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Canada GP

Lewis Hamilton puts an end to Red Bull’s pole domination in Canada.

Sebastian Vettel still in reverse cage rattling mode.

Hamilton fined $10,000 and reprimanded.

Ferrari pit stop practice June 12 2010

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2         Q3
 1.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:15.889  1:15.528  1:15.105
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:16.423  1:15.692  1:15.373
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:16.129  1:15.556  1:15.420
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:16.171  1:15.597  1:15.435
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:16.371  1:15.742  1:15.520
 6.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:17.086  1:16.171  1:15.648
 7.  Massa          Ferrari                1:16.673  1:16.314  1:15.688
 8.  Kubica         Renault                1:16.370  1:15.682  1:15.715
 9.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:16.495  1:16.295  1:15.881
10.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:16.350  1:16.001  1:16.071
11.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:16.880  1:16.434
12.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:16.770  1:16.438
13.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:16.598  1:16.492
14.  Petrov         Renault                1:16.569  1:16.844
15.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:17.356  1:16.928
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:17.027  1:17.029
17.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:17.611  1:17.384
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:18.019
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:18.237
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:18.698
21.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:18.941
22.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:19.484
23.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:19.675
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:27.757

Motorsports Mondial

Clark arrives in Montreal and is greeted by the Renault F1 girls!

Friday practice:

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:16.877            32
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:16.963  + 0.086   35
 3.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:17.151  + 0.274   34
 4.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:17.273  + 0.396   33
 5.  Massa          Ferrari                1:17.401  + 0.524   33
 6.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:17.415  + 0.538   28
 7.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:17.522  + 0.645   29
 8.  Kubica         Renault                1:17.529  + 0.652   36
 9.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:17.688  + 0.811   34
10.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:17.903  + 1.026   35
11.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:17.961  + 1.084   33
12.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:18.385  + 1.508   27
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:18.447  + 1.570   41
14.  Petrov         Renault                1:18.582  + 1.705   40
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:18.658  + 1.781   34
16.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:19.142  + 2.265   38
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.168  + 2.291   32
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.274  + 2.397   41
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:19.969  + 3.092   35
20.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:20.879  + 4.002   29
21.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:21.097  + 4.220   31
22.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:21.346  + 4.469   11
23.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:21.488  + 4.611   25
24.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:21.577  + 4.700   30

F1weekly podcast # 433

Podcast number 433.

F1weekly host Clark Rodgers on his way to the Grand Prix de Canada.

Felipe Massa extends his contract with Ferrari to 2012.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with 2010 Formula BMW winner Jack Harvey.

Jack Harvey is a 17 year English driver, competing this year in the Formula BMW Europe championship. He is with Fortec Motorsport and was the winner of the opening race of the season in Barcelona where this conversation was recorded. In four races so far this season he has 2 wins, 3 pole positions, 3 podiums and 3 fastest laps.

He is quite Jack the Racer.

His karting credentials are also very impressive. He is part of the Racing Steps Foundation which was set up to help talented British drivers.

Thanks and cheers, mate!

Motorsports Mondial


Robin is a winner. In the dry at Barcelona, in the wet at Zandvoort. The talented Dutch driver for Josef Kaufmann team gave the locals fans reason to smile in the rain on Sunday at the seaside track.

Robin Frijns: “At the start I couldn’t see anything and I was fourth. So I took it easy and the braking was pure luck. Then Michael came by, and Carlos was trying a move. But then after the second lap I passed the guys in front of me and I knew I was quite fast as I was closing on Harvey by a second a lap. I was pushing like crazy and then after a few laps the team told me to take it easy as I was 15 seconds ahead. I took it easy then and just cruised around and brought it home.”

Robin has flown to success in both rounds of the 2010 Formula BMW Europe so far, and after winning Rookie of the Year honors last year plans to land the big prize this season.

Robin has a smile for everyone, just like the pit babe holding his sign.

— Nasir Hameed

F1weekly podcast #432

Today we have an exclusive conversation with Fabio Leimer of Switzerland, now making his name in GP2 series.

21 year old Fabio Leimer has been on a winning track for a few years now. Last year he was International Formula Master Champion. In 2008, he was rookie of the year in the same series and was winning races in his rookie season in the series, which is always impressive.

This year he is with Ocean Racing team of Tiago Monteiro and won Sunday’s sprint race in Barcelona where this conversation was recorded.

But first, a few words from his sponsor, Herr Rainer Gantenbein, Boss man of Bautro, a Swiss company based in Bern.

My thanks to both Rainer and Fabio and all the best in 2010 and beyond.


F1weekly podcast # 431

Maestro from Monterrey

Feature Interview: Esteban Gutierrez. Mas Rapido from Mexico

Man with the smile is Esteban Gutierrez, fresh from his victory in the GP3 race at Istanbul last Saturday, and now leading the championship in its inaugural season.

The young man from Monterrey started his motor racing career in grand style in Salt Lake City, in the 2007 Formula BMW US series, by taking pole positions for the first two races of his career. Since then he has been pepper quick, claiming Rookie of the Year honors before crossing the pond and drowning the competition in the 2008 Formula BMW Europe Championship with seven wins, six of them on the trot.

Josef Kaufmann ran both Nico Hulkenberg and Gutierrez in Formula BMW Europe and says Gutierrez is as quick as the German.

This is good news for motorsports fans south of the border as they have been waiting since the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix for a Mexican winner in Formula 1.

After a tough season in F3 Euro Series last year Gutierrez and his ART team, headed by Nicholas Todt, took the decision to enter the newly created GP3, the official feeder series to GP2, which in itself is billed as the official feeder series to the promised land.

Podcast 431 features an exclusive interview with this ‘el grande’ talented driver from Monterrey, Mexico. The conversation took place in Barcelona last month on the occasion of the opening round of the GP3 Series where Gutierrez was the only driver to be on the podium in both races of the weekend.

My thanks to Esteban Gutierrez for his time and his Manager Marks Granados for making this happen.

Please visit his website for more information on his career and also for more information on the series, teams and drivers.

Special thanks to Ms. Amanda Hunt of GP3 Media for her kind assistance in granting F1Weekly media credentials.

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California.