30/08/2012

What's happening this weekend?

You can find out on the (very large) September calendar here.

I've got a lot of stuff to do tonight unfortunately, so this will have to be a rather short preview.

Three series will be in action this weekend; Formula Renault 2.0, the Super One Series & of course, after a long break, Formula One.

Formula One
It's time for one of the best races of the season; the Belgian Grand Prix. Obviously the race holds a special place for Sahara Force India fans because of what happened in 2009; the teams' first pole and points in the same event. Additionally, it was the same weekend the team scored their one and only F1 podium (2nd place).

This weekend is very crucial for the team, we'll have a much better idea of how the season will finish post-race. It's always been obvious that our performance will pick up from this race as while we're still developing other teams will switch focus to their 2013 cars. That's just the teams' philosophy, and in previous seasons, it has worked every time; let's hope it works this time too!

This is how the constructors championship currently stands:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (106 pts)
6) Sauber (80)
7) Williams (53)
8) Force India (46)

Nine races to go, 60 points behind the pre-season target of P5. The team need an average of 6.66 points more than Mercedes each race - it's do-able!

Meanwhile in the drivers championship; Paul di Resta is 13th on 27 points whereas Nico Hulkenberg is 16th on 19 points. Both have a good chance of moving up a few positions this weekend. Paul di Resta will be hoping to finish in the top ten come the end of the season, Nico will aim to catch up with Paul.

As for the academy drivers, they are also racing this weekend in the super one series at the Clay Pigeon kart circuit in the UK.

Elsewhere, Narain Karthikeyan will continue his journey at HRT. It will be interesting to see how the team have developed over the mid-season break but their not exactly going to go to Belgium and win a Grand Prix are they? To beat the Marussia's would be a good effort. Narain has set himself the personal goal of improving his qualifying pace - that's where he has been lacking this season.

We'll be posting a lot of F1 related stuff on our facebook page this weekend, including the weekend preview quotes (right after we publish this article). Of course we'll still have our session reviews on the blog though :-)

Formula Renault 2.0
Shahaan Engineer will take part in the Formula Renault 2.0 race this weekend at Most in the Czech Republic.

He's doing well in the championship so far:

Drivers' championship (10th-15th):
10) Sandy Stuvik (99 pts)
11) Alex Riberas (97)
12) Gabriel Casagrande (95)
13) Shahaan Engineer (90)
14) Meindert van Buuren, Jr. (87)
15) Pierre Gasly (78)

Recently he has had a little dip in form with only one top ten finish in the last four races. This weekend their are three races and he'll be hoping to get top ten finishes in all three.

We wish all our drivers the very best of luck, as always! :-)

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