Category: Motorsport

Hamilton takes win at 2020 British GP

As if the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t drowning Formula 1 enough, Lewis Hamilton winning again doesn’t exactly make things more interesting for anybody. But that’s the case at Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Silverstone where Hamilton pulled off another win as he beat the hard charging Max Verstappen by a little over 5 seconds. Hamilton held Verstappen at bay in the final lap of the race to win his third race of the year.  Behind the Mercedes and Red Bull was Charles LeClerc, who brought Ferrari a much-needed podium finish after four rounds.

It looked like another Mercedes 1-2 until the final laps as Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas held the top two spots for almost an entire race. Bottas dropped out 3 laps before the end to allow the others to catch up. The Finn ended up with 11th spot.

Hamilton now leads by a massive 88 points in the Drivers’ standings; that’s 30 points from Bottas. Mercedes, meanwhile, have 146 points to lead second place Red Bull with 78 points in the Constructors.

Both Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were in the top ten, fourth and sixth thanks to late tyre punctures sustained by Bottas and Carlos Sainz. It was Ricciardo’s best finish in Renault colors, while Ocon claimed his best effort in F1 since the 2018 Italian GP.

McLaren had their best finish this season, thanks to Lando Norris’ fifth spot. Norris finished ahead of the second Renault.

Pierre Gasly put AlphaTauri squad on the map at the British bout with a solid seventh place finish. The AlphaTauri driver even overtook four-time champion Sebastien Vettel on his way to a 7th spot.

The bottom feeders eight through tenth were Alexander Albon in the second Red Bull, Lance Stroll and Vettel, who picked his lowest score of the year in tenth and in recent memory, for that matter.

The next race moves to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for Round 5’s Spanish GP from 14 – 16 August.

Drivers’ quotes

Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas

Hamilton: “That last lap was one of the most challenging laps I have ever had. Up until that point, everything was going relatively smoothly, the tyres felt great and I was doing some management. It was a heart-in-your-mouth feeling and then I was just trying to keep the speed up without damaging the car.”

Verstappen: “I believe we made the right decision to pit for fastest lap at the end. We did the right thing and who knows if I would also have got a puncture, you just can’t predict these things as it does not happen very often in F1 these days. At the end of the day Mercedes deserved to win as they were faster than us. I was four or five tenths off Mercedes every lap but a second faster than the cars behind, so it was a pretty lonely race.”

LeClerc: “It was a difficult day, but a good one. I am very satisfied with this result. We know we were a bit lucky, but sometimes these things happen and you need to be there to take the opportunity. Of course, we don’t want to be fighting for fourth place for too much longer, but at the moment that’s what our car is capable of.”

Ricciardo:  “The race really came alive and that was really good. We had some pace at the end and I was able to get Lando and then Carlos had a problem. I saw Charles [Leclerc] getting closer and maybe with a couple more laps we could have had a podium! We have another chance next week.”

Gasly: “It was a very strong race and probably one of the best ones from me. I think we were P12 at the time and I had to fight my way through the crowd. It was tough but very enjoyable and I had many great battles with Vettel, Stroll and Giovinazzi. I struggled to get close to Sebastian, but then I had one shot to pass him and I knew I had to try and make it work. It doesn’t happen every day that you’re able to overtake a Ferrari on the outside.”

Vettel: “That was a very difficult race, because I couldn’t challenge anyone. Many of those behind me were a bit faster and managed to get past, as I was struggling massively to find grip in this car, even though I tried lots of different things this weekend.”

2020 British GP results

1         44       Hamilton                  1:28:01.283  25

2         33       Verstappen   +5.856s        19

3         16       Leclerc                     +18.474s      15

4         3         Ricciardo                 +19.650s      12

5         4         Norris            +22.277s      10

6         31       Ocon             +26.937s      8

7         10       Gasly             +31.188s      6

8         23       Albon            +32.670s      4

9         18       Stroll              +37.311s      2

10       5         Vettel            +41.857s      1

Drivers standings

1         Hamilton                  88

2         Bottas            58

3         Verstappen              52

4         Norris            36

5         Leclerc          33

6         Albon            26

7         Perez            22

8         Stroll              20

9         Ricciardo                 20

10       Sainz             15

Quartararo takes Back-to-back wins at Race of Andalucia

The shorten MotoGP Season couldn’t have started better for Fabio Quartararo as the Yamaha Satellite rider rode to his second straight win at the weekend’s Race of Andalucia. With Reigning Champion Marc Marquez out for the season, at least for the time being, everyone gets a shot at the title. It was a 1-2-3 finish for Yamaha at the Andalucia race with Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi on the podium.  

