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IndyCar points shift after new structure of Month of May

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The Verizon IndyCar Series points standings have shifted a bit after the Indianapolis 500, and all the extra points that came with it.

Here’s a table breakdown of points after the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, then after the Indianapolis 500. The GP of Indy breakdown is on the left, the post-Indy 500 breakdown is on the right.

P # Driver Pts P # Driver PRE-INDY INDY TOTAL
1 12 Power 149 1 28 Hunter-Reay 148 126 274
2 28 Hunter-Reay 148 2 12 Power 149 85 234
3 77 Pagenaud 143 3 3 Castroneves 102 118 220
4 3 Castroneves 102 4 77 Pagenaud 143 68 211
5 9 Dixon 102 5 25 Andretti 89 103 192
6 20 Conway 93 6 34 Munoz 61 99 160
7 25 Andretti 89 7 2 Montoya 70 82 152
8 19 J.Wilson 87 8 11 Bourdais 81 62 143
9 10 Kanaan 82 9 9 Dixon 102 30 132
10 11 Bourdais 81 10 19 J.Wilson 87 36 123
11 8 Briscoe 80 11 8 Briscoe 80 41 121
12 14 Sato 75 12 14 Sato 75 38 113
13 67 Newgarden 71 13 98 Hawksworth 71 42 113
14 98 Hawksworth 71 14 67 Newgarden 71 38 109
15 2 Montoya 70 15 27 Hinchcliffe 56 49 105
16 83 Kimball 67 16 10 Kanaan 82 22 104
17 17 Saavedra 63 17 17 Saavedra 63 38 101
18 18 Huertas 63 18 7 Aleshin 59 37 96
19 34 Munoz 61 19 20 Conway 93 93
20 7 Aleshin 59 20 18 Huertas 63 30 93
21 27 Hinchcliffe 56 21 83 Kimball 67 25 92
22 15 Rahal 55 22 16 Servia 55 33 88
23 16 Servia 55 23 26 Busch 80 80
24 41 Plowman 12 24 15 Rahal 55 24 79
25 26 Montagny 8 25 21 Hildebrand 66 66
  26 22 Karam 57 57
  27 20 Carpenter 53 53
  28 33 Davison 34 34
  29 5 Villeneuve 29 29
  30 68 Tagliani 28 28
  31 6 Bell 22 22
  32 63 Mann 21 21
  33 41 Plowman 12 6 18
  34 91 B.Lazier 11 11
  35 26 Montagny 8 8

With that established, here’s how everyone got the points they did at the Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis points were determined in two ways: Saturday qualifying Positions 1-33 were awarded points in decreasing order from 33 for first down to 1 for 33rd, plus a run of 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the Fast Nine on Sunday. Then in Sunday’s race, double points were awarded per finishing position, with 1 bonus point on offer for leading one lap and 2 for leading the most laps. 

P # Driver INDY QUAL INDY RACE INDY TOTAL
1 28 Hunter-Reay 23 103 126
2 3 Castroneves 37 81 118
3 25 Andretti 32 71 103
4 34 Munoz 35 64 99
5 12 Power 36 49 85
6 2 Montoya 21 61 82
7 26 Ku.Busch 24 56 80
8 77 Pagenaud 32 36 68
9 21 Hildebrand 26 40 66
10 11 Bourdais 10 52 62
11 22 Karam 13 44 57
12 20 Carpenter 42 11 53
13 27 Hinchcliffe 38 11 49
14 98 Hawksworth 22 20 42
15 8 Briscoe 17 24 41
16 17 Saavedra 8 30 38
17 14 Sato 16 22 38
18 67 Newgarden 28 10 38
19 7 Aleshin 18 19 37
20 19 J.Wilson 20 16 36
21 33 Davison 6 28 34
22 16 Servia 5 28 33
23 9 Dixon 19 11 30
24 18 Huertas 4 26 30
25 5 Villeneuve 7 22 29
26 68 Tagliani 3 25 28
27 83 Kimball 15 10 25
28 15 Rahal 14 10 24
29 10 Kanaan 11 11 22
30 6 Bell 12 10 22
31 63 Mann 9 12 21
32 91 B.Lazier 1 10 11
33 41 Plowman 2 4 6

Note the biggest movers in the standings from pre-Indy 500 to post-Indy 500:

  • Carlos Munoz, +13, P19 to P6
  • Juan Pablo Montoya, +8, P15 to P7
  • James Hinchcliffe, +6, P21 to P15
  • Scott Dixon, -4, P5 to P9
  • Charlie Kimball, -5, P16 to P21
  • Mike Conway, -13, P6 to P19 (did not race)

Note also four drivers, Oriol Servia, Martin Plowman, Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve, incurred 10 driver and entrant point penalties for unapproved engine changes. Those 10 points were taken out of their Indianapolis 500 points totals.

There were not giant fluctuations in the positions, evidenced by the fact the top four in the standings entering the Indy 500 are still the top four leaving it. The points gaps themselves though, have increased, between drivers who either did or did not have a good month of May.

As we head to Detroit this weekend, the championship could swing yet again, as we head to our first double-header weekend of 2014.

In 2013, Scott Dixon thoroughly dominated the doubleheaders as he scored 83 more points than any other driver in the six races, on the three doubleheader weekends.

Chances are the points will swing once more through this weekend.

Williams’ updates take Bottas to P2 on Russian GP grid

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during final practice ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 30, 2016 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Valtteri Bottas’ hopes of ending his difficult start to the 2016 Formula 1 season were given a boost after he qualified third for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday in Sochi.

Bottas scored just seven points in the opening three races of the year, but said earlier this week that he was confident that an upturn in fortunes was not far away.

