Motorsport Monday – 18th March 2019

F1 Chat with Charli Andrews, Liam Hodgins and Connor Jackson.

Has Bottas got one major mental advantage over Hamilton already?

Where was Ferrari’s pace all weekened?

Should Claire Williams step down before the end of the season?

Will Kubica be shipped out mid-season to make way for another driver?

And who broadcast it better?  SkyF1 or Channel 4?

Motorsport Monday – 11th March 2019

First show of 2019!  Lester Forbes is joined by the Motorsport Radio website editor Connor Jackson and motorsport journalist Charli Andrews making her debut to discuss Formula E, IndyCars and Formula 1.

5min – Formula E / Review of Hong Kong
41min – IndyCar / Review of St. Pete
65min – F1 Chat / Australian GP Preview & Predictions

DiGrassi cruises to victory in a chaotic Zurich E-Prix

Lucas DiGrassi took a serene win, his first of the season. He crossed the line just 7.5 seconds ahead of Sam Bird, who has cut Jean Eric Vergne’s championship lead to just 23 points ahead of the final race weekend of the season. 

Earlier today, Mitch Evans managed to put his Jaguar on pole position for the first time in his Formula E career with a time of 1:12.811s. He managed to beat Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer by 0.137s.

Sam Bird, who is sitting second in the championship after his victory in Rome, set the third fastest time, while Jean Eric Vergne, the title leader, could only set the 17th fastest time.

 

As the lights went out, Evans lead the field with ease; after four laps, his lead was up to 1.5s as the following riders took a defensive stance. However, he complained that his cockpit was “super hot”, suggesting he had technical difficulties. These difficulties became evident when, on lap 17, when di Grassi was able to cruise past him for the lead as Evan’s tried to save energy.

Despite starting in sixth, di Grassi stormed through the grid, passing Jerome D’Ambrosio, Sam Bird and Andre Lotterer with ease on his way to snatch the lead. By the time the chequered flag fell, he was 7.542s ahead of the pack.

Di Grassi wasn’t the only driver making waves, as championship leader Jean Eric Vergnefought his way through the grid as he attempted to save his championship lead. He started 17th, but by lap nine he was in the points scoring positions.

His efforts were halted, however, when his car stalled in the pits leaving him stationary for a painful 12 seconds. He came out in ninth and was left to start all over again. He kept the pressure on his fellow racers and fought his was back up.

 

The podium was completed by Briton’s Sam Bird and Jerome d’Amborisio for the first time this season. Both drivers were saved by key players being slapped with a driver-through penalty for speeding under a full course yellow. Mitch Evans, Andre Lotterer, Sebastian Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez were initialled fined, and Jean Eric Vergne later joined the party.

These penalties also allowed drivers such as Nick Heidfeld and Oliver Turvey to salvage some points after a disappointing weekend, finishing in sixth and ninth respectively. After his impressive pole, Evans was forced back to finish in a disappointing seventh, ahead of Felix Da Costa, who secured his first points finished since Mexico.

Sadly home favourite, Edoardo Mortara was the first race retirement, competing only six laps before clipping the kerb through the tram stop.

After first lap drama saw Nelson Piquet Jr slamming in to the back of Daniel Abt, scattering the German’s rear wing across the tarmac, he eventually retired on lap 20.

Nico Prost was the final retirement as he locked the breaks and journey in to the wall for a high speed collision on lap 31.

 

After the chaos caused by various penalties, Sam Bird was able to reduce the championship fight from 40 points, to just 23 ahead of the final race weekend of the season.

The grid will be back out in action for the double-header in New York on the 7th and 8th of July. Overtake Motorsport will have all the action and results for you.

 

Feature Image Credit: Audi Formula E twitter

Bird rules the roost in Rome

Sam Bird claimed the chequered flag for the first ever Formula E race in Rome. He was joined on the podium by Lucas DiGrassi and Andrew Lotterer.

Sam Bird claimed victory as Rome played host to the all electric racing formula for the first time. Despite late pressure from Mitch Evans and Lucas di Grassi, the British driver was able to celebrate his second victory of the season.

