F1Weekly Podcast #306 (09-30-2008)

Seven-Up: Lewis Hamilton, The Stevenage Speedster, is poised to become the youngest world champion in the history of Formula 1 racing. His podium finish in third place in Singapore has given him seven point advantage over Felipe Massa, the Brazilian driver led the race from pole position but failed to score any points after a botched pit stop by the Ferrari team. Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe’s teammate and defending world champion, is Flop of the Year having failed to finish in the points in the last four races. His last Grand Prix victory was in April.

McLaren is one point ahead of Ferrari in the constructor’s championship, a great come back for a team which was fined US$100m and stripped of all points after the Spygate scandal last year.

Lewis will be well advised to reflect on recent and past history where championships were lost despite leading going into the final round. Apart from his own meltdown of a 17-point lead with two races remaining, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams include Carlos Reutemann, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell.

The sun and the championship challenge will rise again in Japan on October 12 at Fuji Speedway.

Podcast # 306.

Di Montezemolo not too happy with Singapore GP!
Piquet lucky to finish season with Renault.
The F1weekly race review and more Bravo Bravo Bravo.
Motorsports Mondial with the King.

News Update 09/28/2008

 

Muy macho hombre de Singapore: Working on the night moves Fernando Alonso claims an unexpected but well deserved win in the inaugural Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, the first Formula 1 world championship event to be staged after sunset. The beleaguered two time world champion and the so far win less Renault team were humming with pride and excitement as the Spaniard came from 15th. on the grid to score his 20th. Grand Prix win and 50th. podium finish of his career.

Good times were also ringing for Nico Rosberg as he scored his career best finish in second place for the AT&T Williams-Toyota team. Lewis Hamilton, in his Vodaphone McLaren-Mercedes, had a call waiting to extend his championship lead to seven points by finishing third. A disconnect of the fuel rig during a pit stop ended pole-sitter and championship challenger Felipe Massa’s chances of victory and he failed to finish in the points. Misery loves company as his much heralded and defending world champion teammate Kimi Raikkonen crashed out late in the race.

Night action now moves to the land of the rising sun in two weeks where Lewis Hamilton drowned the competition in torrential downpour last year in the first race on the revised Toyota-owned Mt. Fuji circuit.

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO Fantastico!
Fernando Alonso wins the Singapore GP.
Nico driving the Williams to second spot.
Hamilton continues to lead up to 84 points with P3.

The Singapore Grand Prix
Singapore, Singapore;
61 laps; 309.087km;
Weather: Dry.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
1.  Alonso        Renault               (B)  1h57:16.304
2.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +     2.957
3.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +     5.917
4.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +     8.155
5.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    10.268
6.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    11.101
7.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    16.387
8.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    18.489
9.  Button        Honda                 (B)  +    19.885
10.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    26.902
11.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    27.975
12.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    29.432
13.  Massa         Ferrari               (B)  +    35.170
14.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   (B)  +    43.571
15.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    4 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:45.599

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                      On lap
Trulli        Toyota                (B)    51
Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   (B)    50
Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)    30
Barrichello   Honda                 (B)    15
Piquet        Renault               (B)    14

News Update 09/27/2008

 

Thanks  Paul you were terrific!! 1925 – 2008

Felipe Massa takes pole position in Singapore!
Lewis Hamilton grabs second on the front row.
Kimi settles for third place for Ferrari.
Fernando’ Renault looses power in Q2 starts 15th.

Pos  Driver       Team                 Q1        Q2        Q3       Laps
1.  Massa        Ferrari              1:44.519  1:44.014  1:44.801  16
2.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     1:44.501  1:44.932  1:45.465  14
3.  Raikkonen    Ferrari              1:44.282  1:44.232  1:45.617  16
4.  Kubica       BMW Sauber           1:44.740  1:44.519  1:45.779  18
5.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes     1:44.311  1:44.207  1:45.873  19
6.  Heidfeld     BMW Sauber           1:45.548  1:44.520  1:45.964  19
7.  Vettel       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:45.042  1:44.261  1:46.244  15
8.  Glock        Toyota               1:45.184  1:44.441  1:46.328  21
9.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota      1:45.103  1:44.429  1:46.611  17
10.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota      1:45.127  1:44.826  1:47.547  20
11.  Trulli       Toyota               1:45.642  1:45.038            12
12.  Button       Honda                1:45.660  1:45.133            14
13.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault     1:45.493  1:45.212            12
14.  Coulthard    Red Bull-Renault     1:46.028  1:45.298            16
15.  Alonso       Renault              1:44.971                       6
16.  Piquet       Renault              1:46.037                       6
17.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:46.389                       6
18.  Barrichello  Honda                1:46.583                       7
19.  Sutil        Force India-Ferrari  1:47.940                      10
20.  Fisichella   Force India-Ferrari  No time                        2

News Update 09/26/2008

 

Fernando Alonso on top in Second Friday practice.
Button agrees to stay at Honda for 2009.
Modifications begin on turn 10.
New digital flag system to debut in Singapore.

Pos  Driver        Team                     Time              Laps
 1.  Alonso        Renault             (B)  1:45.654            30
2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    (B)  1:45.752  + 0.098   28
3.  Massa         Ferrari             (B)  1:45.793  + 0.139   31
4.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes    (B)  1:45.797  + 0.143   31
5.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:46.164  + 0.510   34
6.  Kubica        BMW Sauber          (B)  1:46.384  + 0.730   36
7.  Raikkonen     Ferrari             (B)  1:46.580  + 0.926   25
8.  Button        Honda               (B)  1:46.901  + 1.247   32
9.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:47.013  + 1.359   32
10.  Glock         Toyota              (B)  1:47.046  + 1.392   22
11.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:47.137  + 1.483   15
12.  Piquet        Renault             (B)  1:47.145  + 1.491   35
13.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:47.300  + 1.646   33
14.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:47.487  + 1.833   24
15.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:47.640  + 1.986   31
16.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber          (B)  1:47.760  + 2.106   36
17.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:47.965  + 2.311   12
18.  Barrichello   Honda               (B)  1:48.009  + 2.355   25
19.  Trulli        Toyota              (B)  1:48.059  + 2.405   28
20.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari (B)  1:48.311  + 2.657   36

News Update 09/22/2008

 

Cool in Kiev: The worldwide roadshow of ING Renault F1 team continued this past weekend in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Renault test drivers Romain Grosjean and Sakon Yamamoto thrilled a large crowd of over 50,000 locals with street demonstration of donuts and burnouts. Earlier this year the show made similar street demonstration in London and Johannesburg.

Last year a mammoth crowd of 300,000 in Mexico City witnessed Giancarlo Fisichella and Nelson Piquet Jr. put on a show in a city which last hosted a Formula 1 race in 1992

Lewis Hamilton looses appeal.
Fernando looks to stay at Renault.
Drivers prepare to adjust for night race.
Sebastien Buemi is confirmed for 09 at STR.