Carlando on the podium in Monaco! Pourchaire youngest ever F2 race winner!
All the action from WRC in Portugal, and both Formula 2 & Formula 1 at the Monaco Grand Prix!
As avid fans of so many different motorsport series like F1, MotoGP, WRC and more, we wanted to share our love of racing on 4 (or 2) wheels in our own unique and often hilarious way. Every Tuesday we will be releasing a new video discussing all the key moments from the previous week’s motorsport, so you can stay up to date about all your favourite championships! This week for our latest video we covered all the big talking points from WRC in Portugal, and F2 & F1 in Monaco, with plenty of banter thrown in there too!
World Rally Championship
WRC moved on to Portugal last week with Sebastian Ogier aiming to maintain his lead in the championship for Toyota, but he had his work cut out fending off the likes of Thierry Neuville, Elfyn Evans and Ott Tanak on the Iberian gravel. However, the returning Spaniard Dani Sordo set the pace on Friday until he suffered a stall which allowed Tanak into the lead of the rally. Unfortunately, the Estonian broke his suspension on Saturday afternoon forcing him out of contention for the rally victory, while youngster Rovanpera also faced problems in the Toyota Yaris. Going into Sunday’s final stages and with the memory of Croatia at the front of his mind, Evans continued to extend his lead over Sordo, eventually winning the overall rally by over 28 seconds with Ogier just under a minute further back in 3rd. Takamoto Katsuta finished an impressive 4th place overall, only 1 minute behind the 7-time champion, with the Brit Gus Greensmith coming home in a respectable 5th position. Despite their earlier retirements, Tanak and Neuville redeemed themselves on the historic Fafe Wolf Power Stage with 1st and 2nd respectively, scoring a few championship points in the process to keep them in the championship fight with 9 rallies remaining on the provisional calendar.
F2 returned to action on the iconic Monte Carlo streets for the second round of the season, with 17 year old Theo Pourchaire taking pole position for Saturday’s feature race in an impressive qualifying session. The first of two sprint races saw the championship leader Guanyu Zhou take victory for Uni Virtuosi, strengthening his overall lead over Piastri, Pourchaire and Ticktum on Friday. Liam Lawson won the second sprint race on Saturday morning, the first Monaco win of his career at that point, only to be disqualified post-race for an incorrect throttle map which was understandably an incredibly tough pill to swallow. As a result, Carlin’s Dan Ticktum inherited the win and made inroads on the title protagonists. Later that day, the French youngster Pourchaire lined up on pole for the feature race, and after an almost faultless drive won his first F2 race in his career, and in the process becoming the youngest ever race winner in Formula 2 history. Remember the name: Theo Pourchaire!
In F1, Ferrari showed impressive pace by taking a 1-4 in qualifying but this wasn’t without drama and controversy as Leclerc hit the wall hard at the swimming pool section on his section Q3 run, interrupting flying laps for several other drivers behind, including Verstappen and Sainz. As the cars began to head for the grid on Sunday, pole-sitter Leclerc was forced back into his garage with what was later identified as a damaged left driveshaft; yet another non-finish for the Monegasque and a devastating blow for the Tifosi. This promoted Verstappen up to effective pole position who held off both Bottas and Sainz off at the start and proceeded to control the race from there. Hamilton was struggling down in 7th position behind Vettel & Gasly and wasn’t able to capitalise on an undercut after his pitstop. Meanwhile, as Perez was free to set rapid lap times at the front of the field he pulled off the overcut to perfection, rejoining the track in 4th place and ready to hunt down the Gulf-liveried McLaren of Norris. Merc also faced problems on the other side of the garage as Bottas was forced to retire from 2nd place after his right front wheel nut was machined off and subsequently became impossible to remove. Red Bull’s Verstappen drove a comfortable race from lights to flag to take his first grand prix victory at Monaco. Despite catching the Brit with at least 10 laps to go, the lack of space to overtake on the narrow streets meant Norris held on for his 2nd podium finish in 2021, while Sainz came home for 2nd place showing that the Ferrari is apparently no slouch this year, completing a memorable ‘Carlando’ podium. With that result, Verstappen and Red Bull moved past Mercedes to the top of both championships, the first time the team has led the constructors since 2013! The 2021 championship fight is well and truly on!
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