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F1Weekly podcast #678

Clark and Nasir give their pre-race analysis for the Grand Prix de Monaco we have Motorsports Mondial with the king and we bring you a special interview with long time F1W listener Louis Janssen.

Here is a bonus….Pastor Maldonado on Thursday Practice.

Pastor: “The car didn’t go badly today, maybe even better than we expected. Of course, the track improves a lot lap by lap so it’s difficult to determine where you are exactly, but it was a good day even if we were interrupted by the rain in the afternoon. This meant we didn’t get time to run with the super softs, but I think we should have time on Saturday morning and it will be interesting to see how the car reacts to the softer compound. Of course, qualifying in Monaco is always very important so we’ll do our best to get the car where we want it for then.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 677

Clark and Nasir serve up another round of discussions on the Spanish Grand Prix the upcoming Grand Prix de Monaco, we have a special interview with Colton Herta from Donington and here are some thoughts from our favorite F1 driver Pasto Maldonado…

 

What makes Monaco so special for you Pastor?

First of all it’s such an historic Grand Prix and an iconic race for Formula 1. I really love it. I’ve been very quick in the past and I think it is one of the most special weekends of the year. The atmosphere is unique. The track is really challenging and changes a lot over the sessions, which you need to anticipate. It’s difficult to be quick close to the walls and overall it’s a very tough race, demanding in terms of concentration and stressful physically and mentally. The only negative thing is that it is quite difficult to overtake, but it is not impossible.

What are your favourite parts of the circuit?

I really like the Casino and Swimming Pool sections. Every corner in Monaco has its own challenge, and own individual approach needed – that is probably the beauty of the circuit there. It’s where I live now so I might be biased, but it’s a very special place.

What are your early memories of Monaco?

Monaco was always my favourite track when I was watching Formula 1 on TV as a kid. Then the first time I went to a Grand Prix was also Monaco, in 2003, which was my first year in Formula Renault. Juan Pablo Montoya won and it was amazing to see how close they were to the wall and how quick the cars were, because they had V10 engines then. Another good Monaco memory for me is winning in GP2 in 2007 and 2009.

It was something of an interesting Spanish Grand Prix for you – how was it from your perspective?

Our luck hasn’t been great but this is racing. With the damaged rear wing endplate I suffered early in the race, we lost some downforce for sure. However, the pace was still there and I was pushing to try and recover. Unfortunately we had to retire the car on Lap 45. I didn’t get a chance to speak to Romain because we both left immediately after the race.  It was a very little touch. It happened but we move on, it’s all a part of racing. We have a car that has a lot of potential and we are fighting ever higher in the field. We have a good engine and the tyres are lasting longer and that makes us confident that we can get some good results in the near future. We need to stay strong and as soon as the bad luck passes it will be very fun!

How much progress was made at the test?

We had a list of plenty of parts to test. Even in the 60 laps we did on the day, we didn’t have enough time to test everything but it was satisfying. A lot of the work we did was also in preparation of the next race and as always we learnt a lot during the test. Monaco is a very different approach for the team and the drivers. I have been working at 100% so that we are fully prepared. The car is in good shape, we have discovered some things during the test which have made us confident going into Monaco so I am looking forward to doing my best.  We are expecting a Monaco-specific aero package. I think we can make some big jumps still, we have good potential and we can do much better throughout the European season!

What have you been working on back at Enstone in the simulator?

I’ve been experimenting with different setups and aero combinations which contributes not only to Monaco next weekend but also to the other upcoming races. Also, we’ve recorded some more data for the engineers to analyse and build on. It is positive to be here at the factory in between races. I will have some time off this weekend with my family but then it is back to work ready for the Monaco Grand Prix!

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F1Weekly podcast # 676

Clark and Nasir go over the previous two Grand Prix’s and what could happen in Barcelona next weekend. We have another great episode of Tech Talk with Tim! Also want to share some news on the European F3 Championship…

Felix Rosenqvist claims the next pole positions

Season race: 5 and 6 of 33
Track: Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit
Pole position race 2: Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position race 3: Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: rain

Also in second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, nobody was faster than Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam). Both in the ranking of the fastest and the second-fastest lap times, the Swede claimed the top position and will thus start from pole position into the fifth and sixth race of the season. Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Maximilian Günther (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) were second and third respectively in both rankings, with Callum Ilott (Carlin) and Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) each taking one fourth place.

