F1weekly podcast # 398

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F1weekly podcast number 398.

Kamui Kobayashi will drive for Sauber F1 in 2010.

USF1 seems to be falling off the radar, will they make it to the grid?

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with recent F1 tester at Jerez, Alexander Rossi.

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Renault has decided to maintain its commitment to Formula One and welcomes the
perspective of a strategic partnership with Genii Capital, a Luxemburg based firm
specialized in new technologies, brand management and motor sport. Following the
proposed sale of a large stake of Renault F1 Team to Genii, both partners will operate the
team together. The letter of intent signed by the two companies should be concluded in early 2010.

For 2010, the team will retain its name, its identity and the core ingredients that led to the successes
achieved in 2005 and 2006. The team will continue to be supplied with engines by its sister
company in Viry-Châtillon, which is also pleased to have received a renewed commitment from Red
Bull Racing for the 2010 season.

After 35 years in the sport, Renault today announces a new phase for its F1 programme, consistent
with Formula One’s drive for cost efficiencies. Formula One remains one of the biggest sporting
spectacles in terms of annual television audiences and media exposure. Renault therefore believes
that the impact of Formula One in terms of image, and brand awareness worldwide, particularly in
new, emerging markets, will continue to play a key role in fulfilling the company’s growth objectives
in years ahead.

Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President, said: “I am delighted to welcome Genii Capital as our
new strategic partner as I am sure that their enthusiasm and business expertise will create a new
dynamic for the team, the staff, and our partners. Altogether, we look forward to competing again at
the highest level in Formula One. Today’s announcement also confirms Renault’s commitment and
trust in the sport’s governing bodies to improve the green credentials of Formula One.”
Indeed, in making such a decision, Renault not only demonstrates its commitment to its fans across
the world, its employees in Enstone and in Viry, and the FIA, FOA and FOTA but it also believes in
the positive impact of promoting relevant technologies in synergy with its product plan. “With the
ongoing evolutions of the Formula One regulations, Renault will be able to entertain its fans, while
promoting a leaner and sounder Championship. We will show Renault’s skill when it comes to
developing high-performance, fuel-efficient cars” said Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President.
The important cost reduction measures, made possible by the collective work within FOTA, have
already improved significantly the operating cost base. With the anticipated sale of a stake in its F1
operational base in the United Kingdom to Genii Capital, Renault achieves today another step that
will definitely bring F1 participation to an affordable level for the Group. In addition, the new
partnership will contribute to procuring the team the resources to compete sustainably at the
highest level, and creates a great opportunity to modernise its governance.

Renault Group: Frédérique Le Grevès

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Michael Schumacher’s return to Formula 1 with Mercedes Benz in a done deal!

Luca di Montezemolo says Schumacher is free to go to Mercedes.

Virgin Racing has revealed that Lucas di Grassi will be partnering Timo Glock.

Lotus F1 team signs Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for next season.

FIA has confirmed new top ten scoring system will be in place from the 2010 season.

Felipe Massa to drive 2007 car provided by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti Department.

F1weekly podcast # 397

Troy at Vallelunga

Podcast number 397 is online

Silverstone reports record ticket sales for the British Grand Prix.

Renault board scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the sale of the team.

2009 Nor Cal Rotax DD2 class champion Troy Castaneda is in Egypt!
Competing in the “Olympics of Karting,” the Rotax World Finals this week.
Troy is writing a blog to keep everyone updated. Here is a link for the page where he has started the thread:http://www.ekartingnews.com/viewtopic.php?t=89767

Also, they have live race coverage (timing and video) at:http://live.kart-data.com/LT09/RGF/

Troy is competing in the Rotax DD2 class representing USA! Here is a link to download the schedule:

We wish Troy luck this week.  He has had a very strong qualifying result on Wednesday.

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F1weekly podcast # 396

Esteban soaking it in at Jerez

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Podcast number 396 a Motorsports Mondial special weekend edition.

A conversation with up and coming race driver Esteban Gutierrez.

Jerez results of Day 2 of Testing-Wednesday, Dec. 2nd:

1 – Gary Paffett (McLaren-Mercedes) – 1:18.718 – 80

2 - Nico Hulkenberg (Williams-Toyota) - 1:19.184 - 94
3 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) - 1:19.243 - 94
4 - Paul Di Resta (Force India) - 1:19.411 - 58
5 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber-BMW) - 1:20.190 - 68
6 - Mike Conway (Mercedes GP) - 1:20.222 - 83
7 - Marcus Ericsson (Mercedes GP) - 1:20.440 - 37
8 - JR Hildebrand (Force India) - 1:20.517 - 50
9 - Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) - 1:20.586 - 113
10 - Lucas Di Grassi (Renault) - 1:20.898 - 55
11 - Ho-Pin Tung (Renault) - 1:21.492 - 67
12 - Mirko Bortolotti (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) - 1:21.761 - 79

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F1weekly podcast # 395

Daniel Ricciardo

Podcast number 395

Testing in Jerez and it’s importance.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

This weekends special edition podcast features Esteban Gutierrez.

