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F1weekly podcast # 362



Podcast number 362… Clark on his European vacation.

Kimi Raikkonen is to to quit Formula one and go full time rallying in 2010…we think!

Fernando Alonso is convinced the R29 can fight for podiums in the last eight races.

Christian Klien in line to replace Nick Heidfeld at BMW Sauber next season.

Get all your racing news with Motorsports Mondial and Nasir Hameed.

kimi mɑtiɑs ræikkønen; born October 17, 1979 in Espoo, nicknamed Iceman and Kimster,

Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001. Having previously only raced in very junior open-wheel categories, he was given his Super Licence from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) after a performance delivery promise from his team boss, Peter Sauber. He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the 2003 and 2005 championships to Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, respectively.

Switching to Ferrari in 2007, Räikkönen became the highest paid driver in motor sport with an estimated wage of $51 million per year, in part because the previous highest paid driver Michael Schumacher had retired. In turn his move to Ferrari saw him secure his first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, beating McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point.

Räikkönen is known to be very calm, cool, and calculating in his race strategy—prompting the nickname "Iceman", which is subtly written on the side of his current helmet design. His other nicknames include Kimppa, Räikkä and Kimster (used by his mechanics). In Finland Räikkönen is sometimes humorously nicknamed Räkä (snot in English), a reference to Mika Häkkinen’s moniker Häkä (carbon monoxide in English).

In 2008, Räikkönen is one among the two Formula One drivers who made it into the Forbes magazine’s The Celebrity 100 list, the other being Fernando Alonso. He is 36th on Forbes magazine’s The Celebrity 100 list of 2008, and 41st on the previous year. On the same list, as of 2008, he is listed as the 26th highest paid celebrity overall and the 5th highest paid sportsman behind Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Michael Jordan and Phil Mickelson. In 2009, Räikkönen is listed as the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world, still behind Woods.

F1weekly podcast # 361

 Podcast # 361 with Steve and Nasir


Reverse cage rattling: Mark Webber becomes only the third Australian-after Jack Brabham and Alan Jones-to win a Formula 1 Championship race. Starting from his first career pole position he lost the lead at the start to Rubens Barrichello, and then almost the race after he was given a drive-thru penalty for an aggressive blocking move on the Brazilian in the run up to the first corner.

The Red Bull driver kept his cool and steam going to record a very popular, long awaited and much deserved maiden victory at the revised yet mythical Nurburgring. Jack Brabham won the 1966 German Grand Prix at the 14.2-mile long classic Nurburgring. Alan Jones triumphed in the 1979 German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring.

Webber’s German teammate Sebastian Vettel, winner in China and Britain, finished second with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa third. Nico Rosberg was fourth for Williams.

Championship leader and winner of six Grands Prix this year, Jenson Button, was fifth ahead of teammate and early race leader Rubens Barrichello.

The Brazilian was not happy with team strategy. He lamented, “It was a good show from the team on how to lose a race today. I’m terribly upset with the way things went. I did all I had to do. I went first on the first corner and then they made me lose the race. If it is really what’s going on, we’re going to end up losing both championships. I feel sorry for myself, the team. To be very honest, I wish I could get on the plane and go home. I don’t want to talk to anyone in the team. It will be all ‘bla bla bla’ and I don’t want to hear that."

Fernando Alonso was seventh and recorded the fastest lap of the race. Heikki Kovalainen collected the final point by finishing eighth.

The heat is on Brawn. Button’s championship lead is now 21 points over new second place man Sebastian Vettel while Webber is only 1.5 points behind his teammate.

Blast from the past: First Australian success in Formula 1 came in the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix with Jack Brabham. Prior to Sunday’s win by Webber last Aussie winner was Alan Jones in the parking lot of Las Vegas in 1981.

Next race: Round 10 of the 2009 season is the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest on July 26th.

Mark Webber puts the cage ratling to rest and wins the German Grand Prix.

The Brawns could not compete with the Red Bulls and end up fifth and sixth.

Fernando Alonso sets the fastest lap of the race even on heavy fuel.

Hulkenberg tops his win yesterday with today’ victory in the sprint race.

Podcast # 361 with Steve and Nasir.


