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F1weekly podcast # 430

Mark Webber is unstoppable grabbing pole for the Grand Prix of Turkey.

Fernando Alonso makes another mistake denying him a chance at Q3.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Q1        Q2        Q3       
 1.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:27.500  1:26.818  1:26.295
 2.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.667  1:27.013  1:26.433
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:27.067  1:26.729  1:26.760
 4.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.555  1:27.277  1:26.781
 5.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:27.756  1:27.438  1:26.857
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:27.649  1:27.141  1:26.952
 7.  Kubica         Renault                1:27.766  1:27.426  1:27.039
 8.  Massa          Ferrari                1:27.993  1:27.200  1:27.082
 9.  Petrov         Renault                1:27.620  1:27.387  1:27.430
10.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.158  1:27.434  1:28.122
11.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:27.951  1:27.525
12.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:27.857  1:27.612
13.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.147  1:27.879
14.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.534  1:28.273
15.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:28.336  1:28.392
16.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.460  1:28.540
17.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:28.227  1:28.841
18.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:28.958
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:30.237
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:30.519
21.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:30.744
22.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:31.266
23.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:31.989
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:32.060

Podcast number 430 Saturday Edition. The Josef Kaufmann Racing Special.

First of all my thanks to Josef and Lars Kaufmann for their fine German hospitality in Barcelona. Their team area was also my base of operation.

We were staying in the same hotel, not too far from the track.

They have three drivers in Formula BMW Europe this season, we call them Kaufmann Kids.

Robin Frijns

First interview is with their senior driver now in his second year in the series and a race winner in Barcelona, Dutch Master Robin Frijns.

Robin is looking to fly high this year by taking the championship. He also won a race at Silverstone in his rookie season. My thanks to Robin Frijns for his time. Please enjoy the conversation.

Hannes van Hasseldonk

Our second interview today is another Dutch treat, Hannes van Asseldonk. He was Benelux Rotax Max Senior champion in 2008. Last year he was in the top 10 of German Shifter Karting Championship. We wish him all the best in his rookie year of single seater racing.

Petri Suvanto

In 2006, Suvanto was Finnish Junior Champion in karting. He was also very quick and successful in international karting. Was awarded BMW Motorsport Scholarship for the 2010 season. He is with Gravity Management.

In Barcelona Petri Suvanto also struck a deal with F1weekly, details of which are coming up in the interview. Thank you Senor Suvanto.

Everything is big in Texas!

Now the big show comes to Austin. Full Throttle Production is on pole position to bring Formula One back to the United States. This weekend Formula One’s Turkish March takes place at Istanbul Park on the Asian side of this historical and beautiful city.

Red Bull looks as strong as Turkish coffee to continue their sweep of pole positions this year. Sebastian Vettel will be hoping “Randy Mandy” will get his 2010 campaign back on track after two back-to-back wins by teammate Mark Webber.

Two nil is the score at McLaren. Pussy Cat Doll will attend her first F1 race of the season, and that may be all the ‘motivation’ Lewis Hamilton needs to score his first win of the season.

Ferrari is celebrating their 800th Formula 1 start.

GP2. Four races have seen four different drivers. Davide Valsecchi is on pole position ahead of Pastor Maldonado for Saturday’s feature race.

GP3. Canadian star Robert Wickens leads the championship by a single point. Hot on his heels to give him a Turkish bath are ART teammates Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico and California kid Alexander Rossi who won the second race of the opening round in Barcelona.

The weekend may also reveal the tire supplier to replace Bridgestone.


Helio Castro Neves starts from his fourth pole position at the “Brickyard” and will be racing to history to become the fourth driver to drink milk four times. First three are AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears.


Charlotte Motor Speedway will host Nascar’s longest race. Ryan Newman from Indiana starts from pole.

— Nasir Hameed

F1weekly podcast # 429

Motorsports Mantra

Commentary on F1 in Coyote land.

Greetings and Austin Powers regards. Here we go again, Formula 1 comes back to America to try yet another venue. Where Watkins Glen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sebring, names synonymous with motor racing failed to sustain the US Grand Prix, the Lone Star State gets another chance to lasso Formula Uno in the Union.

No venue has been announced and reports are a brand new purpose built track will host the Hee Haw Grand Prix. The Tex Mex cowboy behind this   “get out of Indy” deal is Tavo Hellmund, who has been racing in some division of Nascar after a brief foray in Europe. His papito was involved in promoting Indy Car races in Mexico City in the early eighties.

I had no idea Ken Anderson had family members south of the border.

Formula One will succeed in America, and very well I may add, if it is promoted for all the right reasons, first of all would be location which is very cosmopolitan, and is a place people would like to visit apart from being a Grand Prix venue.

I have yet to meet a person, American or Martian, who went to the Long Beach F1 race and came back disappointed. LA and Beverly Hills were in the hood and San Diego only 90 minutes away.

A street race in Florida will make a lot of sense, especially in early part of the year, escape the winter of North East and Europe for Florida Fresh F1.

And there is no shortage of other major markets, an F1 race on the Seattle waterfront could be very exciting, rain is always there and if it gets Bill Gates attention sponsorship worries would be solved once and for all.

Road America without any changes and before Herman Tilke is served any Miller Light by the locals is a better venue than several F1 circuits currently in use.

But I am sure there is more to the story than we know or are told. Perhaps in this climate of global financial meltdown the fine folks in Austin have a surplus of $200m to build a track, and that in a city which does not have a professional football, baseball or basketball team, to play host to sporting legends with names like Kovalainen and Karun. Glock and Grassi.

