Welcome to week 11 – no races this weekend, the last time this happens this season.
Scores from week 10:
F1 Malaysia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar St. Petersburg:
Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes at the F1 race in Malaysia with a two-stop pit strategy versus the three-stop strategy that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took, who finished second and third respectively. Kimi Raikkonen had a great race to finish fourth, considering that he was at the back of the field after a first lap contact with Felipe Nasr. The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth, with his teammate Felipe Massa sixth, meaning we picked the top six.
In the MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, the Doctor was at his surgical best. After finding himself 10th after the start, the six-time world champion Valentino Rossi surgically picked off one rider at the time, until he crossed the finish line a skinny 0.174 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The two were slightly ahead of their teammates, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone just getting the advantage over Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Marquez had a great race to get back to a fifth place finish, after going off the road on the first corner, and rejoining in last place. But his Honda never looked like it had the pace of the Yamahas and Ducati’s, so although it’s only one race, it looks like he could have an uphill battle to defend his championship. With Dani Pedrosa finishing sixth, just like F1 we picked the top six.
The NASCAR race at Martinsville was won by Denny Hamlin, who managed to keep a charging Brad Keselowski at bay in the final laps. Joey Logano had a good race to finish third after being at the back of the field at one point early in the race. Other notables include Kevin Harvick who faded to eighth after leading much of the race, and Danica Patrick who finished ahead of him in seventh.
Through the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, Juan Pablo Montoya took the season opener from Will Power by less than a second. Tony Kanaan took third place ahead of Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.
It was a close week with a spread of only 21 points between all of us. I eked out the win by a measly three points over Sebastian – my second win of the year. No changes in the standings …