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Motorsports Mondial

Aditya Patel

Q: What does this victory mean to you and your career?
A: This is just the beginning of my career and win like this at Nurburgring means a lot to me! From now, things can only get better.

Q: What was your biggest challenge in adjusting from single seaters to tin tops?
A: Well, it was completely different all together and I had to change a bit in my driving. To start with, these saloons are front wheel drive as opposed to the rear wheel drive single seater. The saloon also weighs double that of a single seater and hence requires a slightly different driving style. Nevertheless, it took me a year to adapt to it and now I’m enjoying every minute of it!

Q: Your impression of European tracks and depth of competition?
A: The European race tracks are where some of the biggest events in the world are conducted. I can’t thank my family and sponsors enough for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to race in Europe. The competition is undoubtedly huge. Every youngster who wants to make it big in motorsports, kick-starts his career in Europe. Winning races with such competition is a very special feeling indeed.

Q: Your favorite racing track?
A: Macau!

Q: What is your career goal, race at Le Mans and Daytona 24 hours or follow in the foot steps of countrymen Karthikeyan and Chandok to F1?
A: Frankly, I’m enjoying the saloon car experience. I would love to race in WTCC, DTM, Nascar or even 24 hour GT races. For now, that’s my main focus.

Q: Apart from Chennai/Coimbatore area where are major racing tracks located in India?

A: Well, these are the only two purpose built race tracks in the country right now. It will be a huge boost for the sport in the country when the new F1 circuit is up and running near Delhi!

Q: What was your first introduction to Motorsports, was there interest in the family?
A: My dad was a successful race driver. He won several races and rallys in India in his 30 years of motorsport. Naturally, I was bitten by the racing bug and drove my first Kart at the age of four! There was no looking back from there.

Q: What series is on your racing radar for next season?
A: It’s still too early to make a decision but I do have my options open. There are several series’ to look at. Right now, I’m doing my homework to see what would be the best, most logical move.

Q: Now that you are a race winner in Europe, what is your advise to aspiring young drivers in India?
A: They’ve all got the talent. I would just advice them to never ever give up!

Q: Who would you like to see win the F1 championship this year?
A: Alonso!

Thank you very much. Racing regards from California.

Nasir Hameed

Motorsports Mondial

Thanks for listening.

Dear Sirs,

I listen to the podcast here in Edinburgh and enjoy it very much. I find
it supplements the BBC’s coverage very nicely – you bring a very
valuable historical and personal touch to my understanding of F1. The
BBC’s coverage often misses out that element – but I guess they don’t
have time on raceday.

Please find attached a photograph of my son, Christopher, next to
Jackie Stewart’s Tyrell 003 at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
I believe this is the most successful chassis in the history of the sport.


Michael Calwell

F1weekly podcast # 449

Photo: Spyker F1/Egmond

F1weekly podcast number 449

Remembering Fisichella at Spa Francorchamps last year.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks Interview HRT reserve driver Christian Klien.

Born in Hohenems, Klien started his motorsport career in his early teens. He raced in karting championships in both Austria and Switzerland, before moving to Formula BMW. After winning several titles in lower Formulas, Klien moved into Formula One, driving for the Jaguar Racing team, alongside Mark Webber. At the end of 2004, however, Jaguar sold its Formula One team to Red Bull, which renamed it Red Bull Racing. In an unusual arrangement, Klien shared a race seat with Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi. He stayed at Red Bull for 2006, whilst Liuzzi moved to the Red Bull junior team, Scuderia Toro Rosso.

After an unsuccessful 2006, Klien’s old teammate Mark Webber replaced him for the 2007 season. Klien was offered alternatives to Formula One for 2007, including driving in the ChampCar series, but he refused and aimed for a seat in Formula One. He secured the test driver’s seat at Honda, despite competition from other drivers, including Gary Paffett.

On 2 February 2008 Klien signed as BMW Sauber’s reserve and test driver for the 2008 Formula One season, alongside Estonian Marko Asmer.

Klien remained in the position of BMW Sauber’s test and reserve driver for 2009.

