HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE F1WEEKLY FAMILIA!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

FORMULA MSA

WON GOAL. FORMULA ONE!

Success breeds success. That seems to be the case in the young life and fast times of F1Weekly friend, Enaam Ahmed. In 2014, at the age of 14, he won five junior karting titles with Ricky Flynn Motorsports, including the European and World Karting Championships. This achievement put him a year ahead of a certain Lewis Hamilton who was 15 when he triumphed in the 2000 European and World karting championships.

The newly launched Formula MSA, with backing and blessings of the FIA, was Enaam’s stomping ground in 2015. After a challenging first half of the season, Enaam began the push to the front. His reward was the Rookie of the Year title and the season finale at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, located in beautiful Kent countryside, saw Enaam take his first win of the season in the UK-based series.

Going places.

The FIA initiative to provide a decent budget single-seater championship for young drivers graduating from karts to cars has seen the launch of Formula 4 in major motorsports market. In continental Europe, the Italian F4 was launched last year and, apart from the UK Formula MSA, the 2015 season also saw the launch of the German F4 and the NEZ F4 championship, the latter catering to Nordic, Baltic and Russian markets.

Enaam sampled some of the rounds in the NEZ category. Highlight of his overseas campaign was winning all three races in the final round at Parnu, Estonia.

Forward looking statement

In preparation for the 2016 season, the London lad recently took part in the Spanish F4 Winter series. The two round series held three races at Jerez de la Frontera, (Dec. 4-6)famous for the 1986 last lap duel that ended in one of the closest finishes in F1grand prix racing history (Senna vs Mansell), and three races at the beautiful Portimao circuit (Dec. 11-13) in Algarve, Portugal.

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In the opening round Enaam was on the podium in all three races, a pair of third and a second place finish in the second race of the weekend. Making the job very hard to grab the championship prize of EU 75,000 was the fact that all three races of the Spanish round were won by the more experienced 17-year old Finn Simo Laaksonen.

The reign in Spain may have shined on Simo but the tide and weather was turning in Portugal after Enaam won the opening race of weekend after leading from start to finish. He was about half a second faster in every wet practice session

Enaam raced to another dominant win in the second race, his chances of winning the rich prize, unheard of in entry-level racing, were boosted as Laaksonen was eliminated early in the race after colliding with Canadian Devlin Defrancessco. Enaam’s victory slipped to second place finish after he was given a five second penalty for not slowing down sufficiently under a yellow flag. The penalty left him with only one point ahead of Laaksonen going into the crucial and final race of the winter series.

The one point lead came with excess baggage. Laaksonen’s early exit in race two meant he had better tires for the EU75k grab fest. When the lights went out, it was game on for the two young combatants. Enaam shot into the lead at the start and held the Finn at bay, but on lap 9 Laaksonen went ahead. This turned out to be short lived as Enaam went on the outside at turn 10 to regain the lead.

The Winter Series Champion in his own words; “That was the hardest race of my life! Laaksonens tires were so much better so I knew I would have to defend hard. Fair play to Simo, he gave me racing room, and it was a very fair fight

“I have to thank Koiranen GP for this opportunity….where else do you win prize money like this?! It’s awesome! I also have to thank my dad and the guys at Edge management for helping and guiding me to this win.”

FORMULA E

BUEMI VICTORY BOOSTS RENAULT E.DAMS TO THE TOP

Renault e.dams celebrated its second victory of the season at Round 3 of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship this weekend (December 19) where Sebastien Buemi won the Punta del Este ePrix, putting him and the team back into the top spot in the Drivers’ and Teams’ standings.

The Swiss driver’s day didn’t get off to the best start under the Uruguayan sun after a crash in FP2 caused considerable damage to the #9 Renault Z.E.15. His luck didn’t turn around come qualifying where, despite setting the fastest time during the group stages, a mistake on his Super Pole lap saw him do no better than fifth.

For his Renault e.dams team-mate, Nico Prost, qualifying was similarly frustrating. The Frenchman was quickest during his group, but was later pushed out of the top five and started the 33-lap contest alongside Sebastien in sixth.

