Quiet weekend for F1 exiles at Indianapolis and Lydden

Quiet weekend for F1 exiles at Indianapolis and Lydden


Indy 500 startLast weekend may have been all about the Monaco Grand Prix, but racing enthusiasts will also have been keeping a close eye on proceedings at Indianapolis as a number of former F1 drivers lined up on the grid.

The 98th running of the Indy 500 came to a superb finish as Ryan Hunter-Reay secured his first win at the Brickyard ahead of Helio Castroneves, but the race appeared to be with former Williams and McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian was running well and in the lead pack until he was penalised for speeding in the pit lane. He eventually came home in fifth place, marking a good return in his first Indy 500 since 2000.

Former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais crossed the line in seventh place behind NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who was bravely trying to do the “double”: racing in the Indy 500, getting on a plane, and then racing in the Coke 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway a few hours later. He sadly retired from the latter after 274 laps.

1997 F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve’s return to the Brickyard didn’t go as well as he may have hoped, finishing in 14th, five places ahead of Takuma Sato. Former Minardi and Jaguar driver Justin Wilson finished 22nd, two laps down on the leaders.

At Lydden Hill in Kent, Nelson Piquet Jr. was taking part in the RX Lites event that supported the FIA World Rallycross Championship. He made it through to the final heat, but finished sixth.

Image courtesy of IndyCar/John Cote.