My thanks to Eric Fernandez for bringing to my attention this wonderful museum in So Cal, and providing the photographs. Eric is a proud member of F1Weekly familia, and his passion for Formula One was fired by watching Nelson Piquet hustling his Parmalat Brabham in the streets of Long Beach in the early 80s.

The Marconi Automotive Museum is located in Tustin on 1302 Industrial Drive. The collection of automobiles, ranging from F1 machinery and Keke Rosberg’s Formula Atlantic pink car to muscle cars Americana, has an estimated value of $30m.

Dick Marconi is the man behind the museum, which opened in 1994. Originally from Gary, IN – also the birthplace of the Jackson 5 – Marconi made his money in developing and manufacturing custom made vitamins, weight loss products and supplements.


Schumacher. The man who owned ‘won’. In 1996, Michael Schumacher joined Scuderia Ferrari after back-to-back titles with Benetton. He scored an epic win for the Italian team in the rain in Spain. From 2000-2004, The Red Baron ruled the grand prix world and won five successive championships. The men in Maranello included Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and South African designer Rory Byrne.


 Mclaren Honda. Back to the future. This combo produced three world titles for the Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna, and memorable duels with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. The Japanese giant is back with McLaren for 2015, and so is Fernando Alonso. The championship that got away in 2007 may be waiting in the near future.


Hill. Climb to success. Damon Hill is the first world champion son of a championship winning father. Damon raced motor bikes and also worked as a bike messenger before arriving in Formula One. In 1996, he was World Champion for Frank Williams. This could have been his second had it not been for the Adelaide action in 1994 of his arch rival, M Schumacher.


Another treat to enjoy while visiting this museum in So Cal, as confirmed by Eric himself, the local burrito is bueno.

Photos by Eric Fernandez

Nasir Hameed

F1Weekly podcast # 670

Clark and Nasir want you to buy…Samba & Tango The Latin Beat of Formula Uno


From Juan Manuel Fangio to Juan Pablo Montoya, Latin America has produced great racing champions.

The Argentine “Maestro” was the first driver from South America to become Formula One World Champion in 1951. From 1954-’57 he was unbeaten in the World Championship.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez, a compadre and countryman of Fangio, gave Enzo Ferrari his first taste of success in Formula One at Silverstone in 1951.

Emerson Fittipaldi became the first Brazilian to win a grand prix at Watkins Glen in 1970 – in only his fourth F1 start! He was World Champion in 1972 & ’74.

Nelson Piquet, who went to school in San Francisco Bay Area, also took his first grand prix victory in the United States, on the streets of Long Beach. He was the first turbo-powered World Champion in 1983 with Brabham-BMW. He also took the title in 1981 & ’87.

Then came Ayrton Senna. From incredible wins like Estoril 1985 and Donington 1993 to fierce rivalries with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, Senna for many remains the greatest driver of all time.

Other drivers featured in this classic calendar include the Rodriguez brothers, Carlos Reutemann, Carlos Pace, Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello.

Carefully selected images from the archives of Grand Prix Photo are accompanied by informative captions to enhance your enthusiasm of grand prix racing’s rich history.

Please visit our merchandise page to enjoy piece of motor racing history all season long.

We thank you for your interest and business, and hope you enjoy another trip down
Formula One memory lane with “Samba & Tango.”

Our previous editions have included Maiden WinsPowered by Turbo, La Dolce Vita and Lost Tracks.

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The Punta del Este ePrix saw a series of new marks in the FIA Formula E Championship for the fastest pole position lap, race lap and average speed. The Uruguayan circuit provided the drivers with a formidable challenge, combining an uneven, dusty and narrow track with the usual energy management issues. Sébastien Buemi proved to be the most skilled at dealing with the various elements, handing e.dams-Renault its first win of the season.

Three weeks after the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia, the FIA Formula E Championship drivers and teams arrived in Uruguay, one of the most environmentally-friendly countries, for the third round of the year.

Continuing to work on improving the cars, the Renault Sport teams discovered a new circuit and unprecedented challenges at Punta del Este, including a dusty track, many changes in road surface and high temperatures.

