USA GP - Round 2/16 - Race CommentaryThis commentary makes War and Peace look like a booklet.
The cars line up, a man at the back waves a flag, the red lights go on and the green lights go on and we are away.
Davies, Roos, Mitchell, McReynolds all make reasonable starts and get away well. White gets away well as is up to 5th.
Unser Jr makes a good start but has a slower McReynolds in front of him and slows down, Nicolo who makes a great start, cuts in front of him and Jones who also was speedy off the line is by his side. Kickert makes a great start and is past Nash. Patrese keeps to the outside and makes up lots of places. Nash goes to the centre and Kickert overtakes on the left. Unser Jr slows down as not to crash into White but Kickert goes to the right, Nash jinks right but Patrese is to his right and he touches the back wheels of Kickert and goes into the air slightly. Kickert Spins and Nicolo and Unser Jr have to go wide into the run off area. Kickert hits the wall but suffers no damage.
Nash recovers and manages to make the corner. Unser Jr also manages to make the corner but Melrose sweeps left and they touch, no damage thankfully. Koczo manges to keep his head and climbs to 10th.
However what is that? At the back of the grid Sarkozy makes a fantastic start and weaves past lots of traffic and keeps his nerve. Already up to 20th and the first corner has not even come up. Passes some of the people that had issues and by Corner 2 he is up to 15th, a fantastic start.
By corner 2 the order is
1 - Davies (-)
2 - Roos (-)
3 - Mitchell (-)
4 - McReynolds (-)
5 - White (+1)
6 - Jones (+3)
7 - Patrese (+6)
8 - Nash (-)
9 - Fleet (+3)
10- Koczo (+6)
11- Melrose (-)
12- Groves (+2)
13- Unser Jr (-8)
14- Vitkin (+1)
15- Sarkozy (+11)
16- Waladi (+3)
17- Von Gottrop (-)
18- Blackwell (+3)
19- Mann (+5)
20- Winson (-)
21- Briggs (+1)
22- Mallon (-6)
23- Lavezzi (-)
24- Buyvolov (+1)
25- Nicolo (-18)
26- Kickert (-16)
Jones by corner 4 is up a place as is Nash. McReynolds is challenging Mitchell and I can see an overtake sooner rather then later.
At the end of Lap 1 the order is
Unser Jr +10.17
Von Gottrop +13.2
Patrese gets it very wrong at turn 7 and spins, dropping to dead last.
At the pit straight, McReynolds takes Mitchell and Melrose over takes Koczo.
Koczo continues to fall back and is now in 11th behind Unser Jr, Vitkin is overtaken by team mate groves before Von Gottrop barges past to take 13th. Sarkozy is now in 16th, his car not havnig the grunt to stop faster cars taking him on the straights. Nicolo fights back up the pack.
Unser Jr +17.45
Von Gottorp +24.62
Melrose can smell Fleet but runs wide but catches it. Kickert overtakes Blackwell.
Roos is trying to keep the gap to Davies to a minimum but he tries far too hard and clips a wall on the pit enterance and before the end of the pit straight his suspension fails, he pulls over to the side and is pushed into the wall by McReynolds who does not seem him as he turns into the first corner, McReynolds is fine but Roos is out.
White finally clears Jones for 4th and Nicolo takes Winson to climb to 15th.
The order is
Unser Jr +20.83
Von Gottorp +30.01
Mitchell goes wide into turn 7, he spins and destorys his rear wing. Will this cost him a podium? He is sideways on the track but off the racing line. He waits for the field of cars to pass him so he can spin safely around. At the back Mann and Buyvolov are very close, they come to turn 7, Mann slows and Buyvolov with nowhere to go, goes wide and smashes into Mitchell, tyres go flying off Mitchells car and he is out, Buyvolov is safe but now in last place. The tight nature of this track does mean that it looks like a racing incident.
Nicolo passes Waladi and is up to 13th, but he is still 37 seconds behind the leader and 20 seconds behind his team mate.
Briggs gets it wrong at turn 8 and spins into the run off area. She drops from 15th to 24th and last.
Nikolas Sarkozy is now in 20th, his engine just not having the puff to keep up.
A close battle between Fleet, Melrose and Unser Jr for 6th just four tenths seperate them.
The top 15 are
Unser Jr +27.42
Von Gottrop +39.63
Melrose challenges Fleet but thinks better of it but then Unser Jr dives in and passes Melrose in a fantastic overtake at the end of the pit straight.
Nicolo has the same idea and dives to the inside and takes Von Gottrop to move to 12th.
Unser Jr is not finished yet and takes Fleet at the end of Turn 8, fantastic!
