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F1weekly podcast # 350



Podcast number 350.

Prodrive officially lodge their entry for the 2010 F1 season.

Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Renault, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Brawn and Force India are in!

Flavio Briatore looking to purchase the Renault F1 team.

Loeb awarded the Legion d’honneur  by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Special F1weekly interview with rising country singer Erica Nicole.

This podcast contains music provided by Erica Nicole

FOTA Statement:

All FOTA Teams have today submitted conditional entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

FOTA confirms all its Members’ long-term commitment to be involved in the FIA Formula One World Championship and has unanimously agreed further and significant actions to substantially reduce the costs of competing in the Championship in the next three years, creating a mechanism that will preserve the technological competition and the sporting challenge and, at the same time, facilitate the entry in the F1 Championship for new Teams. These measures are in line with what has been already decided in 2009 within FOTA, achieving important savings on engines and gearboxes.

All FOTA teams have entered the 2010 championship on the basis that:

1) The Concorde Agreement is signed by all parties before 12th June 2009, after which all FOTA teams will commit to competing in Formula One until 2012. The renewal of the Concorde Agreement will provide security for the future of the sport by binding all parties in a formal relationship that will ensure stability via sound governance.

2) The basis of the 2010 regulations will be the current 2009 regulations, amended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA.

All FOTA teams’ entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship have been submitted today on the understanding that (a) all FOTA teams will be permitted to compete during the 2010 Formula One Season on an identical regulatory basis and (b) that they may only be accepted as a whole.

All FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance.

F1weekly podcast # 345




Press on regardless: Very few drivers have remained in the hearts of racing fans worldwide as Gilles Villeneuve. The French speaking Canadian was making waves in Formula Atlantic series in North America when he was noticed by a fellow competitor, James Hunt, who recommended Gilles to his team boss, Teddy Mayer.

Spins and off-track excursions, which remained the hallmark of his exciting career, marked his debut in the 1977 British Grand Prix. But what was not lost on that day at Silverstone was the fact he out qualified his teammate, McLaren’s regular number two driver Jochen Mass. Ironically, it would be the same driver who would touch his career on that tragic day at Zolder, 27 years ago today.

Gilles Villeneuve came from humble backgrounds and, in the words of famous Ferrari engineer, Mauro Forghieri, “had a rage to win”.

Villeneuve’s maiden win came in Montreal in 1978. His final victory was an epic struggle against numerous competitors in the 1981 Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama.

But nothing will ever eclipse the spirit of car # 27 and its little driver than the giant duel at Dijon in which he battled and exchanged second place position again and again with Rene Arnoux in the closing stages of the 1979 French Grand Prix.

The battle for second place even eclipsed the historic first turbo-win in Formula 1 by Arnoux’s Renault teammate Jean-Pierre Jabouille.



The Circuit de Catalunya: built in 1991 and is often referred to as ‘Barcelona’ in the racing community, despite the fact that it is located in Montmeló. The Circuit de Catalunya should not be confused with the Montjuïc circuit, which hosted the Spanish Grand Prix four times between 1969 and 1975 and, unlike the Circuit de Catalunya, is actually located within the city of Barcelona.

Because so much testing is done at this circuit, Formula One drivers and mechanics are extremely familiar with it. This has led to criticism that drivers and mechanics are too familiar with Catalunya, reducing the amount of on-track action.

When first used, overtaking was frequent as cars could follow closely through the last two corners and slipstream down the long straight. As aerodynamic balance became more critical, this overtaking method ceased as the cars were unable to follow each other through the fast final corner due to turbulence created by the leading car. This made it almost impossible for a car to get close enough to the car in front of it to attempt a pass at the first turn, which is the only obvious overtaking point on the circuit. The 2007 F1 Season saw the 1st of the 2 final sweepers replaced with a slow chicane in an effort to improve overtaking. However, the redisign did not noticeably increase the amount of overtaking.

Podcast number 345 in Post production.

Vettel focused on fighting for the world championship.

Brawn GP to promote the new Terminator Salvation film in Barcelona.

Rosberg and Nakajima give Williams a one-two in second free practice.

Scuderia Toro Rosso to become a full constructor in 2010.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.


