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Quali

Nico Hulkenberg takes his first pole position in Brazil.

Williams in shock over fantastic result not seen since 05

Fernando Alonso could only get his Ferrari in fifth spot.

Red Bull extremely happy taking second and third.

Nico Hulkenberg: Yeah, I mean it is amazing. I still cannot believe that I have done it. A big, big thank you to the team putting a good car together for qualifying. To go on slicks was obviously the right decision and my engineer told me I had one last lap but I was good in the rankings already. I was just squeezing everything I could out of my car, trying to do a very smooth lap, not to get on any wet parts and make a mistake. What a nice surprise for us on Saturday to be on pole. Very, very happy obviously and I am just enjoying the moment.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:20.050  1:19.144  1:14.470
 2.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:19.160  1:18.691  1:15.519
 3.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:19.025  1:18.516  1:15.637
 4.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:19.931  1:18.921  1:15.747
 5.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:18.987  1:19.010  1:15.989
 6.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:19.799  1:18.925  1:16.203
 7.  Kubica         Renault                1:19.249  1:18.877  1:16.552
 8.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:19.879  1:18.923  1:16.925
 9.  Massa          Ferrari                1:19.778  1:19.200  1:17.101
10.  Petrov         Renault                1:20.189  1:19.153  1:17.656
11.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:19.905  1:19.288
12.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:19.741  1:19.385
13.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:20.153  1:19.486
14.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:20.158  1:19.581
15.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:20.096  1:19.847
16.  Heidfeld       Sauber-Ferrari         1:20.174  1:19.899
17.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:20.592  1:20.357
18.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:20.830
19.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:22.130
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:22.250
21.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:22.378
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:22.810
23.  Klien          HRT-Cosworth           1:23.083
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:23.796

F1weekly podcast # 444

photo: Autosport.com

Bernie wants the ban on team orders lifted.

Ferrari fined $100,000 and referred to the WMSC.

“We tried to do our race, we tried to do as good as we can,” said Alonso, who scored his second win of the year. “We are professional drivers and we try to work as a team and we try to do the best we can every day.”

F1weekly podcast number 444

Ferrari takes an unsavory victory at Hockenheim.

Massa clearly unhappy with letting Fernando through.

Red Bull front wing under scrutiny for flexing.

Esteban Gutierrez has cruised to his fourth GP3 victory.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h28:38.866
 2.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.196
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     5.121
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.896
 5.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    29.482
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    43.606
 7.  Kubica        Renault                    +     1 lap
 8.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +     1 lap
10.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
11.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
17.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
18.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps
19.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps

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F1weekly podcast # 416

Dingo day afternoon in Albert Park

Australian Grand Prix


Bulls and El Matador. German wunderkind Sebastian Vettel took his
second successive pole position of the season in Melbourne, steaming
ahead of teammate and local favorite Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso,
winner of  the opening round in Bahrain, qualified third in his Ferrari.

The right call. Defending race winner and world champion Jenson Button
changed to slicks, went off-track but kept his cool and smooth driving and
rewarded McLaren their first win of the season. Could this be the start of
reverse cage rattling in Woking?

Renault rising. Pole star Robert Kubica finished second. In the halcyon
days of Flavio Briatore he was at one time part of Renault Driver Development
programme. So were Kovalainen, Grosjean and Peter Windsor’s hand picked
“American” (just add Latin), Jose Maria Lopez.

Home grown talent. Mark Webber made his F1 debut in Albert Park
driving for fellow Aussie Paul Stoddard-owned Minardi team in 2002.
Sunday was no walk in the park for him, out classed by teammate both
in qualifying and race he soldiered on for ninth place finish.


Prancing in the park. Fernando Alonso, new in town in Maranello,
held off a late charge from Hamilton but was unable to pass teammate
Massa for a podium finish. His fourth place finish keeps him at the top
of the championship table.


Hulked by Kobayashi. Rising German star and Willi Weber client
Nico Hulkenberg was speared on the opening lap by the Sauber
of Kamui Kobayashi. Hulkenberg and Hamilton both won GP2 titles
in their rookie seasons and also won every championship they entered.

