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F1Weekly podcast # 694

Clark and Nasir gear up for the end of another Formula 1 season and go over the predictable results of the Brazilian Grand Prix. We have a terrific Motorsports Mondial and 50 words from the F1W Forum. And for your enjoyment a few words from pastor Madonado about his first lap in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

Pastor Maldonado:
“It’s sad to end the race in the first corner because we were looking good for the race. Today we had a good strategy to go with our better race pace, but anyway this is racing and it can happen. I didn’t see the contact I just felt it in the back of the car from Fernando. I tried to restart but then I saw the suspension damage. Imagine if that incident had been the other way round, it would’ve been big news then!”

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F1Weekly podcast # 693

Clark continues to cry in his glass of Chimay over the results of the United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix whilst Nasir sees all this as a another great Formula 1 season with great talent and great racing. We also want to give you an up date on our friends at Citroen Racing and their activities in the upcoming Junior WRC  Rally of Great Britain.


069_VEIBY_CATALUNYA– With five wins from six events, Quentin Gilbert is already certain to be crowned 2015 FIA Junior WRC champion*.

– The final round of the season will however see a three-way fight between the Italian Simone Tempestini, the Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby and the Frenchman Terry Folb for second and third places.

– Chris Ingram, the rising star of British rallying, joins the FIA Junior WRC at Wales Rally GB in a line-up of eight DS 3 R3-MAXs.

– This final meeting of the season will also decide the outcome of the FIA WRC3 title, which will go to either Quentin Gilbert or Simone Tempestini.

The last event of a seven-round calendar, Wales Rally GB is set to host the FIA Junior WRC drivers and teams for the end-of-season finale.

Eight DS 3 R3-MAXs line up for this final showdown. The Italian Simone Tempestini, who won in Poland, Ole Christian Veiby, who scored podium finishes in Monte-Carlo and Finland, and Terry Folb, runner-up in France and Spain, are all in with a chance of ending the season as runner-up in the FIA Junior WRC.

Whereas Tempestini and Veiby’s fates rest in their own hands – a win would be enough for either one to secure second place – Terry Folb also needs his rivals to underperform in order to finish as runner-up.

Five other drivers will be looking to add to their experience and make a real impact.

The youngest competitor in the category at just 18 years old, Pierre-Louis Loubet is set to continue learning about the World Championship. Runner-up in Portugal, he had to withdraw from Rally Poland and retired in Finland. He took a lot from his fifth place finish on the mixed-surface event in Spain and his appearance in Wales should help him to acquire new knowledge.

Making big strides with a revised system of pace notes, Mohammed Al Mutawaa finished just outside the top three in Catalonia. The Abu Dhabi driver can dream of moving up another step in Wales.

After taking part in Rally de Portugal earlier in the season, the Irishman Dean Raftery makes his return to the series in North Wales. Familiar with the roads of the British Isles, he’ll be competing in his second consecutive Wales Rally GB, after finishing second in his category last year. His experience of the road surface will undoubtedly be a real advantage.

New entrants for the event include the Belgian William Wagner and the British driver Chris Ingram. For his third outing in the World Championship, after winning his class in the Tour de Corse, Wagner is now set to test himself against the leading lights of the two-wheel drive category. As for Chris Ingram, although he is only 21 years old, he has been competing in British and European rallies for six seasons. He will need to get to grips with the DS 3 R3-MAX, but will undoubtedly be one of the drivers to look out for as the curtain comes down on 2015.

Already certain to secure the FIA Junior WRC title and the DS 3 R5 programme handed to the winner*, Quentin Gilbert will be competing at Wales Rally GB (outside of the Junior standings) in a DS 3 R3-MAX, as he looks to beat the Italian Simone Tempestini to the FIA WRC3 title. Nineteen points currently separate the two drivers, with the advantage held by the Frenchman.


Simone Tempestini: “I’m not entirely satisfied with my season, because my goal was to win the FIA Junior WRC title. Not everything went according to plan and Quentin Gilbert produced some very strong performances. We have nevertheless shown that we are capable of fighting at the front at each round, on every surface and we have always been quick. Only the final results haven’t been quite what we hoped for. I have learned a lot this year and I’m determined to use that in the future. Experience will be an advantage in Wales. I already know this rally and I’m aiming for the win, although I know that the British drivers will be very competitive. I’ll also be keeping an eye on the WRC3 standings. Once again, my goal will be to score as many points as possible and we’ll do the sums at the end.”

