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F1Weekly podcast # 688

Clark and Nasir talk about their summer vacations and some of the F1 drivers experiences during the summer break.This weekends Belgian Grand Prix is discussed and of course we bring you another wonderful Motorsports Mondial. F1W also want to congratulate the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team for winning this year’s XXII edition of the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini trophy

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team wins this year’s XXII edition of the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini trophy. The prize dedicated to the unforgettable Italian driver will be collected by Toto Wolff, Executive director of the Star team, in the medieval village of Brisighella on 30August. Moreover, Paddy Lowe, Technical manager of the group, will be honored with the Senate President medal.

As usual, many sportsmen and insiders emerging for their high quality and passion will be rewarded on this occasion.

That’s who will be awarded: Herman Rilke, the most eminent F1 circuit designer; National Cycling Ct Davide Cassani; illustrious Italian cameramen Franchino Scandinaro; former F1 Minardi’s designer, Gabriele Tredozi who is going to claim his prize driving a PS04 Minardi; Rai sport Journalist Sandro jacobini; journalist and director at Omnicose Franco Nunges; GP3 Aci Sport Team Italian driver Luca Ghiotto; RTL newscaster Florian Koing; driver and Sky sport columnist, Davide Valsecchi.

In such a charming setting and before such illustrious guests, Mercedes F1W05 Hybrid, 2014 World Champion sinle-seater, will be exhibited.

We remind to fans the Museum of F1 Champions’s Tracksuits and the attractive shows of classic cars: classic Mercedes and Fiat 500 ‘s parade.

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F1Weekly podcast #687

Clark and Nasir still giddy over the results of the Hungarian Grand Prix. We have the latest episode of Tech Talk with Tim! Another outstanding Motorsports Mondial with the man himself and of course 50 words from the F1W forum and…Here are the latest results from the F3 European Championship.

Jake Dennis stays in front after thrilling finale

Season race: 22 of 33
Track: Red Bull Ring
Winner: Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny and warm

In summerly temperatures at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, 20-year-old Brit Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) scored his fifth season win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam), by three years his senior, took the chequered flag in second place ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). With his 15th podium finish of the season, the 21-year-old Italian extended his margin in the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 14.5 points. Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing), who finished sixth in Styria, defended his second place in the championship standings.

On the first few metres, Jake Dennis, who started from second place on the grid, overtook Felix Rosenqvist, who was unable to benefit from the advantage of pole position. In the laps that followed until the finish, the Swede was partly closely behind the leading Brit, but initially found no way to attack his team-mate. Rosenqvist only mounted a challenge to Dennis on the final two laps, but his last-gasp attack didn’t bring the result he had hoped for. Instead, he had to be careful not to be overtaken by Antonio Giovinazzi in turn, but Rosenqvist managed to stay in front. Thus, the order remained unchanged until the finish with Dennis from Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi.

A quartet of rookie drivers followed from fourth to seventh place. Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) finished fourth as the best-placed rookie from George Russell (Carlin) and Charles Leclerc. On lap 13, the 17-year-old Monegasque overtook Alexander Albon (Signature) to claim sixth place and another eight points for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. Gustavo Menezes (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) and Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) completed the top ten in the 22nd race of the season.

Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam): “My start was really great, probably my best of the entire season. After that, I tried to pull a gap on Felix, but he was really quick. Just before the end, I made a mistake when my car had a lot of oversteer. After that, the handling was much more difficult, because I had hardly any grip left. That was the time when Felix was able to attack me and I had to use all the tricks in the book to keep him at bay. I was relieved to see the chequered flag soon after that and I am really happy with this success. After the rather poor second qualifying yesterday afternoon, I knew that this race would be my only chance of a victory.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam): “My start was good, but Jake’s was even better. Then, I waited for a chance to overtake him. Towards the halfway point, I dropped back a little bit to save my tyres. The last two laps were interesting. I almost had overtaken Jake, but we slightly tangled in this move. Then, Antonio bode his chance right behind me and I was happy that I managed to bring second place home.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “My start was good and I managed to overtake Lance Stroll on the first few metes. Too bad that I then failed to keep up with Jake and Felix and only was able to close up in the final stages. In the last few laps, I had the chance to attack Felix, but I also thought about the championship and didn’t take too many risks. Third place brings me a lot of points as well.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 686

Clark and Nasir talk about the passing of Jules Bianchi, we have Motorsports Mondial and, we are featuring our first Jules Bianchi interview which took place at Mugello in 2008.

