IndyCar Road America and Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix Preview


Following last weekend’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the IndyCar series heads to Road America this weekend where it is due to contest two races with one held on Saturday and the other held on Sunday, similar to the Dual in Detroit it has held in previous seasons.

Scott Dixon heads into the double header leading the championship having won the opening two races. He is 29 points ahead of Simon Pagenaud who is second in the championship having finished inside the top three in the opening rounds of the season. The top three in the championship is completed by reigning champion Josef Newgarden who finished third in Texas and seventh in the GMR Grand Prix.

Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio” by David Grant is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The sole Road America race in 2019 saw pole position taken by Colton Herta, who also claimed the fastest lap. The race itself was won by Alexander Rossi who also led the most laps. Herta currently lies fourth in the championship having finished seventh in Texas and fourth at Indianapolis while Rossi enters the weekend down in twenty third having opened his 2020 season with a fifteenth in Texas and being classified down in twenty fifth in Indianapolis having failed to finish.

Formula 1

Formula 1 is also once again in action following on from its opener last weekend in Austria. They will still be in Austria but this second race that is being held at the Red Bull Ring will be officially known as the Styrian Grand Prix.

If the opening race of 2020 is to go by then the sport is in for another exciting weekend as Mercedes Valtteri Bottas heads the drivers’ championship with Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris completing the top three after Lewis Hamilton was awarded a five second penalty after a collision with the Red Bull of Alexander Albon.

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There has been some talk and concerns that this weekend’s second race could be processional due to the data and learning that the teams have gained by running last weekend. This may be so but a lot will depend on whether teams have managed to understand and mitigate the reliability issues that hindered them during the opening Grand Prix weekend of 2020 which saw only eleven cars reach the finish.

Formula 2 and Formula 3

With Formula 1 due to be in action this weekend it also means that its support series of Formula 2 and Formula 3 will be racing as well.

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In Formula 2 Callum Ilott and Felipe Drugovich enter the weekend having managed to secure the opening race victories of the season. Ilott leads the championship by four points from Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman, the Formula 2 rookie impressing as he secured a third place finish in the feature race before going on to finish fourth in the sprint. The top three in the championship is completed by Drugovich who is another rookie in the series and finished eighth in the feature race to secure pole position for the sprint race which he went on to win and also claimed the two points for the fastest lap.

In Formula 3 Prema Racing’s Oscar Piastri has taken an early lead in the championship after winning the feature race and claiming eighth and the fastest lap in the sprint race. He is seven points ahead of Liam Lawson who claimed victory in the sprint race after finishing sixth in the feature race. In third is another Prema Racing driver, Logan Sargeant, who finished the feature race in second and sprint down in twenty seventh.

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There was plenty of entertainment provided by the above four series during the previous weekend. Here’s hoping that there will be more of the same this weekend too.

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