F1weekly podcast # 416

Dingo day afternoon in Albert Park

Australian Grand Prix


Bulls and El Matador. German wunderkind Sebastian Vettel took his
second successive pole position of the season in Melbourne, steaming
ahead of teammate and local favorite Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso,
winner of the opening round in Bahrain, qualified third in his Ferrari.

The right call. Defending race winner and world champion Jenson Button
changed to slicks, went off-track but kept his cool and smooth driving and
rewarded McLaren their first win of the season. Could this be the start of
reverse cage rattling in Woking?

Renault rising. Pole star Robert Kubica finished second. In the halcyon
days of Flavio Briatore he was at one time part of Renault Driver Development
programme. So were Kovalainen, Grosjean and Peter Windsor’s hand picked
“American” (just add Latin), Jose Maria Lopez.

Home grown talent. Mark Webber made his F1 debut in Albert Park
driving for fellow Aussie Paul Stoddard-owned Minardi team in 2002.
Sunday was no walk in the park for him, out classed by teammate both
in qualifying and race he soldiered on for ninth place finish.


Prancing in the park. Fernando Alonso, new in town in Maranello,
held off a late charge from Hamilton but was unable to pass teammate
Massa for a podium finish. His fourth place finish keeps him at the top
of the championship table.


Hulked by Kobayashi. Rising German star and Willi Weber client
Nico Hulkenberg was speared on the opening lap by the Sauber
of Kamui Kobayashi. Hulkenberg and Hamilton both won GP2 titles
in their rookie seasons and also won every championship they entered.

Unwilling Virgin. Gave birth by CFD to Nick Wirth designed cars, which
urgently needs transplant of larger fuel tanks. Sir Richard Branson of
Virgin brand fame and fortune is the rich daddy. Virgin pilots are Timo
Glock and Lucas di Grassi.


Jonesy boy. The last Australian world champion Alan Jones was born
in Melbourne. He gave Shadow their only Grand Prix win, Austria 1977,
in a car which is now owned by an F1Weekly listener. Jones was world
champion three years later in a Patrick Head designed Williams.

Party comes to town. Melbourne is one of the most popular stops on
the F1 circuit. Capital of Victoria State snatched the race from Adelaide
in 1996. Melbourne is now facing taste of its own medicine from Sydney.
Time and Bernie will decide the outcome of this opera.

Button and his Wheel of Fortune!

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California

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Dingo day afternoon in Albert Park

Australian Grand Prix

Bulls and El Matador. German wunderkind Sebastian Vettel took his

second successive pole position of the season in Melbourne, steaming

ahead of teammate and local favorite Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso,

winner of the opening round in Bahrain, qualified third in his Ferrari.

The right call. Defending race winner and world champion Jenson Button

changed to slicks, went off-track but kept his cool and smooth driving and

rewarded McLaren their first win of the season. Could this be the start of

reverse cage rattling in Woking?

Renault rising. Pole star Robert Kubica finished second. In the halcyon

days of Flavio Briatore he was at one time part of Renault Driver Development

programme. So were Kovalainen, Grosjean and Peter Windsor’s hand picked

“American” (just add Latin), Jose Maria Lopez.

Home grown talent. Mark Webber made his F1 debut in Albert Park

driving for fellow Aussie Paul Stoddard-owned Minardi team in 2002.

Sunday was no walk in the park for him, out classed by teammate both

in qualifying and race he soldiered on for ninth place finish.

Prancing in the park. Fernando Alonso, new in town in Maranello,

held off a late charge from Hamilton but was unable to pass teammate

Massa for a podium finish. His fourth place finish keeps him at the top

of the championship table.

Hulked by Kobayashi. Rising German star and Willi Weber client

Nico Hulkenberg was speared on the opening lap by the Sauber

of Kamui Kobayashi. Hulkenberg and Hamilton both won GP2 titles

in their rookie seasons and also won every championship they entered.

Unwilling Virgin. Gave birth by CFD to Nick Wirth designed cars, which

urgently needs transplant of larger fuel tanks. Sir Richard Branson of

Virgin brand fame and fortune is the rich daddy. Virgin pilots are Timo

Glock and Lucas di Grassi.

Jonesy boy. The last Australian world champion Alan Jones was born

in Melbourne. He gave Shadow their only Grand Prix win, Austria 1977,

in a car which is now owned by an F1Weekly listener. Jones was world

champion three years later in a Patrick Head designed Williams.

Party comes to town. Melbourne is one of the most popular stops on

the F1 circuit. Capital of Victoria State snatched the race from Adelaide

in 1996. Melbourne is now facing taste of its own medicine from Sydney.

Time and Bernie will decide the outcome of this opera.

Button and his Wheel of Fortune!

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California