Unwilling Virgin. Gave birth by CFD to Nick Wirth designed cars, which
urgently needs transplant of larger fuel tanks. Sir Richard Branson of
Virgin brand fame and fortune is the rich daddy. Virgin pilots are Timo
Glock and Lucas di Grassi.


Jonesy boy. The last Australian world champion Alan Jones was born
in Melbourne. He gave Shadow their only Grand Prix win, Austria 1977,
in a car which is now owned by an F1Weekly listener. Jones was world
champion three years later in a Patrick Head designed Williams.

Party comes to town. Melbourne is one of the most popular stops on
the F1 circuit. Capital of Victoria State snatched the race from Adelaide
in 1996. Melbourne is now facing taste of its own medicine from Sydney.
Time and Bernie will decide the outcome of this opera.

Button and his Wheel of Fortune!

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California

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Dingo day afternoon in Albert Park

Australian Grand Prix

Bulls and El Matador. German wunderkind Sebastian Vettel took his

second successive pole position of the season in Melbourne, steaming

ahead of teammate and local favorite Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso,

winner of  the opening round in Bahrain, qualified third in his Ferrari.

The right call. Defending race winner and world champion Jenson Button

changed to slicks, went off-track but kept his cool and smooth driving and

rewarded McLaren their first win of the season. Could this be the start of

reverse cage rattling in Woking?

Renault rising. Pole star Robert Kubica finished second. In the halcyon

days of Flavio Briatore he was at one time part of Renault Driver Development

programme. So were Kovalainen, Grosjean and Peter Windsor’s hand picked

“American” (just add Latin), Jose Maria Lopez.

Home grown talent. Mark Webber made his F1 debut in Albert Park

driving for fellow Aussie Paul Stoddard-owned Minardi team in 2002.

Sunday was no walk in the park for him, out classed by teammate both

in qualifying and race he soldiered on for ninth place finish.

Prancing in the park. Fernando Alonso, new in town in Maranello,

held off a late charge from Hamilton but was unable to pass teammate

Massa for a podium finish. His fourth place finish keeps him at the top

of the championship table.

Hulked by Kobayashi. Rising German star and Willi Weber client

Nico Hulkenberg was speared on the opening lap by the Sauber

of Kamui Kobayashi. Hulkenberg and Hamilton both won GP2 titles

in their rookie seasons and also won every championship they entered.

Unwilling Virgin. Gave birth by CFD to Nick Wirth designed cars, which

urgently needs transplant of larger fuel tanks. Sir Richard Branson of

Virgin brand fame and fortune is the rich daddy. Virgin pilots are Timo

Glock and Lucas di Grassi.

Jonesy boy. The last Australian world champion Alan Jones was born

in Melbourne. He gave Shadow their only Grand Prix win, Austria 1977,

in a car which is now owned by an F1Weekly listener. Jones was world

champion three years later in a Patrick Head designed Williams.

Party comes to town. Melbourne is one of the most popular stops on

the F1 circuit. Capital of Victoria State snatched the race from Adelaide

in 1996. Melbourne is now facing taste of its own medicine from Sydney.

Time and Bernie will decide the outcome of this opera.

Button and his Wheel of Fortune!

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California

F1weekly podcast # 405

BMW Sauber present their new challenger for the 2010 F1 season the C29.

“The last few months have been very intense for us. First we had to battle to secure the survival of the team and then we focused on putting a strong set-up in place for the future.”

“The technical preparation of the 2010 car has continued uninterrupted and according to plan since the spring of 2009, despite all the turmoil. We have a long tradition of bringing together an up-and-coming youngster and an experienced campaigner as a driver combination – and it’s an approach that has brought us a lot of success.”

The McLaren MP4-25 is unveiled in Newbury at Vodaphone’ UK headquarters.

“As team principal I am honoured to represent this great team, but I am one small part of a group of dedicated and fantastic people.

“A great team and a competitive car can only succeed with the best drivers. Neither of our drivers need much of an introduction because between them they have won the past two world championships. We are thrilled this year to have Lewis and Jenson represent the team on track. Both drivers are winners and they want to win this year.


F1weekly podcast number 405.

