F1weekly podcast # 343




Jules of French racing

Pre-season favorite to lift the 2009 F3 Euro series Championship, the 19-year old
racer from Brignoles talks to F1 weekly about his career and goals.

By Nasir Hameed
Hameed: Two wins and two poles in your rookie year in 2008, what is your strategy for 2009? Be aggressive and win many races or cruise and collect to win the championship?

Bianchi: “My strategy will be aggressive in race one; I’ll do my best to win. Then, my aim will be to score points in race two.”

Hameed: How special was the feeling to score first win over teammate Nico Hulkenberg in the F3 Masters at Zolder?

Bianchi: “After the finish line I was crying in my helmet! For me it was really special to win in Zolder because of my family background, and because to beat Nico fairly was a really good thing for me.”

Hameed: What was your best and worst moment from last season?

Bianchi: “The best one was for sure Zolder and the worst one, Brands Hatch! At Brands Hatch, I was leading the feature race and everything was going well until I arrive in a yellow flagged corner. I slowed down but not enough for the marshals who gave me a drive through penalty.

“That ruined my race, and my week-end. It had been a very hard moment for me as it killed my possibility to fight for the championship. That’s also the price to pay when you lack racing experience as it was only my second year of open wheel.”

Hameed: You have three rookies as teammates, what advice will you give them apart from staying behind you?

Bianchi: “The first year in F3 Euro series is never easy but I have to say that my teammates are really very quick. They have to be calm in the first races and think about finishing in the points which is already a good thing as a rookie.”

Hameed: Who is guiding and managing your career

Bianchi: “Nicolas Todt is managing my career and he is like my “race father”! He has really been doing a lot for me and he’s always available for advice. Then, Olivier Maernhout is taking care of my daily needs and comes with me to every race. I would say that he is like a brother to me!”

Hameed: Who will be your main challengers for the championship?

Bianchi: “I will have many challengers. I think Brendon Hartley will be a good challenger and also Atte Mustonen.”

Hameed: Your favorite track?

Banchi: “My favorite tracks are Macau and Hockenheim.”

Hameed: Your grandfather Mauro raced at Le Mans, is that something you would like to do in the future?

Bianchi: “Yes, of course, I would like to do it but my father doesn’t really want me to do Le Mans because we lost my uncle, and my grand father had a really big crash there.”

Hameed: You raced at Macau last year, how was that experience and do you prefer street racing to traditional tracks like Spa or Dijon-Prenois?

Bianchi: “I really like street circuits because you need to be more concentrated than on normal tracks but my pleasure is the same when I’m in the car. I just love to drive.”

Hameed: Any interest in becoming the first French driver in modern era to win the Indy 500?

Bianchi: “Why not? But that’s not my aim for the moment.”

Hameed: When you move to GP2, would you prefer to stay with ART or try another team?

Bianchi: “Of course I would like to be with ART Grand Prix! That’s such a great team with great people. We will see in the future. But I will do every thing to be in this team if I go in GP2.”

Hameed: Finally, please describe Jules Bianchi, the young man, not the driver?

Bianchi: “When I’m at home, I train a lot and I also do some karting because my father runs a track! So it’s easy for me to take a go kart and drive. Then I also go-kart races with my little brother to help him. My favorite food is Italian food, it’s the best one! Then I like house music and I like to play to sport game on the playstation.

“Thank you, it was a pleasure…See you.”
For more information on Jules’ accomplishments please visit www.jules-bianchi.com

Photo: DPPI





 The pursuit is relentless

Suspension suspended: A lenient decision by the FIA World Motor Sport Council has prevented Vodafone McLaren team from being disconnected from this year’s championship. Many had feared the perpetrators of lie-gate were headed to the waste-gate following the audacity of star driver and current world Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and team’s sporting director, Davey Ryan, to continue to lie to FIA stewards despite their contradictory statements from radio communication and statements to press.

The Woking based team were handed a suspended three-race ban for bringing the sport into disrepute following the council’s meeting on Wednesday in Paris. The FIA statement read:

"Having regard to the open and honest way in which McLaren Team Principal, Mr. Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC and the change in culture which he made clear has taken place in his organisation, the WMSC decided to suspend the application of the penalty it deems appropriate.

