Thursday, July 21, 2016

What to watch this Weekend (July 22nd - July 27th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice. Friday @ 11pm - 12:30am (NBCSN(HD)) replay
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8am - 9:30am (CNBC(HD)) live
  • IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship. Northeast Grand Prix at Limerock Park. Saturday @ 3pm - 6pm (FOX(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10am (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • FIA World Endurance Championship. 6 Hours of Nurburgring. Sunday @ 7am - 1pm (FS1(HD)) live
  • Chris Harris On Cars. Monday @ 9pm - 9:30pm (BBCAmerica(HD)) new 
  • Top Gear (UK). Monday @ 9:30pm - 11pm (BBCAmerica(HD)) replay 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD)
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 10:30pm (VelocityHD) new 
  • Wheeler Dealers. Mini-marathon. Wednesday @ 6pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
Eff you Tour de France; last race it lead to some crap F1 coverage and we're in the same boat again this weekend, with P2 not being aired live on the NBC networks. It's hard to bash solely NBC though, FOX effed up F1 coverage when they were handling it years back, too. But I digress; where we last left off, Rosberg was looking to get back into the swing of things heading into one of Lewis' favorite circuits, his home circuit @ Silverstone. Well as we all suspected, that didn't happen. What we didn't know was going to happen is that Red Bull has officially eclipsed Ferrari in pace, and Vettel is having some pretty terrible luck to go along with errors in strategy through this point. Random British weather was the name of the game, affecting both qualy and the race. Rain in Q3 lead to one of the more exciting knockout sessions of the year, with the top ten being determined by flyers as the track dried out. Some jumped on slicks too early and paid the price; the same would come into play during the race, which started in the rain behind the safety car. Young Verstappen finished both qualy and the race in third position, but due to Rosberg getting bailed out by his team over the radio late in the race, his 10 second time penalty put Max in second. This is pretty important, because this drop in points for Rosberg affects the drivers championship standings. Verstappen has been damn good this season and since joining the varsity Red Bull team he's accomplished quite a bit, which Ricciardo will need to keep his eyes on. Raikkonen resigned with Ferrari, Ricciardo made his intentions clear about staying with Red Bull; Rosberg is in a contract year. With the checkered flag dropped, the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Rosberg, Hamilton (-1), Raikkonen (-62), Ricciardo (-68), Vettel (-70), Verstappen (-78). Ricciardo's consistency has brought him up to fourth, Vettel has dropped out of the top three and Raikkonen's consistency has brought him ahead of his 'Number 1 at Ferrari' teammate. Hungary should be entertaining.

 Enjoy your weekends.

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