FORMULA 1

THE BATTLE IN FORMULA 1 IS BACK! MAX RECOVERS FROM POOR START TO VICTORY OVER CHARLES LECLERC

Once again we await the stewards decision on the outcome of a Grand Prix but this time they can’t possible take this one away!

Honda wins for the first time since Jenson Button’s victory in 2006…

Verstappen fell to eighth on the opening lap but charged through the order and caught Leclerc late on before winning a wheel-to-wheel battle to secure the victory.

However, his race-winning pass – which resulted in minor contact as he pushed Leclerc to the runoff, denying Leclerc a first F1 win – led to a post-race investigation from the stewards.

Leclerc finished second on the road, with Valtteri Bottas third as Mercedes’ 100% win record at the start of 2019 was finally ended.

Leclerc led from pole position and despite being on a strategy his rivals felt was “risky” managed to keep the lead Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at arm’s length throughout the grand prix.

He then held on to withstand a late assault from Max Verstappen, who fell from second to eighth on the opening lap but charged back to score Red Bull’s best result of the season with Honda.

Leclerc maintained his pole advantage, aided by the anti-stall kicking in on Verstappen’s Red Bull and dropping the Dutchman back to seventh at the first corner.

 

FORMULA 2

CÂMARA SECURES FIRST WIN OF 2019

Brazilian driver earns Sprint Race victory ahead of Ghiotto and De Vries
Sérgio Sette Câmara claimed a controlled first win of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, pouncing from third on the grid and maintaining the position, despite a late safety car bunching up the drivers and creating a tense final few laps. The Brazilian finished ahead of UNI-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto and Championship leader Nyck De Vries.

Jordan King started on reverse grid pole and made a clean getaway off the line, as Louis Delétraz focused on retaining second place. All eyes were on De Vries as he claimed three scalps when the lights went out and honed in on Delétraz. The Dutchman didn’t wait around: he was past the Carlin driver ahead of Lap 2 and sat just 0.4s behind King.

De Vries promptly leapt ahead of the poleman when DRS was enabled and left King to squabble with Delétraz over second. The Swiss driver came out on top and King began to drop down the order.

RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA – JUNE 30: Sergio Sette Camara (BRA, DAMS) during the Spielberg at Red Bull Ring on June 30, 2019 in Red Bull Ring, Austria. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images)

De Vries’ delight turned to disarray shortly after when the pit limiter was suddenly activated on his ART Grand Prix machine and he plummeted back to his starting position of 6th. By the time De Vries got back up to speed, Sette Câmara had replaced him at the front of the field, following a DRS enthused moved on Delétraz.

Mick Schumacher was making waves further down the grid. The German had started in lowly 18th after a frustrating Feature Race, but quickly clawed his way through the order and claimed a provisional points’ position with an overtake on Anthoine Hubert.

Sette Câmara was the holding the fort out in front and maintaining a healthy gap between himself and Delétraz who had Ghiotto on his tail, having seen the Italian overtake Guanyu Zhou for the final podium spot. The Swiss driver managed to garner further pace from his Carlin and return to within DRS range of the DAMS’ driver ahead of him, and in doing so, fend off Ghiotto.

His improvement was short lived and what appeared to be a mechanical failure sent him curtailing nastily into the barriers, after he span on the corner. The Swiss thankfully emerged from the battered machine unharmed and a safety car was brought out to clear up the mess.

The safety car’s intervention in the race resulted in a bunched-up front five with only two laps remaining. Sette Câmara held on ahead of Ghiotto when racing restarted, but Zhou was thrown off the podium by De Vries who had recovered from his earlier issues.

Sat behind the Chinese driver was Schumacher, who’d enjoyed a remarkable race and somehow made his way up to fifth on the grid. The German was not done there and swiftly surged past the Chinese racer for fourth, as Zhou was struggling with his tyres and suffered an array of further overtakes.

Sette Câmara ran home in first at the chequered flag ahead of Ghiotto and De Vries. Schumacher claimed fourth, followed by Nobuharu Matsushita, Nicholas Latifi, King, Zhou, and teammates Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa.

A second podium place this weekend secures De Vries’ position at the top of the Drivers’ standings with 152 points, ahead of Latifi on 115. Sette Câmara is third with 107, followed by Ghiotto on 97 and Aitken on 86. DAMS’ stronghold of the teams’ standings remains with 222 points, with UNI-Virtuosi second on 182, ART Grand Prix on 158, Campos Racing on 116 and Carlin on 103.