"That penalty is a suspension of the team from three races of the FIA Formula One World Championship. This will only be applied if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team of article 151c of the International Sporting Code."

Now let’s go motor racing in Montmelo. The Spanish Grand Prix is next on May 10th.


Post card from Bahrain.

 Post card from Bahrain


Welcome aboard. F1 had a busy schedule to start the 2009 season. The Gulf Air Grand Prix of Bahrain was round 4. Five races in four weeks. Time for some serious in-flight service on way to Europe.


Mark Weber was steaming like a Red Bull. The driver from down under got screwed by Sutil in qualifying.


Motivation in Manama. Jean Alesi. French flair with Sicilian blood and temper. The Ace of Avignon once drove for Ferrari, and once upon a time won his only Grand Prix race in Canada on his birthday.


Robert Kubica. In the ultimate fuming machine. The BMW Sauber is a sorry sight these days. The Pole and his teammate were the last classified cars on Sunday.


Jenson Button, man who was Hungary for a win for over hundred races. Now he has three wins and a second from four races in 2009. He will return to the sands of Arabia for the November season finale in Abu Dhabi.



My name is Luca. I live on every floor. El Jefe of Ferrari is scratching his head over his team’s worst start to a season since the constructors’ championship was started in 1958.




F1weekly podcast # 342

The Sand Piper



English driver Jenson Button, driving a Mercedes-Benz powered Brawn GP car, wins the Gulf Air 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, his third victory in four starts in five weeks this season. Last week’s Chinese Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany was second in his Renault-powered Red Bull. Italian Jarno Trulli, who started from pole-position, was third for Toyota.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren and now awaits Wednesday’s ruling on the lie-gate by the FIA. There are concerns that if McLaren is suspended for the season key sponsors and engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz, may also plug the plug on their involvement with the once proud and mega-successful Woking-based British team.
Rubens Barrichello was fifth in the second Brawn GP car. Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari their first championship points by finishing sixth. Timo Glock, who shared the front with teammate Trulli, was seventh and Fernando Alonso fetched the final point for Renault.
The European season starts with the Spanish Grand Prix in May at Montmelo

The Shadow of his smile
Jenson Button leads the championship with 31 points. Teammate Rubens Barrichello, winless since leaving Ferrari, is second on 19, only a point behind is Sebastian Vettel. The 2008 title contender, Felipe Massa, has yet to open his account this season.
In the constructors’ championship, Brawn GP is cleaning up the competition and has a hefty lead, 50 to 27.5, over Red Bull. Last year’s champion, Ferrari, is dead last among teams scoring points with three, all scored on Sunday in Bahrain. 
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Podcast number 342

Clark and Steve with the race highlights.

Toyota bad strategy cost them their first win.

BMW frantic to turn around nightmare season.

Renault must find improvements for the next race, Fernando.

Ferrari to introduce several updates in Barcelona.


Brawn GP does it again.




Jenson Button pulls off a great win for Brawn GP in Bahrain.

Sebatian Vettel continues his great form with the Red Bull.

Jarno Trulli could not bring home Toyota’s first win and settles for third.

Lewis Hamilton very happy with four points for McLaren Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen brings in Ferrari’s first points of the season.

Luca di Montezemolo blames bad rules and complacency at Ferrari.

Sebastien Loeb takes his fifth consecutive Rally Argentina win.


The Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain;
57 laps; 308.238km;
Weather: Sunny.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1h31:48.182
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 7.187
3. Trulli Toyota (B) + 9.170
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 22.096
5. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 37.779
6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 42.057
7. Glock Toyota (B) + 42.880
8. Alonso Renault (B) + 52.775
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 58.198
10. Piquet Renault (B) + 1:05.149
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1:07.641
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1:17.824
13. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:18.805
14. Massa Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
15. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
18. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
19. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap

Fastest lap: Trulli, 1:34.556


Toyota on pole.


