Throwback Thursday: 23 April Edition

In a Throwback Thursday/On This Day mash-up here are some events to remember from year’s gone by.

2016 FIA Formula E Paris E-Prix

The Paris E-Prix of the 2015/2016 season was the seventh round of the season and the inaugural Formula E race in the French city.

Heading into the weekend Lucas di Grassi led the championship, one point ahead of Sebastien Buemi while 29 points further back was Sam Bird with Jerome d’Ambrosio fourth on 64 points, while fifth was Stephane Sarrazin who was 16 points behind d’Ambrosio.

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It was Sam Bird who claimed pole position for the Paris E-Prix with di Grassi lining up in second while Buemi had qualified down in eighth.

Bird would end up finishing down in sixth in the race which was won by di Grassi while Buemi recovered from his eighth place starting position to finish third with Jean-Eric Vergne filling the final place on the podium.

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Of the rest of the top five in the championship, only Sarrazin scored points, having started in fourth he finished fifth.

It meant that in the Drivers’ Championship di Grassi now led Buemi by 11 points with Bird still third on 82 points while d’Ambrosio retained his fourth place, despite not scoring any points, while the gap between him and Sarrazin had now closed down to 6 points.

2017 Super Formula at Suzuka

Suzuka was the opening round of the 2017 season with Kazuki Nakajima (pictured below) claiming pole position.

He would go on and claim victory ahead of Naoki Yamamoto with the reigning champion, Yuji Kunimoto, completing the top three.

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Hiroaki Ishiura finished fourth with Andre Lotterer, Koudai Tsukakoshi, Daisuke Nakajima and Takuya Izawa completing the points scorers.

Making his debut in the series at Suzuka was Red Bull backed Pierre Gasly who had won the 2016 GP2 Championship but similarly to Stoffel Vandoorne was sent out to spend a season in Super Formula when a seat could not be immediately found for him in Formula 1. He fared well on his debut, finishing tenth.

2017 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas

This was the third round of the 2017 season.

Heading into the weekend Maverick Vinales led the championship having opened his Yamaha career with victories in the first two races of the season. He was 14 points ahead of his teammate, Valentino Rossi with Andrea Dovizioso third in the championship on 20 points, three ahead of Scott Redding who in turn was one point ahead of fellow Brit, Cal Crutchlow.

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It was a similar picture in the Moto2 and Moto3 championships with Franco Morbidelli on 50 points leading Thomas Luthi by the same 14 points that Vinales led Rossi. In Moto3 however Mir did have 50 points but was only ten ahead of second placed John McPhee.

In MotoGP Marc Marquez claimed pole position and would go on to win in Austin. Vinales had lined up second but retired leaving Rossi to finish second with Dani Pedrosa claiming the final podium finish. Of the other riders who had started in the top five in the championship, Dovizioso finished sixth having started seventh, Redding finished twelfth while Crutchlow finished fourth.

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In Moto2 Franco Morbidelli claimed pole position and went on to take victory with closest championship rival Luthi finishing second having initially started in fifth. The podium in Moto2 was completed by Takaaki Nakagami.

Lastly in Moto3 Romano Fenati claimed victory, having started third, ahead of Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Mir finished down in eighth having started in second while closest championship rival, McPhee, started ninth and finished seventh.

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At the end of the Grand Prix weekend, in MotoGP, Rossi assumed the lead of the championship, six points ahead of Vinales with Marquez moving up to third on 38 points, eight ahead of Dovizioso with Crutchlow remaining fifth on 29 points.

In Moto2 Morbidelli kept his championship lead, extending it to 19 points over Luthi.

Lastly in Moto3, Mir held onto the lead of the championship but now only had a six point advantage, with Martin assuming the role of his nearest challenger with McPhee dropping down to third, nine points behind Mir.

1995 CART at Nazareth Speedway

CART hosted its fifth race of the 1995 season at Nazareth Speedway, also referred to as the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix.

Going into the event, Scott Pruett led the championship from Mauricio Gugelmin with Al Unser Jr in third followed by Paul Tracy and Jacques Villeneueve.

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American Robby Gordon took pole position and would finish the race in fourth. Victory went to Emerson Fittipaldi, the Brazilian also claiming the fastest lap. Completing the top three were Villeneuve and Stefan Johansson.

Further back Pruett finished down in eighth, Gugelmin finished seventeenth while Unser Jr finished thirteenth.

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At the end of the weekend, Pruett still led the championship with Villeneuve assuming the role of his nearest challenger with Gugelmin dropping down to third while Unser Jr dropped down to sixth. Elsewhere, Gordon had started the weekend ninth in the championship and had moved up to seventh, Fittipaldi had been in thirteenth and moved up to fifth while Johansson had been fifteenth, his third place finish moving him up to thirteenth in the championship.

2000 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Formula 1 contested its fourth round of the season at Silverstone.

Heading into the race Michael Schumacher led the championship, 21 points ahead of his teammate and nearest rival, Rubens Barrichello. Giancarlo Fisichella was third, one point behind Barrichello. Two points behind Fisichella were Mika Hakkinen and Ralf Schumacher.

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Barrichello start on pole position with the Jordan of Heinz-Harald Frentzen starting alongside. It was the two McLarens of Hakkinen and David Coulthard that occupied the second row with Michael Schumacher starting fifth.

It would be Coulthard who would go on to claim victory ahead of Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher. Barrichello was forced into retirement while Frentzen too suffered reliability issues meaning he would be classified down in seventeenth.

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The remaining points positions were filled by the two Williams drivers of Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button and the Jordan of Jarno Trulli. Fisichella just missed out on a points finish, finishing seventh having started down in twelfth.

It meant that Michael Schumacher led the championship by 20 points from Coulthard with Hakkinen a further two points behind. Barrichello had dropped down to fourth, level on points with Ralf Schumacher.




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