Triumph for Quartararo at Portimao! Super Max victorious at Imola!
Incredible motorsport action from around the globe, featuring F1, MotoGP, Indycar, ELMS & GT World Challenge Europe
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 ran through all the action from Formula 1 at Imola, MotoGP at Portimao, Indycar at Barber, ELMS at Catalunya and GT World Challenge at Monza, a pretty packed-out weekend to say the least!
Starting off with MotoGP, Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo was the polesitter but he didn’t capitalise on that advantage with a slow start off the mark. Zarco and Rins were out in front in the early stages, with the returning Marc Marquez up to a hugely impressive 3rd position on lap 1! Unfortunately, being away for 9 months recovering from past injuries wasn’t treating him well as the Spaniard slowly fell through the order. Quartararo on the other hand was quickly making up for his early mistake, working his way back up to 2nd place on lap 17 and then taking the lead 3 laps later! Apparent technical gremlins and high tyre degradation was causing spins for some notable riders, including Rossi, Rins from 2nd place, and the then-championship leader Zarco from 3rd! Quartararo prevailed to take the victory for Yamaha, followed by Bagnaia of Ducati and Mir of Suzuki!
F1 returned to the infamous Imola circuit for the second round of the season, and it didn’t take long for the usual drama to ensue in qualifying! Tsunoda hit the wall hard causing a red flag interruption, both Williams drivers progressed to Q2, and we had 7 different constructors in the top 10 shootout! Norris was setting the timesheets purple in the McLaren but pushed his luck with the track limits at turn 9, having his time deleted which potentially cost him P3 on the grid. Perez put in a storming lap to qualify ahead of his teammate Verstappen, but it was Hamilton who pulled the rabbit out of the hat once again to take pole position for Mercedes!
Moving forward to race day, and rather unexpectedly the heavens opened at a very specific part of the circuit, creating a strategic nightmare for all the teams just 30 minutes from lights out. With the majority of the grid opting for intermediate tyres, the initial launch was absolutely crucial, and Verstappen nailed his getaway taking the lead from 3rd on the grid, proceeding to disappear down the road! As the drivers began to settle in, Latifi moved across Mazepin with the former spearing into the barrier, forcing a safety car. Perez lost control during the SC period dropping back a few places which he then immediately retook after rejoining, landing him with a 10 sec penalty. Following the restart, the drivers were beginning to think about switching to dry tyres, with Vettel being the first to risk it on slicks on lap 22. 6 laps later, Verstappen dived into the lane followed by Hamilton a lap later, with the latter having a slow stop which gifted a comfortable lead to Verstappen. As Hamilton attempted to make up ground on the charging bull, he got on the wet stuff and narrowly avoided the wall, allowing him to back up the car and continue on his way. Shortly after, Bottas and Russell had a major collision in the braking zone of turn 1 bringing out a red flag, which was later determined to be a racing incident by the stewards as both drivers shared blame for the incident. Russell appeared to let his emotions get the better of him as he hit Bottas on the head while the Finn was still in his cockpit, a rather irresponsible thing for the young Brit to do especially after such a heavy impact. As the race was about to resume, Verstappen who was leading the field nearly lost the car at the penultimate corner, but miraculously recovered to maintain the lead. McLaren opted for soft tyres on Norris’ car, and it paid off as he passed Leclerc for 2nd place into turn 1, with a chasing Hamilton back in 8th with it all to do. However, the 7-time champion delivered a masterclass in changeable conditions, eventually taking 2nd place after a great scrap with Norris who took his 2nd podium of his career in 3rd! Verstappen stayed out of trouble after his near miss and dominated the race to finish 1st by 22 secs from the next car, showing the potential of that Red Bull once again!
The 2021 Indycar season kicked off in Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park, with some familiar faces making their debuts in the US single-seater series. Ex-F1 driver Grosjean qualified 7th, V8 Supercars triple champion Scott McLaughlin started 12th, and 7-time Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson managed 21st on the grid. Pato O’Ward of McLaren Arrow SP started on pole, with the more experienced Rossi just behind looking to put pressure on him early. It didn’t take long for it all to kick off as Newgarden spun on the exit of turn 4 on lap 1 causing a major crash involving multiple drivers including Rosenqvist, Herta and Hunter-Reay. As the race resumed, O’Ward and Rossi opted to take an early stop, allowing Palou, Power and Dixon to move into the leading positions. As the strategy played out, McLaren Arrow were hoping that O’Ward could make up the gap to the drivers ahead, but it wasn’t to be as Palou took victory in the opening race, followed closely by Power and Dixon! Somewhat notably, Ex-F1 drivers Ericsson and Grosjean finished 8th and 10th respectively, a solid result!
In the European Le Mans Series, Louis Deletraz on his debut overtook Roman Rusinov in the opening hour of 3 in Spain, before handing over to Ex-F1 & Rally driver Robert Kubica who brought it home to win the race for Team WRT! The GT World Challenge Europe faced very changeable conditions in Monza much like Imola, with a dry start to the race which was soon followed by rain showers after the first hour, causing a flurry of pitlane activity as the teams switched compounds. However, in the second hour the track began to dry out once again which led to 11 separate puncture incidents, 2 of which involved the race leaders! Dinamic Motorsport Porsche eventually took victory in the Pro Cup, with Emil Frey Racing, the winners in Silver Cup, also finishing on the overall podium in 2nd place, a remarkable feat!
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