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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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F1Weekly podcast # 702

CLARK AND NASIR HAVE SOME PEKING DUCK WHILST DISCUSSING LE GRAND PRIX DE CHINE RESULTS, ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND OF COURSE FIFTY WORDS FROM THE F1W FORUM. WE ALSO WANT TO SHARE SOME GOOD NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT RENAULT…

Russian race driver Sergey Sirotkin, 20, has joined Renault Sport Formula One Team as a Test Driver with a long term development plan, including running in FP1 at this week’s Russian Grand Prix.

Sergey will use Kevin Magnussen’s R.S.16 car for the 90 minute practice session on Friday morning

Renault has been an active supporter of Russian motorsport for many years and boasts a long history of participation in various sporting events. For eight consecutive years, Renault has been an official partner of the annual Za Rulem Celebrity Race. This long-standing partnership between Renault and Za rulem magazine is part of the company strategy to popularize and promote motorsports in Russia and beyond. Last year, a new sports version of Renault Logan was the official race car and in previous years Renault has brought many eminent stars of global motorsports to the event, including Alain Prost, Jérôme D’Ambrosio, David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Furthermore, Moscow has hosted World Series by Renault rounds on three separate occasions. The series became very popular amongst Russian fans of motorsport, thanks in part to invited drivers such as Daniil Kvyat.

Frédéric Vasseur, Racing Director Renault Sport Racing:
Sergey is one of the most promising drivers from the junior categories so it is great for us that he is joining Renault Sport. We saw that he was the most promising rookie in the GP2 Series last season, where he achieved a race win and podiums, and for 2016 he is very well placed to fight for the title. He has driven the Sochi Autodrom in a GP2 Series car previously so we have confidence in the job he will be able to do for us this weekend. For Renault Russia it is a good opportunity to harness the growing popularity of Russian motorsports, starting this weekend with the Russian Grand Prix and looking forward to the Moscow ePrix, which will be held again near the walls of the Kremlin on 4 June.’

Sergey Sirotkin:
‘This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together so quickly. I still can’t quite believe it. This is, however, the moment that all young racing drivers are working towards, and I am determined to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, doing the best possible job for the team while driving in Free Practice 1. Renault Sport, which I would like to thank, has shown many times that it is the best place for a driver to start his Formula One career, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity. My commitment to challenge for the GP2 Series title will be enhanced by such a great chance and I would like to thank SMP Racing for the great support given to my career, commencing in Sochi, in front of my compatriots.’

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F1Weekly podcast # 701

CLARK AND NASIR GO OVER THE RESULTS OF THE GRAND PRIX IN BAHRAIN, WE HAVE A TERRIFIC MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND 50 WORDS FROM THE F1W FORUM.

Here is some news from our friends at Renault Sport…Renault Sport expands Asian presence!

Groupe Renault today confirmed its plans to stimulate the development of the burgeoning Chinese motorsport scene. Renault Sport and Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company announced upcoming Chinese karter Sun Yue Yang will join the Renault Sport Academy. In parallel, a new scholarship was announced for Chinese drivers competing in Asian Formula Renault.

Sun Yue Yang to join Renault Sport Academy

Yue Yang will join the prestigious Renault Sport Academy, which aims to identify hot young talent at global level and prepare them for the multi-faceted challenges of top-level motorsport.

Fifteen-year-old Yue Yang, who hails from Shanghai, is the first Chinese driver to finish on the podium in the competitive World Series Karting Champions Cup. Currently fifth in the hard-fought series, he also races in the WSK Super Master Series across Europe and was the first Chinese driver to win a round of the German Karting Championship, the DKM. He started karting in 2014, winning seven heats in 2015 and becoming the first Chinese driver to finish in the top 30 drivers.

