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Well that could have blown it for Neuville. Hyundai could be developing a nasty habit of breaking rear suspension here. Ogier gladly took the podium points to retake the sole championship lead. Germany's my favourite because it's closest to a grand prix in rallying. It forces you to win at the slowest speed and follow Stewart's Law. If you don't, your rival tiptoes to victory while you sit on the side of the road, swearing, with a mangled car and a big fat zero after hitting a Dragon's Tooth. It's a rally car's street circuit.

Slow and steady wins the race. That's what you should have done in Poland, Tanak. Win number 2 much more impressive than win number 1. Lappi came back down to earth quick, while Mikkelsen showed he can challenge for victory without VW, making Meeke and Breen look pedestrian in the Citroen. Has Neuville blown it? We'll soon see.

Drivers

1. Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (M-Sport) 177
2. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Huyndai) 160
3. Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (M-Sport) 144
4. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota) 123

Manufacturers

1. M-Sport 325
2. Hyundai 261
3. Toyota 213
4. Citroen 163

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Still close to call. If rain arrives again, go for Spa specialist Raikkonen. Mercedes seem faster on harder tyres, but on the faster ones in mixed conditions, it's Ferrari. Hamilton couldn't string together consistently fast laps without overheating, so it was really just one lap fireworks. So yeah, punt on Raikkonen this weekend. I've been waiting for the moment for a long time now where Vettel's up against it so it's Raikkonen who needs to win or beat Hamilton to save the championship. Bottas has already done that twice this season, winning and beating Vettel into second when Hamilton's been nowhere. Vettel needs Raikkonen to step up in that way.

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There seemed to be a kind of inevitability about Hamilton winning that, which of course frustrated me. The grunt of Mercedes' engine was always going to be too much, but damn, Vettel gave it a good go. Tyre strategy kept him in the hunt all day, with the safety car working both for and against him. For because he could attempt a wheel to wheel attack on the restart, against because he was closing on Hamilton when Hamilton's tyres were at their weakest, and visibly falling apart.

Darn it. Encouraging, though.

Verstappen retiring is a regular feature now, as is Grosjean having problems, Alonso moaning and Perez and Ocon nearly killing each other. I hear where DC is coming from, stating that Eau Rouge is so dangerous that perhaps there should have been a penalty for Perez's actions, but at the same time Perez took the normal line to defend against a move at that point of the track. When the car in front moves towards that wall, the car behind needs to either back off or go to the outside to continue the attack, or else crash. Ocon did not - result, crash. That fact alone spares Perez a penalty, so I agree with the stewards on that one, just barely. If it had happened a few metres later, then I would have thrown the book at Perez. On such a flat out blast with concrete walls and not a lot of room, Ocon really should have known better. He got consumed by the red mist because Perez was so good he had kept ahead after the stops despite a penalty. A penalty Perez could have avoided if he had just bloody well given up the position like he should have after skipping the chicane. He got the red mist there, not accepting that he got the position on Grosjean by going off. I would have let him keep the place ahead of Kvyat, he got a great tow to pass him, but got too excited then and tried to do a PS4-style double pass. Not gonna happen in real life, mate, much as I love doing that in game. Perez has really let his standards slip this year, feeling threatened by an unexpectedly good team mate in podium worthy machinery. This 'let us race' thing is total bull, and is abused most by Perez this year, like it was abused by Hamilton in his war with Rosberg, it's really just code with 'let me cheat and if it goes wrong it's always the other guy's fault'. He needs some time on the naughty step if this goes on.

Incidentally, how comprehensive is that career mode? I actually have to worry about component life, now? This was present in last year's game, but this year there's a flipping trophy for managing it. Oh god. The diagram showing all the bits you need to keep check on... aggh! Me and my sister agree it looks like the sphere grid out of Final Fantasy X. Massive respect to the real engineers.

