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F1weekly podcast # 440

Podcast number 440

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed includes special interview…

Long time F1weekly listener Burak Sardag.

Robert Kubica signs on with Renault F1 through 2012

“It was a straightforward decision for me to continue with a team where I feel at home, What’s important for me is to be in the right atmosphere, with a good group of people, where everybody is pulling in the same direction. This is what we have tried to build from the beginning of my time with Renault.

I think we have already achieved a lot together, and I believe that with plenty of effort, time and the right approach, we can move even further forward. That is certainly our target, so we will keep working hard and pushing on every front, not just for the rest of this season but also for next year when there are more big rule changes on the way. I am really looking forward to the challenge.

Some important motorsport history in this week

July 6 1907
First race held on the Brooklands circuit in England.

July 7 1957
Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a Maserati 250F, wins the French Grand Prix at Rouen. A road circuit near Paris famous for the Noveau Monde corner.

July 8 1962
Porsche wins their first F1 race with Dan Gurney in the French GP, also at Rouen.


Motorsports Mondial

Faces Going Places

Photo: Marleen Serne

Mortara Moment: Edoardo Mortara took victory in the F3 Euro Series race at Norisring on Saturday. The Italian driver started from pole position and scored his third victory of the season over Signature teammate and local talent Marco Wittman. Finn Valtteri Bottas, winner of the F3 Masters at Zandvoort last month, was third.

Bottas bounced back to claim his maiden F3 Euro Series victory in the second race of the weekend. Wittman was again runner-up and Mortara made his second appearance of the weekend on the podium in third. He now enjoys a 15-point lead, thanks to seven podium finishes in eight events, over teammate Wittman.

More Mortara: Edoardo Mortara is 23-years old and last year competed in the GP2 series with Christian Horner’s Arden International team. He was on the podium ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in his first ever GP2 event, the Bahrain round of the Asia series.

In the sprint race of the opening round of main GP2 series in Barcelona he triumphed over Romain Grosjean. Highlight of his 2009 season was his impressive victory in the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.

– – Nasir Hameed

Ciao from Cali.

F1weekly podcast # 439

F1weekly podcast number 439.

Motorsports Mondial special edition, an interview…

Nasir speaks with GP2 winner Marcus Ericsson.

Marcus Ericsson wins GP2 in Valencia

Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson won his first GP2 race round the streets of Valencia today where the series is a support race for the European F1 Grand Prix. The 19-year-old, who is in his first year in the ultra competitive series and driving for Super Nova Racing, snatched the lead at the start from second on the grid and controlled the race all the way to the flag.

“It is a fantastic performance from the Super Nova team and everyone involved and I am super happy,” he said after the race and added: “Up to now we have not been lucky for several reasons and I hope this is the turning point for our season. To be honest, going into this weekend I didn’t believe this would see us turn around. We had luck in the race yesterday and the boys did a fantastic job in the pit stop which helped me gain positions. It was the perfect race. Then today from second on the grid I knew I had to take the lead at the start and was confident and focused on that.”

There was also a long safety car period during the race as Marcus explains: “Unfortunately there was a big crash involving my team-mate, Josef (Kral). My thoughts are with him and I hope he is okay, which is the most important thing. We were behind the safety car for a long time and it was difficult to know how much grip we would have once we re-started racing. I made a small mistake at the re-start, but managed to hold onto the lead but had Giedo (van de Garde) right up behind me. I told myself to focus and not worry about what was happening behind. I did that and had no problem and won. This is just what we all needed.”

In the first GP2 race of the weekend on Saturday Marcus had a race long battle with Charles Pic and Michael Herck, finished seventh and assured himself of a coveted front row start today. The race was run in the hot conditions on the 5.440 kilometre track on the streets of the Spanish City around the harbour area.



F1weekly podcast # 438

Podcast number 438.

Pirreli tyres to supply GP2 with F1 tyres in 2011

Fernando Alonso says he’s sorry for suggesting the race was manipulated.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed including a conversation with…

Miquel Monrás GP3 driver for MW Arden.


Monrás began his motorsport career in karting back in 2002. In 2007, he was runner-up of the European KF2 Championship behind championship winner Will Stevens. He also made his debut in single-seaters in 2007, racing in Master Junior Formula.

Formula Renault

Monrás contested the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Winter Series at the end of the 2007 season, where he was thirteenth. Monrás moved up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup for the 2008 season, with the Hitech Junior Team. He finished 21st in the Eurocup standings, taking two points-scoring positions in fourteen races.[1] In the West European Cup, he took eighth place in the championship, taking five points scoring positions in fifteen races, including a podium in the final race of the season at Valencia.

The following season, Monrás competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 West European CupSG Formula. He finished fifth in the Eurocup standings, taking eleven points-scoring positions in fourteen races, including podiums at Barcelona and two at Hungaroring. In the West European Cup, he took fourth place in the championship, scoring seven podium places.

GP3 Series

2010 will see Monrás move to the GP3 Series, competing for MW Arden, the team that is backed by Formula One Red Bull Racing’s driver Mark Webber. He will join Michael Christensen at the team.


F1weekly podcast # 437

Could this have something to do with Fernando’s anger?

Vettel puts his championship hopes back on track with victory in Valencia.

Mark Webber is fine after a horrific accident involving Heikki’s Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton with an amazing second after a drive through penalty.

Kobayashi with a great drive and passing on the final corner of the race.

FIA unhappy with Fernando Alonso and Ferrari’s slam of the European GP.

Button, Rubinho, Hulkenberg, De la Rosa, Petrov, Sutil, Liuzzi, Kubica, and Buemi have been given 5 second penalties. Fernando moves up to P8

Podcast number 437 race re-cap is late due to technical difficulties.



Vettel takes control with his fourth pole and a Red Bull front row.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in P3 alongside Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Disaster for Mercedes GP with both cars failing to reach Q3.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1:38.324   1:38.015   1:37.587
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:38.549   1:38.041   1:37.662
 3.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.697   1:38.158   1:37.969
 4.  Alonso         Ferrari               1:38.472   1:38.179   1:38.075
 5.  Massa          Ferrari               1:38.657   1:38.046   1:38.127
 6.  Kubica         Renault               1:38.132   1:38.062   1:38.137
 7.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:38.360   1:38.399   1:38.210
 8.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1:38.843   1:38.523   1:38.428
 9.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:38.449   1:38.326   1:38.428
10.  Petrov         Renault               1:39.004   1:38.552   1:38.523
11.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.096   1:38.586
12.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1:38.752   1:38.627
13.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:39.021   1:38.851
14.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes  1:38.969   1:38.884
15.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1:38.994   1:39.234
16.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari        1:39.003   1:39.264
17.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:39.128   1:39.458
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1:39.343
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth        1:40.658
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth        1:40.882
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth       1:42.086
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:42.140
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth          1:42.600
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth          1:42.851

Photo: GP3 Media

Uno, dos! Mexican talent Esteban Gutierrez scored his second victory of the season on Saturday in the GP3 feature race in Valencia. The ART driver led the race from start to finish after starting from pole position.

Man from Monterrey, Mexico, recorded the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to claim the extra bonus point.

Robert Wickens of Canada was second with local driver Roberto Merhi third in his GP3 debut. Several cars were eliminated on the opening lap including sprint race winner from Barcelona Alexander Rossi of Nevada City, California.

In the championship North American contingent occupy the top three slots. Gutierrez leads with 35 points. Wickens is second with 19 and Rossi is third with 17 points.

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Nasir Hameed

Muy bueno regards from California.

Photo: GP3 Media