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F1weekly podcast # 465

“German Gringo” Lars Kaufmann: Podcast 465 features conversation with Lars Kaufmann, team manager of highly successful Josef Kaufmann Racing. After a brief spell as a racing driver Lars is now guiding young talents and has worked with the likes of Sebastien Buemi, Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Gutierrez and Robin Frijns, the last three winning in Formula BMW series with Kaufmann racing.

Lars is looking forward to the challenge of Formula Renault Euro Cup in 2011. Recently at Spa they tested the waters of this competitive championship and came home with a win courtesy of their Dutch driver Robin.

Lars loves the fast lane of life, both on and off the track. His favorites are the chicas of Valencia and the babes of Budapest. The photo speaks for itself.

— Nasir Hameed


Motorsports Mondial

2011 Classic Formula 1 Calendar “Americana”

A tribute to American success in Grand Prix racing.

Long before Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher became world champions for France and Germany respectively, United States of America produced two world champions.

Phil Hill from Santa Monica lifted the title in 1961 with Scuderia Ferrari driving the beautiful shark-nose 156. Mario Andretti, in 1978, was the second American to claim the title in Colin Chapman’s ground-effect Lotus 79.

The 2011 Motorsport Memories calendar “Americana” is a tribute to drivers who carried the American Challenge to distant tracks.

From Harry Schell, the first American to score points in Grand Prix racing, to Eddie Cheever, who drove for Ron Dennis in Formula 2 and raced with British, American, Italian and French teams in Formula 1.

Dan Gurney, the All American Racer and gentleman, talks about his wide and varied world of motor racing experience in an exclusive interview.

Calendar, published and printed in the United States, is now available on our merchandise page.

F1weekly podcast # 464

Photo: Stilon

Podcast number 464

Robert Kubica is he the best driver on the grid?

Hartley on top in FR 3.5 test at Barcelona.

Lewis Williamson tops GP3 test at Estoril.

Russia to host Formula 1 GP in 2014

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.


Motorsports Mondial

Photo: Reuters

Korean Grand Prix is go-go-go

Good news for Formula 1 fans. Charlie Whiting has given the green light to the latest E-era expansion of the Grand Prix circus. The inaugural Korean Grand Prix is no longer in deep kimchi and Hermann Tilke-designed circuit is not kaput.

The race is scheduled for October 24th and the final inspection took place only after the Japanese Grand Prix.

Thousands of miles away, in his home town of Clermont-Ferrand, “Bibendum” is scratching his head, wondering what happened to the 90-day rule of final inspection prior to an F1 race. That was embedded in his “sixth-sense” at the 2005 United States Grand Prix, when his employer was given the “Max” treatment on official policies and procedures, rules and regulations.

All this was served from a plush Monaco apartment while enjoying the delight of Darjeeling’s finest.

We move on to further Seoul searching. Better yet, hop in a Hyundai
Scoupe and drive four hours to the track in Yeongam.

You will not be disappointed.

Chung-Yung-cho, Dear Leader of Korea Auto Valley Operation, organizers of the race, was quoted by Eurosport saying, “The Korea International Circuit has been constructed to the highest standards, and will become the epicenter of motorsport in the country.”

The final three races will take place in three very different environments and settings. From Seoul to Sao Paulo, and then to the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Will Mark Webber become the first Australian since Alan Jones in 1980 to become world champion? Or will teammate Sebastian Vettel be crowned as the youngest world champion?

“Nando” knows it’s not over till the final race.

Vodaphone McLaren drivers are still on the line with an outside chance.

Will it be Jenson Button retaining or Lewis Hamilton regaining his crown?.

As the sun sets on the Arabian Desert and Yas Marina on the evening of November 14 we will find out.

Bring on the Rose water.

— Nasir Hameed

F1weekly podcast # 463

Motorsports Mondial

Photo: AP

Straight to the Top: Red Bull stampede returned to Suzuka as Sebastian Vettel led teammate Mark Webber to a dominant win from his eighth pole position of the season. Webber recorded the fastest lap of the race on the final tour of the John Hugenholtz-designed and Honda-owned circuit.

