F1Weekly podcast # 736

CLARK AND NASIR TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING AT FERRARI AND IN VETTEL’S MIND! VERSTAPPEN NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN TO WIN AND CAN YOU BELIEVE MASSA MAY BE BACK IN 2018?

Felipe on Malaysia…The race in Malaysia is another one held in very hot and humid conditions, but for this we go back to racing in the daylight. Without doubt it will be very difficult physically and us drivers will lose a lot of fluids. It is a shame that this will be our last F1 race there, as I like racing there and have some friends who live around Kuala Lumpur. I really hope we can enjoy this and it is a great last race for the fans.

Verstappen on Malaysia: “Last year we had a one-two in Malaysia. Daniel and I had a good wheel-to-wheel battle, we gave each other just enough room which provided some good action for the crowd and a great result for the team.
“Both Singapore and Malaysia are very hot and humid races, being one after the other means you can at least tailor your training for those conditions, but it will still be physically tough. It’s also challenging for the pit crew in their overalls, they get very hot and I’m sure they also lose a few kilos over the weekend!
“After Malaysia we will spend some time in Tokyo before heading to Suzuka. Japan is full of new experiences and it will be great to spend a couple of days exploring before the race weekend starts. Some people say the Japanese fans are crazy, but I think they are just very passionate about Formula 1, which for me is very nice to see.
“Suzuka will always be a special place for me because I made my Formula 1 debut there during Friday practice and it’s a proper old-school track. My favourite corner is the fast Esses in the first sector, but it’s also the most difficult section of the track and you really have to concentrate on getting the set-up right.”

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FORMULA 1

SAHARA FORCE INDIA MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Sergio: “Malaysia is a place that means a lot to me. It’s where I got my first ever podium in Formula One, in 2012. After Singapore, it’s another very hot race. I think last year’s was the hottest race I’ve ever experienced during my whole career, so I expect to sweat a lot on Sunday!

“The weather is so unpredictable, you can have a big storm all of a sudden and then it can dry up again in five minutes, because it’s so warm and humid.

“Every year, Malaysia has been a special race because of the heat and the characteristics of the track. I’ll be really sad to see Sepang disappear from the calendar. I hope to see all the Malaysian fans at some other race and I hope they keep following us online.”

Esteban: “Sepang is such a beautiful track. I really love it. I enjoy chicanes and there are quite a few in Malaysia, with some nice combinations of fast and medium-speed corners. When you have a good car in qualifying, you can just feel the grip; it’s very enjoyable.

On the other hand, it’s a very tough race because of the heat and humidity. The rain can play a big part – at least I am told! Last year everyone kept telling me that, but it was just mega sunny and warm all weekend. It’s sad we will be racing here for the last time because it’s such a cool track. I am going to miss it.”

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

CALLUM ILOTT WINS AT RED BULL RING

Event: 09 Spielberg
Session: Race 1
Track: Red Bull Ring / AUT
Pole position: Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 15.2 °C

Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) started the ninth weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring with a victory. Behind the Brit, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) took the chequered flag in second and third place. Points’ leader Lando Norris (Carlin) finished fourth in the 25th race of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Thus, his margin over Maximilian Günther, second in the drivers’ standings, was reduced by three points to 70 points.

Callum Ilott benefited from his pole position and took the lead on the first metres. Behind him, Joel Eriksson overtook Maximilian Günther for second place while Lando Norris returned from the opening lap in fifth behind Tadasuke Makino (Hitech Grand Prix). Behind David Beckmann (Motopark), Nikita Mazepin (Hitech Grand Prix) was in seventh place at the circuit in Styria until he retired due to a collision with Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing) on lap four. The Brit had to visit the pits for a brief stop, allowing Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam) to move up into seventh place in the opening stages of the race.

Four laps later, Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), the only Austrian in the field, overtook the two Germans Beckmann and Schumacher and progressed from eighth to sixth place. The great-grandson of the last Austrian emperor also brought this position home.

Further ahead, Lando Norris fiercely attacked Tadasuke Makino during the final two laps, after which the McLaren protégé overtook the Honda-backed Japanese. However, the Brit was unable to mount a challenge on the trio in front, so that Callum Ilott eventually crossed the finish line as the winner ahead of Joel Eriksson and Maximilian Günther. Norris secured fourth place from Makino, Habsburg, Schumacher, Beckmann, Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing).

Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam): “For me, it has been a good weekend at one of my favourite tracks so far. Qualifying was a close affair, but I managed to come out on top. My start into the race wasn’t particularly good, Joel’s getaway was considerably better. However, I was able to decide the battle with him on the opening lap in my favour. After that, I controlled the race and I am now happy with this win.”

Joel Eriksson (Motopark): “I am delighted with this podium finish. At the start, I managed to overtake Maximilian and put Callum under pressure on the opening lap. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way past him. In the remainder of the race, I tried to keep the gap to him as small as possible to be able to benefit from a possible mistake, but as he didn’t make any, my position didn’t change either.”

Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam): “My start wasn’t good, so I lost a position to Joel as a result. That was it in a race that had relatively little action. To be honest, third place wasn’t my goal, I wanted to win the race. But still, I finished ahead of Lando Norris and therefore was able to slightly reduce his margin in the drivers’ standings.”

PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH HONORS ONE MAN BOB DEVELIN

Each Concours Sunday, during our celebration of many of the world’s greatest cars, we also honor one person. This year we honored Bob Devlin—and we hope you join us in recognizing his contributions to the Pebble Beach Concours and the collector car world.
Bob Devlin first restored a car—a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria Coupé—at the age of 11, so he was a car guy from childhood. But it was his first trip to the Pebble Beach Road Races and Concours d’Elegance, as a teenager in 1952, that would capture his imagination—for which we are grateful.
A few years ago Bob talked about his first memories of Pebble Beach:
“I recall the rush I felt watching racecars barrel around the tight twists and turns of Del Monte Forest. But it was the sound even more than the sight that stays with me. The tall pine trees seemed to be megaphones, increasing the volume with their echoes. I also remember wandering, bedazzled, among the many fantastic cars displayed on the lawn of Del Monte Lodge [now The Lodge at Pebble Beach] … and wishing more than a few were mine.”
Bob went on to race sports cars himself, and he has participated in and organized many concours, tours and rallies. Bob was named an Honorary Judge this year, after serving for over 30 years among our Class and Chief Class Judges. He has been particularly active in the Ferrari Club of America, serving as a judge at all levels, as a national secretary, and as the Chairman of its 1994 International Meeting.
During the awards ceremony this year, Bob Devlin received the Lorin Tryon Trophy. This trophy recognizes an automotive enthusiast who has contributed significantly to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the collector car world. The trophy is named for the man who served as this event’s Co-Chairman for nearly three decadesa man whose passion and expertise drew the most elegant cars to Pebble Beach year after year. In awarding Bob the Lorin Tryon Trophy, Concours Chairman Sandra Button emphasized what Bob has done at Pebble Beach:
“Bob, you were the first person to make an effort to collect and preserve our history. In the late 1970s, you collected photographs, posters and programs,as well as records of race and Concours participants and winners. You also taped early interviews with race and Concours organizers and participants. And you gathered all of these things into a magnificent book Pebble Beach: A Matter of Style. You went on to write another book about our posters. And you’ve helped us with the 50th and 60th anniversary books and numerous articles for our publications. In doing so, you have saved not only our history, you have saved and preserved the history of over 5,000 cars.
“Bob has said he returns to the Pebble Beach Concours time and again ‘because it has become a part of me—just as it is a part of many people.’
“Bob, we want to tell you that the reverse is also true: You have become a part of this Concours. You have given a large part of yourself to this event—and you have bettered it.
Betsy Devlin embraces husband Bob Devlin after he is awarded the Lorin Tryon Trophy.
This year Bob joined the ranks of our Honorary Judges for the first time, after serving for over 30 years
as a Class and Chief Class Judge.
Thank you Bob!

FORMULA 1

LCH IS HANDED A VICTORY… VETTEL, VERSTAPPEN AND KIMI DO A MALDONADO!

LCH handed the victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, after a dramatic start in which three of his rivals took one another out. It was a victory which was unexpected but that the Mercedes driver grasped energetically and in doing so has established a commanding lead of 28 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

On a wet track, Vettel clashed with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen off the start line and all three were eliminated from the race. Hamilton, who had started from fifth, avoided the crash and, having taken the lead, held it until the finish. He was followed home by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in second and the sister Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in third.

“What a turnaround today,” Hamilton said. “Fantastic job on the strategy, what a great day.”

FORMULA 1

VETTEL ON POLE IN SINGAPORE LCH ON THIRD ROW

Sebastian Vettel, who trails LCH by three points in the title race, fended off the challenge from the rampant Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to take the front spot by one-third of a second.

Vettel set a time quick enough for pole position on his first run in Q3, during which all drivers used ultra-soft rubber, with a 1m39.669s.

He then survived a light brush of the wall at the right-hander coming out from under the grandstand on his second run to improve to a 1m39.491s to take pole from Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by 0.323 seconds.

Verstappen had set the pace in Q2, but after going second fastest on his first run in Q3 he was unable to improve on his second.

VETTEL:  The car was amazing,” said an elated and clearly emotional Vettel, a four-time Singapore GP winner. “It’s an amazing track when you feel the car was coming together. I knew we had it in us but we had to get there.”

“That was one of those mega pole positions you see from a great champion,” added Sky F1’s Damon Hill.

But it was a nightmare session for Mercedes with Hamilton more than half a second off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas even further back in sixth.