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F1Weekly podcast # 702

CLARK AND NASIR HAVE SOME PEKING DUCK WHILST DISCUSSING LE GRAND PRIX DE CHINE RESULTS, ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND OF COURSE FIFTY WORDS FROM THE F1W FORUM. WE ALSO WANT TO SHARE SOME GOOD NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT RENAULT…

Russian race driver Sergey Sirotkin, 20, has joined Renault Sport Formula One Team as a Test Driver with a long term development plan, including running in FP1 at this week’s Russian Grand Prix.

Sergey will use Kevin Magnussen’s R.S.16 car for the 90 minute practice session on Friday morning

Renault has been an active supporter of Russian motorsport for many years and boasts a long history of participation in various sporting events. For eight consecutive years, Renault has been an official partner of the annual Za Rulem Celebrity Race. This long-standing partnership between Renault and Za rulem magazine is part of the company strategy to popularize and promote motorsports in Russia and beyond. Last year, a new sports version of Renault Logan was the official race car and in previous years Renault has brought many eminent stars of global motorsports to the event, including Alain Prost, Jérôme D’Ambrosio, David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Furthermore, Moscow has hosted World Series by Renault rounds on three separate occasions. The series became very popular amongst Russian fans of motorsport, thanks in part to invited drivers such as Daniil Kvyat.

Frédéric Vasseur, Racing Director Renault Sport Racing:
Sergey is one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories so it is great for us that he is joining Renault Sport. We saw that he was the most promising rookie in the GP2 Series last season, where he achieved a race win and podiums, and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title. He has driven the Sochi Autodrom in a GP2 Series car previously so we have confidence in the job he will be able to do for us this weekend. For Renault Russia it is a good opportunity to harness the growing popularity of Russian motorsports, starting this weekend with the Russian Grand Prix and looking forward to the Moscow ePrix, which will be held again near the walls of the Kremlin on 4 June.’

Sergey Sirotkin:
‘This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it. This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1. Renault Sport, which I would like to thank, has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula One career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity. My commitment to challenge for the GP2 Series title will be enhanced by such a great chance and I would like to thank SMP Racing for the great support given to my career, commencing in Sochi, in front of my compatriots.’

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F1Weekly podcast # 701

CLARK AND NASIR GO OVER THE RESULTS OF THE GRAND PRIX IN BAHRAIN, WE HAVE A TERRIFIC MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND 50 WORDS FROM THE F1W FORUM.

Here is some news from our friends at Renault Sport…Renault Sport expands Asian presence!

Groupe Renault today confirmed its plans to stimulate the development of the burgeoning Chinese motorsport scene. Renault Sport and Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company announced upcoming Chinese karter Sun Yue Yang will join the Renault Sport Academy. In parallel, a new scholarship was announced for Chinese drivers competing in Asian Formula Renault.

Sun Yue Yang to join Renault Sport Academy

Yue Yang will join the prestigious Renault Sport Academy, which aims to identify hot young talent at global level and prepare them for the multi-faceted challenges of top-level motorsport.

Fifteen-year-old Yue Yang, who hails from Shanghai, is the first Chinese driver to finish on the podium in the competitive World Series Karting Champions Cup. Currently fifth in the hard-fought series, he also races in the WSK Super Master Series across Europe and was the first Chinese driver to win a round of the German Karting Championship, the DKM. He started karting in 2014, winning seven heats in 2015 and becoming the first Chinese driver to finish in the top 30 drivers.

Alongside current Academy members Jack Aitken, Louis Delétraz, Kevin Jörg and Oliver Rowland, Yue Yang will be given expert guidance on the best career path to reach F1. Signed on a multi-year development deal, Yue Yang will follow a long-term plan that will see him hone his racecraft in karts before making his single-seater debut at the end of the year. In subsequent seasons, he will be given set objectives and continuously evaluated on his increasing technical knowledge and fitness with the target of reaching F1.

The Renault Sport Academy was rejuvenated this year but Renault has long supported young drivers. The first Formula Renault series took place in 1971 and many eminent drivers cut their teeth in the formula, including Jacques Laffite and Jean Ragnotti. Subsequently, Renault offered the winner of the Elf-Winfield Racing school a full year of Formula Renault, with Alain Prost winning the series in 1976. Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have also been through the ranks of Formula Renault to win multiple Formula 1 titles, while the likes of Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Loic Duval have graduated from the Renault Development programme to become race winners.

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘The Renault Sport Academy is a highly beneficial tool for young drivers. Firstly, we thoroughly evaluate them to give the right steer through the vast motorsport landscape. Then, they are exposed to the pinnacle of technology through the F1 team and what is required to get there. In short, we aim to turn each Academy driver into an elite athlete, capable of performing to his or her absolute best.

‘The Academy is also a tool for the Renault markets to better engage with motorsport within their own regions. We are pleased and proud to give Renault China the opportunity through the Academy to bring Yue Yang through the ranks. Yue Yang has shown strong potential in WSK to, with the right preparation, work his way to Formula 1. The opportunities for both Yue Yang and Renault China to benefit from this partnership are huge.’