BMW Sauber team has obtained the last available spot on the 2010 F1 grid.

Kimi Raikkonen to join the World Rally Championship with the Citroen Junior Team.

Daniel Ricciardo tops the time sheets on the last day in Jerez.

Pos  Driver      Car          Time       Gap       Laps
 1. Ricciardo    Red Bull        1m17.418s            77
 2. Di Resta     Force India     1m18.736s  + 1.318s  53
 3. Paffett      McLaren         1m18.746s  + 1.328s  59
 4. Conway       Brawn           1m19.096s  + 1.678s  77
 5. Hulkenberg   Williams        1m19.226s  + 1.808s 106
 6. Baguette     Sauber          1m19.356s  + 1.938s  70
 7. Turvey       McLaren         1m19.358s  + 1.940s  32
 8. Ericsson     Brawn           1m19.382s  + 1.964s  49
 9. Di Grassi    Renault         1m19.602s  + 2.184s 123
10. Hildebrand   Force India     1m19.873s  + 2.455s  41
11. Sanchez      Ferrari         1m21.147s  + 3.650s  39
12. Zampieri     Ferrari         1m21.279s  + 3.861s  42
12. Zipoli       Ferrari         1m21.725s  + 4.307s  41
13. Hartley      Toro Rosso      1m22.493s  + 5.075s  50
15. Bortolotti   Toro Rosso      1m23.271s  + 5.853s  34
16. Tung         Renault         1m32.477s  + 15.059s  4

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F1weekly podcast # 394

Faces Going Places

An exclusive conversation with Jules Bianchi on podcast # 394

With racing in his blood and impressive championship winning credentials, this third generation racer is poised to become the first French World Champion since the


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Photos: Marleen Serné

Bianchi. The winning name in the 1968 Le Mans 24-Hours race, as in Lucien Bianchi.

The name is also recorded as the winner two years earlier in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, as in Mauro Bianchi.

Today, the winning and family tradition continues, as in Jules Bianchi. The 20-year old, grandson of Mauro, is on a fast track to Formula 1. In early December his first taste of Formula 1 machinery will be at the wheel of a Ferrari. Quite an introduction to the bright future that lays ahead for this young man from Brignoles in southern France.

The young Bianchi had his beginnings in the real racing world of karting. And success was quick. In 2004, at the age of 15, he won the French Championship for Juniors and was second in the European Championship in the same category. In the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy he repeated his performance from previous year and finished on the podium in third place.

In 2005, Bianchi beat some of the karting greats like Sauro Cesetti, David Fore and Marco Ardigo to win the Asia-Pacific Championship Formula A. Also included in this group were current F3/WSR racers Jon Lancaster, Riki Christodoulou and Daisuke Nakajima.

Bianchi bid farewell to the world of karting after the 2006 season, during which he won the WSK International Series and was runner-up in World Cup Formula A.

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The following season he made his debut in single seater racing and made a splash in his rookie season by winning the 2007 French Formula Renault Championship. Five victories and 11 podium finishes from 13 races gave the signal for shape of things and wins to come.

Next move up the ladder was F3 Euro Series, now regarded as the premiere F3 series in the world, with the highly successful ART Grand Prix team. Bianchi finished third in his rookie year with two victories, behind championship winning teammate Nico Hülkenberg and Edoardo Mortara, who was equal on points with Bianchi.

Catch of the season was his victory in the famous Masters of Formula 3, the European version of Macau Grand Prix. Bianchi not only led his teammate Hülkenberg to the chequered flag at Zolder but also beat out other high profile drivers like Jaime Alguersuari, Brendon Hartley and Mika Maki.

This season saw a dominating performance by Jules Bianchi in the F3 Euro Series. Championship captured with 9 wins, 6 poles and 12 podium finishes out of 20 races.

Stage is now set for the final frontier before Formula 1, GP2 Championship in 2010.

Bianchi will continue with ART Grand Prix team. And so will the winning tradition.

Please enjoy our conversation with this racing star of the future which was conducted at Hockenheimring in October. Our thanks to Jules Bianchi for his time and Olivier Maernhout for making it possible.

– Nasir Hameed

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