MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: 2016 British GP

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Formula 1 arrives at Silverstone for this weekend’s British Grand Prix with the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg re-stoked after their on-track clash in Austria.

Hamilton and Rosberg collided on the final lap of the race at the Red Bull Ring, prompting Mercedes to threaten that team orders may be used in the future to prevent a repeat of the incident.

Mercedes issued a statement on Thursday confirming that its drivers remain free to race for now, but that new deterrents have been made clear to both Hamilton and Rosberg.

With their battle set to rage on against this new context at Silverstone, the stage is set for a thrilling fight at one of grand prix racing’s spiritual homes.

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Here are our picks for the British Grand Prix – let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. Whether home advantage counts for anything or not, Hamilton will be the man to beat at Silverstone this weekend. He has won the race three times before and has all of the momentum following the clash in Austria. Victory here would act as another huge psychological gain as the summer break draws near.

Surprise Finish: Romain Grosjean. Tipping Haas for points may not seem so surprising given Grosjean finished seventh in Austria, but with the reality of F1 continuing to bite the team, it would be another big check-mark. The ability to run long on the hard tire may play into Grosjean’s hands on Sunday.

Most to Prove: Nico Rosberg. He’s the man who got the blame for the clash with Hamilton and has seen his championship lead shrink. Now Rosberg needs to get up for the fight and deal Hamilton a significant blow at Silverstone.

Additional Storyline: Home heroes. Hamilton will undoubtedly garner much of the home support at Silverstone this weekend, but both Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer will be hoping to impress in front of the 120,000-strong crowd. With neither assured of their place on the F1 grid next year, it’s important they savor the race.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. Lewis. Silverstone. Momentum. Home crowd. Need I write or say more?

Surprise Finish: Carlos Sainz Jr. No reason in particular other than at a similar high tire deg track at Barcelona, Sainz scored an under appreciated sixth place that was overshadowed by former Toro Rosso teammate Max Verstappen winning the race. I’ll tip Sainz for a sixth, possible top-five this weekend.

Most to Prove: Nico Rosberg. Come on, Nico. After Austria you’ve gotta show that you beat Lewis on his home turf and reassert inter-team authority. Another loss here would be the latest blow to his campaign after his remarkable start.

Additional Storyline: Tight turnaround from Austria. It was noted elsewhere this week that the tight week of turnaround for the crews, teams and setups since Austria last week may make it tough this weekend in Silverstone. Will wear and tear have an effect?

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E

Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.