Check your DVR schedules! The coverage channel changes back and forth from ESPN2 to ESPNews to ESPN for Qualifying and back to ESPNews for the race (?) this week. ESPN and ESPN2 will do rebroadcasts later on Sunday of the race.
They also added the pre-show before FP1 this morning with a new name for the series.
FP1 was pretty uneventful with Hamilton and Bottas topping the charts. 3rd is still a toss up as most everyone was at 90% on their engines.
Track limits include enforcement at 4, 11 and 12 this week to include the red and white curbs and all four tires beyound there. After 3 times you get the black flag and times are being deleted already.
FP2 is starting out wet - not monsoon wet like last week buy enough for sweepers to be on track.
Great recovery by the Red Bull team to do a 90 minute repair in 20 minutes.
Hamilton was dominate. If Bottas hadnt of moved at the start it may have been a different story though. May have to adjust the timing on the steering wheel a bit there guys.
But yes, I think Mercedes will have the racing, and constructor championship wrapped up before they add races to finish out the season. The drivers championship will probably come down to the last race scheduled.
Now determining who will finish 3rd will be another story for the rest of the year.
Ah, the rumble strips. Even though they are technically outside of track limits - enforcement is only made at the identified turns. I am not clear how many times they can be inside the stated limits to erase previous transgressions. And it doesnt seem to be a combined turn rule but instead - 3 consecutive times at the same turn - before a warning flag is issued.
To use DRS you have to be within a second of the car the next place in front of you - at the detection zone - which is usually a turn prior to the zone you can use it in. It isnt available in the first 3 laps of the race, for 3 laps after a restart, if you are a lap down or lapping a car. This week I think the top six drivers had all lapped 7th place Perez before the end of the race.
Diffey still has that annoying escalation at the key moments of the race that British announcers tend to use, but he really knows his race cars, teams and drivers. He was the key race commentator for F1 with Varsha and Hobbs before ESPN (SkySports) took over a few years ago and a race engineer in F1 at Bennetton (McLaren) before he became an announcer.
Time again to configure the DVRs for the first round at Silverstone
Welcome to the Weekend leads of at 4:30 AM Central Time followed by FP1 at 4:55 AM and an hour gap to FP2 at 8:55 AM everything is on ESPN2 Friday. (Dont forget to extend or add the next program to the schedule.)
Saturday starts out on ESPN2 for FP3 at 4:55 AM but moves to ESPN at 7:55 for qualifications
Sunday starts out on ESPN at 6:30 AM with Grand Prix Sunday and the race starting at 8:05 AM.
Rebroadcasts are 2 PM on ESPN and at 8:30 PM on ESPN2.
IMSA 11 AM Friday on NBCSN; 9 AM Sunday on NBCSN and NBC at 11 AM
Bikes at 2 PM on FS1
Spa at 1 PM on CBS Sports
Imola at 6 PM on CBS Sports
Indianapolis at 7 PM on CBS Sports
I also have been watching a program called Motorsport Mundial on CBS Sports that does capsules of many different series races from the past week from around the world. This weeks show airs on Sunday at 12 PM on CBS Sports.
Pending a crash in turn 1 or Hamilton spins off the track again - it looks like this will be the top 3 finishing order for the rest of the year. 3rd place may continue to be a toss up though. To keep it interesting I am also WAG picking who will finish 7th behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Racing Point and the first team to go out of the race.