Welcome to week 14 – three races this week. Moto GP is at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the U.S.; NASCAR is at the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 13:
F1 Bahrain, WEC England:
|Results – Week 13|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||8-Toyota Racing|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||2-Porsche Team|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||1-Porsche Team|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||38-Jackie Chan DC|
|6||Felipe Massa||28-TDS Racing|
|7||Sergio Perez||36-Signatech Alpine|
|8||Romain Grosjean||26-G-Drive Racing|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||24-Manor TRS|
|10||Esteban Ocon||25-Manor TRS|
It looks like the competition among the top teams in F1 is truly more equitable this year versus past years. Mercedes and Ferrari have had some good battles this year, and the race in Bahrain was no exception. Red Bull wasn’t far off the pace either. And pit visits also played an important role. But at the start it was Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes that got the jump on everyone else, with Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari beating Lewis Hamilton into turn one, and Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo right behind. It was Ferrari that pitted first after only 10 laps, but their subsequent pace made it look like a good decision. The Red Bulls followed, but when Verstappen came back out on track, he crashed, likely due to brake failure. That forced both Mercedes to the pits at the same time. Understanding that he’d get stuck behind his teammate, Hamilton drove through the pits slowly, and surprisingly got penalized for driving too slow! Once Hamilton got back out on track, he soon caught Bottas, and everyone got to see that Hamilton is definitely the team’s #1 driver, as Bottas pulled aside and let Hamilton past. Vettal, in the lead at that point, pitted again, as did Hamilton. But Hamilton was held for five seconds, serving his earlier penalty. When he came out, he again quickly caught his teammate, who let him through again. But the penalty was too much to overcome, and Hamilton had to settle for second place, behind race winner Vettel. Bottas finished third, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing a scant two seconds further adrift in fourth. Fifth was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, showing some competitiveness from that team. Verstappen’s crash left him classified in 18th place.
Toyota was competitive in the WEC last year, but not enough to take the title. If the season opening at Silverstone in England is any indication, then they’ve ratcheted it up a notch this year, leading to the win by the #8 Toyota over last year’s champions in the #2 Porsche, although by just 6s after 6 hours of racing. The #1 Porsche was third, and the only other car on the lead lap. The #7 Toyota had a big crash when the rain came, and although it was able to get back to the pits, it took more than an hour to fix, and the driver (Jose Maria Lopez) went to the hospital, fortunately released later with no significant injuries. That all left them classified in 23rd place, 38 laps down on the winner. The #4 Bykolles car only managed 155 laps and were not running at the end, which officially classified them with a 26th place finish.
|Week-13 Player’s Scores||iom||seb|
Congratulations to Sebastian with his eighth win of the year with five in a row. The difference was clearly Sebastian’s pick of Ricciardo pick over Iomracer’s pick of the #4 Bykolles car in the WEC. No changes in positions in the standings …
|Standings after week 13:|