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F1Weekly podcast # 708

CLARK AND NASIR ARE NOW BECOMING CYNICAL AND BITTER OVER THE BIZARRE RULES IN FORMULA ONE…AND WE GO OVER THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX RESULTS. WE ALSO HAVE AN INTERVIEW FROM SILVERSTONE WITH LANDO NORRIS

Norris started his racing career at the age of seven where he claimed pole position at his first national event and is still to this date the youngest driver to achieve pole position at a national meeting. In 2013, Norris won in the World Karting Championships held in Bahrain, the WSK Euro Series and the CIK FIA European and CIK FIA Supercup titles. The following year, Norris won the CIK-FIA KF World Championship thereby making him the youngest karting world championship winner.

In 2014, Norris made his debut in Ginetta Junior Championship where he finished third overall, winning the Rookie Cup in his first year racing cars. For 2015, Norris signed with Carlin Motorsport to drive in the newly established MSA Formula series. Norris would win the series with eight wins, ten pole positions and 14 podiums. He also made occasional appearances in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship and the Italian Formula 4 Championship with Mücke Motorsport where he enjoyed even more successes, picking up six podiums from eight starts in the former and a single podium in the latter.

For 2016, it was announced that Norris would be driving for M2 Competition in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. Norris achieved six wins throughout the season, including the New Zealand Grand Prix and won the championship on his first attempt. Norris will take part in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing as well as embark on a campaign in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin.

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F1Weekly podcast # 707

CLARK AND NASIR DISAGREE ON WHO WAS AT FAULT ON THAT LAST LAP TANGLE IN AUSTRIA, WE BRING PART 2 OF THE JOHN SURTEES INTERVIEW FROM HIS OFFICE IN THE U.K. AND THE REALLY BIG MIND BOGGLING NEWS…

FERRARI RESIGNS KIMI RAIKKONEN!

The 2007 world champion committed his future to Ferrari and ended the speculation surrounding his career. Raikkonen will go on his collaboration with Ferrari for the 2016 Formula 1 season. Many drivers have been linked with the position over past few months, such as Valteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. But the company decided to resign Raikkonen for next season who will again partner Sebastian Vettel. “What can I say. For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on. The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it’s here I want to end my career,” said Raikkonen.

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F1Weekly podcast # 706

CLARK AND NASIR CATCH UP ON THE LAST TWO GRAND PRIX OF CANADA AND BAKU, OF COURSE THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS MUST BE TALKED ABOUT BUT… THE MEAT AND POTATOES OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN SURTEES CBE PART 1.

John Surtees, CBE (born 11 February 1934) is a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He is a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion – winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He founded the Surtees Racing Organisation team that competed as a constructor in Formula One, Formula 2 and Formula 5000 from 1970 to 1978. He is also the ambassador of the Racing Steps Foundation.

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F1Weekly podcast # 705

NASIR AND THE HOST MULL OVER THE MONACO RESULTS, CLARK ALSO SUBMITS PENALTIES SHOULD BE GIVEN IF THE BIEBER IS ON THE GRID! A KILLER MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL, AN F1WEEKLY LISTENER IS INTERVIEWED AT AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ IN MEXICO CITY. AND HERE IS WILLIAMS CANADA GRAND PRIX PREVIEW…
CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE
ROUND 7 OF 21
Situated on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130mph over the course of a lap. The circuit combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their car to maximise straight line speed. This race is a firm favourite on the calendar due to its unrivalled atmosphere. Montreal becomes a party town during the race weekend and the locals create a fantastic atmosphere from the grandstands. The team has secured four wins in Canada to date, with the last coming in 1996 with Damon Hill at the wheel of the FW18.
For Montreal, Pirelli have made available the ultrasoft (for use in Q3), supersoft and soft compound tyres for dry-weather running. The intermediate and wet tyres are also available. Pirelli have allocated three sets of tyres to each driver, but each driver can now choose their remaining ten sets from the available compounds. In Canada, the team has chosen to allocate each driver with different sets of tyres. Felipe has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, three sets of supersoft tyres and three sets of soft tyres. Valtteri has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, four sets of supersoft tyres and two sets of soft tyres.
Pat Symonds 
Being a fast track with long straights, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve certainly favours the characteristics of the Williams car, as shown by our strong performances last year, so this should mark a return to form for the team. The circuit itself has very low-average speed corners, with one quick corner at turn five being easily flat and therefore not counting for much these days. Good top speed, stable braking with the track being hard on brakes, good change of direction for the multiple chicanes and adequate traction are key things required here. It’s also the second race in a row that we see the new ultrasoft tyre, but even with this we expect most cars to be on a one-stop strategy. We have a number of new aerodynamic and chassis parts to continue pushing our development of the FW38.
Felipe Massa
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track where you need to have good speed because you have that long straight. I would say in the last two years we’ve done really well in Canada. I think we’ve had a competitive car so I really hope we can repeat that performance again this year.  It’s a place I really enjoy going. It’s a really nice town where everyone goes completely crazy for Formula One. I think this is due to the history of Canadian drivers, like Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve. I hope we can have a competitive race there and maybe even fight for the podium.
Valtteri Bottas
Canada is one of my favourite races. The track is pretty fast and it’s really enjoyable to drive. We finished on the podium there last year so I have some very good memories. Montreal is such a nice city and such a nice place. As a big ice hockey fan, it’s a big ice hockey city as well. I’m really looking forward to going back there and seeing all the Canadian fans. Hopefully we can have a strong result.

