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.
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…
“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.”
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.”
THE HOST IS STILL NAUSEATED OVER THE LCH LOVE FEST AT SILVERSTONE, NASIR IS EMBRACING THE WHOLE ENCHILADA…WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW IS WITH FORMULA RENAULT DRIVER YEFEI YE FROM CHINA.
Yifei began karting in 2012 at the age of twelve, competing in numerous karting championships.
In 2015, Yifei graduated to single-seaters in the French F4 Championship, where he claimed two wins and finished 12th, and the Italian F4 Championship with RB Racing, where he finished 21st. The following year he repeated these series, finishing 10th in Italian F4 with kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and claiming the French F4 title in dominant fashion.
In December 2016, it was announced Yifei would graduate to Formula Renault 2.0 with team champions Josef Kaufmann Racing
CLARK AND NASIR HAPPY FOR BOTTAS WINNING IN AUSTRIA, VERY HAPPY THAT THIS LCH VETTEL ORDEAL IS FINALLY BEHIND US. ON THIS PROGRAM WE INTRODUCE PEGLER’S PERSPECTIVE AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW…JAMIE CHADWICK!!
Jamie Chadwick, the 2015 British GT GT4 Champion, has joined Double R Racing for 2017 BRDC British Formula 3.
The 18-year-old, who will become the youngest ever female driver to compete in British F3, makes the switch to single-seaters after a number of very successful years in GT racing, which culminated in winning the British GT GT4 category alongside Ross Gunn.
Chadwick, who hails from Tetbury in Gloucestershire, has tested the Tatuus-Cosworth car used in BRDC British F3 on a number of occasions during 2016, including at Snetterton and then Donington Park. She competed in a number of races in British GT throughout the year too for Generation AMR Racing.
Prior to racing in British GT, Chadwick competed in the Ginetta Junior Championship after winning the prestigious scholarship prize, finishing eighth overall in 2014 and scoring five podiums. She also became the youngest-ever winner of a 24-hour race in 2015 as she took the spoils in the Dunlop Britcar 24-Hour race at Silverstone.
Chadwick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be racing with Double R in British F3 this year. Whilst there were options to pursue the GT route, there is no doubt about the value of a top-level single-seater series to further develop my technical ability and credentials as a racing driver.
“It will be a fascinating learning curve and we have set out a two-year programme for me to establish myself and make my mark in the series. I’m also hoping to compete in a few GT events this year, but my main focus will be Formula 3. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’d especially like to thank Tom Gaymor, Anthony Hieatt and everyone else who has assisted me with this decision.”
CLARK CONVINCES NASIR THAT THE VETTEL ROAD RAGE IS A GOOD THING FOR F1 AND THIS HATE BETWEEN LCH AND SEB WILL INDEED PRODUCE AN EXCITING SEASON! MM IS JAM PACKED AND WE HAVE AN INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH F3 DRIVER CAMERON DAS.
US Formula 4 Champion Cameron Das has made his debut in European racing as the teenager competes in the BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy (October 29/30) at Snetterton with Carlin.
Das has enjoyed remarkable success in his short motorsport career thus far, with the 16-year-old only taking up racing in March 2015. After some karting outings, Das competed in the Bertil Roos Racing Series, winning one race, before tackling a number of other championships including F1600, F2000, Formula Lites and Formula Atlantic, gaining a wealth of single-seater experience in 2015.
For 2016, the Baltimore native mounted a full campaign in the inaugural F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda championship, where he took nine wins, 10 podiums and six pole positions en route to the title. Das’ performance was all the more impressive given that he won the final eight races of the year in a row to see off his competition. He also made selected outings in the Cooper Tires US F2000 Championship and will now join Carlin for the Autumn Trophy in Norfolk.