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Motorsports 2017 (or Stewards Room with rsmcc)


Was gonna call it Race Control, but out of context... yikes. emoticon

Starting afresh for 2017, here's my tracker of the motorsport I watch. Only WRC and Formula E have begun so far, so here's their standings. To keep it shorter, only the top 4 will be recapped each time.

WRC

Reigning champion, moves to new team, one which hasn't won for several years. Boom! Wins first time. Had a little bit of luck, but you need that in this business sometimes. Before Monte Carlo, I would have thought there was a real chance that Sebastien Ogier wouldn't win at all. But then again, VW aren't there, so that should have been a sign; smaller field and all that. Success as a team boss after being a champion driver has rarely happened in F1 - I'm not counting Brabham because Jack was still active when his team started winning, and the last time they won anything was before I was even born, and after he wasn't involved anymore. Since I got into motorsport only Jackie Stewart's team's Europe '99 win stands as a major success of that type. So I was hugely impressed with Toyota returning to winning ways with their all Finnish superteam helmed by four times champion Tommi Makinen. The joy could be short lived for both them and M-Sport, however, if Hyundai's Thierry Neuville discards the bad luck - has he been getting a visit from Dark Mini?

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1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota) 48
2. Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (M-Sport) 44
3. Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (M-Sport) 33
4. Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Hyundai) 25

Manufacturers

1. M-Sport 73
2. Toyota 53
3. Hyundai 40
4. Citroen 26

Formula E

Three in a row for Buemi, five in a row for [sign in to see URL] Renault! Oh yeah. Allez les Bleus et Jaunes! (I think that's right, remember my French isn't in any way perfect)

Dark Mini's favourite, Nick Heidfeld, still can't get a break. He's getting a lot of the bad luck at Mahindra.

Season 3 will end in a strange fashion. Double bookings mean Buemi will miss the American races, so he needs this massive run of success he's having now to fend off the field in the championship. I don't think I've ever seen that before; a reigning champion missing races in the middle a season for a reason other than injury or being banned.

Drivers

1. Sebastien Buemi ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 75
2. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi) 46
3. Nicolas Prost ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 36
4. Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 22

Teams (I can't help say constructors though, because of my 'main' series being F1)

1. [sign in to see URL] Renault 111
2. Abt Schaeffler Audi 60
3. Mahindra 37
4. NextEV NIO 25

'Manufacturers' (because I do it in FE now as well as F1)

1. Renault 133
2. Audi 60
3. Mahindra 37
4. NextEV 25

I've made my selections for the F1 Games over at Anything Goes.

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One series of interest for me this year will be GP3, as the potential next Finnish F1 driver Niko Kari join the series at Arden (last season #2 team). And of course there's also the Finnish team Koiranen, who haven't yet announced drivers.

Additionally I'll keep an eye on results of Japanese Super GT, where last year champions Heikki Kovalainen continues with his Japanese team mate.

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So GP2 is now F2, but GP3 is still GP3... Explain that one, new bosses...

Hopefully Niko Kari will get a proper chance to show his skills this season. He was punted off in both races when he last appeared, I seem to recall. At least one, anyway.

Glad to see Tatiana Calderon get another season, as well as being signed up to Sauber, although hope she doesn't get dropped before getting anywhere near the car like Simona de Silvestro did. Like I said before, their loss was Formula E's gain. Calderon did well to score twice with Arden, but it might be tougher to do so again in the Dams car, especially having become team mate to another one of those being touted as the 'next big thing', Santino Ferrucci. Over at Trident, can Giuliano Alesi shake off having seemingly inherited his father's bad luck? Seriously, Dark Mini must have had a target painted on his car last season.

In F2, I make Charles Leclerc the favourite for this season, although he could crack under the pressure. Ferrari Academy man, on Haas' books, won GP3 last year, often did well at Macau, expected to win... not exactly a helpful atmosphere to work in.

Now testing has finished, the big question is, are Ferrari falsely getting our hopes up again? Please don't... I still desparately await Title No. 5 for Sebastian Vettel. Tentatively nominating him for Australia in the Active Game.

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So, how about that new Force India livery, then?

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Like driver Esteban Ocon, I first thought this when I saw it.





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Ogier gets to keep Mexico points and WRC lead, his gearbox was judged legit.


A few words about Formula 4. Class formally created by FIA 2013, there are about dozen F4 series around the world, most of which have been raced since 2015.

One of these is North European Zone F4 (aka SMP F4, by the main sponsor). On first season 2015 it was mostly Finnish-Russian series (won by Niko Kari), on second season Netherlands joined in and pair of Dutch drivers were on top. This year three of the races will be in Russia (starting with one at the F1 weekend) and others one in Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Netherlands.
Only half dozen drivers have been confirmed yet, but Dutch team MP Motorsport brings in drivers from Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and France, ensuring more varied participation than previously.
Koiranen GP has Finnish drivers so far.

Meanwhile Denmark starts their own F4 series this year.

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Still haven't got around to watching Mexico yet.

