F1Weekly podcast # 706

CLARK AND NASIR CATCH UP ON THE LAST TWO GRAND PRIX OF CANADA AND BAKU, OF COURSE THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS MUST BE TALKED ABOUT BUT… THE MEAT AND POTATOES OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN SURTEES CBE PART 1.

John Surtees, CBE (born 11 February 1934) is a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He is a four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion – winning that title in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 – the Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He founded the Surtees Racing Organisation team that competed as a constructor in Formula One, Formula 2 and Formula 5000 from 1970 to 1978. He is also the ambassador of the Racing Steps Foundation.

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DTM

NICO MULLER SCORES HIS MAIDEN RACE VICTORY AT THE NORISRING

An emotional Sunday for Nico Müller: in the second race at the Norisring, the 24-year-old Swiss scored his maiden DTM race win. Having started from third place, Müller took the lead on lap 43 following a perfect pit stop by his Team and defended this position until the finish. After 72 laps of the only 2.3 kilometres long track, he crossed the finish line with a margin of 0.670 seconds from second-placed BMW driver Tom Blomqvist from Great Britain. Belgian Maxime Martin, another BMW driver, ended up third. In total, 123,500 spectators came to witness the DTM action in Nuremberg over the weekend. The Norisring is the only street circuit on the calendar of the popular touring car series.

“This can become addictive,” a buoyant Müller commented in his first interview. “Now, I want to be on the top step of the podium more often. My team laid the foundation for this victory with a perfect pit stop, many thanks to them.” Blomqvist wasn’t too upset about the fact that he hadn’t been able to convert his maiden DTM pole position into a race win. “To be honest, we didn’t expect such a good result at the Norisring. Therefore, I am happy, even though I am only in second place.”

Behind the trio in front, the two Mercedes-AMG drivers Paul Di Resta and Lucas Auer finished fourth and fifth, with local hero Marco Wittmann (BMW) coming home sixth. This result was enough for the 26-year-old to take the lead in the drivers’ standings after eight races. Wittmann is now on top with 75 points from Edoardo Mortara (73 points). The Audi driver only finished eighth in the race behind Bruno Spengler (BMW) and thus lost the points’ lead he only had secured on the previous day. Di Resta is third, with the first three drivers in the standings separated only by five points.

The result promises excitement for the remainder of the DTM season, with the next round scheduled at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, July 15 till 17. At the dune circuit, only a stone’s throw away from the North Sea Coast, the DTM will reach its halfway point with races nine and ten of the current season.

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

LANCE STROLL CLAIMS EARLY MID SEASON TITLE WITH VICTORY

Event: 05 Norisring
Session: Race 1
Track: Norisring, Germany
Pole position: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 25.4 °C

For Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam), everything went according to plan in the first of three FIA Formula 3 European Championship races at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. The 17-year-old Williams Formula 1 junior driver won an action-packed race from Niko Kari (Motopark) as the best-placed rookie, George Russell (HitechGP), Ralf Aron (Prema Powerteam), Ben Barnicoat (HitechGP), and Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam). Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing), runner-up in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings behind Stroll, retired following a collision with Joel Eriksson (Motopark), who was leading the race at the time. Another driver to retire was Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam), third in the drivers’ standings. Thus, Stroll was able to extend his points’ lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to a margin of 63 points, securing him the unofficial half-time title with two races to spare.

At the start, Lance Stroll took the lead, but he was under pressure from Joel Eriksson from the very beginning. On lap four, the Swede, who was announced as a new BMW Motorsport junior driver yesterday, mounted an attack on the Canadian and moved up into the lead. Meanwhile, Callum Ilott, who had to start the race from twelfth place following an engine change, moved up further and further through the ranks and had closed the gap to Eriksson and Stroll on lap 17. On lap 20, the Brit braked too late for the Grundig hairpin and collided with Eriksson, causing both drivers to retire. Stroll inherited the lead and the safety car neutralised the race for a few laps.

Soon after racing resumed, Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) and Guanyu Zhou (Motopark) collided while battling for third place and retired as well. After this incident, the safety car was deployed for the second time. After the second restart, things didn’t go entirely as planned either. While Lance Stroll held on to his first place, Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing) collided while battling for tenth place. Thus, Newey’s race came to an early end.

Out in front, Lance Stroll drove an undisputed victory home. Finnish driver Niko Kari ended up as the best-placed rookie in second place overall from New Zealand’s Nick Cassidy. After the finish, the New Zealander was given a five seconds’ penalty for a safety car infringement. Thus, George Russell, Ralf Aron and Ben Barnicoat were classified ahead of Cassidy, Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing), Pedro Piquet, and David Beckmann (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) rounded out the top ten.

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): “My start was good, but after a few laps already, Joel Eriksson managed to overtake me. I have to admit that it really was a good move by him. Later, Callum Ilott closed up to the two of us, but he missed his braking point and collided with Joel. Like that, I inherited the lead, but I also felt sorry for Joel as there was nothing he could do about the incident. For me, this victory and the 25 points are great, of course.”

Niko Kari (Motopark): “Initially, I lost a few positions, but then my pace improved and I concentrated to getting further up to the front. This weekend, I am racing at the Norisring for the first time, but I found my way quickly. Perhaps, that is also thanks to the fact that we have race tracks like this in Finland as well.”

GOODWOOD

The excitement builds at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

  • Two show cars previewing the all-new Alpine sports car due to be unveiled at the end of this year
  • Strong presence at the exclusive Cartier Style & Luxe display
  • Three Alpines running up the hill, including the currently competing Signatech-Alpine A460 LM P2 competition car that won the 24H of Le Mans last week-end
  • Attended by Michael van der Sande (CEO, Alpine) and Antony Villain (Alpine Design Director)

Excitement will continue to build around the legendary French sports car brand Alpine at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with no less than two show cars previewing its imminent new road-going sports car.

