CLARK AND NASIR CELEBRATE NUMBER 800 THIS WEEK, IF YOU HAD ASKED ME IN 2005 HOW LONG ARE WE INTENDING ON DOING THIS PROGRAM I WOULD HAVE SAID A COUPLE OF MONTHS OR UNTIL FERNANDO RETIRES FROM F1! AND NOW WE GO ON…
HISTORY RETURNS TO LONG BEACH!
Long Beach, CA — Next April 18-19, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a double dose of nostalgia when the Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge, featuring open-wheel race cars from the 1970s and 1980s, lights up the track for a doubleheader weekend.
The twin 20-minute races will run Saturday, April 18 along with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race and Sunday, April 19 — the same day as the NTT IndyCar Series race — with practice and qualifying on Friday.
The Formula Atlantic series ran at Long Beach from 1978-82 and 1989-2008 as one of the premier “feeder” series to top-level open-wheel racing. Drivers including Bobby Rahal, Michael Andretti, Willy T. Ribbs, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr., Jimmy Vasser and Jacques Villeneuve all raced at Long Beach as they worked their way up through the FA ranks. Two former Formula Atlantic drivers, Keke Rosberg and Villeneuve, became Formula One World Champions, while 1979 Long Beach Grand Prix winner Gilles Villeneuve was also a Formula Atlantic graduate. Several other Atlantic drivers were Indy Car champions over the years. The Rosberg, Villeneuve and Rahal cars — along with many others — are expected to be in the race field at Long Beach.
The historic 2020 event at Long Beach will be sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA).
NASIR IS LOVING HIS HUNGARIAN GOULASH AND THE HOST SIMPLY HAPPY ANOTHER F1 RACE WAS ON THE EXCITING SIDE OF LIFE. WE HAVE A REPORT FROM F1W FAMILY MEMBER LOUIS JANSEN AND A GREAT GOODY BAG.
MORE WORDS FROM Mr. VETTEL…
“We leave Hungary and for a few weeks we can console ourselves with the fact that we made it to the podium in a race in which we knew we were going to struggle.
Today, we simply could not match the pace of our rivals. In terms of strategy, the idea was to come up with something different to try and do better than fourth. I managed to extend the first stint to 39 laps and that allowed me to fit Softs and have a stronger pace than Charles in the closing stages.
Now we can recharge our batteries and prepare to battle once more in Spa and Monza, tracks where we ought to be more competitive. We know there is still some performance to come from the SF90 and we have to work on that, but I am convinced that there is a margin to get better results.”
THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX HAS BROUGHT NEW HOPE TO THE HOST AND NASIR THINKS THIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE BEST F1 RACE IN DECADES! LET’S HEAR FROM MR. VETTEL…
“That was quite a race. I enjoyed it even though it was a tricky race, something of a lottery. It was a very long one and I don’t even remember all of it. It was very tough at times, especially on the intermediates in the slippery conditions.
I made up a lot of ground immediately after the start and in the first couple of laps, even though it was difficult to see. After that, it was quite hard to get into a rhythm as I did not feel so comfortable on the intermediates and their degradation was quite high. It was hard to tell if the lack of grip was because of the track being greasy or because the tyres were going off.
To be honest in these kind of races you can’t count on anything until the last couple of laps. I think I was about P8 when the last safety car came out. There are so many decisions to make, but overall we stayed on track and in the race. In mixed conditions when it was starting to dry on the slicks I felt comfortable and that’s when we made up the most ground.”
HERE WE GO! THIS TIME THE HOST IS HAPPIER AND IS ACCEPTING LCH WILL WIN THE REST AND NASIR BRINGS US AN INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER F1 DRIVER FROM SWITZERLAND
MARC SURER made his Formula 1 debut for Ensign at the end of the 1979 season, then broke his ankles when he crashed an ATS at Kyalami the following spring while testing for the South African Grand Prix. He started 1981 by driving for Ensign and coming fourth in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but then suffered more leg injuries when he crashed – again at Kyalami. It was a tough blow but Surer fought back again and drove for Arrows from 1982 until the end of 1984.
He was hired to drive for the Brabham-BMW squad in 1985. That year he also won the Spa 24 Hours, sharing a Schnitzer BMW 635CSi with Gerhard Berger and Roberto Ravaglia. In 1986 he was transferred back to Arrows but his professional racing career ended soon afterwards when he crashed his own Ford RS200 on the Hessen Rally in Germany. The accident cost the life of his co-driver and Surer suffered terrible injuries and burns.In 1988 however BMW took him on to be an instructor in its driver training programme and he started his career as a TV commentator with the DRS channel in Switzerland. In 1991 he was appointed head of BMW Motorsport and in 1994 and 1995 Johnny Cecotto and Jo Winkelhock won the German Super Touring Car Championship for BMW. In 1996 he began commentating for the German TV station DF1 and in 1997 became the host of his own programme on Swiss TV. He remains a TV presenter and racing school instructor.
Highs and lows in Marc’s F1 career
83 Grand Prix 185 Points (new count system) Best grid positions: 5th in Detroit in 1983 and Kyalami in 1985 Fastest lap: Rio with Ensign-Ford in the rain Best finishes: 4th in Rio in 1981 and in Monza in 1985
The most disappointing races: Crash with Warwick on 3rd Position in Monaco 1983 Retiring on 2nd spot in Brands Hatch 1985 Retiring on the way to 3rd place in Adelaide 1985
The early years: From Karting to Formula 2 Champion
Year – Category – Race Car
1972 – Swiss Karting Champion, B category – Swiss Hutless BM
1973 – Champion Formel K – Swiss Hutless BM
1974 – Runner-up German Formula Vee Championship – Fuchs/Motul FV
1975 – 3rd in Central European Formula Vee – Karringer FV
1976 – Runner-up in German Formula 3 Championship – March/Chevron BMW
1976 – 5th in European Formula 3 Championship – Chevron BMW
1977 – Member of the BMW Junior Team – BMW 320 Gr. 5
1978 – Runner-up in European Formula 2 Championship – March BMW 782
1978 – wins Suzuka F2-race in Japan & Mendoza Argentina – March BMW 782
1979 – European Formula 2 Champion – March BMW 792
1980 – 1987: F 1, Rally, Sports and Touring Cars
Year – Category – Race Car
1980 – Formula 1: 7th place in São Paulo / broken legs in a crash at Kyalami – ATS Ford
1981 – Formula 1: 4th in Rio and fastest lap in the race, 6th in Monaco – Ensign & Theodor Ford
1982 – Formula 1: 5th in Montreal, 6th in Hockenheim – Arrows Ford
1983 – Formula 1: 6th in Rio, 5th in Long Beach, 6th in Imola – Arrows Ford
1984 – Formula 1: 6th in Zeltweg – Arrows Ford / BMW
1984 – Rally: 3rd at Rally du Valais, runner-up at Ahrweiler Rally – Renault R5 Turbo
1985 – Formula 1: 6th in Silverstone, 6th in Zeltweg, 4th in Monza – Brabham BMW
1985 – Sportscar: Wins 1000 kilometre race in Monza – Porsche 962
1985 – Touring Car: Wins the 24 hours race of Spa-Francochamps – BMW 635
1986 – Formula 1 – Arrows BMW
1986 – Rally: Crashing heavily at Hessen Rally – Ford RS 200 Gr. B
1987 – Retires from active motor racing as a consequence of his rally accident (Video crash)
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.”
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.”