 

“It wasn’t easy but congratulations to everyone. To get the first win in Rome is amazing – this was always going to be a historic race,” Bird stated from the podium. However, he wasn’t able to snatch the championship lead from Jean Eric Vergne after his win in Punte Del Este.

Felix Rosenqvist claimed pole and held the lead for first half of the race, before a crash forced him to retire from the race on lap 23. “I just hit the kerb,” he explained over the radio, after loosing the opportunity to reclaim the championship lead. This allowed Bird to take control of the grid.

 

However, it wasn’t always plain sailing and Bird faced a challenge from Mitch Evans who made several attempts to snatch the lead away from him. Evans was forced to begin defending, rather than attacking, as di Grassi closed in for second place.

 

Di Grassi, who was gifted one of three FANBOOST awards, while not allowed to fight for the win, was able to place pressure on Bird by closing the gap to just nine-tenths of a second.

 

This mix of defending and fighting seemed to leave Evans in the wars, and he ran out of useable energy quicker than expected. This allowed Lotterer to claim the final podium spot. Eventually, Evans crossed the line in a disappointing 9th place. Behind Lotterer was Daniel Abt in the Audi and Jean Eric Vergne in the Techeeta, who remains comfortably at the top of the drivers championship, 26 points ahead of Bird.

 

Despite drama during qualifying, which saw Jerome d’Ambosio crash in the pit lane, he was able to recover and finish in 7th. Maro Engel claimed 8th, while Edoardo Mortara snatched the final points scoring position.

 

However, Oliver Turvey, Tom Blomqvist and Luca Filippi, who was award the FANBOOST, faced a tougher day in the office as the three drivers came together on track. Nelson Piquet was forced to retire after issues with his seat belt, while Jose Maria Lopez came to a halt on track with technical issues. Alex Lynn also failed to meet the chequered flag, summing up a disastrous weekend for him after crashing in both FP1 and FP2.

 

The team are back in action on the 28th of April, as the take to the streets of Paris.

Feature Image Credit: Bird claims historic victory in Rome

JEV strives to success in Punte Del Este

Jean-Eric Vergne held off an aggressive Lucas Di Grassi to win in Punte Del Este. They were joined on the podium by Sam Bird.

The halfway point of the season saw the grid take to the streets of Punte Del Este. It was here that Jean Eric Vergne secured his second win of the 2017/2018 season. This now places him firmly at the top of the championship standings, 30 points ahead of Felix Rosenqvist.

However, it wasn’t an easy victory. After the race he told the team “I need a vodka“. Despite being gifted pole position after Di Grassi’s demotion, he had to fight to keep that position for the entire race.

The reigning champion, Lucas Di Grassi scored his podium of the year after a string of disappointing results and two retirements. However, the Brazilian still remains 10th in the championship after 6 races.

After two podiums already this season, Sam Bird was close to snatch second place from Di Grassi.

“I just really wanted the two ahead of me to fight a little more but I ran out of laps.” He commented “I tried my best to hang onto the back of them, hoping they’d fight it out a little bit more but then I caught my front left wheel near the end and just had to settle for my position.”

Mitch Evans came out ahead of Felix Rosenqvist after a battle in the dying stages of the race, while Alex Lynn came home in 6th. This gave Lynn his best finish ever behind the wheel of a Formula E car.

After just two laps , Nick Heidfeld’s Mahindra came to a halt after suffering from technical difficulties, bringing out an early safety car.

Sebastian Buemi had a similarly disappointing day, going wide at turn 13 and breaking his rear axle. After switching to his second car, he reached an inevitable DNF on lap 29.

The final retirement came from Nelson Piquet Jr., whose Jaguar was forced retire on lap 25 after first lap contact lead to a suspected drive shaft issue.

 

The grid will be back out in action in Rome on the 14th of April and Overtake Motorsport will have all the action covered for you.

