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F1Weekly podcast # 796

THE HOST CONTINUES TO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW LCH GOES ON UNCHALLENGED WEEK AFTER WEEK WHILST NASIR IS FILLED WITH GLEE RACE AFTER RACE AFTER RACE.

HERE IS FURTHER COMMENT FROM FERRARI ON THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX…

Charles and Max. When the five red lights went out, Charles kept his third place, while Sebastian immediately passed Pierre Gasly to move up one. Then Max Verstappen closed on Charles and a exciting duel ensued over ten laps, as the two men passed and re-passed each other. The battle even continued to rage after both men made their first pit stops on lap 13. Verstappen actually managed to come out of pit lane very slightly ahead of Leclerc, but the Monegasque didn’t give up and a few corners later, he got in front again, which had the crowd on their feet.

Charles Leclerc #16
“It was a good day for me. This was by far the most fun race of my Formula 1 career to date. From inside the cockpit, the duel with Max was really enjoyable and I reckon those watching it at home or at the track also thought it was a good show.
In a way, I have to say that what happened in Austria allowed me to understand how aggressive I can be in the race and I didn’t hold back. It was also a good fight with Pierre: to overtake him I had to be daring because he was very quick down the straights.
From a technical point of view, I think we need to further improve our race pace and how we manage the tyres, because today we struggled a bit.”

Sebastian Vettel #5
“Regarding the incident with Max, it was my mistake and I spoke to him afterwards and apologized. I had thought a gap would open up on the inside but it didn’t and it looked for a second as if he was pulling into the middle but he stayed left, but by that time it was already too late, I was too close and I couldn’t avoid the crash. Ferrari and Red Bull have been very closely matched in the last few races and I think it would have been difficult to fight Max off anyway.
Apart from that, our race pace was really good, and the initial laps went well and I benefited from the Safety Car to get ahead of three cars. I don’t think we could have won today, but I’m not happy that I didn’t even score any points.”

Play Podcast: 07-16-19f1weekly796.mp3

F1Weekly podcast # 795

CLARK AND NASIR ARE PRETTY HAPPY WITH THIS ONE EXCEPT FOR THE HOST BUMMED FOR LECLERC AND BLAMES FERRARI AN THEIR TYRE CHOICES C’EST LA VIE!

SPEAKING OF FERRARI HERE ARE THEIR THOUGHTS…

Charles Leclerc #16
“It was a positive weekend overall. Unfortunately, it did not end as we would have liked it to.
My first stint was good and our pace was there. We pitted early to prevent losing our track position to Bottas. This made the second stint longer and more challenging than expected, as the rear tyres degraded quite a bit towards the end of the race.
Second place is not what we wanted, but we gave it our all and made good a step forward this weekend. I am conviced that this will bring further progress for the next few races and allow us to achieve the success that we want.”

Sebastian Vettel #5
“I’m always positive and today the team gave me a great car to drive and I think this was a better weekend for us, maybe like in Canada a few weeks back. I’m disappointed about how things went for me yesterday but today’s race was fun for me from the cockpit and I enjoyed some good wheel to wheel battles, pushing throughout.
I’m also disappointed for Charles as he did an excellent job and was very strong all weekend.
All in all, I’m happy in one sense but unhappy in another, because we could have had both cars on the podium this weekend, one of them on the top step.
As for the car, we know what’s needed: we need more downforce. We are strong at tracks like this and the one in Canada and we know what we have to do to improve the car, but it’s not easy and it can’t be done in just one day. I’d like to thank all the team in Maranello because all of them are very passionate about this and are working like mad to improve the car. This year’s Ferrari is definitely good enough to win races.”

Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“Every race has a tale to tell and today’s was a great one, featuring some exciting battles. For our part, we have shown that we are continuing to improve. Charles drove a really strong race from start to finish and indeed he was fantastic all weekend.
Seb also had an excellent race: on the hard tyres he attacked and pushed to the maximum even if in doing so, they wore quickly. From that, it’s clear his two stop strategy was not planned in advance, but adopted as his race evolved. There’s obviously disappointment for the radio problem we had at Seb’s pit stop. Not all the mechanics heard the call and that cost him precious time.
With regards to the decision of the stewards, we fully accept it, even though we don’t believe it is the right decision. They are the judges and we have to respect that. However, even though I am first and foremost a Ferrari fan, I think it’s time for F1 to turn the page and to look ahead. As we often say, we should leave the drivers free to fight, as overall this will be good for the sport and good for F1. So ‘bravo’ to Verstappen, he drove a fantastic race today as did Charles. There will be new opportunities for us in the future.”

