F1W

Tim And Des

F1WEEKLY’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM OUR OWN DÉSIRÉE MEETS AND GREETS TECH TALK TIM – 

F1weekly correspondent Désirée met forum member BMWTim  on 4/4/13 as part of our community outreach program to instill goodwill amongst Formula 1 fans locally.

Tim, a graduate engineering student at the prestigious Stanford University made the trek to Santa Cruz California for the opportunity to meet out F-1 Femme fatale in person.  They met at a local brewery for conversation and fellowship.

Tim came from New Jersey originally, born to a father that followed F1 back in the Mario Andretti days.  It wasn’t until the BMW Team came into F1 that Tim himself felt drawn to the sport and he became a fan.  He reminisced with Désirée about Dr. Mario Theissen and Juan Pablo Montoya.

He started listening to F1weekly he estimates about 3 or 4 years ago, is also a forum member, and recently recorded a Tech Talk segment discussing the glory of carbon fiber.  He confessed that he became a Weekly after the golden age of the podcast in which Désirée was a weekly contributor and podcast member.  But his curiosity about the First Lady of F1Weekly got the best of him and he wanted to be able to see the legend first hand and get to know her and here in inside scoop of the early days of F1W and the behind-the-scenes gossip.  He likes the opinions of the F1Weekly staffers and finds it handy to listen to the show in the week after the race.

Tim and Désirée found they have in common, their current favorite driver Kimi Raikkonen, both understanding the subtleness of his persona and his frank manner of speaking, as well as his skills behind the wheel.

What Tim hadn’t known about was that our female correspondent used to contribute weekly on the podcast and took a special interest in reporting the technical tidbits.  She told him about the early days, starting with Podcast 5 where she called Clark and Steve up and spoke by speakerphone for the recording.  The show progressed to using Skype, and Désirée told him about how she’d research all the latest F1 news, and had several pages of copy to report on weekly.

Then, over a pint of Amber Ale and a Mango Margarita (guess who drank what?), F1Weekly trivia and gossip came out.  The two exchanged stories of their Grands Prix event attendance, and favorite race moments.  Désirée told him of the Team’s time at the last USGP at Indianapolis, our name on the marquee, interviewing Jean Michel of Speed Channel, and our Listener party.  Tim spoke of meeting The Host of the Program and F1Weekly’s Man in the Know but stated that he never had dinner with either of them (possibly because our F1 Femme Fatale is gorgeous, in a full-bodied way and they are not?).  Tim was presented with an autographed photo of our fabulous female F1 femme fatale, which he stated he already has a spot to hang it on his wall.

They closed the night with Tim, speaking of behalf of the Listeners, by saying he’d like it if there was more Des in the podcast, and that he appreciates everything that F1Weekly does for the motorsport.

As they parted ways, Tim could be heard saying off into the night, “Bring back Monty (Juan Pablo Montoya)…”

GP3

David Fumanelli

DAVID FUMANELLI FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE – 

Trident’s David Fumanelli tops timings on day 2 in Silverstone
 
Italian racer David Fumanelli posted the fastest time of the Silverstone two-day test with a 1:45.213 set in the morning session. This was a very impressive lap as it was a mammoth 4.9 seconds quicker than the GP3 lap record set in Silverstone last year, again showing the performance and speed of the new GP3/13 car and providing a very positive conclusion to pre-season testing. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was quickest in the afternoon session.
 
It was another bitterly cold day at the Northamptonshire circuit as the drivers braved the conditions for the final day of testing in temperatures of just two degrees. The MW Arden duo of Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz Jnr, along with ART Grand Prix drivers’ Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia were first to set competitive lap-times. Spaniard Sainz Jnr broke into the 1m46s barrier early on with a half a second advantage over Fumanelli.
 
There was a short halt in proceedings when Bamboo Engineering’s Carmen Jorda spun, once the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio made his way to the top of the timings. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track which brought the second red flag of the day. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli flew to P1 with the quickest time of the two-day test at that point before Regalia demoted the Brit’ to P2 and became the first driver to dip into the 1m45s, 3 tenths faster.
 
With one hour left on the clock, all eyes were on Fumanelli as he posted a stunning laptime to go 6 tenths clear of the Argentine. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Sainz Jnr rose to P3 and P4 whilst there was a third red flag with a second spin for Jorda in the final moments of the session.
 
The order at the chequered flag was Fumanelli, Regalia, Fontana, Sainz Jnr, Zamparelli, Vainio, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Most drivers in the afternoon session concentrated on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to go P1 until Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and Ellinas shot to the top of timesheets at the midway point. With just over one hour remaining, Regalia went fastest until Ellinas reclaimed back his position at the head of the timings.
 
Conor Daly moved up the order, posting the fourth quickest time as the minutes ticked down. Standings at the chequered flag were Ellinas, Regalia, Harvey, Daly, Venturini, Cassidy, Nick Yelloly, Vainio, Zamparelli and Korjus.
   
Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez did not participate in the test today due to illness.
 
The opening round of the 2013 season gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on 11-13 May and it promises to be a thrilling season with the introduction of the second generation car.
 