Kickert takes waladi at the end of the pit straight to mvoe to 14th.
Melrose finally takes fleet into turn 8
Mann cocks up turn 8 and gets taken by Mallon and drops to 21st.
Kickert gets the jump on Von Gottrop to climb to 13th. Nicolo does the same to Koczo just before the final hairpin to climb to 11th.
Lavezzi clips the wall at turn 10 and spins and gets hit by Mallon who does not see him, Lavezzi loses his front wing and will have to visit the pits. Mallon is fine but loses a place to Mann, Briggs overtakes Buyvolov in the confusion. Lavezzi is in 24th and is is the first man to be lapped.
Davies comes up to Buyvolov to lap him. Nicolo is close behind Vitkin and Groves and at the end of the pit straight, Nicolo dives past Vitkin like he was not there.
The lap order is.
Unser Jr +36.11
Von Gottrop +59.63
Briggs takes Mann to move into the dizzy heights of 20th. In turn 3, Nash finally gets past Jones to take 4th.
The Fighting Mongoose team have their heads in their hands as they know that the engine on McReynolds car will expire and at the end of Turn 8 it does. Disappointment once again.
Briggs passes Sarkozy for 19th. Soon Mann is all over the backside of Sarkozy. Nicolo passes Grooves on the pit straight. Kickert passes Vitkin on turn 8.
Melrose gets a puncture and retires from 6th place, he will be disappointed.
Kickert passes Groves to take 8th. Patrese takes Winson to move to 14th.
Lap order is
Unser Jr +40.45
Everyone to Waladi (13th) has been lapped. Vitkin makes a brave pass on Groves.
Vitkin comes to the first to pit. He comes in 9th and leaves 15th, with the stop taking 9.1 seconds. He looks like he is on a 3 stopper.
Briggs pits from 17th place, takes 9.7 seconds in the pits and leaves in 22nd place.
Davies has lapped everyone up to Von Gottorp. Oh no, disaester, but you knew it would happen, Davies has an Engine problem, he has been working that Engine hard and in the heat of Phoenix you know it would cause an issue. He is still running but is slowing.
Von Gottorp passes but makes a hash of it and spins, oh my goodness Davies smacks Von Gottorp but they both seem okay. Von Gottorp drops to 15th place from 11th.
Davies continues around the track until finally he gets a box of neutrals and pulls over to the side of the track, he gets out of the car and looks upset with himself.
Lavezzi pits from 17th, takes 9.5 seconds and is in 22nd position.
Koczo in 10th, gets it wrong at turn 8 and spins, damages his front wing when trying to spin around. Destroys it even more when spinning again. He will be going to the pits.
He also manages to get in the way and be on the racing line and causes Waladi, Vitkin, Patrese, Winson, Von Gottorp and Blackwell to go into the escape road. It ends up with the order being Vitkin, Winson, Patrese, Von Gottorp, Waladi and Koczo (although he will have to pit). Blackwell gets stuck and gets overtaken to 21st. Will be 20th when he overtakes Koczo in pits.
Kickert pits from 7th, takes 10 seconds and ends up 8th.
Unser Jr +15.57
Briggs takes Mann for 16th.
White comes into the pits from 1st, taking a slow 10.6 seconds and ends up in 4th.
Nicolo passes Fleet for 5th an amazing comeback, is a podium possible?
Briggs passes Sarkozy for 14th.
Unser Jr +10.94
Kickert has an Electrical problem and will have to come into the pits. He drops to 9th.
Mann goes wide at Turn 8 and Mallon dives in to take 15th.
Sarkozy pits from 15th, takes 9.7 seconds and drops to 21st (or last).
White is all over the back of Unser Jr. Will he take 3rd? Down the back straight he late brakes, dives to the inside and takes Unser Jr for 3rd. Could he see the top step?
Nash makes a clumsy mistake to try and lap Waladi, he tries to do it at the final hairpin but understeers into the wall and clouts it hard but there is no damage, however he will be hoping his suspension does not collapse.
Kickert takes Vitkin at turn 8 for 8th.
The top 8 order is
Unser Jr +11.25
White is on a charge and is now only 7.70 seconds behind Nash and only 3.6 behind Jones.
Blackwell is challenging Buyvolov, but just can not find a way past.
Groves comes into the pits from 7th, it is a long stop pf 13.1 seconds, could he be on a one stop? He emerges 9th a long way ahead of Patrese.
Waladi pits from 13th and a lap down, he takes 13.0 seconds for a probable one stop and is now in 17th.
