FORMULA 1

ALPHA TAURI THE AT01 REVEALED

Red Bull’s second team is taking on the name of the company’s clothing brand, having operated as Toro Rosso — Italian for ‘Red Bull’ — since 2006. On Friday at a launch event at Red Bull’s Hangar-7 facility in Salzburg, Austria, it unveiled the first car to carry the Alpha Tauri name, the AT01.
The car has a striking dark blue and white matte livery. The livery was presented on what was predominantly a 2019 car, following a long show which included models walking around the stage in various bits of Alpha Tauri clothing. The images the team circulated to the media were of this year’s car.

Team boss Franz Tost said the team hopes to record a top five finish in the championship under its new guise.

Gallery AT01 Gasly laterale Scuderia AlphaTauri

“We are very optimistic for this season,” he explained. “First of all, the car showed very good results in the wind tunnel.

“For a second Honda, our friends in Japan, in Sakura, made big progress during the winter months from the performance side as well as from the reliability side. Third, we have two good drivers. They showed that already last year, we just missed the middle of the podiums.”

At the same time as the launch was taking place in Austria, a replica car was unveiled on the wall of a shop in Milan, Italy.

Gallery AT01 Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri

The 2020-spec AT01 will complete its first laps of an F1 circuit on Saturday, when it completes a filming day at the Misano circuit in Italy. The team’s car will continue to be powered by Honda, which supplies both Red Bull teams.

Since 2006 the Faenza squad has served as the junior team to Red Bull’s main outfit and is often tasked with giving the company’s junior drivers their first taste of Formula One. Alpha Tauri has two drivers who have experienced life at Red Bull.

Pierre Gasly started last year at Red Bull but was sent back to Toro Rosso after a poor start to the season. Daniil Kvyat joined Toro Rosso in 2014 and made the step up to Red Bull the following season, only to be demoted back to Toro Rosso in 2016.

Both drivers claimed the team a podium finish last year — Kvyat in Germany and Gasly in Brazil.

 

F1Weekly Podcast # 819

NASIR AND THE HOST PREPARE FOR THE 2020 SEASON AND THE ALONSO TRUISMS CONTINUE TO ROLL…THIS WEEKS SPECIAL DRIVER INTERVIEW IS PEDRO LAMY!

José Pedro Mourão Lamy Viçoso is a former Portuguese Formula One driver who is currently driving for spotscars. He was the first Portuguese driver to score a point in the world championship.

When Italian driver Alessandro Zanardi had a horrible crash in 1993 at Belgium, he replaced Zanardi for the rest of the season.

In 1994, at the second race in Japan, Lamy finished 8th, but on the race in San Marino, Lamy crashed into Lehto, and the tyres from his car flew off the track and into the crowd, who got injured after being hit by the tyres from Lamy’s car. Lehto’s car spilled oil on the track. His 1994 season ended with a private testing crash at Silverstone that made him miss the rest of the season, being replaced by Alessandro Zanardi.

Pedro Lamy & Johnny Herbert with the Lotus Mugen-Honda V10, 107C that they would start the 1994 season with until the new 109 arrived.

In 1995, he signed a contract to race in the second half of the season with Minardi, replacing Pierluigi Martini. He scored a single point in the final race at Adelaide, which was the team’s only point of their season and Lamy’s only point of his career.

Lamy was retained by Minardi for 1996, but had scored no points.

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FORMULA 1

RED BULL ROLL OUT THE RB 16

Following the spectacular launch of Ferrari’s SF1000 on Tuesday, Red Bull have give the RB16 a more low-key entry to the world by releasing an image of the car across social media.

The RB16, the second to be powered by Honda, continues the trend seen so far of design evolutions and, with Max Verstappen taking three victories over the course of 2019, expectations that more will follow in 2020 are high.

“A big factor to enable us to mount a title challenge is the power unit and in Honda we have an intensely motivated and competitive partner,” said team boss Christian Horner at a media event last week. “Honda did a great job in 2019 and each iteration of the power unit brought more performance and more power. It feels like we’re getting closer to our main rivals.”

“We’ve been working very closely with them in integration and they share our motivation and desire to win. They really want to build on the successes of last year and they’re focused on making that next step. I feel that with our drivers, the technical team at our factory in Milton Keynes, our record-breaking pit crew and the intense competitiveness of Honda we are in the best shape we have been in some time. Time will tell, of course, but I have every confidence that we can charge for the big prizes in 2020.”

NASCAR

JONES WINS KESELOWSKI PISSED OFF AT TEAMMATE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski criticized teammate Joey Logano for “throwing a stupid block” and grew angrier about such moves, saying “maybe we need to take the helmets out of these cars and take the seat belts out. Somebody will get hurt and then we’ll stop driving like assholes. I don’t know. We’ll figure it out I guess.”

