October 2017 News
The Last Malaysian GP

Oct 1 - Ferrari had a bad race weekend for the
third time in a row.  
Sebastian Vettel's car would
not work and he missed qualifying.  
Kimi
Raikkonen
though qualified on the front row.  But
on race day, Raikkonen's car wouldn't work and he
didn't even start the race!

Unsurprisingly,
Lewis Hamilton started on the
pole.  Very surprising though, he got passed by
Max Verstappen in the opening laps!  Verstappen,
who just turned 20 years-old, held the lead all the
way to the end of the race.  His teammate Daniel
Ricciardo, managed to hold off a hard charging
Vettel at the end to capture 3rd place.  But then
during the slow-down lap, Vettel tried going around
Lance Stroll and got tagged, causing heavy damage
to his rear end.
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Pierre Gasly has replaced Daniil Kvyat at
Toro Rosso and he finished 14th in his F1
debut.  The Frenchman, who joined the Red
Bull program in 2014 is the reigning GP2
champion.

It appears that this will be the last race at the
difficult Sepang Circuit in Malaysia as the
country no longer plans to pay for it.
Helio Castroneves is well known for his happy nature...
and his three Indy 500 Victories!
Castroneves Moving to Sports Cars

Oct 4 - After a long successful career racing IndyCars,  
Columbian and Miami resident
Helio Castroneves will
be moving to the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar
Championship series.

He will continue to drive for Team Penske, joining
Juan
Montoya
and Dane Cameron in piloting the 2018
Acura ARFX-05 Daytona Prototype International
(DPi) next year.

Castroneves, 42, joined Penske's IRL team in 2000 and
has competed in 17 Indy 500s.  He has won 32 IndyCar
races including three Indy 500s, an honor he shares with;
Louis Meyer
Wilbur Shaw
Mauri Rose
Bobby Unser
Johnny Rutherford
Dario Franchitti
Unlike those drivers, he has never won the IndyCar
National championship.  

Team Penske is likely to bring him back to run in the
Indy 500.
Helio Castroneves - 1999 Champcar
Helio Castrovenes became known as "Spiderman"
when he scaled the fence at the Indy 500
to celebrate his victory
Helio Castroneves won the 5th season of
Dancing with the Stars in 2007!
Japanese Grand Prix

Oct 8 - Ferrari's problems continued this race weekend.  
Though starting from 2nd position,
Sebastian Vettel
reported that his car was slow.  Soon, Ferrari called him
into the pits and said his car had a problem and wheeled it
into the garage thus ending Vettel's race before it barely
got started.  Vettel also left the track right away and may
be in trouble as drivers are supposed to stick around and
meet with the media after an early retirement.

Meanwhile his team-mate
Kimi Raikkonen, who started
the race from P10, was pushed off track by
Nico
Hulkenberg
which resulted in Raikkonen falling back to
P14.   He would make his way back though to finish in
5th, behind the two Mercedes and two Red Bulls.
As usual, Lewis Hamilton flew away from pole to win
the race.  I saw Nico Rosberg attended the race today and
I had to wonder if Lewis's great year would have been so
great if Rosberg had not retired last year after winning the
championship for Mercedes.

Takuma Sato, this year's Indy 500 winner, peformed the
post-race interviews.  Hamilton was very interested in
Sato's big gold and diamond Indy 500 Champions ring and
got him to let him try it on.  He held it up and said he'd

like to have one of those.  Hmm?