CLARK AND NASIR SAY GOODBYE TO FELIPE MASSA AND THE 2017 FORMULA 1 SEASON THE HOST SENDS NASIR TO NEW YORK TO GET ANOTHER CLASSIC INTERVIEW THIS TIME WITH FORMER LOTUS FORMULA 1 TEAM MEMBER KENNY SZYMANSKI!
Kenny Szymanski. Living the dream from Milwaukee to Grand Prix.
We are very excited to present a conversation with Kenny Szymanski. He caught the racing bug as a young boy from the 1960 Indy 500.
A trip to the 1973 United States Grand Prix at the Glen, and the International aroma of Formula 1 motor racing fueled his passion to be among the “In crowd.”
And there he was in 1978 at Team Lotus; checking the tire pressure under the watchful eyes of Mario Andretti….
Hope you enjoy his experiences as much as I did.
Thank you Kenny. Thank you F1W familia.
P.S. He is now also an aficionado of banana lassi!
NASIR CONSOLES CLARK DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD IN HIS LIFE…TOO MUCH LCH NOT ENOUGH BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!
AND HERE IS FORCE INDIA’S BRAZIL GRAND PRIX PREVIEW…
Sergio: “I like Interlagos and it’s always one of the special races of the year. The track is tight and challenging, and it almost feels like a karting track. There is a good mix of corners and it’s a track that often creates good racing and some surprises.
“Rain showers are never too far away at this time of the year. I remember the wet race last year when I nearly finished on the podium. I only missed out with a few laps to go and it was one of those really difficult races because the track was so wet. I would like some more rain this year because it creates more of an opportunity for a big result.
“I enjoy visiting Brazil because it reminds me of Mexico and I’m always very relaxed there. I feel great support from the fans and the atmosphere in the grandstands gives me lots of energy.”
Esteban: “Interlagos is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. I drove there for the first time last year and had a very strong race in the rain. It’s an old-school track with little margin for error. As a driver, you always get more of a buzz from these types of circuit.
“As we saw last year, the weather conditions can be very unpredictable. I enjoyed driving in the wet last year and would be happy if it rains again. Whether it’s wet or dry, we will be strong because the car is performing really well and it’s a good chance to score some more points.
“Away from the track, I’ve always thought Sao Paulo is a cool place. Everybody talks about the food and there are some amazing restaurants. It’s always a good place to eat meat.”
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING confirms that Felipe Massa will leave the team at the end of the 2017 Formula One season.
Felipe made his debut with Williams in 2014. During the last four years, he has helped the team secure third place in the Constructors’ Championship in 2014 and 2015, and fifth place in 2016. After initially indicating he would retire at the end of last year, he returned at Williams’ request for the 2017 season, and the team currently stands fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Felipe Massa said: “As everyone knows, after announcing my retirement from Formula One last year, I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came. I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula One will finally come to an end this season. Once more, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this time: my wife and my father, my whole family, my manager Nicolas and all my friends, colleagues and sponsors. I would also like to add a huge thank you to all of the fans who have been incredibly supportive and passionate over the years. I take so many great memories with me as I prepare for my final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and although they will be emotional, I am looking forward to ending on a high note and preparing for a new chapter in my career.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, Williams Martini Racing added: “I would like to thank Felipe for all he has done for the team over the last four years. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him. We are especially grateful that he agreed to postpone his retirement from Formula One for a year, after Valtteri joined Mercedes, which demonstrated the depth of the relationship we built during our time together. We appreciate that it wasn’t an easy decision for him to return, after having such an emotional send-off at the end of last year. On behalf of Sir Frank, and all the team, we give our very best wishes to Felipe for the future.”
The team will announce its 2018 driver line-up in due course.
Postcard from the Principality
Romain Grosjean is not the only Swiss banker moving in the fast lane. Our F1Weekly familia member, Benedict Schnyder, recently made a trip to Monaco and, with his expressed written consent, we are pleased to share some motorsport memories.
Meeting the “Maestro.” The Argentine legend was the winner of the second ever F1 race of the inaugural 1950 season in Monte Carlo. This race also saw the debut in F1 racing for Scuderia Ferrari.
A Renault Alpine at La Rascasse restaurant. “Park” at your own peril.
Quiet and serene sans Formula 1 machines.
Famous last words. “Just had a quick chat with Eddie Jordan. I told him I was a life long Minardi fan and he told me I was totally f____d in the head. Then we tried making a selfie…”
MAX WINS IN MEXICO LCH IS WORLD CHAMPION!
MAX VERSTAPPEN, “A great win and a fun podium, a Dutch DJ and Dutch driver, what a combination. The start of the race itself was not great but this allowed me to tuck in and get a tow from Sebastian, I had to be a bit aggressive but managed to get around the outside at turn one and from then on I was just doing my own race.
I would go as far to say this was one of the easiest races of my career. I felt I missed out on pole yesterday so I had a lot of motivation to get the result I wanted today. To get not just a podium but the win is awesome. We calmed the pace and turned down the engine to make sure we brought the car home so I was just cruising towards the end. I was confident the car was going to be good today after studying the long run pace we have shown this weekend.
This track with low speed and low grip suits our car, but even in Austin we had the balance and pace, I just had to come from way down the grid. Once we had got the balance of the car right it was easy for us to do quick lap times and sustain them. I think if we keep working this way and have a better start to the season next year we can look forward to achieving great things.
The podium here in Mexico is special to be on as the fans are so passionate and being in the stadium section means the atmosphere is like nowhere else, it definitely made up for missing it last year. Like I said in the car on lap 1, it was simply, simply lovely.”
VETTEL ON POLE IN MEXICO
Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Mexican Grand Prix with a stunning final qualifying lap.
LCH who starts third today behind Max Verstappen, remains firmly in the ascendant, holding a 66-point lead in the championship with just 75 left to compete for, Vettel added an extra complication by becoming only the fourth man in Formula One to achieve 50 pole positions.
Both races in Mexico have been won from the front since the country’s restoration to the calendar in 2015. Should his German rival convert the advantage to victory this evening, Hamilton will need to finish at least fifth to cement his status as a quadruple champion, joining Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Vettel himself.
With an unusually long run down to Turn One here at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, there promises to be a memorable opening skirmish. The last time Vettel and Verstappen were beside each other on the front row, they collided at the first corner of Singapore, in a shower of sparks and flying debris.
As Hamilton lurks behind them with his eye on history, the cocktail is likely to be explosive. “Yeah, we should have some fun,” he said, with a knowing grin.
“I tried to deny Sebastian, but it wasn’t to be,” Hamilton said. “It was a difficult session and it has been a difficult weekend. Ferrari did a great job and their car was working better than ours, but I am still there in the fight. The race pace is good, but you can’t overtake here.”