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F1Weekly podcast # 704

CLARK AND NASIR CAN’T HOLD BACK THEIR EXCITEMENT OVER MAX VERSTAPPEN WINNING THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX WE BRING YOU ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND WE HAVE A NEW EDITION OF TECH TALK WITH TIM!

Here are some thoughts from the boys at Ferrari on Monaco…

Kimi and James Allison talk about Monaco

From its inception, way back in 1929 (it has featured on the F1 calendar since 1950) for fans of this discipline, the Monaco Grand Prix has always been the most glamorous event of the World Championship. This year, it’s the sixth round of the season. The track is truly unique and that results in a “different” kind of weekend to usual, as Kimi Raikkonen and Scuderia Ferrari’s Technical Director James Allison explain.
“The circuit in Monaco is different from all the others, it is a good challenge, but during the race, it depends: if you start at the front it is nice, but if you are down at the back it is very difficult to overtake” says Kimi, who on the other hand is quite unimpressed by the glamour of the night life: “Like during all the races, we have a lot of meetings and after that we go to sleep, although all the people obviously enjoy it”. Yet, Monaco gives drivers a unique opportunity to feel the closeness of the public on the grandstands: “When the race is finished, we go slowly back and obviously we can see people and flags, but there are so many people that it is hard to notice”.

 

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F1Weekly podcast # 703

THE HOST AND NASIR GO ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT MAX VERSTAPPEN AND HIS PROMOTION TO RED BULL, A BIG APOLOGY FOR THE AUDIO PROBLEMS ON THIS PROGRAM SO WE PROVIDE A BONUS INTERVIEW FROM THE PAST AT THE END OF THE SHOW AND…HERE’S SOME NEWS FROM THE GANG AT RENAULT SPORT.

THE RENAULT SPORT R.S. 01S ARE READY TO BATTLE AT IMOLA

Four weeks after kicking off its campaign at Motorland Aragón, the Renault Sport Trophy heads to a new circuit for round 2 of the 2016 season. The Renault Sport R.S. 01s will share the billing with the European Le Mans Series and Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari for a meeting that promises to be explosive.

Part of the Formula 1 calendar from 1980 to 2006, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is a counter-clockwise and very technical circuit that doesn’t allow for a moments respite with its chicanes and complex strings of corners. To get a handle on this challenge, the competitors will have three 55-minutes collective tests ahead of the weekend qualifying and races.

A four-way battle for the PRO leader spot

With just one race on the programme, the battle for the driver selection test organised by the official Super GT NISMO team promises to heat up. Lewis Williamson (Strakka Racing) comes into the weekend on point in the classification, but Kevin Korjus (R-ace GP), Markus Palttala (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) and Nicky Pastorelli (V8 Racing) will all try to wrestle the lead away from him.

Pieter Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur) will be looking to win in order to stay in contention, as will Roy Geerts (V8 Racing) and David Fumanelli (Oregon Team), who finished just off the podium in Spain. For their part, Raoul Owens (R-ace GP), Tanart Sathienthirakul (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) and Meindert van Buuren (V8 Racing) all want to get back in the hunt.

The weekend will however already be crucial for Bruno Bonifacio (Oregon Team), Anders Fjordbach (High Class Racing) and 2015 Prestige category champion, Dario Capitanio (Oregon Team), all of whom left Spain empty-handed. Englishman Josh Webster (V8 Racing), who has titles in both the Formula Renault BARC and in the British Porsche Carrera Cup, will debut in place of Jordan Grogor, who will be in action at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

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