This deal and the players behind it look as sharp as Simon Gillet. Time will shave fact from fiction. Grand Prix or no Grand Prix in Austin, the Big E will walk away with a lot of Big M.

Final analysis: Hang em high if the GP is not delivered.

Podcast number 429.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special interview with the one and only Ralf Schumacher.

Motorsports Mondial


Texas! Get your boots polished and your belt buckle shined cause we is going to Texas!

Bernie: “For the first time in the history of Formula 1 in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event.

It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success.

Since then, F1 has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval.

Lewis Hamilton won the last F1 United States Grand Prix in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for F1 in the US.”

Hellmund : “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States.

We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event.”

F1weekly podcast # 428

Podcast  number 428 special edition INTERVIEW Richard Dutton of Fortec Motorsport

Mister Richard Dutton is boss man and founder of Fortec Motorsport, a very successful British racing team based in Daventry. The team was formed in 1996. In his racing days Mister Dutton raced against Eddie Jordan and our Nige in British F3.

This season Fortec Motorsports is fielding cars in five championships: World Series by Renault, British Formula 3, Formula Renault UK, Formula BMW Europe and Formula Renault BARC.

Montoya and Kovalainen drove for Fortec and Mister Dutton has a very high opinion of both these drivers.

This conversation took place at the Barcelona airport while we were waiting for our flight to Nice Sunday evening after the Spanish Grand Prix. My thanks to Mister Dutton for his time and wonderful stories, especially the ones at the bar.

And also many thanks for inviting me to be his guest next year in Monte Carlo.

Please enjoy the conversation and visit their website for more information on a winning team and their drivers.

Nasir Hameed

Thank you.

F1weekly podcast # 427

Podcast number 427

Will Felipe Massa  wave goodbye to Ferrari to make room for Kubica or Vettel?

Lotus to now focus on their 2011 contender powered by Renault perhaps.

Motorsports Mondial this week features an interview with GP3 winner Alexander Rossi.

Moment in Monaco GP History

Monaco Grand Prix has been on the calendar since the start of the championship in 1950. There was no Grand Prix in the Principality in 1951, 53 & 54. The 1952 race was a non championship race for sports cars. It is the only original  Grand Prix on the calendar where the venue has never changed.

1950 Fangio’s first win in an Alfa Romeo. Alberto Ascari’s second place finish was first podium and points finish for Ferrari in Formula 1. Harry Schell was the only American in the race and was out on the opening lap after a collision.

1955 Maurice Trintingnant becomes the first French driver to win an F1 race, driving a Ferrari. This was also the first GP win for Englebert tires.

Race is best remembered for Alberto Ascari going in the water in his Lancia. Once again, Harry Schell was the only American in the race, retiring on lap 68 when his engine was ‘done blowed up’.

1957 Fangio was the winner in his Maserati and America had its first podium in F1 when Masten Gregory finished third in his F1 debut driving a Maserati.

1958 Maurice Trintingnant scored his final Grand Prix win and gives Dunlop tires their maiden win in F1. F1 debut for Team Lotus with Graham Hill and Cliff Allison who finished sixth.

1960 Stirling Moss in Rob Walker Racing entry gives Lotus first success in F1. Phil Hill was third in this race in a Ferrari.

1961 Moss keeps the sharks at bay. One of the greatest wins in F1 history as Stirling Moss in a privately entered Lotus holds off three shark nose Ferraris to win again in Monte Carlo. Three Americans in the top five, Richie Ginther second, Phil Hill third and Dan Gurney, all from Southern California, fifth in his Porsche.

1965 Peter Revson wins the F3 support race, only American success in Monaco.

1967 Italian Ferrari driver Lorenzo Bandini crashed on lap 81 while chasing Denny Hulme for the lead, his Ferrari turned upside down and caught fire with fatal injuries to the driver. Denny Hulme went on to win his first Grand Prix.

1969 First pole position for Jackie Stewart and final Grand Prix start for Cooper. Race was won by Graham Hill, his fifth and final win giving him the nickname Mr Monaco.

1970 Rindt got a surprise and a win courtesy of Black Jack.

1971 Stewart wins with only front brake.

1972 First and only Grand Prix win for Jean Pierre Beltoise, and the final win for BRM.

1978 After a long wait Patrick Depailler finally wins his first race in a Tyrrell.

1981 Gilles Villeneuve wins for Ferrari. Eddie Cheever was fifth in a Tyrrell.

1982 Patrese wins a race that nobody wanted to win…………..

1984 Ayrton Senna makes his mark in the world of Formula 1…………….

1992 Senna holds off Mansell for a great win.

2004 Schumacher and Montoya tangle in the tunnel. Trulli wins his first and only race.

Motorsports Mondial

Renault F1 willing to supply more teams in 2011 with Williams and Lotus lining up.

Remi Taffin: “We don’t know which teams we will be supplying next year, We certainly have got the capacity to supply more than the two teams we have been doing this year, it’s not a big problem for us.

Obviously we have to produce a few more engines and get some more people to do the job. As far as getting an engine ready and supplying two teams, it’s then not a big problem to do so for three or four teams with an extra effort.”

I have to say it always quite difficult to assess what the overall level power of the engine is,” he said. “We might not have the best level in terms of power, but you have to look overall; how you set up the engine in the car, how you can develop the engine in the car or the car around the engine.

So, I have to say, overall maybe we are not in as bad shape as you hear people say about us, but I am quite happy with this engine.”

Stay tuned to Podcast 427, an Interview with Barcelona GP3 race winner Alexander Rossi