F1weekly podcast # 385


Jenson Button 2009 Formula 1 World Champion!

Brawn GP win the F1 world constructors championship.

Mark Webber takes the victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Williams will switch to Cosworth engines for the 2010 season.

Date set for court hearing Flavio Briatore vs the FIA.

Jenson Button’s racing career:

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1998 British Formula Ford Haywood Racing 18 5 9 133 1st
Formula Ford Festival Haywood Racing 1 0 1 N/A 1st
1999 British Formula Three Promatecme UK 16 2 3 168 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Promatecme UK 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
Masters of Formula Three Promatecme UK 1 0 0 N/A 5th
Korea Super Prix Promatecme UK 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
2000 Formula One Williams 17 0 0 12 8th
2001 Formula One Benetton 17 0 0 2 17th
2002 Formula One Renault 17 0 0 14 7th
2003 Formula One BAR 16 0 0 17 9th
2004 Formula One BAR 18 1 0 85 3rd
2005 Formula One BAR 17 1 0 37 9th
2006 Formula One Honda 18 1 1 56 6th
2007 Formula One Honda 17 0 0 6 15th
2008 Formula One Honda 18 0 0 3 18th
2009 Formula One Brawn 16 4 6 89 1st
The Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil;
71 laps; 305.909km;
Weather: Dry.


Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
 1.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1h32:23.081
 2.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +     7.626
 3.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    18.944
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    19.652
 5.  Button        Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    29.005
 6.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    33.340
 7.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    35.991
 8.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    45.454
 9.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    48.499
10.  Kobayashi     Toyota                (B)  +  1:03.324
11.  Fisichella    Ferrari               (B)  +  1:10.665
12.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +  1:11.388
13.  Grosjean      Renault               (B)  +     1 lap
14.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +     1 lap

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:13.733



Rubens Barrichello in Espana

Rubens Barrichello takes his first pole in five years at his home GP.

Mark Webber saves the day for Red Bull with a front row start in Brazil.

Adrian Sutil does an outstanding job grabbing third spot for Force India.

Jenson Button could only manage 14th on the grid caught out in full wets.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:24.100  1:21.659  1:19.576
 2.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:24.722  1:20.803  1:19.668
 3.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:24.447  1:20.753  1:19.912
 4.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:24.621  1:20.635  1:20.097
 5.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:23.047  1:21.378  1:20.168
 6.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.591  1:20.701  1:20.250
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:22.828  1:20.368  1:20.326
 8.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:23.072  1:21.147  1:20.631
 9.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:23.161  1:20.427  1:20.674
10.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:24.842  1:21.657  1:21.422
11.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:24.335  1:21.960
12.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.773  1:22.231
13.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:24.394  1:22.477
14.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:24.297  1:22.504
15.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:24.645
16.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:25.009
17.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:25.052
18.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:25.192
19.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:25.515
20.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:40.703

F1weekly podcast # 384

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Eyes wide open. Jenson Button is aiming to become the ninth British driver to be crowned world champion this weekend. Season’s penultimate round takes place in Sao Paulo at the Jose Carlos Pace circuit at Interlagos. Rain is expected for the whole weekend. Rain last year in the closing laps of the race resulted in a dramatic and thrilling finish for the championship. Lewis Hamilton’s last lap pass of Timo Glock on approach to the final turn snatched the title from race winner and local darling Felipe Massa, who for fleeting fifteen seconds was world champion.

Button leads the championship by 14 points over Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello. Further two points behind is Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull team.

Mike Hawthorn was the first British world champion in 1958 with Ferrari. He was followed by Graham Hill, 1962/68, Jim Clark, 1963/65, John Surtees, 1964, Jackie Stewart, 1969/71/73, James Hunt, 1976, Nigel Mansell, 1992, Damon Hill, 1996, and in 2008 Lewis Hamilton became the youngest ever world champion.

Photo: www.timesonline.co.uk

Podcast number 384.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with Formula Atlantics Champion John Edwards.

