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Light, camera and little action: The inaugural Korean Grand Prix witnessed the slaughtering of Red Bulls and the rise of the Red Matador. The safety car led more laps than race winner Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard is not complaining though. He now will take a stab at his third world title.

With only two races to go the championship may be influenced by decisions made in the Austrian mountains. While the world wants Red Bull to throw its weight behind Webber and give wings to his championship efforts, the words of wisdom from powers that be still talk of both drivers in with a chance of winning the championship.

Sebastian Vettel, the Chosen One, has the pace and package to win the remaining two races but can still lose the big prize to the Oracle of Oviedo.

Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were both victims of their own making in 2007.

Three seasons later Alonso could again fall victim to Hamilton if the McLaren driver finishes ahead and take precious points from his ex-teammate in Brazil (and we have seen this movie before) or in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Webber is left out to grill his own championship.

Imagine the scenario, Red Bull wins the final two races and championship goes to Ferrari driver. This will only result in some serious yoddling in the Austrian mountains during the off-season.

– Nasir Hameed

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The Crew

Joe Saward: From covert operations to Coventry, Joe is an acknowledged master. Joe has been following and covering motor racing since he was a student. He was Grand Prix Editor of Autosport before moving to Paris, from where he launched the award-winning Business of Motorsport e-newsletter in 1994. He was also behind the launch of www.grandprix.com

David Tremayne: A passionate and walking encyclopedia of motor racing history, David has been reporting on Grand Prix racing for over two decades and has written over 40 books on motorsport. Some of his work includes The Lost Generation: The Brilliant but Tragic Lives of Rising British F1 Stars Roger Williamson, Tony Brise and Tom Pryce. Barrichello: In the Spirit of Senna and the Shadow of Schumacher.

Peter Nygaard: Peter saw a better and more exciting career with a lens than with a law degree, which he pursued at Copenhagen University. The Dane with his Canon has been marching on F1 fields since 1982 and has shot at over 350 events. His Grand Prix Photo studio in Haslev has an extensive archive of racing images from the first decade of Formula 1

Please visit www.grandprixplus.com and check out the free sample covering the Hungarian Grand Prix. You will not be disappointed.

– Nasir Hameed

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Korean cuties: After much concern whether the inaugural Korean Grand Prix will take place, the dust has now settled on the event. The Tilke-designed Korean International Circuit has seating capacity for 130,000 race fans; they get a good view of the circuit and the pit lane.

The rain delayed race turned the championship fight into a new battle for the remaining two races. Sebastian Vettel’s chances of becoming the youngest world champion flamed out with an engine-kablamo. Defending champion Jenson Button suffered his own Korean crisis and failed to finish in the top ten.


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Jumping Jack Fernando: Unloved at McLaren but showered with full affection and ‘amore’ at Scuderia Ferrari, Spaniard Fernando Alonso now leads the championship after win number three in the last four races. He may now enjoy the support of three drivers in his quest for third world title; Massa, fully aware since Hockenheim that he drives for ‘the team’, and the two Red Bull drivers; the Austrian-owned team still maintains both drivers are free to fight for the championship.

The Woking civil war of 2007 handed the world championship to a red brigade warrior. If the internal-meltdown continues in Milton Keynes and Webber is not made the Mark-ed man for championship, history may repeat itself in the season finale at Abu Dhabi.

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How to win races and throw away a championship: This priceless motorsports novel was first released in 1986 by Williams Grand Prix Publishing, co-authored by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head. Set in Australia on a good year that exploded into disaster, which only a Professor can explain.

The second version of this hard to believe but fact based novel was released in late 2007 by Woking WordPress. The family feud came live to a worldwide audience in Budapest. The final chapter was written, he prefers not to speak anyway, by the man who came in from the cold, as in Espoo, Finlandia cold.

The third iteration of this novel, The 2010 Red Bull Bulletin, may go to press immediately after the season finale on November 14 in Abu Dhabi. The corporate slogan is “Red Bull Gives You Wings.” The slogan turned into corporate shenanigan at Silverstone, at least in the mind of Mark Webber.

If you have the best package all season long, with both drivers dominating qualifying and races, and you still do not win the championship there is something terribly wrong with the picture.

Yes, Vettel has been their baby since he was in diapers but racing reality is very clear; Mark Webber depends on their support as he is most likely their only hope of preventing a driver from a rival team from becoming world champion.

Webber, “not bad for a number two driver,” and after years in uncompetitive machinery, will be a very deserving world champion. The class act he is, Red Bull can count on him to return the favor next year and help “Seb” weave his own web on a world title.


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Rubinho: He has been on four wheels, two legs and now two wheels.

The Brazilian again had some issues with his former Ferrari teammate, Michael Schumacher, during qualifying. The most experienced driver in F1 always mange to smile in all situations.

– Nasir Hameed

Racing and deep kimchi regards from Cali.

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Jenson and excess baggage.


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“My brother is very famous.”

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“I’m a Seoul man.” Parade of hits and poles continue for the happening man of Formula 1 of the moment, the man from Heppenheim, Sebastian Vettel.

After his Tokyo thunder, taking pole and victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, the young German took his ninth pole position of the season, and 14th of his career, in qualifying for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

Victory in Sunday’s race will put him in a strong position to displace Lewis Hamilton as the youngest world champion. Sharing the front row with Vettel is the championship leader and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

The mate from Melbourne had the momentum earlier in the season, and with only a pair of Grands Prix remaining after the Korean event Webber can ill afford to make a mistake and must finish ahead of Vettel in one of the races to take the title.

