AROUND THE GROUNDS: 28 July

There is an absolute monster of a weekend in store for motorsport fans this weekend. Everything Auto runs news stories on 10 major motorsport events worldwide, eight of which are set to take place this weekend!

Formula One, Supercars Australia, IndyCar Series, World Rally Championship, Formula 3 European Championship, Formula 2/GP2 Series, GP3 Series, Formula E races will all take place over the weekend. There is so much, we have decided to put it all in one article to help you catch up.

Formula One

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Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest driver in both Friday practice sessions at the Hungaroring in Budapest. Red Bull’s new aerodynamic updates reaped immediate reward with the Australian finishing 0.2s clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and 0.3s ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the first session.

The session saw reserve drivers Alfonso Cellis, Jr. and Antonio Giovinazzi drive for Force India and Haas respectively. Giovinazzi pushed too hard, lost control and went sideways into the barriers in Kevin Magnussen’s Haas which brought out red flags.

Despite finishing 10th overall, Jolyon Palmer brought out red flags again in the dying moments of the session when he ran wide at turn 4 causing his front wing to disintegrate after riding over the kerbs.

The second session saw more red flags as first Pascal Wehrlein crashed his Sauber heavily into the barriers at Turn 11 before Palmer crashed at the final corner just nine minutes later.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished just 0.183s behind Ricciardo ahead of Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen, and a struggling Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen was sixth fastest with all of the top six within half a second of Ricciardo’s time.

Nico Hülkenberg finished the session seventh fastest after he was ninth in practice 1 and both McLaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished in the top ten in both sessions.

Qualifying for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix will take place on Saturday.

Formula 2

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Charles Leclerc made it seven poles in a row after he was half a second quicker than the next man. However, it was later discovered that he was using a part which did not comply with the technical regulations.

As a result, Leclerc will start the race at the back of the grid with Oliver Rowland the new pole-sitter alongside title rival Artem Markelov in second.

Behind them Jordan King will start on the second row ahead of Antonio Fuoco, Norman Nato, Nicholas Latifi, Nyck De Vries, Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergio Canamasas with debutant Santino Ferrucci now starting the race in 10th.

The field will be hoping to make a dent in the Leclerc’s plans in Saturday’s feature race.

GP3 Series

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George Russell continued his impressive run in the GP3 Series by setting the quickest time in practice for the fourth round of the championship in Budapest.

The Briton snatched the top spot from Raoul Hyman and Nirei Fukuzumi with a late fast lap after a session which saw the lead change countless times.

Behind them, Niko Kari, Maini, Aitken, Kevin Joerg, Leonardo Pulcini, Tatiana Calderon and Bruno Baptista all finished within a second of Russell’s time.

Qualifying and race 7 of the championship will take place on Saturday.

Formula 3 European

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Lando Norris was the quickest driver and grabbed all three pole positions for round six of the Formula 3 European Championship at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Briton converted that into victory in the first race on Friday. At the race start, Norris got away well ahead of Callum Ilott in second. However, Ilott came off the track at the end of the Kemmel straight and collided with Jake Hughes. Hughes later posted this to his Twitter page:

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Norris went on to win the race from from Nikita Mazepin and championship rival Maximilian Günther.

The second race saw Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg stand on the top step of the podium for the first time in Formula 3. Jœl Eriksson finished second as Günther claimed another third place finish to remain at the top of the driver’s standings.

Norris initially took the lead at the start, but collided with Guanyu Zhou at the end of the Kemmel straight sending both cars into retirement.

The third and final race at Spa-Francorchamps will take place on Saturday.

Supercars Australia

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Scott McLaughlin was the fastest driver in the first practice session of the Supercars Australia championship at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich.

His team-mate Fabian Coulthard was second for a long time before the Shell DJR Penske’s were split by David Reynolds’ Erebus and then Brad Jones Racing’s Tim Slade jumped to second. Slade finished an agonising 0.05s short of McLaughlin’s 1:09.58s lap.

In the second session, it was Chaz Mostert who was quickest for Prodrive Racing. Mostert’s record-breaking lap of 1:08.996s was enough to finish first after a frantic final few minutes saw previous fast-man McLaughlin dumped from first to 10th.

Coulthard jumped to second just 0.1s shy of Mostert with Shane van Gisbergen, Rick Kelly, David Reynolds, Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes, Lee Holdsworth, Cameron Waters and McLaughlin rounding out the top ten.

IndyCar Series

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Frenchman Simon Pagenaud picked up where he left off a year ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by setting the fastest time for Team Penske in the first practice session of the weekend. Ohio native and 2015 race winner Graham Rahal was just behind in second place for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Marco Andretti was third for Andretti Autosport ahead of Iowa Corn 300 winner Hélio Castroneves and his Penske team-mate Will Power.

Ryan Hunter-Reay topped the time sheets in the second session of the day in his #28 Andretti Autosport car. Josef Newgarden was second for Team Penske ahead of championship leader Scott Dixon, who had only managed ninth in the previous session.

A final pre-qualifying practice and qualifying itself will take place on Saturday before the 33rd race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course gets underway on Sunday.

World Rally Championship

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Rookie Esapekka Lappi dominated the opening day of Rally Finald as he headed Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate and fellow countryman Jari-Matti Latvala by 4.4s to lead a WRC event for the first time.

Latvala led early on after Ott Tänak punctured the right rear tyre on his Ford Fiesta swiping some rocks. Lappi was a lowly 12th after the morning’s opening stage, but reeled off eight wins from nine special stages to overhaul Latvala and claim the lead.

Another Finnish driver, Teemu Suninen in only his second WRC appearance, finished third in a Ford Fiesta a further 14.6s behind Lappi at day’s end. Craig BREEN was fourth despite brake problems and the third Toyota of Juho Hänninen was fifth after hitting a rock.

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Championship leader Sébastien Ogier crashed into trees after his Fiesta’s rear suspension was damaged in a heavy landing over a jump. His rival Thierry Neuville also struggled and finished the day in eighth as his team-mate Haydon Paddon retired after clattering a rock.

Formula E

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This weekend will see the thrilling conclusion to the 2016/17 Formula E season at this weekend’s Montreal ePrix. On a thrilling new street track in downtown Montreal, the stakes are high with Lucas Di Grassi just 10 points behind championship leader Sebastien Buemi.

Buemi is looking to become the first driver to win back-to-back Formula E driver’s titles. Will the Swiss driver do so, or will Di Grassi snatch the title in Canada?

 

 

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