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More Brawn in china

 

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The rest of the field continue to play catch up to the day glo Brawn’s.

Button hits out at Flavio Briatore after the Italian criticised Brawn GP.

McLaren showing good pace with new interim diffuser design.

BMW cars are both running KERS this weekend yet still struggling for pace.

Ferrari have dropped their KERS device do to reliability issues.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso still believes his team can be competitive.

Nico Rosberg is convinced Williams will fight for wins this season.

Second practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.679 35
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.704 + 0.025 36
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.881 + 0.202 35
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.105 + 0.426 32
5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.167 + 0.488 22
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.217 + 0.538 42
7. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.377 + 0.698 32
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.548 + 0.869 40
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.674 + 0.995 34
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.800 + 1.121 34
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.829 + 1.150 30
12. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.847 + 1.168 34
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.941 + 1.262 28
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:37.054 + 1.375 33
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.219 + 1.540 34
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.273 + 1.594 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.491 + 1.812 34
18. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.544 + 1.865 28
19. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.638 + 1.959 28
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.750 + 2.071 31

Shanghai International Grand Prix Circuit is reputed to be Asia’s most advanced Grand Prix Circuit. Having completed its’ inaugural year, in September 2004, the Chinese Grand Prix is poised to be the major Grand Prix of the F1 Circuit.

The grandstand of the racing field is designed to have 200 thousand seats, 50 thousand of which are on the main and sub grandstands, and the remaining seats are temporary seats on the slopes. The main architecture and other main buildings of the racing field cover 150 thousand square metres, including the main and sub grandstands, direct center, news centre, race team living zone, and pit stops, etc. The architectures combined the modern design concept with traditional Chinese culture.

Shanghai International Circuit is located on northeast of Anting Township in the Jiading District of Shanghai, an old county with a kind folkway, neighbouring the world famous Shanghai International Auto City, 30 km from the centre of Shanghai city and 20 km to Hongqiao International airport. It is surrounded by high grade highways of Jiajin(A5), Jiasong, and A30, etc., and the planned mass transit line R3 will reach the racing field directly.

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F1weekly podcast # 339

FIA: Double Duffusers are legal

FIA on Wednesday morning said: "The FIA International Court of Appeal has decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

"Based on the arguments heard and evidence before it, the Court has concluded that the Stewards were correct to find that the cars in question comply with the applicable regulations."

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Podcast number 339 for your listening pleasure.

This is a special F1weekly podcast Interview.

A conversation with Sir Stirling Moss and Nasir Hameed.


Stirling Moss is the son of Alfred E. Moss, who placed 14th at the 1924 Indianapolis 500 in a "Fronty" Ford. His younger sister, Pat Moss, also took part in rallying, and married rally driver Erik Carlsson. Moss was educated at Clewer Manor Junior School and later at Haileybury and Imperial Service College. He was one of the first customers of the Cooper Car Company when he persuaded his father, Alfred Moss, to get him one of the new Cooper 500 cars. He quickly demonstrated his ability with numerous wins, at national and international level, and continued to compete in Formula Three, both in Coopers and Kieft cars long after graduating to the senior categories.

Moss was a pioneer in the British Formula One racing scene and placed second in the Drivers’ Championship four times in a row from 1955 to 1958.

Moss finished second in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally driving a Sunbeam-Talbot 90 with co-driver John Cooper. Cooper ran Moss in Formula One later in his career. Having won the Monaco Grand Prix and finished second in the Monte Carlo Rally, Moss is the most successful driver to have competed in both events.

Moss’s first Formula One win was in 1955 at his home race, the British Grand Prix at Aintree, driving the superb Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto for a convincing German 1-2-3-4 win, with Karl Kling and Piero Taruffi in the international driver line-up. It was the only race where he finished in front of Juan Manuel Fangio, his teammate, friend, mentor and arch rival at Mercedes. It is sometimes debated whether Fangio, one of the all-time great gentlemen of sport, yielded the lead at the last corner to let Moss win in front of his home crowd. Moss himself asked Fangio repeatedly, "Did you let me win?" and Fangio always replied, "No. You were just better than me that day".
Stirling Moss drives his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR to win the May 1955 Mille Miglia race.
Moss shared this Vanwall VW5 with Tony Brooks to win the 1957 British Grand Prix.

One of his most famous drives was in the 1955 Mille Miglia, the Italian 1597 km open-road endurance race, which he won in the record time of 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 48 seconds, finishing almost half an hour ahead of teammate Fangio in second place. His navigator in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 (indicating the time of the start) was journalist Denis Jenkinson. As navigator, he supported Moss with notes about details of the long road trip, then an innovative technique. This assistance helped Moss compete against drivers who had a lot of local knowledge of the route. Jenkinson later wrote extensively about the experience. Moss revealed in a 2006 interview that his performance in that race also benefited from the use of amphetamines, the use of which was legal then.

