F1Weekly podcast # 747

CLARK AND NASIR BRING YOU THIS SPECIAL STAND ALONE PODCAST FOR ANOTHER CLASSIC F1W INTERVIEW THIS TIME WITH AUTOSPORT’S MOTORSPORTS JOURNALIST NIGEL ROEBUCK!

Nigel Roebuck is an English journalist. Since 1971 he has reported on Formula One, and is considered one of the sport’s most influential writers. From 2007 to 2016 he was editor-in-chief of Motor Sport magazine.

Roebuck was educated at Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire, also the alma mater of Keith Duckworth, another well-known figure in Formula One. He wrote freelance articles for many publications as well as being Press Officer for the Embassy Hill F1 team in 1975. At the same time he was writing for Autosport magazine and became their Grand Prix correspondent in 1977.

Roebuck’s weekly column, entitled ‘5th Column’ in deference to Emilio Mola Vidal, a Nationalist general in the Spanish Civil War, became a must-read for its insights into drivers, team managers and some of the self-important bureaucrats running F1 in the late 1970s and 1980s. While covering F1 (a category of racing that he loved more than any other) he became close to several drivers, notably Gilles Villeneuve, Chris Amon, Keke Rosberg, Mario Andretti, Eddie Cheever, Derek Warwick, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

He is also a passionate collector of Roadster-era US oval racing literature.

Among Roebuck’s freelance outlets were Autosport, plus Autoweek in the USA and a retrospective column in Motor Sport.

At the end of 2007 he stopped writing his weekly articles for Autosport magazine and website, to concentrate on his new position as editor-in-chief of Motor Sport magazine.

In 1982 Roebuck drove a Formula One Renault turbo at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Roebuck was a commentator for the ESPN coverage of the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

In January 2017 Motor Sport magazine announced that Roebuck would no longer be writing for the magazine, returning to his ‘spiritual home’, Autosport magazine. His column was one of the most popular in Motor Sportmagazine and ran for over nine years.

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FORMULA 1

RENAULT F1 REVEALS 2018 CHALLENGER

• Renault Sport Formula One Team reveals Renault R.S.18 car
• F1 challenger will continue the team’s upward performance trajectory
• Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz back once again in the driving seats
• Jack Aitken steps up to Third and Reserve Driver role
• Nico, Carlos and Jack joined by Artem Markelov as Test and Development Driver
• Renault Sport Formula One Team is proud to be supported by several partners including BP Castrol, Infiniti, MAPFRE and RCI Bank, but also Microsoft, EURODATACAR, Estrella Galicia, Bell & Ross, Tmall and many others

Fans of the Renault Sport Formula One Team were able to get a close-up look of the 2018 season challenger today as the Renault R.S.18 was unveiled. Using specially-created tools, fans could see a stunning hologram projection of the car and spin it through 360 degrees to see its brand-new lines and new black and yellow livery.

The Renault R.S.18 is Renault Sport Formula One Team’s third chassis since its return to Formula 1 as a full works’ entry in 2016. The car is a progression and refinement of the concepts developed during the 2017 season. It includes an improved suspension concept and greater aerodynamic downforce. Noticeably, the R.S.18 also features the mandatory new-for-2018 cockpit protection known as the ‘halo’ and a re-profiled engine cover to comply with the 2018 technical regulations.

The 1.6l turbocharged V6 Renault R.E.18 power unit will power the R.S.18. The power unit has realised a very strong programme on the dyno in Viry-Châtillon to maximise performance and improve reliability in preparation for the reduction to just three internal combustion engines (ICE) and two MGU-K and energy stores per season.

The R.S.18 is developed jointly by the teams in Enstone, UK, and Viry, France. Significant improvements have been made to the Enstone facility over the past year, with enhancements to the CFD supercomputer, wind tunnel, race team operations room, gearbox dyno, machine shop and an expanded design office. The upgrades have already translated into on-track performance, with Renault Sport Formula One Team finishing the season sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, improving from ninth in 2016.

“Renault Sport Formula One Team’s ambition is clearly to uphold the outstanding record of the past and the 2017 season has confirmed we are on the right track,” says Renault Sport Racing President Jérôme Stoll. “We are a team on the rise. We have two very talented drivers who are hungry for results. Enstone is regenerated and the workforce has already increased by more than 35%. Our investment has so far been successfully translated to the track as we rose from ninth to sixth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2017 and ended the year with the fourth fastest car.

“The success of the programme in just two years is testament to the resilient plan laid down early in the creation of the team and the strong job done by Cyril and the entire Renault Sport Racing teams. I am convinced year three will take us one step closer to the long-term aim: winning races and challenging for championships.”

