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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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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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F1Weekly podcast # 660



Clark and Nasir try to contain themselves on the results of the Hungarian Grand Prix , we bring you Motorsports Mondial and, 50 words from the F1W forum and…Some results from my favorite series!

SPEEDY GONZALÓPEZ !

photo- José-María López achieved a clean sweep at his home meeting in Argentina, with two race wins and one pole position.
– Yvan Muller, Pechito’s fiercest rival for the World Championship, secured two podium spots, while Sébastien Loeb finished 4th and 6th.
– López’s maximum points haul puts him 60 points clear of Muller in the overall standings.

The sun was blazing at the Autodromo Termas de Río Hondo, and the atmosphere hotted up further still when young Matias Rossi and his Citroën emerged victorious in the Turismo Nacional race held as a curtain raiser to the FIA WTCC.

Shortly afterwards, José-María López lined up on pole position on the grid for race 1. When the red lights went out, he made the perfect start and hit the first corner in the lead, closely followed by Norbert Michelisz, who had got the better of Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb in the opening tussle. As the laps went by, the gaps widened, although Muller was constantly under threat from Loeb.

After thirteen laps completed at a pace worthy of a qualifying session, Pechito López delighted the 40,000 spectators by crossing the finish line as the winner! The two other Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs finished third and fourth, behind Michelisz.

A few minutes later, the cars lined up for race 2. With the top ten from qualifying starting in reverse order on the grid, this second race promised to be livelier than the first!

And true to form, there was turbulence in the pack from the off. Sébastien Loeb dropped back three places, having failed to execute his starting strategy properly, while Yvan Muller opted for a cautious approach amid the traffic. All this proved to be to the benefit of Pechito López, who fought his way through the field to end lap 1 in seventh place.

The three Citroën drivers then enthralled the crowd with an exhibition of overtaking manoeuvres. The prize for pugnacity must surely go to Yvan Muller, who spent nearly three whole laps locked in a shoulder-to-shoulder battle with Tom Chilton. Sébastien Loeb impressed too, moving past Norbert Michelisz, but the crowd’s favourite was, of course, José-María López, who passed Rob Huff to climb into the lead with five laps to go.

Pechito held that lead to the end, and, exhausted and emotional, was given a triumphant reception by his fans for his twin victories. He was joined on the podium by Yvan Muller, who once again finished third. Sébastien Loeb finished race 2 in sixth place.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “This weekend has been one of the most emotional in the history of Citroën Racing. He might not have shown it much, but Pechito was under enormous pressure; he was desperate to do well in front of his home crowd. He dug deep and became the first driver this year to record a perfect score. Yvan did everything he could to stay with him, but the gap in the World Championship standings is widening. That is not to say the rest of the season won’t be interesting, however, as there are new circuits for us to discover. This has been a great day to round off a week spent with Citroën Argentina, engaging in various marketing operations that used motorsport to further the brand’s commercial aims.” »

José-María López: “Some people may find it a bit too corporate to start by thanking everyone, but that’s just what I feel like doing right now. Without my family and without Citroën, I wouldn’t be here. I am proud to be part of Citroën Racing, and to have Yvan and Seb as teammates. My wealth of experience on this circuit helped me a lot, but I was worried about the starts, which remain a weakness for me. Thankfully, this time, everything went OK! Race 2 was really exciting. The car just got quicker and quicker and I managed to work my way up the field into first place. It’s been a perfect weekend, and there’s no place I’d rather have produced a performance like that.”

Yvan Muller: “You should never give up, but I have to acknowledge that José was quicker than me this weekend. Once I realised that, I had to limit the damage and try not to fall too far behind in the World Championship. The team did a brilliant job and I did my best to exploit the car’s full potential. I found race 2 quite fun, particularly my battle with Chilton!”

Sébastien Loeb: “Fourth and sixth isn’t a dream result, but I can take plenty of positives out of this weekend. I managed to work my way through the pack, with a more combative approach and some nice overtaking manoeuvres. All this is great experience for me, as I’m now focusing first and foremost on 2015. I’m nearly 100 points adrift of Pechito, so I consider myself out of the running for the title.”

RESULTS: RACE 1
1. José-María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
2. Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)
3. Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
4. Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
5. Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)
Fastest lap: José-María López (1’46’’456)

RESULTS: RACE 2
1. José-María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
2. Rob Huff (Lada Granta 1.6T)
3. Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
4. Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC)
5. Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)
6. Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
Fastest lap: José-María López (1’45’’926)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: DRIVER STANDINGS
1. José-María López: 310 points
2. Yvan Muller: 250 pts
3. Sébastien Loeb: 213 pts
4. Tiago Monteiro: 146 pts
5. Gabriele Tarquini: 121 pts

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: MANUFACTURER STANDINGS
1. Citroën Total: 686 points
2. Honda: 454 pts
3. Lada: 247 pts

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Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1

F1Weekly podcast # 659



This is a double podcast covering the British and German Grand Prix including Motorsports Mondial and, we have Tech Talk with Tim.

Our bonus this week on the F1Weekly front page is an interview with Pastor Maldonado recently confirmed for 2015 with the Lotus F1 Team.

Are you looking forward to Budapest?

The Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the best of the season. We are very close to Budapest and I like the city very much. There is a big community of fans at the race weekend and the people are very friendly. On track, it can be very challenging. The weather is usually very hot there and it is very demanding from a physical point of view. It is one of the races that I enjoy best because of these demands and I really like the challenge that it presents.

What are your thoughts on the Hungaroring? 

It is a very demanding circuit for drivers as it is often very hot and there are limited overtaking opportunities. It has quite a slow speed layout, so we’ll be able to see how much improvement we’ve made on this type of configuration. Qualifying is so important at this track because of the small number of overtaking opportunities, but I’ve qualified well there in the past so hopefully I can deliver a strong performance that will give the team a boost as we head into the summer break. I have won there in other categories so the track has good memories for me. The fans create a great atmosphere and it’s always good to race at a track where there is a strong feeling like this.

The team recently confirmed you for 2015? 

I joined Lotus F1 Team on a multi-year deal, but there is always talk and gossip in Formula 1 about drivers and teams. We both know we haven’t had the first season either of us wanted in terms of results so this was a clear statement that we’re both committed to working together and getting results in the future. From my perspective, I’m fully behind Lotus F1 Team and I know we’ll achieve great things together.

How would you assess your German Grand Prix?

Though we didn’t score any points it was a good race as we had a reliable car and our lap times weren’t bad relative to our opposition. Qualifying was frustrating, as we didn’t get all we wanted out of the car so it’s always difficult when you start so far back on the grid. We had the suspension changes to get used to, so it was good to run the race distance and get a lot of data to help us for the next races. It was quite an eventful race; I’m happy that we made it to the end without any incidents to report.

What are your plans for the summer break?

Some time with my family of course! They are very important to me so that’s why I spend as much time as I can with them, even over Grands Prix weekends. I think the summer break is more important for the team and all the crew who do so many long hours over the course of the season. For me as a driver, I get pretty well looked after and I don’t have to work late nights on the car. There’s a lot of travel in the second half of the year so we all need to be refreshed and ready to go.

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