For 2010, Klien was understood to be a target for Sauber before the seat went to Pedro de la Rosa.

Klien was then tipped to become Hispania Racing’s reserve driver despite being second favourite to ex-US F1 man José María López but neither Klien or López got the seat. It went to former Super Aguri F1 and Spyker F1 driver Sakon Yamamoto. However, he was later signed by Hispania as well as Yamamoto. He took part in his first Grand Prix weekend for three years at the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix, where he drove in the first practice session in place of Karun Chandhok. He replaced Chandok again at the 2010 European Grand Prix where his session was made difficult by problems with his car. He is being linked with a race seat with Renault for 2011.


Motorsports Mondial

Forza F3 Euro Series

Photo: Marleen Serné

Sunday’s racing action from Nurburgring brought good news that the Formula 3 Euro Series, stomping ground for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel not too loang ago, will continue next season. Amid rumors of a pending merger with British F3 Sunday’s confirmation is good news for team, drivers and F3 fans around the world.

The newly formed GP3 series has been boasting full field of 30 cars at each event while the F3 Euro Series have featured a dozen or so entries at each event this season.

Teams which had expressed an interest in moving to the British series have now committed to the Euro Series, as confirmed by Gerd Ennser of DMSB, the German motorsport authority.

The Euro Series was itself created by the merger of French and German series, and next season will also have the blessing and recognition of the FIA.

Italian Edoardo Mortara won the opening race of the weekend, his fourth triumph of the season.

Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa was the winner of the second race ahead of local boy Marco Wittman.

The top three finishers in this year’s championship will get a day of testing in a Formula Renault 3.5 car later in the year.

DTM race was won by Canadian Bruno Spengler in a Mercedes and the world of winning continued at Nurburgring with Indian driver Aditya Patel winning from pole position in the Scirocco Cup race.

— Nasir Hameed

F1weekly podcast # 448

F1weekly podcast number 448

Motorsports Mondial special weekend edition

Nasir has a conversation with Ann Bradshaw.

Probably the best known F1 Press Officer is Ann Bradshaw .

“Over the years I suppose a lot of people have seen me on television, I actually have a fan club in Japan which started after they made a documentary about me. When we went to Suzuka I was mobbed by fans. I was photographed holding babies and autographing photos and arms and legs. When I was at Williams it was a standing joke that I was more famous than the drivers.”


F1weekly podcast # 447

F1weekly podcast number 447

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

This weeks interview GP3 driver Mirko Bortolotti.

After karting for several years, Bortolotti began his formula racing career in 2005 by competing in the Italian Formula Renault Winter Series and Formula Gloria. He competed in the Winter Series for a further two years, with a best finish of fourth in 2006. He also drove in the Italian Formula Junior 1600 championship for this year, in addition to the Formula Azzurra championship. In the latter series he finished as runner-up in the drivers’ championship, behind winner Giuseppe Termine.

In 2007, Bortolotti moved up to Italian Formula Three, finishing fourth in the championship at his first attempt. He remained in the series for 2008, driving for the Lucidi Motors team, and won the championship with nine wins and six pole positions from the sixteen races.

Bortolotti obtained backing from Red Bull following his championship win; the company opted to place him in the relaunched FIA Formula Two Championship in 2009. He drove car number 14 in the series, and finished fourth. During the break between the final two rounds of the season, Bortolotti returned to Formula Three to compete for Carlin Motorsport in the Formula Three Euroseries season finale at Hockenheim, finishing on the podium in the second race.

As a reward for their performances in the 2008 Italian F3 championship, Bortolotti, Edoardo Piscopo and Salvatore Cicatelli were all given a test of the Ferrari team’s F2008 chassis at the Fiorano Circuit in November 2008. Bortolotti impressed by setting a time of 59.111 seconds, quicker than the previous fastest lap set by the F2008 at the circuit by any driver.

In 2009, among several other drivers, Bortolotti was linked to a drive with Ferrari as a replacement for injured Felipe Massa, after poor performances by Luca Badoer.