Making the most of his position on the grid to make a move on Lucas di Grassi for fourth, Sebastien got off to a fantastic start. From there, he expertly picked his way through the pack en route to his second victory of the 2015/16 season, repeating his success from last year.

Unfortunately a poor start for Nico saw him lose one position straightaway. However, a strong performance from the Frenchman meant that he was able to work his way up to fifth by the time the chequered flag fell, securing 10 points towards his championship campaign.
#8 Nico Prost: “I am a bit disappointed about the result because I felt like I had more pace here than in the first two races. I seemed to struggle with the same corner every session and didn’t feel quite as comfortable as I would’ve liked. That said, we’ve scored some important points today for the championship and we’ll have to see what we can do in Buenos Aires.”

#9 Sebastien Buemi: “Firstly, I’m so grateful to the team who worked so hard to get the car ready to race after my crash in FP2. The result today was really a combined effort from everyone; you don’t win because of just the car, or just because of the motor. It’s a team effort, and was a great reward for all of us after the disappointment in Malaysia.”

Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager: “Today’s win was really important for us following the problems we encountered in Putrajaya, which we can see now have been resolved. However, the work doesn’t stop there; we will keep on developing the car in order to continue winning races. But at least we can all go into the Christmas break with a solid result.”

Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager: “We’re all really happy with the result here in Uruguay, especially after the day we had! The team did a fantastic job to turn the car around after Sebastien’s crash during practice. This result means we can go into the New Year feeling positive and ready to race in Argentina.”
Renault e.dams return to South America in the New Year for the fourth round of the FIA Formula E Championship, the Buenos Aires ePrix (February 6).
Results:
1 Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams)
2 Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport)
3 Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing)
4 Loic Duval (Dragon Racing)
5 Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams)

F1Weekly podcast # 695

CLARK AND NASIR MULL OVER THE LAST GRAND PRIX OF THE SEASON, THE END OF THE SEASON AND WHAT TO DO NOW! WE HAVE MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND A NEW AND INFORMATIVE EPISODE OF TECH TALK WITH TIM! Bonus today is an Interview with Daniel Ricciardo…

This week Daniel jetted back to his home city of Perth where he was set to appear at Sunday’s Perth Speedfest, a massive homage to all things motorized and fast. Before that though, Daniel and the showcar crew had a little surprise in store for the citizens of the Western Australian capital – taking the double title-winning RB7 out for a breakfast-time hoon around St George’s Terrace.

Daniel blasted between the lights of the CBD’s main drag three times before treating a shocked but thrilled crowd to some tyre-melting donuts. Speaking after his early morning dose of donuts, he said: “It’s obviously nice to be home for starters and to drive the RB7 through my city streets. It woke me up and certainly made the jet lag a bit easier to deal with! It definitely got me alert. It’s nice to bring such a show to Perth.”

“I came home at the best time of the year: it’s summer, it’s Christmas, everyone is in a great mood”– Daniel Ricciardo

The 8am burnouts were a teaser for Sunday’s main event, the first Perth Speedfest. The huge show featured more than 60 separate events across 25 different motorsport disciplines on five customised track layouts at Perth Motorplex.

Daniel joined a stellar array of Aussie racing royalty at the show, including 1980 F1 champ Alan Jones, Moto GP rider Jack Miller, V8 Supercars stars Will Davison, Alex Davison and Nick Percat, as well as Superbikes ace Wayne Maxwell, Red Bull X-Fighter Josh Sheehan and WRC star Alistair McRae. After a morning of media commitments, Daniel took to his first run on the Perth Motorplex track, which consisted of a short track, with a drag strip in the middle.

In front of a crowd of 10,000, the Honey Badger completed three, three-lap runs in the RB7, before hitting the event’s ‘snake pit’ burn out pad to reprise the rubber-smoking series of donuts he’d shown off with the previous morning.

Then it was time for the big face-off, the RB7 against three other top-line motorsport machines. First up was a racing Lamborghini but Daniel made short work of the sports car on the prepared drag strip. Next up was Nick Percat in his V8 Supercars Holden Commodore and this proved to be a close affair, with the 5.0L V8 –powered saloon car and its 640hp making the battle (briefly) interesting, but once again the RB7 emerged victorious.

