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Motorsports Mondial

Renault F1 confident that they can overtake Mercedes GP.

“I think we can because at the moment they’re only just ahead of us on qualifying pace, whereas we seemed to have the edge on race pace in Malaysia,” said Allison on Monday.

We will have more updates in China, including a new floor and an alternative front wing.

Although this might not be enough to get ahead of Mercedes in qualifying trim, it should move us closer to their tail. And if we can jump ahead of them at the start of a race, I’m confident we have the pace to stay ahead.”

Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds will be allowed to work in Formula 1 at the start of 2013 season.

Briatore and Symonds have expressed regret and apologised for their actions.

“In return, they have asked the FIA to abandon the ongoing appeal procedure, but without the FIA recognising the validity of the criticisms levelled against the WMSC’s decision of 21 September 2009, as well as to waive the right to bring any new proceedings against them on the subject of this affair.”

The FIA: “Considering that the judgment of 5 January 2010 concerned only the form and not the substance of the WMSC’s decision of 21 September 2009, and that the undertakings and renunciation of all claims expressed by Mr Flavio Briatore and Mr Pat Symonds are in line with what the WMSC is seeking, the FIA President has considered that it is in the best interests of the FIA not to allow the perpetuation of these legal disputes, which have received a great deal of media coverage and which, regardless of the outcome, are very prejudicial to the image of the FIA and of motor sport, and thus to accept this settlement solution, thereby putting an end to this affair.”

Motorsports Mondial

F1 Weekly listener in front of Schumi. Christy Paul is a long time and faithful F1 Weekly listener. The Sepang race is his home Grand Prix. We thank him for sharing some photographs with us.

Rain played havoc, especially for Ferrari and McLaren drivers, in qualifying but was no where to be seen on race day. Sebastian Vettel becomes the third German driver to triumph in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Room with a view. Sepang is an ultra-modern circuit design from the mind of Tilke. But motorsports has a long history in Malaysia. The Shah Alam circuit hosted Moto GP and single seater races in days gone by.

What can Brawn do for you? Ross is not thrilled after Christy Paul tells him, ‘no package, no delivery?’

Motorsports Mondial

Mortara’s Mistral Moment.

The 2010 F3 Euro Series season got off to a fast start for Italian driver Edoardo Mortara, man who won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix last year. The VW-powered Signature driver started from row three, and was already behind pole-sitter and race leader Daniel Juncadella before the opening lap was over.

Mortara made his move on lap four to snatch the lead from the Spanish driver, and was able to stay in front despite coming under pressure late in the race from his German teammate Marco Wittmann.

British driver Alexander Sims sailed past Juncadella with three laps remaining to reach the podium in third place.

Finn Valtteri Bottas, now in his second season while al rving as Williams test driver, was given a drive through penalty for not lining up correctly on the starting grid.

The F3 Euro Series, result of marriage between the French and German F3 Championships, has seen rift in the family after the formation of GP3 Championship. Only 13 drivers are entered in the championship this year. Previous graduates include Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg.

— Nasir Hameed

Le Castellet regards.

F1weekly podcast # 419

Is Red Bull hidding some suspension secrets?

FIA: Any system device or procedure, the purpose and/or effect of which is to change the set-up of the suspension, while the car is under parc ferme conditions will be deemed to contravene art 34.5

*Article 34.5 states: If a competitor modifies any part on the car or makes changes to the set up of the suspension whilst the car is being held under parc fermé conditions the relevant driver must start the race from the pit lane and follow the procedures laid out in Article 38.2.

** Article 3.15 states: Aerodynamic influence :

With the exception of the cover described in Article 6.5.2 (when used in the pit lane), the driver adjustable bodywork described in Article 3.18 and the ducts described in Article 11.4, any specific part of the car influencing its aerodynamic performance:

– must comply with the rules relating to bodywork

– must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any degree of freedom) ;

– must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.

Any device or construction that is designed to bridge the gap between the sprung part of the car and the ground is prohibited under all circumstances.

No part having an aerodynamic influence and no part of the bodywork, with the exception of the skid block in 3.13 above, may under any circumstances be located below the reference plane.

Stay tuned for this weeks Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

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Motorsports Mondial

Simmering Sepang. The Hermann Tilke-designed track first appeared on the F1 calendar in 1999 with Michael Schumacher slipping a win to Eddie Irvine. The 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix saw first pole position for Fernando Alonso and first victory for Kimi Raikkonen.

“Good boy”. With “Nando” as teammate Massa walks a fine line at Ferrari. For the second race in a row he finished ahead of Alonso and now takes the lead in the world championship from his double title winning teammate.

Nutty situation. Michael Schumacher, Super Star of the new Silver Arrows team, climbs out of his car after a wheel nut came lose. The much hyped domination of his teammate has not happened yet but the pursuit, in typical Schumacher-style, is methodical and relentless.

Sitting pretty. Three races, two poles and, finally, a victory. There’s more to come from the Happy man of Heppenheim. Vettel has been a Red Bull backed driver before he was a teenager. He made his F1 debut at the Brickyard in the 2007 US Grand Prix with BMW-Sauber and scored points in his first race by finishing seventh.

The only racing championship he has won so far was the 2004 Formula BMW Germany, in which he took 18 victories from 20 races. The impressive drive in the rain at Monza in 2008 made him the youngest pole sitter and race winner in history.

Red Bull has given him wings and if they give him some reliability he may well clip the wings of Lewis Hamilton as the youngest world champion.

— Nasir Hameed

Das regards from Kalifornia.

F1weekly podcast # 418

Malaysian Grand Prix

Shining Star of Red Bull. After two frustrating winless races from pole position, Sebastian Vettel started Sunday’s round three in Malaysia from the outside of front row, and said “Wiedersehn” to pole sitter and teammate Mark Webber at the first corner. And that was all she, “Luscious Liz” wrote.


Podium for Petronas. Shaded by the return of F1’s most successful driver ever, Nico Rosberg kept a low profile before the season began. Keke’s kid is now coming to his own and on Sunday delivered the first podium finish to the new Mercedes Grand Prix team. The “Silver Arrows” are shooting for the top.

Green, green grass of home. The British-green Lotus is Malaysian owned. Local driver Fairuz Fauzy got the opportunity to drive the Mike Gascoyne designed machine on Friday in front of home crowd.

— Nasir Hameed

Das regards from Kalifornia.