Ida Iannone, Pro-Tech Automotive manager, pairs a fast paced lifestyle with a finger on the pulse of all things Automotive and Motorsport.
In what was a breathless race at Sochi last weekend, everything that we love about Formula One was on display: Controversy, tough conditions and of course, the elation and heartbreak that only Formula One can deliver.
Unfortunately for me, it was the latter emotion that summed up my viewing experience on Sunday with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel failing to finish in Sochi after a collision with Daniil Kvyat.
Kvyat, who claimed that the collision came as a result of Vettel unexpectedly braking, has subsequently been dropped by Red Bull in place of Max Verstappen who looks like a real prospect.
I’ve been following Verstappen’s progress in the Toro Rosso and it looks like a wise move from Red Bull. With the big boys circling, the last thing Red Bull need is a potential World Champion flooding off to the already strong teams over at Mercedes and Ferrari.
Harsh as it may well seem, Kvyat had to go.
Turning to matters of the top, it was another fairly straightforward day at the office for Nico Rosberg who coasted to victory… Again.
But for all of Nico’s attempts to snooze his way to a first career Championship, Lewis Hamilton gave an enthralling performance that saw him overcome engine problems to finish in second place. After such a determined performance, you can only take your hat off to Lewis for a performance in which he displayed yet another masterclass in overtaking. Ultimately, his outstanding technical ability will always give him the edge and I believe, keep him in the fight for the championship despite problems in the pit.
As for the Moto GP, I was delighted to see Valentino Rossi claim his first win of the season in the sherry capital of southern Spain, Jerez.
Now only 24 points behind Marc Marquez, it would be great to see the 9-time champion and self proclaimed rival to the one and only ‘Dre’ fight back and win his first championship since 2009.
Incidentally, Vale’s win saw the first of a non-Spaniard since 2009 at the Circuito de Jerez!
Despite a heavy bout of rain and hail greeting the WTCC drivers at the start of their Marrakech adventure, enthusiasm is still riding as high as ever ahead of a massive weekend in the world of WTCC. I can’t wait to see how the drivers handle their first encounter with the recently revamped Circuit Moulay El Hassan.
A change in course is never easy and yesterday, the drivers were out assessing grip, course configuration and curb heights in what is a vital period of preparation.
To all those watching the action in Marrakech this weekend, have a great one. To all the teams and drivers racing, good luck for the weekend ahead.
As they say in Turkey, güle güle! (Goodbye!)