F1Weekly podcast # 603

F1WEEKLY PODCAST NUMBER 603 CLARK AND NASIR DISCUSS THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX AND WILL LOTUS F1 TURN THEIR BACKS ON ROMAIN GROSJEAN?

ALSO…Lotus F1 driver quotes on qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05. Q: P5, 1:37.625. FP3: P5, 1:38.666
“Qualifying was okay and I think we did the best we could have done. We tried some different things on the car over the weekend and qualified in a reasonably good position, but of course you always want to go faster. The new exhaust system feels good; you do lose a little horsepower from it but it’s better on the aero side and you can’t get something for nothing. The gap to the cars at the front is not too much so we’ll try to do what we can tomorrow.”

Romain Grosjean, E20-03. Q: P7, 1:37.934. FP3: P4 1:38.582
“It was a bit of a strange qualifying session for me to be honest; In Q1 the car felt nowhere, in Q2 it was good, then in Q3 it wasn’t fantastic either so we need to spend some time analysing what happened. The track changed a little and the tyres felt slightly different so we need to understand that. For sure there will be a lot of attention on my start tomorrow; I know my objectives and I think we’re capable of a good result.”

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WEC

Toyota Racing’s Kazuki Nakajima set Fuji Speedway alight this afternoon by claiming the manufacturer’s first pole position in Japan with the No.7 TS030 Hybrid, at their home track. 

The Japanese driver, making his return to the Toyota’s cockpit for the first time since the 24 Hours of Le Mans, set a time of 1:27.499, more than two tenths of a second clear of second placed Benôit Tréluyer in the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.   The Frenchman, who raced in Japan for almost 12 years, couldn’t quite match the Toyota, but he was more than half a second clear of his team mate Tom Kristensen in the No.2 Audi.

Kazuki Nakajima: “I am really happy to get this pole position at Fuji Speedway; it means a lot to me and the team. It was cool to see the reaction of everyone in the garage at the end of the session because we had big support and also big expectations as this is our home country, our home track. We saw this morning that the car was quick enough to fight for pole position and, even though I had a bit of traffic at the start of qualifying, I managed to get a clean lap. It is a good achievement but it is still Saturday; the race means a lot more than qualifying. It will be a tricky race, particularly because it is difficult to cope with traffic in the last sector. So we will have to be careful and make no mistakes. Our aim is to win the race; we will push hard.”

Toyota also had much to celebrate among the LMP1 Privateers as it was Neel Jani’s No.12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota which marked the fastest qualifying time with a lap of 1:29.871, fourth overall. He edged out the HPD-Hondas of Strakka Racing and JRM – Danny Watts in the British-flagged No.21 HPD ARX 03b by just two tenths and David Brabham in the No.22 JRM car by a solid half second. Just four out of the top 18 cars are powered by engines not produced by a Japanese manufacturer.

In LMP2 it was the championship points leader who claimed pole position thanks to Stéphane Sarrazin whose lap of 1:32.367 was the fastest of the whole week in the category.  The pole allows the No. 44 Starworks Motorsports HPD-Honda, winners at Sebring, Le Mans and São Paulo to notch up an extra point in its chase of the FIA Endurance Trophy.  The fight was tight in the class as less than two tenths separated the poleman from John Martin in the No.25 ADR-Delta Oreca 03-Nissan who was himself in front of Vitantonio Liuzzi’s No.32 Lola Lotus by less than another two tenths.  The narrow gaps foretell a closely-contested race in this class which has got better and better; Starworks Motorsports being 22 points ahead after getting pole.

Who from Toyota, Honda or Nissan will be waving the Japanese colours tomorrow for the 6 Hours of Fuji?  The answer will be known at 1700 hours, but before everyone will be back on track at 0755 hours for Warm Up and at 1100 hours for the start of the race.

Formula One

QUALIFYING KOREAN GRAND PRIX-
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: POLE POSITION! (3rd Practice – P7, 1:38.766)
“It was a tight session for all of us. I think as the session unfolded, people were having different balance issues on different tyre compounds. I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it’s good to get pole. It’s a great place to start the race from. I’m looking to get off the first corner very well, that’s important as there are two long straights after that.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:37.642)
“Overall we can be very happy with the result. We were quite quick in the first and second qualifying sessions and had a good start to Q3. On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as Massa was there, it wasn’t his fault, but I had to back off. Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn’t good enough. I lost time in the middle sector, which seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped I wasn’t able to go with it, so I lost a bit, but second is a good position so start from. There are long straights near the start, so it could be interesting tomorrow.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “For the second time in a week, it’s fantastic to have locked out the front row. Mark drove a fantastic final lap to secure the pole position by half a tenth from Sebastian, who had dominated until that point. It’s Renault’s 200th pole position, which we are delighted to have achieved with them. It’s important that we now convert this strong qualifying into plenty of points tomorrow.

