F1weekly podcast # 422

Williams pushing for the return of KERS for the 2011 season.

“We’re supportive of KERS at Williams, but our position was that we would rather it was integrated properly in the 2013 engine,

It’s something F1 can contribute to. A lot of road cars are going with KERS now, so it makes sense for F1 to have it. We thought ’13 was a better introduction point, but we’ve got to go with the agreement that everyone signed, and that was if someone proved by the end of March that they could do it for a million euros, then they can.

The attraction from my point of view is it makes the car go faster. If someone’s got KERS then you can’t afford not to have it. You’re talking three or four tenths .

It was quicker by the end of last year. If you look at McLaren, in Ahu Dhabi they were very competitive until they had the brake failure, and that was with the old front tyre as well. Now with the narrow front tyre it will be even easier to make KERS work.”

Jacques Villeneuve continues his efforts to return to Formula 1

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Can Renault continue their fight towards the front of the pack as we enter the European leg of the Championship.

Eric Boullier”: In terms of development, we’re clawing back a tenth here and a tenth there at each race,  Everybody is pushing themselves to the limit and the hard work is beginning to pay off. It will be more of the same from us in Spain. There will be more new parts but we don’t know what the other teams will bring, so we must be cautious. There’s every possibility that the competitive hierarchy could shift, perhaps to our advantage, perhaps not.”

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Why is Mercedes GP increasing the wheel base on the W01?

Some say to improve weight distribution others say for Schumi.

Ross Brawn: “The problem actually is not the wheelbase per se, The problem was that we got the weight distribution wrong. When we got to start trying these tyres we realised we didn’t have the correct weight distribution. We immediately went to the limit of what we could achieve with the car.

The tyres changed quite a bit; we had the small front, then there was a rear and then the rear changed again. None of us had the opportunity to try these tyres and we didn’t make as good a guess of what we wanted in terms of weight distribution as some of the other teams. We’ve got a modification of the car coming for Barcelona, which puts us into a better range for the weight distribution we can achieve.”

Michael is determined to succeed. He was always his own best and worst critic, He is incredibly dedicated and competitive but also very structured.

He is not the sort of guy who will panic when things aren’t going well. He will analyse what is happening and reflecting on that and, for sure, the race in Shanghai was disappointing.

But we are already getting to understand the reasons for that and are learning lessons from that. We have to make sure that in Barcelona for the next race we get it right and perform better.

His experience is very useful and that was part of the thinking when he joined the team. The biggest challenge is for everyone to treat him normally as he is such an icon.”

F1weekly podcast # 421

Some say Michael Schumacher should have never returned but others still insist he’s good for F1.

Formula 1 cars and equipment on their way back to Europe.

Max Mosley couldn’t hold his tongue and blasts Ferrari and Luca.

“Luca is very, very good with people and he’s certainly a very personable, pleasant person, but, in my opinion, he’s also a very weak character so he’s easily led.”

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed in podcast 421

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The adventure begins as F1 teams try to get home and then to Barcelona.

Bernie: “The main concern is getting the engines back because they have to be worked on, “I am sure everything will be alright. There is no question of cancelling the Spanish Grand Prix. Of course it is causing everybody problems, but we will find a way to get everyone home.”

Avon tyres could be the favorite with Michelin pushing for 18 inch wheels next season.

Whether Avon would be a significant-enough opponent for Michelin to accept the challenge remains to be seen – the British brand is not known for its road-going tyres in the way that Bridgestone or Goodyear are – but it has expressed an interest in breaking into F1 after years of being associated with series lower down the ladder, such as F2, F3 and, until last season, A1GP.

“The company is in discussion with the relevant parties and cannot comment further at this stage,” a statement from Avon’s motorsport division claimed, before confirming that that the company, now owned by Ohio-based Cooper, had been asked whether it would be interested in replacing Bridgestone.