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Le Mans. Loneliness of long distance runner. The Le Mans 24-hour race is one of the greatest racing events. Legends of motorsport have raced in this classic event, from Nuvolari and Fangio to Ickx and Kristensen.

The Bentley boys, Ford GT40, blue Matra, turbo Renault, Porsche 917 and in recent years turbo-diesel Audi have all made their marks at Le Mans.

Dane Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver and local Henri Pescarolo won the race three times in a row for Matra. American winners include the late Phill Hill, Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt among others.

F1weekly will have a reporter on the scene at Mulsanne to cover this event in June.



Bottoms up! Champagne was Mumm and so was the competition after Sunday’s dominating performance by Sebastian Vettel. The German wunderkind gave Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull car their first Grand Prix victory since the Austrian billionaire, Dietrich Mateschitz, bought the former Jaguar F1 team.

Last September at Monza, in a similar command performance and also in the wet, Vettel scored his first Grand Prix victory which was also the maiden win for Red Bull sister team Toro Rosso.

Jenson Button still leads the championship from his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello.
The Mercedes-powered cars finished third and fourth in Shanghai with Button on the podium for the third time in three races so far this season.

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have now joined Kimi Raikkonen in the ‘where are they now’ club. Both Ferrari drivers have yet to open their score in this year’s championship.

Hamilton finished on the podium in the season opener in Australia. His own words came back like a boomerang to haunt him and he was booted from the results.

The show moves to the sands of Arabia in Bahrain this weekend.


Bridgestone planning to introduce narrower and lower profile front tyre.

Tost is surprised by rookie Sebastien Buemi’s early-season form.

David Coulthard believes Ferrari needs Fernando Alonso more than ever.

Racing car manufacturer Lola is considering re-entering Formula 1 in 2010. 




How long does Nelsinho have.


On the fences: Beleaguered Nelson Piquet Jr., son of three time world champion and a Dutch model, is not sitting pretty at ING Renault. After surviving a tumultuous rookie season last year, he is still trying to put his Formula 1 career on the right foot.

The former British F3 champion and GP2 stand-out has yet to out qualify his teammate, Fernando Alonso, for the first time. Time is running out for Nelsinho and sands of time may be shifting on his career as the Grand Prix circus moves to round 4 in Bahrain this weekend.

He may soon find himself on the outside looking in. Waiting in the wings is Swiss-promoted-as-French driver Romain Grosjean, GP2 race winning and Renault Development Driver.

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Sebastian Bourdais says the STR4 not compatible with his driving style.

Brawn GP and Jenson Button expect to be back on top in Bahrain.

Niki Lauda believes Ferrari returning to the chaotic days of early 80’s.

Toyota to shed 150 Formula One staff by the end of 2009.

Mercedes-Benz is interested in seeing Vettel at the wheel of a McLaren. 





F1weekly podcast # 340

 Shanghai Showers


Double the pleasure: Last year at Monza German driver Sebastian Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix winner when he scored his and Toro Rosso’s maiden win in the rain. On Sunday he repeated the feat for sister team Red Bull, leading his Australian teammate Mark Webber to a one-two finish in the Chinese Grand Prix.


Dentso: The Trulli train was derailed by Robert Kubica, the Polish driver ran his BMW-Sauber into the back of Italian driver’s Toyota in Sunday’s round three in Shanghai. The race went the full distance in wet conditions and the F1 circuit now moves to the sands of Arabia for the Bahrain Grand Prix next Sunday.


Misery loves company: Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton and the man he dethroned, Kimi Raikkonen, continue to struggle. More dark clouds hang over McLaren team as the British team awaits FIA’s ruling on the lie-gate. Ferrari has not scored a single point after three races.


London fog: Jenson Button now has three podium finishes from three races in the 2009 season. After back to back dominating wins in Australia and Malaysia, the English driver had to soak up and settle for third place behind the Red Bull drivers. He leads the championship from his teammate Rubens Barrichello who finished fourth.

 All photos Associated Press.

Red Bull’s first win.


Sebastian Vettel gives Red Bull Renault their First Grand Prix Win.

Mark Webber with his best career finish taking second.

Jenson Button settles for a strong third place for Brawn GP.

Red Bull Renault prove double deck diffuser not necessary.

