For those of a petrol-y persuasion, midsummer means only one thing: the Holy Trinity of Motor Sport. Monaco, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Only one driver, Graham Hill, has won all three of the world’s greatest races and, with Monaco and the Indy invariably now on the same weekend — this weekend — it looks like it will stay that way for a while (unless Audi or Porsche feel like giving Jacques Villeneuve or Juan Pablo Montoya a crack at Le Mans next year?)
We want to know which you’re most looking forward to, and especially this year, while the debate around the value of the current F1 regulations rages on…
We have to admit that even with what many are calling some audacious tactics and driving from Ferrari and from Fernando Alonso, the Spanish Grand left us cold. But then again Monaco is Monaco, and Pirelli have two entirely different compounds for the teams this weekend. Then there’s the Indy 500 later that Sunday afternoon. There were 34 leader changes last year, and that thrilling last lap with Dario Franchitti challenged by Takuma Sato, only for the Japanese driver to crash out. Or Le Mans? Toyota is already writing off its chances of challenging Audi this year, but we all know Le Mans is never that straightforward. Audi, don’t forget, lost two of its cars in almighty accidents in 2011.
The competition has already started over in Indiana with qualifying for this Sunday’s race complete. We’ll come back to that later in the week. Meanwhile first free practice for Monaco is this Thursday. Le Mans qualifying kicks of on Wednesday 19th June with the 24 Hours starting on Saturday 22nd June. That’s just a month from now…
And it doesn’t end with the flag at Le Mans on Sunday as one week later, Sebastian Loeb continues his ‘best sabbatical year ever’ with his run up Pikes Peak in that bonkers Peugeot 208.
By the way Loeb, is also in action this weekend in the Porsche Supercup round at Monaco. As is Sebastian Ogier. Ogier, it shouldn’t need pointing out, is the nemesis of the nine-time champion and the man most likely to pick up the crown Loeb has become tired of wearing.
It’s going to be quite a month and we will be keeping an eye on all the action with our take on events, some on the spot reporting from Monaco and Le Mans and a bunch of features right through to and beyond the British Grand Prix and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
So let’s kick off here. Tell us which events you’re attending or how you’re planning to watch, maybe even give us your predictions for the winning drivers and teams for the three.