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F1Weekly podcast # 705

Situated on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130mph over the course of a lap. The circuit combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their car to maximise straight line speed. This race is a firm favourite on the calendar due to its unrivalled atmosphere. Montreal becomes a party town during the race weekend and the locals create a fantastic atmosphere from the grandstands. The team has secured four wins in Canada to date, with the last coming in 1996 with Damon Hill at the wheel of the FW18.
For Montreal, Pirelli have made available the ultrasoft (for use in Q3), supersoft and soft compound tyres for dry-weather running. The intermediate and wet tyres are also available. Pirelli have allocated three sets of tyres to each driver, but each driver can now choose their remaining ten sets from the available compounds. In Canada, the team has chosen to allocate each driver with different sets of tyres. Felipe has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, three sets of supersoft tyres and three sets of soft tyres. Valtteri has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, four sets of supersoft tyres and two sets of soft tyres.
Pat Symonds 
Being a fast track with long straights, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve certainly favours the characteristics of the Williams car, as shown by our strong performances last year, so this should mark a return to form for the team. The circuit itself has very low-average speed corners, with one quick corner at turn five being easily flat and therefore not counting for much these days. Good top speed, stable braking with the track being hard on brakes, good change of direction for the multiple chicanes and adequate traction are key things required here. It’s also the second race in a row that we see the new ultrasoft tyre, but even with this we expect most cars to be on a one-stop strategy. We have a number of new aerodynamic and chassis parts to continue pushing our development of the FW38.
Felipe Massa
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track where you need to have good speed because you have that long straight. I would say in the last two years we’ve done really well in Canada. I think we’ve had a competitive car so I really hope we can repeat that performance again this year.  It’s a place I really enjoy going. It’s a really nice town where everyone goes completely crazy for Formula One. I think this is due to the history of Canadian drivers, like Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve. I hope we can have a competitive race there and maybe even fight for the podium.
Valtteri Bottas
Canada is one of my favourite races. The track is pretty fast and it’s really enjoyable to drive. We finished on the podium there last year so I have some very good memories. Montreal is such a nice city and such a nice place. As a big ice hockey fan, it’s a big ice hockey city as well. I’m really looking forward to going back there and seeing all the Canadian fans. Hopefully we can have a strong result.

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The stars shone at Lausitz: for the first time in his career, Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Lucas Auer won a DTM race. In the race on Sunday during the Motorsport Festival at Lausitzring, the Austrian scored his first major success in the most popular international touring car series – the first victory for an Austrian driver in DTM history – after having started from pole position into the 23rd DTM race of his career. In front of 67,500 spectators, the 21-year-old crossed the finish line after 46 laps with a margin of 3.763 seconds from Audi driver Mattias Ekström. The Swede had started from ninth place.

“I have only dreamt about winning a race in my second DTM season, but I never thought that it would actually work out. I am overjoyed,” the Tyrolean said during the prize-giving ceremony. “A good start and the first lap were crucial and I managed to get them right,” he summed up the key to his victory. Third place in the sixth DTM race of the season went to Auer’s fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Robert Wickens, who also took the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings with this result.

Jamie Green finished fourth at Lausitz from Gary Paffett. Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver on Sunday in sixth place. In seventh to tenth, Christian Vietoris, Nico Müller, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock rounded out the top ten in the second race of the weekend.

After six of this season’s 18 races, Robert Wickens is leading the DTM drivers’ standings with 58 points from Marco Wittmann (55 points). Mattias Ekström (46 points) has moved up to third with his second-place finish. Jamie Green (45 points), Edoardo Mortara (44 points) and Paul Di Resta (43 points) follow in fourth to sixth place.

In almost three weeks, from June 24 till 26, 2016, the DTM will be racing at the Norisring in Nuremberg, the only street circuit on the calendar, with the seventh and eighth race of the season.


A 1-2 for Audi in the race on Saturday, Wittmann takes points’ lead

The Lausitzring seems to suit Audi: in the DTM race on Saturday, Miguel Molina and Jamie Green secured a 1-2 for the manufacturer from Ingolstadt. Last year already, the brand with the four rings was very successful, winning both races at Lausitz. Molina, who started from pole position, only had to allow his fellow Audi driver Green in front for a few laps after the start, but then managed to take back the lead and held on to it until the end. “Today, our car was very fast, both in qualifying and in the race, after things didn’t go particularly well for us in the first four races of the season,” winner Molina said after the race. For the Spaniard, it was his second DTM race win. After 32 laps, he was 2.034 seconds ahead of British driver Green. During the Motorsport Festival at Lausitzring, Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens claimed the final podium slot by finishing third.

Even though Marco Wittmann just missed out on a podium finish with his BMW M4 DTM, the 2014 DTM champion can still be happy: twelve points for his fourth place are enough to take the lead in the drivers’ standings. After five of this season’s 18 DTM races, Wittmann is now on top with 47 points. Edoardo Mortara, who finished eighth in the race, is second with 44 points. Paul Di Resta’s progress, that saw him move up from 21st on the grid to 13th at the finish, remained unrewarded. The Scot lost the lead in the drivers’ standings and is now third with 43 points, tied with Robert Wickens.

On Sunday, the sixth race of the season takes place from 15.15 hrs. Live broadcast from Lausitz on ARD starts at 15.00 hrs. Qualifying on Sunday is scheduled at 11.30 hrs (live on Einsfestival from 11.25 hrs.).