Keselowski was upset after his Team Penske teammate blocked Kyle Busch multiple times in Sunday’s Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway before Busch and Logano made contact and collected Keselowski

Keselowski was still livid after exiting the infield care center.

“Just got wrecked for no reason,” Keselowski said. “Dumb, dumb racing. Just dumb moves being thrown out there. Guys that don’t know what they’re doing, so they throw crazy-ass blocks. It’s ridiculous. We shouldn’t be wrecking all these cars. I’m not Tony Stewart. I’m not as smart as he is. He can say it a lot better than I could. This is just dumb. We had a good race car.

“We were in a position to finish it off, and we got destroyed for no reason. You would think these guys would be smarter than that. We all cause wrecks. I get in wrecks all the time and I cause them. The same one over and over again. It’s the same thing. Somebody throws a stupid block that’s never going to work and wrecks half the field and then goes ‘eh’. Maybe we need to take the helmets out of these cars and take the seat belts out. Somebody will get hurt and then we’ll stop driving like assholes. I don’t know. We’ll figure it out I guess.”

Asked if that was his teammate he was talking about, Keselowski said “yeah.

“It was just a dumb move. There was no reason to make that move. It was never going to work. It didn’t. So here we are. We’re wrecked out of the race. A Ford is not going to win most likely and a Toyota is. It was just dumb to take out the best car for a move that was never going to work.”

F1Weekly podcast # 818

NASIR CONTINUES WITH HIS OFF SEASON ALONSOISM’S AND THE HOST TAKES IT ON THE CHIN…WE HAVE A NICE INTERVIEW WITH F1W FAMILIA MEMBER GREG GUDITIS AND…
HERE ARE SOME FERNANDO COMMENTS:

“The first year in Jerez [pre-season testing], in four days we did seven laps,”… “Now Honda wins a race and I receive a lot of messages that read: ‘GP2 engine wins now, it should be a sad day for you.’

“I’m very happy, but the engine I had in the car was not the same as the one winning in Brazil.

“If a top driver today goes through the performance that I went through, I could not imagine what they would say. In 2015 I was always fighting to get out of Q1 and had 575 places of penalties.

“I say things that I think and that I believe. That’s because I believe those things are the truth. Sometimes I can be wrong. But I don’t see things that I do that others are not doing.

“I don’t read extra things from what others are saying, but I see mountains and mountains of the things I say…

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F1Weekly podcast # 817

NASIR IS BACK FROM THE DAYTONA 24 HOURS WHERE HE FILLED UP HIS GOODY BAG! SO… THIS WEEKS SPECIAL IS AN INTERVIEW WITH NO OTHER THAN JUAN PABLO MONTOYA!!

He is the only driver to win a CART Series title, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all in his first attempt. He is also a former winner of one of the most prestigious races in the world: the Monaco Grand Prix. Legendary racers Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only other drivers besides Montoya that can boast wins in Formula One (F1), CART/IndyCar and NASCAR. As the 38-year-old Montoya re-acclimates himself back to IndyCar racing in 2014, he has an opportunity to add to his impressive racing resume and to Team Penske’s long legacy of success. Montoya was taught the art of motorsports at an early age by his father, Pablo. He quickly began to show promise as he captured four consecutive Colombian National Carting Championships from 1981-1984

After several successful seasons in the Colombia Formula Renault series, Montoya moved to Europe to pursue his dream of competing in F1. In 1997 he finished second in the Formula 3000 series and was signed to a contract as a test driver for the Williams F1 team. After capturing the Formula 3000 title in 1998, Montoya made the move to CART for the 1999 season. In a remarkable rookie season, Montoya became the youngest champion in the history of CART at the age of 24. He edged out Dario Franchitti for the title after the two racers posted the same number of championship points but Montoya had the advantage producing seven victories on the year to Franchitti’s three. In addition to the CART title, he was also named series Rookie of the Year.

Montoya elected to remain in the United States to compete in CART again during the 2000 season. In the only IndyCar Series start of his career, the 2000 Indianapolis 500, Montoya again wowed the motorsports world by winning the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”? in his first attempt. He closed that chapter of his American open-wheel racing career with 11 wins and 14 podium finishes in 41 career starts. Determined to fulfill his dream of competing in F1, Montoya joined the Williams BMW team in 2001.

He earned a win at Monza in his rookie season as he continued to hone his skills. In 2003, Montoya had a stellar season as he won the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the world’s crown jewel races, as he produced with two victories and a third-place finish in the series standing. He continued his drive with Williams BMW through 2004 before moving over to the McLaren-Mercedes team for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. During his F1 career, Montoya amassed seven victories and 30 podium finishes in 94 starts. It was announced late in the 2006 season that Montoya would compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2007

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