Play Podcast: 07-02-19f1weekly795.mp3

F1Weekly podcast # 794

THE HOST IS BEGINNING TO LOOSE ALL HOPE FOR FORMULA 1 AS IT STANDS TODAY WHILST NASIR CONTINUES TO LOVE AND ADMIRE LCH AND THE RECORDS HE WILL BREAK IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

MEANWHILE…THIS YEARS MOTORSPORTS REUNION AT LAGUNA SECA WILL FEATURE MIKA HÄKKINEN TO DRIVE THE HISTORIC 1970 MCLAREN M8D CAN-AM ‘BATMOBILE’ AT ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION.

20 years after earning his second consecutive Formula One drivers’ championship, Mika Häkkinen will demonstrate his considerable driving talents behind the wheel of the 1970 McLaren M8D/3 “Batmobile” at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15-18 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mika Häkkinen, left, chats with David Hobbs at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (photo: T.M. Hill)

American racing legend Dan Gurney and British Formula One driver Peter Gethin each raced the “Batmobile” during the 1970 Can-Am season as teammates to Denny Hulme following the tragic loss of Bruce McLaren. Gurney drove it during the first three races of the season, winning twice from the pole position at Mosport and Mont-Tremblant. Gethin raced the car seven times, scoring a victory at Road America along with two other podiums. The car was used as a spare for Bruce McLaren Motor Racing drivers Peter Revson and Denny Hulme in 1971 and was in privateer hands from 1972 to 1974.

The vivid papaya-colored race car is powered by a roaring 7.6-liter Chevrolet engine. The high strut-mounted rear wing of its predecessor – the M8B – had been banned by Can-Am, so the M8D’s rear wing was mounted low on fins, earning the car’s “Batmobile” nickname.

The McLaren team dominated the 1970 season with nine wins in the 10-round championship. McLaren drivers Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Peter Revson had won five straight Can-Am championships from 1967 to 1971.

This will mark the third consecutive year that Häkkinen, who had not previously driven at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, will make demonstration laps at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. He drove the 1974 McLaren M23 in 2017 and the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR in 2018.

“This track is fun, really enjoyable,” said Häkkinen. “The track goes up and down, and some of the corners have great camber. It looks tighter than it is from a distance, so you need a lot of guts to brake later and take the right line.”

Häkkinen will make spirited exhibition laps in the M8D/3 in the noon hour during the first three days of the four-day event. (Race schedule) The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion takes place August 15-18 and will honor the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Tickets and information are available by visiting www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or calling 831-242-8200.

Play Podcast: 06-25-19f1weekly794.mp3

F1Weekly podcast # 793

CLARK IS ELATED THAT FERNANDO ALONSO TOOK THE CHECKERED FLAG AT LE MANS LAST WEEK AND REFUSES TO LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVE PRESS ON THE RESULTS MEANWHILE NASIR IS SHOCKED AT THE HOST’S LE NASCAR NEWS!

AS THE HOST MENTIONS IN THE PROGRAM ON THE UPCOMING PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE BENTLEY WILL BE THE FEATURED MARK.

Bentley Will Rule the Competition Field This Year

In its centennial year, Bentley takes center stage at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as one glance at the concours poster makes clear. Painted by renowned modern impressionist Alfredo De la Maria of Argentina, the poster features a magnificent 1931 Bentley 8 Litre making its way past the crowd on Concours Sunday.

Bentleys will constitute about a quarter of this year’s concours competitors, filling six complete classes that include several special groupings. Offerings will range from the earliest surviving 3 Litre to a multitude of racing greats and several superlative postwar cars.

The car featured on the concours poster is probably the most coveted 8 Litre in the world. Ordered by pioneering Welsh aviator and Brooklands racer Captain Vivian Hewitt, it was the ultimate sporting machine, pairing a short chassis with a lightweight body, massive power (witness the enormous side exhaust) and large Le Mans–style fuel tank and gauges. Hewitt drove this Bentley just under 7,000 miles in the 1930s, then parked it in a barn where it slumbered for 26 years. Now owned by Daniel Sielecki, it remains an unrestored original.

“In past years some spectacular Bentleys have gathered here—particularly our 2009 showcase of Bentley team and race cars that included Old Numbers 1, 2 and 3, as well as Birken Blowers 1 through 4—but I can confidently say the Bentleys headed our way on this occasion promise to surpass past displays,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button.