Starting grid race 2
Felix Rosenqvist (1:49.630 minutes) already moved up to the top of the time sheets at the start of the session and hold on to this position until the end of qualifying. At times, the stalwart had an advantage of almost one second. Only just before the end, rookie driver Charles Leclerc (1:49.869 minutes) came within 0.239 seconds from the pace-setter. Maximilian Günther (1:50.423 minutes) reduced his gap to Rosenqvist in the closing stages and ended up as the best-placed German in third. On his final lap, Callum Ilott (1:50.510 minutes) moved up into fourth place and toppled Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:50.773 minutes), who came to Hockenheim as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader, to fifth place. Lance Stroll (1:50.847 minutes), Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.144 minutes) and Alexander Albon (Signature, 1:51.171 minutes) followed in sixth to eighth place from Markus Pommer (Motopark, 1:51.362 minutes) and Santino Ferrucci (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:51.408 minutes).

Qualifying was briefly interrupted with five minutes remaining following a collision involving George Russell (Carlin, 1:52.540 minutes) and Matt Solomon (Double R Racing, 1:55.122 minutes). The Brit ended up 18th, his rival from Hong Kong was classified 30th.

Starting grid race 3
In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, the order in front also saw Felix Rosenqvist (1:50.396 minutes) ahead of Charles Leclerc (1:50.594 minutes) and Maximilian Günther (1:50.941 minutes). Lance Stroll (1:51.574 minutes) and Callum Ilott (1:51.637 minutes) ensured that four rookie drivers made it into the first five positions. Antonio Giovinazzi (1:51.712 minutes) ended up sixth from Mücke duo Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:51.895 minutes) and Santino Ferrucci (1:51.936 minutes). Markus Pommer (1:52.180 minutes) and Gustavo Menezes (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:52.189 minutes) rounded out the top ten.

Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam): “At the beginning of the session, I was able to drive a few clear laps and I was quite confident. Then, unfortunately, the red flag got in our way. After that, we waited for a while, which turned out to be not ideal. Like that, I was unable to improve my fastest time, while my rival Charles Leclerc was quite quick in the end. Fortunately, my fastest lap time before the interruption was still good enough for pole position.

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F1Weekly podcast # 675

Clark and Nasir share their joy in Sebastian Vettel’s victory over Mercedes in Malaysia! We have Motorsports Mondial with the Guru and 50 words from the F1W forum on the Malaysian Grand Prix and… Here are some post GP race driver interviews…

Romain Grosjean: “Overall we had quite a good race with a strong first lap and some nice overtaking, although I lost a lot of time behind Hulkenberg and then the spin with Perez in such a fast corner. I had some fun overtaking with Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India, which was great, and we had a good strategy but we lost too much time to benefit from it. I also had an issue with my drinks bottle which added to the fun. Overall the car behaved well though and we’re not far from the top ten so we’ll work to close the gap for China.”

Valtteri Bottas: It was a nice race in the end. I was always in the wrong place at the start and lost a lot of time and positions. I made the most of the performance of the car and it was great to be able to race Felipe at the end. We know we have some work to do, we need to learn from our mistakes and keep progressing. We have some upgrades that are due shortly which will hopefully be a further step in the right direction.
Felipe Massa: I don’t think we had a fantastic day today. We had a small problem in the pitstop which lost a little time. Valtteri was able to catch me in the final few laps, but it was good to race wheel-to-wheel. We have got the best points we could for the team given the where the car is at the moment.
DANIIL KVYAT: “We took the maximum out of the situation today. We are lacking some pace and need to catch up, I am confident that the team can do it; it’s a challenge and we have to face it with a strong mind. Fighting for P9 and P10 is not what we want, we struggled today and we need to work out why.”
DANIEL RICCIARDO: “A really frustrating race. I was ready for a fight going into the race and hoping for something special – but it wasn’t to be! I had a bit of contact on the first lap, which hurt us and then we had a few issues throughout the race, which we had to manage. It took a long time to pass cars as we didn’t have the pace and we had some problems with the brakes, which didn’t make our afternoon easy. It was a good job by Seb, a great drive from him.”

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F1Weekly podcast #674

Nasir tries to convince Clark the Australian Grand Prix was an exciting race to behold! We have a special report from long time listener and F1W forum member Jason Bentley and I also want to share some news from the BTCC testing at Donington Park…

Team BMR sets the pace in Season Launch test at Donington Park

Two-time Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato laid down the gauntlet to his rivals today (24 March) at the Season Launch official test at Donington Park. The seasoned campaigner set the fastest time during the afternoon running – a 1:10.249s – just pipping his new Team BMR stable-mate and reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington by 0.006s.

