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Harry Tincknell



Harry Tincknell

Little Harry goes to Sardinia on vacation and discovers racing

By Nasir Hameed

F1weekly is pleased to present our digital dialogue with Harry Tincknell. The English kid from Exeter soaked up his first sensation of speed while on vacation with family in Sardinia. Their hotel had a karting track and a few laps for little Harry, that’s all it took.

After serving a seven year apprenticeship in karting the 17-year old has teamed up with championship CRS Racing for the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship.

“Tinks” was kind enough to respond to our questions.

Q: How does it feel to start the season on a high? Pole position and second place finish in your first race of the season?

A: “To be on pole position for my first race as rookie driver racing against some guys with 2 or 3 years experience in cars was absolutely fantastic but it also came as a bit of a surprise. Over the winter testing you can start to gauge yourself as to where you will be on the grid and I knew we had the pace to be in the top 5 but pole position at the first time at asking was really far higher than I ever expected. I’d never done a proper dry start before or a dry race for that matter so to get off the line and lead the first few laps was great as well and experience I will take forward for the rest of the year but there is still a lot of hard work to do.”

Q: Reversal of fortune in second race, please tell us what happened and how tough was it to take it after the high of race one?

A: “Well in race two I had to start P9 as qualifying didn’t quite go to plan but with my launch off the line in race one I was confident I could make a couple of spots up on the start. However, while warming my tyres up on the formation the car all of a sudden snapped side ways and for the rest of the lap the rear end was uncontrollably slidey. Coming round clearways at the end of the lap the car was on three wheels so I came straight into the pits without trying to make the start and it was there we find the left rear wish bone had snapped in half and that was the end of the race for me before it had started. It was shame to end such a good weekend that way but it hasn’t dented my confidence looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Q: You also competed in the winter series last year, how was that experience both in learning and performance wise

A: “The winter series was great as there is no better experience than racing, no matter how much testing you do. However, being the Winter Series it took place at the end of October/Start of November! We all know what the beautiful British weather is like at this time of year and it rained for both races. It was still great to race against a lot of the people in this year’s championship but we did get very wet! Results wise I ended up 7th in the championship, taking a 5th in my first race. I made a few rookie mistakes and had a couple of spins along the way but overall the team were very happy with the job I did.”

Q: You tested Formula BMW machinery at Button Willow in beautiful central California in the winter of 2007, your thoughts on that track and time in Cali?

A: “I tested Formula BMW at the end of 2007 with a view of moving into the championship in 2008, however we decided to stay in karting and finish off all my exams before making a full time move into cars in 2009. The Californian test was a great experience and was my first time in the US. Button Willow is a purpose made testing facility with many different lay outs of try which meant that I could get a lot of track time which is exactly what I needed. I had only done a handful of days in a racing car before this so it was best to get as many laps in as I could. Richie Hearn and his team were great and they really helped me improve my lap times over the 3 days and I left with some valuable experience of driving the car in different conditions and on different layouts each day and it definitely meant I was faster when I returned to testing in 2008.”


Q: Compare Formula BMW car to Formula Renault please?

A: “The Formula Renault car has slightly more straight line and speed and because of this, a bit more down force than the Formula BMW. The Formula BMW is more like a Formula 3 car where by the car doesn’t tend to slide too much in the corners and has a lot of front end grip where as the Formula Renault doesn’t have a lot grip initially on turn in and the car slides around a lot more mid corner. The Formula Renault is about 3-4 seconds faster on an overall lap time but both cars are great fun to drive and I think you are still going to learn a lot no matter which car you end up driving.”

Q: Too many entry level series these days, what made you decide to go with Formula Renault UK?

A: “Well I had two options really, either Formula Renault UK or Formula BMW Europe. I won the Valencia BMW Scholarship and therefore some backing off BMW which made the Formula BMW series look quite attractive, specially being that they drive on a lot of Formula One tracks. However, in your first couple of seasons of car racing I think it is best to get as much track time as possible so that is why we decided to do Formula Renault UK as there as it is a 20 round series that also allows you a lot of pre season testing and many official days throughout the year. I also got the opportunity to drive with 2008 series champions so I knew I would have a good team around me.”

Q: You are with a championship winning team, what is the goal for this season?

A: “The main aim before the season started was to win the Graduate Cup, for Rookies and Under 19s, and if I could get on the podium a couple of times then that would be a bonus and we would treat it like a win. Obviously it is very easy to get carried away after the race at Brands and say that we should be aiming higher than that but there a lot of good drivers with a lot more experience than me but if I could win the Graduate Cup that would be great and I would then aim to try and win the main Championship in 2010.”

Q: Where would you like to be in five years?

A: “In 5 years time I would hopefully like to be in GP2 or Formula 2, depending on what series looks like the best option to get to Formula One in a few years time. I think if I do 2 years in Formula Renault and 2 years in Formula 3, possibly the Euro Series to learn all the European tracks then five years from now, hopefully with some good results from the next few years of racing I should be looking to be knocking on the door of Formula One. That is obviously where I would love to end up.”

Q: Who is guiding and managing your career?

A: “Since I moved into cars Allan Mcnish is now advising and managing my career at the moment. Allan came on board after I topped the time sheets at the BMW Scholarship test and he has really helped me move to the next level. He has obviously driven right at the top level in Formula One and has won Le Mans 3 times so he knows what it takes to get to the top and hopefully he can help me to fulfill my dreams.”

