CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY GET TO THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX AND THEY COME TO THE CONCLUSION VETTEL HAS BEEN RATTLED! WE ALSO TALK ABOUT MICK SCHMACHER AND HIS SUDDEN SUCCESS IN THE F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP.
In the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, nobody was faster than Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). The Russian rookie scored his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Mick Schumacher (PREMA Powerteam), the leader in the drivers’ standings, took the chequered flag in second place from Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark). For the PREMA Theodore Racing team, this result was enough to seal an early title in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams’ classification.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Also from me congratulations to the team, winning the teams’ title is great. Everyone on and off the track has worked hard to achieve this and has done a great job. In this race, Robert was very good while my start wasn’t optimal. After that, my speed was very good as well which shows that I had the potential to win this race, too.”
CLARK AND NASIR FINALLY GET TO THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX THE DISASTER FOR FERRARI AND WE HAVE THE BRAZIER REPORT FROM SILVERSTONE!
HERE ARE SOME WORDS FROM SEBASTIAN VETTEL…
It’s never easy to come and win even if, obviously, that was our target. Yesterday the qualifying didn’t go the way we wanted and we couldn’t extract the best out of ourselves. Today, starting from third position, we had to try something different, but it didn’t work out and we finished where we started.
We were running second after a good start which allowed me to get past Max, I was happy and confident when I got the call to box, I knew I needed a mega out lap to try and challenge for the lead but it didn’t work. I lost time behind another car and the brakes got a little too hot, it was close but we got the worse of it.
I fully support the team’s decision because, as I am sitting in the car, I can’t be aware of everything that goes on, so I rely on them. Our target was not to finish third, but today we just did not have enough speed.
CLARK AND NASIR NOT SURPRISED WITH THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS ARE STUNNED WITH THE LACK OF RESTRAINT ON THE FIRST LAP. THEN… F1W BEGIN REFLECTING ON FERNANDO’S LAST SEASON IN FORMULA 1
ALSO…THE HOST HAD A TERRIFIC TIME AT LAGUNA SECA ATTENDING THE ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION
MONTEREY, Calif. – Beautiful weather, incredible racing vehicles from historic eras of motor racing and unforgettable memories defined the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Nissan’s incredible 50 years of motorsport success in the United States were celebrated with Nissan taking center stage as the featured marque of this Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the first Asian automobile manufacturer to receive such a spotlight. With more than 200 IMSA sports car victories and 100-plus SCCA National Championships, many of the stars and the cars of Nissan’s past racing success were racing or on display at the highlight of Monterey Classic Car Week. More than 50 of the 551 total participants selected out of over 1,000 applicants based on authenticity and race provenance were attributed to the Nissan and Datsun brands.
Championship-winning Nissan and Datsun legends including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen attended this year’s event and took part in various activities including the Murray Smith-hosted Picnic in the Paddock panel on Saturday and being special guests on Adam Carolla’s “Car Cast” podcast recorded at the Nissan display. Comedian and actor Carolla also participated in the event. The Los Angeles-based comic owns the largest collection of Nissan and Datsun cars formerly raced by acting and racing legend Paul Newman.
Along with celebrating the past, Nissan had the season five ABB FIA Formula E car on display along with the recently revealed Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. Other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) relished the opportunity to use the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as a platform to showcase their latest creations. The world premiere of the 2019 Audi PB 18 e-tron took place amid a crowd of international journalists gathered at the Paddock Stage presented by Audi on Thursday, August 23. The following day, Ford unveiled the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition on the same stage and displayed it next to the famous Le Mans-winning Gulf Oil car with the same livery.
Racing personalities make the event as well as the cars. Late American racing legend Dan Gurney was honored in a touching tribute on the Showcase Stage on Saturday with Sir Jackie Stewart and Chris Cord sharing stories with Smith and Donald Osborne closing with a poignant musical rendition. One of Gurney’s original Lola cars was on display throughout the event in the first two pit bays.
15 race groupings competed during the course of the events with cars ranging in age from a 1911 National Speedway Roadster in Group 1A to a 1995 Nissan 240SX in Group 7B. Results of the Rolex Race can be found HERE for Saturday and HERE for Sunday.
