Before the French Grand Prix, in celebration of Saudi women being able to drive, Aseel Al-Hamad drove a Formula One car around the race course. She had driven it once in private to make sure that she could. They are not that easy to drive. She is the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation and on the Women in Motorsport Commission set up by Formula One. She is also the first woman to import a Ferrari into Saudi Arabia. She takes that car to tracks around the world to show on track days. I suspect that we will be seeing a lot more of her.
SUSIE WOLFF, FELIPE MASSA, GILDO PASTOR AND THE VENTURI FORMULA E
I keep forgetting about Formula E and I have nearly the whole season. Felipe Massa is going to join the Venturi team next season. Since he has been one of my favorite drivers for years I will have to pay more attention to it next season. Also the team is taking on Susie Wolff as the Team Principal. This should be very interesting.
From start to finish, Josef Newgarden, was bound to be the winner. This track, Road America, was always one of my favorites ever since I can remember....well, mid-fifties anyway. Second place went to Ryan Hunter-Reay and third to Scott Dixon.
Takuma Sato came in 4th and Tony Kanaan came in 14th. Tony has showed up for 263 races and that is some sort of record. The Ed Carpenter team finished in 8th and 12th. Robert Wickens, who I claim will win a race before the season is out, finished in 5th.
They have been away from this track (Circuit Paul Ricard) for so many long I can't remember if it was 10 or 15 years. It is the world's oldest track having been in use since 1906...yes, 1906. It has been nicely redone even if it is next to an airport. Gone on this track are the gravel traps which may work here. In place of the gravel was paint, bright blue and red, very busy for the eyes. Hamilton got out in front and just kept pulling away. Verstappen was happy with second and Riakonen came in third.
Nico Hulkenburg finished in 9th place and the Haas Team finished a nice 6th and 11th.
I still like these older tracks better than the new ones. Sebastian Vettel, winning his 50th Gran Prix, jumped into the lead and never looked back. Second went to Bottas and third went to Verstappen with less than a second between the two. This was the 40th anniversary of Ferrari's first win in Canada. It is also their first win since 2004 in Canada.
Hulkenberg remains my favorite and he is the best of the rest. He came in 7th which is 1st for the rest of the field. I miss Massa as my second favorite, so much so I haven't replaced him yet and maybe I won't this season. The Haas Team came in 12th and 13th.
After 248 laps at over 200 miles per hour in the cockpit of a rocket ship Scott Dixon emerged as the winner. Laps in front....119. Followed by Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi.
Takuma Sato finished in a nice 7th place. Tony Kanaan finished 21st due to an accident. The Ed Carpenter team finished like this...Pigot in 11th and Carpenter in 20th due to an accident with Robert Wickens.
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