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F1Weekly podcast # 683

Clark and Nasir suffer through another Mercedes win in Austria we have Motorsports Mondial with the King of K-town and 50 words from the F1W familia and…Our friends at Citroen continue to dominate the WTCC

CITROËN TRIUMPHS ON HOME TURF

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– As well as proving a great success with the public, the French round of the FIA WTCC at the Paul Ricard Circuit has ended in glory for Citroën!

– In Race 1, Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller, José María López and Ma Qing Hua claimed the top four places for the Citroën Total team.

– In Race 2, Pechito López produced a spectacular performance to work his way up the field and return to winning ways. He was joined on the podium by Ma Qing Hua, who finished third.

– The results mean José María López once again has a little breathing space at the top of the World Championship, with Citroën also extending its advantage in the Manufacturer standings.

Summer has well and truly arrived in Provence, and the sun was shining for the crowds who came along to witness the FIA WTCC races at the Paul Ricard Circuit. The Race 1 starting grid augured well for the Citroën clan, with Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller, José María López and Ma Qing Hua occupying the first two rows.

Starting from pole, Sébastien Loeb kept his advantage when the lights went out. José María López tried to get into his slipstream, but Yvan Muller closed the door. So Loeb came out of the first bend in front, with Muller, López and Ma in pursuit.

Keen to put himself out of his teammates’ reach, Sébastien Loeb quickly opened up a lead of a few lengths. Behind him, there was a fierce battle raging between Muller and López. Ma was monitoring the situation closely, on the lookout for the slightest opportunity. Despite a few valiant efforts from Pechito, the four-time World Champion held on to second spot until the chequered flag, and the official Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs thus picked up the first four places in exactly the same order as in qualifying.

As always, Race 2 promised to be a much livelier affair! Starting from pole position after clocking the tenth-fastest time in qualifying, Mehdi Bennani pulled off a fraction too early, giving the Moroccan driver a handsome but illusory lead over Michelisz, Monteiro, López, Ma and Loeb! The three Citroën drivers had succeeded in working their way through the pack, but Yvan Muller was not able to emulate them, finishing lap 1 in tenth position.

Mehdi Bennani was then duly handed a drive-through for his false start, which resulted in all the other drivers moving up one place. There were a number of tussles going on, with Monteiro and López fighting over second spot, Ma and Loeb locking horns for fourth, and Valente and Muller battling it out for ninth!

On lap 4, Sébastien Loeb ran into one of the tyre stacks on the outside of a corner, causing serious damage to the front of his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC which forced him to withdraw from the race.

Three laps later, López tried to sneak past Tiago Monteiro at the end of the straight. Taking an outside line on the first bend, Pechito was hit by his rival, who was sent into a spin! Ma Qing Hua took advantage to slip into second place.

The incident only made José María López more determined. He snatched second place back from Ma Qing Hua on lap 11, before taking the lead with three laps to go. Pechito thus scored his fifth race win of the season, while Ma Qing Hua made his first podium appearance since Marrakech. Yvan Muller ended up fourth after an impressive recovery which saw him get the better of Valente and Van Lagen.

José María López now has a 39-point lead over Yvan Muller in the World Championship, while Sébastien Loeb is now 74 points in arrears. The battle for fourth place couldn’t be tighter, with Monteiro on 114 points, Ma on 113, Michelisz on 112 and Tarquini on 110! Citroën is now 193 points clear at the top of the Manufacturers World Championship.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “After picking up the top four places in qualifying, our drivers finished the job by repeating the feat in Race 1. It’s very satisfying to see Seb win in front of his home crowd, particularly as this was his first win in a race that, more than anything, rewards pure performance. In Race 2, Pechito went out there like a man possessed in search of a win. After two meetings without a victory, he was determined to get back on the top step of the podium! I must also pay tribute to the consistency of Ma Qing Hua, who produced one of his most solid weekends since he joined our team. Yvan would have done better had it not been for two average starts. Our drivers are at such a similar standard that the slightest error can have a huge influence on the outcome. It has been a great weekend for Citroën Racing, for the FIA WTCC and for French motorsport!”

Sébastien Loeb: “First of all, I was really pleased to be starting from pole position for the first time in the FIA WTCC. I didn’t get a great start. I didn’t handle the clutch well and I found myself battling to hold on to my position in the first lap. After pulling a few lengths clear thanks to the scrap between Yvan and Pechito, I was able to drive with greater peace of mind, keeping to my racing line. “I got a good start in Race 2 and found myself on the tail of Ma Qing Ha. I made a stupid mistake on Turn 4 and hit the tyre stack on the outside. There was just too much damage and I had to give up. Despite notching up my third win of the season, it’s not been a positive meeting for me overall, as I’ve fallen further behind in the Championship.”

José María López: “I didn’t think I would be able to win on a circuit where it is so difficult to overtake! I took the wrong option at the start of Race 2, and the gap I wanted to move into closed up. But I reacted well and I didn’t lose any places. After passing Ma Qing Hua, I went after Tiago. He ran into me and I don’t feel any responsibility for him spinning off. Qing Hua took advantage to move past us, but I managed to come back at him, despite the car pulling to the left slightly. I moved back into second, got into a good rhythm, and went after Norbert Michelisz. He was very sporting and didn’t try and resist for the sake of it. It’s incredible to have won here. I’m delighted.”

Yvan Muller: “Race 1 was decided on the first lap. As I couldn’t find a way past Seb, I concentrated on holding on to my second place until the finish. I didn’t get off to the best start in Race 2. I managed to come back, but it was too late to do any better than fourth. This weekend hasn’t been quite so good as the previous two, but that’s racing!”

