Motorsports Mondial

Photo: GP3 Media

Tambay Triumphs! Looks are familiar, and so is the winning tradition. Adrien Tambay, son of Grand Prix winning driver Patrick, put on an impressive performance in changing conditions to score his first victory in GP3 series. The second race on Sunday saw Adrien start the race from P27 on the grid.

“Yes, actually 27 is a good number, it’s my lucky number,” explained the Frenchman.

Showers on lap 4 saw drivers dive into pits for wet tires; the only exception was Adrien who took the opportunity to grab the lead in slippery conditions. That lead evaporated as Miki Monras from Spain and Alexander Rossi from northern California chased down Tambay.

The American took second place and launched an all out attack on Adrien for the win. The pressure was intense, Adrien described the challenge in post-race interview; “I stayed calm and I know Alexander very well and we have raced together before, I know he is a fair driver so there was no problem. He is looking after his championship and knew I had nothing to lose as well so it ended in a good way”.

The number 27 has special meaning for the Tambay family. Patrick Tambay was a close friend of Gilles Villeneuve, and was Ferrari’s choice to replace the Canadian legend during the 1982 season. Tambay went on to win the German Grand Prix where teammate Didier Pironi suffered career ending leg injuries, and in 1983 took an emotional win at Imola in the San Marino Grand Prix.

Adrien’s next race in GP3 is the final round at Monza where Papa finished second in a Ferrari in the 1982 Italian Grand Prix.

– Nasir Hameed

Le Regards from Californie

F1weekly podcast # 454

A great victory for Lewis Hamilton at a hectic Belgian GP.

Mark Webber salvages second despite a terrible start.

Robert Kubica in mixed conditions finishes on the podium.

Vettel takes out Button on lap 16 and given drive through.

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Vettel fail to score.

Stay tuned for podcast 454 with post race analysis.

Race Results:

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 44 laps 1hr 29m 04.268s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +1.5s
3. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault +3.4s
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +8.2s
5. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +9.0s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +12.3s
7. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +15.5s
8. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari +16.6s
9. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +23.8s
10. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +29.4s

11. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes +34.8s
12. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari +36.0s
13. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +39.8s
14. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
15. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +1 lap
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap
17. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap
18. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap
20. Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth +2 laps

Rtd. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 37 laps completed (crashed)
Rtd. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 15 laps completed (accident)
Rtd. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 5 laps completed
Rtd. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 0 laps completed (accident)

Fastest lap:

Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 49.069s lap 32



Photo: Lotus Racing

Mark Webber takes pole at Spa in mixed conditions.

Hamilton settles for second due to a damp La Source.

Robert Kubica sticks his Renault in third spot.

Vettel left sharing the second row for the Belgian GP.

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 45.184s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 45.863s
3. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 1m 46.100s
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 46.127s
5. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 46.206s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 46.314s
7. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 46.602s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 46.659s
9. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 1m 47.053s
10. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 47.441s

11. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 47.874s**
12. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 47.885s*
13. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 48.267s
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes 1m 48.680s
15. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 49.209s
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 1m 50.980s
17. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 52.049s

18. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth 2m 01.491s
19. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2m 02.284s
20. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 2m 03.612s
21. Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth 2m 03.941s
22. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2m 05.294s
23. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 2m 18.754s
24. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault no time

F1weekly podcast # 453

Podcast number 453

Mark Webber on top in final practice!

Adrian Sutil putting his Force India in second.

Spa Francorchamps could yield yet another surprise.

Red Bull passes yet another FIA front wing test.

FIA to increase testing on so called flexi floors at Monza.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks interviews: Bob Bondurant and Hiro Matsushita.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Mark Webber        Red Bull-Renault      1m46.106s           10
 2. Lewis Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      1m46.223s  +0.117   17
 3. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m46.396s  +0.290   12
 4. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m46.397s  +0.291   17
 5. Robert Kubica      Renault               1m46.492s  +0.386   17
 6. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m46.627s  +0.521   11
 7. Felipe Massa       Ferrari               1m46.962s  +0.856   10
 8. Adrian Sutil       Force India-Mercedes  1m47.064s  +0.958   15
 9. Nico Hülkenberg    Williams-Cosworth     1m47.160s  +1.054   16
10. Kamui Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari        1m47.296s  +1.190   17
11. Pedro de la Rosa   Sauber-Ferrari        1m47.388s  +1.282   15
12. Vitaly Petrov      Renault               1m47.406s  +1.300   15
13. R.Barrichello      Williams-Cosworth     1m47.512s  +1.406   14
14. M.Schumacher       Mercedes              1m47.695s  +1.589   16
15. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m47.837s  +1.731    9
16. Sébastien Buemi    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m47.905s  +1.799   20
17. J.Alguersuari      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m47.981s  +1.875   18
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi  Force India-Mercedes  1m48.692s  +2.586    8
19. Jarno Trulli       Lotus-Cosworth        1m50.600s  +4.494   14
20. Bruno Senna        HRT-Cosworth          1m51.133s  +5.027    9
21. H.Kovalainen       Lotus-Cosworth        1m51.384s  +5.278   14
22. Lucas Di Grassi    Virgin-Cosworth       1m51.517s  +5.411   13
23. Timo Glock         Virgin-Cosworth       1m51.669s  +5.563   10
24. Sakon Yamamoto     HRT-Cosworth          1m52.001s  +5.895   13

Motorsports Mondial

Photo: Marleen Serne

This Bunny has seen some serious hot laps! Markus Winkelhock has every reason to smile, sponsorship from Playboy and plum Audi ride with Team Rosberg in DTM, the German Touring Car Championship.

As an 18-year old he finished second in the 1998 Formula König Championship and raced in Formula Renault Championships in Germany and Europe in the following two seasons.  In three season of F3 competition he scored six wins and placed fourth in the 2003 F3 Euro Series, ahead of names like Timo Glock, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica.

His first foray in German tin-tops came in 2004 and he returned to single-seaters in 2005, competing and winning three races in World Series by Renault and claiming third position in the championship. Since the 2007 season Winkelhock has been a regular feature on the DTM landscape.

His day of days came in the rain and in his Formula 1 debut at the Nürburgring. The 2007 European Grand Prix was about to start when the Spyker team instructed Winkelhock to come in for wet tires at the end of the formation lap.

F1 audience all over the world watched pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen and company slipping and sliding on the opening lap, and even more stunning was scene of Markus Winkelhock leading the very first lap of his very first Formula 1 Grand Prix! The rain disappeared and with it the brief one-race F1 career of Markus Wilkehock.

At least he can tell his grand kids and Bunnies, if they are still around, about the day he led a Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Das war wunderbar!

–        Nasir Hameed

Grüße from Kalifornia.

F1weekly podcast # 452

Podcast number 452

Motorsports Mondial weekend special interview,

Just Marketing International founder and CEO  Zak Brown.

JMI was founded in 1995 by racing driver Zak Brown. In 1995, Brown took a sabbatical from full-time racing to launch Just Marketing International, offering sponsorships, advertising, special events, public relations, promotions, product licensing and corporate hospitality opportunities.

Originally a one-man operation, JMI now has a staff of more than 140 employees. JMI develops team primary sponsorships, track and event entitlements, league official status, series naming rights and driver endorsements in major motorsports series, including NASCAR, Formula One World Championship, IndyCar, NHRA, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series.

In June 2008, JMI announced a major partnership with Spire Capital Partners and Credit Suisse.

JMI has also developed the “Executive Drive” program, a customized performance driving event. Guests participate in driving a fleet of international sports cars at prominent race tracks.