Sam Bird has proved himself to be one of the fastest, highly competitive and most consistent drivers in the four season history of the Formula E Championship. Until Audi’s Lucas di Grassi won his first race of season four in Zurich, Bird had been the only driver to win a race in every single season of the all-electric championship. This consistency is what has lead Bird to be in with a mathematical chance of winning the drivers’ title at every single Formula E finale*: a pretty impressive statistic.
His seven Formula E wins places him joint-second with di Grassi in the ranking of most successful Formula E drivers, with 34% of his races in Formula E resulting in a win or podium finish for the British driver.
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Nelson Piquet Jr became the inaugural FIA Formula E champion back in 2015, securing the drivers’ title by just one point over Sebastien Buemi during a nail-biting season finale at Battersea Park, London. That season he clinched two race wins and started his Formula E career on a high, with expectations becoming bigger race by race.
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With MotoGP concluding in an epic showdown in Valencia last weekend, Marc Marquez being crowned the 2017 World Champion in a bonkers 30 lap race to the chequered flag, it cemented the decision for me that MotoGP is currently motorsport’s hottest property.
I have been following the two-wheeled championship since the Mugello round in Italy last year after acquiring BT Sport on my TV. Since that first-action packed race and a mind-blowing last lap battle from Marquez and then-champion Jorge Lorenzo, I have been hooked. For me, at this moment in time, it remains the only racing series that without fail has me on the edge of my sofa every race, jumping up and down and shouting at the television: surely how motorsport is meant to be, right?
Where other mainstream motorsports have failed in my expectations over the last couple years, MotoGP has risen from strength to strength.
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Current GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly explains why is not a fan of the halo device, after trialling it with Red Bull Racing late last year.
It’s one of the hottest topics in Formula 1 right now: should the halo protection device be introduced into the sport? A small percentage think it is a necessary step forward for the safety of the sport, others argue that it will ruin the dangerous aspect that both the drivers and fans love. One driver who have voiced his opinion against the idea of the halo device is 2016 GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly, with the GP2 Championship recently being rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
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If you watched Rally Mexico over the weekend, you will know Kris Meeke as the lunatic that lost control of his Citroen C3 in the final minutes of the last stage and ended up in a spectator car park. Importantly Meeke was just 750 meters away from a fourth World Rally Championship win and had just seconds to perform the perfect U-turn and get back on to the stage before crossing the crucial finish line. He did so in spectacular fashion, securing the fourth win of his WRC career and his first of 2017, as the rest of the world picked our jaws up off the floor after witnessing one of the most sensational finishes to a rally. Ever.
With 76 starts to his name Meeke, and his co-driver Paul Nagle, have all the right ingredients to win the championship this year. After Citroen spent a sabbatical year engineering a phenomenal car, in addition to Meeke’s experience, speed and agility, this is the first season in Meeke’s WRC career where he has been gifted a car that could see him win the drivers’ championship – the first Britain to do so since the late Richard Burns in 2001.
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2016 was kind to Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman became the FIA GP2 World Champion and impressed us all with his natural talent for driving and showing ambition that is leaving fans and media hoping he will soon land himself in Formula 1.
I caught up with Gasly to talk about his year in motorsport earlier in the week. From taking the crown of GP2 Champion in Abu Dhabi last month to being involved in a car accident ahead of the Silverstone weekend, Gasly shares his highs and lows about his year exclusively on katyfairman.com.
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