Some of things happening this weekend that I’ll be watching.
Times are approximate and in British Summer Time.
Formula E: Paris ePrix
(Saturday, 2:30pm 5Spike)
Circuit des Invalides, Esplanade des Invalides, Paris, France.
Race starts at 4pm local, 3pm UK.
1.93km (1.2 miles)
Race lap record: 1:02.323
Qualifying record: 1:01.616
Round 8 of a scheduled 12 this year, this is series’ 3rd visit to Paris. The previous winners were Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi.
Jean-Eric Vergne holds an 18 point lead over Sam Bird. Felix Rosenqvist dominated the Rome race until he hit the kerb. All three drivers have 2 wins this season. JEV has finished every race 5th or better, every other driver in the field has at least one non-points finish or DNF.
If Jaguar can get their energy management sorted they are very close to scoring a podium result, maybe even a win. Andre Lotterer seems to be improving at every round. And last season’s champ Lucas di Grassi finally has points on the board, look for him to score well again and move up the standings.
Due to live rugby coverage on Channel 5, this race will air live on 5Spike at 2:30pm and delayed on Channel 5 at 11:40am Sunday.
Due to live snooker and cycling on British Eurosport, this race will air delayed at 4:35pm Saturday on BE1.
Points after 7 races:
119 Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah);
101 Sam Bird (DS Virgin);
82 Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra);
60 Sebastien Buemi (Renault DAMS);
50 Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt);
118 DS Virgin Racing;
103 Mahindra Racing;
89 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler;
88 Panasonic Jaguar Racing;
Formula 1: Azerbaijan GP
(8pm Sunday, BT Sport ESPN)
Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan
Race starts at 1:10pm UK.
6.0km (3.7 miles)
Race lap record: 1:43.441
Qualifying record: 1:40.592
The 3rd F1 GP at Baku, though only the second under this name, moves earlier in the year from June to April. The previous winners were Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo. One race was turgidly dull, one race was fantastic! Let’s hope we get another good one.
This is the track with the ridiculously long and undulating front straight into a 90 degree left-hander, it was almost purpose-designed for Daniel Ricciardo and he made great use of it last year despite being a little down on power versus other teams.
It was of course the setting for Vettel banging wheels with Hamilton before a restart, I’m still astonished he didn’t get more of a penalty for that one.
Points after 3 races:
54 Sebastien Vettel (Ferrari);
45 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes);
40 Valterri Bottas (Mercedes);
37 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull);
30 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari);
85 Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport;
84 Scuderia Ferrari;
55 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing;
28 McLaren F1 Team;
25 Renault Sport F1 Team;
Other things happening this weekend.
Formula 2 at Baku;
WTCR at the Hungaroring;
BTCC at Donington Park;
British GT at Rockingham;
Pirelli World Challenge at VIR;
ADAC GT at Most;
I plan to catch up with WTCR, BTCC and British GT at a later date. Maybe even Formula 2 but I’m about 5 years behind on that.