The German Grand Prix
Nurburgring, Germamy;
60 laps; 306.458km;
Weather: Cloudy, dry.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1h36:43.310
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 9.252
3. Massa Ferrari (B) + 15.906
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 21.099
5. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) + 23.609
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) + 24.468
7. Alonso Renault (B) + 24.888
8. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 58.692
9. Glock Toyota (B) + 1:01.457
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1:01.925
11. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1:02.327
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1:02.876
13. Piquet Renault (B) + 1:08.328
14. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1:09.555
15. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1:11.941
16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:30.225
17. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1:30.970
18. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:33.365



Webber on pole


Aussie on the horizon: After eight seasons and 132 races Australian Mark Webber takes his first pole position for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. The Red Bull driver now looks forward to his first Grand Prix win after being in the shadows of his wunderkind teammate Sebastian Vettel, the two-time Grand Prix winner this season will start on the second row from fourth on the grid.

The boys of Brawn, Rubens Barrichello and championship leader Jenson Button, will start second and third respectively. Back in the fast lane is defending world champion Lewis Hamilton, he will start fifth in his McLaren ahead of teammate Heikki Kovalainen.

Force India made it to Q3 for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Adrian Sutil who qualified seventh, ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

Surprise of the qualifying was Fernando Alonso, who was caught in changing weather conditions of Q2 and failed to make it to Q3, allowing teammate Nelsinho Piquet to start tenth. This is the first time the beleaguered Brazilian has outqualified his two-time world champion teammate since joining Renault F1 team last year.


Nose ahead: Nelson Piquet Jr. outqualifies Fernando Alonso for the first time. Rumors are ripe Nelsinho he will be shown the door before the season is over.

Rattling Romain: Following in the footsteps of Schumacher and Vettel, talented Nico Hulkenberg dominated Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Nurburgring. Romain Grosjean’s championship hopes and aspirations for a Formula 1 seat will be rocked if the German rookie beats him in GP2.

Marc Webber stops the cage rattling and takes pole position for the German GP.

Brawn GP will start second and third, with Barrichello ahead of Jenson Button.

Sebastien Loeb wants Sebastien Bourdais’ seat at Toro Rosso.

Race stewards’ penalize Glock for blocking Renault driver Fernando Alonso.

Nelson Piquet finally out qualifies Alonso when he needed it the most.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.257 1:38.038 1:32.230
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:31.482 1:34.455 1:32.357
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:31.568 1:39.032 1:32.473
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.430 1:39.504 1:32.480
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.473 1:39.149 1:32.616
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.881 1:40.826 1:33.859
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.015 1:36.740 1:34.316
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:31.600 1:41.708 1:34.574
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:31.869 1:41.730 1:34.710
10. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.128 1:35.737 1:34.803
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:31.771 1:42.310
12. Alonso Renault (B) 1:31.302 1:42.318
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.884 1:42.500
14. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:31.760 1:42.771
15. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.598 1:42.859
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:32.190
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:32.251
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.402
19. Glock Toyota (B) 1:32.423
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.559

01. Webber Red Bull-Renault 661.0
02. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 647.0
03. Button Brawn-Mercedes 644.0
04. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 661.0
05. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 654.5
06. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 664.0
07. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 678.5
08. Massa Ferrari 673.5
09. Raikkonen Ferrari 674.0
10. Piquet Renault 676.0
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 681.0*
12. Alonso Renault 668.2*
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 683.6*
14. Trulli Toyota 683.7*
15. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 689.6*
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber 673.5*
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 674.5*
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 662.5*
19. Glock Toyota 662.3*
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 689.5*



Lewis Hamilton on top in second practice.

Bourdais could be out after the German Grand Prix.

Former world rally champion Ari Vatanen will run for the presidency of the FIA.

