In Saturday evening’s race, Sebastien Bourdais was running seventh when he braked in reaction to Colton Herta slowing in front of him, heading for pitlane. Immediately behind Bourdais, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was caught by surprise and tapped the #14 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet into a spin that sent the 37-time race-winner hard into the SAFER barrier on the outside of Turn 2. Bourdais’ teammate Dalton Kellett at least managed to finish on the lead lap, albeit last, and that would be as good as it got for the squad. With the second race, like the first, set by championship points due to the cancelation of qualifying, and with Bourdais having dropped from seventh to 14 th due to the Saturday DNF, he was more vulnerable at the start of the race. As they were rolling toward the green flag, Dale Coyne Racing-Honda’s Pietro Fittipaldi hit Bourdais knocking him into a spin that collected Alexander Rossi’s Andretti Autosport machine. The melee would also eliminate Conor Daly … [Read more...] about Foyt counts the cost of disastrously unlucky Texas weekend
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Arguably, no other combination has so clearly failed to turn dazzling qualifying speed into hard results. It's a strange situation given that historically the Faenza outfit has been known for overachieving, stealing unexpected results on days when things go wrong for others. Gasly qualified a superb fifth at both of the opening events in Bahrain and Imola, and yet the races have not gone to plan. In the first race the Frenchman crunched his front wing against the rear wheel of Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren on the opening lap, and his day was effectively over. Then at its home event AlphaTauri made an over-cautious call to start both cars on full wet tyres. That didn't pay off, and in the end seventh – helped by a one-place gain from a penalty ahead – represented a decent recovery for Gasly. To compound the Italian team's frustration his teammate Yuki Tsunoda has yet to fully optimise a race weekend and fulfil his obvious potential. Gasly is well aware that opportunities … [Read more...] about Can Gasly finally fulfil AlphaTauri qualifying promise?
Lorenzo's latest injury was related to his back, sustained at Assen, and he returned to racing at the British Grand Prix after missing four races, but still without being fully fit. He was consistently at the back end of the field throughout the weekend and he admitted that he preferred not crashing again over reaching the limits of his Honda. Lorenzo eventually finished the race, which he said he would treat as a training exercise , in 14th, likening the weekend to the US GP at Laguna Seca in 2013, when he also raced injured. While the Spaniard says he'll have to be careful during this week's Misano test on Thursday and Friday, he added will be fitter and able to take more risks in the race weekend at the same track two weeks afterwards. "These three days have been kind of survival weekend for me, similar to when I race in Laguna Seca in 2013 with the recently operated collarbone for the second time," Lorenzo said. "I wouldn't crash in Laguna Seca and I … [Read more...] about Lorenzo feels “out of danger” after “survival” British GP
Race organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, also the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship of which Le Mans is the blue riband round, has stated that there are no plans to push back this year's from August 21/22 to ensure that spectators can be accommodated. ACO president Pierre Fillon said: "Whatever happens Le Mans will not change [dates], even if it is without spectators. We have no choice: we have Fuji [round five of the 2021 WEC] in September." Fillon stressed that he is convinced the 24 Hours, which was originally scheduled on its traditional mid-June weekend, will take be able to welcome spectators this year, though not the quarter of a million people who typically attend in a normal year. "We are confident to organise Le Mans with public," he explained. "I don't know how many people, not 250,000 for sure — it will depend on the pandemic." This year's Le Mans was postponed from June 13/14 back in March in the hope that a crowd can be accommodated. … [Read more...] about Le Mans 24h date won’t change again, even without fans
In a previous job, writing for a publication based in the UK, one of my favorite tasks was visiting racetracks of the past and comparing them then and now. A particular favorite was Pescara in Italy, still the longest course ever to grace the Formula 1 World Championship, at 16-plus miles. The Adriatic coast and the vineyard-strewn hillsides inland in this region together form one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. The photographer and I felt a real sense of accomplishment when, brandishing archive pics from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, we were able to figure out where the original photographers had stood, and then were able to replicate the shots in the 21 st century. Gratifyingly, much had remained the same. But as you can imagine, the delight in spotting the same milestone markers, the same trees with 60 years more growth and the faded painted curbing at the roadside, etc., was accompanied by a deep sense of poignancy. It can’t be described as nostalgia, of course, as … [Read more...] about Opinion: Saving Laguna Seca