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F1weekly podcast # 387

Abu DHABI F1 two seater

Lewis Hamilton tops the first free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Williams confirms engine deal with Cosworth.

Fernando Alonso with an emotional goodbye to Renault F1.

F1weekly podcast number 387

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Nico Rosberg is leaving Williams looking for a winning car.



Rubens Barrichello in Espana

Rubens Barrichello takes his first pole in five years at his home GP.

Mark Webber saves the day for Red Bull with a front row start in Brazil.

Adrian Sutil does an outstanding job grabbing third spot for Force India.

Jenson Button could only manage 14th on the grid caught out in full wets.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:24.100  1:21.659  1:19.576
 2.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:24.722  1:20.803  1:19.668
 3.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:24.447  1:20.753  1:19.912
 4.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:24.621  1:20.635  1:20.097
 5.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:23.047  1:21.378  1:20.168
 6.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.591  1:20.701  1:20.250
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:22.828  1:20.368  1:20.326
 8.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:23.072  1:21.147  1:20.631
 9.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:23.161  1:20.427  1:20.674
10.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:24.842  1:21.657  1:21.422
11.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:24.335  1:21.960
12.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:24.773  1:22.231
13.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:24.394  1:22.477
14.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:24.297  1:22.504
15.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:24.645
16.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:25.009
17.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:25.052
18.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:25.192
19.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:25.515
20.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:40.703

F1weekly podcast # 377



Nico Hulk

Shape of things and wins to come: Please enjoy our conversation with Nico Hülkenberg recorded at Mugello last year where he won the F3 Euro Series race.
Last Sunday he wrapped up the GP2 Championship in his rookie year. Rich in racing talent the young German from Emmerich is managed by Willi Weber, and is currently test driver for Williams Grand Prix team.

For more information on this star of the future please visit his website


Podcast number 377

Is Alain Prost to replace Flavio Briatore at Renault F1?

"I am putting in Bernard Rey my full confidence once all the facts have been settled, we can make a clear reaction," Carlos Ghosn,  Renault SA chief Executive.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed and…

Special Interview with GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg.


Carlos Ghosn joined Nissan as its chief operating officer in June 1999, became its president in June 2000 and was named chief executive officer in June 2001. His turnaround of Nissan has gained him celebrity status in Japan, where he has published books and even has a manga character based on him.

When he joined the company, it had debt of $20 billion and only three of its 48 models were generating a profit. Ghosn was viewed as an outsider by the media and parts of Nissan. Ghosn promised to resign if the company did not reach profitability by the end of the year, and claimed that Nissan would have no net debt by 2005. He defied Japanese business etiquette, cut thousands of Nissan jobs, shut the first of five domestic plants, and auctioned off prized assets such as Nissan’s aerospace unit. His radical moves have made him Public Enemy No. 1 to Japanese traditionalists. However, in one year, Nissan’s net profit climbed to $2.7 billion from a loss of $6.1 billion in the previous year. Nissan’s operating profit, or earnings before interest and taxes) margin has increased from 1.38% in FY 2000 to 9.25% in FY 2006.

Prior to joining Nissan, Ghosn had served as executive vice president of the Renault Group, a position he had held since December 1996. In addition to supervising Renault activities in the Mercosur, he was responsible for advanced research, car engineering and development, car manufacturing, powertrain operations and purchasing. He became president of Renault in April 2005.

Before he joined Renault, Ghosn had worked with Michelin for 18 years. As chairman and CEO of Michelin North America, Ghosn presided over the restructuring of the company after its acquisition of the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company in 1990. Previously, Ghosn had worked as the COO of Michelin’s South American activities based in Brazil; as head of research and development for industrial tires in Ladoux, France; and as plant manager in France.

Kirk Kerkorian recently urged General Motors Corporation to consider a partnership with Nissan and Renault. Carlos Ghosn expressed interest in Renault acquiring up to a 20% stake in General Motors Corporation at a dinner with Kirk Kerkorian that took place around 20 June 2006. Kerkorian had hoped to attract Ghosn to General Motors as CEO, forcing out then GM CEO Rick Wagoner, as Kerkorian believed Ghosn’s approach to the auto business and success in turning around both Renault and Nissan make him best-suited to run General Motors.

Talks with GM broke off without any alliance or commitment from either side; Kerkorian has since sold off all shares in GM.

Not so well known, is that Carlos Ghosn was also in the auditing committee of Mirant’s board, a firm that went bankrupt in 2003 after severe liquidity and accounting problems. Mirant was Arthur Andersen’s second largest client in the power industry, right after Enron.





Qualifying in Shanghai.



Sebastian Vettle gives Red Bull their first pole in Shanghai.

Fernando Alonso in his Renault completes the front row.

Mark Webber takes up P3 with Rubens Barrichello in fourth.

Flavio Briatore continues his trashing of Brawn GP.

BMW ‘s Robert Kubica fails to get out of Q1.

Jenson Button content with fifth on the grid.

Trulli completed the top six for Toyota, followed by Nico Rosberg.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.565 1:35.130 1:36.184 11
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:36.443 1:35.803 1:36.381 21
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.751 1:35.173 1:36.466 19
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.701 1:35.503 1:36.493 21
5. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.533 1:35.556 1:36.532 19
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.308 1:35.645 1:36.835 21
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.941 1:35.809 1:37.397 23
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.137 1:35.856 1:38.089 19
9. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.776 1:35.740 1:38.595 17
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.284 1:35.965 1:39.321 21
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.525 1:35.975 14
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.646 1:36.032 10
13. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.178 1:36.033 11
14. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.364 1:36.066 14
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.673 1:36.193 13
16. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.906 10
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.908 10
18. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:36.966 8
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.669 10
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.672 10

 Pos. Driver Car weight:

1. Vettel 644.0kg
2. Alonso 637.0kg
3. Webber 646.5kg
4. Barrichello 661.0kg
5. Button 659.0kg
6. Trulli 664.5kg
7. Rosberg 650.5kg
8. Raikkonen 673.5kg
9. Hamilton 679.0kg
10. Buemi 673.0kg
11. Heidfeld 679.0kg
12. Kovalainen 697.0kg
13. Massa 690.0kg
14. Glock 652.0kg
15. Nakajima 682.7kg
16. Bourdais 690.0kg
17. Piquet 697.9kg
18. Kubica 659.0kg
19. Sutil 648.0kg
20. Fisichella 679.5kg