Red Bull domination with Vettel on pole in Hungary.

Petrov out-qualifies his team mate for the first time.

Ferrari on the second row with Alonso ahead of Massa.

Jenson Button fails to make it out of Q2.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1         Q2          Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:20.417   1:19.573   1:18.773
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:21.132   1:19.531   1:19.184
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:21.278   1:20.237   1:19.987
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                1:21.299   1:20.857   1:20.331
 5.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:21.455   1:20.877   1:20.499
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:21.212   1:20.811   1:21.082
 7.  Petrov         Renault                1:21.558   1:20.797   1:21.229
 8.  Kubica         Renault                1:21.159   1:20.867   1:21.328
 9.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:21.891   1:21.273   1:21.411
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:21.598   1:21.275   1:21.710
11.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:21.422   1:21.292
12.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:21.478   1:21.331
13.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:22.080   1:21.517
14.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:21.840   1:21.630
15.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:21.982   1:21.897
16.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:21.789   1:21.927
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:21.978   1:21.998
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:22.222
19.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:24.050
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:24.120
21.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:24.199
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:25.118
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:26.391
24.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth           1:26.453

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Photo: Reuters

Kiwi Wings Clipped

Brendon Hartley, Robert Wickens, Scott Speed and Mika Maki all have one thing in common; Red Bull gave them wings and then clipped them when they did not live up to the high standards set by one-time Grand Prix and Le Mans winning driver, Dr. Helmut Marko, the right hand man to Red Bull matador Dietrich Mateschitz.

Hartley, a native of New Zealand, has been in the Red Bull brigade for four years. Much was expected from him when he was placed in the British F3 championship, but was beaten to the title by his teammate and current Grand Prix driver Jaime Alguersuari.

This season Hartley was placed in the World Series by Renault and was also named Red Bull/Toro Rosso test driver. However, the career of talented driver from Palmerston North has gone south and he has played second fiddle to Australian Daniel Ricciardo from Perth.

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who is having a successful British F3 campaign this year, has been named as successor to the 20-year old Hartley in World Series by Renault.

Chris Amon, the luckless F1 driver for Ferrari, said Hartley’s dismissal from the Red Bull programme is a huge setback for his fellow countryman to reach the top flight in motor racing.

– Nasir Hameed

Final practice:

Pos  Driver       Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      1m19.574s            17
 2.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      1m20.058s  + 0.484s  15
 3.  Alonso       Ferrari               1m20.724s  + 1.150s  19
 4.  Kubica       Renault               1m21.066s  + 1.492s  19
 5.  Massa        Ferrari               1m21.264s  + 1.690s  16
 6.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      1m21.376s  + 1.802s  17
 7.  Petrov       Renault               1m21.399s  + 1.825s  15
 8.  Rosberg      Mercedes              1m21.422s  + 1.848s  18
 9.  Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m21.473s  + 1.899s  18
10.  Hulkenberg   Williams-Cosworth     1m21.513s  + 1.939s  18
11.  Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m21.705s  + 2.131s  19
12.  Schumacher   Mercedes              1m21.939s  + 2.365s  15
13.  de la Rosa   Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.151s  + 2.577s  21
14.  Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari        1m22.337s  + 2.763s  20
15.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.427s  + 2.853s  19
16.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m22.508s  + 2.934s  22
17.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m22.918s  + 3.344s  14
18.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.708s  + 4.134s  8
19.  di Grassi    Virgin-Cosworth       1m24.547s  + 4.973s  19
20.  Trulli       Lotus-Cosworth        1m24.576s  + 5.002s  22
21.  Kovalainen   Lotus-Cosworth        1m24.623s  + 5.049s  22
22.  Glock        Virgin-Cosworth       1m24.805s  + 5.231s  17
23.  Senna        HRT-Cosworth          1m26.479s  + 6.905s  21
24.  Yamamoto     HRT-Cosworth          1m27.176s  + 7.602s  21

F1weekly podcast # 445

F1weekly podcast number 445

Le Grand Prix de Monaco will stay on the calendar.

Giancarlo Minardi thinks the Scuderia was right.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Interview with Formula BMW driver Michael Lewis.

Michael Lewis began his racing career in 1/4 Midgets at the Pomona, California, oval track in 2003 at the age of 13. He then moved to karting in 2005, racing primarily in local California and western regional events. In 2006, Michael started his European karting experience racing for CRG in the Rotax Junior Series. In 2007 and 2008, he continued his European karting career with Dino Chiesa’s Chiesa Corse kart team with emphasis in Italian Masters and WSK events running in the KF-2 class.

In 2009, Michael made the step up to racing cars with his commitment to the 2009 Formula BMW Americas series, driving for Antonio Ferrari’s Eurointernational team, earning the Rookie Championship. In 2010 he is staying with Eurointernational, but driving in the Formula BMW Europe series as the Americas series has been disbanded.

Michael attends California State University, Fullerton, where he is majoring in business.



Motorsports Mondial

Red McCombs Revealed as Primary Investor for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ Project

Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions LP, revealed Red McCombs as the primary investor for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ racing project. McCombs, a business and sports legend, is committing financial resources, experience and the business relationships of McCombs Partners to complement Hellmund and his extensive motorsports’ background. Hellmund and McCombs Partners have been working on potential site development as well as event and facility infrastructure. The end result will present one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events and the first ever purpose-built F1 facility in the United States.

