THE HOST OF F1W IS BEGINNING TO SPLIT AT THE SEEMS AND NASIR CAN ONLY TRY MAKE HIM UNDERSTAND THAT LCH IS THE BEST OF THE MODERN ERA.
Charles Leclerc’s thoughts On the Mexican Grand Prix…
“Starting a race from pole and not finishing first is always disappointing. The beginning of the race went well, and I managed to stay in the lead for the first stint. Wanting to cover off Alex (Albon), we pitted early and committed to a two-stop strategy.
After my first stop the race was very tricky: my second stint was difficult and any time I approached a car ahead I struggled with overheating and couldn’t overtake.
All in all, it’s a shame but if there is something I can learn from today it is to try to help the team more with my feedback from inside the car so that we can make the best call together.”
Play Podcast: 10-29-19f1weekly808.mp3
CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY GET TO THE CONFUSING JAPANESE GRAND PRIX AND IN THE PROCESS PRODUCE A VERY CONFUSING PODCAST! AND, LOOKING TOWARDS THE MEXICAN GP HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS FROM SERGIO PEREZ…
Sergio: “The race in Mexico is a hugely important weekend for me. It’s my home race and I always feel very proud to see Formula 1 back in Mexico. We’ve just had the notice that the race contract has been extended for another three years, which is great news for the sport and for Mexico. Everybody tells me how much they love the race – my colleagues, the media and the fans. It’s our chance to show everybody the Mexican way of life and how much we love sports.
“The track is a pretty challenging one – especially when you consider we are driving the cars at a high altitude. It’s tough on the drivers physically and it’s hard work for the power unit as well because the air is so thin.
“I think the final sector is my favourite part of the lap – the fast and flowing section, which can be very tricky, and it’s easy to make a mistake through there. Because of the altitude, you have much less downforce on the car and the car can sometimes get quite loose through those fast corners.
“The final sector also has the stadium section and when it’s full of fans the atmosphere is like nothing else. Each time I drive through there, even during practice, I can hear the fans and feel their support.
“Overtaking is never easy, but I think the best opportunity is into Turn 1 – that’s where we’ve seen most of the moves being made.”
Play Podcast: 10-22-19f1weekly807.mp3
CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY ARRIVE TO THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX AND THERE’S NOTHING BUT LAUGHTER AT THE PALATIAL STUDIOS AROUND THE VETTEL FIASCO AT FERRARI!
AND HERE IS SPORTPESA RACING POINT F1 TEAM’S JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW…LANCE STROLL:
“I’m a big fan of Suzuka. It’s one of the best, if not the best track, on the calendar. It’s where you really get to feel a Formula 1 car come alive and each part of the lap has something special. It’s got a combination of low-speed and high-speed corners but, more than that, it’s the flow and the speed that’s incredible.
“It’s what we describe as an ‘old-school track’ without much run-off. So there’s very little margin for error and demands even more precision than most other circuits. You have to use every inch of tarmac to be quick there. That’s why it’s such a favourite with the drivers and fans too.
“My favourite corner is the first Degner, which for me is the most impressive corner of the year. It’s probably one of the narrowest corners on the circuit, but you’re doing it in fifth gear and 260-270km/h and that’s very impressive. In qualifying the sensation of speed is incredible.
“Generally the whole first sector is very special and it’s where we get to feel a Formula 1 car working at its best. It’s all about precision and rhythm. Throughout the weekend you’re just building confidence in that sector and it’s about positioning the car in the right place.
“The Japanese fans make this a special event because of the energy they bring to the track. I also enjoy Japanese food, especially sushi so it’s interesting to try the local stuff.”
Play Podcast: 10-08-19f1weekly806.mp3
CLARK AND NASIR ARE A BIT BEHIND, THIS IS THE SINGAPORE PODCAST WHERE THE HOST IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE FERRARI UNDERCUT OF CHARLES LECLERC!
THOUGHTS FROM FERRARI ON SINGAPORE…
Mattia Binotto Team Principal
The 1 -2 in Singapore was very important to us because we achieved it in a different scenario, on a very different type of circuit to Spa-Francorchamps or Monza. The team managed the situation, the strategy and the pit stops very well. The aero update we brought here worked well and, combined with our drivers’ confidence around here and the tyres, that we managed to get to work properly, we actually got more than we expected today.
Well done to Seb, he deserved to win! We had to bring him in first, to protect his position because Max Verstappen was about to pit and that was Seb’s best chance to overtake Hamilton. Also, we knew that on the following lap we would have pitted Charles, so it was important not to stop both the drivers on the same lap. The undercut was very effective. Seb drove very fast and very well on new tyres in that part of the race and gained the position to go ahead of Charles, which is part of racing.
For his part, after the spectacular qualifying yesterday, Charles had a solid and consistent race.
The car is good and is constantly improving and the team is working and reacting well. There’s no doubt about it, we are all very happy with this victory.
CLARK AND NASIR TALK UP THE SIANGAPORE GRAND PRIX AND THE LIKES OF LCH FIGHTING WITH MAX OR PERHAPS LECLERC DOES IT AGAIN!…WE SHALL SEE…
Thoughts from Charles Leclerc.
“Singapore is maybe the toughest track for us drivers physically, just because of the heat and the humidity. It’s always a special place to go, because it’s a night race. I really enjoy driving at night and somehow, it feels a lot quicker than it does during the day. It’s just a unique weekend and I am really looking forward to being there.
After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us, because of the very different circuit layout, featuring lots of of slow corners and fewer straights. It might be a more difficult weekend for us, but we will give our all to have a good result.”
Play Podcast: 09-18-19f1weekly804.mp3
CLARK AND NASIR ARE IN CELEBRATION MODE AFTER THIS FANTASTIC VICTORY BY CHARLES LECLERC FOR FERRARI AT MONZA AND THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO THE FUTURE OF VETTEL…
Charles Leclerc was rapid from the off at Monza but Sebastian Vettel was a genuine threat to his hopes of taking pole position. The pair were supposed to swap running orders in Q3 to give each other the benefit of the tow.
Did Leclerc do the dirty on his team mate by dithering on the out-lap? The fact Vettel passed him at the start of the lap makes it hard to come down on either side.
In the race Leclerc demonstrated true grit, withstanding a sustained attack from Lewis Hamilton with moves which were firm and right to the limit of what was acceptable.
Vettel had the car and the potential to win at Monza. It wasn’t entirely his fault that he ended up boxed in to fourth on the grid. But he was fully to blame both for spinning out of that position, thanks to yet another unforced error, and the horror show moment when he pulled onto the racing line in front of oncoming traffic. In light of events at Spa, a 10-second stop-and-ho penalty for that was too lenient.
Play Podcast: 09-11-19f1weekly803.mp3