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F1Weekly podcast # 786

CLARK AND NASIR RELISH THE FACT WE COULD HAVE SOME CAGE RATTLING AT FERRARI WHICH WOULD BRING SOME EXCITEMENT TO ANOTHER PREDICTABLE F1 SEASON. THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTERVIEW IS WITH INDYCAR DRIVER JACK HARVEY!

Harvey began his kart racing career at the age of nine. In 2006 he won the MSA Super One British title by a single point, and the Kartmasters British Grand Prix, both in the ICA-J class.

In 2007 Harvey become a driver for the Italian Maranello team, in the newly created KF3 category. He ended up winning four trophies by the end of the year, with the Andrea Margutti Trophy, another Kartmasters title, the Italian Open Masters championship and became European Champion in KF3.

For the 2008 season, Harvey signed with the Birel Motorsport team as an KF2 driver, and became Asia-Pacific Champion.

Indy Lights

For the 2014 season Harvey moved to the United States and signed to race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indy Lights series, the established junior feeder series for the Indycar Series. He finished the season in second place in the championship standings, after collecting four wins and 10 podiums in 14 races. As a consequence, in recognition of his position as the top performing British driver in North American motor sport he was also awarded the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s Earl Howe Trophy for 2014.

Harvey returned to Schmidt Peterson for the 2015 Indy Lights season. He collected two wins, six second-place finishes and 12 top 5s in 16 races, which put him runner-up in the overall standings behind Spencer Pigot.

IndyCar

Harvey made his IndyCar debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500, driving for Michael Shank Racing in association with Andretti Autosport. He finished 31st after contact with debris from Conor Daly’s car on lap 65. Later in the 2017 IndyCar season, Harvey replaced Sebastián Saavedra (who himself had replaced Mikhail Aleshin) at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the final two races of the season.

For the 2018 IndyCar season, Harvey rejoined Michael Shank Racing, in a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, for 6 races.

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INDYCAR

FERNANDO ALONSO TEST AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

INDYCAR is providing a digital Video News Feed featuring material from the NTT IndyCar Series. The Video News Feed recaps Fernando Alonso’s test with McLaren Racing, which took place Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway, as he prepares for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26.

The video is available for download in the Multimedia – Video News Feed section of media.indycar.com. Those without access to the media site can download footage and interviews via direct link here: https://file.ac/OZjYXktMFlM/.

INDYCAR

SATO TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AT BARBER

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 7, 2019) – Takuma Sato drove flawlessly – almost – to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst and throw his name firmly into the NTT IndyCar Series championship conversation.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver made Scott Dixon a Barber Motorsports Park bridesmaid for a record sixth time, beating the reigning series champion to the finish line by 2.3874 seconds. It was the fourth win of Sato’s 10-year NTT IndyCar Series career, with the 42-year-old from Tokyo becoming the third different driver – each from a different team – to pull into victory lane in three races this season.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Official race results

“This is because of the team, they did a fantastic effort,” Sato said. “My car was superb! (On alternate) red tires, (primary) black tires, I didn’t have to worry about it.

“It’s probably the cleanest race I ever won. … I think we come here with the hopes, always do, but honestly never really, really expected to be this much of a domination.”

Starting from pole position after winning the NTT P1 Award the day before, Sato led 74 of 90 laps on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile permanent road course that hosted the NTT IndyCar Series for a 10th straight year. Track officials announced a healthy three-day weekend attendance of 82,889.

About the only time Sato turned a wheel wrong came with five laps to go, when his No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda went wide in Turn 8, going airborne briefly as it rattled through the grass. His car undamaged from the off-track excursion, Sato gathered himself and kept Dixon at bay to the checkered flag.

“Outside, (it) probably looked easy winning from the cruising and the pole position, but it wasn’t really cruising,” said Sato, the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner. “So I was really pushing hard using push-to-pass on everything the last 10 laps. So it was tough, and I had a little moment into Turn 8.

“Anyway, it was not necessary to give the little bit sort of heart attack to the body.”

The win was the 27th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in its 27th year as an Indy car team. Co-owners Bobby Rahal, the three-time Indy car champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner, and David Letterman, the iconic late-night talk-show host, were on hand and overjoyed with the result.

“I’m really pleased for Takuma, he drove beautifully,” Rahal said. “The team did a fabulous job, pit stops were great, strategy was great. But I honestly think Takuma was in a league of his own.”

Dixon was thwarted again in his effort to win at Barber, finishing on the podium at the track for the eighth time. Still, the result was the 42nd second-place finish of his 19-year career, moving Dixon ahead of Helio Castroneves and alone behind only Mario Andretti’s 56 career runner-up finishes.

