F1weekly podcast # 394

Faces Going Places

An exclusive conversation with Jules Bianchi on podcast # 394

With racing in his blood and impressive championship winning credentials, this third generation racer is poised to become the first French World Champion since the


Bianchi 1

Photos: Marleen Serné

Bianchi. The winning name in the 1968 Le Mans 24-Hours race, as in Lucien Bianchi.

The name is also recorded as the winner two years earlier in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, as in Mauro Bianchi.

Today, the winning and family tradition continues, as in Jules Bianchi. The 20-year old, grandson of Mauro, is on a fast track to Formula 1. In early December his first taste of Formula 1 machinery will be at the wheel of a Ferrari. Quite an introduction to the bright future that lays ahead for this young man from Brignoles in southern France.

The young Bianchi had his beginnings in the real racing world of karting. And success was quick. In 2004, at the age of 15, he won the French Championship for Juniors and was second in the European Championship in the same category. In the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy he repeated his performance from previous year and finished on the podium in third place.

In 2005, Bianchi beat some of the karting greats like Sauro Cesetti, David Fore and Marco Ardigo to win the Asia-Pacific Championship Formula A. Also included in this group were current F3/WSR racers Jon Lancaster, Riki Christodoulou and Daisuke Nakajima.

Bianchi bid farewell to the world of karting after the 2006 season, during which he won the WSK International Series and was runner-up in World Cup Formula A.

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The following season he made his debut in single seater racing and made a splash in his rookie season by winning the 2007 French Formula Renault Championship. Five victories and 11 podium finishes from 13 races gave the signal for shape of things and wins to come.

Next move up the ladder was F3 Euro Series, now regarded as the premiere F3 series in the world, with the highly successful ART Grand Prix team. Bianchi finished third in his rookie year with two victories, behind championship winning teammate Nico Hülkenberg and Edoardo Mortara, who was equal on points with Bianchi.

Catch of the season was his victory in the famous Masters of Formula 3, the European version of Macau Grand Prix. Bianchi not only led his teammate Hülkenberg to the chequered flag at Zolder but also beat out other high profile drivers like Jaime Alguersuari, Brendon Hartley and Mika Maki.

This season saw a dominating performance by Jules Bianchi in the F3 Euro Series. Championship captured with 9 wins, 6 poles and 12 podium finishes out of 20 races.

Stage is now set for the final frontier before Formula 1, GP2 Championship in 2010.

Bianchi will continue with ART Grand Prix team. And so will the winning tradition.

Please enjoy our conversation with this racing star of the future which was conducted at Hockenheimring in October. Our thanks to Jules Bianchi for his time and Olivier Maernhout for making it possible.

— Nasir Hameed



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“La Dolce Vita”. The photo shows Mike Hawthorn. The first British world champion graces the cover of 2010 calendar, now available on our merchandise page, or simply click on the banner above.

Other championship winning legends featured in the calendar, with informative captions in English, French and German, are Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Kimi Raikkonen, Alberto Ascari and the “Maestro”, Juan Manuel Fangio.

You will also enjoy an exclusive interview with Mario Andretti, the last American to win a Formula 1 race and world championship. He talks about his relationships with tow heavy hitters of Grand Prix racing-Colin Chapman and Enzo Ferrari.

“La Dolce Vita” is a tribute to red cars of Italy. Previous editions of the Motorsport Memories calendar were “Powered by Turbo”, “Lost Tracks” and “Dynamic Duels”.




The 2009 Formula 1 season is gone but the 2010 Classic Grand Prix calendar has arrived. Celebrate the New Year with “La Dolce Vita”—featuring the red blood of Italy and the legendary men who raced them.

Mike Hawthorn, the first British world champion.

Alberto Ascari, the last Italian world champion. Jacky Ickx, the Belgian boy wonder. “Our Nige” plus Alain Prost and Kimi Raikkonen. And the “Red Baron” on his way to his first F1 victory for Maranello.

Calendar features an exclusive interview with Mario Andretti.

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The Paris court will today hear Flavio Briatore’s appeal against his lifetime motorsport ban.

Campos Meta 1’s car for its debut Formula 1 season has been homologated by the FIA.

Paul di Resta and JR Hildebrand will drive for Force India in the young driver test at Jerez.

F1weekly podcast # 392

Motorsports in Macau


The 56th. Macau Grand Prix takes place this weekend through the streets of Guia circuit. Sixteen of the twenty drivers from the 2009 F1 season have raced in this former Portuguese colony. Vettel, Kubica and Button are some of the drivers who made it to the podium in Macau.

Saturday’s qualifying race was won by French driver Jean Karl Vernay over pole sitter from Sweden Marcus Ericsson, who is managed by ex-Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack. Other major players fighting for end of season street glory are; Jules Bianchi, winner of this year’s F3 Euro Series. Valtteri Bottas from Finland and rookie of the year from the same series.

Daniel Ricciardo from Australian is hoping to end his 2009 season in style after success in the 2009 British F3 Championship.

Looking for a good finish and tea party is Jake Rosenzweig, the only American in the race from Boston.

Formula BMW Asia. Man to watch is the next Brazilian racing sensation, Felipe Nasr. He won the Formula BMW Europe championship this year in his rookie season.

WTCC.Main event of the weekend will see Alex Zanardi in action in his BMW.

For more information please visit: www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo

Edoardo Mortara takes the victory in the Macau Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg is confirmed as the Stuttgart manufacturer returns to Formula 1 for the first time since 1955.

Podcast number 392 a special weekend edition.

Pos  Driver                Team            Car  Time/Gap
 1.  Edoardo Mortara       Signature       D/V  53m07.769s
 2.  Jean-Karl Vernay      Signature       D/V  + 1.146s
 3.  Sam Bird              ART             D/M  + 10.982s
 4.  Marcus Ericsson       TOM'S           D/T  + 14.988s
 5.  Valtteri Bottas       ART             D/M  + 19.188s
 6.  Takuto Iguchi         TOM'S           D/T  + 21.406s
 7.  Renger van der Zande  Double R        D/M  + 22.059s
 8.  Mika Maki             Hitech          D/V  + 29.005s
 9.  Yuji Kunimoto         Now             D/T  + 33.348s
10.  Jules Bianchi         ART             D/M  + 35.761s
11.  Victor Garcia         Fortec          D/M  + 46.923s
12.  Carlos Huertas        Manor           D/M  + 47.111s
13.  Laurens Vanthoor      Signature       D/V  + 48.036s
14.  Kouki Saga            La Beausset     D/T  + 54.965s
15.  Stef Dusseldorp       Kolles & Heinz  D/V  + 1m05.637s
16.  Henry Arundel         Carlin          D/V  + 1m10.699s
17.  Roberto Merhi         Manor           D/M  + 1 lap
18.  Alexander Sims        Double R        D/M  + 1 lap


F1weekly podcast # 391

Kimi winning

Podcast number 391.

Kimi Räikkönen will not be on the grid for the 2010 Formula 1 season.

McLaren Mercedes has signed Jenson Button to replace Heikki Kovalainen.

Daimler chairman  Zetsche defends Mercedes’ decision to take over Brawn GP.

Motorsports Mondial and Nasir Hameed including…

F3 Euroseries press conference for race one at Hockenheim.

Don’t forget ” La Dolce Vita” Motorsports Memories 2010 F1 calendar, the perfect gift!