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F1weekly podcast # 431

Maestro from Monterrey


Feature Interview: Esteban Gutierrez. Mas Rapido from Mexico

Man with the smile is Esteban Gutierrez, fresh from his victory in the GP3 race at Istanbul last Saturday, and now leading the championship in its inaugural season.

The young man from Monterrey started his motor racing career in grand style in Salt Lake City, in the 2007 Formula BMW US series, by taking pole positions for the first two races of his career. Since then he has been pepper quick, claiming Rookie of the Year honors before crossing the pond and drowning the competition in the 2008 Formula BMW Europe Championship with seven wins, six of them on the trot.

Josef Kaufmann ran both Nico Hulkenberg and Gutierrez in Formula BMW Europe and says Gutierrez is as quick as the German.

This is good news for motorsports fans south of the border as they have been waiting since the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix for a Mexican winner in Formula 1.

After a tough season in F3 Euro Series last year Gutierrez and his ART team, headed by Nicholas Todt, took the decision to enter the newly created GP3, the official feeder series to GP2, which in itself is billed as the official feeder series to the promised land.

Podcast 431 features an exclusive interview with this ‘el grande’ talented driver from Monterrey, Mexico. The conversation took place in Barcelona last month on the occasion of the opening round of the GP3 Series where Gutierrez was the only driver to be on the podium in both races of the weekend.

My thanks to Esteban Gutierrez for his time and his Manager Marks Granados for making this happen.

Please visit his website www.estebangtz.com for more information on his career and also www.gp3series.com for more information on the series, teams and drivers.

Special thanks to Ms. Amanda Hunt of GP3 Media for her kind assistance in granting F1Weekly media credentials.

— Nasir Hameed

Racing regards from California.

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Vettel + Webber = Wreck

Turkish Grand Prix. It had to happen, sooner or later. The under-dingo

going for his third win in a row from his third consecutive pole position.
Definitely not the script the wunderkind from Heppenheim expected.

A Red Bull stampede for an easy but close one-two delivered the desired result in McLaren’s favor as Sebastian Vettel spoils Mark Webber’s Turkish delight.

Racing side by side going into turn 12 with less than 20 laps to go Vettel appeared to move right and slight touch with sister car of Mark Webber sent the German spinning out of race. He nearly collected Webber again as the Australian was trying to get back on the track.

Did somebody say Fuji 2007?

Webber’s early pace and domination allowed him to stop for a nose job and new tires and still climb the podium in third place. Thanks to Vettel his lead in the championship has now increased over second place driver.


Silver Streak

Front row starter Lewis Hamilton had the front row seat for the carnage ahead of him. Looking for his first win of the season his mirrors were soon filled with teammate Button’s McLaren. The world champion and defending race winner briefly took the lead but decided not to play in the Vettel wonderland after both drivers were instructed to conserve fuel.

Did somebody say Imola 1982?

Amid scenes of Prancing Pussy-Cat Doll for television viewers across the globe, Hamilton took his first victory of the season and third place in the championship with 84 points. He dedicated the win to his ex-Manager, Anthony Hamilton, who pride fully remains his papito and turns 50 on Monday.

Button is second in the championship with 88 points, five behind Webber, with two wins from seven races of the season so far.

Dr. Helmut Marko, former F1 driver and Le Mans winner, and now in charge of Red Bull’s racing programme, put the blame on his Australian driver.

Christian Horner, their team manager, did not point fingers but said, “They should never have been where they were”.

Michael Schumacher was fourth after some early and exciting battle with Button. “Schuey”, Prince of the Past, is now as fast as young teammate and fellow German Nico Rosberg who trailed him in fifth for Mercedes GP.

Pole star Robert Kubica was sixth in his yellow French machine, Renault, with Massa and Alonso scoring points in seventh and eighth respectively, for Scuderia Ferrari in the 800th Grand Prix start.

Adrian Sutil finished ninth for Silverstone-based Force India.

Final point and first for the season for Sauber was scored by Kamui Kobayashi.

McLaren leads the constructors’ championship by a single point over Red Bull, 172 to 171. Ferrari is third with 146 points.

Oh Canada

The F1 circus now crosses the pond to race on a man made island at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 13th. Montreal was the scene of maiden wins for Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica.

— Nasir Hameed

Turkey

McLaren take a one two finish in Turkey after a Big Red Bull screw up!

Mark Webber extremely lucky and happy to finish in third place.

The Turkish Grand Prix
Istanbul, Turkey;
58 laps; 309.396km;
Weather: Dry.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h28:47.620
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     2.645
 3.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    24.285
 4.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    31.110
 5.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    32.266
 6.  Kubica        Renault                    +    32.824
 7.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    36.635
 8.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    46.544
 9.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +    49.029
10.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:05.650
11.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:05.944
12.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:07.800
13.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
14.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
15.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
16.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
17.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
18.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
19.  Di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth            +    3 laps

Fastest lap: Petrov, 1:29.165

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.

500

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.

600

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.

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TEXAS?

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.”