Esteban Gutierrez will take no part in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix after a crash in the final practice session on Saturday morning forced Sauber to change his chassis.
The Mexican driver brought out the red flag in FP3, spinning at turn three and careering into the wall at the side of the track. The left-rear of his car hit the barrier with some force, and the damage has been severe enough to warrant a chassis change.
This is just the latest in a streak of problems for Sauber in 2014. The C33 car has not lived up to expectations, and the team currently lies 10th in the constructors’ championship behind Marussia with zero points.
In Monaco, Gutierrez did look set to finish inside the top ten in the race, but a silly mistake at La Rascasse meant that he had to retire. This came just 20 laps or so after his teammate, Adrian Sutil, had crashed on the exit of the tunnel.
You can watch a Gutierrez-less qualifying live on NBCSN from 1pm ET. Coverage is expected to continue until 2:30pm.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto