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F1weekly podcast # 445

F1weekly podcast number 445

Le Grand Prix de Monaco will stay on the calendar.

Giancarlo Minardi thinks the Scuderia was right.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Interview with Formula BMW driver Michael Lewis.

Michael Lewis began his racing career in 1/4 Midgets at the Pomona, California, oval track in 2003 at the age of 13. He then moved to karting in 2005, racing primarily in local California and western regional events. In 2006, Michael started his European karting experience racing for CRG in the Rotax Junior Series. In 2007 and 2008, he continued his European karting career with Dino Chiesa’s Chiesa Corse kart team with emphasis in Italian Masters and WSK events running in the KF-2 class.

In 2009, Michael made the step up to racing cars with his commitment to the 2009 Formula BMW Americas series, driving for Antonio Ferrari’s Eurointernational team, earning the Rookie Championship. In 2010 he is staying with Eurointernational, but driving in the Formula BMW Europe series as the Americas series has been disbanded.

Michael attends California State University, Fullerton, where he is majoring in business.


Motorsports Mondial

Red McCombs Revealed as Primary Investor for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ Project

Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions LP, revealed Red McCombs as the primary investor for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ racing project. McCombs, a business and sports legend, is committing financial resources, experience and the business relationships of McCombs Partners to complement Hellmund and his extensive motorsports’ background. Hellmund and McCombs Partners have been working on potential site development as well as event and facility infrastructure. The end result will present one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events and the first ever purpose-built F1 facility in the United States.

Hellmund, an Austin native, event promoter and former racecar driver, has had a lifetime affinity for Formula 1 racing and has spent the last three years working to deliver the return of Formula 1 racing to the U.S. with his hometown of Austin as the event’s backdrop. “This project has been a tremendous undertaking,” stated Hellmund. “But for at least the next decade, Texas will host a global sporting event on an annual basis in a new world-class multipurpose facility. Knowing that our hard work is being rewarded and that my dream is becoming a reality is extremely gratifying. It is a great honor to have Red McCombs and McCombs Partners as our primary investor and partner. Red’s success in business and the professional sports arena is legendary. Working together as a team and under Red’s direction, we will ensure that this project will make all Texans very proud and will benefit our great State.”

“Bringing Formula 1 back to the United States represents the opportunity of a lifetime and one that any city in the world would want,” stated McCombs. “The size and scope of an F1 event is comparable to hosting a Super Bowl and will bring substantial economic benefit to Austin, San Antonio and the entire State of Texas. We know Tavo has a clear vision for developing Formula 1 into a major event with year-round opportunities. Over the past few years, he has built a solid business foundation and has assembled a great team – one we are proud to be part of. We are ready to roll-up our sleeves and work alongside Tavo to make this project a huge success.” McCombs, a Texas business and sports icon, is the former owner of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets. In addition, McCombs is the co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and has owned nearly 400 businesses in his career, including McCombs Automotive Group and McCombs Energy. McCombs Partners serves as the investment management division of McCombs Enterprises, the family office of Red McCombs.

In addition to McCombs Partners, Hellmund’s team includes Prophet Capital Management, an Austin based private investment company founded in 1995, and MotoGP World Champion Kevin Schwantz.

Hellmund also launched the event’s official website:, a site dedicated to the local, state, national and global communities interested in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. The site’s objective is to provide racing and non-racing fans alike a view into the global sporting event where “technology meets glamour.” Site content will include information on the event visionary and investment group, FAQs, the host city of Austin, event news, Formula 1 racing information and the Formula 1™ onboard lap driving experience. Fans will have the opportunity to register to receive additional information including updates on event ticket packages. The site will be continually updated with the latest news and developments for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ project and respective racing industries.

Formula 1 racing is ranked among the top three most prestigious sporting events in the world along with the Olympics and Soccer’s FIFA World Cup. Formula 1 is considered the most technologically advanced sporting event in the world. It has a massive worldwide following, attracting more than 520 million viewers in 187 countries — making it the most-watched annual sport in the world. This project will place Austin and the state of Texas on the global stage. Its economic impact to the community is estimated to be approximately $300 million on an annual basis, according to the Office of the Texas Comptroller.

Austin, Texas is located at the epicenter of a surrounding population of nearly 20 million people and provides 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles. Austin also offers easy access from each U.S. coast, as well as from Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. The track will be located on a 900-acre site in southeast Austin along the SH 130 corridor near FM 812. The majority of land involved in the project is formerly known as the Wandering Creek property. The site’s natural topography is expected to provide an excellent canvas for the world class facility.

F1weekly podcast # 444


Bernie wants the ban on team orders lifted.

Ferrari fined $100,000 and referred to the WMSC.

