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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

F1weekly podcast # 426


Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Image

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