Ferrari the first Formula 1 team to unveil its new car for the 2010 season.

“This championship will be very important for us,” said team boss Stefano Domenicali. “The last championship, for different reasons, was not very positive, that is why we are dealing with this one looking to be competitive – and this is what Ferrari deserves to have.”

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

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F1weekly podcast # 389

Podcast number 389

Toyota says sayonara to Formula 1.

Bridgestone will end their involvement in F1 by 2011.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special interview with Josef Kaufmann.


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The 2009 Formula 1 season is gone but the 2010 Classic Grand Prix calendar has arrived. Celebrate the New Year with “La Dolce Vita”—featuring the red blood of Italy and the legendary men who raced them.

Mike Hawthorn, the first British world champion.

Alberto Ascari, the last Italian world champion. Jacky Ickx, the Belgian boy wonder. “Our Nige” plus Alain Prost and Kimi Raikkonen. And the “Red Baron” on his way to his first F1 victory for Maranello.

Calendar features an exclusive interview with Mario Andretti.

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F1weekly podcast # 374

 

Fisico to Ferrari

Giancarlo Fisichella will be the second Ferrari driver from the Italian Grand Prix.

‘This crash was not right, it happened because you wanted it to’. Massa to Flavio.

Renault could face serious charges with the risk of expulsion from Formula One.

F1weekly podcast number 374 now online.

Go around the Globe with Motorsports Mondial and Nasir Hameed.

 

Flavio Briatore was born in Verzuolo near Cuneo, Italy, in the Maritime Alps, to a family of elementary school teachers. He received a diploma in Land Surveying at Fassino di Busca’s high school with the lowest grades. Briatore found early work as a ski instructor and restaurant manager. He opened a restaurant named Tribüla, which was Briatore’s nickname. The restaurant eventually closed.

In the 1970s, he moved to Cuneo and became an assistant to businessman Attilio Dutto, owner of the Paramatti Vernici (formerly owned by Michele Sindona). Dutto was killed on March 21, 1979 in a car bomb attack by an unknown perpetrator.From then on, Briatore started his unorthodox business career.

Briatore next moved to Milan and worked in the Italian stock exchange. During this period, he met Luciano Benetton, founder of the Benetton clothing company. The two became friends and eventually business partners. When Benetton opened his first five stores in the United States in 1979, he appointed Briatore as director of the group’s American operations.

Due to Benetton’s unorthodox methods of franchising, the chain experienced a brief boom in popularity in the US. By 1989, there were eight hundred stores in the United States. Briatore, having taken a cut of each franchising agreement, became very wealthy.

Benetton was also known for its divisive and attention-grabbing advertisements. Briatore explained how they raised the company’s profile: "We decided to do something very controversial that people would pick up on — 50% of people thought it was great and 50% thought it was awful, but in the meantime everyone was talking about Benetton.

As store owners began to complain of competition from other Benetton stores, the number of stores decreased to two hundred and Briatore began to look for a new business.

Benetton Formula

Briatore attended his first Formula One race, the Australian Grand Prix, in 1988, having in the past proclaimed his lack of interest in the sport. Luciano Benetton appointed him commercial director of his Formula One team, Benetton Formula Ltd. (formerly Toleman), and when he fired the team management shortly thereafter, Briatore was promoted to managing director and set about turning Benetton into a competitive team.

He hired and quickly fired engineer John Barnard. Barnard’s successor was Tom Walkinshaw, whose greatest achievement with the team was to lure young driver Michael Schumacher from the Jordan team after his first F1 race in 1991. Briatore, too, contributed to this achievement. The Times observed that Briatore knew Schumacher could be the best and built a team around him at Benetton that eventually beat the Williams driver Damon Hill to the World Championship after Ayrton Senna was killed at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Schumacher went on to win at Spa in 1992 and again at Estoril in 1993 before claiming the World Drivers’ Championship in 1994 and 1995. The Benetton team won the World Constructors’ Championship in 1995.

Late in 1994, Briatore purchased the ailing Ligier team to acquire its stock of Renault engines. FIA regulations, however, did not permit him to own the team, so he sold it to Walkinshaw. He took on complete management of Benetton, but when Schumacher and a number of key technical staffers departed for Ferrari in 1996, the team slipped to the middle of the grid.

