F1Weekly podcast # 591


Motosports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and special Interview with Axcil Jefferies…

Axcil is an extremely talented, dedicated young lad whose aspiration in life is to make it all the way to Formula 1. It may be a dream but with his dedication, passion and commitment to reach his dream, it is certainly attainable. Not only is Axcil dedicated, he is also very marketable and comes across extremely well in all his dealings with the media and other relevant organizations.

At 18 years old Axcil has been competing in motorsport for twelve years winning several championships, scholarships and accolades. Axcil is very grateful for the full backing and support of his family.


Formula One



Sebastian Vettel: “There’s still a lot of room for improvement and things that we need to do a bit better for the weekend – then we can see where we are. We got a decent run on the primes which was important and we learned things from that, but it looks tight. Unfortunately the weather caught us out, same as everyone, but we will see what we get tomorrow.”

Mark Webber: “We got some running in the wet and the dry, but we’ve got work to do. I’m not super happy with that today, but it’s good that it’s only Friday. We seem to be going okay in some places, but losing time in others – so we’ll go through it tonight. I need to work on the balance. There’s no change from the engine mapping amend.”

Bruno Senna: It was a good afternoon getting a feel for the track conditions and how the tyres were performing. The car was behaving well but we need to keep working. There is good potential in the car though which makes me happy ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

Pastor Maldonado: It was a busy day for us trying a few different things to help us decide which direction to go regarding set-up for the weekend. We didn’t complete all our planned long runs because of the rain this afternoon so it’s difficult to say where we are. I’m still feeling confident for the weekend but we have some work to do in practice tomorrow morning to make sure we can improve before qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas: It was a good first practice for us. It was dry so we completed our programme without any problems. The car felt good but we were also able to make some improvements during the session. There are still some things to fine tune but overall it was a really good morning.

Kimi Räikkönen: “It was a normal Friday for me. We did the normal things and tried to make the car as quick as it can be. We were second fastest which was good, and we’ve managed to improve the setup on my car over the last few races so I’ve been pretty happy with it. We’re just making small improvements, but we’re making them all the time and going in the right direction. It’s only Friday, but we’re hoping for another good day tomorrow. ”

Romain Grosjean: “Not the best day we’ve had but not the worst either. The car didn’t feel quite as I like it, similar to how it felt in Hockenheim, which made things a bit tricky. I made a mistake running wide on the exit of turn seven in the second session which meant I touched the wall, so a big apology to the guys for that. On a more positive note we now understand a few things which need improving in terms of setup, so hopefully tomorrow these will make a difference and I’ll have the confidence to push a bit harder and show the true pace of the car.”

Paul Di Resta : “I think the most important thing today is that we managed to get some good information on some test items – which is something that has not been easy at previous races with the mixed weather. Even though it rained again this afternoon, we completed a lot of work before it arrived and have some useful set-up data going into the weekend. I managed to run on both the medium and soft compounds today, but we missed out on getting the long run data because of the rain.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “Quite a positive day overall, but like everybody we missed out on getting the long run data. Apart from that, I felt comfortable in the session and we got through most of the set-up programme. I went out towards the end on intermediates to get a feel for the wet conditions, but the track was drying very quickly so there was not too much to learn.”

Jules Bianchi: “Lots of laps for me today, which was useful and I’m getting more used to the car now. I started off by doing a lot of short runs so the team could evaluate some test items, then I did a couple of longer runs towards the end. It was difficult to find the limit and I was not totally comfortable with the car today, so I think there is some more laptime still to come. It’s always valuable to get time in the car on a race weekend and hopefully the team will learn a lot from the data.”

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m21.995            20
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m22.180s  + 0.185  20
 3.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m22.253s  + 0.258  33
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m22.417s  + 0.422  28
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m22.582s  + 0.587  22
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m22.747s  + 0.752  17
 7.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m22.794s  + 0.799  23
 8.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m22.824s  + 0.829  18
 9.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m22.922s  + 0.927  12
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m23.160s  + 1.165  19
11.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m23.164s  + 1.169  28
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m23.337s  + 1.342  26
13.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.713s  + 1.718  25
14.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m23.814s  + 1.819  17
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m23.841s  + 1.846  28
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.328s  + 2.333  23
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.345s  + 2.350  27
18.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.623s  + 2.628  22
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m24.823s  + 2.828  28
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m25.220s  + 3.225  28
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.104s  + 5.109  27
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m27.106s  + 5.111  18
23.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.185s  + 5.190  22
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m27.822s  + 5.827  20


Aaro Vainio quickest in opening GP3 practice in Budapest…

Finland’s Aaro Vainio started his weekend in the best possible style by topping the timesheets for practice with a laptime of 1.37.396 which was nearly half a second faster than Antonio Felix Da Costa and Conor Daly.
Following last weekend’s race weekend in Hockenheim, the GP3 Series circus moves swiftly to Budapest in Hungary for Round 6. The Hungaroring area is known for its hot and humid climate and today was no exception with the free practice getting underway in high temperatures of 30 degrees.
Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan and Carmen Jorda were first out on the circuit which is famous for its twisty turns. In the first ten minutes of the session, Kevin Ceccon was leading the way ahead of Alice Powell. On his first lap, MW Arden’s Mitch Evans shot to P1 after 15 minutes had been completed with teammate Matias Laine and Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt close in pursuit.
Carlin’s Felix Da Costa then went quickest with Vainio jumping to P2. The Lotus GP driver became the first driver to break into the 1:37s barrier and displace the Portuguese driver at the top of the standings by nearly half a second. Status Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger was also on the move into P4 to knock down Evans to P5 whilst Vainio further enhanced his position at the top by improving on his best lap.
Vainio finished on top ahead of Felix Da Costa, Daly and Stockinger. William Buller rose to P5 in the final minute of the session, ahead of Evans, Abt, Tio Ellinas, Tamas Pal Kiss and Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver from Jenzer spun off at the final corner of practice which brought out the yellow flags as many drivers were trying to set purple sectors to move up the field.