The work done to achieve constantly-improving reliability, maximum safety and efficient performance levels meant that the Spark-Renault SRT01_E single-seaters were able to offer fans a spectacular day’s action in these challenging conditions, thanks to the car’s architecture supervised by Renault Sport.

The strength of the single-seaters was demonstrated when Jean-Éric Vergne (Andretti Autosport) secured the fastest pole position set so far in the new series (average speed of 134.1kph), despite clipping the wall during his pole lap.

When the lights went out, Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) surged past the former World Series by Renault driver, who then reclaimed the lead on lap thirteen. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) and Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) then both overtook the Frenchman, but the German was penalised for failing to observe the minimum time in the pits when changing car. On the penultimate lap, Sébastien Buemi defended his lead from Jean-Éric Vergne, who was forced to retire. The Swiss therefore secured e.dams-Renault’s first race win, meaning the outfit becomes the new leader of the teams’ championship. Nelson Piquet and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), who still leads the drivers’ standings, joined him on the podium.

Next up is Argentina for the Buenos Aires ePrix on 10 January, 2015.

Eric Pasquier, Marketing Director, Renault Americas: “Uruguay is one of the most advanced countries on the American continent in terms of environmental policy. It therefore totally made sense to organise an ePrix in Punta del Este. This was the first ePrix in the Americas, ahead of Buenos Aires in January. Using the competition to promote electric vehicle technology offers us a unique opportunity and also enables us to demonstrate that Renault is a leader in this field, both on and off the track. Our importer in Uruguay, Santa Rosa, is very involved in promoting ZE vehicles. Thirty Kangoo ZEs were delivered to the national electricity company in July, and another agreement is currently under consideration. Throughout the region, the electric vehicle market is gradually taking off, with our models already being driven on the streets of Brazil, Chile and Colombia, to name but a few.”


1. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) 31 laps
2. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) +0.732
3. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) +2.635
4. Jarno Trulli (Trulli) +4.163
5. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) +4.698
6. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) +5.197
7. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) +6.514
8. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) +7.567
9. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) +8.646
10. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) +10.563
Fastest lap: Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 1:18.451

1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), 58 points
2. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault), 40
3. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing), 40
4. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), 24
5. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing), 22
6. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing), 22
7. Franck Montagny (Andretti), 18
8. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing), 18
9. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing), 14
10. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing), 14

1. e.dams-Renault, 64 points
2. Audi Sport ABT, 62
3. Virgin Racing, 54
4. Dragon Racing, 36
5. Andretti, 33
6. Mahindra Racing, 26
7. China Racing, 22
8. Trulli, 12
9. Amlin Aguri, 6
10. Venturi, 3


Jenson Button to stay at McLaren and partner Fernando Alonso next season

The team are to announce their driver line-up at a news conference at their factory in Surrey on Thursday.

But BBC Sport has learned they have decided to retain Button after weeks of leaning towards Kevin Magnussen.

Button, the 34-year-old 2009 world champion, will continue into a 16th season and has his wish granted to test himself against the man widely regarded as the best in F1.

McLaren signed Alonso some weeks ago, but had been vacillating over the identity of his team-mate.

Chairman Ron Dennis had been keen to retain Magnussen, 22, but the continuing delays over making a decision have tipped the balance back in favour of Button.

The two were evenly matched for pure pace in 2014, with Button out-qualifying the novice 10-9 in 19 races.

The Englishman scored more than twice as many points as Magnussen over the season.

McLaren had intended to retain Magnussen on the basis that the team’s data had suggested he was fractionally quicker and had youth and promise on his side.

But Button’s strong finish to the season, his experience and perhaps unrest at boardroom level over Dennis’s position has influenced the team to go the other way.

Magnussen may be retained as reserve driver for 2015.

McLaren, as well as representatives of both Button and Magnussen, were unavailable for comment on Wednesday.


