F1weekly podcast # 451

Podcast number 451

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks interview: Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Johnny Amadeus Cecotto, more commonly known as Johnny Cecotto, Jr. (born September 9, 1989 in Augsburg, Germany) is a racing driver. He races with a Venezuelan license but holds both German and Venezuelan nationality. He is the son of former racing driver and motorcycle world champion Johnny Cecotto.

He began his racing career in kart racing, then progressing to open wheel single seater racing. He competed in Formula BMW ADAC in 2005. In 2006 he raced in the German Formula Three Championship, taking one victory, and also in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup.

In 2007 he raced in the International Formula Master series, finishing eighth with three podiums. He returned to the German F3 Championship, finishing in third with two victories.

In 2009 he raced in the Formula Three Euroseries for the HBR Motorsport team, before the team missed races at Brands Hatch. He then signed a deal to compete in the GP2 Series, partnering Michael Herck at David Price Racing.

He joined up with Trident Racing for the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season, but was replaced by Dani Clos after the first round.


F1weekly podcast # 450

Podcast number 450

Motorsports Mondial special weekend Interview.

Nasir speaks with race driver Rio Haryanto.

Rio Haryanto was born January 22, 1993 in Solo, Central Java, Rio is an Indonesian racing driver. Haryanto is presently competing in the Pacific Formula BMW series and the Australian Formula 3 series. Haryanto dominated Formula BMW Pacific in 2009, amassing eleven first-place finishes en route to a 70-point championship winning margin. He currently competes for Virgin Racing-assisted Manor Motorsport in inaugural season of GP3 Series.


Motorsports Mondial

Aditya Patel

Q: What does this victory mean to you and your career?
A: This is just the beginning of my career and win like this at Nurburgring means a lot to me! From now, things can only get better.

Q: What was your biggest challenge in adjusting from single seaters to tin tops?
A: Well, it was completely different all together and I had to change a bit in my driving. To start with, these saloons are front wheel drive as opposed to the rear wheel drive single seater. The saloon also weighs double that of a single seater and hence requires a slightly different driving style. Nevertheless, it took me a year to adapt to it and now I’m enjoying every minute of it!

Q: Your impression of European tracks and depth of competition?
A: The European race tracks are where some of the biggest events in the world are conducted. I can’t thank my family and sponsors enough for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to race in Europe. The competition is undoubtedly huge. Every youngster who wants to make it big in motorsports, kick-starts his career in Europe. Winning races with such competition is a very special feeling indeed.

Q: Your favorite racing track?
A: Macau!

Q: What is your career goal, race at Le Mans and Daytona 24 hours or follow in the foot steps of countrymen Karthikeyan and Chandok to F1?
A: Frankly, I’m enjoying the saloon car experience. I would love to race in WTCC, DTM, Nascar or even 24 hour GT races. For now, that’s my main focus.

Q: Apart from Chennai/Coimbatore area where are major racing tracks located in India?

A:  Well, these are the only two purpose built race tracks in the country right now. It will be a huge boost for the sport in the country when the new F1 circuit is up and running near Delhi!

Q: What was your first introduction to Motorsports, was there interest in the family?
A: My dad was a successful race driver. He won several races and rallys in India in his 30 years of motorsport. Naturally, I was bitten by the racing bug and drove my first Kart at the age of four! There was no looking back from there.

Q: What series is on your racing radar for next season?
A: It’s still too early to make a decision but I do have my options open. There are several series’ to look at. Right now, I’m doing my homework to see what would be the best, most logical move.

Q: Now that you are a race winner in Europe, what is your advise to aspiring young drivers in India?
A: They’ve all got the talent. I would just advice them to never ever give up!

Q: Who would you like to see win the F1 championship this year?
A: Alonso!

Thank you very much. Racing regards from California.

Nasir Hameed

Motorsports Mondial

Thanks for listening.

Dear Sirs,

I listen to the podcast here in Edinburgh and enjoy it very much. I find
it supplements the BBC’s coverage very nicely – you bring a very
valuable historical and personal touch to my understanding of F1. The
BBC’s coverage often misses out that element – but I guess they don’t
have time on raceday.

Please find attached a photograph of my son, Christopher, next to
Jackie Stewart’s Tyrell 003 at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
I believe this is the most successful chassis in the history of the sport.


Michael Calwell

F1weekly podcast # 449

Photo: Spyker F1/Egmond

F1weekly podcast number 449

Remembering Fisichella at Spa Francorchamps last year.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks Interview HRT reserve driver Christian Klien.

Born in Hohenems, Klien started his motorsport career in his early teens. He raced in karting championships in both Austria and Switzerland, before moving to Formula BMW. After winning several titles in lower Formulas, Klien moved into Formula One, driving for the Jaguar Racing team, alongside Mark Webber. At the end of 2004, however, Jaguar sold its Formula One team to Red Bull, which renamed it Red Bull Racing. In an unusual arrangement, Klien shared a race seat with Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi. He stayed at Red Bull for 2006, whilst Liuzzi moved to the Red Bull junior team, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

After an unsuccessful 2006, Klien’s old teammate Mark Webber replaced him for the 2007 season. Klien was offered alternatives to Formula One for 2007, including driving in the ChampCar series, but he refused and aimed for a seat in Formula One. He secured the test driver’s seat at Honda, despite competition from other drivers, including Gary Paffett.

On 2 February 2008 Klien signed as BMW Sauber’s reserve and test driver for the 2008 Formula One season, alongside Estonian Marko Asmer.

Klien remained in the position of BMW Sauber’s test and reserve driver for 2009.

For 2010, Klien was understood to be a target for Sauber before the seat went to Pedro de la Rosa.

Klien was then tipped to become Hispania Racing’s reserve driver despite being second favourite to ex-US F1 man José María López but neither Klien or López got the seat. It went to former Super Aguri F1 and Spyker F1 driver Sakon Yamamoto. However, he was later signed by Hispania as well as Yamamoto. He took part in his first Grand Prix weekend for three years at the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix, where he drove in the first practice session in place of Karun Chandhok. He replaced Chandok again at the 2010 European Grand Prix where his session was made difficult by problems with his car. He is being linked with a race seat with Renault for 2011.