West Sussex, UK — With a theme of Full Throttle — The Endless Pursuit of Power, this year’s FoS is celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the inaugural Can-Am Series of 1966 and the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship victory over Niki Lauda.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed marks the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship.
(photo: Goodwood)
As part of a tribute to Hunt, the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formula cars, and even his beloved A35 road car, will be on display on the grounds of Goodwood House.
And for the first time in eight years, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty, regarded as the most successful Superbike racer of all time, will return to FoS. He will ride two current Triumph bikes, the Speed Triple and the Thruxton R, as well as two bikes supplied by the National Motorcycle Museum — the Triumph Bonneville that Malcolm Uphill took to victory in the Production TT and the 750cc Production TT-winning Triumph Trident, known as ‘Slippery Sam’.
BMW will be the honored marque at the June 23-26 event, and will celebrate by bringing its M4 GTS for the hillclimb. This new six-cylinder, capable of 500 bhp, and other new models will be joined by other M cars from the past 40 years.


Rossi makes history as rookie winner of 100th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 29, 2016) – On the biggest motorsports stage imaginable, Alexander Rossi picked the perfect day to make unimaginable history before a sellout crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a worldwide television audience tuned in.

The 24-year-old Californian and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally coasted across the finish line to win the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in most memorable fashion.

Driving the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Rossi stretched his last tank of fuel over the final 36 laps around the hallowed 2.5-mile oval, running dry of Sunoco E85R as he entered Turn 4 on the final lap. The car’s momentum was enough to carry Rossi across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz.

In the process, Rossi became the 10th rookie in Indianapolis 500 history to win the race and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. He became a Verizon IndyCar Series winner in just his sixth race and the first to win a race in his debut season since Carlos Huertas in 2014.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” a stunned Rossi admitted in Victory Circle after drinking and then pouring the celebratory bottle of milk over his head. “We struggled a little bit in the pit stops but Bryan (Herta) came up with an unbelievable strategy. I can’t believe we’ve done this!”

In yet another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that saw 13 drivers swap the lead 54 times – the second most changes in Indy 500 history (68 in 2013) and seventh most for any Indy car race – Rossi led just 14 laps. The majority of the field, including Rossi, stopped for fuel and tires on Lap 164 during the caution period caused when Takuma Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda made light contact with the Turn 4 wall.

Rossi sat seventh on the Lap 167 restart and bided his time as those ahead of him began to peel off for a splash of fuel in the final 10 laps. When race leader Munoz had to stop four laps from the completion of the 200-lap event, Rossi inherited the lead and nursed his car home with help of a tow from another Andretti teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Rossi’s final lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slower than the charging Munoz, but he had cushion enough to coast across the famous yard of bricks by the largest margin of victory since the 1996 race.

“This is unbelievable,” said Herta, whose team merged with Andretti’s this year to form Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian and field Rossi, who left the American open-wheel junior ranks for Europe and made five Formula One starts in 2015 before returning to race on home soil.

“Man, it was so close at the end,” added Herta, Rossi’s race strategist. “For a rookie to drive with the poise he did in such a tough situation – I was telling him, ‘Don’t let anybody pass you but save fuel’ – and he did it.”

Rossi’s deal with Andretti Herta wasn’t formalized until a few weeks before the 2016 season opener. His best finish before today was 10th at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. Now Rossi is an Indianapolis 500 champion and he continues a trend of rookies winning landmark Indy 500s started by Ray Harroun at the first race in 1911 and Graham Hill at the 50th in 1966.

“I don’t even know where to begin,” Rossi said. “In February I wasn’t even thinking about Indy car, and now we’ve just won the Indy 500. Thanks to an amazing group of people who gave me an opportunity to come here this year.”

The Indy 500 win was the fourth for Andretti Autosport (Dan Wheldon, 2005; Dario Franchitti, 2007; Hunter-Reay, 2014) and the second for Herta (Wheldon, 2011).

“After that last pit stop, I knew that Alex was going to try it,” co-owner Michael Andretti said. “We knew then, all right, if he’s going to try it, we’re going to try different strategies. It really worked out. We had two cars that had a shot at winning with two different strategies.

“To be a part of history, to win the 100th running, to win it with a 1-2 finish is incredible. I’m a bit speechless.”



Ricciardo had led the early stages from pole position in wet conditions, only losing the lead when he pitted for intermediate tyres while Hamilton persisted with wets.

The Australian turned his deficit to dust as the track continued to dry and appeared poised to charge back into the lead as the pair pitted on consecutive laps for dry tyres.

While Hamilton’s stop went smoothly Red Bull weren’t ready when Ricciardo arrived a lap later, the team blaming a miscommunication that left their driver sitting in the pits waiting for the right tyres to arrive from the garage.

It felt like an eternity but the wait was only a few seconds – enough to allow Hamilton to narrowly regain the lead.

Despite several attempts, including one investigated by the stewards, Ricciardo was unable to find a way back past the Mercedes and watched helplessly as a weekend he’d dominated turned into a Hamilton victory.

He was furious with the team after the race, bluntly rebutting an attempted apology.

“Save it,” he said.

DANIEL RICCIARDO: “On the extremes in the beginning we were quick and I did everything I had to. I asked a couple of times how the people on inters were doing but they said that my pace was really good on the extremes so we stayed out and that was no problem. And then they said “box this lap”. We put the inters on and then we came out behind Lewis. Then when Lewis pitted we tried to pit the lap later to overcut him. It was all prepared and then I came into the pits and there were no tyres.
I actually hate being like this. I hate being miserable. I got a podium in Monaco. I should be extremely happy, grateful and thankful. I’ve been fast now for two races and that’s the positive, but again no win so I’m a little bit sick of being fast and not getting any real rewards. I don’t like being the sad story. To end it on a positive note, we are fast in all conditions, which is good.”