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Sergio Perez

F1Weekly podcast # 653


Sergio Perez

Clark and Nasir try to remain calm whilst discussing the Bahrain Grand Prix! We have another fantastic Motorsports Mondial and here are some thoughts from Sergio Perez heading into the Chinese Grand Prix…Sergio Perez hopes for another competitive weekend in China.

Sergio, it has been a week since your podium in Bahrain, sum up your feelings…
“To get the podium in Bahrain was great. My last podium was a long time ago so to fight at the front again feels good. We knew we were quick and I made sure I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It’s a great result for this team and a big boost of confidence for me.”
 
You spent most of the race fighting hard with your teammate and then the Red Bulls in the closing stages…
“It was a really tough race and there was never a moment to relax. It was a big battle with Nico, but I enjoyed it. The end of the race was hard and the safety car really hurt our two-stop strategy. The Red Bulls had the tyre advantage and I was close to losing the podium so I had to push hard to keep up the pace. I think it was a good race for the sport with lots of entertainment.”
 
Does the podium change your expectations for the upcoming races?
“The target is to move on, keep improving and target more podiums. Bahrain was the first real opportunity I had to develop the car through the weekend without any issues so it felt like my season really started there. Now we need to think about how we can do better in China. At the same time we must not get carried away because we know how competitive Formula One is and how things can change very quickly.”

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Lewis Hamilton Bahrain FP1

F1Weekly podcast # 652


 Lewis Hamilton Bahrain FP1

Clark and Nasir cover the Malaysian Grand Prix , we have Motorsports Mondial with the King! And here are the results of Friday practice in Bahrain-

The first practice sessions for the third race of the 2014 season took place today at the Bahrain International Circuit.

- With P1 in the mid-afternoon, P2 at 6pm was the first ever Formula One session to be held under floodlights in Bahrain
- Most of today’s running took place in P2 where conditions were more representative of those for qualifying and the race
- Lewis and Nico topped the timesheets today, setting their fastest laps on the medium tyre in P1 and the soft tyre in P2
- Nico received a reprimand in the aftermath of the second session for impeding Sergio Pérez

Lewis Hamilton

It’s been a pretty decent day for us. The car felt good from the outset which allowed us to spend time getting to grips with the tyres. The softs in particular seem to be working well and we saw a fair difference in lap time between them and the mediums. The focus today was on the second session as the timing and conditions reflects that of the rest of the weekend and the difference in temperature between the sessions was quite large. The key was to not react too much to that change in terms of our approach to set-up and we seemed to manage that well. It was great driving under the spotlights here: the circuit looks even better at night and you don’t really notice a difference in terms of visibility. It’s actually quite nice to be driving in cooler conditions too. As always there are still some tweaks we can make to improve the car, but overall I’m feeling good. I heard the update about Michael after P2 and we are all thinking of him and his family.

Nico Rosberg

Today was a good day of testing for us. It seems that we are quick in terms of outright pace and I also had a good long run in the second session, so I’m quite confident about the weekend ahead. Driving in the evening is very different, as the track temperatures are much lower than during all the test sessions we’ve had so far during the day. We learned a lot in the new conditions and it worked out quite well. It was also great to hear some encouraging news about Michael today. The whole paddock was happy to hear this and I hope his progress continues.

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Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

F1Weekly podcast # 651


Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

Clark and Nasir go over the Australian Grand Prix and both reveal their lack of enthusiasm for the new 2014 F1 cars. And here are the results of day 2 of GP2 testing in Bahrain…

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2
 
Indonesian driver sets fastest laptime at Bahrain International Circuit
The second day of testing at Bahrain International Circuit opened this morning under overcast skies and in cooler temperatures. Jolyon Palmer, Takuya Izawa and Stoffel Vandoorne were quick to take to the track, but it was Conor Daly who topped the timesheets on soft Pirelli tyres early into the session. Fellow countryman Alexander Rossi became the first man to dip under 1m41s today, but Daly went even quicker and lapped the track in 1:40.233. It was then Mitch Evans who found some extra pace to break under the 1m40s barrier. His laptime was bettered by Palmer by two hundredths, the Briton clocking in a time of 1:39.854.
A few drops of rain fell over the track, but most of the field opted to put on the softer compounds and it was Rio Haryanto’s time to shine: the Indonesian driver managed to set a blazing laptime of 1:39.129 – three tenths quicker than last year’s pole position. Haryanto’s teammate Rossi went out on track for another attempt at topping the timesheet but ended a hairsbreadth away from the Indonesian. In the final stages, Julian Leal edged Raffaele Marciello out of third. Behind the Italian, Palmer, Evans, Vandoorne, Stéphane Richelmi, Rene Binder and Kimiya Sato rounded out the top ten.
After the lunch break, the temperatures rose and Daniiel De Jong was the early pace setter. He remained top for most of the session as drivers focused on race simulations and pitstop practices. With one hour left on the clock, Daniel Abt went quickest on Hard compounds, but De Jong on Soft Pirelli tyres soon improved on the German’s laptime and regained control of the timesheet.
In the closing stages, laptimes started to tumble down and the fight for the top spot saw Jon Lancaster, Vittorio Ghirelli and Johnny Cecotto successively hit the front, but at the chequered flag, De Jong reclaimed P1 with a 1:40.508 – two tenths quicker than Cecotto (also on Soft compounds). Leal was able to find some extra pace on Hard Pirelli tyres to move up to third in the dying minutes ahead of Ghirelli, Lancaster, Simon Trummer, Facu Regalia, Abt, Felipe Nasr and Arthur Pic.
The final day of pre-season testing will start again at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:39.129
32
2.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:39.173
31
3.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:39.538
22
4.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:39.704
33
5.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:39.854
31
6.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIA TIME
1:39.870
15
7.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:39.913
32
8.
Stephane Richelmi
DAMS
1:40.045
29
9.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:40.126
15
10.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:40.154
25
11.
Nathanael Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:40.190
18
12.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.191
18
13.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:40.233
10
14.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:40.250
19
15.
Andre Negrao
Arden International
1:40.314
19
16.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:40.678
30
17.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:40.786
26
18.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:40.840
24
19.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:40.842
15
20.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:40.991
25
21.
Daniiel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.041
10
22.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:41.106
22
23.
Jon Lancaster
MP Motorsport
1:41.166
40
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.586
29
25.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.748
39
26.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.796
30
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniiel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:40.508
19
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:40.779
19
3.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:40.882
21
4.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:41.235
14
5.
Jon Lancaster
MP Motorsport
1:41.277
17
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.436
29
7.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.476
25
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.746
10
9.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:41.998
24
10.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:42.354
38
11.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:42.393
31
12.
André Negrao
Ardent International
1:43.007
29
13.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:43.839
27
14.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:43.877
26
15.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:43.910
32
16.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:43.179
32
17.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:44.276
31
18.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:44.381
24
19.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:44.458
46
20.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:44.632
17
21.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:44.818
26
22.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:44.895
46
23.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:45.151
38
24.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:45.240
33
25.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:45.348
33
26.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:45.443
35

