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F1Weekly podcast # 757

CLARK AND NASIR SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON BARCELONA AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT LCH AND MERCEDES HAVE KICKED IT UP A NOTCH! AND FERRARI MY NOT BE ABLE SHAKE OFF THE SPAGHETTI CULTURE!

HERE’S SOME NEWS ON RED BULL RACING’S TESTING RESULTS FROM BARCA DAY TWO…

IN-SEASON TEST #1, BARCELONA – DAY TWO
Driver: Jake Dennis
Car: RB14
Laps: 75
Best time: 1:20.440
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: V. Bottas (1:16.904)
The second and final day of the first in-season Formula 1 test of the year saw a new name on the timesheets for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing as Simulator Development Driver Jake Dennis took part in his test debut for the Team. And despite a number of red flags in the afternoon session, GT racer Dennis completed 75 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he gained valuable real-world experience of the RB14 to aid with the team’s simulator programme, and as the team continued to evaluate test items targeted at upcoming races.
Commenting on his first track outing for the team, Jake said: “My first day in the RB14 went really well. Obviously it’s a big step up from what I’m used to in GT racing but I got used to the speed and the grip quite quickly and we managed to get through the whole run plan in the end. The morning session went pretty smoothly and then in the afternoon I managed to get quite a few laps under my belt, which was good. It was nice to change a few things to give me a proper representation of the difference between the simulator and real life. So we have a few things to work on back in Milton Keynes to help Max and Daniel and make it even more realistic for them. But overall, super happy, a big thanks to the team for giving me the opportunity, and hopefully I’ll be back in the RB14 soon!”
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F1Weekly podcast # 756

CLARK AND NASIR PREPARE FOR THE EUROPEAN LEG OF THE FORMULA 1 SEASON TO BEGIN IN ESPANA THE HOST AS USUAL PREDICTS FERNANDO WILL WIN IN SPAIN AFTER HIS GLORIOUS VICTORY AT SPA FOR TOYOTA!

LET’S NOT FORGET THE FORMULA 3 GRAND PRIX DE PAU BEGINS THIS WEEKEND!!

FIA F3 European Championship season to be kicked off at the legendary French street circuit

Race meeting: 01 Pau
Date: 11th to 13th May, 2018
Venue: Circuit de Pau / F
Track length: 2.76 kilometres
Lap record FIA Formula 3 European Championship: 1:09.788 minutes (Maximilian Günther 2017)
Distance: 33 minutes plus one lap

On the coming weekend, the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season will be kicked off in Pau, France. At the traditional and demanding 2.76 street circuit located in Southern France, the 23 young guns will contest the first three races of the season. Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) travels to the circuit located at the foot of the Pyrenees with fond memories as he finished third in one of last year’s races.

Ralf Aron is about to contest his third FIA Formula 3 European Championship season and it seems as if he particularly likes to race on the tight streets of Pau. In addition to the third place he secured last year he clinched another three top-10 results in France, one of them in 2016, his rookie season. But he isn’t the only one who clinched top-10 results in Pau: Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Jehan Daruvala (Carlin), Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) also succeeded in doing so.

In the pre-season tests, Mick Schumacher also displayed a very good form. On two of the six days of testing the German was the quickest. The Briton Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) also made it to the top of the time sheets on two days, with Spain’s Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and rookie Jüri Vips (Motopark) from Estonia setting a fastest lap time each on the other two days.

The season kick-off at Pau is particularly challenging for the 13 rookies on the grid. Pau is regarded as difficult street circuit where nearly every mistake results in a crash into the walls or crash barriers. One of the rookies who already gathered some Pau experience in another series is Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin). The Renault Junior is the only driver on the grid representing the French colours and would love to thrill his compatriots with great performances.

The Hitech Bullfrog GP squad also will be particularly motivated when travelling to the first race meeting of the season. Just short before the season kick-off they announced the new cooperation with Bullfrog GP. Bullfrog GP turned taking young talents to the very top of motor racing and providing for the perfect conditions on the way up into their credo.

Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin): “The fact that the season is kicked off in Pau represents a special challenge – not only but in particular for those who haven’t raced here before. I already contested two race meetings at Pau, one with Formula 4 and one with the Formula Renault 2.0. Nonetheless, one of the most important tasks will be to adapt to the circuit with the faster F3 car as fast as possible. While doing so it’s of major importance to not make contact with the walls or tyre walls. Even if you should have succeeded in getting away without major damage you won’t feel well or confident when you want to take your car to the limit at this place. It’s the only race weekend in France and my home race meeting but I will approach the weekend just as the other nine. I think anyway that I will have to learn a lot. After all, I contested just two F3 weekends to date.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 755

CLARK AND NASIR SCRATCH THEIR HEADS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S UP WITH MAD MAX! WE DISH OUT ANOTHER GREAT MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL AND THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTERVIEW IS WITH UP AND COMING YOUNG RACING DRIVER CAMERON DAS.

Cameron made history in 2016 by winning the first edition of the Formula 4 United States Championship ever organized. He did this in an impressive fashion, taking 9 wins, 10 podiums, and 6 pole positions. Moreover, Cameron won the final 8 races in a row. While focusing on the F4 US Championship, the young driver from Baltimore also raced in selected rounds of the USF2000 series, furthering his race craft.
Any single seater racing driver’s journey starts with karting, but for Cameron things were a bit different. He managed to reign supreme in the F4 US Championship without having ever competed in professional national or international karting races. As a matter of fact, Cameron’s first contact with racing were public indoor rental karts. After winning 2 championships in the 4 pro-league competitions at his local indoor karting facility, Cameron began training and participated in several SCCA amateur and pro series open-wheel races before jumping into the USF2000 and Formula 4 cars.
To achieve his dream of being a great Formula 1 World Champion, Cameron understands that he needs to be at the top of his game. At 16 years old, very determined and with no hesitation, Cameron made the brave decision to move to England in 2017 to compete in the BRDC British Formula 3 with the legendary team Carlin Motorsport. This highly prestigious championship will test Cameron’s skill and determination against some of the quickest, young drivers in the world; a mandatory step towards reaching the pinnacle of the sport!
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F1Weekly podcast # 754

CLARK AND NASIR ARE STILL DROOLING OVER RICCIARDO’S OVERTAKING MOVES IN CHINA,THE HOST IS CONVINCED THE PENDULUM HAS BEGUN TO SWING IN FERRARI’S DIRECTION! AND ANOTHER GREAT MOTORSPORTS MONDIAL!!

HERE’S SOME GREAT NEWS FROM FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP SERIES…

Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) becomes the fourth different winner in four races in the Formula Renault Eurocup this season. On Sunday, the rookie member of the Renault Sport Academy got the better of pole winner Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) to give his team their first win since their return last year and moves into the lead of the general classification. Starting eighth on the grid, Max Defourny (MP Motorsport) completes the Monza podium.

Following the intervention of the safety car, the race resumed on lap four. Lorenzo Colombo still led from Christian Lundgaard, Max Fewtrell and Yifei Ye. The British and Chinese drivers made contact at Ascari and lost a lot of ground in having to drive through the gravel. Yifei Ye was given a ten second penalty after the race for the incident.
On lap six, the safety car was back for two laps to allow for the removal of the car of Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing). While Lorenzo Colombo managed to hold onto first place through turn one, Christian Lundgaard took the lead with an outside passing move at the Variante della Roggia.
Christian Lundgaard then took control of the race to go on for his first overall win and his third success among the rookies. Lorenzo Colombo and Max Defourny (MP Motorsport) complete the podium ahead of the R-ace GP entries of Logan Sargeant Victor Martins, who started 12th on the grid.
Thomas Neubauer (Tech 1 Racing), Thomas Maxwell (JD

Motorsport), Frank Bird (Tech 1 Racing), Richard Verschoor and Max Fewtrell complete the list of points scores at the end of what was an action-packed and intense race.

