F1Weekly Podcast # 825

CLARK AND NASIR ARE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILST CONTINUING THEIR AUSTRALIAN DELIGHT THIS WEEK WITH AN INTERVIEW FROM THE PAST WITH MATHEW BRABHAM! AND F1W FAMILIA BRIDGETTE…

Matt is the Grandson of global racing icon and motorsport innovator, three-time World Formula One Champion, Sir Jack. His father Geoff has competed in 10 Indianapolis 500s with a best result of fourth. Immensely talented and successful, Matt has shown the ability to forge his own wheel tracks and carry on the peerless Brabham name.

His decision to become a professional racing car driver was born around the dinner table, listening to stories from his Grandfather, father Geoff and Uncle David. Geoff and David both won the classic Le Mans 24 hour race in 1993 and 2009 respectively.

Matt was born in Florida, USA in 1994, but grew up in Australia and holds dual citizenship in both countries. He started Karting when he was 7 years old in Australia for fun, but quickly started to win races.

After a stint in Formula Ford in Australia post-karting, Matt headed for the USA in 2012 and won the USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy Championship in his rookie year. Moving up to the next rung of the Mazda Road to Indy in 2013, and driving for Andretti Autosport, he smashed all records for most wins (13), most poles and laps led, to convincingly win his second championship in a row.

In 2014, Matt moved up to Indy Lights and scored a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, and went on to finish fourth in the Championship. Later that year, he would become the youngest driver in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, making two event starts. 2015 saw Matt partake in a number of drives from Indy Lights, to asphalt Late Model stockcars, Stadium Super Trucks and he tested a Verizon IndyCar Series machine on numerous occasions.

Matt made his IndyCar debut in 2016 with PIRTEK Team Murray during the Month of May, where he competed in Angie’s Grand Prix and the Indy 500. In the 500’s 33 car field, Matt finished 22nd, having qualified 26th.

In 2017, Matt made his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut in Barbagello for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. Matt had a strong year in Stadium Super Trucks and came away with 2nd in the championship. For 2018 Matt is racing full time in the Stadium SUPER Trucks series in Australia and the United States. Early in 2018, Matt started his first race at Mount Panorama in the Bathurst 12hr. The Boat Works Racing Team paired Matt with Aaron Seton and Tony Longhurst, the three managed to win their class in their BMW M4.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 824

CLARK AND NASIR ARE COMPLETELY LOST IN THE NEW COVID 19 REALITY AND AS THE WORLD HUNKERS DOWN F1W OPENS UP THE ARCHIVES WITH A CLASSIC…JACK BRABHAM INTERVIEW FROM AUGUST 2006

Jack Brabham was an uncompromising and determined character whose knowledge of mechanics helped him go on to found his own team and become the only man to win a world title in a car bearing his own name.

Brabham started racing from an early age, learning his skills on dirt tracks, becoming New South Wales champion at the first time of asking and forging an early alliance with Ron Tauranac, with whom he would later form Brabham.

He clashed with the authorities over his insistence his Cooper would carry sponsorship, so headed to New Zealand where he won the national grand prix in 1954. Buoyed by that success, he headed to Europe where he made his Formula One world championship debut in 1955 driving a Cooper. No sooner had he arrived that he became indispensible to Cooper as both a driver and an engineer.

In 1959 Brabham won the season opener in Monaco, and added a second victory at the British Grand Prix, but it was his consistency which enabled him to keep picking up points. He secured the title in memorable style, pushing his Cooper over the line in the US Grand Prix after his car ran out of fuel.

In 1960 he showed it was no fluke by retaining the championship, doing so in a far more dominant way by reeling off five successive wins and wrapping up the title with two races to spare.

The new regulations in 1961 left Brabham a bystander and he failed to gain one podium finish, but his thoughts were elsewhere and in 1962 his own Brabham marquee made its debut. His fourth place at Watkins Glen at the end of the season was the first for a driver over a car manufactured by himself.

Dan Gurney joined Brabham and while there were some non-championship wins, it was not until Gurney’s victory at the 1964 French Grand Prix the team gained its first success.

In 1965 it seemed Brabham, by then almost 40, was winding down his career but in 1966 he stormed back, winning in his own car for the first time, again in France, and going on to clinch a remarkable third title.

In 1967 team-mate Denny Hulme pipped him to the championship, but as team boss he was finding frustration as his drivers were poached by bigger teams – in the late 60s he lost Jochen Rindt and Jacky Ickx. He had intended to quit after 1969 but Rindt’s decision to join Lotus forced him to keep going although he sold his shares in the Brabham company to Tauranac.

In 1970, what was to be his final season, he won the first race at Kyalami and again may well have pushed eventual champion Rindt hard had Brabham not twice lost races he was leading into the final corner, both times to Rindt.

He retired to Australia after where he bought a farm and maintained various business interests, which included the Engine Developments racing engine manufacturer and several garages.
Martin Williamson.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 823

CLARK AND NASIR CAN’T BELIEVE THE WAIT IS OVER AND THE SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND! WE HAVE A BOOK REVIEW…FORMULA 1 EXPOSED BY GARRY SLOAN, WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF TECH TALK WITH TIM!! AND HERE’S MAX ON ZANDVOORT…

Max got his first taste of what his home Grand Prix will feel like when the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing star became the first man to drive a Formula 1 car at the newly renovated Zandvoort Circuit.
This May, Formula 1 returns to the Netherlands for the first time in 35 years for an all-new Dutch Grand Prix, giving Max’s loyal ‘Orange Army’ of fans the chance to see him race on home soil for the first time.

