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Teddy Mayer 1935 – 2009

 

Former McLaren team principal and founder passes away at 73

teddy-mayer-and-james-huntMayer was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While studying law at Cornell, he became involved in the Rev-Em Formula Junior team whose drivers included his brother Timmy and Peter Revson. After graduating in 1962 Mayer followed his brother and Revson to Europe and joined Bruce McLaren who was setting up his Formula One team. Despite the death of his brother in 1964, Mayer continued to be involved in motor sport and assumed control of the McLaren team after Bruce McLaren was killed in 1970.

For much of the 1970s McLaren enjoyed considerable success, with both Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt taking the drivers title.In addition to Formula One, McLaren also competed in CART and CanAm racing under Mayer’s management.

Towards the end of the decade the team’s results began to decline and title sponsor Marlboro engineered a merger with the Project 4 team run by Ron Dennis. Mayer remained as joint managing-director until 1982, when he sold his shares and left the team he had helped to create.

Citroen takes the lead in rally Ireland.

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Sebastien Loeb has taken the Victory in rally Ireland.

Renault very confident on their KERS system being ready for Melbourne.

Nico Rosberg not happy with the current weight rules in F1 and counting calories.

1. Sebastien Loeb      Citroen 2h48:25.7
2. Dani Sordo              Citroen + 1:27.9
3. Mikko Hirvonen        Ford + 2:07.8
4. Henning Solberg     Ford + 6:32.4
5. Chris Atkinson        Citroen + 7:51.9
6. Sebastien Ogier      Citroen + 10:44.0
7. Matthew Wilson       Ford + 11:23.8
8. Khalid Al Qassimi    Ford + 14:07.9
9. Eamonn Boland      Subaru + 15:23.4
10. Urmo Aava             Ford + 15:35.4

 

 

 

F1Weekly Podcast #326

Podcast number 326 now online.

The parliament in France has reversed the senates OK on the construction of a new Formula 1 circuit on the outskirts of Paris.

Renault say they are not concerned with their recent slow pace in testing.

Hewlett-Packard join Renault F1 as a technical partner.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed with special interview: Paul Di Resta.

paul-di-resta-with-nasirPaul di Resta is a race car driver born in West Lothian, Scotland on April 16, 1986. He started his career in karting, racing in various competitive series of karts from 1994 until 2001. He stepped up to the British Formula Renault Winter Series in 2002, joining British Formula Renault full-time in 2003. He stayed there in 2004, also driving some races of Eurocup Formula Renault due to his impressive performances.

Photo by Peter Brazier

Fernando Alonso not happy with R29

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Fernando Alonso is not happy with the R29 performance at slow speeds.

New safety car rules will be similar to 06 with some tweaks.

Nicolas Todt still trying to get Sebastien Bourdais confirmed at STR.

Bernie is happy with the Malaysian Grand Prix time slot.

The new eight engine rule for 2009 includes Friday practice.

 

Mike Hawthorn 50 years ago.

 

L’equipe has reported that the French senate has given approval for the construction of a Formula 1 circuit in the outskirts of Paris.

50 Years ago on January 22, 1959 the racing driver Mike Hawthorn was killed in a road accident on the A3 Guildford by pass in Surrey.

He was 29 years old, and had just become the first British driver to win the Formula 1 World drivers championship.

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Mike Hawthorn at Le Mans 1956

Kimi finishes in 13th place

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No58 Brumos Porsche wins the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona.

Kimi Raikkonen finishes the Artic Lapland Rally in 13th place.

Neal Jani wins the feature race in the A1GP round at Taupo.

Fernando Alonso looses weight to make room for KERS.

Carlos Reutemann running for President.

2009 make or break year for Heikki Kovalainen.

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