more ideas the FIA and F1’s new owners could look at to make it easier for the world’s best young drivers to reach Grand Prix level.

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WRC: There is some raw emotion in this onboard video

The interaction between Kris Meeke and his co-driver, Paul Nagle, is interesting in this onboard video as they go off course but recover to win Rally Mexico. The panic is clear as their accident unfolds and it’s a tense atmosphere inside the car after the finish (especially considering they won)!

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IndyCar: Sebastien Bourdais went from last to first in Florida

Sebastien Bourdais’ IndyCar victory in Florida was particularly special given he started the race DEAD LAST on the grid. Although it was mostly due to luck with strategy and safety cars (which angered some of his rivals) last-to-first is still a cool achievement in any form of racing.

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WRC: Rally Mexico had a breathtaking finish

Rally Mexico concluded in stunning fashion when the leader crashed into the spectator carpark with just 1km to go! Kris Meeke was under no pressure for victory when he speared off the road at high speed and he had to navigate through parked cars to get back on course. He held on for the win and made a joke later about skipping the carpark fee.

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Vale John Surtees

John Surtees will always be remembered as the only person to win the F1 and MotoGP (then 500cc) World Championships but that incredible record is only part of his story. Surtees is a giant of motorsport history whose achievements will never be equalled.