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GOODWOOD

WILLIAMS HERITAGE ANNOUNCES GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED LINE UP

Williams Heritage is delighted to confirm its attendance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 12-15th July. Karun Chandhok will return to the famous Goodwood hill in the Williams-BMW FW26, meanwhile the team’s six-wheeled FW08B will be on static display.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its Silver Jubilee anniversary and reflects on the best moments from the past quarter of a century. The four-day festival is set to look back on the Goodwood’s nostalgic journey since its inception in June 1993, to today’s iconic event that enjoys phenomenal popularity and is televised worldwide.
Designed by Sir Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher and Antonia Terzi, the FW26 was driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher in the 2004 Formula One World Championship, delivering a race victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Marc Gene and Antonia Pizzonia also drove six races between them that season replacing Ralf after he was injured during the United States Grand Prix. The FW26 with its V10 engine was known to be one of the most attention-grabbing cars of the season. It is also well known for holding the record for the fastest qualifying lap in the history of Formula One at that time. Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza at an average speed of 262.242 km/h (162.9 mph) in 2004.
Jonathan Williams commented: “Williams Heritage is looking forward to celebrating the momentous occasion of the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. The festival is a special event which I thoroughly look forward to each year, and this year is no exception. It will be a spectacle for the crowd to see Karun take the FW26 up the hill this year.”
Williams Reserve and Development Driver, Robert Kubica, will also make his return to the Festival of Speed this year with Martini Racing as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

F1Weekly podcast # 760

FERNANDO FEVER IS SWEEPING THE F1WEEKLY PALATIAL STUDIOS AND WITH THE GRAND PIX DE FRANCE NEXT THE HOST IS BESIDES HIMSELF! TO CELEBRATE WE BRING BACK AN INTERVIEW WITH LE MANS GREAT HENRI PESCAROLO!!

Pescarolo began his career in 1965 with a Lotus Seven. He was successful enough to be offered a third car in the MatraFormula 3 team for 1966, but the car was not ready until mid-season.[3] However, in 1967 he won the European Championship with Matra and was promoted to Formula 2 for 1968. That season he was team-mate to Jean-Pierre Beltoise and achieved several second places and a win at Albi, which led to him being given a drive in Matra’s Formula One team for the last three races of 1968.

His career suffered a setback, in 1969, when he crashed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans whilst testing the Matra sports car. Pescarolo was badly burned and did not compete again until mid-season. He returned at the German GP where he drove a Formula 2 Matra into fifth place winning the small capacity class, in his only Grand Prix race that season.

For 1970 Pescarolo was signed full-time by Matra for their Formula One team and once again as team-mate to Beltoise, put in a solid season with a third place at the Monaco Grand Prix being the high point. He also won the Paris 1000 km and Buenos Aires 1000 km sports car races partnered with Beltoise. Pescarolo was not retained by Matra, and in 1971, 1972, and 1973 with Motul sponsorship, he drove for the fledgling Formula One team run by the young Frank Williams, but with little success. In 1974, Pescarolo drove for BRM, again with Motul backing, but the team’s best days were gone and a ninth place in Argentina was his best result in a season with many retirements.

Pescarolo did not compete in Formula One in 1975 but returned to the championship in 1976 with a Surtees privately entered by BS Fabrications. Although neither car nor driver was considered to be competitive, failing to qualify for 2 of 9 Grands Prix entered, Pescarolo did begin to show speed in the final 5 races, even scoring a season’s best finish of 9th at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix

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FORMULA 1

RED BULL POWERED BY HONDA

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement with Honda Motor Co Ltd to race with the Japanese manufacturer’s power units for the 2019 and 2020 Formula 1 seasons.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: “This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal – championship titles.
“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind – do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level. After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the Team.” He added: “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own. We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1’s biggest prizes.”
The Team will continue to race under the name of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said: “Having established a good relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso, we have decided to extend our Formula 1 involvement to the other team in the Red Bull family, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, as from the 2019 season. Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously. We believe that working with both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing will allow us to get closer to our goal of winning races and championships, building two strong partnerships. Discussions proceeded very quickly, thanks to Red Bull’s open and respectful attitude towards Honda, leading to a deal that is fair and equitable for all parties.”
The Team’s partnership with Honda deepens Red Bull’s collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer, which in 2018 entered into a partnership with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Red Bull and Honda have already enjoyed success together in motorsport on both four and two wheels.
“Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula 1 teams provides enormous potential,” Christian Horner said. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.”
With this announcement, the 2018 season brings to an end the Team’s 12-year relationship with current power unit supplier Renault.
The team first used Renault power in 2007 and during F1’s V8 engine era the partnership yielded 47 grand prix victories and eight world championship titles (four Drivers’ and four Constructors’) between 2010 and 2013, and a further ten grand prix victories since then.
Commenting on the team’s time with Renault, Christian Horner added: “We would like to thank Renault for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together. We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit. That is still the case today and we would like to thank the Renault team, and particularly the guys in our garage at every race, for their unstinting commitment and we look forward to ending our partnership on a high come the end of this season. Our focus for the rest of this year is still very much on delivering the best results possible in the 2018 Championship and we wish Renault Sport all the best for the future.”

LE MANS

EL MAS MACHO DEL MUNDO FERNANDO ALONSO WINS AT LE MANS

The 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most challenging endurance race, finally was Toyota’s time to shine. Qualifying results placed the pair of Toyota TS050 Hybrids on the pole and No. 2 starting positions for the race, which began Saturday at 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. in France) and ended Sunday at the same time with the same two cars atop the field.

In both of the last two years in the LMP1 class, Porsche had stolen victory from Toyota, which had experienced differing issues. Both TS050 Hybrid’s were able to avoid issues this year on their way to a 1-2 finish. This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans featured perhaps the strongest group of Toyota drivers ever. Among those who drove for the winning No. 8 team was two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso; he was joined by Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi.

F1Weekly podcast # 759

CLARK AND NASIR EXPLAIN WHY THE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX WAS EXCITING! WE HAVE A FRESH EPISODE OF TECH TALK WITH TIM AND OF COURSE A NICE MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL
AND FOR KICKS HERE’S SOME NEWS ON LE MANS FROM TOYOTA GAZOO RACING…

Nakajima claims pole for Toyota!

In a heavily interrupted final qualifying session for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Kazuki Nakajima claimed pole position for the No.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry he will share with Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Buemi with a time of 3:15.377.

The Japanese driver was one of a few to make an improvement since yesterday, and he finished the second a full two seconds ahead of the sister TS050 HYBRID to make it a Toyota 1-2 on the starting grid for the second round of the WEC Super Season.

Kazuki Nakajima: “I was more or less at the maximum on that lap, I had no traffic so I cannot complain too much. It was much better than yesterday when I didn’t feel as good grip as today. The lap time was not as good as I expected but I have to be happy with it. More importantly I had a really good balance for the race trim and we are ready for the race.”

The third session was extended by 30 minutes to balance a red-flag-shortened early evening qualifying and, although it started in the dry, rain began to fall over the track towards the chequered flag.

Rebellion Racing claimed third place with the No.1 Rebellion R13-Gibson of Bruno Senna (3:19.449). Just four hundredths of a second behind the second Swiss car was the No.17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER. Thomas Laurent in the No.3 Rebellion actually set a faster time but was one of several drivers to have his times deleted for pit infringements.

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FORMULA 1

VETTEL TAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD FROM LCH IN CANADA

VETTEL: “I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari,” he says. “To have a race like we had today is unbelievable. After a long stretch without a win here, we’re all happy. It’s a day to remember the great Gilles Villeneuve. Everybody will have a blast tonight. There’s still a long way [to go in the championship.”

Mercedes’ failure to bring any engine updates to Canada hurt them grievously, with Hamilton struggling all weekend both in his cornering and straight-line speed. The effect was severe: where the reigning world champion had arrived at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a 14-point lead, he left it trailing by one. On this occasion, Vettel was supreme in achieving his 50th win. From the moment he surged away from Bottas off the start line, the outcome looked settled.

Canada has hosted many of F1’s finest dramas, from Hamilton’s maiden win in 2007 to Jenson Button’s improbable, rain-lashed triumph from last on the grid four years later. This latest instalment was not a contender, alas, to join the classics. A conspicuous absence of overtaking made for a one-dimensional procession. It was fitting, in a way, that model Winnie Harlow decided to wave the chequered flag a lap early, as if she, like everyone else, had seen quite enough.