The Force India squad have announced a multi-year partnership with Breast Cancer Care, with the goal of “reaching more people affected by breast cancer faster.” The charity’s logo is the pink ribbon, which goes nicely with Force India’s rebranded pink image this season, and the cars will proudly bear the logo in Monaco this weekend.
Although hardcore Formula One fans know that the Monaco circuit doesn't deliver a cracking race in terms of overtaking action, there's still something about it that gets the pulse racing. Considered by many to be the jewel in the F1 calendar, there are a few contenders vying to snatch that title from Monaco, but for now, the glorious weather and beautiful vistas hiding a treacherous and difficult circuit are hard to beat. This weekend has the added attraction of the return of Jenson Button, whilst we'll all be keeping one eye on Fernando Alonso in the US.
This week there are a handful of points for teammates working well together, particularly the Haas boys who get a moderately good score in F1's Grill the Grid, and the Red Bull boys who preview the Monaco race very well. There's also a look at Alonso's tentative steps across the pond in his IndyCar debut, as well as yet more new and interesting ways of training.
Prolific feature writer Adam pointed out on Twitter that his Class of the Field column reached the grand old age of 100 recently. We're rubbish at keeping track of such things, but felt such a milestone couldn't pass without a spot of celebration. Class of the Field started even before we had a feature section and Adam has been a stalwart writer on Sidepodcast even when we have let our attention drift.
It's the lull before the storm this week, with the Spanish Grand Prix rapidly disappearing in the rear view mirrow, and the double header of Monaco/Indy 500 approaching full speed ahead. With that in mind, this week's collection of links have time to look back at the race and what came out of it, as well as ponder some of the young drivers around the grid, as well as going behind the scenes in the paddock. Enjoy!
A bumper week of rankings comes out of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, as drivers seemed relaxed and happy to be back in Europe. There were plenty of fun updates throughout the weekend, including drivers getting involved with cooking, with instructional fashion videos, with Star Wars references, and of course, having a bit of a laugh in the press conference.
We may have been starved of action in Russia but the true return to Europe more than made up for it, as the Spanish GP, traditionally a procession, turned into a near classic. Most drivers were involved in one battle or other throughout the race, various strategies were used and the win wasn’t ensured until the final few laps. There may have been a lack of overtakes but it was still intriguing and exciting, oh and a boy met his hero too – well done FOM and Ferrari!
Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead of the race from polesitter Lewis Hamilton off the line, as the Spanish Grand Prix got underway. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas nudged Kimi Räikkönen who had a hard impact with Max Verstappen, knocking both drivers out of the race. With tyre strategy the main area to make gains or losses, Bottas remained out the longest of the front runners and managed to hold up Vettel, but things still looked like they were going Ferrari’s way.
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