Ma Qing Hua: “It’s really satisfying to be back on the podium. I want to thank the team, who gave 100% to make it happen! Finishing fourth in the first race behind three World Champions was a gratifying result. I couldn’t have hoped for better, as it’s almost impossible to overtake someone in the same car as you here. I took a risk at the start of Race 2 by trying to sneak past on the outside on the first bend, but it paid off. After that, Pechito was just terrific. I didn’t think he would overtake me so quickly! It’s been a good weekend for me. I hope I can maintain this standard over the next few meetings.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 682

The Host and Nasir give their Austrian Grand Prix preview.

GP2 Rapax driver quickest in opening session at Spielberg
Russian ace Sergey Sirotkin has had the perfect start to his Austrian weekend by setting up the fastest laptime of today’s free practice session in a blazing 1:14.880, three tenths clear of Mitch Evans. Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top three.
The session opened under grey skies and in cool conditions with the drivers feeding onto the Red Bull Ring track on Medium Pirelli tyres. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace ahead of Pierre Gasly, until Vandoorne claimed the top spot lapping the Austrian track three tenths quicker than the Russian.
Fifteen minutes into the session, Sirotkin was the first man to dip under 1m16s, but Evans also improved and went top. As the grip levels bettered, Sirotkin was able to find some extra pace and clocked in a laptime of 1:14.880 which was enough for him to sit pretty at the top of the standings until the end of the session.
The proceedings were briefly halted with eleven minutes left on the clock after Gasly stopped his car on track at Turn 7 on mechanical gremlins. At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Alexander Rossi, Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello, Gasly, Rio Haryanto, Arthur Pic and Nick Yelloly rounded up the top ten and will be looking for more in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

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F1Weekly podcast # 681

Clark and Nasir cover the Canadian Grand Prix we have another fantastic Motorsports Mondial and here is Pastor Maldonado’s take on the Austrian Grand Prix.

Pastor Maldonado finally opened his 2015 championship points account at the Canadian Grand Prix and is looking to build on his Montréal seventh-place with a strong drive at the Red Bull Ring.

Do you like the Red Bull Ring?

It is an interesting circuit and one I enjoyed visiting last year, even if it was a weekend where we didn’t have the best of results. I think we have much better potential this year with the car and we’ve been looking quite strong recently. It’s great to be able to visit a different type of location for a Grand Prix and the event was really impressive last year; I’m looking forward to returning.

How does it feel to finally open your points account for 2015?

Of course it’s good and there’s a lot of potential yet to come. There are twelve races left in the season so still a lot of opportunity to do well. It’s been frustrating waiting for a points finishing race to come, but now it’s happened it’s like the monkey is off my back and we can push forward for a good season. Certainly, it was a positive weekend for the team in Canada and there’s still lots of potential in the season ahead

How was the Canadian Grand Prix for you in the car?

It was quite an uneventful one and one where I had to do a reasonable amount of managing behind the wheel especially as we went so long on one set of tyres. We weren’t sure how we would be with the tyre degradation, but actually the car felt fine. Of course, I couldn’t push flat out as we wanted to keep to a one-stop strategy as that offered the best opportunity for a good result, but everything worked as we wanted it to. It was good to have an uneventful race and finish in the points.

What was the team’s reaction to you getting those points on the board?

There was a fantastic reaction from everyone in the team and it was great to be part of the team at that moment when I walked back to the garage seeing how everyone was happy for me. Everyone has worked so hard this year and last year too, so it’s really great when you finish a race in the points. This is what we want to do at every Grand Prix and what we want in Austria next

Do you feel that yourself and the E23 Hybrid are a good combination this season?

I think we are a good combination. We do have a good car this year and it’s one which we seem to be able to get working well at different tracks. We know it’s not the fastest car as the Mercedes performs exceptionally well, but it’s one which we can push hard and put up a fight. The other positive is that we seem to be getting on top of all the small reliability issues we had earlier in the year so there’s potential for us to score good points in the races ahead.

What will you be focusing on in Austria?

Just like any Grand Prix we’ll be looking to get the maximum from the car. You need good power in Austria especially with the decent hill there. There are a couple of straights and we’ve been looking good through the speed traps so hopefully we’ll keep that pace. If we can qualify well we should have a great race.

 

Do you know how to yodel?

This is not something which comes up in our simulation programme but I’m happy to give it a go! Last year’s race in Austria was a great event and left me wanting to see more of the area so why not try some of the local customs!

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F1Weekly podcast # 680

Clark and Nasir go over the endless possible scenarios for the Grand de Canada of course another great Motorsports Mondial and this weeks interview is with young up and coming driver Lando Norris.

F1W presents Kimi Räikkönen’s Montreal Preview:

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F1Weekly podcast # 679

Clark and Nasir admit Lewis Hamilton got the Shaft at the Grand Prix de Monaco…We have another great Motorsports Mondial from the Guru and here are some words from LCH…

Lewis Hamilton: I can’t really express how I feel, so I won’t really attempt to. You rely on the team and I saw a screen and it looked like the team was out.

I thought the guys behind were pitting so when the team said stay out, I said these tires would drop in temps. I was concerned they were on options, so with that thinking, I came in with the full confidence that the others had done the same.

That, unfortunately, is how you lose a race in one pit stop. He came in just a bit too early, allowing Rosberg and Vettel to stay ahead of him until the end of the race.

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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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