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We always sit at the front too - Christine's Rankings, Week 9

Buying karts for kids and youngsters winning races

Sidepodcast: We always sit at the front too - Christine's Rankings, Week 9

by Christine Blachford

This week, the racing was all about Max Verstappen taking home his first win - but he only gets a small mention on Christine's Rankings after posting a couple of videos on Dutch and English to say thank you. Elsewhere, Kimi Räikkönen gets his first points on the board this year after participating in a Finnish initiative to buy karts so that kids can have a go for free and see if they get a taste for this racing lack.

Max Verstappen becomes youngest F1 race winner in Spain

Mercedes lose out in first lap incident

Sidepodcast: Max Verstappen becomes youngest F1 race winner in Spain

by Christine Blachford

It was a series of unpredictable events that saw Verstappen take his debut victory in his first race for Red Bull in Spain. On the first lap, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took each other out of the race to end Mercedes’ run of victories. Polesitter Hamilton had lost the lead in the first corner but Rosberg closed the gap when his teammate tried to pass, ending with them both in the gravel.

Race highlights - Spain 2016

More first lap chaos as records are broken in Barcelona

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Spain 2016

by Christine Blachford

The sun shone beautifully over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today, and 66 laps of racing where completed by almost all of the F1 drivers. A significant first lap incident took out a couple, and some engine issues hampered others, but all the attention turned to the strategy of those in front. Who was on the right tyre at the right time, and who could make their rubber last to the end?

Selection box - We love what we do

From Russia with love, Red Bull, oil prices, CFD and more

Sidepodcast: Selection box - We love what we do

by Christine Blachford

Red Bull are dominating the news at the moment. If it wasn't their trial run of the canopy in Russia, it was their drivers causing chaos in Russia, or it was their post-race reaction of swapping one perfectly capable driver for another. I've searched the web for some interesting articles and have come up with some that cover all those topics, but let's start with something else first.

I can't wait to heat a hot dog - Christine's Rankings, Week 7

A couple of drivers try to act with hilarious consequences

Sidepodcast: I can't wait to heat a hot dog - Christine's Rankings, Week 7

by Christine Blachford

This week, the McLaren boys finally got themselves some points on the board in Russia - and in Christine's Rankings, they've also both made great strides. That single video of them mostly just laughing has hoisted them up the rankings table but still no one can beat Daniel Ricciardo. Other points this week go to Nico Rosberg for trying his hand at a certain type of surfing, and for beating the boss at table tennis.

Race highlights - Russia 2016

First lap action brings out the safety car in Sochi

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Russia 2016

by Christine Blachford

An afternoon of racing in Russia has been completed, culminating in a somewhat predictable podium, four drivers retiring from the race, one safety car, one engine issue, and just 26 pit stops throughout the 53 laps. After first lap chaos brought out the virtual and then the actual safety car, the bunched up field spread out once again to limit the number of battles occurring on track.

Bottas secures front row grid slot beside Rosberg

Hamilton suffers engine trouble once again

Sidepodcast: Bottas secures front row grid slot beside Rosberg

by Christine Blachford

For the second race in a row, qualifying did not go defending champion Lewis Hamilton’s way. The Brit made his way into Q3 but couldn’t participate due to the same engine problem that caught him out in China. That left Nico Rosberg untroubled in his quest for pole position, the German finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari. Vettel’s five place grid drop, however, means that it will be Valtteri Bottas, who completed an impressive lap for Williams, who lines up on the front row of the grid tomorrow.

Sebastian Vettel hit with five place gearbox penalty in Russia

Gearbox and engine changes cost Ferrari

Sidepodcast: Sebastian Vettel hit with five place gearbox penalty in Russia

by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel has had a difficult start to his Russian race weekend, enduring a curtailed practice session after his Ferrari stopped out on track, and now picking up a five place grid penalty before qualifying has even begun. Ferrari decided to change the gearbox on Vettel’s car after finding damage that is reportedly left over from the German’s first lap collision with his teammate in China.

World Motorsport Council sign off on 2017 engine regulations

Power unit supply and sound on the agenda

Sidepodcast: World Motorsport Council sign off on 2017 engine regulations

by Christine Blachford

After Formula One bosses tried and failed to come to an agreement about engines, the F1 Commission finally got the teams to come together and submit a proposal for 2017’s power unit regulations. The WMSC have ratified the proposed changes, with the FIA saying: “The global agreement on power units covers four key areas relating to the cost and supply price, obligation to supply, performance convergence and the sound of the power units.”