F1weekly podcast # 438

Podcast number 438.

Pirreli tyres to supply GP2 with F1 tyres in 2011

Fernando Alonso says he’s sorry for suggesting the race was manipulated.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed including a conversation with…

Miquel Monrás GP3 driver for MW Arden.


Monrás began his motorsport career in karting back in 2002. In 2007, he was runner-up of the European KF2 Championship behind championship winner Will Stevens. He also made his debut in single-seaters in 2007, racing in Master Junior Formula.

Formula Renault

Monrás contested the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Winter Series at the end of the 2007 season, where he was thirteenth. Monrás moved up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup for the 2008 season, with the Hitech Junior Team. He finished 21st in the Eurocup standings, taking two points-scoring positions in fourteen races.[1] In the West European Cup, he took eighth place in the championship, taking five points scoring positions in fifteen races, including a podium in the final race of the season at Valencia.

The following season, Monrás competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European CupSG Formula. He finished fifth in the Eurocup standings, taking eleven points-scoring positions in fourteen races, including podiums at Barcelona and two at Hungaroring. In the West European Cup, he took fourth place in the championship, scoring seven podium places.

GP3 Series

2010 will see Monrás move to the GP3 Series, competing for MW Arden, the team that is backed by Formula One Red Bull Racing’s driver Mark Webber. He will join Michael Christensen at the team.


F1weekly podcast # 437

Could this have something to do with Fernando’s anger?

Vettel puts his championship hopes back on track with victory in Valencia.

Mark Webber is fine after a horrific accident involving Heikki’s Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton with an amazing second after a drive through penalty.

Kobayashi with a great drive and passing on the final corner of the race.

FIA unhappy with Fernando Alonso and Ferrari’s slam of the European GP.

Button, Rubinho, Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Petrov, Sutil, Liuzzi, Kubica, and Buemi have been given 5 second penalties. Fernando moves up to P8

Podcast number 437 race re-cap is late due to technical difficulties.



Vettel takes control with his fourth pole and a Red Bull front row.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in P3 alongside Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Disaster for Mercedes GP with both cars failing to reach Q3.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1:38.324   1:38.015   1:37.587
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:38.549   1:38.041   1:37.662
 3.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.697   1:38.158   1:37.969
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari               1:38.472   1:38.179   1:38.075
 5.  Massa          Ferrari               1:38.657   1:38.046   1:38.127
 6.  Kubica         Renault               1:38.132   1:38.062   1:38.137
 7.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.360   1:38.399   1:38.210
 8.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1:38.843   1:38.523   1:38.428
 9.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:38.449   1:38.326   1:38.428
10.  Petrov         Renault               1:39.004   1:38.552   1:38.523
11.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.096   1:38.586
12.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1:38.752   1:38.627
13.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:39.021   1:38.851
14.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes  1:38.969   1:38.884
15.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1:38.994   1:39.234
16.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari        1:39.003   1:39.264
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.128   1:39.458
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1:39.343
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth        1:40.658
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth        1:40.882
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth       1:42.086
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:42.140
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth          1:42.600
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth          1:42.851

Photo: GP3 Media

Uno, dos! Mexican talent Esteban Gutierrez scored his second victory of the season on Saturday in the GP3 feature race in Valencia. The ART driver led the race from start to finish after starting from pole position.

Man from Monterrey, Mexico, recorded the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to claim the extra bonus point.

Robert Wickens of Canada was second with local driver Roberto Merhi third in his GP3 debut. Several cars were eliminated on the opening lap including sprint race winner from Barcelona Alexander Rossi of Nevada City, California.

In the championship North American contingent occupy the top three slots. Gutierrez leads with 35 points. Wickens is second with 19 and Rossi is third with 17 points.

For more information please visit www.gp3series.com

Nasir Hameed

Muy bueno regards from California.

Photo: GP3 Media

Motorsports Mondial

Sebastian Vettel tops the time sheets in final practice.

Red Bull to race F-duct for the first time this weekend in Valencia.

Bridgestone says no Canadian tyre excitement for the European Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher continues to struggle in the Mercedes.

