13th to 19th July
We begin this week by taking a look at the opening race of the Formula One World Championship. The Red Bull Ring near Spielberg in Austria was the venue and will also be over this weekend for the second race. Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes led from start to finish and if it was not for the 5-second penalty given to Lewis Hamilton, the team would have had a one-two finish. In the past Formula One teams took a few races before getting the car to optimum performance, but over the last few seasons the cars have been ready from the beginning. Last Sunday still produced a number of retirements from engine failures, which perhaps points to the impact the pandemic has had on preparations for teams, despite the season starting three months later. We know fans of Mercedes would want the team to dominate again this season, but what makes a competition so interesting and fun to watch, is the level of competitiveness. At this stage it appears to be Red Bull Racing and McLaren who will pose the greatest threat in taking the crown from Mercedes. We will see how the season unfolds. Next weekend we head to the Hungaroring near Budapest for the round three. More Formula One news is that Fernando Alonso has signed to return in 2021 with team Renault. Next weekend also sees the start of the first MotoGP World Championship race of the new season with the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain as the venue.
The Inspiration Games featured at the Letzigrund in Zürich on Thursday. The event is part of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League, but was organised by Weltklasse Zürich. There were three teams of 28 athletes taking part in eight events over seven venues, making it very similar to the Bislett Games that took place in Oslo on the 23rd April. So far it appears the first race of the Professional Windsurfers Association will go ahead on Monday with the beautiful setting of Bol on the the island of Brač as the venue. The island is in Dalmatia, the central part of the Croatian coast. In golf the Austrian Open (European Tour) and the Workday Charity Classic (PGA Tour) are both currently in progress. Next week the European Tour remains in Austria for the Euram Bank Open, while the PGA Tour heads to Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. One of the biggest events next week is the Professional Darts Corporation World Matchplay at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, starting on Saturday.
We can see some sports slowly emerging from the confines of the pandemic and tentatively entering their seasons. We hope to see more events added to the calendar for August. Until next time, have a great sporting week.
Thursday to 20th July - England v West Indies (2nd Test) - Manchester, England
Saturday to Sunday - World Series - 2020 5th ICO Crossminton Norwegian Open 2020 powered by Speedminton - Oslo, Norway
Saturday to 26th July - PDC Betfred World Matchplay - Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, England
11th July to Saturday - WFDF 2020 World Ultimate Guts Championships - Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Saturday to 25th July - WFDF 2020 World Junior Ultimate Championships - Malmö, Sweden
Wednesday to Saturday - Euram Bank Open - GB Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria
Thursday to Sunday - the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide - Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH, USA
Friday to Sunday - FIM MotoGP World Championship - Gran Premio Red Bull de España - Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Friday to Sunday - FIA Formula One - Aramco Magyar Nagydíj 2020 - Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Saturday to 20th July - WSL Junior Tour - Shonan Magic Junior, Kanagawa, Kanagawa, Japan
Monday to Saturday - PWA World Tour - Bol, Brač, Croatia