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F1Weekly podcast # 707



The 2007 world champion committed his future to Ferrari and ended the speculation surrounding his career. Raikkonen will go on his collaboration with Ferrari for the 2016 Formula 1 season. Many drivers have been linked with the position over past few months, such as Valteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. But the company decided to resign Raikkonen for next season who will again partner Sebastian Vettel. “What can I say. For me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on. The Scuderia is my family, as I always said, it’s here I want to end my career,” said Raikkonen.


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Drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were on hand as the Scuderia’s latest Formula 1 challenger was revealed to the world – the F14 T being their response to Formula 1’s radical technical overhaul.

Over a million votes were cast in naming the car but Ferrari will be relying on more than fan power if they’re to make a strong impression, particularly early on in the season.

They have been notoriously slow starters in recent years and although none of their rivals anticipates being quick out of the starting blocks given the array of challenges posed by the switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines and more powerful energy recovery systems, Ferrari are bound to be conscious of their position.

The F14 T will be piloted by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen this year – Picture courtesy of Ferrari

On the plus side, there’s the opinion that ‘works’ teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes will hold an advantage in the race to understand and develop their cars. However, there has also been a feeling in the paddock that the German manufacturer and Renault will deliver more competitive power units.

A particular Achilles heel in recent seasons has been Ferrari’s chassis – as a consequence of their windtunnel, the predictions of which have failed to match up with track performance.

However, after a period spent using a facilty owned by Toyota Motorsport while their own windtunnel was being recalibrated, it is now up and running again.

Furthermore, Ferrari last year secured the services of James Allison, who had overseen Lotus’s strong performances during the past few seasons, who returned to Italy to take the role of Chassis Technical Director.

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Fernando at Silverstone


Ferrari will follow McLaren in the F1 2014 launch calendar, with the news the Scuderia is set for an online launch on January 25. The team announced that news on Wednesday.

Back in December, Ferrari opened up the name of the car to be voted on by the fans. The fans can make their pick from five selections announced today: F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and F616, with the result to be revealed on January 24, the day before the car reveal. Here’s a link to the site to where you can vote.

Kimi Raikkonen is already back to work at Ferrari and this launch will, of course, mark the first time we officially see him and Fernando Alonso as teammates.

McLaren leads off the launch calendar at the moment on Jan. 24, and three teams, Mercedes, Caterham and Williams, are set to launch their cars on Jan. 28 on the first day of the Jerez preseason test.

F1Weekly podcast # 643

Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) Singapore R2

Clark and Nasir talk about the Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2013 F1 season. Also special interview with Sam Bird.

Bird made his name in single seater racing in the Formula BMW category, coming fourteenth overall in his debut season and second in the rookie cup. He came runner up in 2005, which was only his second season in the category and also came fourth in the Formula BMW world final, the race itself was won by German Marco Holzer.

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For 2006, Bird entered the British Formula Renault series, where he won four races and came fourth in the championship, 111 points behind series champion Sebastian Hohenthal.

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Bird on the Formula 3 Euro Series at the Hockenheimring (2009)

In 2007, Bird raced in the British Formula Three Championship with Carlin Motorsport, racing in a Mercedes powered Dallara. In March 2007, Bird secured sponsorship from BP, “The brand is already prominent in the World Rally Championship” Mark Reader, BP’s UK Fuels Marketing Manager, commented, “Sam’s an incredible prospect and we’re excited to be getting into a relationship at this stage of his career” he added. Bird was elected to the Motor Sports Association Race Elite Scheme in April 2007, along with 5 other drivers in various British series and also participated in a series of aerodynamic tests with the AT&T Williams F1 Team.

Bird moved to the Manor Motorsport and the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2008 and had a testing year, finishing eleventh in the championship with 23 points – 16 of which came from second places during Saturday races at Catalunya and Le Mans and only picked up points from three other races. For 2009, he joined McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Alexander Sims, 2008 Mücke driver Christian Vietoris and 2008 Formula BMW Europe runner-up Marco Wittmann at Mücke Motorsport. He earned his first pole position and fastest laps, but failed to win a race en route to eighth in the championship.

GP2 Series

Bird missed the final round of the F3 Euroseries season to join up with the ART Grand Prix team for a GP2 Asia Series test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He raced in the 2009–10 season for the team, where he finished seventh in the series, with a second place in the final round.

Bird contested the 2010 GP2 Series with ART, having long coveted a drive with the French team. He was fast but frequently unlucky, losing several potential results due to technical issues, engine failures and collisions for which he was not at fault. However, he managed to claim his maiden series win at the first race at Monza, as well as claiming his third fastest lap of the season.

For 2011, Bird moved to the iSport International team alongside Marcus Ericsson. His GP2 Asia campaign resulted in three retirements from four races, but after a strong start to the main series season, he was second in the Drivers’ Championship after four rounds, with the same number of points as leader Romain Grosjean. After this point, however, he gradually slipped back in the standings and finished sixth overall at the end of the season.

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On 16 November 2010 he took part in the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi driving for Mercedes GP.


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“Rule Britannia”



Introducing the 2014 Classic Formula One Calendar

In 1958, in the streets of Casablanca, Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss were the main players in the final race of the season to decide the new world champion. Moss won the race and Hawthorn took the title.

This was the beginning of the British Raj in Formula One motor racing.

Her Majesty’s motorsports island has produced more world champions than any other nation. Ten British drivers have taken the crown since the showdown in Casablanca. And they include some of the most legendary names in motor racing.

Graham Hill was the second British driver to become world champion in 1962, and again in 1968. He also won the Indy 500 in 1966 and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1972.

Jim Clark was world champion in 1963, each and every race that season was won by a British driver. He repeated the feat two years later and also took victory at the Brickyard.

John Surtees is the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels.

Then came Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamiton and Jenson Button.

“Rule Britannia” pays homage to grand prix greats from Great Britain.

To order this piece of motor racing history, please visit our merchandise page.

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Kimi in Sepang 2013


Lotus F1 Team can confirm that Kimi Räikkönen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season to undergo, and recover from, back surgery.

The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course.