Alex Palmer Writes...
After the most awesome race in Austin (when it finally happened) and a boring race but great atmosphere in Mexico, we head down to Brazil this weekend. Before we get to that, how about a few reflections on Austin.

Friday morning wasn't too bad, but by Friday afternoon things were definitely deteriorating. With the massive rain, lightening, and wind issues over the weekend the COTA team were very lucky there was no serious damage to property or people. Can't say the same for the cars in the unsealed parking lots though, more than one car ended up stuck in the carparks around the track. Although I believe there was only one by the end of the weekend still stranded, a number of us (yep, me too!) ended up donating all our cash on hand to the enterprising young man with the F250, snap strap and foresight to stick his mobile number on poles all round the parking lot for those of us who thought our 4WDs could do what the big trucks could and plough through the mud. And for those who are asking, yes I did make my flight. Just. Won't be doing that again!

Most of you would have seen the pictures from COTA on race weekend. Apparently, the Mexico weekend was 10times worse with a tornado touching down in an empty lot (N), so much rain that the access tunnel to the pits and the pit lane flooded, and a bolt of lightening melted a few plastic chairs in the main grandstand. Hmmm, when those signs about severe weather come up next time I may actually take them seriously!

Anyway, enough looking back, (let's face it, Mexico's race was rather forgettable) let's look forward to this weekend. Will Honda get both cars to the finish? Can Ferrari keep the Red Bulls behind them? And will Red Bull stop bad mouthing all their potential engine partners? Ok, I know, pigs might fly and all that......here's hoping we get an entertaining race!

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5