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 220
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 213
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 179
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer) 132

Constructors

1. Mercedes 392
2. Ferrari 348
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 199
4. Force India Mercedes 103

Manufacturers

1. Mercedes 540
2. Ferrari 422
3. Renault 293
4. Honda 11

GP3

Deja vu for Calderon. Tenth on the Saturday grid is wasted by a disastrous race. Stalling on the grid at lights out, she hit everything going in her desparation to salvage something, including team mate Baptista. A deserved penalty torpedoing her chances on Sunday. Newcomer Correa brings the grid unexpectedly to 20, which embarrasingly screwed with the on screen graphics, which had been designed around there only being 19 from the start of the season. Need to fix that for Italy, guys. Russell inches closer to the title by dominating on Saturday, and fighting his way through to second on Sunday, though Aitken and Fukuzumi won't go down without a fight. Aitken really could have done without that clash on Sunday with this season's punchbag Boccolacci, though. Alesi makes it three consecutive Sunday wins, so we see more of his dad again, which is always good.

Drivers

1. George Russell (ART Grand Prix) 137
2. Nirei Fukuzumi (ART Grand Prix) 101
3. Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) 95
4. Giuliano Alesi (Trident) 87

Teams

1. ART Grand Prix 399
2. Trident 203
3. Jenzer Motorsport 115
4. Arden International 48

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Bad news for Niko Kari, RB is dropping him from their junior program.
And Kari just took two rather unfortunate 9th places in first starts of Hungary and Spa.

But Kari says he's negotiating continuing in GP3 with "several teams" and while I can't say much of his financial backing, results aren't too bad: in 7/10 starts he has won both his teammates, with 5 points finishes against 1 by the other Arden drivers combined.


The North-European Zone Formula 4 championship - won by Kari 2015 - was confirmed for Danish driver Christian Lundgaard in second last race.
16-year-old Lundgaard was signed to Renault's young drivers program in March.

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I had a calculator in front of me and I still got it wrong! What the hell?

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Porsche Supercup

Saturday was a tense affair, with multiple frustrated attempts by Ammermuller who faced his first genuine piece of resistance in the season. Drudi took his opportunity to bag a nice podium while Olsen just took it slow and steady to stroke it home for all 11 laps and bag the points. Plenty of track limits violations, and one driver on the verge of a penalty, effectively on a yellow card, which left the graphics struggling to keep up. Oops.

Sunday was mad. Best race of the season, with crashes galore, passes a plenty - and real ones, F1, under their own steam not handed to them by DRS. No surprise Ross Brawn wants rid of the damn thing in a few years - a reward for plugging away for Ammermuller taking advantage of a safety car to move up a place and limit the championship damage from being off the pace. He was hardly slow, being good enough for third for about 90% of the two races, but was fighting to not be fourth rather than challenge for second or first. Days like this need defensive skills, and he had them in spades. And handy too, since Olsen steamrollered the weekend to lead every lap like he had in the early races. Cammish being in one of the crashes which spun him out of the points might well have killed off his title hopes before he managed to get a win on the board. Ammermuller outsmarting him in Hungary is really gonna hurt him, now. Nearly there, now. Only three races left!

Drivers

1. Michael Ammermuller (Lecner MSG Racing Team) 150
2. Dennis Olsen (Walter Lechner Racing Team) 142
3. Daniel Cammish (Lechner MSG Racing Team) 100
4. Matt Campbell (Fach Auto Tech) 91

Teams

1. Lechner MSG Racing Team 250
2. Walter Lechner Racing Team 159
3. Fach Auto Tech 147
4. Dinamic Motorsport 109

Nations

1. Germany 150
2. Norway 142
3. Britain 101
4. Australia 99

F2

Well, Leclerc does it again. Not even a still dangerous Rowland can hold him back. Saturday was all his. Slightly confusing seeing De Vries and Delatraz swapping teams. Markelov was screwed over by Rowland once again. Urge to kill rising, especially as the stewards initially seemed to show bias towards Rowland again in an incident, by doling out a penalty for passing off the track. He had the move done, and Rowland again squeezed him rather than play fair. Only he should have got a penalty, but at least they both got a five second one, so Markelov claimed a moral victory in the end, as they cancelled each other out. And then I tune in on Sunday morning to find Leclerc and Rowland both disqualified. What the hell? So Markelov wins after all, Russian Time 1-2. That was for Hungary, Rowland. Take that!