Friday second practice.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.588 43
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.740 + 0.152 40
3. Alonso Renault (B) 1:21.781 + 0.193 36
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:21.843 + 0.255 39
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.027 + 0.439 37
6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:22.052 + 0.464 35
7. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.082 + 0.494 45
8. Piquet Renault (B) 1:22.349 + 0.761 26
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:22.571 + 0.983 17
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:22.599 + 1.011 40
11. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:22.615 + 1.027 30
12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:22.670 + 1.082 32
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:22.809 + 1.221 31
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:22.876 + 1.288 29
15. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:22.878 + 1.290 35
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:22.948 + 1.360 40
17. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.173 + 1.585 39
18. Glock Toyota (B) 1:23.360 + 1.772 46
19. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:23.623 + 2.035 47
20. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B)


Mid week race updates.

Brands Hatch Goodie Bag
Season Finale

A1GP Powered by Ferrari


Adam Carrol: Luck of the Irish was smiling as title challenge from Team Switzerland melted away after Neel Jani’s qualifying woes. That was all the gin and tonic Adam needed as he grabbed pole position for both sprint and feature races and turned them into race wins. He may be a regular on the F1 grid next year with one of the new teams.


Maple Leaf on Cedar Tree: Talented Toronto driver Daniel Morad is a man of international flair. His father is from Iran and mother from Austria. But he represented Team Lebanon, birth place of his grand father.


Smile. You’re on Candice camera: Motorsports power house Brazil has been win less since Nelsinho Piquet won both the opening races at Brands Hatch on the birth of this series in September 2005. His services may be available soon.


Pretty Portimao: In this day and age of doom and gloom it is refreshing to see new beautiful circuits emerge, such as the Algarve location in Portugal, above, and San Luis in Argentina. Thanks, but no thanks, Tilke.


The Old and New Glory: Sausalito ace JR Hildebrand gave Team USA a San Francisco treat by qualifying on the second row on his debut and finished fourth in the sprint race. Regular driver Marco Andretti is set to start practice at the Brickyard this week so missed the Brands Hatch finale.

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Liuzzi takes pole for sprint race.



A1GP: New strong man. Italian racer Vitantonio Liuzzi has claimed pole position for the sprint race on his debut in the World Cup of Motorsport. Team Italy is headed by ex-Grand Prix driver Piercarlo Ghinzani. Liuzzi is a former karting and Formula 3000 champion. Many claim his career at Red Bull was shafted by internal politics. His impressive pole at the equally impressive new Portimao circuit in Algarve, Portugal, demonstrates once again, no package no delivery.

Robert Doornbos will be hoping to deliver Dutch success from his front row position alongside Liuzzi. Bobby D, as he is known in America, grabbed pole position for the feature race.

Marco Andretti, driving for Team Papito, qualified 12th. for the sprint race and 8th. for the feature race.

NO LIVE STREAMING: Due to circumstances beyond their control A1GP is unable to provide live streaming for this race.

Sprint race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m30.875s
2. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m31.346s + 0.471s
3. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m31.600s + 0.725s
4. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m31.756s + 0.881s
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.777s + 0.902s
6. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m32.006s + 1.131s
7. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.084s + 1.209s
8. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m32.301s + 1.426s
9. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.358s + 1.483s
10. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m32.420s + 1.545s
11. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m32.929s + 2.054s
12. Marco Andretti USA 1m33.214s + 2.339s
13. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m33.860s + 2.985s
14. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m33.985s + 3.110s
15. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m34.005s + 3.130s
16. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m34.216s + 3.341s
17. John Martin Australia 1m34.405s + 3.530s
18. Nicolas Prost France 1m36.567s + 5.692s
19. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m36.838s + 5.963s
20. Neel Jani Switzerland –