F3 Euro Series

Juncadella and Sainz claim podium at Spa-Francorchamps…

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) finished second in the first race at the 6.968 kilometres long Spa-Francorchamps circuit. As race winner Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) hasn’t been registered for the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Juncadella scores the maximum number of 25 points in the eleventh round of the FIA European Formula 3 European Championship. Carlos Sainz (Carlin), who, like Juncadella, is a regular from the Formula 3 Euro Series, finished third.

Carlos Sainz led in the early stages of the race, but on lap three, Felix Serralles overtook the Spaniard. On lap five, Daniel Juncadella also overtook his compatriot, demoting Sainz to third. Behind the first three drivers, Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), Jack Harvey (Carlin), Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport) and Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam) were involved in a battle for fourth place, from which Jaafar came out on top. Following an unsuccessful attack against Jaafar on the final lap, Euro Series driver Michael Lewis lost his sixth place to Alex Lynn, but still ended up as the third-best Euro Series driver. Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) and Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport) rounded out the top ten in the 30 minutes’ race.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Considering that we still had many problems in free practice, I am very happy with second place. My start wasn’t great, but I still was able to move up into second place.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “Of course, I wanted to win, because I want to win every race. But especially the combination of the Mercedes engine and the Fortec team was simply too fast today. Actually, I can be happy with my third place.”

Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam): “The race really was fun. My goal was a top five finish. In the overall race classification, I am only seventh, but in the ranking of the European Formula 3 Championship, I have scored many points for finishing third. That was important for me.”



GP2 Hungary Preview from Esteban Gutierrez:

Budapest, Hungary – Round 9 of the 2012 GP2 Series championship sees Esteban Gutierrez and his Lotus GP team head the Hungary GP. The Mexican is currently third in the drivers’ championship.

The drivers enjoy the Hungaroring because it’s like an overgrown go-kart track. Each corner leads into the next, and there is very little chance to pause and catch one’s breath. Basically, it’s Monaco but without the buildings.

The constantly changing gradient makes the track interesting to race on, and precision is of key importance because the car is turning for a large part of the lap. It can be hard on tyres, and the cars require mechanical grip and a torquey engine. Most of all, the emphasis is on downforce and teams will run maximum wing.

The track runs along one side of a valley, drops down into the sweeping Turns 1 and 2, and then rises up again. It’s at this first corner that the only real chance of a passing move lies. The final section of spoon curves allows cars to bunch up tightly behind each other, all looking to catapult themselves past on the straight.

Esteban has been successful here in the past, finishing second in both GP3 and GP2 last year.

Lotus GP is the team to beat. They have 245 points compared to DAMS 229. Third-placed Esteban is sitting on 129 championship points, while leader Luiz Razia and second-place Davide Valsecchi are on 171 and 161 points respectively.

British Formula 3

Felix flies to Spa double pole

Fortec Motorsport’s Felix Serralles bagged a brace of pole positions at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, the Puerto Rican racer showing a clean pair of wheels not only to his regular Cooper Tires British Formula 3 rivals but also to the FIA European F3 Championship contenders who have joined the fun in Belgium this weekend.

Serralles set his best time – 2m 15.157s – early in the 30-minute session, just pipping Carlin man Carlos Sainz Jnr, who was 0.041s slower around the Belgian Grand Prix circuit. Yellow flags later in the session prevented Felix from bettering that and, more importantly, denied his rivals the chance also.

Serralles’ second-best time was 2m 15.212s, good enough to earn him a second Spa pole. He was delighted to add to the pole he claimed back in April at Monza: “It’s been a long time since Monza, now finally a double pole. I love this track, it’s all about having big balls and carrying a lot of speed and that’s what I like to do with the F3 car. I’m pleased I was able to put it all together.”

The yellow caution flags flew at Spa after a collision between the cars of Jack Harvey (Carlin) and Hannes van Asseldonk (Fortec) at Les Combes; the incident is being investigated by race stewards. It was a bad end to the day for Harvey, who missed most of the first free practice with a misfire; he ended qualifying P7.

Prema Powerteam’s F3 Euroseries points leader Daniel Juncadella was third quickest in qualifying; the only other Euro interloper in the top 10 was young Brit Tom Blomqvist, sixth fastest for ma-con Motorsport.

In the National class, Adderly Fong recovered from a free practice off to lead the way for CF Racing, a tenth ahead of T-Sport’s category leader Spike Goddard. Championship newcomer Pedro Pablo Calbimonte was fourth in class for T-Sport on his Spa debut.

There are two races tomorrow, Friday, a 30-minute challenge at 1155 local time and the 20-minute partially-reversed grid 20-minute sprint race at 1505. The 40-minute finale is set for Saturday morning ahead of the Spa 24 Hours sports car event.

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