Devastation For Lando Norris! – EP28
Welcome to episode 28 of the Lovecars On The Grid Podcast. This week, Tiff Needell and Paul Woodman discuss the Formula 1, F2 and F3 at Sochi in Russia, the BTCC at Silverstone, Indycar and NASCAR in America, and of course the motorbikes!
Formula 1 was a terrific Grand Prix out in Sochi! The Russian Grand Prix was far from boring this year, with British-Belgian racing driver, Lando Norris led the pack from pole position in his McLaren and George Russell not far behind, all because of Lewis Hamilton’s crash into the pit wall in his Mercedes, and Max Verstappen’s engine change at Red Bull!
Then moving onto the Grand Prix, the tables turned! With the rain coming in with 10 minutes left of the race, Hamilton and Mercedes made the right decision to change their tyres, whereas Norris stayed out. Max also went in early to avoid the change in weather, which benefitted him and Red Bull, resulting in a second place. Hamilton took the win, gaining his 100th ever victory, setting a new record in Formula 1. It will be interesting in the 2022 season, with three British drivers contesting for the top spot. But who be on top in the Mercedes team, George Russell or Lewis Hamilton?
In F2, Dan Ticktum won the first sprint race from pole position and then started in 5th place in the feature race, finishing in the same place. Australian driver, Oscar Piastri took first place for Prema Racing, extending his Championship lead.
In Formula 3, the Sprint Race was won by American driver, Logan Sergeant, whilst Australian driver, Jack Doohan led from pole position to win the feature race with his team, Trident.
Onto Touring Cars, the BTCC was at Silverstone with 30 cars on the 1.5 mile national circuit. Rory Butcher dominated the weekend, finishing in 1st place in the first two races, but then 13th in race 3.
Indycar was at Long Beach, with 85 laps of the drivers hitting track limits and smudging the walls! Colton Herta was the fastest all weekend, but qualified in 14th thanks to a crash. The driver fought back through and ended up winning the race. Josef Newgarden finished behind Herta, having started on pole.
NASCAR was in Las Vegas this weekend, with Toyota driver Denny Hamlin becoming victorious, with teammate Kyle Busch in 3rd place, and Chevrolet driver, Chase Elliot in 2nd.
Over in the world of motorbikes, the Superbikes brought tragic news, with the sad death of 15 year old, Dean Berta Viñales in the Supersport 300 support race in Spain. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. This led to just two races being undertaken at the Motul Spanish round, with Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlıoğlu extending his championship lead, winning both races. Close behind him is British rider Jonathan Rea, finishing 2nd in the first race.
In British Superbikes, the Championship was at Oulton Park, with a win for Tarran Mackenzie on his Yamaha in the first race, and two wins for Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider, Tommy Bridewell.
Our Lovecars resident presenters were racing too! Nick Ponting was racing at Donington Park, and Ben Collins, Mr. Stig was racing at the 24 hour race at Circuit Zolder in Belgium!
Next weekend, the WRC is back in Finland, Moto GP goes over to the USA, whilst World Superbikes are in the Algarve in Portugal and British Superbikes are back at Donington Park. Lots of bikes next week!