Seasons greetings

He jumped so high. “The Red Baron” shot down the competition five years in a row. Now he’s back for more. The red team and dress will be replaced by silver of Stuttgart, but the passion and desire to win will still burn red hot. The 2010 season opens in Bahrain in March.

Bird on a wire. Ratting out his Renault team boss Flavio Briatorehas left Nelsinho Piquet’s racing future dangling. The one time British F3 Champion is now seeking a seat in NASCAR truck series. His career sure needs a pick-up, but not the Tundra or Silverado type.

Fall of the Romain Empire. Swiss Romain Grosjean had a winning careerin Formula Renault, F3 Euro and GP2 series. Managed by Briatore put him on the road to Formula 1. Good thing he kept his banking job in Geneva as the new owners of Renault F1 team are losing interest in his services.

Seasons Greetings!

F1weekly podcast # 400

Michael Schumacher signs a three year deal with Mercedes Grand Prix.

“With the completion of our driver line-up, I believe that we now have the most exciting partnership in Formula 1 with Michael and Nico, who provide the perfect mix of talent, experience, speed and youth. We can now turn our full attention to the preparations for the new season,and everyone at Mercedes Grand Prix Petronas is extremely excited about the challenge ahead, Ross Brawn.

We have reached Podcast number 400.

We want to Thank everyone that has made it possible.


Eric Boullier becomes the new Team Principal at Renault F1 for 2010.

USF1 You tube channel is up and running.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Happy Holidays from everyone at F1weekly.

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F1weekly podcast # 399

Saturday, Sunday Special Podcast # 399

F1weekly visits Classic Team Lotus in Norfolk, England.

First of all I would like to thank Ms Sapphire Nichols of Classic Team Lotus and our long time listener and friend Peter Brazier for making this possible.

In the first part we will have my conversation with Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and in the second part we have a chat with Bob Dance, gentleman who prepared cars for Jim Clark and other great legends that drove for this fanstastic team.

In the history of motor racing, there are some names that will live forever—Alfa Romeo, Auto Union, Bugatti, Maserati, And of course Lotus. The black and gold JPS Lotus is a classic for all times.

Colin Chapman was one of the great original thinkers of Grand Prix motor racing.

Moss, Clark, Hill, Rindt, Fittipaldi, Peterson, Andretti and Senna all won in Lotus F1 machinery.

His son Clive is now preserving the rich heritage of this great marque. I would like to thank him very much for his time and sharing wonderful memories, how many school kids can claim they were picked up from school by a Formula 1 world champion.

They have a very nice website www.classicteamlotus.co.uk and please take a look.

Nasir Hameed.

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F1weekly podcast # 398

Kamui Kobayashi 09

F1weekly podcast number 398.

Kamui Kobayashi will drive for Sauber F1 in 2010.

USF1 seems to be falling off the radar, will they make it to the grid?

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with recent F1 tester at Jerez, Alexander Rossi.

renault 2009F1

RENAULT STAYS IN FORMULA ONE

Renault has decided to maintain its commitment to Formula One and welcomes the
perspective of a strategic partnership with Genii Capital, a Luxemburg based firm
specialized in new technologies, brand management and motor sport. Following the
proposed sale of a large stake of Renault F1 Team to Genii, both partners will operate the
team together. The letter of intent signed by the two companies should be concluded in early 2010.

For 2010, the team will retain its name, its identity and the core ingredients that led to the successes
achieved in 2005 and 2006. The team will continue to be supplied with engines by its sister
company in Viry-Châtillon, which is also pleased to have received a renewed commitment from Red
Bull Racing for the 2010 season.

After 35 years in the sport, Renault today announces a new phase for its F1 programme, consistent
with Formula One’s drive for cost efficiencies. Formula One remains one of the biggest sporting
spectacles in terms of annual television audiences and media exposure. Renault therefore believes
that the impact of Formula One in terms of image, and brand awareness worldwide, particularly in
new, emerging markets, will continue to play a key role in fulfilling the company’s growth objectives
in years ahead.

Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President, said: “I am delighted to welcome Genii Capital as our
new strategic partner as I am sure that their enthusiasm and business expertise will create a new
dynamic for the team, the staff, and our partners. Altogether, we look forward to competing again at
the highest level in Formula One. Today’s announcement also confirms Renault’s commitment and
trust in the sport’s governing bodies to improve the green credentials of Formula One.”
Indeed, in making such a decision, Renault not only demonstrates its commitment to its fans across
the world, its employees in Enstone and in Viry, and the FIA, FOA and FOTA but it also believes in
the positive impact of promoting relevant technologies in synergy with its product plan. “With the
ongoing evolutions of the Formula One regulations, Renault will be able to entertain its fans, while
promoting a leaner and sounder Championship. We will show Renault’s skill when it comes to
developing high-performance, fuel-efficient cars” said Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President.
The important cost reduction measures, made possible by the collective work within FOTA, have
already improved significantly the operating cost base. With the anticipated sale of a stake in its F1
operational base in the United Kingdom to Genii Capital, Renault achieves today another step that
will definitely bring F1 participation to an affordable level for the Group. In addition, the new
partnership will contribute to procuring the team the resources to compete sustainably at the
highest level, and creates a great opportunity to modernise its governance.

Renault Group: Frédérique Le Grevès

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Schumi

Schumacher at Benettoen 94

Michael Schumacher’s return to Formula 1 with Mercedes Benz in a done deal!

Luca di Montezemolo says Schumacher is free to go to Mercedes.

Virgin Racing has revealed that Lucas di Grassi will be partnering Timo Glock.

Lotus F1 team signs Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for next season.

FIA has confirmed new top ten scoring system will be in place from the 2010 season.

Felipe Massa to drive 2007 car provided by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti Department.