GP2 Series 2015 season calendar and teams unveiled

Next season made of eleven support events of Formula OneTM World Championship
The 2015 GP2 SeriesTM calendar was confirmed today and will once again consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the Formula OneTM World Championship. Just as in 2014, eight rounds will be held in Europe with three overseas events to complete the calendar.
The eleventh season of the GP2 SeriesTM will open in Sakhir on April 17-19. The action will then move to Europe with its first stop in Barcelona on May 08-10 before going to Monte Carlo on May 21-23. Four weeks later, the season will resume on June 19-21 in Spielberg, followed by Silverstone on July 03-05 and Germany (venue TBA) two weeks later, with Budapest back-to-back before the summer break.
The action will pick-up first in Spa-Francorchamps on August 21-23 then Monza two weeks later. The paddock will next go to Sochi on October 09-11 before the season finale in Yas Marina on November 27-29.
The GP2 organisers have also announced the pre-season testing dates: the first one will take place at Yas Marina on March 09-10-11, whilst the second session will be held at Sakhir on April 01-02-03.
GP2 SeriesTM CEO Bruno Michel said: “I am glad that once again all of our events will take place alongside Formula OneTM. It’s the best way for young drivers to not only learn as many F1 tracks as possible, but also to showcase their skills directly in front of the F1 paddock. With the introduction of DRS in 2015 – which will be the only important technical modification on our cars – GP2 is the perfect category to prepare the drivers for the next step.
“Just like in 2014, next season’s calendar is a balance between racing on F1 circuits, in Europe and overseas, and costs control with the race events limited to eleven in order to enable our thirteen teams to maintain a sustainable economic model.”
2015 GP2 Series Calendar
09-10-11 March
Yas Marina, UAE
01-02-03 April
Sakhir, Bahrain
17-19 April
Sakhir, Bahrain
08-10 May
Barcelona, Spain
21-23 May
Monte Carlo, Monaco
19-21 June
Spielberg, Austria
03-05 July
Silverstone, Great-Britain
17-19 July
TBA, Germany
24-26 July
Budapest, Hungary
21-23 August
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
04-06 September
Monza, Italy
09-11 October
Sochi, Russia
27-29 November
Yas Marina, UAE
2015 GP2 Series Teams
1 – 2
3 – 4
5 – 6
ART Grand Prix
7 – 8
Racing Engineering
9 – 10
11 – 12
14 – 15
Campos Racing
16 – 17
MP Motorsport
18 – 19
20 – 21
Arden International
22 – 23
Status Grand Prix
24 – 25
Hilmer Motorsport
26 – 27



Dppi_01214009_123- Held this year in Doha, Qatar, the FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony saw awards given to the winners of its various Championsh ips.

– José María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb monopolised the podium of the FIA WTCC, whilst Citroën won the Manufacturers’ championship.

- The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT takes second place in the Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship

A glittering occasion to mark the end of the season, the FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony was this year preceded by a challenge involving drivers and leading figures from the FIA. José María López produced an impressive performance to finish third in the karting race, behind Esteban Ocon – European F3 Champion – and Daniel Ricciardo.

On Friday evening, “Pechito” met up with his team-mates Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb to complete the podium of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Meanwhile, Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal, collected the Manufacturers’ title, after the team secured a mighty 17 wins from 23 races.

In rallying, the eight podium finishes claimed by Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg enabled the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team to take second place in the Manufacturers’ World Championship. Meanwhile, Stéphane Lefebvre, Alastair Fisher and Martin Koci made up the podium of the FIA Junior WRC and the WRC-3 championship. The young Frenchman will compete in the WRC-2 next year in a DS 3 R5.

Citroën Racing’s competitive record in international motorsport was completed by Petter Solberg, World Rallycross Champion in his DS 3 Supercar. After winning the WRC in 2003, the Norwegian therefore became the first driver to win world titles in two different categories.

Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal: “This evening, alongside leading figures from throughout international motor sport, we can reflect on what an intense year we have just experienced. These trophies reward the work of the drivers and everyone in the Citroën Racing team, who have competed in two World Championships, and taken part in some 25 events in every corner of the planet. In 2015, we’ll be defending our FIA WTCC titles with Pechito, Yvan and Seb, and we will continue to remain involved in the WRC. For their second season with the DS 3, Kris and Mads can aim higher still and we will try to help them onto the podium of the Drivers’ World C hampionship. We will also be thinking about the future in continuing to support the development of Stéphane Lefebvre.”

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