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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 10, race 3, Imola (ITA)

F1Weekly podcast # 666



Clark talks about his deep depression over the fact that Fernando may not be on the grid next season, we have Motorsports Mondial with El Guru and an interview with young American driver Santino Ferrucci and here is some news on Max Verstappen from Hockenheim…

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.002 minutes) set the fastest time in first qualifying and thus claimed pole position for the 31st season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 17-year-old is one of the three candidates who are battling for second place in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. On his best lap of the 4.575 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he was 0.018 seconds faster than Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:32.020 minutes). Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32.076 minutes), who also still has chances of claiming second place in the drivers’ standings, follows in third place, 0.074 seconds down on pace-setter Verstappen.

Halfway through first qualifying, the battle for pole position became intense: Blomqvist had just claimed the top position from Verstappen and Auer was biding his time in third place. Soon after that, the 20-year-old Austrian moved up into the lead, but Blomqvist and Verstappen also continued to run fast. Six minutes later, the Dutchman succeeded in toppling Auer from the leading position while Blomqvist stayed in third place. This order remained unchanged until the end of qualifying, so that Verstappen secured himself pole position for the first race of the final weekend of the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32.341 minutes) and Jordan King (Carlin, 1:32.379 minutes) from Great Britain in fourth and fifth place also succeeded in keeping the already-crowned FIA Formula 3 European Champion, Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam, 1:32.414 minutes) at bay. Swede Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:32.485 minutes) ended up seventh from Indonesian Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32.535 minutes), Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3, 1:32.676 minutes) from Puerto Rico and US-American Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.760 minutes) rounded out the top ten.

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “Qualifying went well. It was pretty close between the three of us in front, but my lap time wasn’t so bad and, of course, I am delighted with my pole position. The track is very demanding for the tyres, so you don’t have many laps to set a fast time. For me, it worked out quite well today.”

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 10, race 3, Imola (ITA)

F1Weekly podcast # 665



Clark and Nasir share their thoughts on F1W family member Jules Bianchi. We have Tech Talk with Tim and special interview with up and coming race car driver Jehan Daruvala.  We also have some updates on Max Verstappen.

Verstappen wins, Ocon is the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European 

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) claimed his ninth victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in an action-packed 30th race of the season. At the 4.909 kilometres long Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the 17-year-old Dutchman won from Italian Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) and Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam). For 18-year-old Frenchman Ocon, who is backed by the Lotus Formula 1 team, third place was enough to win an early title in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. As a reward, he will do a test with a Ferrari Formula 1 car at the Fiorano circuit on October 29.

Antonio Fuoco already took the lead from Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon before the first corner. With a very good start, he thus managed to move up from third on the grid to first place. Later on the opening lap, Edward Jones (Carlin) ploughed through the gravel trap and hit Antonio Giovinazzi’s (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) car as he swerved back onto the track. The Italian spun and retired and so did Jones. The race director sent the safety car out after the incident.

Only a few laps later, an off-track excursion by Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) prompted the second safety car intervention. At the restart on lap nine, Verstappen overtook race leader Fuoco and claimed back first place. On lap eleven, the safety car was deployed again after Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) had collided with Jordan King (Carlin) and couldn’t avoid an impact into the barriers.

Max Verstappen also held on to his first place after the third restart of the race. He then safely brought this position home after the remaining laps and celebrated his first win of the weekend. Antonio Fuoco took the flag in second place and his many fans hailed him as the best-placed Italian in the race. Esteban Ocon was buoyant as well as his third place was enough to wrap up the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title early. Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) finished fourth in the final race of the Imola round, followed by Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and William Buller (Signature). Thus, Buller scored not only his first points of the season, but also the first points for the Signature team that contested its first race weekend of the 2014 season at Imola. Jake Dennis (Carlin), Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten.

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “I lost a position after the start, but I knew that my car was fast and that the race was long. Therefore, I kept cool and I waited for an opportunity. My car was already fast on the two days of testing and that was the case today as well.”

Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam): “I am happy with second place and I am not disappointed for having missed out on victory. It was clear to me that Max was quicker and that I wouldn’t have had a chance against him. I wasn’t happy with my first two races, but now, I am glad by my podium finish in my home round. I would like to dedicate this second place to my friend Jules Bianchi.”

