Weekly Motorsport News

Weekly Motorsport News

Villeneuve comes in defence of Sebastian Vettel

Racing veteran Jacques Villeneuve has come out defending Vettel’s swipe at Lewis Hamilton. He was quoted saying that these things sometimes happen and it was unintentional. In a not so common case, Vettel had swerved into Hamilton’s Mercedes in the Azerbaijan GP. As a result, he also had to endure a 10 second stop and go penalty. Villeneuve has defended the Ferrari driver saying that Hamilton had brake tested his rival and it was a natural response from Vettel. Many have also compared this incident to the infamous crash between Villeneuve and Schumacher in 1997. The racing veteran has dismissed all these claims stating both incidents are very different.

The Circuit of Wales in financial trouble

The British Moto GP venue has taken a severe hit after the Welsh Government decided to withdraw the financial guarantee. The economy and infrastructure secretary of Wales, Ken Skates has provided a formal statement rejecting the £433 million budget. Initially, the process was delayed due to lack of information from the Circuit of Wales scheme. With all the due processes now completed, Skates has revealed that the impact on the public finances will be too huge. He also added that with the budget it was possible to construct a hospital, ten schools, and numerous homes. After the rejection of the Wales Circuit, the government plans to spend the money on a new automotive technology business park.


Scott Dixon extends his winning streak to 13 years

Scott Dixon won the 2017 IndyCar series to extend his winning streak. The Australian-born Kiwi has now won at least one major championship round for the past 13 years. Dixon claimed his win in the 10th or the Road America round of the series. This makes the Kiwi, a four-time IndyCar champion. With 41 wins in his bag, the 37-year-old is just one victory shy of being the third most successful driver in the North American open wheeler races. Although struggling a bit in the warm-up races, Dixon went ahead of others during the half distance mark and never looked back. The Penske favourites though were impressive in the qualifiers could not keep up with Dixon’s Honda powered Ganassi. This victory also ensured Dixon’s lead by 34 points over defending champion Pagenaud.


Mclaren finally got their scoreboard ticking

Mclaren finally got their first points of the season in the Azerbaijan GP. This has been on the worst seasons for Mclaren who are currently sitting at the bottom of the table. The racing director Eric Boullier has sighed a sense of relief with some points, but he has clearly stated they need to buckle up. Fernando Alonso finished 9th in Baku ensuring points for the racing giants. 


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