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F1Weekly Podcast # 827

CLARK AND NASIR WHILST SHELTERING IN PLACE PONDER WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BRING IN TERMS OF RACING AND MOTORSPORTS IN GENERAL…WE HAVE ANOTHER GARRY SLOAN “F1 EXPOSED” MOMENT AND FROM THE VAULT WE BRING YOU…EDDIE CHEEVER.

Eddie Cheever shone in Formula Three and then in Formula Two and was looking to jump into Formula One at the end of 1977 at the age of 19. A seat at Ferrari seemed a possibility, but Gilles Villeneuve got there first. Eddie rolled out for Theodore and had a one-off ride for Hesketh in 1978, but elected to return to Formula Two, and it was not until 1980 that he graduated full-time, with the new Osella team.

Sadly, the Italian team was out of its depth and he was able to show his hand only when he moved to Tyrrell in 1981, putting in five points-scoring drives. He hit the podium in 1982 with Ligier, peaking with second at Detroit and this helped him land a ride for 1983. However, the ride was alongside Alain Prost at Renault and Cheever could not live with the comparison, even though his sixth overall in the final standings marked his best year.

Two years with the Benetton-Alfa Romeo team and three with Arrows came next, but the star was fading and Eddie headed to Indy Cars, winning the 1998 Indy 500 before eventually cutting back on driving in 2003 to focus on running his own team.

Play Podcast: 04-07-20f1weekly827.mp3

F1Weekly Podcast # 826

CLARK AND NASIR CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR THE MEANING OF LIFE AND MORE GREAT INTERVIEWS FROM THE PAST THIS WEEKS CLASSIC IS THE MAN HIMSELF…JOHNNY HERBERT! WE HAVE ANOTHER F1 OPINION FROM GARRY SLOAN AND OUR OUT-TRO MUSIC IS BY: ALEXZ RUSH

Widely recognized as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of Motorsport, Johnny Herbert is among an exclusive club of British drivers to have enjoyed a successful career in Formula One.

Johnny began his racing career in 1974, racing karts when he was just 10 years old. His talent was immediately obvious and by 1978, he was the British Junior Karting Champion. After progressing through the ranks, he moved into Formula 3 racing. Following on from a successful debut, Johnny’s speed and skill began attracting attention which lead to Eddie Jordan quickly snapping him up for the 1987 season. That year he won the British Formula 3 title and the world of Formula 1 beckoned.

“an absolutely brilliant natural talent’ – Eddie Jordan

Throughout his incredible career in F1, Johnny was at the forefront of the sport, testing himself against some true greats like Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell. In his decade in F1, one of his most successful results was winning the 1995 British Grand Prix, endearing himself to thousands of home fans. He competed for a number of different teams and was a popular face on the circuit.

Johnny has always been involved in all types of motor racing and he enjoyed particular success at LeMans 24 Hours, winning the title in 1991. Thirteen years later in 2004, he won the LeMans Series Championship showing what a talented competitor he continued to be.

Johnny has always been a massive part of Formula 1 and continues to promote the sport. He regularly makes guest appearances on racing shows, sharing his years of wisdom from inside the sport.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 825

CLARK AND NASIR ARE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILST CONTINUING THEIR AUSTRALIAN DELIGHT THIS WEEK WITH AN INTERVIEW FROM THE PAST WITH MATHEW BRABHAM! AND F1W FAMILIA BRIDGETTE…

Matt is the Grandson of global racing icon and motorsport innovator, three-time World Formula One Champion, Sir Jack. His father Geoff has competed in 10 Indianapolis 500s with a best result of fourth. Immensely talented and successful, Matt has shown the ability to forge his own wheel tracks and carry on the peerless Brabham name.

His decision to become a professional racing car driver was born around the dinner table, listening to stories from his Grandfather, father Geoff and Uncle David. Geoff and David both won the classic Le Mans 24 hour race in 1993 and 2009 respectively.

Matt was born in Florida, USA in 1994, but grew up in Australia and holds dual citizenship in both countries. He started Karting when he was 7 years old in Australia for fun, but quickly started to win races.

After a stint in Formula Ford in Australia post-karting, Matt headed for the USA in 2012 and won the USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy Championship in his rookie year. Moving up to the next rung of the Mazda Road to Indy in 2013, and driving for Andretti Autosport, he smashed all records for most wins (13), most poles and laps led, to convincingly win his second championship in a row.

In 2014, Matt moved up to Indy Lights and scored a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, and went on to finish fourth in the Championship. Later that year, he would become the youngest driver in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, making two event starts. 2015 saw Matt partake in a number of drives from Indy Lights, to asphalt Late Model stockcars, Stadium Super Trucks and he tested a Verizon IndyCar Series machine on numerous occasions.

Matt made his IndyCar debut in 2016 with PIRTEK Team Murray during the Month of May, where he competed in Angie’s Grand Prix and the Indy 500. In the 500’s 33 car field, Matt finished 22nd, having qualified 26th.

In 2017, Matt made his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut in Barbagello for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. Matt had a strong year in Stadium Super Trucks and came away with 2nd in the championship. For 2018 Matt is racing full time in the Stadium SUPER Trucks series in Australia and the United States. Early in 2018, Matt started his first race at Mount Panorama in the Bathurst 12hr. The Boat Works Racing Team paired Matt with Aaron Seton and Tony Longhurst, the three managed to win their class in their BMW M4.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 824

CLARK AND NASIR ARE COMPLETELY LOST IN THE NEW COVID 19 REALITY AND AS THE WORLD HUNKERS DOWN F1W OPENS UP THE ARCHIVES WITH A CLASSIC…JACK BRABHAM INTERVIEW FROM AUGUST 2006

Jack Brabham was an uncompromising and determined character whose knowledge of mechanics helped him go on to found his own team and become the only man to win a world title in a car bearing his own name.