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I am really happy that I am the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion. It is unbelievable, I simply don’t know what to say. I will celebrate the title in style with my team tonight. My race wasn’t too bad. I didn’t want to take too many risks in the first corner and I slotted into third place. Later on, I simply followed my team-mate Antonio, who was in second place. I knew that third place would be enough for me, too.”

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Suzuka-circuit-2_2837482

F1Weekly podcast # 664



Clark and Nasir Hameed delve into Lewis Hamilton’s win in singapore, we predict Fernando Alonso’s departure at the Suderia and here is a Japanese Grand Prix preview from Felipe Massa and Valtteri Botas.

Felipe Massa
Japan is one of the best circuits on the calendar. The first sector is amazing and the elevation changes really add to the excitement of the track. We have good momentum at the moment and our car will hopefully be better than in Singapore. The Japanese fans are some of the most passionate fans. On a Thursday in the rain the stands are still full. I also love Japan and look forward to seeing more of the country.
Valtteri Bottas
Suzuka is my favourite circuit on the calendar. The high speed corners make it a very special track to drive and a lot of fun. For a driver it’s quite a challenge with no room for a mistake, but it’s fast which just makes it even better to drive. You need good downforce and stability which could bring the field closer together. One thing all drivers say about Japan is just how amazing the fans are, and I am looking forward to seeing them again and hope they enjoy the race.

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2012 Italian Grand Prix - Saturday

F1Weekly podcast # 663



Clark & Nasir share a pasta dish whilst discussing the Italian Grand Prix.

DRS to be introduced on GP2 cars in 2015
GP2 Series organisers have announced today that a DRS device will be introduced in the Series next season. CEO Bruno Michel talks about the decision.
Why has GP2 Series decided to introduce DRS next season?
We’ve always said that GP2 was able to produce some amazing races without the addition of DRS or any other devices, and once again the 2014 season has proved that with some close racing and exciting on-track battles. However, we also have to make sure that we keep in line with our mission statement: preparing the drivers for the next step, Formula One. Since the inception of the Series, we designed a car for a three-year cycle, but for the first time this year, we decided instead to keep the third generation car for six seasons, in order to cut the costs and support our teams. Therefore, the next generation car will be introduced in 2017 and our current chassis is already four years old. But, it is important to keep adding modifications – at a reasonable cost – that will slightly tweak the technical features of our car. Formula One is constantly evolving. It is impossible for GP2 to remain with the same car over a long period of time when its philosophy is to prepare the drivers for F1. Bearing this in mind, we thought that DRS was the best technical development to introduce and we discussed it with the teams over a year ago. They were all in favour of it as they felt it would make GP2 even more attractive to the drivers, but only if it was an identical system to the one used in F1. Finally, it is well known that some of the circuits on the calendar are renowned to be difficult in terms of overtaking opportunities – even for GP2. DRS will be an added value on those tracks.
What will the DRS device be like on the GP2 car?
It is imperative that the device we introduce is exactly the same DRS as the one used in Formula One. As I said before, we decided to add it to our cars in order to prepare the drivers for the next step. As such, it will not be a push-to-pass button or a way to be quicker on a lap. Our DRS will be the exact copy of the one used in F1, with the same DRS zones since we’re racing on the same tracks. The drivers will be able to activate it within one second of the car in front at the DRS detection point, with the same level of safety, and with the same suppliers. It will have a hydraulic activation to ensure there’s a very fast movement of the flap with a capacity to open at high speed.
How is that going to affect the budget for the teams?
When we discussed this with the teams over a year ago, they told us that the drivers who they are in contact with were eager to see DRS on the GP2 cars. So we evaluated the feasibility of it, and we could have introduced it last year, but we decided not to for economic reasons. We took the time to investigate ways to introduce it for a minimal cost, as our goal remains to keep on supporting our teams. The cost-cutting plan put in place this year will continue for next season in order to make sure that the introduction of DRS will not affect the teams.
The DRS will be tested on GP2 Series development car for the first time in late October in Europe and then again in December in the Middle East. The teams will receive the kit in January.

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F1Weekly podcast # 662


SPECIAL INTERVIEW PODCAST WITH F1W PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN OPERATIONS AND 2014 EUROPEAN  KARTING CHAMPION ENAAM AHMED.

