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October 31, 2017 FF1S.17.18 – Mamma Mia, shat it up again – Mexican Grand Prix

FF1S.17.18 – Mamma Mia, shat it up again – Mexican Grand Prix

Bring out the revolving DJ, it’s the Mexico Grand Prix episode! Hamilton is champ, Vettel is a chump and Verstappen is a cheeky chappy. Cheeka, Phill and Terry reflect on a weekend of unexpected results and oxygen depletion, and there’s a special appearance from SANTA HIMSELF. Kind of.

October 30, 2017 First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

First lap drama in Mexico gives Verstappen victory, but Hamilton the title

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix

The pressure was all on Sebastian Vettel’s shoulders going into this race, the title fight in his hands. Earning pole position was the best he could do on Saturday, but unfortunately it was all for nothing. In the first two corners, he, Verstappen and Hamilton ran alongside each other, jostling, bumping wheels, so that eventually Max moved into the lead, whilst Hamilton and Vettel dropped back with a puncture and front wing damage respectively.

They had to fight back through the field, with Vettel more successful at this than Hamilton, but his fourth place finish wasn’t enough to stop Hamilton securing the championship, despite only finishing eighth. Huge celebrations all round, even though it was Verstappen who actually won the race. Bottas was second, and Räikkönen took the final step on the podium.

Verstappen finally had some luck, as four of the six Renault powered cars retired with power unit problems. Ericsson also pulled his Sauber into the garage on fire, capping off a dramatic weekend of incidents from start to finish.



October 29, 2017 Vettel snatches Mexico pole from Verstappen with Hamilton behind

Vettel snatches Mexico pole from Verstappen with Hamilton behind

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Ferrari Media

After several close practice sessions, we were expecting a tight fight for pole position ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix. It was exactly that, with Max Verstappen looking supreme and set for his first pole in Formula One, until Sebastian Vettel swept past and snatched P1 by just 0.086 seconds.

Behind them, Hamilton and Bottas beat Kimi Räikkönen, whilst Daniel Ricciardo was down on pace in seventh behind the Force India of Esteban Ocon. The two Renault drivers and Sergio Pérez rounded out the top ten, with Williams just missing out.

Toro Rosso endured a difficult day, with Pierre Gasly having an engine issue in final practice that continued into qualifying and stopped him participating. Brendon Hartley managed to get into Q2 but also suffered an engine malfunction that stopped his run. McLaren got both their drivers into Q2 but opted not to run as they both have engine penalties to take, whilst Sauber and Haas were disappointed to drop out early in Q3.



October 29, 2017 BikeLive #36 – Island Warfare

BikeLive #36 – Island Warfare

Be honest, you were expecting a Joan Mir reference, weren’t you?

#BikeLive returns, with the main event being another MotoGP All-Time classic as Phillip Island never fails to disappoint, with Marc Marquez putting one hand on the title as Ducati struggled, and Yamaha had more civil war with Johann Zarco. Miguel Oliviera and Brad Binder made history for KTM in Moto2, and Joan Mir wrapped up a sensational Moto3 title campaign with his 9th win of 2017!

We also travel to Jerez for World Superbikes penultimate round, as Jonathan Rea atoned for previous sins… and doubles up for the first time in his WSBK tenure, if not for a little help from a failing Marco Melandri! We also talk the World Supersport fight as Lucas Mahias wrapped up the title… sort of, and Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo went to war in one of THE great final lap stunts!

All that and more in another edition of #BikeLive (DON’T WORRY, there’s no Sepang spoilers in there!)

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