FORMULA 1

ALFA ROMEO SAUBER F1 UNVEILS THE NEW C37

A new car philosophy

The C37 was built based on a new car philosophy, focusing on the aerodynamic concept that is different to that of the outgoing Sauber C36-Ferrari. The C37 is equipped with new and improved aerodynamic parts, in addition to regulation changes for 2018, such as the removal of the shark fin and T-wings. Furthermore, the C37 will compete in the Formula One Chamiponship with Ferrari’s 2018 spec power units, a positive step forward for the new season. Jörg Zander, Technical Director states, “We are positive that the new concept offers us more opportunities and will help us to make improvements during the course of the season. The 2018 Ferrari engine will also give us a boost in terms of our performance.”

Changes to the car based on new regulations are:

  • The introduction of the halo cockpit protection system
  • The disappearance of the shark fin and T-wings

FORMULA 1

NEW IMAGES: RB14 – A SPECIAL EDITION

After months of waiting, the brand new Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14 has been launched in special edition livery. Read the full details surrounding the launch HERE.

– The RB14 is currently wearing a special edition livery. The race-ready paint job will be unveiled at the Circuit de Catalunya next week.


– The unfamiliar shapes under the paint, however, are staying.

– 2018 has a bigger degree of change than most years with the introduction of the Halo and the new exclusion zones on the rear of the car that effectively remove shark fins, monkey seats and T-wings.

– The technical regulations haven’t changed hugely for 2018 but installing the Halohas been a challenge – mostly in terms of building a chassis strong enough to accommodate it and pass a brutal homologation test.

FORMULA 1

WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Launches its 2018 Season with First Look at the FW41

WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has revealed a first look of its 2018 Formula One challenger, the Williams Mercedes FW41, at the team’s season launch in London this evening.
The FW41 looks significantly different to its predecessor, the FW40, following input from the team’s Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe, and Head of Aerodynamics, Dirk de Beer, who were both appointed at the beginning of last year, to join forces with Chief Designer Ed Wood.
Speaking ahead of the 2018 season, Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said: “I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up. For many months, the team have put a tremendous amount of effort into the FW41 and I’m eager to see both Lance and Sergey take to the track later this month.
“Lance produced some impressive performances last year in what was a remarkably strong debut season, where he only just lost out to Felipe in the standings. His podium finish was the only one outside of the top three teams, and we aim to build on that this season.
“It’s also my pleasure to welcome Sergey and Robert to Williams, who have both displayed exceptional speed and qualities that I know will only strengthen the team. Sergey has impressed the technical team and it is great for us to be able to give him the opportunity to step up into a race seat. Robert, will also be working closely with the team, utilising his experience to help develop the car throughout the season.
“Our entire team have put a huge amount of effort into the development and production of this year’s car, and we’re all looking forward to seeing it on the track. I would also like to thank our partners and fans for all their confidence and support.”

F1Weekly podcast # 746

CLARK AND NASIR ARE NOT TOO HAPPY WITH THE HALO AND THE RIDICULOUS GRID GIRLS DECISION JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE! THEREFORE TO CHEER UP THE F1WEEKLY FAMILIA WE BRING YOU AN INTERVIEW WITH LANDO NORRIS AND WE HAVE LOOSH ON THE LOOSE WITH HIS 2017 SEASON REVIEW.

Britain’s rising motor racing star Lando Norris is to be McLaren’s official Formula 1 test and reserve driver in 2018. Norris, who celebrates only his 18th birthday one week today (13 Nov), will attend Grands Prix next season working closely with double World Champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Lando will also be involved with the engineering and marketing teams as he develops and expands his understanding of the role of a modern F1 driver. He will also attend and take part in the team’s 2018 testing programme, with active roles both on-track and in the simulator.

Norris has been a member of the McLaren Young Driver programme since February this year and his graduation is a clear sign that the Woking-based team have been impressed with the talented teenager’s undenied talent and work ethic. On-track this year, Lando has continued his meteoric rise up the motor racing “ladder” by becoming the youngest FIA Formula 3 European Champion in history – his first full season in the ultra-competitive category.

His latest success adds to the MSA Formula Championship (2015), Toyota Racing Series, Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault Northern European Cup titles (all 2016) having won the 2013 World Karting Championship. In the 160 races Norris has contested since the beginning of 2015, he has achieved an incredible 99 podiums – winning 44 races.

In August Lando, who won the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award last December, massively impressed in his first official F1 test, spending a day developing the MCL32 at the Hungaroring in August. Norris ultimately achieved the second fastest time of the day – denied the top-spot by four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel. He has also attended Grands Prix as a guest of McLaren this year and has spent time in the F1 simulator at the McLaren Technology Centre.

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