What is Winson doing? He wobbles from side to side a few times and makes a cock up of Turn 6 having to correct himself.
Unser Jr +10.87
Mann pits from 17th, takes 12.8 seconds and leaves in 21st and last.
Nash blinks and pits from 1st, he is already down to 3rd can he get out in front of Fleet? His crew take 12.5 seconds and it looks like a one stopper. He comes out in 4th but Fleet whizzs past him.
Jones leads but has White breathing down his neck. Surely Jones will try to make his car the widest car in on track to stop White getting an advantage?
Unser Jr comes into the pits from 4th, taking 12.6 seconds and coming out in 6th place.
Von Gottorp pits from 11th, takes 12.6 seconds and comes out in 14th
Waladi takes Lavezzi for 16th.
Nicolo pits from 3rd, his crew takes 12.5 seconds and he should come out in 6th place behind Unser Jr.
Buyvolov pits from the lonely place of 19th, he surely will come out in last, he does, but his crew are professional and do his one stopper in 12.5 seconds.
White has a look on the back straight but can not get an advantage.
Patrese pits from 10th, his crew take 12.2 seconds and he emerges in 11th place.
Jones pits from 1st, his crew a little slow taking 12.3 seconds, he should come out in 3rd and indeed he does.
Fleet is enjoying 3rd but Nash is all over him like a rash. Takes him a few corners from the pits.
Koczo pits from 13th, takes 12.3 seconds and exits in 16th place
Fleet pits from 4th, takes 12.1 seconds and is slowed in the pitlane by Lavezzi. He emerges in 7th place.
Lavezzi has an Electrical problem and will have to pit, will he take fuel on as well? As he will not have enough fuel to get to the end of the race. He pits from 17th, the crew just fix the problem and take 8.7 seconds and he comes out in 19th
Blackwell pits from 18th, it has been a miserable afternoon for him, his stop takes 12.5 seconds and he comes out in 20th place.
Winson pits from 10th, he takes 12.3 seconds and comes out in 13th place.
Mallon pits from 14th, he takes 12.2 seconds and comes out in 17th.
White is 19.01 seconds ahead of Nash, can he build a lead so he can keep it when he has to make his 2nd stop?
Buyvolov is very close to Blackwell, but he loses it in turn 8, smacks into the run off area wall but is unharmed.
White increases his lead to 20.84 second.
Lavezzi takes Mann for 18th place.
The order is
Unser Jr +30.64
Blackwell in 20th place has found some pace and is trying to unlap himself against Groves.
Nicolo loses it at the famous turn 8, he manages to keep the car away from the walls, Waladi in 14th and who was not that far behind has to drive quite close to the wall to avoid him, a fast Koczo, who is still a lap down an in 15th place, comes up whilst Nicolo spins and tries to move off as he knows that Kickert in 6th is not far behind. Nicolo dangerously drives in front of Koczo who brakes and Kickert has to do the same behind Koczo. I can see the stewards looking at that one again.
Down the road, Waladi was very unbalanced and unsteers at Turn 9, smacking the wall very hard and losing a tyre, he will be retiring.
In 11th, Von Gottrop has a transmission failure and retires at the end of the pit straight, he will be disappointed as points were a possibility.
White comes across Buyvolov to lap him again.
The running order is
Unser Jr +30.28
Patrese -1L (+30.5)
Winson -1L (+11.6)
Briggs -1L (+1.8)
Koczo -1L (+16.3)
Mallon -1L (+10.1)
Sarkozy -1L (+1.4)
Lavezzi -1L (+0.4)
Mann -1L (+7.2)
Blackwell -1L (+4.5)
Buyvolov -1L (+19.2)
Douglas Mann spins at turn 2 and loses 17th to Blackwell. Groves uses the confusion to dive in and overtake Vitkin for the final points position.
White comes into the pits, one eye is in the pit and the other is on Nash. It is quite a slow stop, 11.5 seconds. He leaves his pit box and is still in the lead but Nash is already on the pit straight and whizzs past before White gets to the pit exit. Jones is only 4.9 seconds behind Nash and has too much speed over White. But he is only a second behind at the first corner. Can he make his fresher tyres work for him?
Lavezzi wants to overtake Sarkozy and tries to take him on the outside of the final hairpin but messes up and spins but avoids the wall. He will have lost tons of time there.
Blackwell unlaps himself agianst Vitkin, who must have shot soft tyres, he should be coming in for his 2nd pit stop soon.
Vitkin comes into the pits for his probable final stop, he comes in 9th has quite a slow 11.2 second stop and comes back in 9th ahead of Patrese.
White can smell Jones as he is so near, an overtake soon surely?
White senses 2nd and tries to overtake on the pit straight and the back straight but just doesn't have enough power to power past.
Kickert enters the pits from 6th, he is bound to lose 6th to Fleet. He takes 11.2 seconds and rejoins in 7th.
Nash is coming up to lap Patrese who is currently 10th.
Lap 50 (31 laps to go)
Unser Jr +10.45
Briggs, Sarkozy and Lavezzi all need to pit again.
White is still trying to pash Jones and both are catching Nash who is now only +3.03 ahead.
Briggs Pits from 12th, takes 12.6 seconds and drops to 13th.
Lavezzi pits from 15th, takes 10.7 seconds and drops to 16th
Sarkozy pits from 16th, takes 10.6 seconds and drops to 19th
Nash overtakes Patrese, everyone up to 9th has been lapped.
The order is
Unser Jr +10.28
There are not many battles the best being for 2nd and 3rd against Jones and White and from 16th to 19th with Lavezzi, mann, Buyvolov and Sarkozy.
Sarkozy overtakes Buyvolov for 18th. However once he gets to the pit straight a electrical failure robs him of all power and he slows down and keeps to the left to get to the run off area to retire.
He is passed by Buyvolov, he comes up to the outside racing line and Nash and Patrese do see him and slow and overtake on the right. White and Jones are still battling, White again tries to overtake and pulls out to the right. Jones goes over to defend his line and comes back to the left and he just must have not seen Sarkozy and he rams straight into him and destroys his nose cone. Sarkozy is pushed into the run off area and stops. White is now 2nd.
Nash laps Buyvolov for the second time and white does so soon after.
Unser Jr overtakes Jones before he gets into the pits. Jones comes into the pits from 4th and will be hoping to get out in front of Fleet in 6th. 9.7 seconds to change the nose. However Fleet takes 5th and Jones is in 6th.
White is closing up quickly to Nash, fingernails are being chewed on the European and JLD pitwalls.
White is only a tenth behind Nash, can Nash keep his car wide? Corner 4 and White breeze past Nash to retake the lead. Foots will be a bouncing in the JLD pitwall.
Jones catches and passes Fleet on the back straight. He is 10 seconds behind he team mate with less then 24 laps to go.
The order is
Unser Jr +8.39
Unser Jr +10.34
Patrese +1L (+17.4)
Winson +1L (+19.6)
Briggs +1L (+5.7)
Koczo +1L (+7.2)
Mallon +1L (+10.5)
Blackwel +1L (+20.7)
Lavezzi +1L (+3.0)
Mann +2L +(19.6)
Buyvolov +2L (+5.1)
Mann gets a puncture, gets to turn 8 and smashes into the wall destroying his front wing and nose cone.
Jones has Nicolo in his sights, can he overtake or will he have to follow team orders? Less then a second is between them.
Nash has been told to push and finally gains some time, although he is still 2.6 seconds behind. Jones is now on the rear wing of Nicolo. Down the back straight Jones just powers past Nicolo. Jones is too far to get back into a podium place, or is he?
The order is
Unser Jr +10.29
The only battles at the moment are White and Nash, Briggs and Winson and lastly Blackwell and Lavezzi.
Nash is soo close now, he comes down the pit straight and picks off White before he gets to the corner. Does White have a problem? Or has white just burnt his tyres?
Vitkin just does not have any luck, Lavezzi spins in front of him in turn 3 and committed to the corner he has no choice but to hit Lavezzi and ends up with a damaged front wing, Lavezzi seems fine. To add insult to injury, he has now been lapped by Nash and White.
Jones understeers into the hairpin and runs very wide. Nicolo sees his chance and retakes his 4th place.
At the end of thepit straight, Jones is catching Patrese and should lap him soon. Patrese overcooks it and spins, Jones blind comes around the corner and smacks into Patrese, Jones has a front wing broken, Patrese has a few scratches. EXTRAS will be crossed off a number of christmas card lists I feel. Nicolo retakes 4th a few corners later.
White is keeping up with Nash, they come to the final hairpin and Nash wants to lap Lavezzi again, he tries to go around the outside and touches the wall and slows, White brakes and touches the back of Nash. Nash stays in control and jinks to the left and White follows both lapping Lavezzi.
Vitkin comes into the pits from 9th and takes 10.2 seconds and leaves in 10th
Jones comes into the pits from 5th and takes 7.8 seconds and leaves ina disappointing 7th
White drafts past Nash in the back straight, Unser Jr is catching both of them and is only 5 seconds behind.
Blackwell has been lapped again
The order is
Unser Jr +6.89
Patrese +1L (+30.0)
Vitkin +1L (+4.7)
Winson +1L (+19.3)
Briggs +1L (+1.3)
Koczo +1L (+5.7)
Mallon +1L (+12.8)
Blackwell +2L (+24.8)
Lavezzi +2L (+6.3)
Buyvolov +2L (+32.2)
Jones passes Kickert on the back Straight to take 6th, Fleet is not too far down the road.
Winson has a water leak, he continues for a few more corners before halting at the run off area at the famous Turn 8.
Jones breezes past Fleet on the Pit straight to retake 5th.
Vitkin passes Patrese to take 9th.
5 Laps to go and White has a 2 secnd lead over Nash who is 5.5 seconds ahead of Unser Jr.
Kocoz takes Briggs up the back straight and takes 11th.
Groves is lapped by White.
Jones makes a right pigs ear of the 2nd corner and spin, he has to wait until Fleet and Kickert go past before he can spin around and he drops to 7th.
The standings are
Unser Jr +7.18
Groves +1L (+59.6)
Vitkin +1L (+25.2)
Patrese +1L (+5.3)
Koczo +1L (+32.9)
Briggs +1L (+1.5)
Mallon +1L (+12.1)
Blackwell +2L (+32.7)
Lavezzi +2L (+11.3)
Buyvolov +2L (+33.4)
Ben Fleet clips a wall at Turn 7 and destroys his suspension and is out, heartbreak so close to the chequered flag.
Mallon is lapped again by White.
White wins for JLD by 2.29 seocnds.Full Race Result
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1st - Richard White - JLD Motorsports - 1:52:04.282
2nd - John Nash - European ERT - +1.991
3rd - Dan Unser Jr - Sunshine Motorsports - +7.000
4th - Stephane Nicolo - Benetton Formula - +15.619
5th - Pieter Kickert - European ERT - +37.898
6th - Hywel Jones - Benetton Formula - +48.440
7th - Sebastian Groves - Team Phoenix - 1 Lap
8th - Dimitry Vitkin - Team Phoenix - 1 Lap
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9th - Massimiliano Patrese - EXTRAS - 1 Lap
10th - David Koczo - JLD Motorsports - 1 Lap
11th - Florence Briggs - Foxdale Auto Racing - 1 Lap
12th - Ben Fleet - Chicago F1 Racing - 2 Laps (Driver Error)
13th - Donald Mallon - Donkervoort - 2 Laps
14th - Tyrone Blackwell - Stavros GP - 2 Laps
15th - Ludovic Lavezzi - EXTRAS - 2 Laps
16th - Alexey Buyvolov - Russian Bears - 2 Laps
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DNF - Mitchell Winson - Sunshine Motorsports - Water Leak
DNF - Douglas Mann - West Midland F1 - Puncture
DNF - Nikolas Sarkozy - Russian Bears - Electrical
DNF - Leonhard Von Gottorp - Foxdale Auto Racing - Transmission
DNF - Carlo Waladi - Chicago F1 Racing - Driver Error
DNF - Rhys Davies - Aurora - Engine
DNF - Daniel Melrose - Stavros GP - Puncture
DNF - Ryan McReynolds - Fighting Mongooses - Engine
DNF - Greg Mitchell - Aurora - Accident
DNF - Theodore Roos - Fighting Mongooses - Driver Error
Fastest Lap : Rhys Davies - 1:19.068
Slowest Lap : Alexey Buyvolov - 1:23.735Drivers Championship
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1st - Dan Unser Jr - 16
2nd - Richard White - 15
3rd - Hywel Jones - 9 (has a 3rd place)
4th - Stephane Nicolo - 9 (has a 4th place)
5th= - Greg Mitchell - 8
- John Nash - 8
7th - Pieter Kickert - 7
8th= - Ben Fleet - 2
- Sebastian Groves - 2
10th= - Leonhard Von Gottorp - 1
- Dimitry Vitkin - 1
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1st - Benetton Formula - 18
2nd - Sunshine Motorsports - 16
3rd - JLD Motorsports - 15 (has a Win)
4th - European ERT - 15 (has a 2nd place)
5th - Aurora - 8
6th - Team Phoenix - 3
7th - Chicago F1 Racing - 2
8th - Foxdale Auto Racing - 1
ROTR : Ben Fleet if only because a moment of madness caused him to drive too close to a wall and lose him precious points.
IDOTR : Even though he did not finish, it has to be Nikolas Sarkozy for his great start to go last to 15th after the first corner.
DBTMOR : Mitchell Winson for agian showing how pathetic he is against his team mate.