Charles Leclerc took a stunning Formula 2 victory in Bahrain

Charles Leclerc overtook 13 cars in 9 laps to win in Bahrain after a pitstop for fresh tyres (which is an unusual strategy in the shorter F2 sprint race). He was 26 seconds behind the leaders at that point. This quick highlights video captures Leclerc’s amazing charge through the field.

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The Bathurst 6hr featured a record grid of 64 cars

64 cars started the Bathurst 6 Hour which made it the largest grid ever assembled at Mt Panorama. The massive field created an unusual opportunity for Karl Reindler who gained 57 positions before his first pitstop!

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The Bahrain Grand Prix circuit could have a more exciting layout

Perhaps the Bahrain Grand Prix would be more interesting if organisers used the circuit’s ‘outer layout’ instead of the standard F1 track. It would be an incredibly fast low-downforce lap with the potential for lots of high speed slipstreaming – like a compact version of the old Hockenheim. If nothing else it would be nice to see a modern venue offering something different.

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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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