Quartararo didn’t put a foot wrong in Sunday’s race, leading from the lights to the flag and making it back-to-back victories in Jerez. Team mate Franco  Morbidelli wasn’t so fortunate as he was out of the race due to mechanical faults.

Quartararo made the perfect getaway off the line and held the lead into the first corner. Vinales gave chase, but ran wide and would drop back to third after the first lap. It would turn into a tricky race for VInales into the middle part of the race. Rossi inherited second from his team mate’s slip and kept it for a bit. A relatively unknown Francesco Bagnaia would cause a panic in the factory Yamaha garage as he managed to slot above Rossi and Vinales during the early stint.

Up front, Quartararo made it looked easy as he pounded the track to increase the gap to the rest of the field. Vlnales dropped back to sixth, after another slip, but it won’t bother him too much with the powerful Yamaha factory machine. With 13 laps to go, Rossi who had lost a place to Bagnaia came under pressure from Morbidell. The 9-time champion refused to give in as he eyed for a podium finish. The Doctor had not climbed the rostrum since the 2019 Americas Grand Prix. Rossi regained second place on lap 20 of 25 when Bagnaia suffered a mechanical failure. In the final stint, Rossi defended from his team mate but Vinales simply wanted it more.

As the laps counted down, the race became one of attrition with Quartararo on the verge of his back-to-back win. He would finish 4.495secs ahead of Viñales and Rossi.

Just behind the trio of Yamahas,  Takaaki Nakagami had his  best MotoGP weekend to date as he finished fourth, the LCR Honda rider’s best result in the premier class, Joan Mir took fifth ahead of Ducati front man Andrea Dovizioso who was sixth, ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro.  

Repsol Honda’s rookie rider Alex Marquez took a courageous eighth place in his home race.  The Spaniard was the lone representative of the team with team-mate withdrawing from the weekend as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken humerus. The Kid started aggressively in the opening laps and gained seven positions on the first lap alone. Fending off the attacks of fellow rookie Iker Lecuona, He would settle into what would be a consistent, but lonely eighth spot. Johann Zarco and Alex Rins would complete the top ten finishers classification in the race.

The upcoming race in two weeks moves to the Automotodrom Brno, in the Czech Republic, for their third race of the season from 7-9 August.

Race of Andalucía results

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT           41’22.666

2         VINALES Maverick  Yamaha MotoGP                4.495

3         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP     .546

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              6.113

5         MIR Joan                 Suzuki          7.693

6         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati 12.554

7         ESPARGARO Pol   KTM   17.488

8         MARQUEZ Alex Repsol Honda    19.357

9         ZARCO Johann       Avintia Racing           23.523

10       RINS Alex                Suzuki          27.091

Riders standings

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        50      

2         VINALES Maverick  40      

3         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          26      

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          19      

5         ESPARGARO Pol   19      

6         ROSSI Valentino     16      

7         MILLER Jack       13

8         MARQUEZ Alex      12      

9         ZARCO Johann       12      

10       MIR Joan      11

Hamilton wins Hungary GP to tie Schumacher’s wins record

After three races into the shorten 2020 Formula One World Championship, Lewis Hamilton held a firm lead in the Drivers’ Standings. His latest maximum points came from a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. Hamilton’s win at the Hungaroring puts him at 86 wins on the all-time list, equalling the brilliant Michael Schumacher’s win record. In runner up spot was Max Verstappen who got ahead of Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas.

With max points, Hamilton is way in front in the standings with 63 points from his team mate, 58 points. Mercedes-AMG F1 Team have 121 points against Red Bull’s 55 points in the Constructors’ rankings. Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari continue their downward spiral as Sebastien Vettel and Charles LeClerc both had an uneventful race, with Vettel 6th and LeClerc 11th.  

Hamilton commented after the race, “I was on my own for the majority, it’s a very different kind of challenge and I was pushing hard out there – particularly for the fastest lap at the end. I can’t wait for Silverstone now, although I’ll miss the energy the fans bring, so I hope I can perform for them there as I know they’ll be watching from home.”

Verstappen, who’s a clear challenger to Hamilton’s and Mercedes’ title hopes this season, could manage second best at the Hungaroring, which better suited the Mercedes cars.  “I thought the race was over before it had even started. I braked, locked a wheel, came off the brakes and tried to brake again but went straight on into the wall on the out lap. I couldn’t believe it but I managed to reverse out of the wall and get to the grid. The race could have been very different if I was stuck in seventh place for a few laps that’s for sure. To be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result.”

