Mercedes and Ferrari look evenly matched on pace in the early stages of the 2019 Formula 1 season, but with the Silver Arrows securing 1-2 finishes in each of the two season-opening Grands Prix, it is time for Ferrari to kick into action as Formula 1 races its 1,000th Grand Prix, the Chinese Grand Prix.There can be no getting away from the utter domination shown by Mercedes in Australia. For Ferrari to bounce back from its humiliation instantly seemed impossible, but bounce back it did. At the midpoint of the race at Bahrain, things looked good for the Italian team, but it all fell apart. Sebastian Vettel spun out and teammate Charles Leclerc suffered heartbreak when his Ferrari power unit let him down while leading with just 10 laps to go.The net result is that Ferrari is already facing a huge uphill task to overthrow Mercedes in the standings. Mercedes leads by a whopping 39 points in the Constructors' Championship.Surprising many, Leclerc and current championship leader … [Read more...] about 2019 F1 Chinese Grand Prix preview: Can anyone stop Mercedes?
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ESPN2’s live broadcast of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event and the second-largest Formula 1 cable television audience in the country’s history.An average of 711,000 viewers watched the telecast on ESPN2, up three percent over the average audience of 692,000 that watched the race last year on ESPN2 and up 72 percent from the 413,000 that watched CNBC’s telecast in 2017.The race began at 11:05 a.m. ET, placing it in a premium television spot on the East Coast.The race was second only to the 820,000 that tuned into the Monaco Grand Prix on ESPN last year. The Bahrain telecast also saw an increase of 16 percent in the Adults 18-34 demographic.The number continues a positive early trend for ESPN and Formula 1, which earned an audience of 659,000 for the season-opening Rolex Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, an event that began at 1 a.m. ET.That number was also a record number in the United States and … [Read more...] about Formula 1 TV ratings surge on ESPN after two races
Valtteri Bottas dominated the Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 season opener Sunday besting teammate Lewis Hamilton by over 20 seconds as Ferrari failed to deliver on their winter testing pace. Formula 1 Ferrari issues team orders to Charles Leclerc in closing stages of F1 Australian Grand Prix Ferrari issued team orders to prevent Charles Leclerc passing Sebastian Vettel in the first F1 Grand Prix of the season as the Scuderia fell well short of preseason expectations in Australia ... Bottas had last tasted victory at the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2017. Going the whole of 2018 without a win, the only top six driver to fail to deliver in this respect, it will be a relief for Bottas to set things right from the start in 2019. Formula 1 Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo sees his home race end early, again Daniel Ricciardo had yet more bad luck in his home race Sunday, losing his front wing on a gutter before the first corner of the F1 Australian Grand Prix and … [Read more...] about F1 Australian Grand Prix race results: Valtteri Bottas wins convincingly as Ferrari struggles
A few days have passed by since the conclusion of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening race in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.By now, the temporary barriers, grandstands, barricades and signage are being taken down. By Saturday, the citizens of this beautiful Florida community that is nestled between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico will have their city streets back.That means unimpeded access to the Salvador Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater. In a few weeks, baseball fans will trudge to the worst ballpark in the Major Leagues – a domed monstrosity known as Tropicana Field – to watch the Tampa Bay Rays of the American League.For one glorious weekend in March, however, St. Petersburg is the center of attention for many motorsports fans in North America as another NTT IndyCar Series season is underway.There were many great moments that came out of last Sunday’s 110-lap street race. Here are just a few of the things that we learned from last … [Read more...] about What we learned from the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Formula 1 returns with the traditional curtain raiser in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, and there are more than a few reasons to be excited -- not just for the Australian Grand Prix, but for the 2019 season as a whole.For the past five years, Mercedes has been the utterly dominant force in the championship, claiming all five drivers’ and constructors’ titles, but after closing the gap in recent seasons, Ferrari finally looks as though it could be in a position to challenge on both fronts.Last year, it could be argued that Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel threw away the championship as much as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won it. Replacing Kimi Raikkonen with the highly regarded Charles Leclerc could enable Ferrari to battle for the constructors’ title but could also provide Vettel with an unwanted internal challenge to be top dog.Leclerc comes to Ferrari straight from an impressive rookie season with Sauber, now Alfa Romeo. Having previously won both the GP3 and GP2 … [Read more...] about Australian F1 Grand Prix preview: Finally time for teams to show their hand