Fernando Alonso stays on top of the time sheets in second practice.
Felipe Massa convinced he can overcome his current issues.
Dani Clos will start tomorrow’s GP2 feature race in Monaco from pole position.
Formula 1 celebrates It’s 60th birthday!
The first F1 season featured a total of six events Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Italy plus the United States, as the Indianapolis 500 was then part of the World Championship.
In the first race at Silverstone, Nino Farina led home team-mates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell as Alfa recorded an historic 1-2-3 result after 2 hours and 13 minutes of racing action on the former World War II airfield.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Alonso Ferrari 1:14.904 36
2. Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.013 + 0.109 39
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:15.099 + 0.195 47
4. Massa Ferrari 1:15.120 + 0.216 44
5. Schumacher Mercedes 1:15.143 + 0.239 38
6. Kubica Renault 1:15.192 + 0.288 38
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.249 + 0.345 32
8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:15.460 + 0.556 42
9. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.619 + 0.715 37
10. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:15.620 + 0.716 28
11. Petrov Renault 1:15.746 + 0.842 44
12. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.276 + 1.372 46
13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.348 + 1.444 48
14. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:16.522 + 1.618 37
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:16.528 + 1.624 42
16. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.599 + 1.695 36
17. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.818 + 1.914 45
18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.023 + 2.119 28
19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.184 + 3.280 47
20. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.478 + 3.574 38
21. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.667 + 3.763 13
22. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.721 + 3.817 41
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:20.313 + 5.409 35
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:22.148 + 7.244 11
Grand Prix de Monaco, this years race will separate the men from the boys.
Backmarkers will be a real problem says Martin Whitmarsh.
Renault F1 Team announces new partnership with Trina Solar.
The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce that Trina Solar, a leading integrated
manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products from ingots to modules has become an official
partner of the team. This new partnership is expected to increase Trina Solar’s global brand
awareness while promoting the wide-scale adoption of sustainable technologies.
The sponsorship will take the form of on-car logo branding on the nose of the R30 race car,
ensuring excellent opportunities for worldwide marketing exposure. Furthermore, this partnership
will showcase day-to-day applications of solar PV technology in various high-visibility areas of the
Renault F1 Team operations including the team’s paddock motorhome and VIP hospitality facilities.
Trina Solar and the Renault F1 Team will also conduct a joint analysis and evaluation programs.
Stay tuned for Nasir’s report on podcast number 425
Alexander Rossi dominates in Barcelona.
The American driver kept his head and made the perfect start from pole position disappearing into the distance and leading home Lucas Foresti and teammate Esteban Gutierrez.
Having qualified a lowly 28th on Saturday Rossi had powered his way through the field in Race 1 finishing in the coveted eighth spot to start on pole for today’s race. When Michael Christensen missed his grid spot it meant a second formation lap for Race 2, leaving Rossi with another long wait whilst the 30-strong field lined up behind him, but the American kept his cool and his race was won from the start. Check out www.gp3series.com for further race information.
Stay tuned to Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed for more news from Barcelona.
Podcast number 424 the Spanish GP recap with Clark and Steve.
What’s happened to Felipe Massa and his problem with the hard tyres.
“Definitely I am not happy because the whole winter in tests I was 110 per cent happy with the car and the way I drove,” said Massa after the Spanish Grand Prix, where he was beaten by Alonso all weekend.
Starting the first race I was 120 per cent happy with the car, and we did a great job in qualifying and the race. After, when we changed these tyres, we did all four races with the same tyres, which is one harder than the tyres from Bahrain, I was struggling.
I couldn’t use the tyres as I want, especially when they are new. So it is something I need to understand. It is not that you finish a lap and you do what you did and were slow. I am outside what I have to be and we need to understand what the problem is.”
Stay Tuned for Motorsports Mondial when Nasir returns from Barcelona.
Mark Webber takes a dominant victory in the Grand Prix of Spain.
Lewis Hamilton misses out on a podium with a puncture on lap 65
Vettel facing severe brake problems limps his car home in third.
Fernando Alonso wows the crowd with his second spot on the podium.
Mark Webber: Yeah, absolutely rapped. After qualifying yesterday it was certainly a great position for us to start the grand prix in. We knew it was a long run to the first corner here and we had some pretty quick cars behind us in terms of top speed, so that was the very important part of the race to unlock that and get out of turn one still in the lead. It was quite tight into turn one. We had a good battle going into there and then I just settled into a rhythm really into the first stint, looking after tyres, making sure we got the option through as everyone is still learning, venue to venue, about how the tyres might operate. We had a pretty good idea they would behave themselves but you never know. We just made sure they were in pretty good nick and finishing the stint in a good fashion which they did. Clean pit-stop. I had Seb with me at that stage and then after the pit stop I had Lewis (Hamilton) behind me and we just controlled the gap really. Looking after the car, engine, tyres as still the grands prix are pretty long and the cars are built for a distance and you need to get the cars home. The team have been incredible this week, getting the cars ready, long, long nights for the guys, an incredible amount of effort at the factory. Working on holidays, so collectively Renault and Red Bull have put a huge effort in. The driver did his little bit of work and in the end it was a fantastic result and I am absolutely thrilled.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h35:44.101
2. Alonso Ferrari + 24.065
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 51.338
4. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:02.195
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1:03.728
6. Massa Ferrari + 1:05.767
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:12.941
8. Kubica Renault + 1:13.677
9. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
13. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 2 laps
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
16. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
17. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth + 3 laps
18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
19. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth + 4 laps
Reverse cage rattling at Red Bull with Webber grabbing pole in Barcelona.
Red Bull continue their streak of front row starts with a dominating 1-2
Mark Webber: “It is a good battle between both of us quite often, Seb has a great record, it is nice to get one the other way. It shows how well the team is working collectively as a group.
It is nice if you get it all together and get the result. We have a good long race tomorrow. I am happy with car in race situation. There are no points today so I am looking forward to tomorrow”
Sebastian Vettel: “Mark did a very good job today, a very smooth run through all the qualifying sessions,” said Vettel. “He always seemed to beat me too much in the final sector, we have to look at the data and see where I can improve.
I think we are enjoying ourselves,” he said. “Obviously Mark wants to beat me and I want to beat him, that is not a secret.
Even though the time looks comfortable, we have to keep our feet on the ground because tomorrow is the most important day.
So far we have been quick and done a good job. If we are here tomorrow and we can confirm that then I would be very pleased.”
Michael Schumacher Finally out qualifies his team mate Nico Rosberg.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.412 1:20.655 1:19.995
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.680 1:20.772 1:20.101
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.723 1:21.415 1:20.829
4. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.957 1:21.549 1:20.937
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.915 1:21.168 1:20.991
6. Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.528 1:21.557 1:21.294
7. Kubica Renault 1:22.488 1:21.599 1:21.353
8. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.419 1:21.867 1:21.408
9. Massa Ferrari 1:22.564 1:21.841 1:21.585
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.577 1:21.725 1:21.984
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.628 1:21.985
12. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.211 1:22.026
13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.857 1:22.131
14. Petrov Renault 1:22.976 1:22.139
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.699 1:22.191
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.593 1:22.207
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.084 1:22.854
18. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.125
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.674
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.748
21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.475
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.556
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:26.750
24. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:27.122