Williams brought a number of new parts to Sochi for the race in a bid to get back in front of Red Bull in the pecking order, and they appear to have the desired effect in qualifying on Saturday.

Bottas qualified third with teammate Felipe Massa finishing fifth, but both will gain a place on the grid by virtue of Sebastian Vettel’s grid penalty.

“Very good qualifying, really pleased how it all went,” Bottas said.

“This weekend has been very positive. We have some new bits on the car and the car has been feeling better. It’s also a good track for us.

“I’m glad we could maximise the qualifying today. Pleased with that, but it’s tomorrow what counts.

“So far my Sundays haven’t been so great, but I’m sure tomorrow we have a chance to have a good one.”

The Russian Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7am ET on Sunday.

Vettel: No frustration over Ferrari’s lack of reliability

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during final practice ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 30, 2016 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Sebastian Vettel does not feel frustrated about Ferrari’s reliability problems at the start of the 2016 Formula 1 season, saying “it’s part of racing”.

Ferrari entered 2016 hopeful of mounting a serious challenge to the all-conquering Mercedes team, only for issues on its cars in Australia and Bahrain to limit it to a one-car finish.

Vettel’s plight continued on Friday in Russia when an issue forced him to stop out on track during practice, ultimately resulting in a gearbox change and a grid penalty.

Vettel qualified second at the Sochi Autodrom on Saturday behind pole-sitter Nico Rosberg, but will drop back to seventh for the start of the race.

“Of course I would have liked the gap in the end to have been a bit smaller but we saw in Q2 Nico in particular was very strong getting the lap in,” Vettel said.

“I think for us it was the maximum. We benefitted from what happened to Lewis [Hamilton]. I’m not sure what exactly it was, but it allowed us to go P2 which helps tomorrow with the penalty.

“We’re a bit closer starting on the clean side of the track. I think we can have a good race from there. It should be quite exciting. The car feels good. I think all weekend has been quite strong. We lost some time, but I think we made it up this morning so it shouldn’t be an issue.”

Vettel said that he does not feel frustrated about Ferrari’s reliability issues, saying that there is still a long way to go in the season.

“Not frustrated at all. Obviously it’s not nice if these things happen because they don’t make your life easier,” Vettel said.

“But equally it’s part of racing. These things can happen. They didn’t happen on purpose, they weren’t planned. We’re been pushing very hard to try and catch up which I think especially in race pace we’ve proven already this year.

“Obviously we didn’t have a properly clean race yet this year. Maybe we’ll have tomorrow, you never know, it’s a long race and a long way especially around here. There’s a lot of things that can happen.

“I think we have to wait and see. It’s still April, tomorrow is May, and there’s a long, long way to go. It’s a long championship. It’s important to do your best to get the maximum points every single time and the rest you’ll find out anyway.”

The Russian Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 7am ET on Sunday.

Hamilton set to start 10th in Russia as luckless run continues

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Lewis Hamilton’s run of bad luck continued in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday as an issue on his power unit prevented him from taking part in the final session.

Hamilton has slipped 36 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after the first three races of the 2016 season, with an issue on his power unit forcing him to start last in China two weeks ago.

Hamilton arrived in Sochi hopeful of cutting the gap to Rosberg, and looked set to run the German close for pole position on Saturday afternoon.

After lapping almost half a second slower than Rosberg in Q2, Hamilton was sent back out by Mercedes later in the session despite not being at risk of losing his place in Q3.

It soon unfolded that Hamilton was in fact heading out to test his power unit, and he soon reported a loss of power similar to the one that prevented him from taking part in qualifying for the Chinese GP.

As a result, Mercedes had to bring Hamilton into the pits and end his day after Q2, leaving him 10th in the final qualifying classification.

While Rosberg was able to ease to his second pole position of the season, Hamilton was left deflated, telling reporters: “I went out at the end of Q2 to get a feel and I lost the same power as I lost in China.

“There’s nothing I can do. I never give up.”

The Russian Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 7am ET on Sunday.

Rosberg not expecting easy Russian GP despite Vettel, Hamilton woes

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 30, 2016 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg remains wary of the threat posed by the opposition in tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix despite seeing chief rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both drop back on the grid.

Defending champion Hamilton was forced to sit out of Q3 in Sochi after an issue similar to the one he suffered in China arose on his power unit.

As a result, Hamilton will start tomorrow’s race from P10 at best, leaving him with a huge task if he is to cut into Rosberg’s 36-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

Vettel took advantage of this to qualify second for Ferrari, but he drops back to seventh on the grid after taking a new gearbox earlier in the weekend.

Rosberg eased to his second pole position of the season by seven-tenths of a second despite only completing one fast run in qualifying, but he is refusing to get ahead of himself.

“I was just focused on myself out there, really going for it and feeling great about it,” Rosberg said.

“It’s really going really well today. From Q2 onwards it felt awesome. The others have been unfortunate today, definitely, extremely unfortunate.

“That makes my race a little bit easier tomorrow, but an F1 race is never easy. Even from where Sebastian is and where Kimi [Raikkonen] is and with Valtteri [Bottas] behind and everything, the opposition is still there.

“So I still need to keep focused and try and get the job done as good as possible.”

Rosberg was able to get out of his car long before the end of qualifying safe in the knowledge he had pole thanks to the advantage Mercedes has enjoyed at the Sochi Autodrom.

“To be honest I was quite confident that the lap was good enough out there because in Q2 Ferrari was quite far away and I knew that Lewis was not able to participate in the last part of qualifying,” Rosberg said.

“So I was very sure it was going to be enough. You never know, there’s still the remaining uncertainty so I was glad eventually when Sebastian crossed the line that it was good enough.”

The Russian Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 7am ET on Sunday.