Ferrari fails to score points their worst season since 1982.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1h57:43.485
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 10.970
3. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 44.975
4. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 1:03.704
5. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1:05.102
6. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1:11.866
7. Glock Toyota (B) + 1:14.476
8. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:16.439
9. Alonso Renault (B) + 1:24.309
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1:31.750
11. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:34.156
12. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 1:35.834
13. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1:46.853
14. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
15. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
16. Piquet Renault (B) + 2 laps

Fastest lap: Barrichello, 1:52.592




Qualifying in Shanghai.



Sebastian Vettle gives Red Bull their first pole in Shanghai.

Fernando Alonso in his Renault completes the front row.

Mark Webber takes up P3 with Rubens Barrichello in fourth.

Flavio Briatore continues his trashing of Brawn GP.

BMW ‘s Robert Kubica fails to get out of Q1.

Jenson Button content with fifth on the grid.

Trulli completed the top six for Toyota, followed by Nico Rosberg.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.565 1:35.130 1:36.184 11
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:36.443 1:35.803 1:36.381 21
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.751 1:35.173 1:36.466 19
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.701 1:35.503 1:36.493 21
5. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.533 1:35.556 1:36.532 19
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.308 1:35.645 1:36.835 21
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.941 1:35.809 1:37.397 23
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.137 1:35.856 1:38.089 19
9. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.776 1:35.740 1:38.595 17
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.284 1:35.965 1:39.321 21
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.525 1:35.975 14
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.646 1:36.032 10
13. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.178 1:36.033 11
14. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.364 1:36.066 14
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.673 1:36.193 13
16. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.906 10
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.908 10
18. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.966 8
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.669 10
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.672 10

 Pos. Driver Car weight:

1. Vettel 644.0kg
2. Alonso 637.0kg
3. Webber 646.5kg
4. Barrichello 661.0kg
5. Button 659.0kg
6. Trulli 664.5kg
7. Rosberg 650.5kg
8. Raikkonen 673.5kg
9. Hamilton 679.0kg
10. Buemi 673.0kg
11. Heidfeld 679.0kg
12. Kovalainen 697.0kg
13. Massa 690.0kg
14. Glock 652.0kg
15. Nakajima 682.7kg
16. Bourdais 690.0kg
17. Piquet 697.9kg
18. Kubica 659.0kg
19. Sutil 648.0kg
20. Fisichella 679.5kg





More Brawn in china



The rest of the field continue to play catch up to the day glo Brawn’s.

Button hits out at Flavio Briatore after the Italian criticised Brawn GP.

McLaren showing good pace with new interim diffuser design.

BMW cars are both running KERS this weekend yet still struggling for pace.

Ferrari have dropped their KERS device do to reliability issues.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso still believes his team can be competitive.

Nico Rosberg is convinced Williams will fight for wins this season.

Second practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.679 35
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.704 + 0.025 36
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.881 + 0.202 35
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.105 + 0.426 32
5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.167 + 0.488 22
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.217 + 0.538 42
7. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.377 + 0.698 32
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.548 + 0.869 40
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.674 + 0.995 34
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.800 + 1.121 34
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.829 + 1.150 30
12. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.847 + 1.168 34
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.941 + 1.262 28
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:37.054 + 1.375 33
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.219 + 1.540 34
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.273 + 1.594 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.491 + 1.812 34
18. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.544 + 1.865 28
19. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.638 + 1.959 28
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.750 + 2.071 31

Shanghai International Grand Prix Circuit is reputed to be Asia’s most advanced Grand Prix Circuit. Having completed its’ inaugural year, in September 2004, the Chinese Grand Prix is poised to be the major Grand Prix of the F1 Circuit.

The grandstand of the racing field is designed to have 200 thousand seats, 50 thousand of which are on the main and sub grandstands, and the remaining seats are temporary seats on the slopes. The main architecture and other main buildings of the racing field cover 150 thousand square metres, including the main and sub grandstands, direct center, news centre, race team living zone, and pit stops, etc. The architectures combined the modern design concept with traditional Chinese culture.

Shanghai International Circuit is located on northeast of Anting Township in the Jiading District of Shanghai, an old county with a kind folkway, neighbouring the world famous Shanghai International Auto City, 30 km from the centre of Shanghai city and 20 km to Hongqiao International airport. It is surrounded by high grade highways of Jiajin(A5), Jiasong, and A30, etc., and the planned mass transit line R3 will reach the racing field directly.

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