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Porsche Supercup

Seeing Ammermuller return is unusual. I don't think I've seen a title defence since I started watching PSC. It's also much easier to tell the difference between the various Lechner cars, since the main team has taken on the distinctive pink livery of BWT. Ammermuller picked up where he left off, with a victory earned through safety cars and skilled defensive work. The rest of the field engaged in an unusual amount of contact in battle. Rustiness maybe? Preining could have a title shot, driving the other Lechner, but punting Ashkanani out of the race was hardly a good start. Special mention also to Howard Blank, in the new ProAm class, the oldest driver ever at 69 years young. Awesome. Can Ammermuller be stopped? Let's see.

Drivers

1. Michael Ammermuller (BWT Lechner Racing) 20
2. Japp Van Lagen (Fach Auto Tech) 18
3. Dylan Pereira (Momo Megatron Team Lechner) 16
4. Julian Andlauer (Martinet by Almeras) 14

Teams

1. Fach Auto Tech 30
2. Momo Megatron Team Lechner 23
3. BWT Lechner Racing 20
4. Martinet by Almeras 16

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F2

As straightforward as it gets for ART. There are still problems for some in getting started with this engine. Surely some sort of design flaw? Saturday had it all, spins, team mate collisions, bad luck, and unusual occurences such as Russell's water bottle issue. Bit irresponsible of the team to tell him it was okay to throw it out. What if it had hit somebody? Even off throttle that's something relatively hefty to hit you. Russell and De Vries had unfinished business after Azerbaijan, and their battle was rough to the end, with Russell sticking it to De Vries. Rivalry? The big talking point of Sunday was the first real deflection the halo has performed as the Japanese drivers collided in the greasy conditions. Makino is suddenly a big advocate of the halo in one of those cases in life where you don't realize how serious a situation is until it's happened to you. Fukuzumi probably felt like he just had a small bump from his perspective. Jammy moment of the day went to Merhi after hitting the gravel and sliding in front of everyone yet still getting away with it. Dark Mini selected Sette Camara to have the constant frustrations of the day. Aitken launches his title bid with victory.

Interesting to see Formula E style group running in Monaco in an effort to try to reduce traffic congestion in qualifying. Bet it still goes belly up in practice and the race, though. Onwards!

Drivers

1. Lando Norris (Carlin) 80
2. Alexander Albon (Dams) 67
3. George Russell (ART Grand Prix) 62
4. Nyck De Vries (Arden International) 46
5. Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) 46

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1. Carlin 126
2. ART Grand Prix 105
3. Dams 88
4. Prema Racing 57
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GP3

I didn't get to see proper footage of Sunday, so I'll have to wait until a repeat when I'm back in our house again. What I can see is another ART private battle, though Hubert's frustrating wait for a win goes on. As others have pointed out, Alesi needs to work on his speed to fight at the front of Saturday, as all his wins have come on Sunday. The weather played havoc with the competitive order, but it's a long month to wait to see where everyone really stands. As for Jenzer, Beckmann looks like a good find with the speed and racecraft he showed, while Dark Mini annoyingly decided to pick on Calderon, as she had terminal contact on Saturday, and spun off on Sunday. The speed is there in the Jenzer, as both her teammates proved, so a clean weekend in France would be very welcome. Not that I'll see it, because I'll be on holiday then.

Drivers

1. Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) 32
2. Nikita Mazepin (ART GRand Prix) 25
3. Giuliano Alesi (Trident) 23
4. Calum Ilott (ART Grand Prix) 17

Teams

1. ART Grand Prix 84
2. Trident 25
3. Jenzer Motorsport 20
4. MP Motorsport 20
5. Campos Racing 18

F1

I didn't see this one live, and it was just as well. Mercedes domination, just as I expected. The dullest race of the year. But as Karun Chandhok rightly says, instant gratification can ruin things, in other words, just accept this was dull and move on. It would be more boring if it was constant stimulation and passing passing passing passing. Then it would just blur into a constantly moving mush and be unremarkable. As he pointed out again, people always remember the France '79 battle between Villeneuve and Arnoux because, like I said here previously, that was the only moment of note, therefore it sticks in the memory more. Meanwhile for all the bleating for more overtaking, China '16 had the most overtakes in history, but can you actually remember any of them? I can't.

Back in the here and now, don't slip into the old habit now, Grosjean. He actually told the stewards, with a straight face, that keeping his boot on the throttle would have prevented an accident? On what planet, Romain?

Red Bull's speed in Monaco practice seems strong, but wait until Saturday for Mercedes and Ferrari's counter attack. In the mean time, I go for Ricciardo, who has unfinished business with this place. I like Bottas rocking Hakkinen's helmet design this weekend, 20 years after Mika won this race, the first race I ever watched live. Though it would have been slightly more authentic, if at the bottom, where the original said 'MIKA', the new one said 'VALTTERI'. As I said in the comments on F1's YouTube channel, make it a good one, guys. Meanwhile I've answered a fan survey, where I told them about the Manufacturers Championship in the 'any suggestions' bit, describing it as a small way to make the engine manufacturers a bit more relevant to the casual viewer, as well as suggesting using Formula E's qualifying format if they absolutely feel they must change Saturdays about.

