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F1Weekly Podcast # 327

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Motors TV reports on a number of race series including the Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), Formula Three Euroseries, Australian and New Zealand V8 Supercars and the Champ Car World Series. Previously the channel has also shown the NASCAR Busch Series as well as the British Touring Car Championship and its supporting series.

In 2006 and 2007 Motors TV provided live coverage of the entire Le Mans 24 Hours as well as the scrutineering, qualifying and other events preceding it. With its coverage of the 2006 event, over the weekend of 17th and 18th June, Motors TV and German pay-TV network Premiere made history as the first television channels to provide coverage of the entire race.

On the 4th July 2008, Motors TV got the coverage for the FIA GT Championship in the UK from ITV for the rest of the 2008 season.

Photo by Peter Brazier

New Red Bull RB5 is unveiled in animated video here!

USF1 can this really happen in todays economic atmosphere?

F1 teams working towards a ban on the testing ban because of KERS.

Sebastian Bourdais is confirmed at Toro Rosso.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed

Interviews with "Motors TV" Frederic Viger and

Bonus interview with race driver Franck Montagny

Williams and Toyota believe their diffusers are legal.

Williams and Toyota believe their diffuser designs for 2009 are legal.

New nose design for the Renault R29 in the works.

Nico Hulkenberg hoping to make his Formula One race debut in 2010.

nico-hulkenbergHülkenberg made his karting debut in 1997, at the age of 10. In 2002 he was German Junior Karting Champion and the following year he won the German Kart Championship.

2005 saw his debut in German Formula BMW. His first season was a very successful one, with Hülkenberg dominating the championship and winning the title comfortably. He finished first in the Formula BMW world final but was stripped of the win after it was claimed he had brake-tested his rivals during a safety car period.

Hülkenberg moved up to Formula 3 for 2006, winning one round in the German championship. He also joined the German A1 Grand Prix team for the 2006-07 season. Nine wins in his rookie season made him the most successful driver in A1GP history. It meant he almost single-handedly won Germany the championship with 128 points, 35 more than Team New Zealand.

For 2007 he switched to the Formula Three Euroseries with the ASM team that had taken Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta to the last two championships. His first win came at the Norisring from 18th on the grid, he won again in the rain at Zandvoort and added a third at the Nürburgring. But he ran into trouble at Magny-Cours, being penalised in qualifying for passing the chequered flag twice, and crashing into Filip Salaquarda in the race.

He won the (non-championship) Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder from team mate (and F3 Euroseries championship leader) Romain Grosjean after the Swiss stalled at the start.

Hülkenberg is currently managed by Willi Weber, the long-time manager of Michael Schumacher. Weber has gone on record saying that Hülkenberg would be ready for Formula One by 2008. He has also praised Hülkenberg as an "unbelievable talent" and says he reminds him of Schumacher as a young driver.

F1weekly interview with Nico Hülkenberg on podcast # 283

usf1logo-sep08Can this be for real? Sources indicate that USF1 plan to construct their own chassis at their Charlotte North Carolina base.The ban on in-season testing making it more feasible for an F1 team to be based outside of Europe for all but the stretch of European races. Conceived by American design engineer Ken Anderson and former Williams team manager, Speed TV commentator and writer Peter Windsor. USF1 is Planning to be on the grid in 2010 improving the chances of bringing Formula One back to North America including a promised lineup of American drivers!.. More on this in the next Podcast.

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.

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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.