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F1weekly podcast # 426


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Australian stampede in the streets of Monte Carlo as both Mark Webber and fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo dominate their respective races from pole position.

“Absolutely incredible and for sure one of the greatest days of my life today,” declared the jubilant race winner who also triumphed last Sunday in Spain.

The charge of the Red Bulls started as the lights went off, Webber kept his kept his top of the grid position while teammate Sebastian Vettel sneaked through the Renault of Robert Kubica.

The opening lap was not even completed when the safety car was deployed following rookie Nico Hulkenberg’s crash.

Defending race winner and world champion was also a casualty under the first safety car period, his McLaren overheating, result of a blanking plate accidentally left across the car’s sidepod on the way to the grid.

Despite three other safety car periods Vettel was unable to challenge Webber for the win, and Kubica was unable to re-take his second starting sport from the German.

Massa and Hamilton, both looking for their first 2010 win, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Schumacher out sprinted Alonso for sixth place on the run to the checkered flag as the safety car pulled in on the 78th and final lap. The Spaniard started from pit lane and relentlessly worked his way in the points.

The final safety car period was required after Jarno Trulli’s Lotus sailed over the HRT of Karun Chandok at Rascasse.

Webber’s win in Monaco is the first by an Australian driver since Jack Brabham took his trend setting rear-engine Cooper to victory in 1959, his first in Formula 1 competition.

With back-to-back wins Webber leads the world championship, sharing equal points, 78, with Vettel, but ahead on wins. Alonso is third five points behind.

The top three in constructors’ championship are: Red Bull 156, Ferrari 134 and McLaren 129 points.

More of the same in Monaco

Another Aussie Daniel Ricciardo, also supported by Red Bull, won the World Series by Renault event in dominating fashion from pole position. His first triumph in the series.

— Nasir Hameed

Post race interview quotes:

Mark Webber:

“Absolutely incredible and for sure one of the greatest days of my life today, To win here was very special, it started yesterday with qualifying when it went well but here it is such a test for two hours.

I had a lot of work to do, the track changed a lot, backmarkers and lot of safety cars – getting restarts and tyre pressures right – all the basics that could test were in front of you today. It is amazing – to join Ayrton Senna and those guys around here is great.”

Sebastian Vettel:

“Especially in the beginning and the restarts I wasn’t able to keep up with him, there was a big difference. Later on when I felt the grip he was too far off. There was no real point to make an effort to catch him, with overtaking him being so difficult.

To be honest I had to look more in my mirrors. Robert was pushing quite hard and it was quite difficult to get away from him at the restarts. I was going more sideways that straight, it was quite difficult.

It was our optimum today and I am very happy. A lot of good points – and those count at the end of the year.”

Robert kubica:

“It was known that starting from the dirty side would be difficult for me,” said Kubica. “Normally I would defend but I saw Mark did a slow pull-away so I thought I had a chance to overtake him.

I just got on the power too early and got wheel spin, so it was too late to close the door on Vettel and then had to defend from Felipe.

I was able to keep up pace with Seb. I think we were slightly quicker than them. Then with 30 laps to go, I had a big flat spot and big vibration and was really scared I might need to pit again and change tyres.

I couldn’t see the pit board and was surprised about pace. Third place we have to be positive about. No was expecting us to finish on the podium. Congratulations to Renault to have all the spots on the podium.”

Revised race results:

Pos  Driver        Team

1.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault

2.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault

3.  Kubica        Renault

4.  Massa         Ferrari

5.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes

6.  Alonso        Ferrari

7.  Rosberg       Mercedes

8.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes

8.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes

10.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari

11.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari

12.  Schumacher    Mercedes

13.  Petrov        Renault

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:15.192



Red Bull’s Six Flags Adventure

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In the glitz and glamour capital of Formula 1 Australian Mark Webber snatched pole from Pole Robert Kubica, giving the Milton Keynes, England based Austrian team clean sweep of the six pole positions so far in the 2010 F1 Championship.

Webber will be looking for his second win of the season after a dominating performance in Spain last Sunday. The last Australian to win in Monte-Carlo was Jack Brabham; his maiden Grand Prix win came in the 1959 street festival driving a Cooper.