In 1957 Moss won on the longest circuit to ever hold a Grand Prix, the daunting 25 kilometre Pescara Circuit, again demonstrating his skills at high speed, long distance driving. He beat Fangio, who started on pole, by a little over 3 minutes over the course of a gruelling 3 hour race.

Moss believed the manner in which the battle was fought was as important as the outcome. This sporting attitude cost him the 1958 Formula 1 World Championship. When rival Mike Hawthorn was threatened with a penalty in the Boavista Urban Circuit in Porto, Portugal, Moss defended Hawthorn’s actions. Hawthorn was accused of reversing in the track after spinning his car. Hawthorn went on to beat Moss by one point, even though he had only won one race that year to Moss’s four, making Hawthorn Britain’s first World Champion.

Moss at the Nürburgring in 1961.

Moss was as gifted at the wheel of a sports car as he was in a Grand Prix car. For three consecutive years (1958–1960) he won the grueling 1000 km race at Germany’s Nürburgring, the first two years in an Aston Martin (where he won almost single-handedly) and the third in the memorable "birdcage" Maserati.

For the 1961 F1 season, which was run under 1.5-litre rules, Enzo Ferrari rolled out his state-of-the-art Ferrari 156, also known as Sharknose. Moss was stuck with an underpowered Coventry-Climax-powered Lotus, but managed to win the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix by 3.6 seconds, and later also the partially wet 1961 German Grand Prix. Some observers have noted that, while taking nothing away from Moss’ superlative performances in these races, there were other factors at play. At Monaco, the tight circuit negated the horsepower advantage of the powerful but heavy and ill-handling Ferraris; and at the Nurburgring, Moss and manager Ken Gregory made a risky but inspired decision to fit super-soft rain tires on the Lotus after a pre-race shower had soaked the track. Had the skies cleared and the track dried, the decision would have been disastrous for Moss. But when rain returned, Moss was able to drive away from the Ferraris of Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips (while nursing rapidly deteriorating tires) to take the win.

In 1962, Moss was badly injured in a crash at Goodwood while driving a Lotus in the Glover Trophy. The accident put him in a coma and partially paralyzed the left side of his body. He recovered but decided to retire from racing after a private test session the next year. During this session, he lapped a few tenths slower than before, and did not feel he had the command of the car to which he was accustomed. Many racing and medical observers have speculated that Moss simply tried to return too soon — that another six months of recovery and training would have allowed him to regain most of the physical acuity that distinguished him. He made a brief comeback in the British Touring Car Championship in 1980 with Audi, and in recent years has continued to race in historic cars.

During his career, Moss drove a private Jaguar, and raced for Maserati, Vanwall, Cooper, and Lotus, as well as Mercedes-Benz. He preferred to race British cars stating "Better to lose honorably in a British car than win in a foreign one". The British cars were often uncompetitive and this was considered the reason he never won the drivers’ championship. At Vanwall, he was instrumental in breaking the German/Italian stranglehold on F1 racing (as was Jack Brabham at Cooper). Moss remained the most successful English driver in terms of wins until 1991 when Nigel Mansell overtook him, after competing in many more races.

 

 

Diffusers

 

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Today’s FIA decision could change the outcome of the Championship.

Renault tell the FIA they are prepared to use disputed diffuser in China.

Nelson Piquet Jr. not happy playing the number two at Renault.

FIA now examining BBC tapes for Whitmarsh post race comments.

Flavio Briatore takes a 20% reduction in salary.

Chris Dyer takes over as team manager for Ferrari.

 

 

Harry Tincknell

 

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Harry Tincknell

Little Harry goes to Sardinia on vacation and discovers racing

By Nasir Hameed

F1weekly is pleased to present our digital dialogue with Harry Tincknell. The English kid from Exeter soaked up his first sensation of speed while on vacation with family in Sardinia. Their hotel had a karting track and a few laps for little Harry, that’s all it took.

After serving a seven year apprenticeship in karting the 17-year old has teamed up with championship CRS Racing for the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship.

“Tinks” was kind enough to respond to our questions.

Q: How does it feel to start the season on a high? Pole position and second place finish in your first race of the season?

A: “To be on pole position for my first race as rookie driver racing against some guys with 2 or 3 years experience in cars was absolutely fantastic but it also came as a bit of a surprise. Over the winter testing you can start to gauge yourself as to where you will be on the grid and I knew we had the pace to be in the top 5 but pole position at the first time at asking was really far higher than I ever expected. I’d never done a proper dry start before or a dry race for that matter so to get off the line and lead the first few laps was great as well and experience I will take forward for the rest of the year but there is still a lot of hard work to do.”