FORMULA 1

JUST IN… FORMULA 1 CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER LEWIS HAMILTON HAS BEEN DEMOTED FROM THE FRONT ROW FOR THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX AFTER INCURRING A PENALTY FOR IMPEDING KIMI RAIKKONEN IN QUALIFYING.

LECLERC SNATCHES POLE POSITION FOR THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX VETTEL HAS BAD KARMA

Driving the only Ferrari on track in Q3, Leclerc finished top of the timesheets with a track record 1:03.003 at the Red Bull Ring, as Sebastian Vettel was denied the opportunity to set a time due to an issue with the air pressure line on his SF90’s engine.

Lewis Hamilton could only manage P2, 0.259 seconds back with the prospect of a penalty for blocking Kimi Raikkonen in Q2 still looming.

Max Verstappen was P3 with a 1:03.439, delivering a strong result for Red Bull at their home race.

Leclerc’s chances of taking pole position were given a boost when his team mate hit trouble. Vettel hadn’t done an extra run at the end of Q3 and the reason became clear as Ferrari mechanics crowded around his SF90. A problem with the air pressure line to the engine had been discovered, and as the minutes ticked down Ferrari gradually realised Vettel would be unable to take part in Q3.

That left Leclerc on his own, not that it put him off his stride. He lowered his best time with both efforts, and established a new track record of 1’03.003 has he claimed the second pole position of his career.

Hamilton was on the back foot after his first run. He led the Mercedes cars and the rest of the field out of the pits to begin with, and without the benefit of a tow he could only managed the fourth-fastest time behind his team mate and Verstappen.

When it came to the final runs Hamilton hesitated briefly as he left his pit box and his team immediately pounced on him for the delay. “Lewis we can’t wait on time, get going, get going,” came a voice from the pit wall. He got on with it when he joined the track and was quickly told his out-lap time was “safe”.

This time he had cars ahead of him, however, and that gave him the vital extra boost he needed to claim second place on the grid. Verstappen pulled off another great lap to split the Mercedes, putting his Red Bull third on the grid.

FORMULA 3

ARMSTRONG DOMINATES AGAIN!

Kiwi driver earns first pole in F3 ahead of Fewtrell and Vips
Marcus Armstrong achieved his first pole positon of the season in a frantic FIA Formula 3 Qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The PREMA Racing ace was able to hold on to P1 ahead of Max Fewtrell and Jüri Vips, despite a late red flag interrupting his session.
Qualifying started with all 30 cars swarming onto the short Spielberg circuit and it was the continually dominant PREMAs who set the standard, with Jehan Daruvala and Robert Shwartzman enjoying an early tussle out in front.
Armstrong added a third PREMA to the party, but the trio were later broken up as ART Grand Prix displayed their much-improved pace. David Beckmann moved up to third, with teammates Fewtrell and Christian Lundgaard slipping in behind him.
Shwartzman’s session was cut short as he suffered a technical hitch and was forced to pull over onto the bank at Turn 4, coming to a swift halt. Following this, Armstrong took the reins and ensured a PREMA remained on top, nabbing P1. Further drama ensued when Logan Sargeant took flight at the final turn and thundered into the barriers, bringing out a red flag. Thankfully, the American walked away from his car unscathed.
Ahead of the red flag, Armstrong had set a purple first sector and lost momentum as he looked to cement P1. Meanwhile, Vips and teammate Leonardo Pulcini managed to complete their laps and hauled themselves up to third and fourth ahead of the brief break in action.
The session resumed with just four minutes left on the clock and Vips wasted no time in getting the running back underway, narrowly missing out on pole by 0.180s, leaving Armstrong clinging onto the position.
Daruvala and Lundgaard were each able to set fast final laps and haul themselves back up the order, but neither times were as impressive as Fewtrell’s who claimed P2 at the death, just 0.123s short of Armstrong.
This meant that the Kiwi maintained pole, with the Briton from ART in second and Vips third. Daruvala and Lundgaard completed the top five, ahead of Jake Hughes, Pulcini, Pedro Piquet, Beckmann and Sebastian Fernandez. However, the Spaniard will drop three places due to a penalty earned in Free Practice. Fewtrell and Vips will both look to contend with the power of Armstrong’s PREMA in Race 1 tomorrow morning at 10.25am.

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THE HOST IS BEGINNING TO LOOSE ALL HOPE FOR FORMULA 1 AS IT STANDS TODAY WHILST NASIR CONTINUES TO LOVE AND ADMIRE LCH AND THE RECORDS HE WILL BREAK IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

MEANWHILE…THIS YEARS MOTORSPORTS REUNION AT LAGUNA SECA WILL FEATURE MIKA HÄKKINEN TO DRIVE THE HISTORIC 1970 MCLAREN M8D CAN-AM ‘BATMOBILE’ AT ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION.