Feature race grid:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1m30.415s
2. Adam Carroll Ireland 1m30.696s + 0.281s
3. Neel Jani Switzerland 1m30.878s + 0.463s
4. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1m30.984s + 0.569s
5. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil 1m31.023s + 0.608s
6. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1m31.025s + 0.610s
7. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1m31.095s + 0.680s
8. Marco Andretti USA 1m31.459s + 1.044s
9. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1m31.495s + 1.080s
10. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1m31.852s + 1.437s
11. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1m31.925s + 1.510s
12. John Martin Australia 1m31.939s + 1.524s
13. Salvador Duran Mexico 1m32.031s + 1.616s
14. Andre Lotterer Germany 1m32.269s + 1.854s
15. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1m32.352s + 1.937s
16. Dan Clarke Great Britain 1m32.400s + 1.985s
17. Narain Karthikeyan India 1m32.504s + 2.089s
18. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1m32.573s + 2.158s
19. Nicolas Prost France 1m32.941s + 2.526s
20. Ho-Pin Tung China 1m33.237s + 2.822s

Next weeks podcast number 339 will be a special edition F1weekly interview with the legendary Sir Stirling Moss!! Don’t miss it!

Kazeem speaks with Nasir




Kazeem Manzur, Formula BMW Europe racer and faithful F1 Weekly listener, talks about his maiden season in single seaters in 2008 and his agenda for 2009.

Q: What are your expectations in your second season of Formula BMW?

A: After one year of experience in Formula BMW I feel that I am able and will aim to win the championship. It will be difficult considering Formula BMW Europe is once again extremely competitive.

Q: What were biggest adjustments in single seaters compared to racing in karts?

A: The biggest adjustments would definitely have to be learning how to use the aerodynamics and also the whole process of a race weekend and testing is very different to that of a karting event.

Q3: Both of your teammates were in second year in 2008, was that a good learning experience?

A: Although it was hard to have two second year drivers as teammates last year, I believe that it enforced me and helped me to learn the art of driving a Formula BMW car quickly and also they helped me to understand the world of single-seater racing.

Q: Most races are on Grand Prix weekends, does that add to the pressure?

A: It definitely adds pressure, mainly because an F1 weekend is extremely busy and therefore it is difficult to book hotels close to the circuit. Therefore, getting to the circuit is pressurizing in itself.

Q: You raced in Valencia, how much fun is racing on a street course compared to Spa or Silverstone in the wet?

A: It was a great experience to drive the car through the streets of Valencia, although Valencia didn’t feel like a tight and twisty street circuit as it was a fairly wide fast circuit with great amounts of run-off area.

Q: What were the best and worst races for you last year?

A: My best race last year would have to be the last race of the season at Monza where there was torrential rain. I had to start at the back of the grid and in a 13 lap race I managed to get to eighth position from 26th on the grid. The worst race would have to have been Valencia where I started 9th. I entered the first corner and I was hit by another driver, who eventually drove over my car causing a fair bit of damage.

Q: What has been the biggest learning experience in taking driving instructions from Rob Wilson?

A: I’ve learned a great deal from Rob, and the main thing I have learned from him is how to be harmonized with the car, the surface and myself.

Q: Who would be main challengers for you for the championship?

A: It is hard to say at this point, I guess we shall find out at the first race.

Q: Last year you took part in Formula BMW Asia round at Sepang, any plans to compete in Formula BMW Americas events this year?

A: I have not made plans to take part in the Americas or the Pacific championship yet, but I would love to do the Singapore event and maybe the Interlagos event if it is possible.

Q: Your favorite track?

A: My favorite track would have to be Spa. Mainly because of how fast and flowing the track is with the elevation changes and such. Not to mention Eau rouge…

Q: F1 season starts at the end of this month, who would you put your two Liras on for the title?

A: It is hard to tell at the moment, but I reckon one of the Ferrari drivers or even possibly one of the Brawn drivers.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to rookies this season?

A: My advice would be not to put too much pressure on yourself in the first season as that will stop you from learning. Make sure you enjoy the entire experience as well.

17-year old Kazeem Manzur was born in Milton Keynes, England, and now resides in Florence, Italy. He drives for German based Josef Kaufmann Racing. For more information on his career please visit www.kazeem-manzur.com

This interview was conducted by Nasir Hameed.


Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota diffusers have been given the green light.

Henry LIoyd joins Brawn GP.

BMW will set up one car with KERS for Melbourne.

Brawn GP has informed it’s Brackley-based staff that 275 of them will be laid off.