Q: Reversal of fortune in second race, please tell us what happened and how tough was it to take it after the high of race one?

A: “Well in race two I had to start P9 as qualifying didn’t quite go to plan but with my launch off the line in race one I was confident I could make a couple of spots up on the start. However, while warming my tyres up on the formation the car all of a sudden snapped side ways and for the rest of the lap the rear end was uncontrollably slidey. Coming round clearways at the end of the lap the car was on three wheels so I came straight into the pits without trying to make the start and it was there we find the left rear wish bone had snapped in half and that was the end of the race for me before it had started. It was shame to end such a good weekend that way but it hasn’t dented my confidence looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Q: You also competed in the winter series last year, how was that experience both in learning and performance wise

A: “The winter series was great as there is no better experience than racing, no matter how much testing you do. However, being the Winter Series it took place at the end of October/Start of November! We all know what the beautiful British weather is like at this time of year and it rained for both races. It was still great to race against a lot of the people in this year’s championship but we did get very wet! Results wise I ended up 7th in the championship, taking a 5th in my first race. I made a few rookie mistakes and had a couple of spins along the way but overall the team were very happy with the job I did.”

Q: You tested Formula BMW machinery at Button Willow in beautiful central California in the winter of 2007, your thoughts on that track and time in Cali?

A: “I tested Formula BMW at the end of 2007 with a view of moving into the championship in 2008, however we decided to stay in karting and finish off all my exams before making a full time move into cars in 2009. The Californian test was a great experience and was my first time in the US. Button Willow is a purpose made testing facility with many different lay outs of try which meant that I could get a lot of track time which is exactly what I needed. I had only done a handful of days in a racing car before this so it was best to get as many laps in as I could. Richie Hearn and his team were great and they really helped me improve my lap times over the 3 days and I left with some valuable experience of driving the car in different conditions and on different layouts each day and it definitely meant I was faster when I returned to testing in 2008.”

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Q: Compare Formula BMW car to Formula Renault please?

A: “The Formula Renault car has slightly more straight line and speed and because of this, a bit more down force than the Formula BMW. The Formula BMW is more like a Formula 3 car where by the car doesn’t tend to slide too much in the corners and has a lot of front end grip where as the Formula Renault doesn’t have a lot grip initially on turn in and the car slides around a lot more mid corner. The Formula Renault is about 3-4 seconds faster on an overall lap time but both cars are great fun to drive and I think you are still going to learn a lot no matter which car you end up driving.”

Q: Too many entry level series these days, what made you decide to go with Formula Renault UK?

A: “Well I had two options really, either Formula Renault UK or Formula BMW Europe. I won the Valencia BMW Scholarship and therefore some backing off BMW which made the Formula BMW series look quite attractive, specially being that they drive on a lot of Formula One tracks. However, in your first couple of seasons of car racing I think it is best to get as much track time as possible so that is why we decided to do Formula Renault UK as there as it is a 20 round series that also allows you a lot of pre season testing and many official days throughout the year. I also got the opportunity to drive with 2008 series champions so I knew I would have a good team around me.”

Q: You are with a championship winning team, what is the goal for this season?

A: “The main aim before the season started was to win the Graduate Cup, for Rookies and Under 19s, and if I could get on the podium a couple of times then that would be a bonus and we would treat it like a win. Obviously it is very easy to get carried away after the race at Brands and say that we should be aiming higher than that but there a lot of good drivers with a lot more experience than me but if I could win the Graduate Cup that would be great and I would then aim to try and win the main Championship in 2010.”

Q: Where would you like to be in five years?

A: “In 5 years time I would hopefully like to be in GP2 or Formula 2, depending on what series looks like the best option to get to Formula One in a few years time. I think if I do 2 years in Formula Renault and 2 years in Formula 3, possibly the Euro Series to learn all the European tracks then five years from now, hopefully with some good results from the next few years of racing I should be looking to be knocking on the door of Formula One. That is obviously where I would love to end up.”

Q: Who is guiding and managing your career?

A: “Since I moved into cars Allan Mcnish is now advising and managing my career at the moment. Allan came on board after I topped the time sheets at the BMW Scholarship test and he has really helped me move to the next level. He has obviously driven right at the top level in Formula One and has won Le Mans 3 times so he knows what it takes to get to the top and hopefully he can help me to fulfill my dreams.”

Q: Do you follow American racing series like IRL & Nascar?
A: “Over the last few years motorsport awareness in the UK has gone right up with Lewis Hamilton coming into Formula One and because of this the UK gets a lot more TV coverage from all types of motorsport over the world. We can now watch both the IRL and Nascar live and while I don’t manage to see every round, I try and watch a few if I can. There of course is a possibility that I could race in America, like a lot of other Brits are doing so I feel its good to be aware of what is going on over in the States.”

