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F1Weekly podcast # 738

CLARK HAS CAPITULATED AND ACCEPTS LCH AS 2017 F1 WORLD CHAMPION AS NASIR TALKS ABOUT THE SEB MELTDOWN!… WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE! AND HERE ARE SOME WORDS FROM OUR FRIEND FELIPE MASSA…

It was a very difficult race for us  in Japan. I was struggling with the degradation of the tyres with both sets. The other cars had better pace than us and it’s difficult to understand why. At the end, I lost positions to both Haas in a move that was a little bit tricky, but they were much quicker than me anyway.

If they didn’t pass me there, I think they could have passed me afterwards with the pace difference. I’m not happy with the pace today, but looking at the problems we had, we still finished in front of Renault and Toro Rosso, and one point is better than nothing.

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F1Weekly podcast # 737

CLARK AND NASIR DO THE MALAYSIAN FOX TROT IN CELEBRATION OF MAX VERSTAPPEN’S VICTORY AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE RENAULT PACKAGE AND FERNANDO! WE HAVE THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF “PEGLER’S PERSPECTIVE” AND…

PLEASE READ FERRARI’S THOUGHTS ON SUZUKA…

Even after 30 years, all drivers like it

Suzuka – Torrential rain greeted the Scuderia Ferrari team members as they landed in Japan. However, the current forecast is for better weather over the weekend, with the possible exception of Friday.

The Suzuka track is one of the classics of the Formula One Championship and exactly 30 years ago, it hosted its first Grand Prix. On that occasion, the race was won by Gerhard Berger in a Ferrari F1/87, the Austrian having started from pole position. From then on, apart from a couple of years when the race returned to Fuji, Formula One has always raced at this track in the Mie prefecture.

The track is pretty much universally liked by the drivers, even if no one can forget the 2014 tragedy that befell Jules Bianchi, a rising star for motor racing and for the Prancing Horse. Technically, it’s an “old style” circuit, narrow, with minimal run-off areas, corners with only one clear line and an interesting range of turns. The best known of these is undoubtedly the double uphill “esses” after the first corner, a place where Michael Schumacher was particularly adept at making a difference and there was almost a sense of destiny in the fact that, twice, he clinched the Drivers’ title here with Ferrari, in 2000 and 2003.

The key to Suzuka, in terms of driving, is to find a rhythm, so that getting the flow right through the turns is the key to success. With the 2017 cars and their very high aerodynamic downforce levels, a tricky corner such as the famous 130R, named after the original radius of its turn, could almost become a straight. But that won’t make the Japanese track and it’s unusual setting within an amusement park, any less of a challenge. And as for the fans, they are truly unique when it comes to their level of passion and enthusiasm.

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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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F1Weekly podcast # 735

CLARK AND NASIR SHARE A DISH OF PASTA AND TRY TO SWALLOW THE FACT THAT LCH WILL CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. SAINZ Jr. IS DESTINED FOR RENAULT AS IS MCLAREN….MORE ON THIS TODAY.

Carlos Sainz Jr. has signed a deal to join Renault as Toro Rosso prepares to part ways with Renault in favor of using Honda power in Formula 1 for 2018.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Renault will announce Sainz as the replacement driver for the struggling Jolyon Palmer for 2018 at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Sainz has been angling for a move for the majority of the season since Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are locked in at the senior Red Bull team, limiting his opportunities to get into a potentially race-winning outfit.

The deal is basically the first of a domino effect. Toro Rosso will run with Honda power in 2018 in a move that would allow McLaren to pick up Renault engines. Honda would then power Toro Rosso in exchange for McLaren gearboxes to accelerate the learning curve.

Sainz could make his Renault debut sooner than the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Dissatisfied by the lack of improvement from Palmer, Renault is rumored to be considering introducing Sainz for the Malaysian Grand Prix toward the end of September.

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F1Weekly podcast # 734

CLARK AND NASIR SHARE SOME BELGIAN WAFFLES WHILST DISCUSSING THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX AND OF COURSE CONTINUE TO PONDER THE FERNANDO QUESTION! SPEAKING OF EL MACHISMO HERE IS ALONSO’S MONZA PREVIEW…

FERNANDO ALONSO
“Like Spa, Monza is one of those legendary tracks where everybody loves watching cars going racing. With the new wider, faster cars this year, it will definitely be another circuit where we’ll see a new fastest lap and some incredibly high speeds on the straights.

“It’s the fastest circuit on the calendar in terms of outright speed, and for a driver it’s an incredible feeling racing down those iconic straights punctuated by the tight chicanes and big, fast corners that require a huge amount of commitment. We’ve always said this circuit wouldn’t suit our package, and we expect a tough challenge. Although it’s power-hungry like Spa, it’s also different in many ways. Spa is a long race; the Monza circuit is short and sharp and the race always feels like it’s over very quickly.

“The thing I love most about Monza is the fans. Even when you’re not dressed in tifosi red, the fans come out in force and they’re all super passionate about racing and motorsport. The Italian Grand Prix is a favourite for many people and it really deserves its legendary reputation as a magic circuit for race fans.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 733

CLARK AND NASIR DUST OFF THEIR CAMPING CHAIRS AND SIT DOWN FOR A CHAT ABOUT THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS AND THE F1W FAMILIA VACATION PLANS. WE ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT MIKA HAKKINEN WILL BE AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA RIGHT HERE IN F1W’S BACK YARD!!

Mika Häkkinen To Drive Iconic McLaren M23 at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

 McLaren ambassador Mika Häkkinen will delight fans when he gets behind the wheel of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 world championship-winning McLaren M23 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 17-20. Häkkinen is filling in for Jenson Button, who was originally slated to drive the McLaren M23.

“The Flying Finn,” 48, drove 130 Grands Prix for the McLaren team between 1993 and 2001, winning 20 of them, and taking two Drivers’ World Championship titles (1998 and 1999). Häkkinen’s on-track battles against Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher have become part of Formula 1 folklore, and Häkkinen therefore endures as one of the sport’s most iconic, ironic, laconic and popular superstars.

The event, held at the similarly iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, represents all that is good and glorious about classic motorsport, with more than 550 historic entries on the race card for the weekend. Häkkinen is scheduled to make a pair of 15-minute exhibitions each day that will begin on Friday, August 18, at 12:50 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 19 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.

“Though we were looking forward to having Jenson Button at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, we are delighted that a driver of Mika’s caliber is able to take his place,” said Gill Campbell, Senior Vice President of Event Operations at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Formula 1 is the pinnacle of racing advancement, and Mika will be able to showcase a car with great racing history during his spirited exhibition laps. Fans will surely enjoy the link between past and present during the exhibitions and throughout the event. Thank you to McLaren for making this happen.”

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