Fernando Alonso may have stolen the headlines with a stunning victory in Shanghai today, but with action throughout the field, the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix will go down as being a highly exciting race despite the Ferrari’s runaway win.
There are many stories emerging from the race, as Mark Webber had a weekend which, according to him, “you couldn’t script any worse,” whilst Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button also impressed to score points.
You can catch up on the highlights from the race via the NBC Sports video player, and also watch interviews with the drivers, plus there is expert analysis from Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett after a fine weekend of grand prix racing.
Watch all of the highlights, interviews and features here: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22825103
So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.
It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.
In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.
“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.
Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.
For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.