Q: Go for fish and chips with Button or Hamilton?

A: “I must say it would be Button. He’s had a rough ride over the last couple of years in a poor car and has been completely over shadowed by Hamilton. He is now proving that he has always been a good driver and I hope he does well this year in the Brawn car that seems to be going really well at the moment.”

Q: Go for sailing and Stella Artois with, Danica, Milka or Susie, as in Stoddard?

A: “Even following the IRL from the UK it is clear that Danica is a massive hit over in the US and is treated like a superstar! I have heard rumours about her joining the US A1GP team or even the USF1 team if that emerges in the future so it would be great to meet her.
“Hope you’ve got some good info here. I’ll keep you updated with all the news from the UK and will keep listening to the podcast!”
 

 

Liuzzi takes pole for sprint race.

 

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A1GP: New strong man. Italian racer Vitantonio Liuzzi has claimed pole position for the sprint race on his debut in the World Cup of Motorsport. Team Italy is headed by ex-Grand Prix driver Piercarlo Ghinzani. Liuzzi is a former karting and Formula 3000 champion. Many claim his career at Red Bull was shafted by internal politics. His impressive pole at the equally impressive new Portimao circuit in Algarve, Portugal, demonstrates once again, no package no delivery.

Robert Doornbos will be hoping to deliver Dutch success from his front row position alongside Liuzzi. Bobby D, as he is known in America, grabbed pole position for the feature race.

Marco Andretti, driving for Team Papito, qualified 12th. for the sprint race and 8th. for the feature race.

NO LIVE STREAMING: Due to circumstances beyond their control A1GP is unable to provide live streaming for this race.

Sprint race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m30.875s
2. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m31.346s + 0.471s
3. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m31.600s + 0.725s
4. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m31.756s + 0.881s
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.777s + 0.902s
6. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m32.006s + 1.131s
7. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.084s + 1.209s
8. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m32.301s + 1.426s
9. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.358s + 1.483s
10. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m32.420s + 1.545s
11. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m32.929s + 2.054s
12. Marco Andretti USA 1m33.214s + 2.339s
13. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m33.860s + 2.985s
14. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m33.985s + 3.110s
15. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m34.005s + 3.130s
16. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m34.216s + 3.341s
17. John Martin Australia 1m34.405s + 3.530s
18. Nicolas Prost France 1m36.567s + 5.692s
19. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m36.838s + 5.963s
20. Neel Jani Switzerland –

Feature race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m30.415s
2. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m30.696s + 0.281s
3. Neel Jani Switzerland 1m30.878s + 0.463s
4. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m30.984s + 0.569s
5. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m31.023s + 0.608s
6. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m31.025s + 0.610s
7. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.095s + 0.680s
8. Marco Andretti USA 1m31.459s + 1.044s
9. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m31.495s + 1.080s
10. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m31.852s + 1.437s
11. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m31.925s + 1.510s
12. John Martin Australia 1m31.939s + 1.524s
13. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m32.031s + 1.616s
14. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.269s + 1.854s
15. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m32.352s + 1.937s
16. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m32.400s + 1.985s
17. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.504s + 2.089s
18. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m32.573s + 2.158s
19. Nicolas Prost France 1m32.941s + 2.526s
20. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m33.237s + 2.822s

Next weeks podcast number 339 will be a special edition F1weekly interview with the legendary Sir Stirling Moss!! Don’t miss it!

Renault F1 in the desert.

 

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Desert Frog: The Renault Road Show reaches Dubai. The glitz, glamour and financial capital of UAE, the United Arab Emirates. Test driver Romain Grosjean and demo driver Adam Khan raced their Renault R28s across the Arabian desert, another first for the globe trotting world of Formula 1.

Grosjean commented: “Racing in the desert was obviously different to anything I’ve experienced, but it was great to come here and do something that hasn’t been done before.” The sands of time may soon shift in Grosjean’s favor if team’s number two driver, Nelsinho Piquet, continues to get blown away by Fernando Alonso.

The demo driver, Adam Khan, born and raised in England had raced with A1GP Team Pakistan, birthplace of his papito. He was excited to participate in his first road show and said, “I can’t think of a better place to start than Dubai. The road in the desert was a bit dusty but it was smooth and flat so we got up into top gear. Overall it was a lot of fun!”

Local Lord Mohamed Ben Sulayem, FIA’s Vice President for Sport and 14-time Middle East Rally Champion provided quote of the day, “I’m lucky to have many supercars of my own, but nothing compares to this Formula One”.

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DeHarde & Softee: F1 weekly faithful listener, Chris DeHarde, scores big in this 2007 photo with Milka Duno. The sizzle in her smile caused the twinkle in his eyes. Happy weekend!