Thursday, July 16, 2020

What to watch this F1 Weekend (July 18th - July 22nd)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN) live
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Sebring. Saturday @ 5:30pm - 8:30pm (NBCSN) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11am (ESPN) live
  • Bitchin Rides. Mon/Tues/Wed @ 5pm - 6pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Overhaulin. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers: Dream Cars. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend)
Another solid race weekend with another coming next week from Hungary. Lando Norris, what can you say; he's coming on form and has delivered yet again. While Renault is protesting the Racing Point Mercedes cars for being 2019 Silver Arrows, the real problem is that they're breaking down and McLaren is giving it to them with the same Renault power unit that they're running. While qualifying was exciting, I didn't get to see it in real time due to the rain delay on Saturday so I caught up on what happened during the SkySportsF1 pre-race on Sunday. Lewis has always been strong in the wet and on this occasion out dueled Max in a fantastic back and forth for purple laps until Lewis put the hammer down the hardest in Q3 to take pole. Williams' Russell got his car into 11th with a little bit of penalty help, but got his car within a tenth of Q3 which is something George can hang his hat on despite being in a back field trailing package. Bottas didn't qualify as well as he wanted, but made up for it in the race in dry conditions and Sainz drove his ass off in the wet to take P3. The race was relatively predictable Merc dominance, but there were a couple of important things that took place which can't go without mention; Leclerc's enthusiasm lead to a Ferrari double DNF when they needed to get data on to try getting ahead of their correlation problems given the lack of running on Saturday, which was a major setback. The mid-field battle raging right now is very important as Racing Point, McLaren, Renault and AlphaTauri are all mixing it up. Ferrari powered cars are struggling and many things need to be sorted out before the balance of pace changed from where it is now. The mass attrition from last weekend didn't repeat itself and only 3 cars DNF'd, the red cars along with Esteban Ocon who had to retire with a mechanical problem. Perez, despite Norris' strong outing got my vote for driver of the day. He went from 17th to 6th with a tremendous drive and this is likely why Renault is protesting their car, because Lance was right behind him, finishing 7th. The Red Bull boys took 3rd and 4th to try making up for last weeks Albon DNF; Albon had another close call in this race which could've ruined his race, but fortunately it played out much differently; he raced strong and held off Perez who looked to have the faster car. Max did as best as as he could've with his car; the tire strategy fell away from him early after Bottas stayed out for another ten laps when he pitted. Ricciardo raced well too, but his car was only so good. With the checkered flag waved, the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Bottas, Hamilton (-6), Norris (-17), Leclerc (-25), Perez (-27), Verstappen (-28). No one tested positive for another week, so cross your fingers, we're on to the Hungaroring.

Enjoy your motorsport weekends.

Video courtesy of Formula1.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Automotive Workshop: Building The World's Most Beautiful Car (Carfection)

Carfection gets an exclusive interview with Paul Brace, managing director of Eagle, on their process, purpose and latest special model, the Lightweight GT Eagle E-Type.

Video courtesy of Carfection.