A busy two days in motorsports last weekend with F1, Formula E, IndyCar and IMSA series all hitting the track. Included this week is short racing recaps so you’re prepared going into this quiet weekend.
(Image: Rossi leading the field in Long Beach. Credit to Chris Owens, IndyCar media site)
Rossi wins Long Beach
Didn’t catch the Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend due to a power outage? No? That was just GpGrl….
Andretti’s Alexander Rossi landed a win at his home grand prix, further adding to his list of impressive track victories, including the Champion of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Winning was especially sweeter this go-around after a tough run at Long Beach last year, where Rossi and the Andretti team experienced multiple issues, retiring all four cars. This win, gave Rossi a 22-point lead in the Championship, ahead of Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal.
Indy 500 entries reach 35
This week it was announced that James Davison would be competing for one of the 33 spots on the field for the Indianapolis 500 in May with A.J. Foyt Racing and Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing, along with teammates Foyt’s Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist. You may recognize the name as the replacement driver for Sebastien Bourdais following his terrifying accident during the Indy 500 qualifying weekend last May.
To feud or not to feud
Following Alexander Rossi’s and Robert Wickens’ incident at the season opener (St. Petersburg, Florida), the buzz on the web was a supposed start to a feud between the Andretti and SPM driver. The two have come out to say there isn’t bad blood between them, but decided to have fun with it and posted this video.
Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, April 22, 3:00PM ET, on NBCSN or IndyCar Radio. Last year Newgarden came out the winner, landing his first win for Team Penske and the start to his road for the Championship title. Team Penske usually performs well on this circuit, with Will Power getting pole last year as well. Question is, will Penske dominate this weekend or does the Championship leader, Alexander Rossi, follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner and take it home, paving his way to receiving the Astor Cup in Sonoma?
Ricciardo dominates in China
Strategy was key in China last weekend and Red Bull used it to their advantage as Daniel Ricciardo put on a stunning performance of passes in the second half of the race to win the Chinese Grand Prix. It was thanks to a tire strategy during a caution that put the Red Bull driver at an advantage over his Mercedes and Ferrari opponents. Mercedes appeard especially challenged this weekend when it came to strategy. Perhaps it’s from years of dominating the field and getting used to consistently leading, with a grand margin, every race. However, Mercedes didn’t end too poorly as Valtteri Bottas finished 2nd and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen finished 3rd. Ricciardo’s win marked his first for the season, and lands him 4th in the championship, behind the Mercedes drivers and Sebastian Vettel.
Update on the poor guy that got ran over by Kimi’s F1 car…
If you have yet to see the video, you may want to steer clear as it’s painful to watch. Last week during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen had a freak pit-stop accident, accidentally running oer one of his mechanics. The victim was Francesco Cigarini, who was taken to a Bahraini hospital and ended up with a fractured tibia and fibula on his left leg.
Don’t worry as Francesco is on his way to recovery, and Ferrari was fined £45,000.
Azerbaijan GP, April 29
Sponsors on Sponsors
One of the most difficult things to obtain in the motorsport world is gaining sponsors and partnerships. This week Formula E announced a partnership with BMW i for the Berlin race on May 19. While series like the Monster Energy Cup (who announced their departure from the series at the end of this season), or Verizon ending it’s time with IndyCar, Formula E has been attracting plenty of attention and sponsorships, as well as partnerships for races, and new manufacturers (think Porsche in 2018). It’s a good look at the momentum this clean energy running series is gaining.
Paris E-Prix, April 28