Feature Image Credit: “JEV holds off di Grassi in battle for Punta del Este


Posted on 17th March, 2018 for Overtake Motorsport

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Vergne storms to Santiago Success

The grid were in action for the fourth round of the 2017/2018 ABB Formula E season. Jean-Eric Vergne took his second ever Formula E win, with Andre Lotterer in second. Sebastian Buemi rounds off the podium places in third.

TECHEETA took their first ever 1-2 in Formula E as Jean-Eric Vergne dominated on the streets of Chile. His team mate, and electric racing rookie, Andre Lotterer finished the race in second place.

Vergne only lost the lead during the pit stops, as he expertly converted his pole position in to a win.

Sebastian Buemi managed to salvage third place after quickly loosing out to Lotterer and Nelson Piquet Jr, who looked set for a podium finish.

Behind our podium finishers, Rosenqvist managed to recover from his starting position of 14th to finish in a respectable 4th. However, he faced pressure from Sam Bird in the closing stages. The Brit was left with more usable power than his competitors after her remained on track for a lap longer than the rest of the field.

 

More drama came in the closing stages of the race when Lotterer began fighting his team mate, aiming for his first ever race win. The German crashed in to the back of Vergne, and the two cars were locked together for a few tense seconds.

This intense sparring continued into the final lap, where Lotterer made an attempt to pass around the outside of turn two.

 

Jose Maria Lopez was unable to enjoy his home race, as he crashed out on the first lap. On the same lap, Maro Engel made contact with the wall that broke his suspension. Both incidents sparked a yellow flag which lasted for the next three laps.

Alex Lynn faced a similar fate as his DS Virgin Racing car drew to a halt on lap 28, while he was running in sixth place.

Lucas DiGrassi faced another issue, his third in four races, which saw him draw to a halt on lap 23. He quickly dropping down to 16th. The reigning champion is yet to score a single point in season four.

Vergne exclaimed, “That was great fun” after the race, as he shared the podium with his friend and team mate.

Lotterer, however, was clearly disappointed with a lack of race win. “It’s racing in the end and I had a lot of pace in the car. He knows exactly how to defend!”

None were more despondent than the ever competitive Buemi, who commented that “In general, I’m a bit disappointed. Third place is always good but a bit disappointed to be behind our customer team”

 

Feature Image Credit: Formula E Press Release

Posted on 3rd February, 2018 for Overtake Motorsport

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Formula E reveal radical new car for season 5

The cars taking to the track for the fifth season of Formula E will have an entirely new aesthetic, as ABB Formula E unveiled their Gen2 car.

 

After January’s announcement of a new title sponsor, the all-electric racing championship today made another huge step forward with the unveiling of a radically new designed car.

The first images of the Gen2 car were released today, boasting a controversial halo design around the cockpit, coverage to the front wheels and a larger rear diffuser.

Overall, the bodywork design appears more angular, giving the car a more dramatic and futuristic appearance.

 

This new design, which will be used for at least the next three seasons, is the first car to be designed by the FIA. The racing governing body assembled a team of leading engineers and designers to create the new car.

Credit: Formula E Press Release

But what are the benefits of racing this radically new design?

Firstly, double the new McLaren Applied Technologies battery can store double the energy than the previous Williams Advanced Engineering battery.

This means a mid-race car swap will become a thing of the past. This extra power storage will, not only last for an entire race, but will also let the cars reach higher speeds.

 

CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag displayed his pride at this new venture, stating that “This car represents the future of racing.”

He commented that “When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo – bringing a revolution to motorsport. This next generation car represents that revolution.”

Credit: Formula E Press Release

Jean Todt, the president of the FIA was equally as thrilled by the new venture. “These are very exciting times for Formula E. I’m very proud that the FIA has been at the forefront of this car’s development, it’s something new for the Federation, and the project has been a huge success.”

 

The physical car will be revealed for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show on the 6th of March and Overtake Motorsport will have all the latest news, as it happens.

 

Feature Image Credit: “Introducing: The Gen2 Formula E Car


Posted on 30th January, 2018 for OVertake Motorsport

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