Q: Do you follow American racing series like IRL & Nascar?
A: “Over the last few years motorsport awareness in the UK has gone right up with Lewis Hamilton coming into Formula One and because of this the UK gets a lot more TV coverage from all types of motorsport over the world. We can now watch both the IRL and Nascar live and while I don’t manage to see every round, I try and watch a few if I can. There of course is a possibility that I could race in America, like a lot of other Brits are doing so I feel its good to be aware of what is going on over in the States.”

Q: Go for fish and chips with Button or Hamilton?

A: “I must say it would be Button. He’s had a rough ride over the last couple of years in a poor car and has been completely over shadowed by Hamilton. He is now proving that he has always been a good driver and I hope he does well this year in the Brawn car that seems to be going really well at the moment.”

Q: Go for sailing and Stella Artois with, Danica, Milka or Susie, as in Stoddard?

A: “Even following the IRL from the UK it is clear that Danica is a massive hit over in the US and is treated like a superstar! I have heard rumours about her joining the US A1GP team or even the USF1 team if that emerges in the future so it would be great to meet her.
“Hope you’ve got some good info here. I’ll keep you updated with all the news from the UK and will keep listening to the podcast!”


Liuzzi takes pole for sprint race.



A1GP: New strong man. Italian racer Vitantonio Liuzzi has claimed pole position for the sprint race on his debut in the World Cup of Motorsport. Team Italy is headed by ex-Grand Prix driver Piercarlo Ghinzani. Liuzzi is a former karting and Formula 3000 champion. Many claim his career at Red Bull was shafted by internal politics. His impressive pole at the equally impressive new Portimao circuit in Algarve, Portugal, demonstrates once again, no package no delivery.

Robert Doornbos will be hoping to deliver Dutch success from his front row position alongside Liuzzi. Bobby D, as he is known in America, grabbed pole position for the feature race.

Marco Andretti, driving for Team Papito, qualified 12th. for the sprint race and 8th. for the feature race.

NO LIVE STREAMING: Due to circumstances beyond their control A1GP is unable to provide live streaming for this race.

Sprint race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m30.875s
2. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m31.346s + 0.471s
3. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m31.600s + 0.725s
4. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m31.756s + 0.881s
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.777s + 0.902s
6. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m32.006s + 1.131s
7. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.084s + 1.209s
8. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m32.301s + 1.426s
9. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.358s + 1.483s
10. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m32.420s + 1.545s
11. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m32.929s + 2.054s
12. Marco Andretti USA 1m33.214s + 2.339s
13. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m33.860s + 2.985s
14. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m33.985s + 3.110s
15. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m34.005s + 3.130s
16. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m34.216s + 3.341s
17. John Martin Australia 1m34.405s + 3.530s
18. Nicolas Prost France 1m36.567s + 5.692s
19. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m36.838s + 5.963s
20. Neel Jani Switzerland –

Feature race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m30.415s
2. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m30.696s + 0.281s
3. Neel Jani Switzerland 1m30.878s + 0.463s
4. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m30.984s + 0.569s
5. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m31.023s + 0.608s
6. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m31.025s + 0.610s
7. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.095s + 0.680s
8. Marco Andretti USA 1m31.459s + 1.044s
9. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m31.495s + 1.080s
10. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m31.852s + 1.437s
11. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m31.925s + 1.510s
12. John Martin Australia 1m31.939s + 1.524s
13. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m32.031s + 1.616s
14. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.269s + 1.854s
15. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m32.352s + 1.937s
16. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m32.400s + 1.985s
17. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.504s + 2.089s
18. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m32.573s + 2.158s
19. Nicolas Prost France 1m32.941s + 2.526s
20. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m33.237s + 2.822s

Next weeks podcast number 339 will be a special edition F1weekly interview with the legendary Sir Stirling Moss!! Don’t miss it!

Renault F1 in the desert.



Desert Frog: The Renault Road Show reaches Dubai. The glitz, glamour and financial capital of UAE, the United Arab Emirates. Test driver Romain Grosjean and demo driver Adam Khan raced their Renault R28s across the Arabian desert, another first for the globe trotting world of Formula 1.

Grosjean commented: “Racing in the desert was obviously different to anything I’ve experienced, but it was great to come here and do something that hasn’t been done before.” The sands of time may soon shift in Grosjean’s favor if team’s number two driver, Nelsinho Piquet, continues to get blown away by Fernando Alonso.

The demo driver, Adam Khan, born and raised in England had raced with A1GP Team Pakistan, birthplace of his papito. He was excited to participate in his first road show and said, “I can’t think of a better place to start than Dubai. The road in the desert was a bit dusty but it was smooth and flat so we got up into top gear. Overall it was a lot of fun!”

Local Lord Mohamed Ben Sulayem, FIA’s Vice President for Sport and 14-time Middle East Rally Champion provided quote of the day, “I’m lucky to have many supercars of my own, but nothing compares to this Formula One”.


DeHarde & Softee: F1 weekly faithful listener, Chris DeHarde, scores big in this 2007 photo with Milka Duno. The sizzle in her smile caused the twinkle in his eyes. Happy weekend!

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.