GP3 points leader Esteban Gutierrez takes pole despite a late crash in quali.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Time              Laps
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:38.052            14
 2.  Kubica         Renault                 1:38.154  + 0.102   17
 3.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:38.313  + 0.261   13
 4.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:38.500  + 0.448   17
 5.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:38.513  + 0.461   18
 6.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:38.623  + 0.571   15
 7.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:38.676  + 0.624   17
 8.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:38.686  + 0.634   16
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:38.769  + 0.717   16
10.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:38.816  + 0.764   15
11.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:38.822  + 0.770   15
12.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:39.050  + 0.998   16
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:39.105  + 1.053   15
14.  Petrov         Renault                 1:39.113  + 1.061   16
15.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:39.222  + 1.170   14
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:39.392  + 1.340   18
17.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:39.527  + 1.475   16
18.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:39.699  + 1.647   16
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:41.303  + 3.251   19
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:41.428  + 3.376   20
21.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:41.955  + 3.903   17
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:42.354  + 4.302   18
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:42.611  + 4.559   18
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth            1:42.622  + 4.570   19

F1weekly podcast # 436

Pirelli was the winning rubber when Dr. Nino Farina took the checkered flag at Silverstone in the 1950 British Grand Prix, the dawn of Formula 1 civilization. Since then the Milanese company has amassed success in various forms of motorsports all over the world.

Pirelli’s first success came in the 1907 Paris-Peking Rally, which inspired the company to introduce its elongated P logo in 1908.

The company’s products were used by Ferrari to win the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours with Maurice Trintignant and Froilan Gonzales. Three years later Pirelli shod Maserati won at Sebring 12 Hours with Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra. The same year, 1957, Pirelli departed from F1 scene on a very high mark, helping Fangio to his fifth world championship and his final and greatest Grand Prix triumph at the Nürburgring.

On the rallying front Pirelli has been involved since the 1970s, most notable success was Sandro Munari’s three in a row Lancia Stratos wins in the 1975-’77 Monte Carlo Rally.

Pirelli’s second foray in F1 circles was in the early ‘80s. Brazilian Nelson Piquet gave the team their first win at Paul Ricard in the 1985 French Grand Prix. Six years later in Canada Piquet would provide their last Grand Prix win in a Benetton.

Currently the company is exclusive supplier in WRC, GP3, Grand Am, Ferrari Challenge and World Super Bikes.

With Bridgestone following Japanese giants Honda and Toyota in their F1 exodus we welcome an old F1 friend back to the Grand Prix circuit. Pirelli will be the exclusive supplier from 2011 to F1 and GP2 teams.

Pirelli is also one of the largest manufacturers of cables.

Funiculi, Funicula!

Nasir Hameed

Heavenly regards from California.

Pirelli tyres to become sole supplier to Formula 1 replacing Bridgestone.

The 107 percent rule to return to qualifying in 2011.

Adjustable rear wings to replace adjustable front wings.

Renault and Mercedes to bring Red Bull type exhaust for Valencia.

USF1 Is fined and banned from any FIA championships.

Podcast number 436 in post production.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks special Interview with GP3 driver Pal Varhaug.

F1weekly podcast # 435

Podcast number 435.

A Motorsports Mondial special weekend edition.

Interview with Juncos racing drivers Tatiana Calderon and Conor Daly.

Established in 1997 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juncos Racing opened its doors as a full-service Formula Racing Team. Over the next 5 years, the team competed in various National Championships including the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, the Formula Renault 2000 Championship and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina. In 2003, team founder and owner, Ricardo Juncos, felt there was a need to carry his knowledge and expertise to North America. In September of 2003, Juncos Racing opened its doors in Miami, Florida as a full service karting team.

The next few years proved to be successful beyond imagination as the newly formed Juncos Racing team captured 19 Local, Regional and National karting Titles throughout North America. In 2008, Juncos Racing dedicated most of its time establishing and training its drivers and crew members in preparation of the much anticipated next step into the vast world of open wheel Formula Car Racing. 2009 proved to be a challenging, yet successful season as we carried our dedication, knowledge and expertise forward to start our journey with the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.