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F1weekly podcast # 441

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Podcast number 441

Mark Webber takes a great victory for a number 2 driver at Silverstone.

Vettle goes off at Becketts, pits with a puncture and finishes in seventh spot.

Fernando Alonso continues his run of bad luck with a drive through penalty.

Webber grills a hot one for number two! With mom and dad watching Australian Mark Webber stamped his authority by winning the British Grand Prix in dominating fashion, his third of the season. Following his flip in Valencia two weeks ago Sunday’s victory puts him back in the championship hunt, ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel but behind the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

“Not bad for number two driver” was his comment after being congratulated by team manager Christian Horner.

“Poetic justice” was served in the words of Eddie Jordan, the flamboyant ex-F1 team owner and now a talking head for BBC. This was in reference to front wing controversy from Saturday.

The charge of the Red Bulls started from the front row, Webber won the stampede to the first corner while pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture on the opening lap. His chances for victory slaughtered Vettel made a strong recovery to finish seventh, passing fellow Geman Adrian Sutil in the closing stages of the race.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton delighted home fans by finishing second and staying at the top of the championship table. Nico Rosberg completed the podium for Mercedes.

Jenson Button was fourth after calling his McLaren “un-driveable” in qualifying. Rubens Barrichello was fifth for Williams.

Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi put in a spirited drive for Sauber to finish sixth. The remaining four points paying positions were picked up by German drivers led by Vettel, Sutil, Schumacher and rookie Nico Hulkenberg.

Fernando Alonso was 14th and set the fastest lap of the race on the 52nd and final lap of the race.

The F1 circus now moves to the German Grand Prix where Webber scored his first F1 triumph last year.

The heat is on at Red Bull and many are predicting love-fest at McLaren will also fade fast. Red Bull seems to have the best package at the moment but cage rattling between drivers and management, seen by many as tilting towards Vettel, may deliver the championship to one of the McLaren boys.

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and on time regards from California.



Red Bull dominate at Silverstone with another front row lock out.

Fernando Alonso starts row two along side his friend Lewis Hamilton.

Mark Webber extremely unhappy with Red Bull clipping his wings.

Vettel: “I’m not surprised as that was the target, It was obviously not easy. Q1 was easy, Q2 was a bit too slow. So for third qualifying we didn’t touch the car.

I had a bit too much oversteer in the second part, I tried to help it with the things you can change onboard, tried to be a bit more conservative and of course you have to push. I tried to be smooth – and it worked very well.

I had two good laps, around here is incredible – the corners we have here, if we compare it to other tracks, the combinations, the first sector, Copse, Maggotts, Becketts… our car works quite well so you can enjoy even more.

All in all a fantastic day, a very good qualifying session with a good end. I’m happy to be on pole and I think that is the key for tomorrow’s race.

It is just quick everywhere! We were very competitive in Valencia and also here. Our car likes corners where you need downforce so that will always help us. Compared to last year we have made a step forward all around.”

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3       
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:30.841  1:30.480  1:29.615
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:30.858  1:30.114  1:29.758
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:30.997  1:30.700  1:30.426
 4.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:31.297  1:31.118  1:30.556
 5.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:31.626  1:31.085  1:30.625
 6.  Kubica         Renault                1:31.680  1:31.344  1:31.040
 7.  Massa          Ferrari                1:31.313  1:31.010  1:31.172
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:31.424  1:31.126  1:31.175
 9.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:31.533  1:31.327  1:31.274
10.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:32.058  1:31.022  1:31.430
11.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:31.109  1:31.399
12.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:31.851  1:31.421
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:32.144  1:31.635
14.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:31.435  1:31.699
15.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:32.226  1:31.708
16.  Petrov         Renault                1:31.638  1:31.796
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:31.901  1:32.012
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:32.430
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:34.405
20.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:34.775
21.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:34.864
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:35.212
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:36.576
24.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth           1:36.968

Motorsports Mondial

Drivers not happy with curbs at the new Abbey section.

Heikki Kovalainen said: “It’s okay but personally if I could choose I would prefer the old one”.

Yamamoto wants to smooth things over with Bruno Senna.

Kimi Raikkonen crashes out of stage four of Rally Bulgaria.

Vettel keeps Red Bull on top in final practice.