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Kamui Kobayashi Bahrain

F1Weekly podcast # 650


Kamui Kobayashi Bahrain

Clark and Nasir share their final thoughts on where the teams stand after testing and what should we expect from the Australian Grand Prix. Special interview this week is with Grandprixphoto.com founder Peter Nygaard.

Please enjoy these thoughts from Kamui Kobayashi.

Kamui Kobayashi : “We start the season in Melbourne and I’m excited about getting back to racing F1 cars again! Last time I raced in Melbourne (in 2012 with Sauber) I was sixth and while I don’t think that’s a realistic target for us this year, I think the race will be very interesting. There could be reliability problems for lots of teams, us as well obviously, but by the end of the tests our reliability was ok, certainly better than a few other teams, and that could be very important on Sunday in Melbourne.

“Obviously for me this is my first race back, and I’m really pleased it’s with Caterham. I guarantee that they are working as hard as anyone else to have a good year in 2014 and I’ve been very impressed with how determined they are to succeed. They have a very good base to work from in Leafield, so there’s no reason we can’t have a good year, particularly with what we have planned to improve the car as the season goes on.

“We still don’t know exactly where we are on performance, partly because you never do in tests because you don’t know what everyone else is doing, but also because we didn’t really have a chance to do a proper quali sim in Bahrain. We have some new parts coming to Australia, including some revisions to the front wing, so we’ll be working on them on Friday and Saturday morning and know more about where we are when qualifying’s finished on Saturday.”

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Williams Massa

F1Weekly podcast # 649


 

Clark and Nasir at the F1weekly round table discussing the latest from testing results, we have Tech Talk with Tim and Special interview with Dr. Miguel—

Good news for Felipe Massa!!!

Williams Massa

Williams has bolstered its senior race operations line-up as it prepares for the 2014 Formula One World Championship season, with the appointments of Rob Smedley and Richard Lockwood.

The team welcomes Rob Smedley as Head of Vehicle Performance, a newly created position which will strengthen the trackside team whilst also supporting the development work back at the factory to help bring more performance to the car throughout the season. Rob’s proven track record and experience stand him in good stead for the challenges that 2014 bring. Rob will join Williams prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Rob will be supported by Race Engineers Andrew Murdoch, who is engineer to Felipe Massa, and Jonathan Eddolls, who remains with Valtteri Bottas in 2014.

Richard Lockwood completes the trackside operation line-up, joining the team from Marussia as Head of Race Strategy. Richard will work with current Strategist Randeep Singh who remains with the team for the 2014 season.

Commenting on the new line-up Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer, said; “Williams is undergoing change and these new appointments reflect how high our ambitions are. We have a number of senior people joining us to assist us in the pursuit of those ambitions and I am extremely excited to welcome them on-board. 2014 gives us the biggest change to the technical regulations that I have seen in my career, and so it will be important to add further depth to the talent we already have here as we head into the new season. Williams has always prided itself on engineering excellence and this latest announcement is part of our continued goal to bring success back to the team.”

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Lotus F1 logo

F1Weekly podcast # 648


Clark and Nasir talk about his trip to Jerez, his access to the F1 paddock and the people he met. We also another episode of Tech Talk with Tim…

And please enjoy this preview teaser to the 2014 season with drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado and the team embracing one of the most difficult technical challenges seen in the sport for a generation.

The technical department of Lotus F1 Team ran a development programme for the teaser video car in conjunction with the programme for the team’s 2014 challenger, the E22. The teaser car combination is expected to be the topic of a forthcoming conversation with the FIA.

“Never in my wildest expectations did I expect to drive a Formula 1 car in the manner I did for the teaser video,” said Romain. “It was a unique experience and something I hope we can develop further.”

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