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Quali

NANDO IN THE NIGHT: Title and pole favorite Red Bull team got their wings clipped in Q3 for qualifying for Sunday’s SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. After being called in to the pits to fix an issue on the car, Fernando Alonso put on a championship charge performance to deny Sebastian Vettel his eighth pole of the season.

The “numero uno” and two-time world Champion Ferrari pilot also won pole, and the race, in the previous round at Monza. Alonso’s time of 1:45.390s was 0.067s ahead of the German wunderkind.

The five protagonists for this year’s title posted the top five times.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start in third place, on the “clean side of the track” as he stated in post-qualifying press conference. The 2008 World Champion made a costly mistake on the opening lap of the Italian GP, and is looking to re-take the championship lead from Red Bull’s self-proclaimed “not bad for a number two driver” Mark Webber.


The Australian will start fifth as Jenson Button, the defending champion, will share the second row with his McLaren teammate.

Rubens Barrichello qualified sixth in his Williams.

Nico Rosberg, the star of Mercedes team this year, again out-qualified his fellow countryman and teammate, the 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Rosberg starts seventh and Schumacher ninth after advancing to Q3 for the first time since the British GP.

Robert Kubica is eighth and Kamui Kobayashi 10th on the grid.

While the Ferrari of Alonso starts from pole, his teammate Felipe Massa will start from the last spot after being stranded on the track in Q1. An engine problem is suspected.

CK is OK. Sakon Yamamoto is recovering from food poisoning and his place has been taken by Christian Klien. The Austrian, who earlier commented this could be his last chance to shine and claim a seat for next season, out-qualified the team’s regular driver, Bruno Senna by a margin of 0.772s.

SingTel Tones: In a story on Autosport.com the pole-sitter claims critics are too harsh on drivers. According to the Spaniard the intense competition of the season is the real reason why errors are more common.

“I think when you have a car that is better than all the rest, your approach or the way you do races is very different,” Alsonso told Jonathan Noble of Autosport.

The man sharing the front row with Alonso also shares the same view claiming that the tight nature of the season is making the margins between success and failure much smaller. Both Vettel and Alonso have made costly mistakes during the season, just like Webber and Hamilton.

Jenson, the smooth operator, seems to be pushing the right buttons and has a fighting chance to retain his title.


E-Trade: Bernie Ecclestone, a visionary who can see a grand prix taking place from Kabinda to Kazakhstan where oil wells dig deep, is so elated at the three-year old event in Singapore that he has expressed his desire to see the night race remain the same for 20 years.

“The race is a jewel in F1’s crown and keeps getting polished,” said the F1 Supremo.

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and Singapore night moves regards.

F1weekly podcast # 459

Jerome D’Ambrosio: Le Professionnel

Photo: Gravity Sport Management

Feature Interview: Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Belgium, land of Spa and Chimay, Ickx and Gendebien. Then there was Thierry Boutsen, now brokering planes in Monte-Carlo. He once famously held off Ayrton Senna lap after lap to win in Budapest.

Meet Jerome D’Ambrosio.

World Karting Champion in 2002. Racing in Boutsen’s team, Jerome won the 2003 Belgian Formula Renault Championship. And raced in the Italian, French and European version of the series the following two seasons.

His next championship success came in the 2007 International Formula Master with five race victories. As part of Renault Driver Development program he was entered in the 2008 GP2 series with French DAMS team, the “A” is for ex-Renault and Ferrari driver Rene Arnoux who is no longer affiliated with the team.

Jerome’s best finish in the main series in 2008 was second on home soil at Spa and in the streets of Valencia. He was 11th in the championship.

In the 2008-’09 Asian variant of the series, Jerome, with four podium appearances, was runner-up in the championship behind teammate Kamui Kobayashi.

In the 2009 GP2 Championship Jerome scored six top-five finishes and was 9th in the standings.

Photo: Gravity Sport Management

The glitz and glamour capital of racing world, Monte-Carlo, was the venue for Jerome’s first win in the series earlier this year. He was also on the podium at Monza.

Bright lights will be shining on him as he takes his Virgin F1 machine out on the streets of Singapore this weekend.

F1Weekly is pleased to present an exclusive conversation with Jerome D’Ambrosio on Podcast # 459. The talented Belgian was interviewed at Hockenheim last July during the German Grand Prix weekend. His musical taste ranges from Ella Fitzgerald to Ennio Morricone.

For more information on his career please visit www.gravitysportmanagement.com

— Nasir Hameed

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Motorsports Mondial

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DTM 2010 – 19th September, 2010

Di Resta and Spengler score a 1-2 for Mercedes-Benz

Oschersleben. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz) celebrated his second win in a row in the
eighth DTM season round at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. After 50 laps at the
3.696 kilometres long track in the region around Magdeburg, he crossed the finish line
in first place with his AMG Mercedes C-Class. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz)
completed the 1-2 for the manufacturer from Stuttgart.

Mattias Ekström (Audi) secured the final podium slot at Oschersleben by finishing third. In fourth place, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) only just missed out on a podium finish. The best-placed driver
of a 2008-spec car was Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who ended up fifth ahead of his fellow
Audi driver Alexandre Prémat. Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) and Martin Tomczyk
(Audi) also scored points in seventh and eighth place respectively.

Motorsports Mondial

Formula 3 Euro Series 2010

Valtteri Bottas wins, Edoardo Mortara new champion

Edoardo Mortara
is the new Formula 3 Euro Series’ champion.
For the 23-year old Italian, sixth place at Oschersleben was enough, as his
only remaining rival Marco Wittmann (Signature) only finished one place
behind Mortara. The Signature driver claimed the maiden drivers’ title in the
Formula 3 Euro Series for his engine partner Volkswagen. Victory at the
3.696 kilomtres long Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was claimed by
Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix) from Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix) and
António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy).

For Bottas, who dominated the race and won with a margin of 22.141 seconds, it
was the first win in a Saturday race of the Formula 3 Euro Series. With his third
place, Félix da Costa scored the first Saturday podium finish for his team in the
home round of his Motopark Academy squad. Before that, the leader in the rookie
standings, who himself scored his first-ever top three result on a Saturday, won
three Sunday races in a row.

Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix): “On Saturday, I have been second so many
times and now, I finally have my first win. Therefore, this success is a very special
one for me. Today, my car was really good. I think that tracks where more
downforce is needed, just suit our car better.”

Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix): “On lap four, I came next to the track and I
damaged my tyre. After that, second place was all I could do.”

António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy): “I know the track at
Oschersleben very well and I like to race here. We were able to improve and we
are getting closer and closer to the front-runners. Scoring a podium finish on
Saturday was my goal and I have achieved that.”

Edoardo Mortara: “It is great that I am the new champion. I was
already very happy with my victory at Macau last year, but this success is one
step higher as it is not just one race. Throughout the year, we have been able to
win races and claim pole positions.”


F1weekly podcast # 458

Photo: Iceman Forever

F1weekly podcast number 458

Kimi Raikkonen return to F1 not gonna happen.

Lewis Hamilton says it aint over yet.

Jordan continues his babel on Schumacher and Brawn.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Interview with long time F1W listener Gabriel Rosenkoetter.

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F1weekly podcast # 457

Photo: ontorejo collection

Podcast number 457 with Desiree

Motorsports Mondial special interview:…

GP3’s first drivers championship winner Esteban Gutierrez.

Fernando Alonso thrills the tifosi with his victory at Monza.

Alonso stays out one lap longer to squeeze out the lead.

“I think this result gives you some extra confidence and good motivation for the whole team, we’ll keep working hard and try not to give up – one race or bad race can change the points a lot in the championship.

This was a good weekend, Spa was a bad weekend – we need to find consistency in the last five races. That will be the key – this result is good motivation for all of us, but in the remaining five races it is really the important races and the good points.

So we need to enjoy tonight, enjoy these next two days and we’ll be in Maranello Monday and Tuesday to say thanks for the whole team, and championship-wise there is time to think later on.”

Jenson Button extremely happy with second place.

“We had a good weekend and to come away with second is a great result, now 22 points behind Webber in the standings. We wanted some points, for all three of us here, and we have done well for our championship hopes heading out of Europe.

I don’t think we quite had the pace today compared to Ferrari, but it was all going pretty well, I was pretty happy with the car. And then we decided to pit one lap earlier than Fernando.

When I exited the pits, I had very little grip on the prime tyre. Lots of shuddering, which means the tyre just isn’t working. So a little bit disappointing to find myself in that position and then see Fernando coming out of the pits in front.

But we had a great weekend and to come away with a second is a good result. Obviously you want the top step, but some good points and I think for both of us we’ve done very well for our championship hopes and it’s good heading out of Europe with a good points finish.”

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h16:24.572
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     2.938
 3.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.223
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    28.193
 5.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    29.942
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    31.276
 7.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +    32.812
 8.  Kubica        Renault                    +    34.028
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    44.948
10.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +  1:04.213
11.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:05.056
12.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +  1:06.106
13.  Petrov        Renault                    +  1:18.919
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
17.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
18.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth             +    2 laps
19.  Di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
20.  Yamamoto      HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:24.139
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