Fernando Alonso, winner of the last two races, kept his championship hopes alive by finishing third, both he and race winner Vettel are now in joint-second place behind Webber.

With only three races remaining including the yet-to-be confirmed inaugural South Korean Grand Prix this month, McLaren drivers may now be on the outside looking in.

Jenson Button placed fourth after passing teammate Lewis Hamilton who battled gearbox gremlins in the closing stages of the race.

Michael Schumacher, who had seen much better days here with eight pole positions and six victories, finished sixth.

Photo: Reuters

Red scare: Felipe Massa, Ferrari’s 2008 World Champion for 15-seconds, looks done-and-dusted this season after the arrival of Fernando Alonso. While the Spaniard has won four races so far this season, including season opener in Bahrain and Monza, the Sao Paulo native is still looking for his first win since his epic and emotional drive at home to decide the 2008 championship.

Photo: Reuters

Rising son: Drive and banzai moves of the race belonged to local lad Kamui Kobayashi. The Sauber driver drove his heart out, much like the two races he did with Toyota, and barged his way to seventh place finish, just ahead of experienced teammate Nick Heidfeld.

Photo: Reuters

Muy macho hombre de Mallorca: 23-year old Spaniard is feeling like, in his own words, “King of the world,” after clinching the 2010 Moto GP title on Sunday at Sepang. Lorezno’s third place finish, plus seven victories and 13 podium finishes from 15 races so far this season, makes the Mallorca native Spain’s first MotoGP champion since Alex Criville in 1999.

The Malaysian round was won by outgoing champion and Yamaha teammate, Valentino Rossi. Victory was the first for the Italian “Dottore” since his season opening success in Qatar. Rossi has now scored an incredible 46 wins just with Yamaha. Next season he goes home to Ducati.


Comrade in arms: Mikhail Aleshin of Russia is the 2010 World Series by Renault Champion. Daniel Ricciardo of Australia looked set to become the series first rookie champion since Robert Kubica in 2005 after winning race one on Saturday in Barcelona.

Ricciardo and Aleshin started Sunday’s season finale on equal points. The Australian led the Russian most of the race in wet conditions, but let the title slip away when Aleshin passed him with only two laps remaining.

Aleshin went on to the podium in third place behind recently crowned British F3 Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne of France, and race winner Esteban Guerrieri of Argentina.


Songs without words: Introducing Miss Vivian Sibold, the girlfriend of Nico Rosberg.

–Nasir Hameed

Sushi regards from Suzuka.



Sebastian Vettel takes victory in Japan from pole.

Mark Webber still leads the Championship with P2

Fernando Alonso unchallenged finishes third.

Button and Hamilton settle for fourth and fifth place.

Sebastian VETTEL: Yeah, incredible day this morning with qualifying and with the pole position and this afternoon we just continued. So fantastic. It was down to the team. They have been working very hard, most of the guys they didn’t sleep the Thursday until the Saturday, so it was good there was no qualifying as they didn’t have to touch the car and got some sleep. I think they deserve it today. Obviously this track is like it is drawn for us. With all the high speed corners it is always a pleasure and with the car getting lighter and lighter in the end it is just more and more fun. Yeah, incredible. Good start which was the key, from the clean side, and I could see Robert (Kubica) got a bit of momentum but the way down to turn one was too short for him. Then with the safety car which stayed out quite long with the incident with Kubica but then after that both of us were able to pull away from the field and then just controlling the pace until the end. There was a little bit of a rest behind Jenson (Button) as we couldn’t really go through him, so we had to wait until he pits. But after that, just incredible. So really, really happy and it is about time.

The Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka, Japan;
53 laps; 307.573km;
Weather: Sunny.


Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           1h30:27.323
 2.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +     0.905
 3.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +     2.721
 4.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    13.522
 5.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    39.595
 6.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    59.933
 7.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:04:038
 8.  Heidfeld      Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:09.648
 9.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +  1:10.846
10.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:12.806
11.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
12.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth             +     1 lap
13.  Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth             +    2 laps
14.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
15.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
16.  Yamamoto                                 +    3 laps
17.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    5 laps

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:33.474