Walter Owen Bentley, who preferred the simple moniker “W.O.,” founded his namesake company on July 10, 1919. The brilliant engineer, who pioneered the use of alloy metals in automotive and aircraft engines, served at its helm just a dozen years before the financial stress of the Great Depression forced the company’s sale to rival Rolls-Royce. But in that short time, Bentley forged a legacy that survives to this day—as does the Bentley marque, which is now in the hands of the Volkswagen Group.

When the first 24 Hours of Le Mans was being organized in 1923, W.O. thought the idea was “crazy,” noting “cars aren’t designed to stand that sort of strain!” But he soon set about building cars that could meet that challenge—and Bentleys won five of the first eight Le Mans races. They were also victorious in numerous other races and endurance challenges.

“W.O. made an indelible mark on history,” said Peter Hageman, a Concours Selection Committee member who has been involved in gathering the Bentleys for the coming event. “He created heroic cars that were driven to glory by heroic men and women. Their stories fueled the imaginations and desires of a host of early automotive enthusiasts, and they continue to inspire us today.”

The Bentleys that drive onto the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links on August 18 will meet a place marking a centennial of its own. As W.O. was creating his company in England, Pebble Beach Resorts was being carved into the West Coast of the United States under the guidance of Samuel F. B. Morse. For a century now, it has served as home to major competitions and great champions.

A Bentley last claimed the Best of Show trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours in 1965. Will the marque win again at this centennial celebration?

Play Podcast: 06-18-19f1weekly793.mp3

F1Weekly podcast # 792

THE HOST IS STILL FREAKING OUT ON THE PENALTY AND NASIR TRIES TO BRING REASON AND CALM TO THE F1WEEKLY STATE OF THE ART RECORDING STUDIO. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD ROSS BRAWN COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE…

“I have a lot of respect for the work of the stewards and for their professionalism and I believe they would be the first to say that they would prefer not to see a race outcome decided via a penalty,” said Brawn, in his regular post-event debrief.

“At the same time, I understand how difficult it must be for fans to understand why the driver on the top step of the podium is not the one who crossed the finish line first. That’s why transparency is important when it comes to explaining the decisions of the stewards, especially in such a complex sport as Formula 1. “It is in football, where despite the arrival of VAR , there is still discussion as to whether a handball should be punished with a penalty or not.

“Therefore, it might be useful to work with the FIA on solutions that would allow the stewards to explain their decisions to the fans and to elaborate on how they reached them.

“Having said that, I would emphatically add is that there is nothing sinister about a decision like this. You might agree with it or not, but none of those who take on the role of steward each weekend has a hidden agenda and fans can be certain of that.”

Despite his views on what the sport should be better in the future, Brawn says his senior role within F1 means it would be wrong of him to offer his view on what should have been done with Vettel.

“I can understand how Vettel feels and I know Ferrari intends to appeal the decision,” he said. “I also know what a difficult job the stewards have, as they have to reach a their decision in a very short time, producing a verdict that can affect the outcome of the race.

“As such, I don’t want to give an opinion on the decision, because in my position it would be wrong to do so.”

Play Podcast: 06-11-19f1weekly792.mp3

F1Weekly podcast #791

THE HOST IS BEGINNING TO CRACK UNDER THE 2019 F1 STRAIN AND NASIR CONTINUES TO HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR LCH AND THE AMG MERCEDES.
WE HAVE A FRESH NEW EPISODE OF “PEGLER’S PERSPECTIVE” SOME THOUGHTS ON THE MCLAREN INDIANAPOLIS MELTDOWN!

McLaren miss is one of the biggest failures in Indy 500 history. Roger Penske missed the show with Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1995, a year after dominating the race. Reigning CART champion Bobby Rahal missed it in 1993, and two-time Indy winner Rodger Ward never got up to speed to make the 1965 field.

“Rodger Ward @ Indianapolis, 1965, the 2X Indy 500 winner failed to qualify for the 1965 Indy 500, Ward’s worst finish in the Indy 500 ..

Gil de Ferran, the competition director for McLaren and a former Indy 500 winner, was gutted and apologized about a dozen times for the team’s failure. He also turned to Alonso and directly apologized to the driver during a news conference some two hours after they had been eliminated from the field.

“We didn’t give you a car that was fast enough. You drove like the champion you are. We couldn’t have asked anything more from you. I am sorry, man. You are an amazing driver,” de Ferran said. “We didn’t underestimate the challenge. We knew this was going to be a tremendously hard challenge. I’ve seen some incredible people not make the race so we certainly were very aware of how difficult this was going to be.”

Kaiser bumped Alonso by .02 mph in the “Last Row Shootout” to set the 33-driver field.

Play Podcast: 06-04-19f1weekly791.mp3