May promises to be an-action packed month for motorsport fans, with several major races taking place around the world. Here's an overview ...
WEC - Spa-Francorchamps (May 2-5)
The opening round of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship will take place at Belgium’s legendary Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on May 5.
Following the withdrawal of Porsche from the top-tier LMP1 class, the landscape of the series has completely changed.
A new super season has been announced, while several privateers will take on sole remaining manufacturer Toyota in LMP1.
Of course, the biggest talking point about WEC is the addition of F1 star Fernando Alonso, who will pilot Toyota’s #8 car alongside Sebastien Buemi and Kazumi Nakajima.
MotoGP - Spanish GP (May 3-6)
Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez are separated by just one point heading into MotoGP’s Spanish round.
Marquez has been the fastest rider of the year by a margin, but has also caused a fair bit of controversy - notably for his tactics in Argentina.
He would be keen on a home victory at Jerez - his first since 2014 - but in-form Dovizioso and Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales are likely to form major hurdles.
Formula 1 - Spanish GP (May 11-13)
F1 will also have a race in Spain this month, but at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
The technical nature of the track is likely to expose inherent weaknesses of cars and it would be interesting to see if Ferrari will maintain its edge over Mercedes.
Red Bull might pose a stronger challenge in Barcelona, given its strong chassis, but the Milton Keynes-based outfit will first have to recoup after its drivers came to blows in Azerbaijan.
F2 - Barcelona (May 11-13)
Arjun Maini will be hoping to build upon his Azerbaijan GP performance in Barcelona - where he won last time out in GP3.
Maini clearly has the pace to emerge as a regular frontrunner, but would need reliability on his side to score another decent haul of points.
It’s a crucial year for Maini, and although he isn’t racing for a top team, there’s still a whole lot that he can do to prove his worth.
F3 Europe - Pau (May 11-13)
Jehan Daruvala will start his sophomore European F3 season at France’s Pau street circuit, the venue for his maiden series win.
Daruvala was mighty impressive as a rookie last year, finishing sixth in the championship, but he will have to raise his game to fight for the title this season.
The Force India junior has all the tools at his disposal and knows the Carlin squad well. As such, there will be no excuses for nonperformance.
Daruvala was super consistent last year and one would expect the same pattern to continue in 2018.
WRC2 - Rally Portugal (May 18-20)
Gaurav Gill is all set to make his WRC2 debut at Rally Portugal this month. He’s expected to drive a Ford Fiesta R5, shod with MRF tyres.
Gill has made it clear that he wants to use 2018 as learning year before his first proper campaign in 2019. As such, it might be prudent to ignore the results and look at the bigger picture.
Formula E - Berlin (May 19)
The 2017/18 Formula E championship is reaching a foregone conclusion, with Berlin hosting the ninth round on May 19.
Techeetah has built a sizeable gap in the standings, which comes as a surprise given it’s the only privateer team on the grid.
Mahindra scored its first Formula E win at Berlin last year, which should evoke good memories after a troubled run of races.
The Indian manufacturer started the new season with two wins in three races, but hasn’t scored a podium since then.
It has now dropped to fourth in the teams’ standings, although Felix Rosenqvist continues to hold third place in the drivers’ championship.
MotoGP - France (May 18-20)
France’s legendary Le Mans circuit will host the fifth round of the 2018 MotoGP championship.
Yamaha scored a 1-2 finish last year, with Vinales leading Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco.
Marquez hasn’t finished at Le Mans podium for the last three years, but Dovizioso doesn’t have a strong record in France either.
Formula 1 - Monaco GP (May 25-27)
The iconic Monaco Grand Prix will take place in May, as has been the tradition.
The tight nature of the street circuit puts a major emphasis on qualifying as overtaking opportunities are limited.
While the quality of racing may be nowhere as good as Baku, the circuit does throw up dramatic races ever so often.
The chance of a safety car appearance is also high, which means strategy could play a big role in determining the winner of the race.
F2 - Monaco (May 25 -27)
Arjun Maini will be racing at Monaco for the first time in his racing career.
It would be interesting to see how he performs at one of the world’s most renowned race tracks, but his past experience at street circuits indicate that another strong result could be on the walls.
Staying away from the walls would be key as Maini has crashed once at Macau, which is equally famous for its tight nature.
British F3 - Snetterton (May 25-27)
Kush Maini and Krishnaraaj Mahadik will be battling it out in the next round of the British F3 champion at Snetterton on the final weekend of May.
Maini notched up his maiden series win at Rockingham last week and would be hoping for another strong result as he chases his first single-seater title.
Mahadik has been super consistent in the first two rounds of the season and currently sits sixth in the standings, only two spots behind Maini.
Super Formula - Autopolis (May 11-13) and Sugo (May 25-27)
India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan will contest two rounds of Japan’s Super Formula championship in May.
Although Karthikeyan’s Suzuka outing was marred by a spin, expect him to bounce back at Autopolis, a race track on the southern island of Japan.
Honda has now emerged as the dominant engine manufacturer in Super Formula, which should act as a big boost for the 41-year-old.
IndyCar - Indy 500 (May 25-27)
Indy 500 is a part of motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown’, alongside Le Mans 24 Hours and the Monaco GP.
The 500-mile IndyCar race attracts huge crowds and worldwide TV audiences, although the absence of Alonso means the event will be of little interest to Indian motorsport fans.