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THE RED BULL ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Daniel Ricciardo“Abu Dhabi has always been a pretty good track for me and I enjoy going there. I’m yet to get an Abu Dhabi podium, but that would be a pretty awesome way to end my stint with Red Bull and to end the season. Having a twilight race is always cool, the weather is good, so there’s not much not to like about the place. I love the third sector, it’s my favourite part of the track for sure, through the hotel and all that is good fun.

during the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 11, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Abu Dhabi marks the end of five years with the Team and ten years with Red Bull itself. I’m sure it’s going to be emotional afterwards, especially when I cross the line for the last time with the Team. But I’m going there guns a blazing, showing a lot of love. Hopefully the love shows me back and I can spray some fake champagne on Sunday, which would be a fitting farewell.”

Max Verstappen “Apart from being the last race of the year, Abu Dhabi is always a special one due to the atmosphere. The crowds are big and noisy, and being a sunset race adds to the unique feeling. After a busy few races I think everyone looks forward to getting to Abu Dhabi. The nice weather and a more relaxed feel in the paddock means everyone is smiling. The track itself is fun to drive, passing the yachts in the final sector has a similar feel to Monaco, but it’s not as tight.

There are some long straights that do not really play to our strong points but we will try to make up for this in the twisty sectors. Once the race is done the team can relax a bit, and have some well-earned downtime. We of course have testing shortly after but I will definitely try to chill out and get some sun on the Monday. Before we know it, we’ll be testing and working hard towards 2019 throughout the winter, which is very exciting.”

F1Weekly podcast # 775

CLARK HINTS AT MORE CONSPIRACIES WHILST NASIR IS PRAISING LCH AND ADMIRING MAX FOR HIS MACHISMONESS!

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GREETINGS RACE FANS & F1WEEKLY FAMILIA. “Fire & Ice”the theme for 2019 calendar – features sizzling and simmering performances from teammates during the same season. The tradition of uber domination that Sebastian Vettel enjoyed in 2013, winning 13 races while his teammate went winless, goes back to the first decade of the Formula 1 championship.

In 1954, the great Juan Manuel Fangio won grand prix races with Maserati and Mercedes, while his teammate in the other Silver Arrow went winless.

Jim Clark delivered the same knock-out punch and performance to his Lotus teammate on his way to his first title glory in 1963.

His fellow Scot, Jackie Stewart, won the first of his three championships in similar dominating style in 1969 in the beautiful blue Matra.

Even the triple world champion, “Super Rat” Niki Lauda had to play second fiddle to the big French ‘fromage’ of the 80s, Alain Prost while they were teammates at McLaren in 1985.

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FORMULA 1

MAYBE IT WAS DELIBERATE!

WORDS FROM MAX AND OCON!

MAX VERSTAPPEN:
“First of all I want to thank the Team. The car felt amazing all race, even with a damaged floor towards the end. The set-up, balance and strategy were perfect today. To be this competitive at a track we didn’t expect to be is really positive, and makes me look forward to Abu Dhabi. We have come away with a P2, which should have been a win. This shows we were performing really well, beyond expectations.
It is a real shame we didn’t come away with the win due to the incident with Ocon. Of course a backmarker can un-lap himself but he took an unnecessary amount of risk, especially against the race leader. They gave him the penalty for causing a collision so I think that says enough. At the end of the day I am a passionate sportsman that wants to win, this situation is frustrating and shows emotion when competing at the highest level. It is now important to take the positives from the race and the rest of the weekend and carry on the momentum into Abu Dhabi.”
Esteban:
“It’s disappointing not to score when we had good pace. I had made some good overtakes throughout the race, but it all came to nothing after the contact with Max [Verstappen]. He came out of the pits, I stayed behind him for nearly two laps but I was much faster than him and the team advised me to unlap myself.
Esteban Ocon (FRA) Racing Point Force India F1 VJM11.
Brazilian Grand Prix, Sunday 11th November 2018. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
I went on the outside at turn one – the same move I made on Fernando [Alonso] and on many others before, but Max didn’t give me any space. Once I was beside him I couldn’t just disappear, so we collided. But it was my corner and I had the right to the space. I was saddened by his behaviour after the race: he was very aggressive and the guys from the FIA had to intervene. That’s not the way to handle these things.”