Stay tuned for post race coverage with Steve and Nasir with podcast 361.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.149 23
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.331 + 0.182 31
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:32.369 + 0.220 32
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.480 + 0.331 28
5. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:32.511 + 0.362 32
6. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.585 + 0.436 32
7. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:32.664 + 0.515 26
8. Alonso Renault (B) 1:32.774 + 0.625 24
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:32.872 + 0.723 32
10. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.992 + 0.843 29
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.012 + 0.863 36
12. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:33.052 + 0.903 34
13. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.128 + 0.979 34
14. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.161 + 1.012 28
15. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.172 + 1.023 34
16. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:33.182 + 1.033 29
17. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.724 + 1.575 27
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.903 + 1.754 30
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.025 + 1.876 30
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:38.877 + 6.728 3


F1weekly podcast # 360



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The FIA and FOTA battle continues.

When is enough enough Bernie.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with Narain Karthikeyan.

Narain Karthikeyan est un pilote automobile indien né le 14 janvier 1977 à Chennai (Inde)

Décidé depuis son plus jeune âge à devenir le premier pilote de Formule 1 indien, le jeune

n’hésite pas à s’installer en France afin de profiter pleinement des possibilités de formation des jeunes pilotes. Il suit les cours de l’école du Volant Renault-Elf, et termine le Volant Elf comme demi-finaliste sur Formule Renault en 1992. De retour en Inde après son apprentissage français, il gagne une course en Formule Murati en 1993. Cette même saison, il complète son expérience en Europe en participant à quelques épreuves britanniques de Formule Vauxhall Junior.

Narain retrouve l’Europe et l’Angleterre en 1994 pour courir en Formule Ford Zetec puis prend part en Asie à quatre courses de la Formule Asia (1995). Il dispute une saison complète en 1996 dans cette catégorie avant de revenir en Angleterre en 1997 pour courir en Formule Opel. Le pilote indien s’impose sur le circuit de Donington et achève sa saison au quatrième rang.

Narain Karthikeyan rejoint la Formule 3 britannique en 1998 avec l’écurie « Carlin Motorsport Team ». Il reste trois saisons dans cette catégorie, remportant quatre courses, puis rejoint en 2001 la Formula Nippon au Japon , puis les Nissan World Series en 2002. Durant cette période, Narain découvre la Formule 1 en testant la Jaguar puis la Jordan. En 2003 alors qu’il participe au championnat Nissan World Series, Narain fait des tests concluants chez Minardi, qui restent toutefois sans suite.

Narain est finalement promu pilote titulaire en Formule 1 chez Jordan en 2005 grâce au soutien d’industriels indiens. N’étant pas parvenu à conserver un volant de titulaire pour 2006, il a été engagé par l’écurie Williams en qualité de deuxième pilote-essayeur.

F1weekly podcast # 359



Podcast number 359 now online.

Special interview:  A conversation,  Nasir Hameed speaks with Jean Pierre Beltoise.

Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise : born 26 April 1937 in Paris, France is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver who raced for the Matra and BRM teams.

Beltoise won 11 national motorcycle titles in three years. He competed in international Grand Prix motorcycle racing from the 1962 to 1964 seasons in the 50, 125 and 250 cc classes. His best finish was a sixth place in the 1964 50 cc World Championship.

In 1963 he was racing a 1.1-litre Rene Bonnet sports car. His career almost ended with a huge crash in the Reims 12-hour sports car race, in which he suffered a broken arm. Beltoise raced to a win in the 1965 Reims Formula 3 race, after which he graduated to Formula 2 for the following season.

He had good seasons in 1966 and 1967 and entered Formula 1 in a V12-engined Matra, and scored a great second place in the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix. In 1969 he was recruited by Ken Tyrrell to the Matra team, driving alongside Jackie Stewart, finishing second in the 1969 French Grand Prix. In 1971, racing in the Matra sports car team, he was involved in the accident which killed Ignazio Giunti in Buenos Aires, and his international racing license was suspended for some time. In 1972 he joined the BRM team and won what turned out to be BRM’s final Formula One victory at the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix under heavy rain. He finally retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 1974 season.

He later did most of the testing for the Ligier F1 team and later turned his attention to touring car racing in France and won the French title twice for BMW before entering rallycross in an Alpine-Renault with which he won the French title. In 1981 he returned to touring cars and raced for Peugeot throughout the 1980s. He is also a regular ice racer. He has two sons who are both race drivers.

In fiction, Beltoise frequently appeared in the Michel Vaillant series of comic books, amongst others being part of the winning Vaillante Le Mans team.