Lance Stroll picked up a hard earned fourth place for BWT Racing Team with team nate Checo (Sergio) Perez finishing seventh for double points.  “P4 is a good result and I have to thank the team for such a great job today and all weekend. It was fun to fight Max [Verstappen] at the start of the race and run in P2 in the changeable conditions. We actually ended up in quite a lonely race to P4, but the main thing is that we were able to score a good haul of points for the team, and so did Checo.”

Ferrari had called the race in Hungary, “hard to swallow” for good reasons. Both Vettel and Leclerc lacked pace all race long with their SF1000s and the result did not live up to expectations. Vettel finished sixth with team mate just outside the points in eleventh.

Renault claimed its third consecutive eighth place finish as Daniel Ricciardo scored four points in a busy Hungarian Grand Prix. “Eighth was all we could achieve in the end, though. We’ve had eighth in every race so far. It’s not bad, but I do feel we have the speed for more from the first three races. We’re not far from top six finishes, it’s coming, and we know bigger points are around the corner.”

The next race for the circus moves to the Silverstone circuit in a couple of weeks.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday – LAT Images

2020 Hungarian GP results

1         Hamilton              1:36:12.473 

2         Verstappen          +8.702s       

3         Bottas +9.452s       

4         Stroll         +57.579s     

5         Albon     +78.316s     

6         Vettel        +1 lap

7         Perez      +1 lap

8         Ricciardo           +1 lap

9         Sainz        +1 lap

10       Magnussen         +1 lap

Drivers standings

1         Hamilton                  MERCEDES 63

2         Bottas            MERCEDES 58

3         Verstappen              RED BULL    33

4         Norris            MCLAREN    26

5         Albon            RED BULL    22

6         Perez BWT  22

7         Leclerc          FERRARI      18

8         Stroll   BWT   18

9         Sainz  MCLAREN    15

10       Vettel FERRARI      9

Quartararo wins frst race of the season as Marquez succumbs to Nightmare start

Nightmare start to season for Reigning Champion!

The first MotoGP race of the 2020 season began nightmarishly at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit for Reigning Champion Marc Marquez as he fell off his bike and broke his foot. Aiming to defend his title, Marquez got off to a fast start in the reduced 20-rider grid of the shorten season against the likes of Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller.

The Repsol Honda ace sprinted to the head of the field in second at the start of the race. Vinales who started second shot to first place on the first lap. The battle between Vinales and Marquez was the highlight in the early stint. Vinales and Marquez would go back and forth until the Yamaha ace got the better of things for the lead.  It wasn’t until lap 5, Marquez almost lost the bike but recovered to continue. He would drop back to 20th place before mounting a comeback. This gave Vinales and the riders behind him a clear path.

With Marquez dropped back, Vinales had a clear path in front of him. Only Quartararo and Miller gave chase. On lap 8, Quartararo took the lead after Vinales had a wobble. The Yamaha ace would run wide again to allow Miller through as well in ensuing laps. He was down to third place by the middle part of the race. The Spaniard mounted a comeback and with seven laps remaining, VInales took the runner up spot from Miller. Meanwhile, Marquez had powered his way back to contention right behind Vinales in third, with five laps to run. However, Marquez would lose his bike on a high side at turn 3 and crashed out of the race. He suffered a broken right humerus.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso captured third place, having started third on the grid. The Italian defended from Franco Morbidelli’s and Pol Espargaro’s attacks throughout the race. The Ducati man managed to fill in the gap on Miller and, with two laps to go, he went past Miller for third. Team mate Danilo Petrucci, still recovering from minor injury, finished ninth to give Ducati some added points in the manufacturers’ rankings.

Marquez’s team mate Alex Marquez, who made his MotoGP debut, finished 12th. 9-time champion Valentino Rossi did not finish the race as his bike had technical issues.  

It was a good day for  Quartararo who won the race and started the race in P1 ahead of factory riders. With Quartararo and Morbidelli first and fifth, Yamaha SRT team is at the top of the teams’ standings. Ducati occupies the second position in the manufacturers and  second in the teams after the first race.

Round Three of the 2020 season hits  Gran Premio de Andalucía, 24 – 25 July.

2020 MotoGP Season takes flight after 4-month hiatus

The 2020 MotoGP Championship season is finally a green light as riders hit the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit for the season-opener. The opening race, to be held behind closed doors, kicks start the season after months of lockdown, which began from the pre-season testing in Qatar at the end of February.

Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso, recovering from a left collarbone injury, is looking forward to getting back on his Ducati Desmosedici GP bike. He and team mate Danilo Petrucci are on the Jerez track for testing prior to the race weekend. The race weekend begins with the three practice sessions, then qualifiers and the race. Dovizioso, who had confirmed himself as runner-up in the championship for the third time in a row in 2019, is set to tackle his thirteenth season in MotoGP.

Second year Ducati rider, Petrucci aims to start his season in the best way possible to become one of the protagonists of 2020.

Reigning Champion Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez arrives in Jerez eager to reunite with his team and get back to riding the Honda RC213V. For rookie Alex Marquez, the wait to go racing has seemed even longer as the reigning Moto2 Champion has been forced to delay his premier class debut. Marquez has one goal in mind in the shorten season and that’s to defend his title.

Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi revved their hearts as they return to racing in the 2020 season. Riding for the first time in more than four months, the Yamaha riders took part in two crucial 90-minute test sessions ahead of this weekend’s race in Jerez. Both riders are as eager to race again after a four-month hiatus and put Yamaha in their rightful place in the championship in the shorten season.

Aprilia gets set to take on MotoGP eSport Season

With the pandemic situation still at large, there’s an eSport virtual challenge endorsed by the MotoGP organizers. Aprilia MotoGP squad is preparing for the virtual 2020 MotoGP eSport challenge with riders Francisco Santiago Marín and Joel Pedrosa.

Santiago will be one of the eleven rider gamers competing for the 2020 title: Known as EleGhosT555 on virtual platform, the Spaniard is one of the contenders for the final victory, after taking the runner-up title his rookie year in 2018. The second and reserve rider for Aprilia Racing eSports is rookie Pedrosa.


Aprilia as a group has won 54 titles in the various motorcycle racing disciplines: World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, Superbike, Off-Road and Trial. But, the MotoGP title has yet to be reached as they are a relatively newcomer. For 2020 eSport, Aprilia Racing pits the RS-GP on the virtual platform.

The final stage of the 2020 MotoGP eSport Championship will be held over 4 rounds, for a total of 8 races, on the official MotoGP videogame, MotoGP 20. The virtual game was televised on 15 channels and reached 64 million viewers, last year.

Virtual Le Mans 24 hours with Ferrari

With the 24-hour Le Mans already cancelled, Ferrari is conducting a Virtual Le Mans of its own at its headquarters in Maranello. The virtual Le Mans 24 hours will be hosted on 30 June at the Ferrari Maranello Museum.  

Visitors at the museum would be able to watch this first-ever live virtual Le Mans. The Museum is already home to the “Ferrari at 24 Hours Le Mans exhibition dedicated to 70 years of Prancing Horse victories on the famous French track. Official drivers who are scheduled to run the three 488 GTEs are car no. 51, no.52 and no.71 driven by appointed drivers: Nicklas Nielsen, David Perel, Kasper Stoltze, Matteo Caruso, Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Enzo Bonito, David Tonizza Miguel Molina, Federico Leo, Amos Laurito and Jordy Zwiers. Car no.52 features the two FDA Hublot Esport Team drivers. 

How real is a Virtual Le Mans 24-hour?

Driver s aside, Ferrari goes the distance to make this virtual Le Mans as real as possible. They have available the Competizioni GT technicians and engineers on standby to help select optimal race set-ups and strategies. That way, Ferrari makes sure fans and enthusiasts can experience it in complete safety and in full compliance with current social distancing egulations.

The first free practices will take place on 10  – 11 June from 10 am to 10 pm. On 12 June, the session will end at 5 pm, just before the official qualifying which, for GTE class cars, is from 6:10 pm to 6:25 pm. The next day, the race will be flagged off at 3 pm. Sunday, 14 June, will signal the end of the race, at 3 pm.

Given current limited access , time slots and ticket purchasing can be made through the online ticket office at the Museums’ websites (musei.ferrari.com/en).

DTM announces restructured 2020 calendar

The DTM umbrella organisation ITR has restructured the 2020 DTM calendar in an effort to accommodate all 10 rounds of this year’s series in the wake of the global spread of the coronavirus.

The 2020 DTM was initially due to commence at Belgium’s Circuit Zolder on April 24-26, with race weekends following at Lausitzring, Russia’s Igora Drive, Anderstorp in Sweden, and Italy’s Autodromo Monza in June.