CLARK HAVING SEEN THE FUTURE KNEW THAT FERNANDO WAS DONE. NASIR GOES ON ABOUT WHY RED BULL DIDN’T WANT TO PRESSURE MAX WITH A FERNANDO…AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW…NEEL JANI
He was linked to a reserve F1 seat with the Sauber team. In 2004 however, he moved back to GP2 the following year. In December 2005 he was confirmed as Scuderia Toro Rosso’s third driver, alongside race drivers Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi, a role he held throughout the 2006 season, before departing to pursue a Champ Car career. For the 2008 F1 season, Neel was linked with the test driving role at Red Bull Racing.
As his father is from India, Jani was linked to the proposed Indian-backed buyout of BMW Sauber but this did not succeed. In early 2010 he tested for Force India and was rumoured to be involved with the team in 2010. However Force India signed Mercedes driver Paul di Resta as their test and reserve driver.
CLARK AND NASIR REACT TO THE BIG RICCIARDO NEWS, WE FINALLY COVER THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX AND VETTLE LOST ANOTHER ONE! THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTERVIEW IS WITH FIA EUROPEAN F3 CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER GUAN YU ZHOU…
Born in Shanghai on 30th May 1999, Guan Yu Zhou began karting at the age of eight. In 2008, he won 8 races and was crowned “Best Young Driver.” In 2012, he moved from China to London to study, while continuing to race karts, joining Team Strawberry Racing, taking some important wins in the Rotax championships. In 2013, Guan Yu took the title in the European Junior Rotax and ABKC S1 Rotax Junior series, as well as finishing third in the final of the Euro Max Challenge in France.
In 2014, he joined Maranello’s Ferrari Driver Academy and raced for the Strawberry Racing Team in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge and in the CIK-FIA European Championship KF. In 2015, the Chinese youngster raced in the Italian Formula 4 series with the Prema team and the following year he joined the Motopark team, racing in the European Formula 3 series. In 2017, he came eighth, with five podium finishes with Prema, for whom he continues to race in 2018.
CLARK AND NASIR SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON VETTEL LOOSING THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX GIVING LCH THE POINTS LEADER IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WE HAVE THIS WEEKS GOODY BAG AND AN OUTSTANDING INTERVIEW WITH HALF TIME FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPION MARCUS ARMSTRONG!
Marcus Armstrong half-time champion in the thrilling 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season
Five of the 10 race meetings of the 2018 FIA F3 European Championship season are history and consequently, the hopeful young guns already contested 15 races. Rookie Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing), a Kiwi racing with an Italian license and member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, secured the unofficial half-time title. Nonetheless, there still is a long way to go to the title for the 18-year old as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid is better balanced than ever. Just one point behind Armstrong, Briton Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) follows in second position, 11.5 points ahead of third-placed Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing).
To date, Marcus Armstrong didn’t impress with spectacular manoeuvres but by scoring consistently. With seven podiums, the Kiwi participated in more presentation ceremonies than any other driver on the grid. Furthermore, he secured at least one podium in every race meeting and at the Norisring he even clinched the full set of trophies. And with two pole positions he demonstrated that he also is among the fastest when it comes to delivering on a flying lap.
Meanwhile, Daniel Ticktum already secured five poles, thus holding the lead in this ranking. With three race wins, he also is the best in this area – but is tied for the lead with Ralf Aron. Particularly impressive was the Red Bull Junior’s win in the third round of the Norisring meeting, just a few hours after his starting crash with Ameya Vaidyanathan (Carlin).
Currently, the gap between the championship leader and the 10th-placed driver amounts to 62 points. Nothing you can rest on in consideration of the fact that a total of 75 points can be scored on every race weekend. Only two drivers of the top 10 – Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) still are waiting for their first win but both came close to realising this goal by finishing second.
The fact that the racing in this year’s FIA 3 European Championship is extremely close also is demonstrated by the fact that no driver was able to defend his championship lead for a long time, to date. Seven times – virtually after every second race, another driver made it to the very top on the leaderboard. Altogether, six drivers racing for four different teams were involved in this chase. The first leader of the season was Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) after race one but in the next race, rookie Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) stole his lead. And Fenestraz was followed by Ticktum, the two rookies Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and Armstrong as well as Aron.
The summer break won’t be long for the young drivers and teams competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The second half of the season will be kicked off at Silverstone, the British F1 circuit, as early as in mid-August. Afterwards, the season will be continued at Misano, the Nürburgring and Spielberg before Hockenheim will stage the season finale, where the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion and successor of Lando Norris will be crowned.