Leclerc blew him away on Sunday to pass people where I've never dared in the games and vault up the field much faster than he did. Markelov dropped out of contention as soon as he entered it with a blown engine, sadly, and Matsushita provided one of the most understated reactions to a massive crash ever. He was Raikkonen-like in his mismatch of driver fury with severity of accident, with his angry pitching of his steering wheel out of the car after having a big shunt, then walking away in a huff at throwing it all away. All through the chaos came Sergio Sette Camara, not long after I only got used to saying his name from seeing him for the first time at last year's Macau races. On a tangent, I only found out last year that that's where the Theodore of Theodore Racing came from. I'd heard of Macau vaguely before, but it was only a few years ago that I saw it for the first time, with Max Verstappen getting all the press attention, but the dominant driver was... Leclerc. Sette Camara was there last year, and he finally got a win in the short time I've seen him. Flukey victory? Only time will tell. Though where did this neverending version of the Brazilian national anthem come from? I first heard it at the World Cup, but racing has adopted it now. I prefer the version used in the days of Barrichello and Massa winning races, but this version skips straight to the previously unused end after about 30 seconds. What's that about?!

Drivers

1. Charles Leclerc (Prema Racing) 218
2. Oliver Rowland (Dams) 159
3. Artem Markelov (Russian Time) 150
4. Luca Ghiotto (Russian Time) 123

Teams

1. Dams 274
2. Russian Time 273
3. Prema Racing 258
4. ART Grand Prix 165

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In GP3, welcome Dan's 'cousin' from an alternate universe, Dan Ticktum! No, really, that's his name! He takes his place alongside Calderon and Baptista at Dams. Shame for Niko Kari being let go by Red Bull at the end of the year, but questions are being raised over why he and Pierre Gasly seem to be getting shafted in favour of the distinctly non-Red Bull backed Sean Gelael.

It was no surprise to learn that GP3 will become F3 in two years' time. Since there are F3s in many countries this will be called International F3, reminding me of the old International F3000 which eventually became GP2, now F2.

Meanwhile in F1, with Red Bull joining the inevitable McLaren at the back of the grid, I put a punt on a fired up Ocon to try and get one over on Perez at last with a strong result, while he closes in on the all time career start finishing record.

Worrying for me pace from Mercedes again.

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F2

The weather played havoc with Saturday. It was getting dark when F2 finally got going, and the damp conditions made for mayhem. Some beautiful manouvres were made and Leclerc and Rowland were both in the wars. Huge bad luck for Rowland but his making sure the loose wheel didn't hit anybody showed great awareness. He had put in a clean performance at last and was robbed by the botched stop. It was an open goal for Leclerc, only for him to kick that ball into the stands with his overeagerness to get past De Vries after Ghiotto stuffed up his braking. A collision and a missed opportunity. Ghiotto might have thought that might have removed the need for a penalty, but nope. He didn't back off, therefore advantage still gained: penalty. Shame. With darkness, rain, and slipstreaming of the type Monza provides, it seemed almost inevitable that penalties galore would be doled out after this race, and they were.

Ghiotto avenged that on Sunday by bulldozing his way to the front and staying there. Passes everywhere, most of them real thankfully, along with lots of locking up, and lots of damage. How many broken front wings? No change for Leclerc or Rowland, so Leclerc closes in on the championship now, with four races left.

Whoa. What a weekend.