In identical VW CC machinery, the pair look set to lock horns throughout what will undoubtedly be another thrilling campaign, and with times already so close at the top there are sure to be fireworks when racing commences at Brands Hatch in Kent on 4/5 April.

With the top two from last year’s championship setting the pace, it was a very impressive showing from the two Mercedes A-Class machines of Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan that saw them placed third and fourth in the time sheets for Laser Tools Racing and WIX Racing respectively. Morgan secured his first ever BTCC win at the Brands Hatch finale last October, and as Moffat makes the switch to a new car it looks like an exciting season in prospect for the ambitious young duo.

A team pairing took up station in fifth and sixth, as Triple Eight Racing drivers Jack Goff and Andrew Jordan put in a formidable tally of laps around the Donington Park National Circuit. Indeed the only driver to complete more circulations than Goff was Team BMR owner Warren Scott, who managed to post the eighth fastest time having lapped the 1.98-mile track an impressive 68 times.

Hunter Abbott was seventh fastest in his Exocet AlcoSense Audi A4,  with the returning Honda Civic of Martin Depper in ninth. Sam Tordoff secured top BMW honours in his first timed session for the newly-announced Team JCT600 with GardX squad in tenth, just ahead of Dave Newsham who has switched to a Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet for this year.

Honda Yuasa Racing unveiled the stunning new Civic Type R this morning in front of a huge media gathering, and the car will surely grab headlines as the it hits the track in earnest even before the production car hits the showroom floor. Matt Neal piloted the #25 car to the 12th fastest time.

Attentions now turn to Brands Hatch for the first three BTCC battles of 2015.

Jason Plato said: “We had an issue which cost us about an hour today which is a little frustrating as we had a plan of things we’re trying to get though and it’s left us with a couple of questions on the set-up that aren’t 100 per cent answered. It was a good day though – the guys have had a tough six weeks and I think now it’s time to down tools, get everything ready and checked for Brands Hatch and make sure we don’t have any reliability issues. We’ll be on the pace at Brands – if we’re not quickest we’ll be there or thereabouts and I think we can win races.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 673

Clark and Nasir prepare themselves for the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season, they try to understand Fernando Alonso’s trip to 1995. We have Motorsports Mondial with the king and…We bring you the latest news on this weeks GP2 Testing at Yas Marina…

Richie Stanaway quickest at Yas Marina …Status Grand Prix driver sets fastest laptime on Day 3

The final day of the pre-season testing at Yas Marina opened once again in windy conditions. Alexander Rossi was the first driver to feed onto the track, closely followed by teammate Jordan King, but it was Stoffel Vandoorne who was the early pace setter. The proceedings were halted within the first forty minutes after Artem Markelov stopped on track at Turn 7. When the pitlane went green again, some drivers switched to super soft Pirelli tyres and put their visor down. Raffaele Marciello was the first man to dip under 1m50s, but Mitch Evans bettered the Italian’s laptime to break the 1m49s barrier. Vandoorne went even quicker and set a laptime of 1:48.921 just as a second red flag period occurred courtesy of Evans who stopped at Turn 9.
The session restarted and on the one hour mark, Marciello improved again, enough to edge Vandoorne out of the top spot. Evans went back on track and was able to go even faster in a 1:48.850 and took control of the timesheet. At the halfway mark, Richie Stanaway went top with a laptime four tenths quicker and sat pretty at the head of the standings until the chequered flag dropped. Pierre Gasly surged to second in the closing stages ahead of Evans, Marciello, Rossi, Vandoorne, Alex Lynn, Rio Haryanto, Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.
After a one hour break, the pitlane reopened for the afternoon session and Haryanto was the early pace setter. At the halfway point, Lynn went top, one tenth quicker than the Indonesian driver. The proceedings were halted after Rossi went off track and lightly hit the barrier at Turn 8. The session restarted with one hour remaining but there was another short interruption after Zoel Amberg stopped at Turn 14. The session resumed and Sirotkin found some extra pace to clock in a laptime of 1:49.158 and moved up to P1.
A final red flag stalled proceedings, courtesy of Markelov who stopped on the straight/finish line. At the restart, there were ten minutes left on the clock for a final shoot out and for the drivers to put their last set of super soft tyres to good use, which is exactly what Pic did moving up to P2. A double yellow flag in sector 2 in the dying minutes however ruined any last attempt to shine as Sirotkin stopped at Turn 19.
The Russian thus remained unchallenged until the chequered flag, but thanks to his morning laptime, Stanaway finished the first pre-season test on top. The next test session will take place on April 01-02-03 at Sakhir International Circuit.

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