 ENAAM AHMED

 2014 EUROPEAN  KARTING CHAMPION

Enaam

WINNING WITH STYLE & SPEED

A sunny day in Grantham, England, poured more sunshine into the rapid and rising career of 14-year old Enaam Ahmed. In the fourth and final round of the ultra-competitive CIK-FIA European Junior Karting Championship, held at the PF1 circuit, the London lad took control of his championship destiny by winning the pre-final race in Ricky Flynn Motorsport prepared FA (as in Fernando Alonso) kart.

Leading from La Conca

Ahmed signaled his intention for championship glory from the start of the season in May at La Conca karting circuit in Italy. After stepping on the third step of the podium in pre-final, he stormed to victory in the final event of the weekend over two young American drivers who would stay in the championship hunt throughout the season; Logan Sargeant, the Boca Raton racer was second, and Devlin Defrancesco, also from Florida, was third.

Victory gave Ahmed lead in the championship. The elated but exhausted young driver said after the race, “It was a really tough race. It was long and tiring, physically as well as mentally. The heat did not help. My opponents were very close, there was no relief. I was as happy as was exhausted.”

Mick Jr, son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, was placed seventh in the final race at La Conca.

The second round of the championship trail took the young guns to Zuera in June, the longest track of the season in the Aragon region of Spain. Ahmed kept the championship charge in top gear by taking third place in the final race after an amazing recovery and improving 15 positions. Second was fellow Brit Daniel Ticktum, Swede Anton Haga was the winner.

Kristianstad in Sweden hosted the penultimate round of championship in July. It was the only event where Ahmed did not make a podium appearance, but importantly for his championship hopes, he still finished ahead of his American challengers. The race winner was Italian Lorenzo Travisanutto, Dutch kid Bard Verkroost was second with Mick Jr third.

The focus now was on the final event of the 2014 CIK-FIA European Karting Championship (Junior) at the English PF1 circuit on August 31. Going into the final round Ahmed led the standings with 53 points. Ticktum was second on 48 points. Defrancesco third with 46 points. Mick Jr was fourth on 43 points.

With intense pressure bearing down on him from several contenders, Ahmed was in a winning class of his own throughout the weekend. Early Sunday morning he won the Warm-up Pre final after setting the fastest lap of the race.

In the Pre final he started seventh for the 11-lap race and was in second after only three laps. He relentlessly pursued race leader, German pole sitter David Beckmann, and grabbed the lead on lap 9.

The grand finale was a 19-lap event with Ahmed on pole position, and sharing the front row with him was Beckmann. Mick Jr, hoping to carry on the family tradition of championship success, qualified on the second row in fourth.

Ahmed led the first five laps before Beckmann took the lead and the same lap saw his fellow German, Mick Jr, also pass Ahmed for second. On lap 9 Ahmed sailed past Mick Jr and the next lap he moved past Beckmann for the race lead.

On lap 14 Russian racer Alexander Vartanyan took the second spot from Beckmann and mounted a challenge for the lead. He closed the gap to Ahmed on the penultimate lap to .2s but Ahmed was not going to be denied his race and championship victory on home turf. His teammate Max Fewtrell also joined him on the podium after passing Beckmann on lap 16. On the final lap Beckmann was pushed back to fifth place by American Juan Correa.

Earlier in the year Ahmed also aced the WSK Super Master Series in the Junior category.

F1 Weekly will feature on our next podcast an interview with Enaam Ahmed, recorded last month at Oschersleben karting circuit where he was competing – and extended his lead – in the German Championship.

– Nasir Hameed

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Nico Rosberg  bahrain

F1Weekly podcast # 661


Clark and Nasir are all over the Belgian Grand Prix, we have Motorsports Mondial with the King, Tech Talk with Tim and special interviews with Jos and Max Verstappen

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS TEAM STATEMENT:

Toto Wolff, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton met today in the boardroom of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS headquarters in Brackley to discuss the events of the Belgian Grand Prix.During this meeting, Nico acknowledged his responsibility for the contact that occurred on lap two of the Belgian Grand Prix and apologised for this error of judgement.

Suitable disciplinary measures have been taken for the incident.

Mercedes-Benz remains committed to hard, fair racing because this is the right way to win world championships. It is good for the team, for the fans and for Formula One.

Lewis and Nico understand and accept the team’s number one rule: there must be no contact between the team’s cars on track.

It has been made clear that another such incident will not be tolerated. But Nico and Lewis are our drivers and we believe in them.

They remain free to race for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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