Drivers

1. Charles Leclerc (Prema Racing) 218
2. Oliver Rowland (Dams) 159
3. Artem Markelov (Russian Time) 152
4. Luca Ghiotto (Russian Time) 150

Teams

1. Russian Time 302
2. Prema Racing 295
3. Dams 291
4. ART Grand Prix 190

GP3

The weather cancelled all action on Saturday, meaning something would surely be brewing for Sunday. Wow. Just wow. Poor Fukuzumi nobbled before the start for the second time this year. What is it with GP3 cars breaking on pole on Sunday? All his team mates battled all morning for victory, as crashes galore juggled the order the whole way through. Gutting for Ticktum on the restart. He had done so well to take advantage of other's fighting, only for one little touch from Boccolacci to give him a puncture and condemn both of them to the back. Tveter was anonymous on his way to fifth in a 'where did he come from?' kind of way. Hubert must be gutted not to win and see Russell and Aitken mug him when they've already won enough this year. Correa blotted his copybook by being distracted by Hyman and Schothorst challenging him, then missing the braking point and wiping out himself and his unsuspecting team mate Maini. Really bad luck for Kari crashing out on the last lap just as the clock ran out.

Russell stands on the brink of the championship now, while another podium lockout sees a 7th title out of 8 years for GP3's Ferrari, ART.

And best ever 7th place... very timely for Calderon! Monza has always been kind to her. Might use that to sweet talk Sauber into keeping her as development driver. I've no doubt that while on Twitter she herself says #nevergiveup, plenty of others will be passing around an altogether more predictable hashtag - #girlpower

You could make a drinking game from spotting that one.

Drivers

1. George Russell (ART Grand Prix) 162
2. Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) 119
3. Nirei Fukuzumi (ART Grand Prix) 99
4. Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) 97

Teams

1. ART Grand Prix 463
2. Trident 222
3. Jenzer Motorsport 116
4. Campos Racing 55

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Porsche Supercup

Whoa. This is serious. Forget inter-team rivalry, it's inter-company rivalry now, with two of the Lechner teams contesting the championships at the end. Overtakes, mistakes and crashes galore, even more so than last year at Monza. Nothing would go right for Ammermuller, until suddenly he was thrown a bone by people deciding to hit each other on consecutive laps at Curva Grande. I forget what it's supposed to be called now. Campbell got to dominate, while Olsen had to fight to avoid suffering the same fate as Ammermuller. Shame that Ireland is the only nation pointless at this time, and looks like staying that way.

To paraphrase something Ben Edwards once said in commentary in F1, "Unlike other aspects of afternoon viewing, in motorsport it's not a good idea to be pointless."

So, is Ammermuller going to be denied at the death that first major title he's been chasing for ages? Onward to Mexico!

Drivers

1. Michael Ammermuller (Lechner MSG Racing Team) 157
2. Dennis Olsen (Walter Lechner Racing Team) 154
3. Matt Campbell (Fach Auto Tech) 111
4. Daniel Cammish (Lechner MSG Racing Team) 108

Teams

1. Lechner MSG Racing Team 265
2. Walter Lechner Racing Team 181
3. Fach Auto Tech 173
4. Dinamic Motorsport 125

Nations

1. Germany 159
2. Norway 156
3. Australia 119
4. Britain 111

F1

Ugh. I hope the whispers are true, and Mercedes focused n this race to try and break Ferrari's concentration forthe last race on the calendar they're expected to dominate on, Singapore, and that it was just the usual engine grunt that accounted for Mercedes turning back the clock to the the previous three years in Italy, and that Ferrari have another bit of speed to gain from an engine upgrade. If not, I'm gonna hate the next two months. Apart from that, give Stroll and Ocon a coconut, they showed the oldies how it's done. And the Huntsman showed he is the best overtaker in the biz right now by pulling the same move on Raikkonen at the Rettifilio that he pulled on Bottas last year. Yeehaa!

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 238
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 235
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 197
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer) 144

Constructors

1. Mercedes 435
2. Ferrari 373
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 212
4. Force India Mercedes 113

Manufacturers

1. Mercedes 603
2. Ferrari 413
3. Renault 286
4. Honda 11

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The next F1 race will take place in Singapore from 15th to 17th September.

The schedule is as follows (UTC+8 for all timings)

Practice 1: 1630-1800
Practice 2: 2030-2200
Practice 3: 1800-1900
Qualifying: 2100-2200
Actual Race: 2000 onwards

Would you like me to watch the races and put the results here?


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