Given the pace and reliability of Red Bull cars it will not come as a surprise if the remaining races are won by one of their drivers. Math for Vettel is simple; pedal to the metal. Win all three races and become only the second German and the youngest driver to become “welt meister.”

Fernando Alonso starts on the second row and equal on points with Vettel in second place. The Spaniard may not get his third championship this season but could likely play a pivotal part in the outcome of it.

The same can be said of the man sharing the second row with him, a familiar face from a few seasons back. Lewis Hamilton. The McLaren Ace, like Alonso, is still in the hunt and when it comes to aggressive driving the Stevenage sensation surpasses them all.

Then there is the weather. Rain may bring more havoc for the drivers who are already complaining of dust on the track and concerns have also been raised on the entrance to the pit lane

In 2008, Vettel rained on Hamilton’s parade in the final race of the season in Sao Paulo, only a pass on the final corner of the final lap allowed Hamilton to become world champion.

We are in for a great race and championship battle in the remaining Grands Prix. Will history repeat itself? Championship goes down to the final lap of the season finale.

The winner enjoys the Arabian night, the rest drown their sorrows in Yas Marina.

– Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from “Love Hotel.” We’ll leave the light on.

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Drivers pleased with Korean GP circuit.

Robert Kubica fastest in final practice.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

This weeks Interview, Rally legend Carlos Sainz and…

Korean Grand Prixview with our own F1 Femme fatal Desiree.

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Robin Frijns: Dutch treat at the track

The young man from Maastricht is rapidly making his mark in motor racing. In 2009, his first season in single seater racing, he scored his maiden win at Silverstone and won Rookie of the Year honors in Formula BMW Europe Championhsip. This year he captured the title with Josef Kaufmann Racing at the final race of the season at Monza after a relentless pursuit all season long.

Robin, fresh from his championship victory plus a bonus win at Spa in the Formula Renault race, was kind enough to take time and answer questions for the worldwide F1 Weekly familia.

Q: Robin, congratulations on winning the championship in the final race of the season, how long did the party last in Monza?

A: “About one week. First with my family then with friends.”

Q: Last year you were Rookie Champion, what did you learn most from your first season of motor racing that helped you in winning the championship this season?

A: “Hard to say. Because last year I learned a lot also because I was driving in the front of the field so I knew how to handle to pressure. I think that is the biggest point.”

Q: What were the highs and lows of the season for you?

A: “Well the low was for sure the very first race of the season. I crashed in the first race which was not my fault. But that’s racing.

“My high was the second race in Zandvoort in the rain where I won in front of my home crowd with 9 second advantage. That was something special in such a high level of racing.”

Q: Championship challenger was Jack Harvey who led in points from round one in Barcelona, and you have been racing against him since karting days, what was the exchange of words between the two of you after the final race?

A: “Well first of all we have a lot of respect for each other. After the final race he just congratulated me. He is a really good racing driver and I like to drive against him in the races. I respect him a lot.”

Q: You raced with Josef Kaufmann Racing, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez also won Formula BMW championships with them, how important was their role in developing Robin Frijns as a racing driver?

A: “I don’t see them every weekend but they drove with the car few years ago, so they gave me the basic setup of the car. If you see it that way. But we also changed the car a bit to my driving style.”

Q: In racing do you prefer competition from a driver of another team or from your own teammate, which is known as ‘cage rattling’ in F1weekly world?

A: “If its your teammate you can check his data and compare it to yours. But if it’s a driver in another team you can’t. But I prefer it with a driver of another team.”

Q: What is your favorite track and city in Europe?

A: “Favorite track is Spa. Because it has everything in it, fast corners, long straights and slow corners. Favorite city is Maastricht where I live because all my friends live there and it’s a nice city.”

Q: Have you ever been to a racing school before or since your started racing?

A: “No never.”

Q: One of your teammates was also Dutch, Hannes van Asseldonk, how did he do in your opinion as a rookie this year?

A: “First few races he was struggling a bit. But every time he went faster and faster. In the end in the last couple of races like Monza he was one of the fastest drivers on the track, so he learned a lot in his rookie year. I also help him a bit because it’s always better the drive with your teammate in the front of the field.”

Q: What is the best advice you can give to young drivers who are in karting and want to move into single seaters next season?

A: “It’s a complete different way of driving with a car then it is with a kart. It does not mean that if you are fast in the kart that you are fast in the cars. Because if you jump in to the car you start from zero again and you have to learn so much.”

Q: Do you have any racing heroes and who is your favorite in Formula 1 today?

A: “My racing hero is Senna; he was just the best. But my favorite racing driver today is Kobayashi because he is going for it, sometimes it goes wrong. But if its not he is a pleasure to watch.”

Q: No Dutch driver has ever won an F1 race, what will it mean to you if you could become the real Flying Dutchman in Formula 1?

A: “It means a lot. If you are the first man of all Holland it’s really something special.”

Q: What is on your racing radar for 2011?

A: “We don’t know yet. I test a few cars now like GP3 and Formula 3. But the problem is we are still looking for the budget for next season, its not going to be easy. Hopefully we find the budget for next year!”

Q: What would you like to say to members of F1 Weekly familia?

A: “Keep a good eye on the Flying Dutchman! J”

For more information on Robin and his career please visit www.robinfrijns.com

– Nasir Hameed

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