Brabham started racing from an early age, learning his skills on dirt tracks, becoming New South Wales champion at the first time of asking and forging an early alliance with Ron Tauranac, with whom he would later form Brabham.

He clashed with the authorities over his insistence his Cooper would carry sponsorship, so headed to New Zealand where he won the national grand prix in 1954. Buoyed by that success, he headed to Europe where he made his Formula One world championship debut in 1955 driving a Cooper. No sooner had he arrived that he became indispensible to Cooper as both a driver and an engineer.

In 1959 Brabham won the season opener in Monaco, and added a second victory at the British Grand Prix, but it was his consistency which enabled him to keep picking up points. He secured the title in memorable style, pushing his Cooper over the line in the US Grand Prix after his car ran out of fuel.

In 1960 he showed it was no fluke by retaining the championship, doing so in a far more dominant way by reeling off five successive wins and wrapping up the title with two races to spare.

The new regulations in 1961 left Brabham a bystander and he failed to gain one podium finish, but his thoughts were elsewhere and in 1962 his own Brabham marquee made its debut. His fourth place at Watkins Glen at the end of the season was the first for a driver over a car manufactured by himself.

Dan Gurney joined Brabham and while there were some non-championship wins, it was not until Gurney’s victory at the 1964 French Grand Prix the team gained its first success.

In 1965 it seemed Brabham, by then almost 40, was winding down his career but in 1966 he stormed back, winning in his own car for the first time, again in France, and going on to clinch a remarkable third title.

In 1967 team-mate Denny Hulme pipped him to the championship, but as team boss he was finding frustration as his drivers were poached by bigger teams – in the late 60s he lost Jochen Rindt and Jacky Ickx. He had intended to quit after 1969 but Rindt’s decision to join Lotus forced him to keep going although he sold his shares in the Brabham company to Tauranac.

In 1970, what was to be his final season, he won the first race at Kyalami and again may well have pushed eventual champion Rindt hard had Brabham not twice lost races he was leading into the final corner, both times to Rindt.

He retired to Australia after where he bought a farm and maintained various business interests, which included the Engine Developments racing engine manufacturer and several garages.
Martin Williamson.

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F1Weekly Podcast # 823

CLARK AND NASIR CAN’T BELIEVE THE WAIT IS OVER AND THE SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND! WE HAVE A BOOK REVIEW…FORMULA 1 EXPOSED BY GARRY SLOAN, WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF TECH TALK WITH TIM!! AND HERE’S MAX ON ZANDVOORT…

Max got his first taste of what his home Grand Prix will feel like when the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing star became the first man to drive a Formula 1 car at the newly renovated Zandvoort Circuit.
This May, Formula 1 returns to the Netherlands for the first time in 35 years for an all-new Dutch Grand Prix, giving Max’s loyal ‘Orange Army’ of fans the chance to see him race on home soil for the first time.

Max got in some early practice for his home race, powering around the historic circuit in the double world title-winning Red Bull Racing RB8, as he joined two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk for the re-opening of the circuit.

While the layout of one of Max’s boyhood stomping grounds remains largely the same, a number of key modifications have been made, most notably in Turns 3 (Hugenholtz) and the final corner (Arie Luyendyk), both of which now feature steep and challenging banking of up to 18 degrees.

Max was impressed by the changes to the seaside circuit: “It was a great opportunity to be the first person to drive an F1 car at the new Zandvoort Circuit and the track is really cool – especially Turn 3 where the banking is amazing. I didn’t expect the banking to be that big but it’s really cool to drive an F1 car on. The last corner is the same. It’s also pretty banked and with the new cars and DRS open through there it will be a good challenge and a lot of fun.”

“The whole track is very demanding,” he added. “There are a lot of fast corners and still not that much run-off. That makes it really challenging to go on the limit, but that’s good. That’s what we like. Does it give me a head start coming here today? Maybe a little. It’s always good to drive a track for the first time and see how it feels and what it’s like. I definitely enjoyed it.”

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F1Weekly Podcast # 822

CLARK AND NASIR ARE COUNTING THE HOURS UNTIL MELBOURNE AND KEEPING THEIR FINGERS CROSSED FOR AN UPSET! AND THERE’S SOMETHING BREWING IN THE PADDOCK ON THE FIA / FERRARI SETTLEMENT…OH DEAR.

Paris (AFP) – The seven Formula One teams that do not use Ferrari power units on Wednesday threatened legal action against the International Automobile Federation to force it to publish its report into the Italian team’s engines.

Following complaints by rival teams, the FIA investigated Ferrari last year.

They released a statement last Friday, minutes before the end of winter testing, saying they had reached a “settlement” with Ferrari following “thorough technical investigations”, the details of which “will remain confidential”.

McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault, AlphaTauri and Williams responded on Wednesday with a letter in which they said they “were surprised and shocked by the FIA’s statement of Friday 28 February regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit”.

“We strongly object to the FIA reaching a confidential settlement agreement with Ferrari to conclude this matter.”

Last season several teams expressed suspicions after Ferrari gained in straight-line speed. The improvement was particularly noticeable after the mid-season break.

During qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix in October, Red Bull requested clarification from the FIA on the measurement of fuel flow, which is limited by the rules. They named Ferrari to the media.

In their letter, the teams said they intended “to pursue full and proper disclosure in this matter, to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally”.

“We reserve our rights to seek legal redress.”

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