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F1Weekly podcast # 753

CLARK AND NASIR REVIEW THE GRAND PRIX OF BAHRAIN AND WONDER WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IF MAD MAX HAD STAYED IN THE RACE! WE HAVE A BAHRAIN GOODY BAG AND HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS FROM FERRARI…

Seb first once again, Kimi retires after an accident in the pits leaves a mechanic injured

Sakhir – You always fight to win, but not all victories are the same and this one is bittersweet. For the second time in as many races, Sebastian Vettel won with Scuderia Ferrari, but at the moment, the thoughts of everyone in the team are with the mechanic who was injured during Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop, the Finn stopping and retiring immediately after in pit lane. As for the Grand Prix, it was closely contested right down to the final corner and the win came courtesy of a well thought out strategy and the abilities of the driver who managed to make a set of Soft tyres last 38 laps no less, on a track that is one of the hardest on tyres.

Off an all-red front row, Seb made the most of pole, while Kimi who was starting on the dirty side of the track was attacked and passed by Bottas. The virtual safety car was soon deployed, when Verstappen had a puncture as a result of a coming together with Hamilton in the middle of the pack. The race got underway again on lap 4, with Sebastian quickest, a couple of seconds ahead of Bottas. In the garage, an analysis of our speed in individual corners and that of our rivals was taking place as well as working out how much fuel had been saved while the race was neutralised A long distance duel with Hamilton thus began, the Englishman fourth, 15 seconds adrift, but running the harder tyre: Supersoft for the SF71H and Soft for the Mercedes.

19 laps, one third distance, Seb pitted as planned and fitted the yellow-banded Softs. The order was Bottas, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Vettel. Next time round, Kimi did the same. Vettel pushed hard and Bottas, emerging from pit lane on the Mediums, lost ground. On lap 25, Seb was in DRS range in his duel with Hamilton, closing to under a second. It was time for wheel to wheel combat and Seb didn’t lose any time, diving inside his rival under braking at the start of lap 26. Hamilton changed tyres immediately, also fitting the Prime Medium. Seb had 5” in hand over Bottas, who was aiming to finish the race doing one less stop. Sebastian lost time with backmarkers but Kimi made the most of the traffic to close on his fellow countryman.

Lap 36 and something you never want to see happened: Kimi came in to change tyres and as he drove off, the mechanic on the left rear wheel was knocked over. The number 7 car stopped immediately, Seb stayed out on track, but at this time, strategy, racing, counted for much less and with one of our own in the medical centre, the thoughts of everyone in the team went out to him. Out on track, Bottas pursued Sebastian for 20 laps, but our driver never gave him room, even though his tyres were finished. That is Ferrari and that, Francesco, is for you. Hurry back.

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F1Weekly podcast # 752

CLARK AND NASIR TRY TO HIDE THEIR EXCITEMENT FOR THE NEXT GRAND PRIX IN BAHRAIN! WE HAVE A NICE GOODY BAG ON THE MOTORSPORTS HISTORY IN NORTH AFRICA AND THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTERVIEW LONG TIME F1W LISTENER AND MOTORSPORTS JOURNALIST CHRISTOPHER DEHARDE!

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING’S BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW…

Lance Stroll: As usual, this will certainly be a hot weekend. I enjoy the track, and it has a good rhythm to it. The conditions during the weekend are always tricky because practice is during the day and then qualifying and the race are at night. This means there is a lot of adapting going on throughout the weekend. However, I think it is going to be a good one and am looking forward to getting back there.
Sergey Sirotkin: I can’t wait for the weekend to begin. It was a very tough weekend in Melbourne and I really feel like I need another shot to bring us back to where we think we deserve to be, and to start everything from zero, and to try and get some confidence back in all of us. I know the track quite well and I think it suits some strong points of our car. I’m looking forward to it and let’s see what we can do.
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