 Pos  Driver         Team                    Time              Laps
1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:30.958            14
2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:30.992  + 0.034   15
3.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:31.101  + 0.143   10
4.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:31.188  + 0.230   15
5.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:31.240  + 0.282   16
6.  Kubica         Renault                 1:31.519  + 0.561   18
7.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:31.549  + 0.591   16
8.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:31.555  + 0.597   14
9.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:31.559  + 0.601   18
10.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:31.581  + 0.623   16
11.  Petrov         Renault                 1:31.698  + 0.740   17
12.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:31.703  + 0.745   16
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:31.867  + 0.909   17
14.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:31.947  + 0.989   16
15.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:31.994  + 1.036   13
16.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:32.235  + 1.277   18
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:32.331  + 1.373   20
18.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:32.723  + 1.765   18
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:34.339  + 3.381   20
20.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:35.479  + 4.521   17
21.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:36.098  + 5.140   11
22.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth            1:36.286  + 5.328   16
23.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:36.640  + 5.682    6
24.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth            1:37.178  + 6.220   18

F1weekly podcast # 440

Podcast number 440

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed includes special interview…

Long time F1weekly listener Burak Sardag.

Robert Kubica signs on with Renault F1 through 2012

“It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home, What’s important for me is to be in the right atmosphere, with a good group of people, where everybody is pulling in the same direction. This is what we have tried to build from the beginning of my time with Renault.

I think we have already achieved a lot together, and I believe that with plenty of effort, time and the right approach, we can move even further forward. That is certainly our target, so we will keep working hard and pushing on every front, not just for the rest of this season but also for next year when there are more big rule changes on the way. I am really looking forward to the challenge.

Some important motorsport history in this week

July 6 1907
First race held on the Brooklands circuit in England.

July 7 1957
Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a Maserati 250F, wins the French Grand Prix at Rouen. A road circuit near Paris famous for the Noveau Monde corner.

July 8 1962
Porsche wins their first F1 race with Dan Gurney in the French GP, also at Rouen.


Motorsports Mondial

Faces Going Places

Photo: Marleen Serne

Mortara Moment: Edoardo Mortara took victory in the F3 Euro Series race at Norisring on Saturday. The Italian driver started from pole position and scored his third victory of the season over Signature teammate and local talent Marco Wittman. Finn Valtteri Bottas, winner of the F3 Masters at Zandvoort last month, was third.

Bottas bounced back to claim his maiden F3 Euro Series victory in the second race of the weekend. Wittman was again runner-up and Mortara made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium in third. He now enjoys a 15-point lead, thanks to seven podium finishes in eight events, over teammate Wittman.

More Mortara: Edoardo Mortara is 23-years old and last year competed in the GP2 series with Christian Horner’s Arden International team. He was on the podium ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in his first ever GP2 event, the Bahrain round of the Asia series.

In the sprint race of the opening round of main GP2 series in Barcelona he triumphed over Romain Grosjean. Highlight of his 2009 season was his impressive victory in the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.

– – Nasir Hameed

Ciao from Cali.

F1weekly podcast # 439

F1weekly podcast number 439.

Motorsports Mondial special edition, an interview…

Nasir speaks with GP2 winner Marcus Ericsson.

Marcus Ericsson wins GP2 in Valencia

Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson won his first GP2 race round the streets of Valencia today where the series is a support race for the European F1 Grand Prix. The 19-year-old, who is in his first year in the ultra competitive series and driving for Super Nova Racing, snatched the lead at the start from second on the grid and controlled the race all the way to the flag.

“It is a fantastic performance from the Super Nova team and everyone involved and I am super happy,” he said after the race and added: “Up to now we have not been lucky for several reasons and I hope this is the turning point for our season. To be honest, going into this weekend I didn’t believe this would see us turn around. We had luck in the race yesterday and the boys did a fantastic job in the pit stop which helped me gain positions. It was the perfect race. Then today from second on the grid I knew I had to take the lead at the start and was confident and focused on that.”

There was also a long safety car period during the race as Marcus explains: “Unfortunately there was a big crash involving my team-mate, Josef (Kral). My thoughts are with him and I hope he is okay, which is the most important thing. We were behind the safety car for a long time and it was difficult to know how much grip we would have once we re-started racing. I made a small mistake at the re-start, but managed to hold onto the lead but had Giedo (van de Garde) right up behind me. I told myself to focus and not worry about what was happening behind. I did that and had no problem and won. This is just what we all needed.”

In the first GP2 race of the weekend on Saturday Marcus had a race long battle with Charles Pic and Michael Herck, finished seventh and assured himself of a coveted front row start today. The race was run in the hot conditions on the 5.440 kilometre track on the streets of the Spanish City around the harbour area.