In 2007, Bianchi left karting and raced in French Formula Renault 2.0 for SG Formula, where he finished as champion with five wins. He also competed in the Formula Renault Eurocup where he had one pole position and one fastest lap in three races.

In late 2007, Bianchi signed with ART Grand Prix to compete in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

In 2008 Bianchi won the Masters of Formula 3 at Zolder, and also finished third in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series season.

Bianchi continued in the F3 Euroseries in 2009, leading ART’s line-up along with rookie team-mates Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrien Tambay. With eight wins, Bianchi sealed the title with a round to spare, at Dijon-Prenois. He then added a ninth win at the final round at Hockenheim. He also drove in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series atMonaco, after SG Formula acquired the cars formerly run by Kurt Mollekens.

Bianchi drove for ART in the subsequent GP2 Asia season and the 2010 GP2 Series season. He competed in three of the four rounds of the GP2 Asia championship. In the main series, Bianchi took two pole positions and a number of points positions before he was injured in a first-lap crash at the Hungaroring. In the feature race, he spun into the path of the field exiting the first corner, and was struck head-on by Ho-Pin Tung, sustaining a fractured second lumbar vertebra in the process. Bianchi was fourth in the drivers’ championship at the time of his injury. Despite initial pessimistic assessments of the severity of his injury, he recovered to take part in the next round of the championship.

Bianchi remained with ART for 2011, and was partnered by 2010 GP3 Series champion Esteban Gutiérrez. He starred in the first two rounds of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series, holding off Romain Grosjean for victory in the feature race and gaining fourth in the sprint race, but he was later penalised. He finished runner-up to Grosjean in the drivers’ championship. In the main series, Bianchi finished third in the championship, behind Grosjean and Luca Filippi.

Bianchi opted to switch to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for 2012, following his one-off appearance in the category in 2009. He signed for the Tech 1 Racing team, and was partnered with Kevin Korjus, and later with Daniel Abt.

In August 2009, Bianchi was linked by the BBC and various other media sources to the second Ferrari Formula One seat occupied by Luca Badoer during Felipe Massa’s absence. Bianchi tested for Ferrari at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez for two of the three days, over 1–2 December 2009. The other drivers tested on 3 December included Daniel Zampieri, Marco Zipoli and Pablo Sánchez López as the top three finishers in the 2009 Italian Formula Three Championship. Bianchi’s performance in this test led to him becoming the first recruit of the Ferrari Driver Academy and signing up to a long-term deal to remain at the team’s disposal.

On 11 November 2010 he was confirmed by Ferrari as the team’s test and reserve driver for the 2011 season, replacing Luca Badoer, Giancarlo Fisichella and Marc Gené, as well as confirming he would test for the team during the young driver test in Abu Dhabi over 16–17 November. Bianchi carried on his GP2 Series racing, as Formula 1 allows test and reserve drivers to race in parallel in other competitions. On 13 September 2011, Bianchi tested for Ferrari at Fiorano, as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, with fellow academy member and Sauber F1 driver Sergio Pérez. Bianchi completed 70 laps and recorded a quickest lap time of 1:00.213. For the 2012 season, Ferrari loaned him to the Sahara Force India team, for whom he drove in nine Friday free practice sessions over the course of the year as the outfit’s test and reserve driver.