Webber’s pole winning time was 1:15.035 against Kubica’s 1:15.045

Rumors continue to mount the talented Pole is headed to the Red zone, replacing Felipe Massa next season at Ferrari.

The second Red Bull of “Baby Schumi” Sebastian Vettel is on second row ahead of fourth place qualifier Massa, the lone Ferrari in qualifying after Alonso’s scrape with the wall in final practice.

On row three is Lewis Hamilton, McLaren’s 2008 World Champion, and looking for his first success of the season. Next to him is Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, and looking for his maiden win in his home town, the German has resided in Monte-Carlo from an early age. Father Keke won the Monaco Grand Prix in 1983.

Michael Schumacher, the all time leader in Grand Prix wins and championships, shares row four with current world champion and points leader, Jenson Button.

The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix was round two in the 1950 World Championship and was won by the Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in his Alfa-Romeo.

Supporting acts

GP2 feature race was won by Mexican Sergio Perez and Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio waffled his way to victory in the sprint race.

World Series by Renault event takes place on Sunday. Another Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo, will start from pole. American Alexander Rossi starts from inside of row three.

— Nasir Hameed

Racing and Rascasse regards from California.

Mark Webber:

“It’s fantastic to be on pole and the team has done a very, very good job, Pole at every race, it’s very good for us and the team and Renault. It is a good result for the team so we have to capitalise tomorrow.

“We know someone had misfortune today, we saw Fernando, and we have to capitalise tomorrow.”

Robert Kubica:

“If the same car is 1.5 seconds quicker in Barcelona there is no reason why we should qualify in front of them, I was surprised by the pace in practice but miracles don’t happen in F1. Normally when you are very close there is a bit of upset but we have to be realistic, the team has done a great job.”

Generally the characteristic of the car is similar to this morning, this morning I felt the car was a bit better with changes more for the race, I was scared with a lot of fuel we would have a lot of bottoming, we raised the car a bit so a bit of disadvantage for qualifying but for the race it should be better.

Of course in Monaco the race is a bit different, it is not about race pace but bringing car home, pitting at the right moment, getting out of pitstop without traffic. The race pace helps but even if you are one second quicker it doesn’t matter, you have to pit at the right moment, and get out ahead of everybody. That is how it works in Monaco.”

Fernando Alonso:

“These things happen and you can’t do anything about it,” Alonso said. “Now let’s hope Felipe can have a good qualifying and let’s see what the positions are for tomorrow thinking about a possible comeback.

We’ll see. It’s difficult to start from last place in Monaco but it’s a long race and in 2006 Schumacher started last and finished in fifth so tomorrow the goal is to score some points. We’ll see if we are that lucky.”

Pos  Driver         Team                    Q1        Q2        Q3   
 1.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:15.035   1:14.462  1:13.826
 2.  Kubica         Renault                1:15.045   1:14.549  1:14.120
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:15.110   1:14.568  1:14.227
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                1:14.757   1:14.405  1:14.283
 5.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:15.676   1:14.527  1:14.432
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:15.188   1:14.375  1:14.544
 7.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:15.649   1:14.691  1:14.590
 8.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:15.623   1:15.150  1:14.637
 9.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:15.590   1:15.083  1:14.901
10.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:15.397   1:15:061  1:15.170
11.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:16.030   1:15.317
12.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:15.445   1:15.318
13.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:15.961   1:15.413
14.  Petrov         Renault                1:15.482   1:15.576
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:15.908   1:15.692
16.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:16.175   1:15.992
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:16.021   1:16.176
18.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:17.094
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:17.134
20.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:17.377
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:17.864
22.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:18.509
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:19.559
24.  Alonso         Ferrari                No time

F1weekly podcast # 425

Prismacolor on archival Canson stock, 12″x 9″

© Paul Chenard 2009

The Grand Prix de Monaco was the inaugural race of the 1961 season, which introduced new 1.5 litre engine rule.

Most teams, except for the Scuderia Ferrari team, were ill-prepared for the new season.

Sir Stirling Moss was racing a 1960 Lotus 18 F1 fielded by privateer team owner Rob Walker. This outdated Lotus was certainly not as sophisticated or as powerful as the Ferraris, but Sir Moss’ virtuoso driving skills more than made up for the disadvantage.

