Thursday, July 6, 2017

What to watch this Weekend (July 7th - July 12th)

  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice. Friday @ 3pm - 4:30pm (NBCSN(HD)) replay (no live option - tour de france)
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8am - 9:30am (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10:30pm (CNBC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay 
  • Speed is the new Black. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Azerbaijan was quite the exciting race with plenty of twists and unfortunately, retirements. Lance Stroll gets his first podium, first podium for Williams Martini Racing in quite some time, nipped by a tenth at the end of the race by Valteri Bottas who had to make his way back (from a lap down) to start the race due to a lot of contact throughout the field. Hamilton got his 66th PP in Q3, and is now just a couple shy of Schumi's all time record of 68, but his race was literally foiled by someone on his time failing to fastening his foam shoulder-rest; he had to pit pretty late in the race and even though Seb got a 10 second penalty (for ramming his car into Hamilton on a safety car lap) it took longer for the shoulder rest change thus Vettel came out of his ten-second penalty, in the pit, ahead of Hamilton. Meanwhile in Force India, Ocon gave Perez the pinch against the wall and just about kicked Perez out of the race, but during all of the contact mid-race there was a red-flag to get all of the debris cleaned off the track as there were plenty of damage and punctures, including one that sidelined Kimi, who destroyed his rear wing and side aero plate with his tire carcas making his way back around the track to pit. That brings us to the race winner; Ricciardo has taken the shoey to P1, maximizing the faults of those in front of him and being quick in general around this track despite being generally down on power. Verstappen had power unit issues all weekend and it forebode the engine failure and DNF which occurred early in the race, unfortunately. Rumors abound on whether Verstappen will remain at the team through his current contract, as there seems to be a reliability clause in it. With this latest race down, the Driver's Standings are as follows: Vettel, Hamilton (-14), Bottas (-42), Ricciardo (-61), Raikkonen (-80), Verstappen (-108). The gang travels to Austria this weekend for a go at the Red Bull Ring; we'll see how Red Bull addresses the reliability woes for Verstappen and how Ferrari and Mercedes respond to this new bout for Manufacturers supremacy.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Porsche.

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