Energy crisis at Valencia! Narrow finish in Croatia!
De Vries and Dennis share the spoils in Rounds 5 & 6 of Formula E! Ogier wins by less than a second for Toyota Gazoo!
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 had a chat about Rounds 5 & 6 of the FIA Formula E World Championship, the double header at Valencia, WRC in Croatia, and Indycar at St. Petersburg!
Formula E saw another wet start to Saturday’s E-Prix, with Vandoorne denied pole by a tyre passport issue, promoting Da Costa and De Vries to the front row! As the cars got released from behind the safety car, Da Costa led the way in the DS Techeetah. Lotterer went deep on the brakes colliding with Buemi, forcing a full course yellow as Seb recovered. The front runners of De Vries, Lynn and Gunther fought hard in the early laps, with Gunther falling foul of the conditions and sliding into the gravel. Evans was punted off the circuit by Sette Camara, and Vandoorne slipped back to 18th after an uncharacteristic error. There were battles throughout the field after the race restarted, most notably between Wehrlein, Nato, Cassidy and Frijns up at the sharp end! Lotterer later found himself in the gravel trap requiring yet another safety car, the 5th of the race in fact. As the useable energy for each driver was recalculated for the final time, all but about 5 drivers were caught out as the race got back underway with 2 laps to go! No less than half of the grid ground to a halt on the last lap, gifting the win to De Vries, 2nd to Muller and 3rd to Vandoorne from the back of the grid!
Sunday finally saw a grid start on a dry track, with Dennis earning himself pole position thanks in part to wet weather for his rivals during qualifying. However, any sign of nerves or inexperience was wiped away as he led the entire race with the likes of Lynn, Turvey and Lotterer keeping him on his toes! His victory wasn’t without typical late drama as his team instructed him to slow down in order for the scheduled 45 mins to elapse so that he would start the final lap. Rookie Nato looked to be heading for a podium finish, but he received a 5 second penalty for punting Lynn off the circuit earlier in the race. Vandoorne got into strife after attempting to overtake Buemi, breaking his right front wheel on an apex barrier forcing him to retire the car. As Nato’s penalty was applied at the chequered flag, Lotterer and Lynn were promoted to 2nd and 3rd respectively, after an enthralling race-long battle among the leading drivers!
WRC travelled to Croatia for the first time last weekend, with 20 year old Rovanpera leading the championship after 2 rounds. But his lead was short lived after crashing out on stage 1 due to severe steering problems. Day 1 saw Neuville take an early lead, followed closely by Ogier who had a close call with a slow puncture in the morning stages, and Evans in 3rd. Debutant Fourmaux impressed the most, ending the day in 6th position overall. Day 2 saw Neuville make a crucial error in terms of his tyre selection, opting for a mix of hard and soft tyres which cost him the lead of the rally. Evans also jumped ahead of Neuville into 2nd as the Toyota’s dominated Saturday morning. As Ogier suffered damage after a rare road traffic collision on the way to the first Sunday stage, we were finely poised for a grandstand finish, and it all came down to the final Wolf Power Stage! Both Neuville and Evans made vital mistakes on their power stage runs, allowing 7-time champion Ogier to grab victory by just 0.6 seconds, the 3rd narrowest margin in WRC history!
Indycar moved on to St. Petersburg this week with Herta starting the race on pole position, with Harvey, Newgarden and Pagenaud keeping him honest. Sato took his opportunities with both hands, forcefully overtaking both Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay within a few laps. Rahal and Rossi also had a coming together which put the latter out of the race with a puncture. A couple of safety car periods complicated matters for Herta as he on hard tyres had to defend from Newgarden and Pagenaud on softs. However, the youngest Indycar race winner held his own to take another victory in the series! Ex-F1 driver Ericsson recovered well to 7th from 16th on the grid, as did Grosjean who moved up 5 places to 13th!
As always, we’ll be posting weekly review videos on our dedicated YouTube channel with our next instalment covering Formula 1 at Portimao, the WEC 6 hours of Spa, MotoGP in Spain, and Indycar in Texas! Make sure to check out all our previous videos, leave a like and a comment, and subscribe cos there’s plenty more to come! We’re also on Spotify and Apple Podcasts in case you’d prefer to listen to our weekly episodes!
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