Da Costa shines at Monaco! A century of poles for Hamilton!
All the action from Formula E, the opening weekend of BTCC 2021 at Thruxton, and Formula 1 at Barcelona!
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 talked about all the important moments from Formula E at Monaco, BTCC at Thruxton, and Formula 1 in Spain, with plenty of banter thrown in there too!
Racing on the full circuit for the first time, Formula E arguably had it’s best race in the 7 year history of the championship with a titanic 3-way battle for the win between Da Costa, Evans and Frijns on the narrow Monte Carlo streets, after they all qualified in the top 3 in Superpole earlier in the day! Da Costa led away from the front but with both Evans and Frijns snapping at his heels and drivers further back going three-wide into Saint Devote. Any suspicion that overtaking is impossible at Monaco was quickly debunked as the lead of the race changed no less than six times! Evans got a run on Da Costa and pulled off a brave move up the hill into Beau Rivage, which was looking to be the highlight of the race until Da Costa dived into the Nouvelle chicane round the outside of Evans, taking back the lead on the final lap of the E-Prix! Da Costa held on for victory as the battle for 2nd intensified in the final sector of the race, with Frijns snatching the second podium slot from Evans on the run to the chequered flag!
BTCC is finally back for 2021, and the opening weekend of racing at Thruxton, “the fastest circuit in the UK”, didn’t disappoint! In qualifying, Sutton mastered the conditions on a drying track to take pole from Cook and Turkington, with returning BTCC veterans Shedden and Plato starting race 1 8th and 11th respectively. In typical BTCC fashion, it kicked off straight away as Sutton got turned round by Turkington into the first chicane which was later penalised, and Shedden & Smiley crashed hard at Goodwood! Cook led away after the safety car and held on for victory ahead of Ingram and Hill, giving him pole for race 2. Cook continued his great form by winning race 2 just ahead of Cammish who was appearing for one race, earning the BTC Racing outfit a 1-2 finish, with Hill completing the podium. Race 3 was set up to be chaotic affair, with Jelley and Oliphant on the front row for BMW and Laser Tools Racing’s Sutton and Moffat just behind, and the race starting in mixed conditions once again! As in qualifying, Sutton triumphed in changeable weather to win the final race of the day, with BTCC legend Plato showing that age is just a number by taking 2nd place on the final run to the line from Hill!
Catalunya saw a closely-contested battle between Mercedes and Red Bull in qualifying, but it was the 7-time champion who took his 100th pole position, a remarkable feat from arguably the most talented driver of the modern F1 era! In the race Verstappen threw caution to the wind and dived past Hamilton going into turn 1, leading the way for Red Bull in the early stages. However, during the second round of pit stops Mercedes played a brilliant strategy which put Hamilton in a position to challenge the young Dutchman in the final few laps after Red Bull decided against bringing Max into the box. So, once Hamilton caught up with 7 laps remaining, it was an easy overtake into turn 1 and a carbon copy of Hungary 2019. With another win under his belt, Hamilton extended his lead to 14 points over Verstappen, with Bottas a further 33 points adrift after a relatively uneventful Grand Prix. Looking further back through the order, Leclerc impressed for Ferrari starting 3rd on the grid and eventually finishing 4th, and Ricciardo looked much more comfortable in the McLaren by taking 6th.
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Keiran, Naomi, James & Rob