This Week In Motorsport: What We Learnt
MotoGP: Rins capitalizes on Marquez mistake
MotoGP once again delivered with a gripping race from start to finish with the result ending in much different circumstances than everybody thought. The race began as everybody thought with the pole-sitter and reigning World Champion Marc Marquez who has been deemed as King of COTA made a blistering start and quickly built up a four-second lead over the chasing pack he was once again in a league of his own and seemingly unbeatable, this was until he made an uncharacteristic mistake heading into turn 12 where he crashed out. This left an enthralling battle between Suzuki's Alex Rins who had never won a race in MotoGP up against the legend that is Valentino Rossi, ultimately it was the Spanish rider Rins who managed to pass The Doctor and held of his last lap fight back to claim a maiden victory. However, Rossi's performance was especially impressive as the 40-year-old came agonizingly close to taking victory despite being on a rather poor Yamaha. Rins and Suzuki have also officially asserted themselves as a pair to look out for and certainly not write of as top contenders.
Formula 1: Mercs Dominate as Ferrari's left to look foolish
The 1000th Formula One Grand Prix event hailed from China and was let's be honest far from a classic, however, there are still plenty of points we can take away from the weekend heading forward. Mercedes were in a different league for the majority of the weekend locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying and taking an astonishing third consecutive 1-2 finish. It was Bottas who took pole on Saturday and many people thought that we might be seeing the return of the Bottas that we saw in Australia who gave Lewis as good as he got and came out on top, however it turned out that it was the 2018 Bottas who was left for dead at the start by his teammate and then had a lonely race in second. In contrast, Lewis looked poor for the majority of the weekend and only started to look like a threat to Valteri in Q3, but you can never look too far past him when it comes to consistent race pace and that is exactly what he showed throughout the Grand Prix winning by a comfortable margin. Then there's Ferrari. Oh, Ferrari. After Bahrain, we thought that the hype surrounding the capability of the car was real especially as we were headed to a track that would theoretically suit their car. However, it was the same old story with an underperforming and questionable, to say the least, team orders that I'm not going to get into. However, we all hope and pray that this is only temporary and that they will be challenging again soon.
Formula E: Jaguar resurgence confirmed
Yet another griping ABB FIA Formula E race this time taking place for the first time this season in Europe with the Rome E-Prix, gave us our seventh different race winner and for the seventh different team in the seventh race this season. This time it was Jaguar and New Zealand's Mitch Evans who took his maiden Formula E victory ahead of Andre Loterer who has been extremely unfortunate not to have taken a win by now and former Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne who finally took a much-needed podium. To put into perspective how unpredictable and ever-changing the landscape of Formula E is at the current moment there are just 13 points that separate the top 9 drivers after seven whole races meaning it is in every sense of the word unpredictable. Formula E it is fair to say hasn't been given as much love by many people as perhaps it deserves, whether it be because of the electric cars or the fact that it is being run a little bit like a real-life Mario Kart but you can't deny that it is amazing entertainment.
ELMS: Dragonspeed defeat Mighty G-Drive
The European Le Mans Series returned with its first race of the season at the Circuit Paul Ricard, the reigning champions G-Drive lost two of their three championship-winning drivers in Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola who left for different reasons. They were instead replaced by Norman Nato and Job Van Uitert, the race didn't exactly finish how they would have liked with a fourth place for the new trio, the overall race was instead won by the Dragonspeed team who have become a permanent fixture in both ELMS and the World Endurance Championship but have never quite had the success that they deserve. The trio was made up of Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and James Allen none of whom are particularly stand out names but they came together as a team and took the opportunity that was offered to them. Star names such as Paul Di Resta and Bruno Senna also are full-time drivers in this championship however they were unable to steal the headlines as Di Resta in the United Autosports Ligier finished sixth and Senna a poor eighth in his Oreca for RLR Msport. The LMP3 category was one by Ultimate Motorsport and the GTE category by the Ferrari 488 of Kessel Racing. The next round hails from Italy with the 4 hours of Monza in May.
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