“It was interesting going up against a few different cars and putting the car to the test on the drag. Now I can veg out!”– Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel’s final run was against a Funny Car dragster and this time, on the drag racers home turf, things were not so easy. With a Funny Car putting out upwards of 8,000hp to the F1 car’s 800 or so and with the dragster capable of hitting 100km/h in around 0.5s, the RB7 was always going to struggle in a straight line and so it proved. However, give us some corners and we know we’d put that bad boy in its place.
There was only one way to restore pride: hit the snake pit for more huge burnouts and donuts to finish off the event in style. “I know a lot of people travel from Perth for the grand prix (in Melbourne), but it’s great to be able to bring the show to the guys in WA,” said Daniel afterwards. “I know a lot of my fans are here, so it’s great to bring F1 here and take a bit of that travel away for them at this time of year.

“It was interesting going up against a few different cars and putting the car to the test on the drag. Now I can veg out! But, seriously, it’s great to be involved in bringing and event like this to Perth and to get the F1 car here is obviously a massive effort from the organisers and also the team to bring it out here, I was more than happy to be involved and make it as good a weekend as it could be.”

“I came home at the best time of the year: it’s summer, it’s Christmas, everyone is in a great mood and obviously being here with Alan Jones and being among other Aussie motorsport stars with so much of my family here as well, it just makes it that bit better. Half the people here are probably related to me! Or at least say they are!”

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DAKAR

RENAULT DUSTER DAKAR TEAM TARGETING TOP-10 FINISH ON 2016 DAKAR

Renault Duster Dakar Team targeting top-10 finish on 2016 Dakar

Renault Duster Dakar Team’s fourth attempt at the Dakar will seek to build on the experience gained during the past three events in a bid to finish inside the overall top-10.

The two-car line-up features drivers Emilio Spataro and Frenchman Christian Lavieille, along with their respective co-drivers

Benjamin Lozada and Jean Michel Polato.Renault Duster Dakar Team stands out as one of the 2016 event’s most competitive entries and enjoys the support of the brand’s motorsport division, Renault Sport Technologies, which has brought its technological expertise and cross-country rally experience to the table.

 

Renault Duster Dakar Team’s Dakar debut dates back to the 2013 event when Mendoza-based José García and Mauricio Malano came 29th overall.

The following January saw Emiliano Spataro and Benjamín Lozada use this experience to claim 14th overall and fourth in Class 1.
In 2015, the team’s third straight participation with the Renault Duster was rewarded with the best result for an Argentine team and, for the second year running, for an all-Argentine crew in an Argentine-prepared car.
Meanwhile, Spataro and Lozada were the event’s second-best Argentine finishers after coming third the previous year. They also obtained five top-10 stage finishes, including two inside the top three and another inside the top five.
For the 2016 Dakar, Renault Sport Technologies has once again brought its experience of cross-country rallying and advanced technology to the table.

The team’s preparations ahead of the Dakar focused notably on reducing the Duster’s weight, improving its chassis and increasing the power output of its Renault-Nissan Alliance VK-50 V8 engine to 387hp.

Recent months have been spent providing in-depth training to the 30 mechanics, technicians and engineers who will care for the two Dusters during January’s rally. Work has also gone into consolidating the team’s logistics.

The 2016 Dakar promises to be another extremely challenging marathon and will feature competitive action in Argentina and Bolivia.

To coincide with the 2016 Dakar, Renault has introduced the new limited-edition Renault Duster Dakar. Based on the model’s Dynamique equipment level, it incorporates a number of embellishments to underline the model’s sporty look.

The Renault Duster Dakar sits on exclusive, black, 26-inch diamond-effect wheels, while the ‘Dakar Spirit’ badging and ‘Dakar’ logo visible on the sills and beneath the door mirrors respectively point to the car’s adventurer credentials.
Inside, the Duster’s comfortable, roomy cabin features a number of styling details which fit perfectly with the Dakar spirit (Dakar logo on the front head rests and steering wheel, exclusive upholstery and colour detailing on the door panels and dashboard).

In addition to the rally’s visits to Villa Carlos Paz, Rosario and Salta (rest day), the brand has organised encounters along the route with customers and fans who will be able to take part in a range of games and other activities

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