Bahrain Grand Prix cleared for take-off: After season opener in Australia, and two races in Asia, the Formula 1 show has landed in Bahrain for round four in the 2009 World Championship. The desert fox for the past two years has been Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who now finds his team in a hole after three pointless races.

Championship leader Jenson Button would be looking to put Brawn racing back on top while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, winner of last round in China, would be looking to continue their stampede.

Nico Rosberg recorded the fastest lap on his debut here in 2006. He would be looking to score his first Grand Prix win. Also threatening to win their first ever Formula 1 race is the Toyota team.

Sebastien Bourdais and Nelsinho Piquet may find their careers on shifting sands if they do not bring in the expected race finishes. If Sebastien Buemi out qualifies and out races teammate Bourdais it may be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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For an historic trip down memory lane we invite you to listen to a conversation with Sir Stirling Moss on podcast # 339.


Jarno Trulli takes pole position for Toyota.

Timo Glock completes a first ever Toyota front row.

Sebastian Vettel starts the second row with third for Red Bull.

Mark Webber is blocked by Sutil and fails to get out of Q1.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:32.779 1:32.671 1:33.431
2. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.165 1:32.613 1:33.712
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.680 1:32.474 1:34.015
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:32.978 1:32.842 1:34.044
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.851 1:32.877 1:34.196
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.116 1:32.842 1:34.239
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.627 1:32.860 1:34.578
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:33.297 1:33.014 1:34.818
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.672 1:33.166 1:35.134
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:33.117 1:32.827 1:35.380
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.479
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.221
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.495
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.377
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:33.608
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.722
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.753
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.910
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.038
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.159

Pos Driver Team Weight (kg)
1. Trulli Toyota 648.5
2. Glock Toyota 643.0
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 659.0
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes 652.5
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 652.5
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 649.0
7. Alonso Renault 650.5
8. Massa Ferrari 664.5
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 670.5
10. Raikkonen Ferrari 671.5
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 678.5
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 680.9
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber 698.6
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 696.3
15. Piquet Renault 677.6
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 679.0
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 678.5
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 652.0
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault 656.0
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 667.5



F1weekly podcast # 341


                                                                                            The Daly Express

       A quick conversation with Derek and Conor Daly.


Derek Daly, the Shamrock Speedster, was born in Dublin in 1953. Working in the iron ore mines of Australia he surfaced with enough cash to buy a racing car. He forged ahead and in 1977 won the British Formula 3 Championship in his rookie year, scoring five consecutive wins in the last five rounds. His first and final Formula 1 outings both came in the United States, the 1978 Long Beach Grand Prix and the parking lot special, the 1982 Las Vegas Grand Prix respectively.
Daly also drove in Indy cars and won the Sebring 12-hours in 1990 & ’91.
Conor is the latest racing edition of the Daly Express. The 17-year old started racing seven years ago and, after a championship winning career in karting, he is now rapidly climbing the single-seater ladder. In 2008, he won the Skip Barber National Championship with five wins. Representing Team USA he also won the Walter Hayes FF 1600 Trophy at Silverstone. This year Conor is competing in Star Mazda series.
His website is www.conordaly.net
The Daly family resides in Noblesville, Indiana.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Special interviews with Derek and Conor Daly.

Nico Rosberg tops the time sheets in second practice.

Jackie Stewart: "irresponsible" of the UK not to safeguard future of British Grand Prix.

Friday second practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.339 36
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.530 + 0.191 25
3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.616 + 0.277 37
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.661 + 0.322 29
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.676 + 0.337 32
6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.694 + 0.355 35
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.763 + 0.424 30
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.764 + 0.425 37
9. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.885 + 0.546 30
10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.899 + 0.560 36
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.994 + 0.655 30
12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:34.025 + 0.686 23
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.127 + 0.788 37
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.366 + 1.027 26
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:34.411 + 1.072 29
16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:34.564 + 1.225 34
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.605 + 1.266 31
18. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:34.670 + 1.331 28
19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:34.764 + 1.425 35
20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.790 + 1.451 33