“We tried to do our race, we tried to do as good as we can,” said Alonso, who scored his second win of the year. “We are professional drivers and we try to work as a team and we try to do the best we can every day.”

F1weekly podcast number 444

Ferrari takes an unsavory victory at Hockenheim.

Massa clearly unhappy with letting Fernando through.

Red Bull front wing under scrutiny for flexing.

Esteban Gutierrez has cruised to his fourth GP3 victory.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h28:38.866
 2.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.196
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     5.121
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.896
 5.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    29.482
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    43.606
 7.  Kubica        Renault                    +     1 lap
 8.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +     1 lap
10.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
11.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
13.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
17.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
18.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps
19.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps



Vettel edges out Fernando Alonso for pole in Germany.

Ferrari showing improvement with Felipe Massa in third.

Liuzzi crashes out hitting the pit wall in Q1

Robert Wickens has claimed his first GP3 race victory.

Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, it would be interesting to calculate how much it is, two thousands of a second. It was very, very close. All session Fernando was really strong and in general the Ferraris are very competitive here. We knew it would be a difficult session but two thousands of a second is not really the margin you are looking for, so we had to push very hard. It was extremely exciting especially Q3. I knew that both times I had only one lap to get it right here. There are some places that lead you easily into a mistake, so it was close. You push a little too much and you lose the edge of the tyres and then you start to feel you are losing the time, so my last run wasn’t 100 per cent perfect. I had a little bit here and there where I went a little bit above the limit and it cost a little bit of time but in the end it was enough by nearly nothing to stay ahead and get on pole. So extremely happy. First time on pole at home, but the main challenge will come tomorrow. I think we do have a very strong car here and it will be a tough fight against the red cars I guess.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.152   1:14.249  1:13.791
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:14.808   1:14.081  1:13.793
 3.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:15.216   1:14.478  1:14.290
 4.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.334   1:14.340  1:14.347
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.823   1:14.716  1:14.427
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.505   1:14.488  1:14.566
 7.  Kubica         Renault                 1:15.736   1:14.835  1:15.079
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:16.398   1:14.698  1:15.109
09.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:16.178   1:15.018  1:15.179
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:16.387   1:14.943  1:15.339
11.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:16.084   1:15.026
12.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:15.951   1:15.084
13.  Petrov         Renault                 1:16.521   1:15.307
14.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:16.220   1:15.467
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.450   1:15.550
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.664   1:15.588
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.029   1:15.974
18.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:17.583
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.300
20.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.343
21.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:18.592
22.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:18.952
23.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth            1:19.844
24.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth

Motorsports Mondial

Vettel on top in final practice.

McLaren will race with blown diffuser.

Mark Webber says all is good at Red Bull.

Nasir in Hockenheim getting those interviews.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:15.103            18
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:15.387  + 0.284   21
 3.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:15.708  + 0.605   16
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                1:15.854  + 0.751   20
 5.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:16.046  + 0.943   20
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:16.207  + 1.104   13
 7.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:16.473  + 1.370   16
 8.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:16.481  + 1.378   23
 9.  Kubica         Renault                1:16.646  + 1.543   20
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:16.743  + 1.640   17
11.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:16.882  + 1.779   19
12.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:16.990  + 1.887   21
13.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:17.037  + 1.934   15
14.  Petrov         Renault                1:17.148  + 2.045   20
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:17.220  + 2.117   19
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:17.341  + 2.238   21
17.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:17.538  + 2.435   22
18.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:19.193  + 4.090   11
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:19.607  + 4.504   10
20.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:20.533  + 5.430    9
21.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth           1:21.538  + 6.435   14
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:23.444  + 8.341   10
23.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:23.873  + 8.770    7
24.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes                        2

F1weekly podcast # 443

F1weekly podcast number 443

Renault watching Romain Grosjean return to GP2 this weekend.

Motorsports Mondial with the Duke of Dijon and…

Bridgestone bringing Canadian spice to Germany.

Oh Canada interview special! Nasir speaks with GP3 Status GP team principal Teddy Yip and his drivers Daniel Morad and Robert Wickens.

Status GP was formed in 2005 to run the A1 Team Ireland franchise in the new A1 Grand Prix series. The team’s shareholders are former Jordan Grand Prix Head of Marketing Mark Gallagher, former Formula One driver Dave Kennedy, John Hynes, and Teddy Yip, Jr., whose father Teddy Yip owned the Theodore Racing Formula One team. They also ran the A1 Team Canada operation in 2007–08 and also assisted A1 Team Netherlands in 2008–09, the season in which Team Ireland won the championship title.

In 2010, Status Grand Prix competeS in the new GP3 Series, with Gary Anderson leading the technical side of the team.