Chris Ingram: “I’m pleased to be taking part in Wales Rally GB, for the final round of the FIA Junior WRC calendar. It’s an opportunity measure myself against the championship’s regular drivers. I have competed here twice before and each time, I won the R2 category. This will be the first time I have raced in a turbo-charged car. I’ll have to get used to the DS 3 R3-MAX and this feature. I did some good testing in Wales in the worst possible conditions. I’m not setting myself any specific goals for my debut in the FIA Junior WRC. There’s no real pressure on me, I’m just going to do my best. I’ll look to my very passionate and experienced team to help me enjoy myself behind the wheel as much as possible.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 692

Clark and Nasir talk about Putin and the Russian Grand Prix, The host is beginning to loose faith in the modern era of Formula One. And here is some great news from our friends at Renault Sport…

No rest for the Renault Sport R.S. 01 ! For the first time since it made its racing debut, the high-performance vehicle from Renault Sport Technologies will compete outside the World Series by Renault. Two cars are entered for this weekend’s GT Tour season finale at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Originally built exclusively for racing in the Renault Sport Trophy, Renault Sport Technologies’ most recent sports car received such a strong interest that the Ulis engineers quickly went to work to make certain adjustments to reach a new homologation. The first was granted by the FFSA, through a GT3 balance of performance.

Created to achieve high-end performance, the Renault Sport R.S. 01 had to review and level out itself to be allowed to race. The carbon brakes have been replaced with steel. In addition to the 25 extra kilograms associated with the change, 50 more of ballast was added. The ride height was raised and an engine restriction added.

Aerodynamically, changes were necessary both to add drag and remove downforce from the Renault Sport R.S. 01, which naturally enjoys exceptional characteristics in this area.

Less than a week after the inaugural Renault Sport Trophy season finale, two cars will take part in the FFSA championship for the first time. The Team Duqueine Renault Sport R.S. 01 will be entrusted to three GT Tour regulars : Eric Clément, Ange Barde and Bruce Lorgere-Roux. They will be joined in Open Challenge by a second R.S. 01 entered by the Belgian Boutsen-Ginion team for Eric Vaissière and Olivier Grotz.

Jean-Pascal Dauce, Renault Sport Technologies Motorsport Director : “Since the genesis of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, the interest in our creation has been keen among teams and promoters. The success of the Renault Sport Trophy in the World Series by Renault has confirmed this trend. As competitors, we are extremely enthusiastic about the idea of seeing the R.S. 01 take on the competition. No doubt it will turn heads among both drivers and spectators. We are extremely grateful in the confidence that Hugues de Chaunac has shown in us and this drives us to continue our discussions with other championships.”

Hugues de Chaunac, ORECA Group President and GT Tour promoter : “We are pleased to welcome two Renault Sport R.S. 01s for the first appearance of this car outside the Renault Sport Trophy. It is a fast car with a magnificent look. This presence, through two quality teams, will without a doubt be positive and interesting. We have paid close attention the R.S. 01. I am convinced that the spectators will fully appreciate it.”

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F1Weekly Podcast # 691


After a solid outing in Suzuka, Pastor Maldonado looks to maintain momentum for the final five races of 2015, starting with the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

Suzuka was a solid race for you, how does that help you heading to Sochi?

You always approach a race on its own merits so my outlook heading to Russia is not affected by what happened in Japan. It was positive for us to have a solid race and get some good points, of course, but that is what we try to achieve at every race, regardless of what happened at the one before. Equally, if we have a race like Suzuka for all of the remaining events it would be a strong end to the year.

What were your first impressions of Sochi last year?

It was a great and amazing event, really well organised and with a good attendance. It was a special experience to arrive at a new country for Formula 1 – and a new country for me – then see strong immediate support like we did. I’m looking forward to returning and seeing how they built upon their strong first event.

What was it like when you drove the track for the first time?

It’s always a strange experience. You don’t know exactly how it will be, even though you’ve walked the track it’s very different when you’re sat in the car and actually driving. You have to push to the limit to realise the fastest way around. It’s a very technical circuit. Last year we saw the grip level improve a lot over the course of the weekend as it was new which meant we really needed to work hard on the setup to maintain the balance and get the car working as well as it could.

What do you think of the Sochi layout?