The Alpine Vision and Alpine Celebration will showcase Alpine’s thinking for this exciting new sports car, the Celebration two-seater regularly running up the Goodwood hill.

Also performing some high speed climbs will be the very Alpine that won the 1978 Le Mans 24 hour race, the victorious Alpine A442 B to run with its 2016 contemporary, the Alpine A460 LM P2, winner of the prestigious race of the 24H of Le Mans last week-end.

Alpine will also enjoy an impressive presence at the Cartier Style & Luxe display on the lawns close to Goodwood House. Not only will the very first Alpine, known as ‘Le Marquis’, be present for inspection, but also the very latest in the alluring shape of the 2016 Alpine Vision show car.

There will be five more fascinating Alpines besides, including a Willys Interlagos, this the Brazilian-built version of the A108 that was the forerunner to the famous A110, as well as a rare A110 cabriolet and the 1977 Meyrignac concept car produced by a budding car designer as the ultimate Curriculum Vitae.

The legendary A110 will also be represented, with a 1964 example that was once the star of a French TV series, and the very last A110 ever made.

The presence of all these cars will underline Alpine’s fascinating and illustrious past in glamorously entertaining style, besides heightening the already considerable anticipation of the marque’s soon-to-be-revealed production sports car.

FORMULA 1

ROSBERG DOMINATES IN BAKU ANOTHER PODIUM FOR PEREZ

Nico Rosberg led from start to finish and won Sunday’s European Grand Prix on the Baku street circuit, extending his lead in the Formula One championship from nine points to 24.

Despite expectations of crashes and safety-car periods on the narrow circuit, there was little on-track action and the safety car remained in the pits throughout as Rosberg won by 16.6 seconds from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Force India’s Sergio Perez passed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the penultimate lap and took third.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton made up several places early after starting tenth, but a problem with the Mercedes hybrid power system – and his team’s inability to tell him how to fix it due to new rules restricting instructions between the pit and driver – saw him finish a frustrated fifth.

After winning the first four races of the season, Rosberg had watched with alarm as Hamilton won the past two to cut his lead to single figures, but the win gives him some breathing room coming into the European heart of the season.

“Everything went to plan for me so it was really awesome,” Rosberg said.

 

GP2

GIOVINZZANI DOUBLES UP IN BAKU

Italian wins again to lead PREMA Racing 1-2
Antonio Giovinazzi has stunned his rivals with an incredible fightback drive in today’s sprint race in Baku to win despite dropping to P22 at the start, claiming the first double win weekend since Davide Valsecchi at Bahrain in 2012 to lead a PREMA Racing 1-2 from Pierre Gasly and Sergey Sirotkin.
At the start poleman Daniël de Jong led his rivals away as the lights went out, but with Sean Gelael making a poor getaway Nobuharu Matsushita swarmed up the inside to claim the lead from the Dutchman, who held off Mitch Evans and Oliver Rowland, but behind them yesterday’s winner almost stalled and fell to the back of the field.
Sirotkin was soon on the move, claiming P5 on lap 3 as Evans and Rowland squabbled over their positions: the Russian mugged the New Zealander three laps later before Jordan King launched himself up the inside of Jimmy Eriksson at turn 1: the pair came together as Sergio Canamasas jumped on the anchors to avoid them, but with the Swede left by the side of the road the first safety car period was upon us.
At the restart Matsushita went early and almost caught the safety car: he had to brake, bunching up the field with Rowland and de Jong running wide at the first turn, handing the lead back to the Japanese driver as Sirotkin slid up to P2, but further back Philo Paz Armand found the wall and the safety car was back out again.
This time Matsushita delayed his getaway but the field was bunched up again: Gustav Malja ran into the back of Evans at the restart line before moving to the inside and spinning Rowland round at Turn 1, with the Swede taking Gelael with him to the barriers and prompting another SC period as the Briton limped away and the New Zealander forced into the pits and retirement.
Matsushita went for a fast restart but Raffaele Marciello, now in second, went with him: the Italian ran too deep on the inside and collided with the Japanese driver, who was pushed into the escape road and retirement. Remarkably Gasly, who started in P18, was now leading the race after an astonishing recovery drive ahead of teammate Giovinazzi, who was now dreaming of a historic result and pushing with everything he had.
The Italian was all over the Frenchman in the closing laps, but without DRS he was going to have to do it the old fashioned way: on the final lap Giovinazzi ran outside on the front straight before cutting back inside at Turn 1, and when Gasly ran slightly wide the Italian was through. With pole, two wins and the fastest lap today Giovinazzi only missed yesterday’s FL for a perfect weekend, claiming PREMA’s first two wins and leading a 1-2 from Gasly, who was disappointed but proved a point with a tremendous recovery drive today. Sirotkin claimed another podium to remind everyone of his quality, ahead of Jordan King in P4. Artem Markelov survived a collision with Nabil Jeffri which saw him lose his right front wing end plate for fifth, with the Malaysian losing P6 to Canamasas on the penultimate lap but claiming Arthur Pic’s scalp last time round.
A dramatic weekend in Baku has certainly shaken up the title fights: Markelov now leads Norman Nato by 54 points to 49 in the drivers’ fight ahead of Giovinazzi on 46, Gasly on 45, Marciello on 43, Alex Lynn on 41 and Rowland on 34, while in the teams’ title RUSSIAN TIME lead PREMA Racing by 97 points to 91, ahead of Racing Engineering on 73, ART Grand Prix on 64 and DAMS on 61 as they all turn their attention to the next round in Spielberg, Austria just two weeks hence.

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