Briatore purchased a share of the Minardi team in 1996, but being unable to sell it to British American Tobacco, as he had hoped, he sold out to fellow owners Giancarlo Minardi and Gabriele Rumi. Benetton fired him in 1997 in favour of David Richards.

From 1998 to 2000, he led Renault’s motorsport sister company Mecachrome, which provided older 1997 Renault engines to the Williams (1998-1999), Benetton (1998-2000), BAR (1999) and Arrows (2000) teams under the brand names Mecachrome (1998), Supertec (1999-2000) and Playlife (for Benetton 1998-2000).

Renault F1

In 2000, Renault announced its plans to return to Formula One with the purchase of the Benetton Formula team. Briatore returned as managing director and team principal, replacing Rocco Benetton. The team raced as Benetton-Renault in 2001 before becoming Renault F1 in 2002.

Briatore has a reputation as a talent-scout, and probably his greatest ‘find’ has been Fernando Alonso. Briatore met with the teenage Spaniard in 1999. As his manager, Briatore secured him a race drive with Minardi in 2001, and promoted him to test-driver for Renault in 2002.

For 2003, Briatore fired race-driver Jenson Button and replaced him with Alonso. When he replaced Button the outcry was huge, but Briatore stated, ‘Time will tell if I am wrong.’

Renault won both championships in 2005, with Alonso winning the drivers’ title, but he turned his back on Briatore to sign for rivals McLaren for 2007. Despite this, Renault and Alonso retained their titles in 2006.

Briatore also acts as manager for Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen, and formerly managed Jarno Trulli and Nelson Piquet, Jr. Despite winning the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, Trulli was dropped from Renault by Briatore and replaced by Giancarlo Fisichella.

In April 2006, Renault F1’s new president Alain Dassas stated that having a contract with Briatore for 2007 was ‘a key factor’ in securing the company’s commitment to the sport; ‘and we will do everything to ensure Flavio stays… Briatore was duly confirmed as staying at Renault for the 2007 and 2008 seasons on 6 September 2006.

Briatore replaced Alonso with Kovalainen for 2007, saying: "With Kovalainen, I hope to find the anti-Alonso".

Allegations were made during November 2007 by the FIA against the Renault F1 team regarding information they were found to have in their possession concerning the 2006 and 2007 McLaren F1 cars. These allegations were the subject of an FIA investigation, with an FIA hearing taking place 6 December 2007. Renault were found guilty of breaching the same regulation as McLaren, but were not punished. Despite this guilty verdict, Briatore hit back at McLaren’s Ron Dennis, saying: "Here is a team that acquired an advantage illegally. Just read the regulations: for intellectual property theft the punishment is exclusion… Ron Dennis… was the one who protested us on the mass damper. He is not the immaculate saint he pretends to be on his statements.

In August 2009, Briatore was heavily criticised by Nelson Piquet, Jr. after he was sacked from the Renault team. Writing on his own site, Piquet said "A manager is supposed to encourage you, support you, and provide you with opportunities. In my case it was the opposite. Flavio Briatore was my executioner.

In an interview with Autosport magazine, Piquet Jr. said that Briatore "is ignorant about Formula 1” and revealed that “If you listen to the pit-wall radio, it’s like a joke. He hasn’t got a clue what is happening in the race… he makes comments that don’t make any sense.”

The son of the three times F1 champion Nelson Piquet affirmed "everyone knows that his ego is bigger than anything else. He likes to show off. You can be a very good businessman and whatever, but the F1 team itself can do very well without him. The only good thing the team takes out of him is his good relationship with Bernie and the FIA. Other than that, he doesn’t know what is going on. It’s like listening to something my sister would say about the car.

On August 30, 2009, during the Belgian Grand Prix, Brazilian journalist Reginaldo Leme stated in the live television coverage from Globo TV that Nelson Piquet, Jr. had intentionally spun off during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, following Briatore’s orders. This accusation is still unconfirmed, but, according to Leme, FIA has hired a private firm to investigate the matter.

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