On 1 March 2013, Marussia announced that Bianchi was to replace Luiz Razia as a race driver after Razia’s contract was terminated, due to sponsorship issues. Bianchi qualified 19th for the Australian Grand Prix, out-qualifying team-mate Max Chilton by three-quarters of a second. Bianchi overtook Pastor Maldonado, and Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and he eventually finished 15th on his debut. He was 19th on the grid again in Malaysia, 0.3 seconds away from Q2. Bianchi fell behind the Caterhams at the start of the race, but moved up the order after the pit stops, eventually going on to finish 13th, ahead of his teammate, and both Caterhams. As of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Bianchi had beaten his teammate in all qualifying sessions and all races that both of them had finished. In the Japanese Grand Prix he and Charles Pic of Caterham were given ten-place grid penalties for receiving three reprimands over the season, and at the race, his race ended early after a collision with Giedo van der Garde.

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F1Weekly podcast # 685

Clark struggles to cope with another Mercedes 1-2 at Silverstone and Nasir tries to alleviate the pain with an outstanding Motorsports Mondial report which includes this weeks WTCC results…

LÓPEZ AND MA, THE TRUE KINGS OF REAL!

FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 - CIRCUITO DE VILA REAL - RACE OF PORTUGAL - WTCC-10/07/2015 A 12/07/2015 - PHOTO : @World <p– The European portion of the FIA WTCC season ended in triumph for the Citroën Total team, which scored two one-two finishes in the streets of Vila Real.

– In race one, José María López and Sébastien Loeb built on their qualifying form to take an uncontested one-two finish.

– Marked by a multitude of incidents, race 2 brought a smile to Ma Qing Hua. The Chinese driver won his second career race in the FIA WTCC ahead of Yvan Muller.

– The four Citroën drivers hold down the top four places in the World Championship: José María López (322 pts) ahead of Yvan Muller (267), Sébastien Loeb (230) and Ma Qing Hua (146).

Race one got underway just before lunch time, while the temperature began to rise in the streets of Vila Real. For José María López and Sébastien Loeb, the big unknown was the grip level of the starting grid, which isn’t part of the circuit’s racing line.

When the lights went out, Pechito managed to get the best launch ahead of Seb, and the two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs pulled away from the rest of the field. Third on the grid, Valente blew his start and squeezed Yvan Muller, who was trying to get by on the inside. Ma Qing Hua took advantage to overtake Van Lagen and Castburg and close up to Valente… who then made contact with the Chinese driver! Valente dropped out a few minutes later and Ma Qing Hua was up to sixth place behind López, Loeb, Michelisz, Tarquini and Monteiro. Yvan Muller followed in seventh place.

As the laps ticked down, the gap between the leading drivers rose steadily. While Ma Qing Hua narrowed his deficit to Tiago Montiero late in the race, the positions stood pat all the way to the chequers. In triumphing for the sixth time of the season, José María López also scored maximum points, while Sébastien Loeb secured yet another one-two finish for the Citroën Total team.

Following a long break, the cars were back on the starting grid late in the afternoon. This time, Ma Qing Hua and Yvan Muller shared row one. Thanks to two perfect starts, the team mates led the way, while contact eliminated Van Lagen and Monteiro. The safety car was called into action to allow marshals to clear away the damaged cars.

When the race resumed, Ma held on to the lead in front of Muller, Catsburg, Tarquini, Michelisz, Loeb and López. While the two leading Citroëns pulled away, the chase group was tightly bunched due to the absence of overtaking opportunities on the Vila Real circuit.

On lap 10, Catsburg made a mistake, allowing Michelisz then Loeb to close the distance. But the three cars made contact under braking and Seb’s race ended prematurely in the tyre barrier! The race continued without the nine-time World Rally Champion, who also lost valuable points along the way.

Two laps later, Catsburg had a big shunt. His car was stopped on the racing line and the marshals made the wise decision to bring out the red flag. This didn’t alter the joy of Ma Qing Hua, who scored his first win in the FIA WTCC since Moscow 2014. Second, Yvan Muller helped Citroën to score maximum points over the weekend. Championship leader José María López picked up valuable points with his fifth place result in race 2!

