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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:05 pm 
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Only the 4 tenths faster than anyone else for Leclerc today. The kid needs to pull his finger out.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:08 pm 
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mikeyg123 wrote:
Only the 4 tenths faster than anyone else for Leclerc today. The kid needs to pull his finger out.

I heard he's getting distracted by heavy partying :-P


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:18 pm 
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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
Only the 4 tenths faster than anyone else for Leclerc today. The kid needs to pull his finger out.

I heard he's getting distracted by heavy partying :-P


It's remarkable how he seems to be coping with the loss of his father by releasing all of it on track and driving on a whole new level.

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Congrats to Kyle Kaiser who has swept the weekend at Toronto just 1 week ago. With the sweep, Kaiser has put distance on his closest rival Matheus Leist.

In Race 1, Kaiser took the lead for the 1st 3 laps. But it evaporated early when Leist hit the tire barrier right next to pit entry after he was fast on the turn in which collected Nico Jamin thus ending his day as well. But on the re-start, the Juncos driver would lead never looking back going flag-to-flag the rest of the way. Zachary Claman De Melo and Santiago Urrutia completed the podium. Herta finished 4th, and Aaron Telitz completes the top 5.

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http://www.indylights.com/news/points-l ... in-toronto

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http://www.indylights.com/docs/default- ... f?sfvrsn=0

In Race 2, it was Colton Herta who would take the lead before a crash involving Nico Jamin, Shelby Blackstock, and Neil Alberico in turn 1. Herta would then lead on the re-start, Herta kept distance over Kaiser for the next 5 laps until Santiago Urrutia suffered a mechanical right past the pit exit. On the re-start, Herta had a huge lead for the next 13 laps until Herta brushed the wall, thus damaging his left rear suspension ending his day. And that is where Kaiser would dominate the last 20 laps with a 6-second margin over Telitz, De Melo scores his 2nd podium this weekend, Juan Piedrahita scores his best finish this season with a 4th. Leist completes the top 5.

With the Toronto sweep, Kaiser would increase his points lead over Leist with a 279-228 margin. Herta remains a distant 3rd with 214. De Melo and Telitz are a close 4th and 5th as they head down to Lexington at the Mid-Ohio road course.

http://www.indylights.com/news/kaiser-c ... eries-lead

http://www.indylights.com/docs/default- ... f?sfvrsn=0


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Breaking story from Formula 2:

Trident Formula 2 team have signed Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci. The Woodbury, Connecticut will team up with Nabil Jaffri for the remainder of the season replacing Callum Iliot.

http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/Ne ... -Budapest/


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:52 am 
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Not sure why Ferrucci will make the step up to F2, he hasn't exactly been great in F3 nor GP3, and now he's going to F2? Can't see him doing very well there.

What's interesting though is that he will be replaced in GP3 by Vaxivière, who seemed to have called quits on his single seater career after a few years in FR3.5.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:37 am 
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Not sure why Ferrucci will make the step up to F2, he hasn't exactly been great in F3 nor GP3, and now he's going to F2? Can't see him doing very well there.

What's interesting though is that he will be replaced in GP3 by Vaxivière, who seemed to have called quits on his single seater career after a few years in FR3.5.

The guy must have some serious backing, he perhaps missed a trick by not doing FR3.5 this year and getting into F1 by the back door sort to speak by avoiding all the good drivers.

It will be interesting to see how Vaxiviere performs in GP3, he showed some good form in FR3.5 when it was still a competitive series.

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The guy must have some serious backing, he perhaps missed a trick by not doing FR3.5 this year and getting into F1 by the back door sort to speak by avoiding all the good drivers.


It has probably become the easiest way to get the 40 points yeah. Three seasons with 5th-4th-4th in an 11-driver grid (Cipriani doesn't count) is far easier than doing it in GP2.

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It will be interesting to see how Vaxiviere performs in GP3, he showed some good form in FR3.5 when it was still a competitive series.


