Thursday, May 6, 2021

What to watch this F1 Weekend (May 7th - May 12th)

  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:25am - 6:30am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNU) live
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2) live    
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix; from Catalunya Circuit, Spain. Race. Sunday @ 8:55am - 11am (ESPN) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Marathon. Mon @ 10am - 4pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Garage Squad. Mon/Tue/Wed @ 4pm - 5pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Bitchin Rides. Mon/Wed @ 7pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Restoration Garage. Marathon. Tues @ 10am - 4pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Auto Mundial. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend)
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) 
Short, busy week, so this will be brief. This race was much like last years race in that Bottas was the fastest on Saturday, Hamilton out raced him and took the victory and Verstappen was in the mix, splitting the two mercs when the checkered flag dropped. Bottas had a great start this time, unlike last year, but just wasn't as fast in race as Hams and Max. Bottas did snag the fastest lap, on the very last lap of the race as he and Max were sent out on softs to try getting what could be a very precious point come late in the season. What wasn't like last year was the fact that Sergio is now Max's teammate and took fourth to keep the points haul as high as possible for Red Bull; this is where they couldn't be last year with Albon, so on that level this is still a good thing. However, Max missed out on pole due to track limits and he wasn't pleased. Also, it appears that the advantage Red Bull had over the first two races has diminished and Merc has figured a few things out. Now this is Merc we're talking about, so it is to be expected to a degree, however, if the next few races go in AMG's favor Red Bull is really going to be pissed they weren't able to take the constructors' lead when they had the opportunity. The good news is that Red Bull and Merc are closer than they've ever been so if it remains tight it will give us all the entertainment we've been looking for. Time will tell; in the meantime, the transplants all looked decent this weekend -- Alonso looked better this race weekend, Perez is looking really comfortable in his RBR and Ricciardo, while not amazing, did improve some with his points after a rough qualy. Even Vettel looked pretty good in the Aston Martin, despite himself and Stroll both being out of the points. Lando is fast and the Ferrari boys are quick too, but unfortunately Sainz had tire management issues during the race leading to him getting feasted on in the last third. Tsunoda is having a rough time in the initially quick Alfa Tauri; Gasly snagged the final points position after a tough battle in the mid-field. McLaren vs Ferrari is turning into a pretty nice match up with Alpine trying to crash the party. With the checkered flag dropped, the driver's championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Verstappen (-8), Norris (-32), Bottas (-37), Leclerc (-41), Perez (-47). Alonso is returning home, Red Bull is looking to counter, Ricciardo is looking to show his talent and Merc is looking to step on the competition. This should be another great race.
Enjoy your motorsport weekends.

Video courtesy of Formula1.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Track Pron Feature: New BMW M3 v the world | evo TRACK BATTLES (EVO)

Steve pits the best track-focused and fastest street cars against the new G80 M3 Competition. 

Video courtesy of EVO.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Neo-Vintage Motorsport Feature: The History of the Mazda 787B - Japan's First Le Mans Winner (GarageDreams)

The gang from Garage Dreams brings us the history of the 1991 24 Hours of  Le Mans winning Mazda 787B. What a car, what a victory, what a driver line up and what a way for the rotary engine to go out.

Video courtesy of GarageDreams.