Issue # 17

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Monday May 5 2021

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FANGIO - HAMILTON DOMINATING THE TOP OF THE GRID 

PORTUGAL SUNDAY MAY 2 

Lewis Hamilton's masterclass at winning races and scoring points took him ever closer to the great Juan Manuel Fangio on Sunday in a slippery and windy Portugal where totally inconsistent conditions troubled every driver on the road. His 97th win from 269 Grand Prix means he wins a race from every 2.773 starts. No other living driver comes close to this win rate. Only Alberto Ascari has a better win rate but here at Sports Annual Hamilton's astonishing point scoring sees him take second place on the grid. The dominance of the Mercedes F1 team, not just in this era but across time, continues unabated. 

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PORTUGAL, MAY 2, 2021. 

JOHN WATSON PIC by Hans van Dijk. Wikipedia

JOHN WATSON OVERTAKES LECLERC FOR P64

Maurice Trintignang

Leclerc's modest win rate saw him lose P64 to John Watson on Sunday. Without a win he will fall outside the top 70 within ten races ... behind the World War Two resistance fighter and fellow Ferrari driver, the Le Mans and Monaco winning Maurice Trintignant ... known as The Rat. All other ranked F1 drivers maintained their positions on the table. 

The ranked driver results ... 

P2. LEWIS HAMILTON

Patience, caution in tricky conditions, astonishing and largely mistake free car control and a ruthless ability to capitalize on the mistakes of others. A masterclass in race car driving by Lewis Hamilton.

1st.  JM Fangio

2.125 rpw / 5.941 ppr

2nd. Lewis Hamilton

2.773 rpw / 5.364 ppr

3rd. Alberto Ascari

2.461 rpw / 4.906 ppr

P9. SEBASTIAN VETTEL

Moss is closing fast on Vettel. The gap is 0.064 ... down from 0.098 at the last Grand Prix. Seb's career long battle with Ayrton Senna is now lost. Moss should take the road and P9 soon.

8th. Ayrton Senna

3.926 rpw / 4.024 ppr

9th. Sebastian Vettel

4.905 rpw / 3.934 ppr

10th. Stirling Moss

4.125 rpw / 3.090 ppr 

P21. FERNANDO ALONSO

Alonso is in a big gap between James Hunt and Alan Jones. His massive start count can very comfortably absorb this rebuilding year. An improved performance from the Spanish giant bodes well for the new Alpine team. 

20. James Hunt

9.200 rpw / 2.086 ppr

21. Fernando Alonso

9.843rpw / 2.504 ppr

22. Alan Jones

9.666 rpw / 1.879 ppr

P24. MAX VERSTAPPEN

Pushing track limits cost Max pole and possibly the win. He's at the sharp end now ... Rindt is where the math changes ... where the road gets steeper and gains gets harder to make. Maintains his slight lead over Emerson Fittipaldi on points.

23. Jochen Rindt

10.000 rpw / 2.000 ppr

24. Max Verstappen

11.090 rpw / 2.909 ppr

25. Emerson Fittipaldi

10.285 rpw / 2.048 ppr

P41. KIMI RAIKKONEN

DNF for Kimi ... maintains P41.

40. Jacques Villeneuve

14.818 rpw / 1.349 ppr

41. Kimi Raikkonen

15.857 rpw / 2.294 ppr

42. Phil Hill.

16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr

P43. VALTTERI BOTTAS

Bottas simply wasn't quick enough over the race distance to hold off Lewis Hamilton despite starting from pole. Engine problems meant he was unable to challenge Max for second place. Maintains P 43.

42. Phil Hill

16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr

43. Valtteri Bottas

17.666 rpw / 2.698 ppr

44. Piero Taruffi

18.000 rpw / 2.388 ppr

P59/65. RICCIARDO and LECLERC

Ricciardo holds station but John Watson taken P64 from Leclerc who simply lacks the wins to hold his competition at bay. His win rate drops 0.5 with every start. However, with so few races under his belt a win will catapult him a long way up the road ... which is yet long for the young Ferrari ace. Here at Sports Annual he remains a start count rookie. And in a better car this year too!

58. Clay Regazzoni

26.400 rpw / 1.643 ppr

59. Daniel Ricciardo

27.285 rpw / 1.471 ppr

60. Pedro Rodriguez

27.500 rpw / 1.327 ppr

61. Rubens Barrichello

29.363 rpw / 1.554 ppr

62. Jacques Laffite

29.333 rpw / 1.329 ppr

63. Ralf Schumacher 

30.000 rpw / 1.438 ppr

64. John Watson 

30.500 rpw / 1.144 ppr

65. Charles Leclerc

31.000 rpw / 1.645 ppr

66. Peter Genthin

30.000 rpw / 0.400 ppr

P82. PIERRE GASLY

He has room to Carlos Pace and a very handy looking car. A second win?

81. Patrick Tambay

57.000 rpw / 0.921 ppr

82. Pierre Gasly

67.000 rpw / 0.477 ppr

83. Carlos Pace

72.000 rpw / 0.819 ppr

P95. SERGIO PEREZ 

Perez still settling in at Red Bull. Improving. TP Christian Horner relaxed about him. 

94. Olivier Panis

158 rpw / 0.430 ppr

95. Sergio Perez 

194 rpw / 0.530 ppr

96. Jean Alesi

201 rpw / 0.199 ppr