Alongside current Academy members Jack Aitken, Louis Delétraz, Kevin Jörg and Oliver Rowland, Yue Yang will be given expert guidance on the best career path to reach F1. Signed on a multi-year development deal, Yue Yang will follow a long-term plan that will see him hone his racecraft in karts before making his single-seater debut at the end of the year. In subsequent seasons, he will be given set objectives and continuously evaluated on his increasing technical knowledge and fitness with the target of reaching F1.

The Renault Sport Academy was rejuvenated this year but Renault has long supported young drivers. The first Formula Renault series took place in 1971 and many eminent drivers cut their teeth in the formula, including Jacques Laffite and Jean Ragnotti. Subsequently, Renault offered the winner of the Elf-Winfield Racing school a full year of Formula Renault, with Alain Prost winning the series in 1976. Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have also been through the ranks of Formula Renault to win multiple Formula 1 titles, while the likes of Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Loic Duval have graduated from the Renault Development programme to become race winners.

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director of Renault Sport Racing, commented: ‘The Renault Sport Academy is a highly beneficial tool for young drivers. Firstly, we thoroughly evaluate them to give the right steer through the vast motorsport landscape. Then, they are exposed to the pinnacle of technology through the F1 team and what is required to get there. In short, we aim to turn each Academy driver into an elite athlete, capable of performing to his or her absolute best.

‘The Academy is also a tool for the Renault markets to better engage with motorsport within their own regions. We are pleased and proud to give Renault China the opportunity through the Academy to bring Yue Yang through the ranks. Yue Yang has shown strong potential in WSK to, with the right preparation, work his way to Formula 1. The opportunities for both Yue Yang and Renault China to benefit from this partnership are huge.’

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F1Weekly podcast # 700

CLARK AND NASIR BRING YOU OUR SEVEN HUNDREDTH ATTEMPT AT DOING A MOTORSPORTS PODCAST, WE HAVE ANOTHER EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE! AND AN INTERVIEW WITH TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL USF2000 RACE CAR DRIVER AYLA AGREN.

Ayla has been driving since she was 7 years old. She started driving go-karts and has competed in the World, European, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Championships. In addition, she also competed in the European leading karting series called WSK. 2012 was her first season in Open Wheel racing, where she competed in the Skip Barber summer series, bringing home 4 podiums.

Just from looking at her, you may think that Ayla Agren is no different from your typical 21 year old girl. But behind the blonde hair and blue eyes lies a burning desire to be the best, no matter what it takes. No ordinary teenage girl would leave the comfort of home to go over 5,000 miles away and pursue the sport of professional auto racing, unless there was a true desire, and talent, to make it to the top.

In addition to her talent on track, Ayla is also a full time student and will commence her last year of University this spring. She also works with several organizations in Norway to educate youth on defensive driving.

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F1Weekly podcast # 699

CLARK AND NASIR HAVE MARCH MADNESS MEANING…FORMULA 1 TESTING IS HERE!!! OF COURSE WE HAVE MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND ANOTHER GREAT INTERVIEW THIS TIME WITH HARRY TINCKNELL…

Harry Tincknell is an official “factory” Nissan NISMO LM P1 FIA WEC race & development driver. In 2015, the young Briton made his LM P1 debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours and finished third in the five-race European Le Mans Series competing for JOTA Sport for a second consecutive year. Harry is one of the most exciting racing talents to come out of the UK in recent years.

Ambitious, fresh and undeniably talented, he is a mature, confident sportsman, extremely passionate about his driving career. Articulate and media-astute, Harry values his own ‘brand’ just as much as that of his sponsors and partners. He also not only produces results on track, but is at ease in front of the camera, delivering brand messages through interviews, product placement and other activities.

Harry Tincknell is a dedicated racer, training to a strict fitness programme, and playing sport to remain mentally sharp and physically alert. Harry also understands the complexities of modern racing and racecar engineering, in order to work successfully as part of a team and relay feedback productively to his engineers.

For a driver so young and with such a career ahead of him, Harry has an exceptional level of experience and knowledge. He is eloquent, expressive and as comfortable delivering off-track as he is behind the wheel.

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