There are very many corners, with a couple of sections of stop and go. It’s quite a long lap and a reasonably technical one too. If you make a small mistake in one corner, you are punished for the rest of the lap. If you’re off line for one corner, it might not be until one of the straights that you can recover. Off-line is very slippery too so you’re doubly punished! Every single part of this track is important! In terms of enjoyment, I like the first sector the most, but it’s a good track overall.

How much easier is it heading there for a second time?

It will be much easier this year. Last year was all about discovery and learning; this year we should be several steps forward so be able to unlock more pace quicker.

Romain’s headed elsewhere for 2016, any thoughts on who you would like as a team-mate?

Honestly I have no preference. Throughout your career you work with a variety of team-mates so you get used to working with different people. Ultimately, everyone is trying to make the car faster and perform as well as it can for an event, so you’re all working to the same objectives.

We’ve seen the outline race calendar for 2016, what are your thoughts?

Firstly, as a driver you want to race as much as possible so I’m looking forward to 21 races. It looks like a good line-up of events and it will be interesting to visit races such as Malaysia and Russia at different times of the year as well as Baku for the first time.

Renault have signed a letter of intent to buy Lotus F1 Team, what does this mean for you?

This is positive news and I’m looking forward to things progressing here. I’ve worked with Renault in the past and know that they are real racers. I know Enstone always works very hard and we’ve seen what the Enstone and Renault combination has achieved in the past. Let’s hope there are great things ahead.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 690

Clark and Nasir go over the Singapore Grand Prix a bit late but always entertaining! Another great Motorsports Mondial and F1W presents a new segment called “Loosh on the Loose” We also can’t help sharing this news from our friends at Citroen the repeat WTCC Champions!


FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 - SHANGHAI - S.I.C. - CHINA WTCC-25/09/2015 TO 27/09/2015 - PHOTO : @World. 37- Jose Maria Lopez – Citroen Total WTCC” style=”float:right; margin-left: 10px;” /><span style=– By taking pole position and winning both races at the Shanghai circuit, Citroën has retained its FIA WTCC title*.

– In Race 1, the Citroën Total team took all three podium places, thanks to José María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb.

– Yvan Muller produced a magnificent comeback to emerge victorious in Race 2, with Pechito López joining him on the podium.

– José María López, who scored more points than anyone else this weekend, is now one step closer to the Drivers’ title, which he could make his in Thailand (31 October – 1 November).

The day began with qualifying, postponed from Saturday. The four official Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs all made it through to Q3 to battle it out for pole position. Yvan Muller was the first to go. He made a little mistake in the last sector and it was no surprise when his time was beaten by Nick Catsburg, the only driver to seriously challenge the Citroën boys’ supremacy this season. Sébastien Loeb couldn’t outdo the Dutchman, but Ma Qing Hua managed it two minutes later. José María López then rounded off the session in style by picking up his fifth pole position of the season!

A few hours later, the drivers lined up on the starting grid for Race 1. When the lights went out, Ma Qing Hua was left stranded on the grid, while José María López immediately took the lead. The first lap was chaotic, with five cars forced to withdraw after a number of collisions.

The safety car was brought out and the pack closed up, with José María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb leading the way. After five laps, the pace was stepped up again. Pechito put himself out of reach of his teammates, who in turn moved well clear of Catsburg. In the chasing pack, Ma Qing Hua climbed to eighth position, but was then forced to abandon his race due to a broken transmission.

With a 1-2-3 finish for López, Muller and Loeb, Citroën scored enough points to secure the WTCC title with five races to spare.

After the podium ceremony, the cars returned to the overheated asphalt for the second race of the day. It was Tarquini who took control at the start, with Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb going at it door-to-door behind him. The four-time WTCC World Champion finally got the better of the nine-time World Rally Champion. Lying in wait behind his teammates, José María López took advantage to slip in between them!

Muller never let Tarquini get away, and made his move just after the halfway mark, sneaking past his rival at his first attempt at the end of the long straight. Once he found himself out in front, the man from Alsace soon put himself in an unassailable position.

The battle for second place was far from a foregone conclusion, however. López tried to slip past Tarquini whenever the opportunity arose. But at the finish line, it was the Italian who clinched the runner-up spot by just 0.025s! Sébastien Loeb, who was struggling with a tyre that was in danger of going flat, played it safe and settled for fourth. Ma Qing Hua ended up eighth, just behind Mehdi Bennani. The Sébastien Loeb Racing driver also claimed his second victory of the weekend in the Yokohama Trophy (for independent drivers).


