Toyota Gazoo Racing win’s the 24 Hours Le Mans in third consecutive year

Toyota Gazoo Racing win’s the 24 Hours Le Mans in third consecutive year

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed season’s second victory in the 24 Hours Le Mans and extended their lead by 57 points over second placed Rebellion Racing.

2020’s Le Mans was officially staged on September, rather than the usual time of June because of the Corona Virus pandemic, the event was pushed three months back and in previous Le Mans, there were two events (Practice and Qualifying) but this time, an additional pre-race event was added which was a Hyper pole for the 2020 edition of 24 Hours Le Mans.

The Race was started on 19th September at 14:30 and ended at 20th September 14:30 and it featured 50 + cars and Toyota was this year’s defending champion of Le Mans and they were competing with two cars in LMP1 class for Le Mans and the second car (Car No. 7) of Toyota got the pole position by getting the fastest time in Hyperpole (3:15:267) on Friday and Toyota’s first car (Car No. 8) started third from the grid.

The winner of Le Mans is measured by the no. of laps a team covers in 24 hours and the team getting the most laps is declared the winner and in 2020, the winning team was Toyota Gazoo Racing’s car no. 8 who won the race after getting an early advantage, when Toyota’s car no. 7 got a power failure and subsequently lost the lead (during initial laps) and later, car no. 8 came into the lead and led the race till it ended and Toyota’s car no. 8 got a total 387 laps in 24 hours which were 5 more then second place Rebellion Racing’s 382 while Toyota’s second car (Car no. 7) finished third at 381 laps. So, Toyota’s car no. 7 got the pole on Friday and car no. 8 got the win on Sunday.


The Toyota TS050 Hybrid used in 24 Hours Le Mans 
(Cover Photo Credit: prestigeelectriccar.com)

Following the win in Le Mans, the trio of Sebastian Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Kazuki Nakajima got 7 points lead in the World Endurance LMP Drivers Championship. Final round of 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship is the 8 Hours of Bahrain on 19th November 2020.
[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: 24 HOURS LE MANS]


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September 22, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

2020 Italian Grand Prix Race Report

2020 Italian Grand Prix Race Report

The 8th race of 2020 Formula 1 calendar was probably one of the most interesting race from the eight.
 
Autodromo Nazionale de Monza successfully hosted the 2020 Italian Grand Prix but the teams which took part in it were not that successful. Starting from Ferrari who was the host team and was not able to perform to their expectation as the team not only missed the podium places but also got a double retirement after Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel failed to finish the race due to a brake failure and for the first time Ferrari got a double DNF after 1995.
 
The other team that suffered heavily on Sunday was Petronas Mercedes F1 team and Mercedes were the strongest team throughout the week after they managed to get P1 in all four pre-race sessions of Practice 1 (Valtteri Bottas), Practice 2 (Lewis Hamilton), Practice 3 (Valtteri Bottas) and Qualifying (Lewis Hamilton).
On race day, Valtteri Bottas had a poor start due to which he lost couple of places from a second grid start to eventually finish three places down to fifth while, his teammate Lewis Hamilton served a stop-go penalty for taking a pit stop at a time when the pit entry was closed and the stewards had informed Mercedes to bring Hamilton in the pits within three laps after the race restarts and Mercedes did so, by bringing the Brit into the pits for a 10 second stop-go penalty and in the process Hamilton lost 30 seconds and re-joined 15th from first still, the six-time world champion was able to finish in points and even after losing 14 places due to a mistake, Hamilton climbed eight places in the leaderboards to finish 7th and achieve 41st consecutive points finish in Formula 1 and Hamilton has been able to get points finish from 2018 British Grand Prix and the last time Hamilton missed to finish inside points was in 2018 Austrian Grand Prix where he was leading race for 18 laps but had to retire after getting a fuel pressure problem.
 
Two teams who made the most of the restart from lap 28 and they were Alpha Tauri and McLaren as both team driver's had a fantastic drive and both tried to hold on the positions (Alpha Tauri – P1 and McLaren – P2) which they got after the restart and in the dying laps second position Kimi Raikkonen, lost multiple places to his rival drivers as first McLaren’s Carlos Sainz overtook Raikkonen then followed by Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and the top three (Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll) remained unchanged till the final lap (Lap  53).
 