Hellmund, an Austin native, event promoter and former racecar driver, has had a lifetime affinity for Formula 1 racing and has spent the last three years working to deliver the return of Formula 1 racing to the U.S. with his hometown of Austin as the event’s backdrop. “This project has been a tremendous undertaking,” stated Hellmund. “But for at least the next decade, Texas will host a global sporting event on an annual basis in a new world-class multipurpose facility. Knowing that our hard work is being rewarded and that my dream is becoming a reality is extremely gratifying. It is a great honor to have Red McCombs and McCombs Partners as our primary investor and partner. Red’s success in business and the professional sports arena is legendary. Working together as a team and under Red’s direction, we will ensure that this project will make all Texans very proud and will benefit our great State.”

“Bringing Formula 1 back to the United States represents the opportunity of a lifetime and one that any city in the world would want,” stated McCombs.  “The size and scope of an F1 event is comparable to hosting a Super Bowl and will bring substantial economic benefit to Austin, San Antonio and the entire State of Texas. We know Tavo has a clear vision for developing Formula 1 into a major event with year-round opportunities. Over the past few years, he has built a solid business foundation and has assembled a great team – one we are proud to be part of.  We are ready to roll-up our sleeves and work alongside Tavo to make this project a huge success.” McCombs, a Texas business and sports icon, is the former owner of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets. In addition, McCombs is the co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and has owned nearly 400 businesses in his career, including McCombs Automotive Group and McCombs Energy. McCombs Partners serves as the investment management division of McCombs Enterprises, the family office of Red McCombs.

In addition to McCombs Partners, Hellmund’s team includes Prophet Capital Management, an Austin based private investment company founded in 1995, and MotoGP World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

Hellmund also launched the event’s official website: www.formula1UnitedStates.com, a site dedicated to the local, state, national and global communities interested in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. The site’s objective is to provide racing and non-racing fans alike a view into the global sporting event where “technology meets glamour.” Site content will include information on the event visionary and investment group, FAQs, the host city of Austin, event news, Formula 1 racing information and the Formula 1™ onboard lap driving experience. Fans will have the opportunity to register to receive additional information including updates on event ticket packages. The site will be continually updated with the latest news and developments for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ project and respective racing industries.

Formula 1 racing is ranked among the top three most prestigious sporting events in the world along with the Olympics and Soccer’s FIFA World Cup. Formula 1 is considered the most technologically advanced sporting event in the world. It has a massive worldwide following, attracting more than 520 million viewers in 187 countries — making it the most-watched annual sport in the world. This project will place Austin and the state of Texas on the global stage. Its economic impact to the community is estimated to be approximately $300 million on an annual basis, according to the Office of the Texas Comptroller.

Austin, Texas is located at the epicenter of a surrounding population of nearly 20 million people and provides 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles. Austin also offers easy access from each U.S. coast, as well as from Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. The track will be located on a 900-acre site in southeast Austin along the SH 130 corridor near FM 812.  The majority of land involved in the project is formerly known as the Wandering Creek property. The site’s natural topography is expected to provide an excellent canvas for the world class facility.

F1weekly podcast # 444

photo: Autosport.com

Bernie wants the ban on team orders lifted.

Ferrari fined $100,000 and referred to the WMSC.

“We tried to do our race, we tried to do as good as we can,” said Alonso, who scored his second win of the year. “We are professional drivers and we try to work as a team and we try to do the best we can every day.”

F1weekly podcast number 444

Ferrari takes an unsavory victory at Hockenheim.

Massa clearly unhappy with letting Fernando through.

Red Bull front wing under scrutiny for flexing.

Esteban Gutierrez has cruised to his fourth GP3 victory.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h28:38.866
 2.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.196
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     5.121
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.896
 5.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    29.482
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    43.606
 7.  Kubica        Renault                    +     1 lap
 8.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +     1 lap
10.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
11.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
17.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
18.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps
19.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps



Vettel edges out Fernando Alonso for pole in Germany.

Ferrari showing improvement with Felipe Massa in third.

Liuzzi crashes out hitting the pit wall in Q1

Robert Wickens has claimed his first GP3 race victory.

Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, it would be interesting to calculate how much it is, two thousands of a second. It was very, very close. All session Fernando was really strong and in general the Ferraris are very competitive here. We knew it would be a difficult session but two thousands of a second is not really the margin you are looking for, so we had to push very hard. It was extremely exciting especially Q3. I knew that both times I had only one lap to get it right here. There are some places that lead you easily into a mistake, so it was close. You push a little too much and you lose the edge of the tyres and then you start to feel you are losing the time, so my last run wasn’t 100 per cent perfect. I had a little bit here and there where I went a little bit above the limit and it cost a little bit of time but in the end it was enough by nearly nothing to stay ahead and get on pole. So extremely happy. First time on pole at home, but the main challenge will come tomorrow. I think we do have a very strong car here and it will be a tough fight against the red cars I guess.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.152   1:14.249  1:13.791
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:14.808   1:14.081  1:13.793
 3.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:15.216   1:14.478  1:14.290
 4.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.334   1:14.340  1:14.347
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.823   1:14.716  1:14.427
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.505   1:14.488  1:14.566
 7.  Kubica         Renault                 1:15.736   1:14.835  1:15.079
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:16.398   1:14.698  1:15.109
09.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:16.178   1:15.018  1:15.179
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:16.387   1:14.943  1:15.339
11.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:16.084   1:15.026
12.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:15.951   1:15.084
13.  Petrov         Renault                 1:16.521   1:15.307
14.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:16.220   1:15.467
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.450   1:15.550
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.664   1:15.588
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.029   1:15.974
18.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:17.583
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.300
20.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.343
21.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:18.592
22.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:18.952
23.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth            1:19.844
24.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth