Season 3 Race 4: Bahrain Grand Prix Introduction

For the second race in a row, Formula D travels to unknown territories. This time it’s the hot desert sands of the Middle East, where the Bahrain International Circuit will challenge the drivers with conditions unlike any they’ve ever seen before. The oppressive heat will stifle the cars and drivers, while the sharp corners will strain the limits of the engine and gearbox. With Bahrain being Nergal’s de facto home race, the pressure is on them especially to perform well. But the championship is balanced on a knife edge, and there’s no way to tell who will come out on top as the Bahrain Grand Prix begins now.

Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Press Clippings

McGee Continues Title Defense
With two wins in three races, Leonard McGee continues to successfully defend his World Drivers Championship. “He’s really upped his game this season,” teammate Mic McJergens said after the race. “A lot of his first championship was luck. He was fast, but it took him awhile to get it together. This season he’s in control, and even though there are so many unknowns, he’s taking everything in stride and proving his skill.” Though it’s still early in the season, many commentators have pointed out the skill McGee has demonstrated this season. Will Nergal take a third championship, or is it too early to tell?

GP-D Returns with Dramatic Win from Guardian GP
GP-D, the official feeder series for Formula D, started once again this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix. With the departure of Samuel Jake, the defending Dovetail Racing Technologies team scooped up Willard Dilandau to fill the gap. However, it was his previous team, Guardian GP, that took the inaugural win of the season. Dante Linqua led the race from pole and sent Guardian into the lead in both championships. With Guardian in a strong position from last season, will their momentum carry through the 14 races that is the GP-D season 3 calendar?

Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Race Summary

The weather did not clear for race day, and Wright and to a greater extent Centurion had to stick with their somewhat damaged Wet tires from the end of the previous day’s qualifying. Koenig-RTK opted to break parc ferme and start from the pit lane on both cars, giving themselves the chance to increase their suspension’s resilience at the expense of their gearbox. However, they would not be able to join the race until each car had passed the pit exit. Continue reading Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Race Summary

Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying

The weather going into qualifying was changeable, and the teams hesitant to make any substantial changes as the weather could go either way. Because the track was such an unknown, the field opted to start on their default strategies.

Q1 started in the dry, and Koenig-RTK’s changes did not do them any favors. They were knocked out quickly by McJergens, Michelle, and the Wrights. Esfandiari in particular put in a strong opening performance, securing his position in Q2 by an astounding margin. However, the weather changed just before the end of the session. McGee was on track at the time and aborted his lap in favor of safety. He was unable to defend the team’s position any further, and Sylvester took the last Q2 spot, knocking McJergens out along with his teammate and the Koenig-RTK drivers.

Q2 was a continual downpour. Esfandiari went out first but could not find the speed he needed to secure pole. Michelle went out second, crushing Esfandiari’s time and securing pole position with ease. Sylvester followed closely behind, giving Centurion a 1-2 qualifying session that left them in a strong position for the race tomorrow.

Starting Grid

Team

Changes (KERS)

Q1 Tires

Q2 Tires

1) Michelle

Centurion

N/A (K)

Wets

Wets

2) Sylvester

Centurion

N/A (K)

Options

Wets

3) Castillo

Wright

N/A (K)

Options

Wets

4) Esfandiari

Wright

N/A (K)

Options

Wets

5) McJergens

Nergal

N/A (K)

Options

6) Strecht

Koenig-RTK

N/A

Options

7) Hoffel

Koenig-RTK

N/A

Options

8) McGee

Nergal

N/A (K)

Wets

Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Storylines

New and Unexplored Territory – China’s debut on the calendar has had many teams scrambling to come up with a strategy. The circuit is a combination of undulating curves and long straights that will likely be a strain on even the most resilient of gearboxes. In many regards it is reminiscent of Malaysia, and with Koenig-RTK’s success at the high speed circuit in Kuala Lumpur, can they continue their surge in the championship here in Beijing?

The Best of the Rest – While Wright and Centurion are hardly doing badly this season, it is true that they’re currently tied for third place. An analysis of their strategies shows that tire wear may be to blame. With the new tires in play this year, will Centurion and Wright continue to struggle on their strategies, or will they find the grip they need without the wear? With China likely to be a rough circuit on tires, only time will tell.

Season 3 Race 3: Chinese Grand Prix Introduction

With only two races under their belt, Koenig-RTK has surged ahead in both championships. The fledgling team built on the back of L’equipe Duchamp was the wild card this season, and many predicted that they would be starting at a disadvantage. Not only have the critics been silenced, but now the competition is nervous. Wright and Centurion, both strong at the end of last season, now have nearly half the points of Koenig-RTK. And Nergal, having won every World Championship to date, is still playing catchup in spite of winning the opening race of the season. How long will it be before the other teams can match Koenig-RTK, or will they have to settle for second while the German team continues to dominate? Find out as the Chinese Grand Prix begins.

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