While the situation remains dynamic, the season is slated to begin at Germany’s Norisring (July 10-12) and conclude at Monza on November 13-15.

The full revised calendar appears below.

ITR Managing Director Marcel Mohaupt said, “These are unprecedented and uncertain times – and our priority is the wellbeing of our families, our staff, and our community. Despite the uncertainty, we felt it was important to provide motorsport fans worldwide – and everyone involved in DTM – with a revised calendar featuring new dates.”

“Clearly, the safe containment and treatment of this epidemic is everyone’s first priority, but we believe that sport can play an important role in helping restore normality to people’s lives. With support from our fans, DTM’s manufacturers Audi and BMW – who will bring 16 cars to this year’s grid – the racetracks and all our partners, we all want to put together an exciting season later this year. We know we have to remain flexible and pragmatic – but this is a first step; and we will hold true on our promise to come back stronger. When it is safe to return to the racetrack, we want the DTM to help lead the way.”

2020 DTM Calendar

10/07–12/07 Norisring
31/07–02/08 St. Petersburg or Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp**
07/08–09/08 Circuit Zolder
22/08–23/08 Brands Hatch Circuit
04/09–06/09 TT Circuit Assen
11/09–13/09 Nürburgring
02/10–04/10 Igora Drive St. Petersburg or Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp**
16/10–18/10 Lausitzring
06/11–08/11 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
13/11–15/11 Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Inaugural F1 Vietnam GP postponed, indefinitely

In view of the continued global spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with Formula One Ltd, the holder of copyrights and licenses for F1, as well as the FIA & the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association (VMA), the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC) regrets to announce the postponement of the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 as scheduled.

Due to take place on 3 – 5 April, the decision to postpone comes after extensive consideration of the ongoing and developing coronavirus situation as well as after the recent WHO declaration of the outbreak as a global pandemic, and follows guidance from all relevant authorities whose collective concern is the health and well-being of the Vietnamese people as well as travelling Formula 1 fans, staff and championship participants.

This has been a very difficult decision to reach, especially as preparations for Hanoi to join the world’s most prestigious sporting event with a world-class, state-of-the-art F1 circuit had just entered their final stages.

VGPC will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA, the Hanoi People’s Committee and the VMA to monitor the situation and will look to announce an alternative date and provide a further update for our ticket purchasers, sponsors and partners in due course.

The organizers’ thoughts go to all those directly and indirectly affected by the current coronavirus situation, as well as those for whom this announcement will be a disappointment as they looked forward to an exciting inaugural race in Vietnam.

KTM MotoGP sounds off 2020 Challenge with New Bike and Rider line-up

\Although only in their second season in the premier class, KTM MotoGP squad have sounded their intent to challenge for prominence on the grid. The team have progressed from a satellite squad to a full-fledged factory squad within a year.

This year, the team is pitting four KTM RC16s on the  grid, all carrying a 2020 spec. The KTM riders for 2020 season are Pol Espargaro, in his fourth season with the team,  rookie Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira year two rider and another rookie Iker Lecuona. Espargaro is a MotoGP veteran, while Binder has been a regular at KTM who captured the Moto3 title a year ago. He moves up to MotoGP with KTM this season.

All KTM riders have already completed both a private and official IRTA test so far since January and will lap Losail from 22 February for three days in the final dialling-in outing before Grand Prix action commences at the same venue in early March.

2020 Red Bull KTM Tech3 RC16 challenger

Red Bull KTM Tech3 boast some novelty factor for 2020 with their ‘Organics by Red Bull’ livery and a fresh look for the crew. The potential of the third generation of the KTM RC16 is eagerly anticipated after the firm expanded their test team efforts with the experience of former champion and Repsol Honda man Dani Pedrosa complimenting the long-standing knowledge of Mika Kallio in 2019.

KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer commented, “2020 is about to begin and I would say we are exactly where we expected to be. We’ve had everything on a road map and have followed it with the full support of the company and the board. Last year we worked with a satellite team and four riders that provided valuable feedback and the groups spurred each other on, but, at the same time, it pushed us to the limit for resources and raised us to the peak where we are now. I would not say we have a ‘satellite team’ now but instead we are a KTM ‘pack’ with friendship and trust, and I include our test team in that whole organization.”

Apart from MotoGP, KTM has fourteen KTM RC4 riders in lower category; namely the Moto3. KTM also supplies bikes to riders participating in the 2020 seven-round Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the brand-new Northern Talent Cup series.