Ooh brave me...

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 95
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 78
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 58
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 48

Constructors

1. Mercedes 153
2. Ferrari 126
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 80
4. Renault 41

Manufacturers

1. Mercedes 175
2. Renault 161
3. Ferrari 156
4. Honda 13

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Formula E

Well, Abt only took four seasons, but is finally showing the kind of performances I thought we'd see from him right from Season 1, given how stellar he was in GP3 the first time I watched that series. He is the lead Audi now, as he still has a mathematical chance of the title, albeit unrealistic. He dominated, and Audi picked up the first ever team maximum, and the second ever 1-2. But still technical nibbles threatened to derail Audi, as Di Grassi had to back off right from the get go in his second car, for some reason or another. The changing of the guard in Formula E is nearly complete, as only three races remain, and Di Grassi and Buemi remain winless. Still looking like Bird v. Vergne, but Vergne has match point going into the historic race in Switzerland. Should have guessed more green technology than before would finally convince the country to allow motor racing again.

In other news, the Gen2 car looks awesome, after seeing it demo in Germany in the hands of Nico Rosberg. Felipe Massa is coming to the series, joining Venturi for Season 5, just in time for the team acquiring Mercedes power through HWA. Wins? They are the only 'original' team still competing from Season 1 who haven't won yet. Ooh...

The proposals for Season 5's rules seem less like 'Mario Kart' and more a 'F1 DRS + Fan Boost + Rallycross Circuit layouts + GP3 DRS Restrictions + PS4 pad lighting = Cool' cocktail. The 'hyperboost' (working title) will be available to use twice (GP3) after driving off track into a designated zone (Rallycross) giving a powerboost (Fan Boost) to aid overtaking (DRS) with the halo lighting up to indicate its use (PS4). All designed to try and keep strategies variable once Gen2 starts and car changes disappear into history. Also to push the green side of the series, the fastest lap point is abolished (yay) and replaced with a point for being the most energy efficient driver in the race (meh).

Gen2 is coming...


Drivers

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 147
2. Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) 116
3. Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) 86
4. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt) 85

Constructors

1. Techeetah 205
2. Audi Sport Abt 161
3. DS Virgin Racing 139
4. Mahindra Racing 108

Manufacturers

1. Renault 294
2. Audi 161
3. Citroen 139
4. Mahindra 108

Renault and Audi? Bit late, guys.
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Porsche Supercup

Finally got seeing it nearly two weeks later. Gosh, that was tense. That's the closest race I've seen PSC do in Monaco. Ammermuller did not let former GP2 stalwart Yelloly breathe. Any mistake could have ramped up the tension, and it came with just three laps to go. Ammermuller was able to get close enough to attempt an overtake, but it got cut off rather rudely. He was not amused, but it's Monaco, you can't just disappear. Yelloly just holds on to take the win as the top three cross the line within a second. Whoa. Meanwhile IDL remain Dark Mini's plaything in PSC. Fail of the weekend goes to the marshal who dropped their green flag in the tunnel. You know when they say in commentary "There's a flag in that part of the circuit", you know they don't mean it literally, right?

Drivers

1. Michael Ammermuller (BWT Lechner Racing) 38
2. Nick Yelloly (Fach Auto Tech) 32
3. Jaap Van Lagen (Fach Auto Tech) 32
4. Dylan Pereira (Momo Megatron Lechner Racing) 32
5. Julien Andlauer (Martinet by Almeras) 20
6. Larry Ten Voorde (Team Project 1) 17

Teams

1. Fach Auto Tech 64
2. Momo Megatron Lechner Racing 47
3. BWT Lechner Racing 40
4. Martinet by Almeras 27

Nations

1. Britain 52
2. Netherlands 49
3. Germany 47
4. Luxembourg 32

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Mercedes appear to have longer run pace on the harder tyres, meaning Verstappen's Friday times could be meaningless. Boo. I go Bottas for Canada, this is one of his stronger tracks.
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Fernando Alonso, with teammates Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, has won Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alonso has said he is aiming for the Triple Crown: winning the famous races of Monaco, Le Mans and Indianapolis.
Having won Monaco 2006 and 2007, he's now only missing Indianapolis 500.

Graham Hill is the only driver ever to achieve Triple Crown. Sometimes F1 championship is included (as fourth goal or instead of Monaco); both Hill and Alonso have two of those.
Besides them only six drivers have won two of the three (12 if you count F1 championship) and only other driver with three of four (Le Mans, Monaco, F1 champion) is Jochen Rindt.
As Alonso has two Monaco and championship wins, that puts him ahead of Rindt, making him by this scale second greatest driver ever.
However even if Alonso won Indianapolis, Hill remains ahead, having won Monaco five times.