In a very hard fought, tight race, he finished 3.6 secs ahead of American Richie Ginther who drove the new Ferrari 156 “Sharknose”.

In the illustration above, Sir Moss rounds the Station hairpin.

The original sketch is Prismacolor pencils on Canson archival gray stock, 12″ x 9″. The original is available from Historic Car Art.

It is also available as a limited edition of 50 number/signed archival Giclee 14.5″x 11″ (image size 12″x 9″) prints for $150 plus shipping/handling each.

Monaco GP: First held in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most prestigious race on the calendar, and one of the most evocative.

Sunbathers watch from balconies and yachts as F1 cars race around the harbour; the deafening echo of the engines bouncing off the walls of high-rise apartment blocks. Landmarks such as the Garnier-designed Casino de Monte Carlo and the famous Hotel de Paris line the twisting streets that are barely wide enough to fit the cars through.

As Nelson Piquet once said, the Monaco Grand Prix is like trying to ride a bicycle around your living room. But it’s the race every driver wants to win.

Graham Hill was known as Mr Monaco, but Vijay Mallya is catching up fast. His annual yacht party has become a highlight of the weekend, but there will be other parties to rival it in 2010.

Total travel guide.


Motorsports Mondial

Fernando Alonso stays on top of the time sheets in second practice.

Felipe Massa convinced he can overcome his current issues.

Dani Clos will start tomorrow’s GP2 feature race in Monaco from pole position.

Formula 1 celebrates It’s 60th birthday!

The first F1 season featured a total of six events Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Italy plus the United States, as the Indianapolis 500 was then part of the World Championship.

In the first race at Silverstone, Nino Farina led home team-mates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell as Alfa recorded an historic 1-2-3 result after 2 hours and 13 minutes of racing action on the former World War II airfield.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
 1.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:14.904            36
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:15.013  + 0.109   39
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.099  + 0.195   47
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:15.120  + 0.216   44
 5.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:15.143  + 0.239   38
 6.  Kubica         Renault                 1:15.192  + 0.288   38
 7.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.249  + 0.345   32
 8.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:15.460  + 0.556   42
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.619  + 0.715   37
10.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.620  + 0.716   28
11.  Petrov         Renault                 1:15.746  + 0.842   44
12.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.276  + 1.372   46
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:16.348  + 1.444   48
14.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:16.522  + 1.618   37
15.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:16.528  + 1.624   42
16.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.599  + 1.695   36
17.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.818  + 1.914   45
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:17.023  + 2.119   28
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.184  + 3.280   47
20.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.478  + 3.574   38
21.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.667  + 3.763   13
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.721  + 3.817   41
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth            1:20.313  + 5.409   35
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:22.148  + 7.244   11

Motorsports Mondial

Grand Prix de Monaco, this years race will separate the men from the boys.

Backmarkers will be a real problem says Martin Whitmarsh.

Renault F1 Team announces new partnership with Trina Solar.

The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce that Trina Solar, a leading integrated
manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from ingots to modules has become an official
partner of the team. This new partnership is expected to increase Trina Solar’s global brand
awareness while promoting the wide-scale adoption of sustainable technologies.
The sponsorship will take the form of on-car logo branding on the nose of the R30 race car,
ensuring excellent opportunities for worldwide marketing exposure. Furthermore, this partnership
will showcase day-to-day applications of solar PV technology in various high-visibility areas of the
Renault F1 Team operations including the team’s paddock motorhome and VIP hospitality facilities.
Trina Solar and the Renault F1 Team will also conduct a joint analysis and evaluation programs.

Stay tuned for Nasir’s report on podcast number 425

Motorsports Mondial

Alexander Rossi dominates in Barcelona.

The American driver kept his head and made the perfect start from pole position disappearing into the distance and leading home Lucas Foresti and teammate Esteban Gutierrez.

Having qualified a lowly 28th on Saturday Rossi had powered his way through the field in Race 1 finishing in the coveted eighth spot to start on pole for today’s race. When Michael Christensen missed his grid spot it meant a second formation lap for Race 2, leaving Rossi with another long wait whilst the 30-strong field lined up behind him, but the American kept his cool and his race was won from the start. Check out for further race information.

Stay tuned to Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed for more news from Barcelona.