Yves Matton (Team Principal, Citroën Racing): “First of all, I would like to thank our drivers for the work they have done and for their sense of fair play. Even with the best car and the best team, you can’t achieve these kinds of results without exceptional drivers. In particular, I would like to thank Yvan, who was the first to join us and made sure we were ready from the very start of the 2014 season. When we talk about Citroën Racing, that also includes all the staff at our technical centre. You don’t see them on the television, but they are an integral part of this World Championship title.”

José María López: “Congratulations to the whole Citroën Racing team: the people who are here, but also those who stay in Versailles while we are at the circuits. As for today’s action, I was a little worried at the start of Race 1. I couldn’t see Ma Qing Hua in my rear-view mirrors and I thought he was next to me. Actually, he had had a problem at the start and I was able to take the lead. After that, I tried to avoid making any mistakes so I could be sure of scoring some valuable points. In Race 2, the battle with Gabriele Tarquini was great. That’s why I love motorsport! I couldn’t get past him, but it doesn’t matter. With a 75-point lead with two meetings to go, I have achieved my goals.”

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Clark and Nasir play catch up with the Grand Prix of Belgium and go over the results at Monza, we have Motorsports Mondial and fifty words on the Italian Grand Prix. We also want to share some news from our Citroen boys in the WTCC…


_MG_9501– José María López secured his seventh race win of the season at Motegi, extending his lead at the top of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

– The Japanese meeting narrowed the field of possible title contenders, with Citroën Total drivers José María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb now the only men still in the running.

– The Citroën team’s points haul from this weekend means it can wrap up the Manufacturers title in the next round in Shanghai on 25-27 September.

Despite the menacing skies and forecasts of rain, Race 1 got under way on a dry track. Norbert Michelisz was unable to take advantage of his pole position, with José María López getting a better start and passing him at the first turn! Sébastien Loeb, who was third on the grid, nestled in behind Michelisz, but found himself boxed in on the outside and was overtaken by Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, who shot out of the blocks like a cannonball from the fourth row.

Seb then locked horns with Ma Qing Hua, with the two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs going at it door-to-door for a few bends before the Chinese driver had the last word. The race order at the end of lap 1, then, was López, Michelisz, Tarquini, Muller, Ma, Loeb, Bennani.

But the reigning WTCC champion had to wait until midway through the race to open up a significant gap on the chasing pack. With four laps to go, Ma Qing Hua pulled off a terrific manoeuvre to snatch fourth place from Yvan Muller. Loeb, too, then gained ground on the four-time WTCC champion, but there were to be no further changes in the standings before the chequered flag, giving José María López his seventh victory of the season!

With the first ten from the Race 1 starting grid lining up in reverse order for Race 2, the second race promised to be a trickier proposition for the Citroën team. The few drops of rain that fell during the repair time were not enough to soak the track, and all the drivers opted to stick with their slicks. The first turn was an eventful affair in the pack: José María López was rear-ended, sending him crashing into Sébastien Loeb. The Race 1 winner was forced to pull out of the running with a punctured front left tyre. Pushed into Hugo Valente by Gabriele Tarquini, Yvan Muller managed to hang onto third place, while Ma Qing Hua and Sébastien Loeb finished lap 1 in fifth and seventh respectively.

Lying in fourth spot after moving past Tarquini, Ma Qing Hua was sent crashing off by the Italian, relegating him to eighth. Tarquini was awarded a 30-second penalty for his manoeuvre after the race.

Yvan Muller, who had been pushing hard to try and snatch second place from Hugo Valente, was ultimately left with no choice but to throw in the towel. Having been damaged in the collision on the first bend, his bonnet fastener gave out and he was called into the pits for safety reasons.

The race remained lively until the last, thanks to an epic tussle between Rob Huff, Sébastien Loeb and Gabriele Tarquini. Despite launching countless attacks, Loeb just couldn’t find his way past Huff. Tarquini took advantage to slip past the nine-time World Rally Champion, before Seb reclaimed his spot just before the chequered flag!

The Citroën team scored enough points to keep them in an ideal position in the Manufacturers’ World Championship. Provided it doesn’t drop more than 37 points in Shanghai in two weeks’ time, Citroën will secure its second successive world title

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