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F1weekly podcast # 338



Doornbos topped the A1GP free practice times for Team Netherlands.

Formula 1 drivers seeking to change Australia and Malaysia start times.

Lewis Hamilton and Dave Ryan continued to lie despite the evidence.

How long will Mercedes endure this McLaren fiasco?

Ralf Schumacher wants the FIA to drop lie-gate for the sake of F1.

Peugeot, Aston Martin and ORECA question the legality of the Audi R15.

Motorsports Mantra and Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Special interviews with race drivers Frederick Vervish and Harry Tincknell.

Harry Tincknell: Born 29 October 1991 is a British Racing driver from Exeter, Devon.

After a successful career in karting where he was runner-up in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, he competed in the British Formula Renault Championship Winter Series in 2008 and finished 7th. In 2009 he is racing in the main championship of the series with CRS Racing.

Frederic Vervish: is a 22 year old racing driver from Belgium. In his first ever race in America, he finished second in the Formula Atlantic season opener at Sebring, where this conversation took place. His credentials include winning the 24 hours karting of Francorchamps three times in four years. Last year he won the ATS German Formula 3 championship against some good competition, taking 7 wins and 10 podium finishes from 16 races. He also won the 2007-08 Asian F3b series with 11 wins and 17 podium finishes from 18 races. My thanks to Frederic and all the best to him in his racing career.

A1GP practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time
1. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1:31.962
2. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1:32.030 + 0.068
3. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1:32.242 + 0.280
4. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1:32.568 + 0.606
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1:32.570 + 0.608
6. Neel Jani Switzerland 1:32.635 + 0.673
7. Andre Lotterer Germany 1:32.762 + 0.800
8. Nicolas Prost France 1:32.894 + 0.932
9. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1:33.019 + 1.057
10. John Martin Australia 1:33.221 + 1.259
11. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1:33.379 + 1.417
12. Narain Karthikeyan India 1:33.448 + 1.486
13. Marco Andretti USA 1:33.500 + 1.538
14. Adam Carroll Ireland 1:33.732 + 1.770
15. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1:33.745 + 1.783
16. Ho-Pin Tung China 1:34.087 + 2.125
17. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1:35.064 + 3.102
18. Salvador Duran Mexico 1:56.253 + 24.291
19. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil no time
20. Dan Clarke Great Britain no time

Memories from Sepang.

 F1 weekly listener Christi Paul at the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Long time listener Christi Paul lives less than an hour away from Sepang International Circuit. He was at the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 to see his racing hero, Michael Schumacher, make a dramatic and “defensive” comeback from his leg injuries suffered in the British Grand Prix. The Red Baron embarrassed the field and especially his teammate, Eddie Irvine, who was attempting to become the first world champion without ever winning a pole position. In the race Schumacher gifted the lead to Irvine and sheltered him from the “Hak” attack.

Christi’s most memorable moments in Formula 1 include Schumacher’s victory in the 2000 Italian Grand Prix, equaling Senna’s number of wins, and his last hurrah in Brazil 2006.

Our thanks to Christi for sharing the images from last weekend’s race at Sepang.



Christi Paul in Sepang


Court of appeals decision will change the course of the Championship, Kimi.

Mercedes very disappointed with the current situation at McLaren.

More rumors… Alonso has already signed with Ferrari for next year.

McLaren called before the World Motor sport council in Paris April 29th.

FIA statemant:

– on 29 March, 2009, told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix that no instructions were given to Hamilton in Car No. 1 to allow Trulli in Car no. 9 to pass when both cars were behind the safety car, knowing this statement to be untrue;

– procured its driver Hamilton the current World Champion, to support and confirm this untrue statement to the stewards;

– although knowing that as a direct result of its untrue statement to the stewards, another driver and a rival team had been unfairly penalised, made no attempt to rectify the situation either by contacting the FIA or otherwise;

– on 2 April, 2009, at a second hearing before the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix, (meeting in Malaysia) made no attempt to correct the untrue statement of 29 March but, on the contrary, continued to maintain that the statement was true, despite being allowed to listen to a recording of the team instructing Hamilton to let Trulli past and despite being given more than one opportunity to correct its false statement;

– on 2 April, 2009, at the second stewards’ hearing, procured its driver Hamilton to continue to assert the truth of the false statement given to the stewards on 29 March, while knowing that what he was saying to the stewards was not true.

Photos by: Christi Paul



F1Weekly Podcast #337


Podcast number 337 Malaysian Grand Prix recap.

They (the drivers) said it’s impossible, they’re dreaming, we can’t race.

Bernie Ecclestone refuses to budge on twilight races.

Ferrari admit the stupid mistakes will cost them the championship.

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen proud of quick nick.

Heidfeld’s second place in Malaysia was the first time a car not featuring a double diffuser had been on the podium this season.

Max Mosley revealed plans for a "world engine" for 2013 capable of powering FIA categories Formula One, World Rally Championship and Formula Two.

Tonio Liuzzi is to drive in the A1GP series with the Italian squad in Portugal next weekend.

Only 31 laps but Jenson wins.



Malaysian Grand Prix red flagged due to rain Jenson Button wins.

Nick Heidfeld finishes in second place Timo Glock takes third.

Jarno Trulli with fourth and Rubens Barrichello finishes the top 5.

Loeb continues his domination in WRC with a win in Portugal.

Vitaly Petrov wins a tricky wet GP2 Asia sprint race at Sepang.


The Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
56 laps; 310.408km;
Weather: Sunny, then wet.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button Brawn GP (B) 1h10:59.092
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 22.722
3. Glock Toyota (B) + 23.513
4. Trulli Toyota (B) + 46.173
5. Barrichello Brawn GP (B) + 47.360
6. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 52.333
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 60.733
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 71.576
9. Massa Ferrari (B) + 76.932
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 102.164
11. Alonso Renault (B) + 1 lap
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
13. Piquet Renault (B) + 1 lap
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
15. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1 lap
16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 2 lap

Fastest lap: Button, 1:36.641


Two in a row for Button


lew-hamMcLaren’s Malay Malaise

By Nasir Hameed

Seems like yesterday when McLaren was fined a record $100m fine for their involvement–and concealment of facts from FIA–in the Stepney-gate spy saga. The once proud team–which brought championships to the likes of Fittipaldi, Senna, Lauda and Prost–was also thrown out of the 2007 constructors championship.

An expensive way to learn a lesson, or so the motor racing world thought.

We’ve only just begun: The 2009 season has just begun and McLaren team and star driver, Lewis Hamilton, are in hot water again in the simmering heat of Malaysia. A simple off-track excursion by a fellow competitor, Jarno Trulli, in the season opener last weekend in Montreal, may put the youngest world champion off the track if the matter is escalated to World Motorsport Council.

Did not get the memo-rex: Incredibly, despite knowledge that his statement to a reporter, Adam Cooper of SpeedTV and recorded radio communication with the team, was all over the web and no doubt had reached the stewards, Lewis Hamilton and team’s Sporting Director, Dave Ryan, stuck to their guns that the Toyota driver passed Hamilton under a yellow and he was under no instruction to let Trulli pass.

Ryan expressed: Dave Ryan is the first casualty of the firing line. He was suspended by team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, and was told to take the first available flight back to England. Whitmarsh himself may be wishing he had waited few more races before taking over the team from Ron Dennis. If evidence emerges that Whitmarsh was aware of team’s radio communication with Hamilton, he may also join Ryan on gardening leave.

Starry, Starry Knight: Mercedes-Benz is a major investor in the McLaren team and also the engine supplier. It was their power plant in the back of Jenson Button’s car which won the opening round in Australia. The embarrassment of lie-gate coming within two seasons of Stepney-gate may take its toll not only in their relationship with the team but also the driver, whose career they have financially supported since his karting days.

European vacation: The Grand Prix gala goes to China and Bahrain before the first European round in Barcelona. The World Motorsport Council may give Hamilton a leave of absence and put him in a position where he was few years ago, in front of a TV screen on a Grand Prix weekend admiring the drivers, instead of being one of them.


Jenson Button takes his first career back to back pole.

Jarno Trulli with a great performance in his Toyota for P2.

Vettle and Barrichello in the second row but both take grid penalties.

Felipe Massa with a mistake by Ferrari never gets out of Q1.

Diego Nunes takes an impressive first victory for Piquet GP.

Sebastian Loeb takes the lead in the Rally of Portugal.

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.058 1:33.784 1:35.181
2. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651
5. Glock Toyota (B) 1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170
10. Alonso Renault (B) 1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:35.110 1:34.769
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.341 1:34.788
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.280 1:34.905
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.023 1:34.924
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:35.507 1:35.431
16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:35.642
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:35.708
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.908
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.951
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.107

Post qualifying car weight (KG)

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes 660
2. Trulli Toyota 656.5
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 647
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 664.5
5. Glock Toyota 656.5
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 656
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 656
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber 663
9. Raikkonen Ferrari 662.5
10. Alonso Renault 680.5
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 692
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 683.4
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 688
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 688.9
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 670.5
16. Massa Ferrari 689.5
17. Piquet Renault 681.9
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 680.5
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 655.5
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 686.5


I’m sorry so sorry

driver-wantedDriver wanted: Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone Team McLaren are in hot water again with FIA. What started out as a simple passing maneuver behind the safety car in last Sunday’s season opener in Australia, has led to a 30-year McLaren team veteran being sent home, the team and driver massively embarrassed and facing possible further serious sanctions.

The World Champion driver passed the Toyota of Jarno Trulli when the Italian went off the road under yellow flag conditions. Hamilton was instructed to let Trulli pass and race by the book while they checked with Charlie Whiting. Based on who you believe, somewhere between Hamilton getting out of his car after the race and by the time he and Dave Ryan were summoned to the FIA stewards, a plan was cooked to dip Jarno Trulli into fourth place by claiming he passed the English driver under a yellow. The stewards were simmering when evidence emerged that Hamilton was instructed to let the car ahead be Toyota, fact which both he and Ryan denied to the stewards. Their goose is now cooked.

Hamilton later apologized in a press conference saying, “I was instructed and misled by my team manager to withhold information, and that is what I did. I sincerely apologize to the stewards for wasting their time and for making them look silly. I am very, very sorry for the situation: for my team, for Dave because he has been a good member of the team for many years.”

It is hard to believe team which received a $100m fine from FIA and lost all constructors points only two seasons ago would take this risk, all for one single point in the very first race of the season.

Lewis Hamilton apologises to everyone! what was McLaren thinking?

Ferrari one two in second practice with kimi in charge.

Five place gear box grid penalty for Rubens Barrichello.

Final practice times.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.940 19
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.048 + 0.108 13
3. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.089 + 0.149 13
4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.132 + 0.192 21
5. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.189 + 0.249 22
6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.194 + 0.254 14
7. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.322 + 0.382 14
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.325 + 0.385 18
9. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.519 + 0.579 19
10. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.541 + 0.601 17
11. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.563 + 0.623 18
12. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.657 + 0.717 15
13. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.742 + 0.802 13
14. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.004 + 1.064 16
15. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.026 + 1.086 18
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.032 + 1.092 18
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.118 + 1.178 18
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.282 + 1.342 17
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.322 + 1.382 16
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.398 + 1.458 19