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Yves Matton Team Principal Citroën Racing: “We end this first long portion of the season with everything looking strong; 14 victories in 16 races, our four drivers leading the World Championship and a nice lead for Citroën in the manufacturers standings… We are delighted with the performance of Ma Qing Hua, who solidified this increase in performance with a win. Our four drivers have all won this season, and we can head to the Asian swing with confidence.”

José María López: “While it may have looked easy from the outside, stringing together 13 laps on this circuit is a proper challenge. It was a real mystery for the start; we didn’t know how the car would react on this piece of the circuit. In the end, everything went well and I was able to keep my advantage over Seb. I had good pace and managed to pull away rather quickly. Then, I had to cope with the heat and look after my Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. I could feel the car suffering on the bumps and curbs. I had to stay focused all the way to the end! I am very happy to have won on such a demanding circuit. Race 2 was chaotic, but I managed to avoid the incidents to move from 10th to 5th place. With a 55-point lead with four meetings remaining, I am in an ideal situation!”

Sébastien Loeb: “Pechito and I both got a good start in race 1. It was a bit intense at the first chicane, because we made the same the mistake in exiting a little wide. Then, I tried to stay close, but it was hard due to the slipstream that created a little more under-steer for me. The gaps grew because Pechito was a little quicker. For my part, I tried to maintain a sufficient gap to Michelisz. I got a good start in race 2, by avoiding the accident in front of me. Then, a pack of cars formed and I couldn’t try very much. In a corner, I saw that Catsburg was nearly completely stopped. He got going, but Michelisz was in the midst of passing him on the inside. I came up on them way to fast and I couldn’t brake to stay behind them. I was trail braking and then I was hit on the right-rear; the car began to slide and came to rest in the tyres… The result isn’t very good for the championship. I was faster than Yvan, but the pure performance wasn’t rewarded.”

Ma Qing Hua: “I want to especially thank my team of engineers and mechanics. In betting on the reverse grid in qualifying, the objective was clearly to win race 2. Everything strung together nicely, with a perfect start and very good race pace. I was focused on not creating a possibility for Yvan to catch up to me. Even though the race ended with the red flag, it was a huge moment when I realized I had won. And it was an even bigger moment when I heard the Chinese national anthem on the podium. I am proud for my country and for Citroën, and I think that this new victory will be beneficial in the development of motor racing in China. “

Yvan Muller: “After a difficult time in qualifying, I couldn’t have hoped for much better this weekend. I am all the same satisfied to be on the podium. Ma Qing Hua was very fast in the race and he totally deserves his win. I tried to attack to threaten him, but it was to no avail. Even though the World Championship situation isn’t going my way, I haven’t given up and I will attack the second half of the season with the firm intention to catch up to Pechito!”

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F1Weekly podcast # 684

Clark and Nasir share their British Grand Prix preview with all the listeners. This weeks Motorsports Mondial has a special bonus…Peter Brazier’s Formula E report from London. And our extra bonus… some thoughts from Nico Hulkenberg on this weekends Grand Prix.

Nico: “I’m really looking forward to Silverstone – the team’s home race. We go there with a lot of momentum following the strong performance in Austria where we really maximised everything. The circuit suited us, of course, but the field was really close and it was up to us to get a good result, which we did. Finishing sixth was probably the maximum we could get from the race and to come away with a good bunch of points was very satisfying. I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the upgraded VJM08 at Silverstone, which will give us the first impression of what we can expect in the second half of the season.
 
“Silverstone is one of the best races on the calendar. The fans are great and it’s hard to find an empty seat anywhere. The atmosphere is buzzing and that always gives me an extra boost. I usually go to the campsites to see the fans and it’s great to see everybody having such a good time. Because it’s our home race, I also get to spend more time at the factory with the team members who don’t usually go to races.
 
“As a circuit, Silverstone gives you a great feeling when you’re driving, especially in the fast corners: to get a good lap together on such a difficult track is an amazing feeling.”

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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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