Thursday, April 18, 2013

What to watch this weekend (Apr 19th - Apr 23rd)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Bahrain. From the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama. Practice. Friday @ 7am - 8:30am (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Bahrain. From the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama. Qualifying. Saturday @ 7am - 8:30am (NBCSN(HD)) live
  • Rolex Sportscar Series - Road Atlanta. 4:30pm - 7:30pm (SPEED/SPEEHD) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Bahrain. From the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10am (NBCSN(HD)) replay Sunday @ 11pm
  • Australian V8 Supercars - The ITM 400 from the Hamilton Street Circuit in New Zealand. Sunday @ 12:30pm - 2:30pm (SPEED/SPEEDHD) delayed airing of 4/13,14 races
  • American Le Mans Series - Tequila Patron ALMS at Long Beach. Sunday @ 1pm - 3pm (ABC/ABCHD) delayed airing from 4/20 (live on Saturday @ 7:15pm)
  • IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Street track in Long Beach, California. Sunday @ 4pm - 7pm (NBCSN((HD)) live
  • Top Gear (UK). Best of Seasons 12-13. Monday @ 8pm - 10pm (BBCAmerica(HD)) great replays
  • Motorweek. Sports sedan shootout. Tuesday @ 8pm - 8:30pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replays
  • Wheeler Dealers. The early years. Wednesday @ 8pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new replays
  • Fifth Gear (UK). Hot hatch showdown. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
What can you say after Shanghai? Ferrari is dialed in. Seriously. Red Bull is trying to pick up the pieces of where they were at the start of the season; Vettel's pace in qualifying lead to a gamble to save tires for the race; the strategy worked well but not great, if you looked at it on paper, but good lord was it exciting to see Vettel track Hams down from about 12 seconds back with four laps to go. He ran through a set of softs in qualifying-esque fashion, falling just short of Hammy (on old primes) across the finish line. Webber fell to bad luck once again, with his right rear tire separating itself from his car 2/3's of the race in. Raikkonen showed he's as spry as ever and put together a very good race despite contact with a doggy paddling Sergio Perez, mid-race. Button put a very good race together, which is a positive for McLaren who apparently has considered bringing back the 12' chassis if there isn't further improvement with the 13' car. Hams snagged pole, but due to the ability of the Petronas Mercedes chassis to protect it's tires, Hams was out of the top spot as fast as he got it. He did hang on to the third podium spot against an absolutely blistering run by Seb at the end of the race. Alonzo grabbed the checkered flag, Raikkonen grabbed second, Hams third and we have a heck of a race ahead of us this weekend. The Grand Prix of Bahrain will provide us chapter four of this years' F1 chronicles.

In other news, this weekend is stacked like Pam Grier. ALMS and IndyCar coming to you from the streets of Long Beach. V8 Supercars from New Zealand. Grand-Am racing from Road Atlanta. F1 is the crown jewel, and there's plenty of our favorite shows. Enjoy your weekends.

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