In F1, for ****'s sake. Naff off and leave me alone Lewis. Meanwhile, how about Giovinazzi's surprise appearance, eh? First Italian to participate for 6 years. Seems incredible, when you think that Italy's been such a mainstay among countries in F1.

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F1

To quote today's winner two years ago in Malaysia:

"WOOHOO! YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHH! Si regazzi! Mi senti! Mi senti! Grazie mille regazzi! Grazie. Grazie! GRAZIE! Forza Ferrari!"

What I termed my "Cosmic Wedgie" has returned with a vengeance, as Ferrari lead the drivers' and constructors' championships for the first time since the turbo hybrids arrived in 2014. As I mentioned before, where once I abhorred the combination of the German and Italian anthems on the podium, now I crave it. Game on? Only time will tell.

What a difference two days make. Hamilton began with an advantage on Friday morning which slowly dwindled by the session, by the day, until by Sunday afternoon, it disappeared entriely, and he was beaten by my man Vettel. Twirly Finger!* For the first time since Singapore 2015. It's about flippin' time.

When you actually have to fight for your overtakes, it's more exciting. It's the anticipation that something might happen, rather than the short term fix of it actually happening and then it's over. This is behind some of the greatest races ever. San Marino 2005, for example, the thrill was seeing if Alonso could hold off the Schumacher steamroller for lap after lap after agonizing lap, which he did. Or one of the most overused clips of them all, the duel between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux in France in 1979, made more memorable because after almost 80 laps of running, it was the only interesting thing that happened in that race, which made the battle worth the waiting for when it actually arrived. None of this crappy-tyres-and-DRS BS. That wasn't overtaking, it was just passing. Less is more in this game. And what do you know, when you do have to work for it, Vettel flies and Hamilton complains. Funny that...

Note the huge Italian contingent in Melbourne. The tifosi again rivalling the Brits for fanboyism. Hamilton dared to commit the heinous crime of trying to beat Ferrari, so they gave him both barrels on the podium. I want Nico Rosberg to do a podium interview at some point. There's a boil waiting to be lanced.

Meanwhile, great debut for Giovinazzi. Pierre Gasly is really gonna smart now. He won GP2 last year, but the runner up gets to do a grand prix this year. Ouch. Palmer and Ricciardo had 'kick me' on their cars all weekend, and the racing gods obliged. Massa quietly got on with his work, and Ocon earned his first point.

Awkward intro to the race by Steve Jones on C4. "Vettel wants to make Ferrari great again... er, for want of a better phrase." Wash your mouth out with soap, Jones.

See you in China.

* A combination of Vettel's finger wag and Hypno-Disc's 'Spin to Win' celebration from the original Robot Wars. I do it when I win at anything now.

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 25
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 18
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 15
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 12

Constructors

1. Ferrari 37
2. Mercedes 33
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 10
4. Williams Mercedes 8

Manufacturers

1. Mercedes 48
2. Ferrari 37
3. Renault 16

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Why isn't there a fourth in manufacturers... oh, right.
It's not getting any better for McLaren-Honda, is it? I've been optimistic about them year after year - obviously for nostalgia - but it almost looks this year might be worse than last.

Renault is kind of disappointment too. They've improved a little perhaps, but more notable step up was expected.


Solid start for Bottas and no disaster for Räikkönen, but I'm hoping to see the Finns higher...


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Formula E

Whoa. Classic Formula E, getting settled after the first few laps, then all hell broke loose. Dunno what was going on with people stopping so much. Was the heat frying the batteries? Renault went completely off the boil, and Buemi was lucky not to crash out, barely avoiding scoring no points for the first time this season. I didn't think Di Grassi would survive to the car change as he and his team mate were being used as target practice, but he played a blinder with his strategy. Once again he and Formula E show the ignorant masses that try to engineer manufactured fireworks in F1 that overtaking is not the only means of generating excitement. Basically you have a very short attention span if you find strategy, tension and hanging on to the bitter end boring, and you really need to go find something else to watch. The series also gave us the big grandstand crash the 21st Century-spec Mexico track has promised us for ages now, but at the expense of poor old Nick Heidfeld, the perennial 'Butt Monkey' of single-seaters. If a driver's going to retire or be penalized in a crazy, unfair or ridiculous way, it's gonna be him.

Drivers

1. Sebastien Buemi ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 76
2. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi) 71
3. Nicolas Prost ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 46
4. Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 40

Teams

1. [sign in to see URL] Renault 122
2. Abt Schaeffler Audi 91
3. DS Virgin Racing 43
4. Techeetah 41

Manufacturers

1. Renault 163
2. Audi 91
3. Citroen 43
4. Mahindra 37

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That was a great show.


Formula E Game score at 1/3 season:

rsmcc: Nicolas Prost 46 + Sébastien Buemi 76 = 122
Simelius: Nelson Piquet Jr. 15 + Sébastien Buemi 76 = 91
Kaunisto: Sam Bird 33 + Nicolas Prost 46 = 79
Barbara12: Oliver Turvey 15 + Nick Heidfeld 17 = 32
DuffDan: José María López 10 + Maro Engel 2 = 12



In F1, apparently Giovinazzi is getting another race.

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