Max got in some early practice for his home race, powering around the historic circuit in the double world title-winning Red Bull Racing RB8, as he joined two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk for the re-opening of the circuit.

While the layout of one of Max’s boyhood stomping grounds remains largely the same, a number of key modifications have been made, most notably in Turns 3 (Hugenholtz) and the final corner (Arie Luyendyk), both of which now feature steep and challenging banking of up to 18 degrees.

Max was impressed by the changes to the seaside circuit: “It was a great opportunity to be the first person to drive an F1 car at the new Zandvoort Circuit and the track is really cool – especially Turn 3 where the banking is amazing. I didn’t expect the banking to be that big but it’s really cool to drive an F1 car on. The last corner is the same. It’s also pretty banked and with the new cars and DRS open through there it will be a good challenge and a lot of fun.”

“The whole track is very demanding,” he added. “There are a lot of fast corners and still not that much run-off. That makes it really challenging to go on the limit, but that’s good. That’s what we like. Does it give me a head start coming here today? Maybe a little. It’s always good to drive a track for the first time and see how it feels and what it’s like. I definitely enjoyed it.”

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F1Weekly Podcast # 822

CLARK AND NASIR ARE COUNTING THE HOURS UNTIL MELBOURNE AND KEEPING THEIR FINGERS CROSSED FOR AN UPSET! AND THERE’S SOMETHING BREWING IN THE PADDOCK ON THE FIA / FERRARI SETTLEMENT…OH DEAR.

Paris (AFP) – The seven Formula One teams that do not use Ferrari power units on Wednesday threatened legal action against the International Automobile Federation to force it to publish its report into the Italian team’s engines.

Following complaints by rival teams, the FIA investigated Ferrari last year.

They released a statement last Friday, minutes before the end of winter testing, saying they had reached a “settlement” with Ferrari following “thorough technical investigations”, the details of which “will remain confidential”.

McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, AlphaTauri and Williams responded on Wednesday with a letter in which they said they “were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit”.

“We strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.”

Last season several teams expressed suspicions after Ferrari gained in straight-line speed. The improvement was particularly noticeable after the mid-season break.

During qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix in October, Red Bull requested clarification from the FIA on the measurement of fuel flow, which is limited by the rules. They named Ferrari to the media.

In their letter, the teams said they intended “to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally”.

“We reserve our rights to seek legal redress.”

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FORMULA 2

PIQUET FASTEST ON DAY ONE OF PRE SEASON  TESTING

Experience wasn’t a barrier on the first day of pre-season testing, with rookie Pedro Piquet the fastest man in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Charouz driver was the only man to break 1m 42s, finishing ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita and fellow rookie Jehan Daruvala.

It didn’t take Piquet long to get to grips with the new Pirelli 18-inch tyres either, as the Brazilian set an instant impression amongst the new-look F2 field with the morning’s first fast time, taking the lead with 1:44.331.

A large chunk of the field opted to remain in the garage for much of the early stages, with a flow of short runs providing the teams with valuable data to work on. Matsushita was the man to take control of those runs, thumping around in less than 1m 43s to claim an early advantage, with Felipe Drugovich lining up behind him in the second MP Motorsport machine.

Louis Delétraz is known for his invaluable ability in testing and had dominated the post-season sessions in Abu Dhabi with Charouz. He continued in the same vein in Bahrain, overtaking his former teammate for top spot with a tour of 1:43.583.
Returning for the first time from a leg injury sustained in training at the end of last year, Jehan Daruvala impressed in his debut F2 stint, propping up the leading duo in third, half a second behind.

At the start of second session, it was once again the dominant force of Delétraz who set the early standards, before being usurped by Callum Ilott in the UNI-Virtuosi machine. Their running was briefly halted as Nikita Mazepin spun on track and caused a red flag, after battling for track position with Dan Ticktum.

When they resumed, Marcus Armstrong broke the quickest time from the morning to take control of the standings, but Delétraz simply upped his game and retaliated by taking the times below 1m 43s for the first time.

For much of the grid, focus shifted onto long runs and Delétraz was left on his own out in front. Squeezing in between him and ART Grand Prix substitute Sergey Sirotkin in the top three was Carlin rookie Yuki Tsunoda, who impressed in his first pre-season tests.

F1Weekly Podcast # 821

NASIR AND THE HOST DISCUSS THE LEGALITY OF MERCEDES DAS AND THE FACT WILLIAMS IS NOT FLOUNDERING LIKE IN 2019 AND OF COURSE WE HAVE TO COMMENT ON RACING POINT’S MERCEDES LOOK ALIKE!!

RACING POINT DRIVER LANCE STROLL

“After driving in the afternoon of the opening day, it felt good to be back behind the wheel for a full day of running. We covered lots of laps, collected the data and worked through the job list. The RP20 feels very different to last season’s car and I think we’re in a much better place now than we were this time last year. You never know what the others are doing so we are just focussing on our own work. We definitely have a good base on which to build.”

Tom McCullough, Performance Engineering Director:

“We had a positive start to the final day of the first test by completing all of the set-up performance run test items that we had planned. On Lance’s final run in the morning, we encountered a gearbox sensor problem but we fixed this over lunch and got back out in the afternoon, focussing on long-run performance. The issue over lunch and four red flags meant the day was not as productive as we hoped and despite only achieving 116 laps, our learning about the RP20 continued. I think we can say that we have had a positive start to winter testing. From here, we need to analyse the data that we have collected and come back next week to ensure that the final three days before Melbourne are as fruitful as possible.”

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