Posted: May 15, 2016 by admin in Formula 1
Tags: lap, race, Raikkonen, Red Bull Racing, second
Max Verstappen has taken an astonishing victory in the Spanish Grand Prix after making a risky tyre strategy pay off to win on his Red Bull Racing debut, while Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg eliminated one another by colliding on the opening lap.
In a remarkable race full of tension, the encounter started with a bang when Hamilton and Rosberg collided controversially on the opening lap, paving the way for a thrilling four-way scrap between the Red Bulls and the Ferraris.
However, while Daniel Ricciardo led initially over Verstappen, a strategic misstep by Red Bull Racing to focus its attentions on the approaching Sebastian Vettel by mirroring his three-stop strategy with the Australian, would allow Verstappen on a two-stop strategy prevail instead, completing one of F1’s most extraordinary shock results.
On a remarkable day for the sport, 20 years after Michael Schumacher’s iconic first Ferrari win in sodden conditions around the Circuit de Catalunya, though Verstappen had looked a potentially strong bet for a podium challenge in his first race as a Red Bull driver, a victory challenge seemed very much off the table by comparison.
However, the race would ultimately come to the Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 18, 2016 by admin in Miscellaneous, MotoGP
Tags: lap, Mark, race, second, victory
Jonathan Rea has produced a masterclass performance to take a double victory weekend in a tricky wet-to-dry race at Assen ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes with local hero Michael van der Mark claiming third.
In a pulsating race a sudden rain downpour which had forced a restart in the earlier World Supersport race saw riders take on a slippery Assen circuit on wet tyres but with sunshine beaming on to the track it quickly dried up forcing mid-race pit stops.
Kawasaki duo of Rea and Sykes pulled off perfect stops at the ideal time to navigate the drying track on slicks before blasting clear of the chasing pack who opted to pit too late.
British Superbike champion Josh Brookes had lead the first half of the race in the wet but after leaving his pit stop slightly too late he crashed on his out lap on a cold slick tyre to miss out on a potential podium.
Rea maintained a steady advantage over Sykes and despite both Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 26, 2016 by admin in Formula 1
Tags: analyse, cars, compound, F1, new
Despite suggesting that it would try to re-introduce the dreaded ‘cliff’ when it came to the degradation of its 2016 F1 tyres, Pirelli admitted during this week’s four-day pre-season test in Barcelona that it expects wear rates to be more gradual.
Data from the test, which saw all eleven teams in action and ten with 2016-spec machinery, confirmed that the Italian manufacturer had produced a preferable effect in its bid to add a little spice to the racing, with drivers expected to get more warning of degradation rather than being plunged into an adverse situation with little chance of avoidance.
” There is a loss of grip, but it is not a ‘cliff’,” F1 racing manager Mario Isola underlined, “It is quite gradual, and it is much Read the rest of this entry »