I've rated him highly, last year was puzzling as I had expected him to dominate it. Still a good driver, and still younger than I thought.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:50 pm 
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Leclerc pole by half a second again. With 4 qualifying sessions left to run this year the question is can anyone stop him from taking every pole of the season?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:29 pm 
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Never mind. Leclerc has been stripped of Pole position as his car failed post-qualifying checks.

https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/ ... le-935685/


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:27 pm 
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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
Never mind. Leclerc has been stripped of Pole position as his car failed post-qualifying checks.

https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/ ... le-935685/

Aww... :(

Funny quote by him in there, though:

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“To be honest, I don’t really mind, I’m actually quite happy to start last.

“[When I was] younger I always liked to catch up from the back and for tomorrow that’s what I have to do.

“Budapest is not the easiest track do so but I will give my best.

He's just playing with the field, and he knows it! :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:18 pm 
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I've not seen any F2/GP2 this year.

Is Leclerc that good, or is the field a bit weak this year?

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Herb wrote:
I've not seen any F2/GP2 this year.

Is Leclerc that good, or is the field a bit weak this year?

Both, IMO.

Leclerc clearly has a huge advantage over the field, but it's also true that all the best drivers from last year moved on. However, in defense of Leclerc simply being that good, his margin over his teammate is enormous - and while Fuoco isn't exactly another Vandoorne, he is a decent driver. Leclerc has also been highly competitive at every level he's raced so far, only once finishing anything other than 1st or 2nd in a series.

Bottom line, hard to say exactly how good Leclerc is, but he certainly appears to be the real deal.

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Exediron wrote:
Herb wrote:
I've not seen any F2/GP2 this year.

Is Leclerc that good, or is the field a bit weak this year?

Both, IMO.

Leclerc clearly has a huge advantage over the field, but it's also true that all the best drivers from last year moved on. However, in defense of Leclerc simply being that good, his margin over his teammate is enormous - and while Fuoco isn't exactly another Vandoorne, he is a decent driver. Leclerc has also been highly competitive at every level he's raced so far, only once finishing anything other than 1st or 2nd in a series.

Bottom line, hard to say exactly how good Leclerc is, but he certainly appears to be the real deal.


What is noticeable is that those that have stayed were closer to Gasly than they are to Leclerc.

Nobody does what Leclerc is doing in F2. Even less so as a rookie in the series. Even Vandoorne couldn't win at that level in his rookie season.


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Leclerc went last to fourth today. In Hungary. His start was incredible, 11th after just one lap!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:49 pm 
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mds wrote:
Not sure why Ferrucci will make the step up to F2, he hasn't exactly been great in F3 nor GP3, and now he's going to F2? Can't see him doing very well there.


And incredibly enough he still has a better record than his team-mate-to-be who's averaged a single points scoring finish per year in F3/GP2.


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With only 2 events to go in the Indy Lights season, Juncos Racing driver Kyle Kaiser escaped with the points lead following a disastrous showing in Mid-Ohio. But it was Matheus Leist who suffered the most.

Santiago Urrutia narrowly outpaced Colton Herta in Race 1 thus earning his 1st win of the season. Nico Jamin finished 3rd. Shelby Blackstock and Zachary Claman De Melo rounded out the Top 5. Leist and Kaiser finished very distant in 11th and 12th.

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http://www.indylights.com/news/urrutia- ... the-season

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http://www.indylights.com/docs/default- ... f?sfvrsn=0

In Race 2, Jamin took the win after Herta spun in the early stages while leading for 2 laps who would later recover to finish 6th. Jamin went unchallenged before Urrutia began to reel him in the final laps. Shelby Blackstock finished 3rd with Claman De Melo and Aaron Teliz completing the top 5.

By finishing 2nd in race 2, Urrutia would move up 1 spot to 3rd. Herta's 2nd place finish in race 1 also moved him 1 another position. Thus dropping Leist to 4th. Kaiser remains the points leader. Herta and Urrutia are in a tie for 2nd (But Herta has 2 wins over Urrutia's 1, Herta owns the current tie-breaker). Claman De Melo rounds up the top 5.

The Lights series will got for a 1-month break before heading out to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. 1 of Kaiser's 2 chances to clinch the Indy Lights title.

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http://www.indylights.com/news/jamin-cl ... t-mid-ohio

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http://www.indylights.com/docs/default- ... f?sfvrsn=0


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