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Bourdais: Boulevard of broken dreams.

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The Red Bull rage is felt again on street named F1 desire.

By Nasir Hameed

Sebastien Bourdais has lost his mount at Toro Rosso. Hopes and dreams dashed like another Red Bull Academy of Talent graduate, Scott Speed, who also crossed the Atlantic looking for fame and fortune in the glamour profession that is Formula One.

“Red Bull gives you wings”. The Austrian energy drink company, headed by self-made billionaire, Dietrich Mateschitz, has funded and fostered many young racing talents from all over the globe. But they have also become the Scissor-hand of motor racing.

Quick to clip. Just ask Vitantonio Liuzzi. The Italian won world karting championship and then dominated the final F3000 season in 2004 before the series became GP2.
He became a victim of “home boy” syndrome as Red Bull tried to give wings to their young Austrian driver Christian Klien’s career. Unable to turn him into the next Rindt or Lauda, both Speed and Liuzzi experienced the extreme urgency to perform to their master’s liking.

The hostile and “we are not running an F1 kindergarten” environment provided to Toro Rosso drivers by Franz Tost and company may not be the best way to motivate young drivers. Fact remains there are no second chances in Formula One. Once there you have to deliver, as in the words of ex-Williams Grand Prix driver, Derek Daly, “there is no where to hide”.

The Garden of Formula One of red roses and silver linings is famous for fairy tales. Be it in the form of out qualifying your teammate and McLaren’s regular second driver, Jochen Mass, on your Grand Prix debut like Gilles Villeneuve at Silverstone, 1977. Or taking your Toleman-turbo in the wet streets of Monte-Carlo in 1984, to fight for the lead with the Professor in only your sixth Grand Prix start.

Back to Bourdais: Born and bred in Le Mans, famous for it’s annual 24 hours race, Sebastien Bourdais knocked on the doors of Formula One once before. After winning the 2002 Formula 3000 Championship he lost the Renault test-driver seat to Franck Montagny. Entry was denied, as reported in some circles, due to Bourdais’ refusal to sign boss man Flavio Briatore as his manager.

Crossing the Atlantic, under management of David Sears of Super Nova team, Bourdais found fame and fortune and dominated the Champ Car series winning the championship four years in a row from 2004-07.

With nothing to prove on this side of the pond, and the desire of wife Claire to raise their daughter in Europe, Bourdais hooked up with Nicholas Todt, son of ex-Ferrari team manager Jean Todt, and landed in Formula One with Toro Rosso, now a Red Bull Junior team but which stared life as Minardi and launched the careers of Fernando Alonso and latest Grand Prix winner Mark Webber.

Rocky roads and relationship lay ahead for the Frenchman. Claims of car not suited to “my driving style” and constant comparisons with the new German wunderkind and teammate, Sebastian Vettel, did not help nor endear him to Tost and his troops based in Faenza, Italy.

Deliverance and breathing room was provided by the departure of the talented Mr. Vettel to the senior Red Bull team at the end of last season. Toro Rosso replaced the German Sebastian with Swiss Sebastien, rookie Buemi, who was unable to beat Romain Grosjean both in F3 Euroseries and GP2, the official kindergarten of Formula One.

Buemi surprised many by out qualifying teammate Bourdais in the season opener in Australia. Rumors and vultures started to circle over Bourdais’ seat before the circus arrived for races on the European continent. Out qualified by Buemi in seven of the nine races so far, writing was on the (pit) wall as Bourdais was given a pat on the back by Giorgio Ascanelli, the Toro Rosso Technical Director, after his retirement from the German Grand Prix last Sunday.

"In Sebastien’s second year with us, the partnership has not met our expectations and therefore we have decided to replace him as from the next round of the World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix," Team Principal Franz Tost stated in a statement released by the team on Thursday.

Bourdais is now contemplating legal action against Scuderia Toro Rosso and is consulting with his lawyers to see if the team breached its contract with him.

In a statement released Thursday, Bourdais said, “I am very disappointed and shocked by the decision taken by Scuderia Toro Rosso of not allowing me to drive for the team until the end of the current season.

“I consider that, in doing so, Scuderia Toro Rosso has breached its contractual duties towards me; also I believe that nothing in my behaviour would legitimate a decision of the team to terminate the contract.

“I think that the team’s decision is in clear violation of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s obligations under the agreement. I have instructed my lawyers to review the situation including the possibility of issuing legal proceedings.”

High hopes Jaime: Jaime Alguersuari, youngest winner of British Formula 3 Championship last year, is widely tipped to be the replacement driver. If his Hungarian rhapsody and Grand Prix debut is played out in the next round at Hungaroring, it will make the Spaniard from Barcelona the youngest driver, aged 19 years and 125 days, to start in a Formula 1 world championship event.