(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “Today is an important day. Not only have we got the front row of the grid again, but we have also scored our 200th pole position with the Renault engine. We started with Jean-Pierre Jabouille in 1979 and 500 races later we have achieved more than 40 percent of pole positions from all our Formula One qualifying sessions. That’s a very strong score for Renault. Among these 200 pole positions, more than 40 were achieved with Red Bull Racing and our two drivers, Mark and Sebastian. So, I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull, both drivers and everyone working at our factory at Renault.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 
 1.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m37.242s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m37.316s  + 0.074
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m37.469s  + 0.227
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m37.534s  + 0.292
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m37.625s  + 0.383
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m37.884s  + 0.642
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m37.934s  + 0.692
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m38.266s  + 1.024
 9.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m38.361s  + 1.119
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m38.513s  + 1.271
 Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.436s Gap **
11.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.441s  + 0.674
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.460s  + 0.693
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.594s  + 0.827
14.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m38.643s  + 0.876
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m38.725s  + 0.958
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m39.084s  + 1.317
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m39.340s  + 1.573
Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.180s Gap *
18.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m39.443s  + 1.235
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m40.207s  + 1.999
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m40.333s  + 2.125
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.317s  + 3.109
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.371s  + 3.163
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m42.881s  + 4.673
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         no time
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: POLE POSITION! (3rd Practice – P7, 1:38.766)
“It was a tight session for all of us. I think as the session unfolded, people were having different balance issues on different tyre compounds. I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it’s good to get pole. It’s a great place to start the race from. I’m looking to get off the first corner very well, that’s important as there are two long straights after that.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:37.642)
“Overall we can be very happy with the result. We were quite quick in the first and second qualifying sessions and had a good start to Q3. On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as Massa was there, it wasn’t his fault, but I had to back off. Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn’t good enough. I lost time in the middle sector, which seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped I wasn’t able to go with it, so I lost a bit, but second is a good position so start from. There are long straights near the start, so it could be interesting tomorrow.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “For the second time in a week, it’s fantastic to have locked out the front row. Mark drove a fantastic final lap to secure the pole position by half a tenth from Sebastian, who had dominated until that point. It’s Renault’s 200th pole position, which we are delighted to have achieved with them. It’s important that we now convert this strong qualifying into plenty of points tomorrow.”
(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “Today is an important day. Not only have we got the front row of the grid again, but we have also scored our 200th pole position with the Renault engine. We started with Jean-Pierre Jabouille in 1979 and 500 races later we have achieved more than 40 percent of pole positions from all our Formula One qualifying sessions. That’s a very strong score for Renault. Among these 200 pole positions, more than 40 were achieved with Red Bull Racing and our two drivers, Mark and Sebastian. So, I would like to thank everyone at Red Bull, both drivers and everyone working at our factory at Renault.”  
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PEOPLE TALK
A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, our Test and Reserve Driver Sébastien Buemi tells us about training, table tennis and explains why he’s keen to dive in the sky, but definitely not in the water…
What racing driver did you most want to be like when you were growing up?
That’s easy – Michael Schumacher, simply because he was winning most of the races. As a kid you always want to be a winner, so it was Michael.
How strange was it to later race against him?
The first few races were amazing. I had a good fight with him in Canada, where I think I finished P8. I overtook him four laps from the end because he was having bad degradation on the tyres. That was a great feeling. But as the season goes on you just concentrate on your job. He became another competitor. Initially though, it was quite special to race against someone who was a hero.
How do you relax outside of Formula One? What’s the perfect day off?
If I’ve been away for a long time, like on these back-to-back races, then I just like to spend time with friends and family. If not that, then I like doing some proper training at home, where there’s not so much pressure and no tight schedules. You have to train so much in this job that you really need to enjoy it. And the more you do, the more you enjoy it.
Is there a particular element of training you’re passionate about? A lot of drivers are keen cyclists?
Some drivers they go flat out in one direction, but me, I like to do a variety of things. You have to stimulate yourself by doing something a little bit different all the time. You have to be mentally stimulated so that you do better and always learn something new.
What would you be doing if you couldn’t work in the field you do work in?
That’s very difficult. Maybe another sport. I like competition, so maybe tennis. But I don’t know. It was so clear to me from when I was four years old that this is what I want to do. I never thought about anything else. If I wasn’t doing this? Maybe I’d just be finishing university or something. I think I would have loved to do another sport because I don’t like the routine of a regular job.
What one thing, aside from what you do, are you really good at?
Table tennis. I started when I was young and went to do a course and played with a club. From the age of six to 13 I did table tennis and gymnastics, but then I changed, as you can’t do everything.
Pick three guests, from past or present, to invite to your ideal dinner party?
For sure Roger Federer, I’d invite him and then… Ayrton Senna and Steve Jobs. There are many people but that might be an interesting conversation.
Are you afraid of anything?
Sharks. When I go to Australia I’m always afraid of going in the water. I know it’s irrational and I know there won’t be anywhere we go but still I think about it.
What’s one thing you’ve never done that you would really like to do?
Skydiving. I’d like to do that, just for the adrenaline. I’m a bit scared of it, which is part of the attraction.  
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