Episode #195: For Niki

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We lay tribute to Niki Lauda and do what we do best, shitpost Motorsport. We review a dramatic F1 race at Monaco, an even more dramatic race at Berlin for Formula E, and RJ breaks down everything else we missed from a hectic weekend!

REMEMBERING NIKI LAUDA
– His early career with March and BRM, the bank loans that put him on the grid
– Breakthrough, two titles and near tragedy at Ferrari
– The greatest comeback in F1 history
– End of first career with Brabham
– Second career, and title #3 with McLaren
– Architect of Mercedes dynasty after struggles with Jaguar

F1 MONACO GRAND PRIX
– In honour of his mentor Lauda, Hamilton wins from pole position
– Verstappen’s late-race efforts for naught after time penalty for unsafe release
– Vettel salvages P2 from another frustrating weekend for Ferrari, ending the Mercedes 1-2 stream with BOT third
– Leclerc’s race compromised by qualifying debacle, and early charge through field thwarted by collision with Hulkenberg
– SAI the winner of “F1.5” with 6th-place result, a brilliant start
– KVY 7th, ALB 8th as Toro Rosso finishes a solid weekend; RIC 9th for Renault, GRO 10th
– RAI’s 300th race nothing to celebrate in 17th
– PER nearly avoids tragedy in close call with marshalls during SC intervention

F2 MONACO
– Feature Race: Half the field loses a lap on accident and nobody can fix it
– Nyck “Call Me” de Vries wins, Ghiotto DSQ from 2nd, promoting Matsushita to 2nd and Camara to 3rd
– Mick Schumacher brings out the red flag
– Sprint Race: Hubert wins from Deletraz by just 0.059 in an amazing photo finish
– Latifi’s scoreless weekend impacts championship standings

FORMULA E: BERLIN ePRIX
http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/13_R10%20Berlin/ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/201905251304_Race/03_Classification_Race.PDF
– In a major win for the private sector, Di Grassi takes his 2nd win of the season in dominant fashion
– Pole winner Buemi converts to 2nd, and this podium is starting to feel familiar
– Vergne charges from 8th on the grid to finish 3rd and consolidate a 6-point championship lead
– Lotterer suffers battery failure in a crucial stage in the championship
– Lynn has the best race with Jaguar, in podium contention before retiring 2/3rds into the race

THE RECAP OF EVERYTHING ELSE THAT ISNT MONACO OR INDY
– Coca-Cola 600: Truex Jr. wins after an early puncture
– Super GT Suzuka 300km: TOM’s take 1-2 finish, Nakajima / Sekiguchi take the GT500 victory
– Supercars Winton SuperSprint: McLaughlin takes 9th and 10th wins in 14 races; chases record 16 wins in a season (Lowndes, 1996)

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