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LCH BEATS VETTEL TO BRAZILIAN GP POLE POSITION IN A QUALIFYING SESSION WHERE BOTH DRIVERS WERE INVOLVED IN CONTROVERSIAL INCIDENTS!

Vettel is under investigation by the stewards for a bizarre incident in Q2 when he is accused of ignoring instructions at the weighbridge and breaking the scales that weigh the cars.

Hamilton, meanwhile, had a near-miss with Sergey Sirotkin in the same session when the Williams driver had to swerve off the track. Amid suggestions both drivers were on out laps, stewards have not yet launched an investigation into that incident.

On the track in Q3, F1’s newly-crowned five-time champion beat Vettel by 0.093s to stay true to his word that he would go all-out to victory to help Mercedes clinch the Constructors’ Championship with a race to spare on Sunday.

Valtteri Bottas was third in the other Mercedes, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth in the second Ferrari.

After a front-row lockout in Mexico, Red Bull took a back seat at Interlagos with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo split by a scant 0.002s in fifth and sixth places respectively.

But Ricciardo will slip back to 11th place owing to a five-place penalty for an unscheduled turbo change.

IS VETTEL LOOSING IT?
The Ferrari driver has found himself in hot water with authorities on several occasions this year amid his ultimately failed title challenge and the weighbridge moment in Q2 represented the most unusual yet.

After completing his first lap amid lightly-falling rain in Q2, Vettel was asked to stop at the weighbridge as he returned to the pits so FIA officials could carry out a random check.

But Vettel is said to have ‘refused to turn off the engine’ and driving on to the scales with his car’s engine still running, contravening the regulations. The FIA say he then drove off under his own power which ‘destroyed the scales’ and ‘further compromised the continuation of the weighing procedure’.

The German was also seen clapping his hands in an apparent attempt to get officials to hurry up.

“They shouldn’t call us, when the conditions are changing like that I think it’s unfair if somebody is pulled in,” said Vettel after qualifying before visiting the stewards.

“I wanted them to hurry up.”!!

F1Weekly podcast # 774

CLARK AND NASIR SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE MEXICAN GRAND PRIX. THE HOST HAS HIS DOUBT’S ABOUT 2019 AND WE BRING EPISODE # 25 OF TECH TALK WITH TIM!
HERE ARE SOME WORDS ON BRAZIL FROM DANNY AND MAX…

Daniel Ricciardo… “The atmosphere in Brazil is cool and I had a good race coming through the field there last year. It’s a track that isn’t always that easy to pass on, but last year proved that it can be done and I’m looking forward to going back.The lap is quite short and lacks high speed corners but it’s definitely grown on me over the years. The weather can also play a big part in this race, so let’s hope the on-track action can live up to the off-track atmosphere.

The Drivers’ Parade there is cool with the noise from all the local fans and the air horns, it has a kind of carnival feel which gives you a boost of energy before you get in the car. We always have a big team dinner there which creates a great atmosphere for everyone. It goes without saying that I’m looking for a strong finish to round off the season with the Team and I will be pushing as hard as ever to achieve this.

Max Verstappen… “In general Interlagos doesn’t suit our car that well, but after finishing on the podium there in 2016 and winning last week in Mexico, anything can happen in the race. I’ve had some great battles and overtakes there and I’m hoping for another exciting race. The Brazilian fans are so loud and because the narrow starting grid is so close to the grandstand you can hear them cheering when you’re sat on the grid.

during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 26, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The food in Brazil is really good and the Churrascaria restaurants have amazing grilled meat. Although it’s nearly the end of the season I still have to be careful what I eat in order to stay in shape, which is a shame as I would like to enjoy the local cuisine even more.”

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