By The1nsider 2 months ago




It’s never over till it’s over, but no one could really imagine that Championship leader Charles Leclerc would let this year’s title slip through his fingers. The question: was he able to seal it with one round to go, or would the world need to wait until Abu Dhabi to witness his success? The Monegasque driver was determined to have it done sooner rather than later. Quickest in free practice, Leclerc was unbeatable in qualifying to start the Feature Race on pole position. He then drove flawlessly to clinch the crown with a sixth emotional win and dedicated this tremendous achievement to his late father. From all of us at The Insider magazine, congratulations Champion!


Last week’s round was crucial for the Le Mans based team: in the race for both Teams and Drivers’ crowns, DAMS were under a lot of pressure to deliver title contender Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi with the perfect car to fight for glory on track. Starting from P4 on Saturday, the Briton gave his all to try and stop Leclerc from clinching the title: he made no mistake to move up to P2 at the flag, adding two more points with fastest lap, but it was not enough and Oliver was left to congratulate his rival on his success. Yet, with the Teams’ title in sight, the Renault F1 protégé drove from P7 to P3 in the Sprint Race making it his tenth podium of the season. His teammate Latifi also had a strong weekend: ninth in qualifying, he started on a different strategy (Prime/Option) than Rowland and Leclerc and nearly made the podium, with P4 at the flag. The next day, he took second to add an eighth podium finish to his tally. With a total of 54 points scored in Jerez, DAMS are lying second in the Teams’ Championship, just two points behind PREMA Racing. The fight in the final round in Abu Dhabi should be glorious!


The young Russian has many qualities, one of them being that he is a true fighter on track. Combine that with a perfectly set up car and a good strategy, and you get an unbeatable man in Sunday’s race. He enjoyed a fourth win this season. The day before Artem had taken P5, which means that he scored a total of 25 points to keep close to Rowland in the Drivers’ Championship: the points’ gap between the two men is just twelve points. Artem’s objective in the final round of the season will be twofold: to secure second in the Championship, but also to try and take RUSSIAN TIME to the top of the standings in the Teams’ Championship as the squad are only six points behind the leaders (PREMA Racing).


It was another scoreless race weekend for the French team – their second in 2017. The pace was there in qualifying with Alexander Albon and Nobuharu Matsushita qualifying sixth and seventh respectively, but it went all downhill from there. The Japanese driver finished last and one lap behind the race leaders whilst the Thai driver had to settle for P12. On Sunday, Albon fought back to just outside of the points in P9, with Matsushita finishing 11th. They will be looking to finish the year on a high in Abu Dhabi next month.


The Frenchman was probably expecting more from his race weekend in Spain: P10 in qualifying he was up to P6 until a safety car period that ruined his strategy (Prime/Option). He was eleventh at the flag. In the Sprint Race, he was lacking his usual pace and finished tenth meaning he left Jerez pointless but hopeful to show more race crafts next month in Abu Dhabi.


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