Welcome to week 11 – just one race this weekend. NASCAR is at the short track of Martinsville, Virginia. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 10:
F1 Australsia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California:
|Results – Week 10|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Maverick Vinales||Kyle Larson|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Andrea Dovizioso||Brad Keselowski|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||Valentino Rossi||Clint Bowyer|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Marc Marquez||Martin Truex Jr.|
|5||Max Verstappen||Dani Pedrosa||Joey Logano|
|6||Felipe Massa||Aleix Espargaro||Jamie McMurray|
|7||Sergio Perez||Scott Redding||David Suarez|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Jack Miller||Kyle Busch|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Alex Rins||Ryan Blaney|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Jonas Folger||Chase Elliott|
At the opening round of the F1 season in Melbourne, Australia, Ferrari showed that they could be a serious challenger to Mercedes this year. Better pit strategy versus Mercedes certainly helped, but Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton by almost 10s at the end, so a somewhat convincing victory. Valtteri Bottas showed good form by closing in on Hamilton in the closing third of the race, to finish in third, just 1.3s behind, having been a lot further back than that after the last round of pit stops. These three were well ahead of the rest of the field. With these results it might be assumed that Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari would have done well, but Raikkonen claimed his car was suffering from understeer with the first set of tires, and a distant fourth place was his finishing position. Max Verstappen finished behind Raikkonen in fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo started the race two laps down after the car got stuck in gear on the warm up lap, and it took the engineers some time to free it, but once in the race he didn’t last long with what was reported as engine failure on lap 28; he was classified with a 17th place finish.
The MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, was an incredibly exciting race. Many fans took to twitter to suggest F1 should look at Moto GP to see just how exciting racing can be. Off the start it was the rookie Johann Zarco that took the lead. A dream start for him that was shattered on lap 7 when he crashed. But the great battle behind involved Andrea Ionnone, Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez, and Valentino Rossi who had quickly moved up the field from his 10th place starting position. Then Ionnone crashed on lap 11. Vinales, Dovizioso, and Rossi then built a gap over Marquez, but the excitement didn’t abate. Vinales and Dovizioso swapped the lead on almost every lap, including the last lap, with Vinales finally getting first over the line to take the win. Behind Dovizioso in second and the Doctor in third, was Marquez, a long way back but heading a group of three more riders, including Dani Pedrosa in fifth place. Jorge Lorenzo was thwarted by running off track on the opening lap, dropping him to 16th; 11th was his finishing position.
The NASCAR race in California was dominated by Kyle Larson, with Martin Truex Jr. being a close challenger for most of the race. But under the second to last caution, after which there were only five laps to go, Truex didn’t pit, and that was a mistake which took him out of the running for the final run. Another caution ensured leading to a green-white-checkered finish, in which Larson cleaned up, driving away from the field for a comfortable win.
|Week-10 Player’s Scores||iom||seb|
A win for Sebastian by virtue of a better performance by Raikkonen versus iomracer’s pick unique pick of Lorenzo. No changes in positions in the standings …
|Standings after week 10:|