 
Day 2: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.213
24
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:45.855
25
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.040
31
4.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.107
25
5.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.157
27
6.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.226
24
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.262
16
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.281
21
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.282
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.336
31
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.350
28
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:46.399
36
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:46.406
19
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.437
25
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.468
20
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.526
32
17.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:46.539
20
18.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.888
35
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.039
33
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.312
11
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:47.388
23
22.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:47.869
18
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:48.380
21
24.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:48.754
22
25.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.760
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.519
17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.821
20
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.194
33
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.266
34
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.407
28
5.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.440
37
6.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.476
21
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.483
32
8.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.496
15
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.543
18
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:46.650
14
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.876
27
12.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.004
22
13.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.056
23
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.109
37
15.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.385
30
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.480
24
17.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:47.514
24
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.629
36
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:48.036
31
20.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.115
20
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.234
44
22.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:48.276
23
23.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:48.731
24
24.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.918
18
25.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.540
21

 

Formula 1

Shanhai

LOTUS F1 DRIVERS TALK ABOUT PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX –

Kimi Räikkönen: “If we get the car working as well as we did on Friday at Sepang, we should do well”

Currently running second in the Drivers’ Championship, Kimi Räikkönen is keen to bolster that points tally, starting at the Shanghai International Circuit…

What are your thoughts on the Shanghai International Circuit?

It’s always difficult to predict what will happen in the next race as we haven’t been there yet with this car, and every car reacts differently to each circuit. Unfortunately we didn’t achieve any points there last year so we can only improve from that. I have been first, second and third in Shanghai in previous years so it would be nice to add to that list. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t go well there; we have some new parts for the E21 and the last upgrades we had seemed to help so it will be interesting to see what will happen if it doesn’t rain.

You’ve gone pretty well in China before; you must have a good feeling going there?

I won there in 2007 and that was a good feeling as it was the year I won the World Championship. I celebrated those wins pretty well at the time. It’s a proper race track and there are good opportunities for overtaking. Our car looks good so far, so let’s see what happens when we get out on track.

Have you been able to reflect much on the first two races of the season?

Australia felt like quite an easy race for me as everything went so well in the car and the result was the one which everyone wants to get. Malaysia was a tough race. The start was not good and then I lost part of my front wing on the first lap. The car didn’t handle too well after that and with the wet conditions it was pretty tricky. The pace wasn’t too bad, but it could have been much better when you look at our times on Friday.

You had some close tussles in Malaysia, particularly with Nico Hulkenberg…

It was racing and that’s what we’re all here for. There were a few times where it got pretty close. There are things you should and shouldn’t do but this is racing and at the end of the day I don’t think it changed our result too much.

The Chinese Grand Prix was full of action in 2012; how was it from your position?

There was some good racing and it looked like a strong result could have been possible, but we ran out of rubber during the final stint and didn’t score any points. Hopefully we’ll be a little bit more lucky with the tyre performance this time and well prepared from a strategy point of view. We had the race pace in 2012, that’s true, but we tried to carry on with our tyres for too long. They dropped off, and that was it. On the other hand without trying to push with those tactics, we would never have been fighting for top positions. If you look at last year we didn’t have a bad car for China, and if we get the car working as well as we did on Friday at Sepang, we should do well in Shanghai too.

Romain Grosjean: “We’ve got great potential, I just need to unlock it.”

With two races and a handful of points in the bag so far,  Romain Grosjean tells us how there is more to come from the E21, just why he’s looking forward to driving the Shanghai International Circuit, and his aims for the Chinese Grand Prix.

How are you feeling two races into the season?

It’s been a little frustrating as I don’t think I’ve shown my full potential yet. The first two races were quite difficult for me and I would really like a weekend where I can show what myself and the team can do this season. We’ve got great potential, I just need to unlock it. Hopefully we’ll find the key in China.

Do you think more was possible in Malaysia?

If we’d had the car we wanted all weekend then yes. Starting further up the grid and making a better start would have helped too, but it’s always easy to say that. During the race itself I spent a lot of time stuck behind Felipe [Massa] in the middle phase and I’m sure if I could have passed him earlier then I would have stayed ahead, but by the end my tyres were finished so it was best just to let him through without compromising either of our races. There were a couple of times where maybe the backmarkers could have made things a little easier too.  

Is the E21 delivering more of what you want from a racing car?

We have definitely made progress. It’s been frustrating for me as sometimes the car gives me what I want and sometimes it doesn’t, even if the conditions and setup are very similar. I’ve been working closely with my engineers and we made good progress over the last race weekend. The car and the latest tyres seem to be very sensitive to having the balance exactly right so that’s what we’re focusing on.

The team have been bringing new parts to the car; have these been helping?

We’ve been making steps forward with performance and that’s always what you want. The new front wing was beneficial and I’m looking forward to getting the latest exhaust configuration in China. Kimi used it in Sepang and it was definitely of benefit to the car.   

You scored your first Formula 1 points last year in Shanghai; is it good to be returning?

It was great to get off the mark and it’s always fantastic to score points at a Grand Prix; the more the better! It was a challenging weekend as we didn’t have the car we wanted at the beginning, but we were able to run a different tyre strategy and get a good result. Hopefully there’ll be more points scored this year too.

What do you think of the circuit?

It’s an impressive facility; the first time you see it you realise how big it is. The circuit layout is pretty good and there are some nice challenges like increasing radius corners and turns with a bit of banking. There are more slower speed corners than we’ve had at the last couple of races and there’s a big straight too, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied.    

What would you like to achieve in China?

I would like to score strong points. I finished in tenth in Australia, then sixth in Malaysia so I’d be quite happy if I finish in second place in Shanghai. That or a win would make me very happy! Let’s see how the car is once we arrive on track and hope there won’t be rain again as we know our car does struggle a little in wet conditions.