20 years after earning his second consecutive Formula One drivers’ championship, Mika Häkkinen will demonstrate his considerable driving talents behind the wheel of the 1970 McLaren M8D/3 “Batmobile” at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15-18 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mika Häkkinen, left, chats with David Hobbs at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (photo: T.M. Hill)

American racing legend Dan Gurney and British Formula One driver Peter Gethin each raced the “Batmobile” during the 1970 Can-Am season as teammates to Denny Hulme following the tragic loss of Bruce McLaren. Gurney drove it during the first three races of the season, winning twice from the pole position at Mosport and Mont-Tremblant. Gethin raced the car seven times, scoring a victory at Road America along with two other podiums. The car was used as a spare for Bruce McLaren Motor Racing drivers Peter Revson and Denny Hulme in 1971 and was in privateer hands from 1972 to 1974.

The vivid papaya-colored race car is powered by a roaring 7.6-liter Chevrolet engine. The high strut-mounted rear wing of its predecessor – the M8B – had been banned by Can-Am, so the M8D’s rear wing was mounted low on fins, earning the car’s “Batmobile” nickname.

The McLaren team dominated the 1970 season with nine wins in the 10-round championship. McLaren drivers Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Peter Revson had won five straight Can-Am championships from 1967 to 1971.

This will mark the third consecutive year that Häkkinen, who had not previously driven at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, will make demonstration laps at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. He drove the 1974 McLaren M23 in 2017 and the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR in 2018.

“This track is fun, really enjoyable,” said Häkkinen. “The track goes up and down, and some of the corners have great camber. It looks tighter than it is from a distance, so you need a lot of guts to brake later and take the right line.”

Häkkinen will make spirited exhibition laps in the M8D/3 in the noon hour during the first three days of the four-day event. (Race schedule) The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion takes place August 15-18 and will honor the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Tickets and information are available by visiting www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or calling 831-242-8200.

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INDYCAR

ROSSI DOMINATES ROAD ATLANTA

For Alexander Rossi, an utterly dominant drive to victory in the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR was just the tonic he needed.

The Andretti Autosport driver led every lap but one Sunday on Road America’s demanding, high-speed permanent road course, winning by 28.4391 seconds over Will Power. It gave Rossi a second victory in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and the seventh of his four-year career. More importantly, it closed the 27-year-old Californian within seven points of the championship lead with seven races remaining.

“It was probably one of the best race cars I’ve ever had,” Rossi said of his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda.

“We have been quick through the whole season, but we just haven’t really had it come our way as many times as we want, for one reason or another. … To come out and be able to do what we did today is a huge testament to the whole organization.”

REV GROUP GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY AMR: Official results

Starting second, Rossi passed pole sitter Colton Herta on the first of 55 laps around the 14-turn, 4.014-mile circuit and was never challenged. The only lap Rossi didn’t lead came on the last of his three pit stops in the caution-free race. He returned to the top of the leaderboard when Graham Rahal made his last stop a lap later.

Rossi is on a run of five finishes of first or second place in the past seven races, beginning with a victory at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. He’s as close to the championship lead now as he has been all season. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who finished third Sunday, has 402 points to Rossi’s 395.

“Obviously you don’t want to complain about getting second places because they’re good results,” said Rossi, who had three runner-up results in the previous four races. “But it was just a win that we needed to do. We’ve been there and thereabouts, but the Penske cars were getting the upper hand on us. To be able to go out and win a race the way we did and state our intentions, we’ll regroup the next couple of weeks and come hard again in Toronto.”

Power started third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, moved up a position through the first round of pit stops and remained there to log his best finish of the 2019 season. Newgarden, in the No. 2 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet, followed a similar path to his teammate – starting fourth, advancing to third on the first round of stops and holding steady the rest of the race.

The third-place finish was Newgarden’s sixth podium result of the season – including a series-leading three victories – but the Tennessean admitted he and Power couldn’t match Rossi on this day.

“We obviously didn’t have enough today,” Newgarden said. “We were a little shy; probably a lot shy, actually. 

“Alex and Andretti (Autosport), they were too good for us today. We’ve got to come back to the drawing board, try to figure out what we’re missing. I have confidence we’ll do that.”

Rahal finished fourth in the No. 15 Gehl/Manitou Honda. Reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon recovered from first-lap contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay that dropped him to last place in the 23-car field to finish fifth.