INDYCAR

RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN SWEEPS BARBER QUALIFYING, WITH SATO CLAIMING NTT P1 AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 6, 2019) – It took nearly 14 years, but Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing owns the front row in qualifying again for an NTT IndyCar Series race.

Takuma Sato captured the NTT P1 Award and Graham Rahal qualified second as the teammates locked down the top starting positions for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst. The pole position was the eighth of Sato’s 10-year NTT IndyCar Series career and first on the challenging permanent road course at Barber Motorsports Park.

“This is absolutely a team effort,” Sato said. “To make it a 1-2, this is a dream result. The engineers work so hard along with the boys. Fantastic efforts. I’m really proud of them.”

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Qualifying results

Driving the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda, Sato turned a lap of 1 minute, 8.5934 seconds (120.711 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the last of three qualifying rounds. It earned the 42-year-old from Tokyo his first pole position since Pocono Raceway in 2017 and his first on any NTT IndyCar Series permanent road course.

“This is my first road-course pole position,” the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner said. “I had done it on a street course but not a road course. I dreamed for ages to do this. Today, I think everything came together and I’m so thankful to the whole team.”

Rahal, in the No. 15 One Cure Honda, was second quick at 1:08.6971 (120.529 mph), giving Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing its first qualifying 1-2 since rookie Danica Patrick and 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice accomplished the feat at Chicagoland Speedway in September 2005.

“I tell you, a great performance today by the team – all weekend, really,” said Bobby Rahal, the RLL co-owner whose team notched its 31st pole in Indy car history and first since Graham Rahal did it at the first race of Detroit’s Belle Isle doubleheader in 2017.

“I think they called the tires right at the right time, everybody got a clear track, and in the end, it was all about how fast can you go. … We’ve got to feel pretty excited about (the race) and I told Takuma and Graham, ‘Let’s get through Turn 1 and then we’ll go racing.'”

SSF

LEWIS HAMILTON’S F1 MERCEDES COMING TO SONOMA SPEED FESTIVAL

Sonoma, CA — The 10-time Grand Prix-winning car of Lewis Hamilton will be run by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport at the Sonoma Speed Festival, event organizers announced Tuesday. The Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid car will run June 1-2 on the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway.
As the most successful individual chassis in the history of F1, W07/04 was driven by Lewis Hamilton to 10 wins, nine poles and 14 podiums in 2016 including victories in Monaco, Montreal, Silverstone, Germany and back-to-back victories (and pole positions) in Austin, Mexico, Interlagos and Abu Dhabi.
Fans will have paddock access to see the W07 up close, as well as opportunities to interact with members of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team, who will be coming to the event directly from the Monaco Grand Prix to prepare and run the car.
“To have Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport running at the event in this form will be a first in the United States and promises to be a historic moment on American turf,” said Sonoma Speed Festival owner Jeff O’Neill.
The success of the W07 Hybrid in Grand Prix competition speaks for itself. In 2016, teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took 19 out of 21 victories, 20 pole positions, nine fastest race laps, eight 1-2 finishes and a record breaking 33 podiums. The W07 Hybrid holds the record for the most championship points in a single season with 765 points.
At just 1,547.6 pounds, the W07 is powered by the Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid turbocharged engine with an estimated power output of 900 to 950 horsepower.

FORMULA 1

LCH GETS A WIN BOTTAS BACK TO #2 LECLERC RATTLES VETTEL!

Charles Leclerc’s hopes of a maiden win were crushed by a late Ferrari engine issue. The Monaco native was cruising home when he suffered a loss of power. That relegated him behind the Mercedes drivers. His podium was only saved by an even more remarkable double retirement that hit the Renault drivers three laps from the end – from separate issues – forcing the race to end under the Safety Car.

Hamilton claimed his first win of the year as a result, but issued a warning to Mercedes after the race that it has to work to catch Ferrari after seeing the Italian team’s strong pace all weekend.

Hamilton had moved up to P2 earlier in the race after a fight with Sebastian Vettel had seen the Ferrari driver spin as they tussled for position at Turn 4. The spin damaged Vettel’s tyres so badly that the vibrations saw his front wing get ripped free of his car later on the lap. He pitted and fought back to P5.

There was more woe for Ferrari too, as Sebastian Vettel – who himself had looked set to claim a podium behind Leclerc – spun while battling with Lewis Hamilton before dramatically losing his front wing down the back straight. He was left to fight back to fifth, behind the fourth-placed Red Bull of Max Verstappen.