Last time Alpha Tauri managed to win in Formula 1 was 2008 when the team was called Scuderia Torro Rosso and Toro Rosso’s first win was also Sebastian Vettel’s first Formula 1 win in 2008 Italian Grand Prix and 12 years later, the team got their second GP win on the same circuit (Monza) through a French driver who also coincidently accomplished his first Formula 1 victory in 2020 Italian Grand Prix. And another team who changed their name is Racing Point who captured their first podium in Formula 1 after 29 starts and Lance Stroll is the team’s first podium winner after achieving P3 in Italian Grand Prix.
 
The final team to win podium in 2020 Italian Grand Prix was McLaren, who got yet another podium finish through Carlos Sainz’s P2 and now, after Sunday’s race McLaren, have got two podiums in the ongoing 2020 Formula 1 season and the last time, McLaren got more than one podium was 6 years ago in 2014 Formula 1 season when the British team got a double podium finish in the first race itself (2014 Australian Grand Prix).

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS]


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September 08, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Max Verstappen is the 70th Anniversary GP winner

Max Verstappen is the 70th Anniversary GP winner

Formula 1 completed 70 years last week and to celebrate this occasion, Formula 1 had decided to organise a special race dedicated to it which was scheduled after the British Grand Prix. Like always, Mercedes were sitting on the pole and Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton started 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on first and second respectively.

When lights went off Mercedes got a great start as both cars were not overtaken from behind by any car but they were definitely chased by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who was the only driver in top ten, racing with medium compound tyres, Verstappen was behind Lewis Hamilton’s tail and during this time Red Bull’s chief engineer advised Verstappen to don’t push his car too much because his tyres were wearing out and this is what he said in reply, “Mate, this is my only chance of getting the Mercedes, I’m not just sitting around like a grandma,” and that was in lap 11.

And a few laps later, both Mercedes went into pits, first was Bottas in lap 14 and then, it was Hamilton in lap 15 and this brought Verstappen into the lead because he didn’t took his car into the pits and stayed on the track for increasing the gap and one funny thing happened here, and that was, when Verstappen stayed on the track, he was able to generate a 15 second + gap over P2 Bottas and Verstappen took his first pit stop on lap 26 and Silverstone’s long pitstop and his stationary time in changing tyres made him lost 19 second which he tried to gain by staying on the track as Verstappen re-joined behind Bottas in second place so, the gamble of staying on track didn’t work but thanks to his new tyres as Max was able to overtake Valtteri on the same lap to again lead the race and for next seven laps, the top three positions were unchanged with Max first, Valtteri second and Lewis third until lap 33, when both Verstappen and Bottas pitted their cars and came out P2 and P3 respectively while, Hamilton stayed on the track and led the race for nine laps and went to the pits for one final time and came out with medium compound tyres and re-joined fifth.
 
Now, with exact 10 laps remaining, Lewis Hamilton started to push his car and after three laps, Hamilton could see Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of him and on lap 45, Hamilton came really close to Leclerc but the Monegasque driver’s defending skills made Hamilton do the hard work and after one whole lap of staying behind, Hamilton finally overtook Leclerc on lap 46 and with only his teammate in front (Valtteri Bottas), Hamilton’s chance of overtaking Verstappen became more visible and on lap 49, both drivers got a message from their respective engineers and first Bottas got a message “You are free to race, just keep it clean” and later, Hamilton got the same message and Hamilton with the fresh tyres and DRS on, easily overtook Bottas on the next lap (Lap 50) and with just two laps remaining for the chequered flag, Hamilton made one final push for overtaking his rival but Max was too ahead of him and the Dutch was the first driver to cross the finish line as Verstappen captured his ninth career victory on a great day.



Max Verstappen crossing the finish line
(Photo Credit: Red Bull).

Even after pushing so hard, Lewis Hamilton was not able to win the 70th Anniversary GP and had to take home a second-place podium finish and with this podium, Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of 155 Formula one podiums.
It has been two fantastic weeks in Great Britain and now, we had to Spain for the 6th Grand Prix of 2020 Formula 1 season.
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COVER PHOTO CREDIT: REDDIT.COM]


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August 10, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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