Thursday, June 22, 2017

What to watch this Weekend (June 23rd - June 28th)

  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Practice. Friday @ 2pm - 4pm (NBCSN(HD)) replay (no live option)
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Qualifying. Saturday @ 9am - 11am (CNBC(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix; from the street circuit in Azerbaijan, Baku. Race. Sunday @ 8am - 11:30am (NBCSN(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
We have another great weekend of racing to look forward to, following up an amazing 24hrs of Le Mans last week in France where Porsche claimed a third overall victory in a row in their 919 Hybrid. Jackie Chan DC Racing was in the lead for a good bit of the race due to some issues affecting the two Porsche LMP1 cars; #1 car was out with about 3:37 to play and the #2 car picked up the reigns to make things happen; with under an hour to go, the #2 car clawed back into the overall lead and held it to the end. Meanwhile in GTE Pro, Corvette Racing, being piloted by young American Jordan Taylor, was dicing it up with the Aston Martin Racing entry trying to hold onto class P1. through the last hour of action, but unfortunately it was not to be; puncture on the last lap which dropped him to P3. A lot of great racing action, plenty of classes clashing in turns (unfortunately), but another legendary year with more racers from different disciplines participating along with the regulars.

F1 is back to Europe with a GP in Azerbaijan, but last we left off Hamilton, Bottas and Merc seem to have gotten their groove back with a 1-2 finish after Lewis tied Senna with his 65th Pole. Ferrari had some troubles early which lead Vettel to have to make his way back to the front from 18th and Kimi had some setting issues throughout and got team orders to let Vettel through late in the race. In this same group of cars, Force India had a golden opportunity for a possible P4-P5, squandered, because of the teams inability to make a decision when Ocon was the hot hand with fresh tires behind Checo. Both cars were passed late in the race by a pressing Vettel who finished 4th to salvage the overall race and his Driver's Championship lead over Hamilton. The McLaren's broke again, keeping the zero point scoring streak alive, and Alonso took a trip into the stands after retiring to give the fans a good time. Grosjean's brakes were giving him problems again, but finished in the points, Lance Stroll scored points in his home grand prix much to the delight of the Canadian fans and Hulk took 8th for Renault. Ricciardo survived the power unit issues that retired Verstappen and took 3rd and shoey'd champagne himself and provided a boot for Sir Patrick Stewart! With the checked flag dropped the current Driver's Standings are as follows: Vettel, Hamilton (-12), Bottas (-48), Raikkonen (-68), Ricciardo (-75), Verstappen (-96). Red Bull can't keep Verstappen finishing races, McLaren is fed up with Honda's reliability and power woes (some say more than Alonso is), Force India is really good but needs to clean things up to make a real go at being the #3 Manufacturer and Mercedes AMG's upgrades seem to have worked giving them the current lead in the Manufacturers Championship. This weekend in Baku should be another good one.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of CarThrottle.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017