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The tyres used here are the same as Spain, and they are set for Britain, if I remember correctly. If people were complaining about things being boring before, it could be about to get worse. That plus Mercedes' new engine could spell Mercedes domination of the triple header, all three races. Hamilton for those three races, therefore.
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F1

My 20th anniversary was great for tension, as Ricciardo succeeded where Rosberg failed in Canada '14 to win Monaco '18. Awesome with that lack of horsepower. I would suggest that people, Christian Horner included, only compared it Schumacher in Spain '94 because Daniel actually won the race, otherwise the comparison would have been made to Rosberg, who perservered in the lead with said Kinetic problem until being passed with 2 laps to go by... Ricciardo. Neat enough, wasn't it? And a new Red Bull pool meme has been created, finally banishing the terrible memory of Horner in just a Superman cape from the '06 race. *almost sick*

There was tension for two thirds of the race as we thought 'Can Ricciardo do it?', there was overtaking through Verstappen making up places from the back, and there was a crash in the closing laps creating a final bit of extra tension on top of tension, then I thought Vettel wasn't going to survive to the flag on his crappy tyres, but he did. All that put togther created a slow burn thriller. No Lewis, that race was not boring. Like the comeback on C4 there; Lewis said "I'll be surprised if anyone was still awake after that." and David Coulthard replied "He must have been watching the coverage on Sky." Burn. emoticon

Canada had a similar running worry through it as it looked like it was going to be Hamilton himself who had the engine failure, but he survived. I was genuinely surprised to see Vettel take an easy pole then dominate the race, given Verstappen's practice pace. Bottas, under next year's revised fuel consumption rules, might have nicked the win on strategy, but nope. Four seconds, now. Like Di Grassi was for much of Formula E Season 4, he's due...

Red Bull going to Honda. Yeesh. I feel there's a bit too much of a leap of faith going on here after just one-third of a season of progress from Toro Rosso, no matter how much progress has been made and no matter how much more amicable things have been with them than McLaren. Schadenfreude has never felt so good, seeing McLaren's bigger points total undercut by still being slow over one lap and still having bad reliability with a Renault engine. Take that, Fernando...

The tyre construction that Mercedes had previously dominated on in Spain, as expected saw them flatten the field again in France, leading to Mercedes stamping their feet and whinging til they're blue in the face that it's not true that they made the FIA bring them along so they wouldn't lose. Our response: Well, try losing next time then we'll maybe start to consider you're not in bed with the governing body. Typical biased British crying also came out when Vettel got a time penalty rather than a drive through or such like for hitting Bottas. If a Force India had hit him instead of Hamilton's title rival, I guarantee they would not have been wielding the pitchforks. Being the first French Grand Prix for ten years, there was a massive feeling of anticlimax as Renault had a costly failure for Sainz in the closing laps, along with Red Bull humiliating them by announcing the swtich to Honda at their home race, and the three French drivers wiped themselves out on lap one as Grosjean grumbled across the line out of the points. That and a Hamilton victory did not make a good start to my sweltering holiday.

I came home to an equally depressing front row lock out in Austria, although at least Bottas managed a good day for once by taking the pole. Then the race happened. Oh baby. Hotter than expected race day temperatures due to the worldwide heatwave of late boiled the tyres enough to screw Red Bull and Mercedes, and Ferrari profited with a double podium. No more questioning of Vettel's overtaking please. Not after he turned the clock back to his two wheels on the grass overtake on Alonso in Italy '11, by doing the same here to bulldoze Hamilton out of his damn way, or his battling through the field in France, or his battling Bottas in Britain. Verstappen hung on to win by being able to go easy on his tyres since he had track position in the lead, so an on fire Raikkonen just ran out of time to catch him.

Same in Britain for Raikkonen, and he made my day by hitting Hamilton at the start. Mercedes are rattled at the prospect of being beaten. They're now crying 'they're hitting us deliberately' when they would expect us to believe it was an accident if they do it to others. We've seen it before with all teams that become juggernauts, and so it has proved to be with them, for all of their confident bragging that they wouldn't do that. Aero updates brought Ferrari back to the fore, meaning that they profited most from the triple header, after all my moaning that Mercedes would do that. I'm also conflicted about the extra DRS zone at Silverstone. It made the first two corners very dangerous, and created crashes as expected. I thought 'you've got to be stupid to keep it open through a corner like that'. But Vettel kept it open... and he won the race. The final ten laps were magic, both Mercedes and both Ferraris wheel to wheel for the win. Any of them could have won.

I need a break after my break after all of that. Phew...

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 171
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 163
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 116
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer) 106

Constructors

1. Ferrari 287
2. Mercedes 267
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 199
4. Renault 70

Manufacturers

1. Ferrari 354
2. Mercedes 320
3. Renault 317
4. Honda 19

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I still think Vettel should've gotten at least 10 seconds or worse. He did benefit against Bottas of the stupid move with this penalty and therefore his team in constructors championship.
Räikkönen on the other hand... maybe 10 is OK as it created somewhat dangerous situation, but as a lock up is pretty sincere mistake, I would've given 5.
But that's a Finnish view...

I didn't understand why they didn't pit Bottas with Ferraris and Red Bulls. Hamilton had nothing to lose, but Bottas... I guess it was just a win or bust kind of risk.

I believe it was mistake for McLaren to keep Honda exclusive. I think with two or more teams they would've had better chances to develop the engine.

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