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F1Weekly podcast # 700

CLARK AND NASIR BRING YOU OUR SEVEN HUNDREDTH ATTEMPT AT DOING A MOTORSPORTS PODCAST, WE HAVE ANOTHER EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE! AND AN INTERVIEW WITH TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL USF2000 RACE CAR DRIVER AYLA AGREN.

Ayla has been driving since she was 7 years old. She started driving go-karts and has competed in the World, European, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Championships. In addition, she also competed in the European leading karting series called WSK. 2012 was her first season in Open Wheel racing, where she competed in the Skip Barber summer series, bringing home 4 podiums.

Just from looking at her, you may think that Ayla Agren is no different from your typical 21 year old girl. But behind the blonde hair and blue eyes lies a burning desire to be the best, no matter what it takes. No ordinary teenage girl would leave the comfort of home to go over 5,000 miles away and pursue the sport of professional auto racing, unless there was a true desire, and talent, to make it to the top.

In addition to her talent on track, Ayla is also a full time student and will commence her last year of University this spring. She also works with several organizations in Norway to educate youth on defensive driving.

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F1Weekly podcast # 699

CLARK AND NASIR HAVE MARCH MADNESS MEANING…FORMULA 1 TESTING IS HERE!!! OF COURSE WE HAVE MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND ANOTHER GREAT INTERVIEW THIS TIME WITH HARRY TINCKNELL…

Harry Tincknell is an official “factory” Nissan NISMO LM P1 FIA WEC race & development driver. In 2015, the young Briton made his LM P1 debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours and finished third in the five-race European Le Mans Series competing for JOTA Sport for a second consecutive year. Harry is one of the most exciting racing talents to come out of the UK in recent years.

Ambitious, fresh and undeniably talented, he is a mature, confident sportsman, extremely passionate about his driving career. Articulate and media-astute, Harry values his own ‘brand’ just as much as that of his sponsors and partners. He also not only produces results on track, but is at ease in front of the camera, delivering brand messages through interviews, product placement and other activities.

Harry Tincknell is a dedicated racer, training to a strict fitness programme, and playing sport to remain mentally sharp and physically alert. Harry also understands the complexities of modern racing and racecar engineering, in order to work successfully as part of a team and relay feedback productively to his engineers.

For a driver so young and with such a career ahead of him, Harry has an exceptional level of experience and knowledge. He is eloquent, expressive and as comfortable delivering off-track as he is behind the wheel.

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F1Weekly podcast # 698

CLARK AND NASIR ARE GIDDY ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF PRE SEASON TESTING IN BARCELONA NEXT WEEK OF COURSE ANOTHER GREAT MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND A BONUS FOR THE LISTENERS!…INTERVIEW WITH ALAN MCNISH…

McNish began his career in karting like fellow Dumfries and Galloway driver David Coulthard. McNish credited the start given to both of them and Dario Franchitti as being largely down to David Leslie senior and junior.

McNish and Coulthard both were recognised with a McLaren/Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award having moved up to car racing. In 1988 he won the Formula Vauxhall Lotus championship and in 1989 finished runner up to David Brabham in a close fought British Formula 3 Championship. During the late 1980s McNish shared a house with team mate Mika Häkkinen.

Tipped as a future Formula One driver, he tested with both McLaren and Benetton, whilst also competing in F3000, then the recognised second tier of European motorsport, in 1990–1992. Whilst racing his first season in F3000, McNish suffered a crash at a race in Donington Park where a bystander was fatally injured. He went on to finish fourth overall in the championship that season. Concentrating on Formula One opportunities meant he appeared in F3000 only once during 1994, at Pau.

When a Formula One drive failed to materialise, he returned to F3000 in 1995 with Paul Stewart Racing (run by the son of Sir Jackie Stewart who went on to formStewart Grand Prix). While he was arguably the fastest driver of the year, a series of mishaps saw him well beaten by Super Nova drivers Vincenzo Sospiri andRicardo Rosset in the title race. McNish’s career appeared to stall in early 1996 after a deal to race in Formula Nippon fell through and Mark Blundell was preferred for a drive with the PacWest CART team. He also tested for Benetton during the year

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F1Weekly podcast # 697

CLARK AND NASIR BRING YOU ANOTHER PRE- F1 SEASON SHOW AS THEY MENTALLY PREPARE FOR THE 2016 FORMULA 1 SEASON AND OF COURSE A GLOBE SPINNING MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL. THE HOST ALSO WANTS TO GIVE YOU GOOD NEWS ON THE UP COMING RETROMOBILE SHOW IN PARIS…

ALPINE COMPETITION CARS AT THE 2016 RETROMOBILE SHOW!

This year’s Rétromobile show at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, on February 3-7, will delight Alpine fans, since four of the French maker’s competition cars will be on display. They are a 1965 Alpine M65, a 1973 Alpine A366 single-seater, a 1976 Group 4 Alpine A310 and the Renault Alpine A442 B that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1978.

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