Red Bull Racing Germany GP Preview

 

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Red Bull Racing Germany GP Preview

Red Bull closed to within a point of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship as Daniel Ricciardo finished in third with Max Verstappen in fifth.

The German Grand Prix returns to the Formula One race schedule this year after a break in 2015.

In 2014. The ‘Honey Badger’ finished in sixth at the Hockenheimring and the Australian should be confident of extending his strong performances over the past month:

“I think the Hockenheimring is actually a pretty fun track. I like entering the stadium section. Also the fans are huge motorsport fans, which is always pretty awesome.

Ricciardo is looking forward to his trip to Germany especially as Austria has good local food to feed his big appetite:” There are some cool little towns around the track which offer some traditional German food and after my week in Austria I can’t wait to enjoy my second round of Schnitzels.”

Verstappen will be determined to get one over his team-mate Ricciardo this weekend after his highly entertaining battle with Kimi Raikkonen.

The Dutch man and the Finn fought for fifth position in Hungary but ultimately the 18-year-old won the battle.

If Red Bull can get both cars in the top five places after qualifying, then they might overtake Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of the break at the half way stage.

Red Bull Racing Hungarian GP Preview

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished in third as the Milton Keynes based team showed they have the quality to challenge Ferrari.

Max Verstappen ended the Hungarian Grand Prix in fifth but his battle with Kimi Raikkonen was the standout moment at the Hungaroring: “It was a shame because at the beginning we were quick and I tried to create a gap to the Ferraris which lead to me having to back off as I got too close to the car in front.

“Regarding my battle with Kimi I was simply protecting my position. I drove hard and just made sure I didn’t lock up or make a mistake, “said Verstappen.

Team boss Christian Horner was pleased they had one car on the podium and that Red Bull are closing on Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship: “Unfortunately Max dropped behind after the first round of stops and thereafter both drivers entered into battles with the respective Ferrari drivers.

“There was some great racing between Daniel and Seb and Max against Kimi (Raikkonen), some robust defending from our guys particularly Max, who was firm but fair holding off Kimi. It was great to see Daniel finishing on the podium again, and to close the gap on Ferrari to within one point at the halfway point of the year.”

The ‘Honey Badger’ is third in the Drivers’ Championship despite being winless in 2016 but he is confident of winning despite the challenge of Mercedes:

“Three podiums in a row here is great, it’s a good place for me. I feel really good. Fridays and Saturdays have been really good for us from the start of the season but the last few Sundays, for whatever reason, I haven’t been that satisfied with, so it was important to put it together from Friday to Sunday this weekend and I believe I did that,” said an ever smiling Ricciardo.

Lowes Crashes Out of San Marino Moto2 Race

Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider Sam Lowes was forced to retire in today’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano following a crash during the 13th of the 26 laps of the race: the 25-year-old British racer was in fourth position, fighting for a podium finish, when he lost the front at turn 15.

In the previous laps Lowes engaged a good fight for the third step of the podium, overtaking Johann Zarco and Thomas Luthi, then he battled with Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami before the crash that put him out of action exactly midway through the race.

Lowes: I was still faster than the others

“We struggled over the weekend and also today the race was not easy. Apart from Nakagami, who had a good pace, I was still faster than the other riders involved in the fight for third place, so I was determined to pass them to try to pull away. Then I had some problems with the bike, I lost the front and I crashed. It’s a real shame. However, now we look forward to the tests we will carry out in Valencia in the coming days, before facing the Aragon Grand Prix, where we will keep working to improve”.

Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko

Double retirement in Austria for Force India

 

 It was a weekend to forget for Force India in Austria as both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg failed to see the chequered flag.

Perez was languishing in the midfield when he had a failure at the rear of his car and ended up in the wall. This went largely unnoticed due to the battle between the Mercedes’ of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton taking the attention of the cameras. Meanwhile Hulkenberg struggled with his tyres from the start.

He dropped from P2 on the grid and was hit by graining issues on his tyres almost immediately, before retiring a handful of laps before the end of the race.

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This weekend was a large contrast to last time out in Baku where Perez and the team were celebrating a third podium in three races.

There was cause for optimism before the weekend with the upgrades the team made paying off and seeing the team taking podiums. These thoughts were amplified when Hulkenberg qualified third behind the Silver Arrows duo.

He was promoted to second thanks to Rosberg’s gearbox penalty but got a poor start and was overtaken by Jenson Button at turn one. Over the next few laps the Ferrari’s and the Red Bull’s got past Nico, thus the end of his points chances. He retired the car to save the power unit a few laps before the end of the race.

Meanwhile Perez qualified poorly, starting 16th he made his way up the grid and was fighting for points when coming into the last lap he went off into the barriers at turn three. It appeared to be a brake issue as he went straight on and seemed unable to slow his VJM09 down.

Overall not the weekend the team wanted, and with the next race being right in their backyard at Silverstone, they’ll be keen to make sure this is a minor blip in what appears to be the season of resurgence for Force India.

Marquez Quick, Pedrosa Struck Down by Fever

Marc Marquez is proving why he is world champion, with a solid 2nd place accomplished on day 2 of testing at Phillip Island. The Repsol Honda man couldn’t overcome the pace of Maverick Vinales, Marquez worked on set-up of the bike and race pace.

The reigning champion worked solidly, completing a total of 107 laps, and rounded off the session with two long runs of 15 laps each, gaining valuable data in order for the team to work on improving the machine before the season opener at Losail, Qatar.

“It’s been a day of really hard work, and I’m a little bit tired, but it was the plan we had for today with the team and we did it! Together with my engineers we decided to do many laps to try a few things, and we focused on riding as consistently as possible, trying to avoid any mistakes”. He went on, saying the importance of the two long runs, but also said that he isn’t where he wants to be.

“I also did two long runs at the end of the day, to try different configurations of the electronics, and that allowed us to gather a lot of information. Anyway, as I said yesterday, we’re still missing something, because I’m not 100% comfortable, but we’re working in a good way. Hopefully these two long runs will allow us to find the areas where we can take a step forward.

The Repsol Honda man also tried a new tyre, with the vision of trying another one for the rear tomorrow. “I also tried a new Michelin front tire and tomorrow we’ll try the rear one, as today we had no time to do it.”

Dani Pedrosa struggled throughout the day with a fever. Completing 40 laps, the Spaniard set his best on lap 38, before calling it a day. The winner of the San Marinese Grand Prix at Misano last year has struggled throughout winter testing, but also struggles at this circuit, as his weight hinders him from getting any significant heat in the tyres.

“Unfortunately, near the end of yesterday’s session I started feeling a bit strange and things got worse overnight, he began. This morning I couldn’t have breakfast as I wasn’t feeling good in my stomach and I had a bit of a fever and no strength.

“I could eat absolutely nothing until around 2 o’clock, so I just waited. I tried to do some laps in the afternoon, starting slowly, and although I improved a little lap by lap, I didn’t push hard.

Despite the hardships, Pedrosa is wishing for a healthier and faster final day at The Island: “Anyway, now I’m feeling better and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be in better shape for the final day of the test.”

Both Repsol Honda riders will be back out on track tomorrow for the final day of testing.

Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko