23/05/2012

What's happening this weekend?

Boy have we got alot of action this weekend, you may wish to take a look at our calendar here.

Indy Lights
Let's start with our US-driver, Armaan Ebrahim, who will be taking part in race four of 12 in the Indy Lights championship.

Current standings (4th-18th)

4) Victor Carbone (92pts)
5) Gustavo Yacamán (80pts)
6) Oliver Webb* (77pts)
7) Juan Pablo Garcia (76pts)
8) Alon Day* (65pts)
9) Carlos Muñoz* (62pts)
10) David Ostella (61pts)
11) Jorge Goncalvez (61pts)
12) Armaan Ebrahim* (60pts)
13) Darryl Wills* (54pts)
14) João Victor Horto* (43pts)
15) Troy Castaneda* (37pts)
16) Nick Andries* (17pts)
17) Alex Jones* (16pts)
18) Rodin Younessi* (14pts)

Note: * denotes rookie driver

With the top three in the championship considerably ahead; this is the midfield pack. A win gives 50 points and so it's clearly very tight. Armaan's results so far this season are 8th, 12th and 12th. This aim for this race, named the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will surely be top ten for Armaan. A result of this nature would surely push the Indian up in the championship.

Formula Two
Races five and six take place at the Nürburgring, a track where last weekend an Indian driver won (Sailesh Bolisetti in the British GT Championship).

Unfortunately for Parthiva Sureshwaren, it's been 21 races since he scored a point - that's including previous season's of course.

At the start of this season Parthiva said:

"
My aim this season is to improve my overall performance by regularly finishing in the points and score some podium finishes".

... but at the moment it's just not happening unfortunately. I'm really hoping Parthiva grabs points this weekend, surely he deserves it for his sheer determination?

Monaco
Correct, Monaco is not a championship - but we've got all three Sahara Force India boys (and Narain Karthikeyan) racing at the legendary track this weekend.

Let's start with Jules Bianchi who takes part in Formula Renault 3.5, a support race to the main Formula One action.

The race at Monaco is the only one-race event on the championship and Jules Bianchi is hoping for better luck than he had in the first event where the French driver got disqualified in race one (for a technical irregularity), and finished outside the points in race two. This means that Jules, who is considered in the paddock as a title contender, is currently pointless after two races in the seventeen race championship.

The aim this weekend for Sahara Force India's reserve driver will surely be a win, or at the very least a podium - he simply needs big points on the board to reduce the deficit to the championship leader, Robin Frijns on 40 points.

The main event in Monte Carlo however is of course the Monaco Grand Prix, a race that's not just famous for the on-track action but also famous for the glamour and prestige associated with the event.

Current constructors standings (5th-9th)
5) Mercedes (43pts)
6) Williams (43pts)
7) Sauber (41pts)
8) Force India (18pts)
9) Toro Rosso (6pts)

Force India are quite far behind 5th place in the constructors championship, which is the aim this season, but that's not a problem at this stage considering just how unpredictable all the races are. Every car has similar pace and any of the teams, excluding the newer ones, could win a race. It's only a matter of time before the Indian team get a podium this season, and what better place to do it than Monaco? :-)

Meanwhile, down at HRT, the aim for Narain Karthikeyan will be simply to beat his teammate as that's all his car will really allow. Having said that, the nature of the Monaco track is such that we may see many retirements - you never know, if there are loads we may just see Narain sneak a point! For sure, it's one of the best opportunities of the year for Caterham, HRT or Marussia to grab points.

It's with regret that we have to say, due to various reasons, our coverage this weekend will be limited - updates will be infrequent, but we'll do the best we can. On Monday we'll have a FULL update on the weekend's action though - we appreciate your patience.

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