Fernando Alonso tops the time sheets in second practice.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:12.314            27
 2.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:12.357  + 0.043   45
 3.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:12.459  + 0.145   38
 4.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:12.514  + 0.200   41
 5.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:12.523  + 0.209   45
 6.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:12.605  + 0.291   37
 7.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:12.611  + 0.297   45
 8.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:12.633  + 0.319   42
 9.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:12.720  + 0.406   35
10.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:12.749  + 0.435   39
11.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:12.806  + 0.492   27
12.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:12.862  + 0.548   39
13.  Kobayashi    Toyota                (B)  1:12.869  + 0.555   40
14.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:12.929  + 0.615   41
15.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:12.948  + 0.634   38
16.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:12.950  + 0.636   36
17.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:12.992  + 0.678   39
18.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:13.026  + 0.712   42
19.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:13.041  + 0.727   40
20.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:13.275  + 0.961   38


IRL Champion

Dressed for success


Dario Franchitti – The 2009 IRL Champion

After walking away from a season of Nascar racing, the Scottish driver switched back to Indy car racing with Chip Ganassi’s team. Five wins and five poles during the season gave Ashley’s Ace his second championship in three years.

Franchitti was victorious in Long Beach, Iowa, Toronto, Sonoma and Homestead where he “outfoxed” his teammate Scott Dixon and Penske pilot Ryan Briscoe on fuel strategy to grab victory in the race and the championship.

His previous career high point was winning the 2007 Indy 500 and the IRL championship. For more information on his career we recommend a visit to:


Williams has confirmed they will end their engine-supply relationship with Toyota.

Rubens Barrichello says still no deal with Williams.

FIA candidates Todt and Vatanen trading blows ahead of next Friday’s election.

F1weekly podcast # 383

F1weekly listener Jeff Kline races World Champion Phil Hill


“When I was in High School out here in LA in April of 1962, I had an Austin Healy 100-6 and I was trolling for a race on Sunset Blvd. It is really a cool road course between Beverly Hills and the 405 Fwy. I got into a race with a guy in a 1961 Buick Special station wagon – the one with the little V8 engine that eventually ended up in Rovers. We were going at it hard and I could just keep up with this shitty American family wagon. When we got to Beverly Glen and stopped at the light – I looked over and it was Phil Hill – straight from winning the F1 World Championship. He turned left and I raced home, put pen to paper and wrote him a letter – do I have talent? How can I be race driver? etc, etc. Almost 2 years later I got a return letter – the really cool part of this is that I always treasured and kept the letter. I was racing in the Monaco Historics in 2002 and I know Phil was also entered. I brought the letter with me and he was kind enough to sign it again and he seemed to get a real kick out of it”.

F1weekly would like thank Jeff Kline for sharing this and other motor racing memories from his professional racing days in our podcast # 383.

Podcast number 383 Interview with Jeff Kline.


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Former Renault F1 team sporting director Jean Sage  dies at the age of 68.

jean sageJean Sage came from a wealthy background and was a collector of Ferraris, making his competition debut at the age of just 20 years old co-driving a Ferrari 250 with André Simon. He also co-drove for Jean-Pierre Hanrioud and Gérard Larrousse while competing in Formula Three through the early 1960s. Then in 1973 along with Larrousse and Paul Archambeaud, they established the Écurie Elf team Switzerland. Archambeaud was a Swiss Mercedes-Benz dealer at the time. They began work building sportscars, but soon switched focus to the European Formula Two Championship series where they guided Jean-Pierre Jabouille to the 1976 championship.

When Larrousse was recruited by Renault, he hired Sage to run the newly forming F1 team in 1977. He oversaw the running of the team right from its debut at the 1977 British Grand Prix, through the first win at the 1979 French Grand Prix, the glory years of Alain Prost and René Arnoux—when the French squad was fought for the World Championships in 1982 and 1983—and its withdrawal at the end of the 1985 season. Sage stayed with Renault until the end of 1987, when it stopped supplying its turbo engines to other teams.

After Renault, Sage went to manage the running of Ferrari F40’s in the IMSA GT series through 1989 and 1990 with even Jean Alesi racing for the team. Into his later life he remained an active Ferrari collector and competitor in classic racing events, before his death on October 8, 2009.

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F1weekly podcast # 382

Felipe Massa after the accident

Podcast number 382

Felipe Massa will be waving the chequered flag at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Robert Kubica has announced he will drive for Renault in 2010.

Renault: “We are very excited to have signed Robert with the Renault F1 Team starting next season,” said interim Renault team principal Bob Bell. “Ever since Robert made his grand prix debut in 2006, he has been on our radar as one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation and he has delivered on that promise so it’s great to have secured him in one of our cars next season.

“Renault has high ambitions and hopes for the future of the team and we feel that Robert can play a big role in fulfilling them.”

Jarno Trulli to test for NASCAR Sprint Cup team Michael Waltrip Racing.

Lucas di Grassi  may replace the struggling Grosjean for Brazil.

Wheel covers to be banned for the 2010 Formula 1 season.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.