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China GP

Jenson button with a brilliant victory in a wet Chinese Grand Prix

I mean the safety car for clearing debris off the circuit was just… I had my heart in my mouth when that happened as I just did not know what was going to happen. We had built up such a good gap and then, unfortunately, everyone else caught up, so it made it very tricky. At the end of the race when we put the inters on, the new set, I felt really good. The car felt great and I wasn’t pushing the tyres too much. I could see I was pulling a gap to Lewis and then it started racing again. I made a mistake at the hairpin and ran wide and from then on I just could not get any heat in the tyres and every bit of water I touched I aquaplaned, so I really had to back off. This victory is very special and really means a lot. It was a tricky race out there and again we called it right and it means a lot. It is not just about being quick, it is about reading the conditions and obviously coming across the line just one second in front of Lewis I think shows what a team effort this has been and what a great result for the whole team.

Lewis Hamilton completes a fantastic one two finish for McLaren.

Fernando Alonso jump starts the race and given a drive through penalty.

Will the volcano eruption disrupt the Spanish GP in three weeks time?

Stay tuned for the race recap with Clark and Steve on podcast 421

Due to our producers marriage this weekend race recap will be on the midweek podcast.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           1h44:42.163
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +     1.530
 3.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     9.484
 4.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    11.869
 5.  Kubica        Renault                    +    22.213
 6.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    33.310
 7.  Petrov        Renault                    +    47.600
 8.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    52.172
 9.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    57.796
10.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +  1:01.749
11.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +  1:02.874
12.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +  1:03.665
13.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:11.416
14.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth             +     1 lap
15.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
16.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
17.  Chandhok      HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps


Red Bull continue their dominance this season with another one two in China.

“It was tough today. I was not so happy yesterday and this morning especially Mark was quite a bit quicker than me,

We did some changes and went a little bit in Mark’s direction but it was extremely difficult. “I was struggling in the first sector especially but now in qualifying I was purple in sector one.

I found a line like last year a little bit. I had two very good runs in Q3, the last corner on the first run I was a bit too wide, otherwise it would already have been a good time, but the second run was a bit better everywhere.

It was a fantastic lap, and the fourth consecutive pole position for Red Bull. We are proving we have a very good car independent of the circuit type. We are always up there.

Special thanks to the mechanics because they had zero lunch as we required a lot of changes that they had to work from free practice to qualifying.”

Pos  Driver         Team                  Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1:36.317  1:35.280  1:34.558
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:35.978  1:35.100  1:34.806
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari               1:35.987  1:35.235  1:34.913
 4.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1:35.952  1:35.134  1:34.923
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:36.122  1:35.443  1:34.979
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1:35.641  1:34.928  1:35.034
 7.  Massa          Ferrari               1:36.076  1:35.290  1:35.180
 8.  Kubica         Renault               1:36.348  1:35.550  1:35.364
 9.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1:36.484  1:35.715  1:35.646
10.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:36.671  1:35.665  1:35.963
11.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:36.664  1:35.748
12.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:36.618  1:36.047
13.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:36.793  1:36.149
14.  Petrov         Renault               1:37.031  1:36.311
15.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1:37.044  1:36.422
16.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1:37.049  1:36.647
17.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari        1:37.050  1:37.020
18.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes  1:37.161
19.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:39.278
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth        1:39.399
21.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth        1:39.520
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth       1:39.783
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth          1:40.469
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth          1:40.578

F1weekly podcast # 420

With the suspension controversy behind us It’s now F-ducts!

Sebastien Vettel wants F-duct on his Red Bull as soon as possible.

Ferrari to test their F-duct version on Friday practice in China.

Fernando: “I know that we keep developing the car, but it’s not maybe the first priority for us, that system. We keep working on our philosophies. There is an important step here to improve the car, and I know that there is more coming in the next races. I’m not specifically worried only about that system.”

Stay tuned to podcast 420 for Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

And now a month in motorsport history…


April 4, 1929. Jack Brabham is born in Australia. First man to become world champion in a rear engine car, 1959 in a Cooper. Retained his title in 1960, and in 1966 became the first and only man to win the championship in a car bearing his own name. Powered by an Australian built Repco engine based on an Oldsmobile block.

April 7, 1968. The last race for Jim Clark, a Formula 2 event in the rain at Hockenheim claims his life.

April 9, 1971. Quebecois Quick, Jacques Villeneuve makes his debut in this world. Goes on to win the Indy 500 and the Formula 1 title with Williams in 1997.

April 12, 1950. Bravo bravo in the Briatore household as Bambino Flavio is welcomed to the world with a Benetton sweater. The little boy grew up to be master of his and Nando’s destiny. When he fired Nelsinho Piquet in the middle of the 2009 season, he sealed his own fate with Singapore Firecracker, and not the kind you find at Yan Can Cook.

And the very next day, April 13, 1940. Baby Max shows up in the Mosley household, talk about Chain reaction.

April 16, 1942. Frank Williams was born on this day.

April 18, 1971. First GP win for Tyrell team in Formula 1 with Jackie Stewart in Spain.

April 20, 1927 was the date of birth for Phil Hill who went on to become the first American to win a Formula 1 GP, 1960 at Monza, and a year later at the same track became the first and so far the only US born world champion.

Hill’s first Grand Prix win was the last win in Grand Prix racing for a front engine car.

April 25, 1981 Rob Smedley’s Felipe baby was born on this day in Sao Paulo.

April 29, 1984. Last Grand Prix ever held at Zolder was won by the Ferrari of Michele Alboreto. This is the track which claimed the life of Gilles Villeneuve in 1982. The track also saw the debut win for Lotus 79 with Mario Andretti at the wheel in 1978.

April 30, 1994. Death of Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger during  qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. And we all know what happened the next day during the race. It must be added here that Max Mosley went to Ratzenberger’s funeral as, to use his own words, everyone else had gone to Senna’s funeral.

Sad to end the segment this way, but that is the history of motor racing sometimes.

Thank you for listening.

Take care and tata…Nasir

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.”


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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.