Spanish oil giant Repsol is reported to be Toro Rosso’s cash cow, pumping sponsorship money-the official fuel of big time motor racing-to facilitate Alguersuari as the second Spaniard on the Formula One grid.

Ironically, this weekend the driver is competing in World Series by Renault event at Le Mans, Bourdais’ home town. By the end of the season the hype and steam will clear and results will tell if Jaime is on his way like Vettel or another ‘toast by Tost’.

 

F1weekly podcast 358

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Podcast number 358.

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Special interviews with Delphine Gruau public relations person for Peugeot.

Peugeot’ Olivier Quesnel holding a  press conference for the French media.

olivier-quesnel2An official statement by the PSA Peugeot Citroen group said that it aimed to achieve two prime objectives with Quesnel’s appointment. The first was to ensure success for both brands in their respective motorsport disciplines while the second would be to develop a synergy between the two operations in a bid to optimize costs.

58-year old Quesnel has been the director of Citroen Sport since the start of 2008. In 1980, Quesnel founded Peugeot Talbot Sport along with Former Ferrari mastermind, Jean Todt. He then went on to become the director of the Michel Hommell media group, prior to coming to Citroen.

"I am very proud to have been appointed director of Citroen Sport and Peugeot Sport," said Quesnel. "I know the latter well having started my career with this team. I will do everything in my power to enable Peugeot Sport to surpass the results it has already achieved.

"The potential is definitely there: the 908 HDi FAP is competitive and everyone in the team is extremely committed. I am counting on their continuing motivation and determination to help me rise to this exciting new challenge just as successfully as we have done at Citroen Sport.

"As for Citroen, I am confident that we have the capacity to repeat the exceptional results we obtained in 2008, namely the Manufacturers’ WRC title for the brand and the Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ world crowns for Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena for the fifth year running."

 

 

 

FOTA-FIA

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Formula 1 teams must lift conditions attached to their entries within 48 hours, Max.

FOTA members have moved to end the standoff with the FIA by devising a final offer.

"I have a lot of faith in Renault and I know that everybody is working hard to improve our situation," Fernando Alonso.

Marc Gene, who brought the #9 Peugeot home at the end of the race confessed that he shed tears of joy.

Formula 1 fans now have the opportunity with live birds-eye view of grand prix action using a new official iPod application.

 Mikko Hirvonen has reduced Sebastien Loeb’s World Rally Championship lead to just seven points.

Stay tuned to Motorsport Mondial with Nasir Hameed for all your race updates.

 

 

 

F1weekly podcast # 353

Peugeot wins the 24 hours of Le Mans

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Ferrari and Red Bull have ‘conditional’ entries and will not compete unconditionally alongside the new teams.

Nasir Hameed attending the 24 hours of Le Mans looking for Fernando and Di Montezemolo.

Special Interview with 1971 Le Mans winner Gijs Van Lennep. (Originally Aired on Podcast 127)

Gijsbert Van Lennep: born March 16, 1942, Aerdenhout is a Dutch esquire and former racing driver who gave a good account for himself in his eight Formula One drives.
Van Lennep drove for the Porsche sportscar team from 1967 and won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1971 with Helmut Marko driving the number 22 Martini sponsored Porsche 917K. They set a distance record that still stands today, covering 5335 km.
That year the Stichting Autoraces Nederland (Foundation for Car races in the Netherlands), hired a Surtees TS7 for him to make his F1 debut in his home GP where he finished a creditable eighth in a very wet GP. The following year Van Lennep won the British F5000 Championship in a Surtees TS11 and drove twice for the Williams GP team, winning his first championship point with 6th place in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix. With Ensign he scored a second point in the 1975 German Grand Prix, making him the second most successful Dutch Formula 1 driver, until the emergence of Jos Verstappen.
In 1973 he won the last Targa Florio with Herbert Müller in a Martini Porsche Carrera RSR.
He continued with sportscar racing, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for a second time in 1976, sharing a Porsche 936 Turbo with Jacky Ickx before retiring from racing.

 

FIA 2010 Formula One entry list:

SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO – Ferrari
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO – STR TBA
RED BULL RACING – RBR Renault
AT&T WILLIAMS – Williams Toyota
FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM – Force India Mercedes
CAMPOS GRAND PRIX – Campos Cosworth
MANOR GRAND PRIX – Manor Cosworth
TEAM US F1 – Team US F1 Cosworth
VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES * – McLaren Mercedes
BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM * – BMW Sauber
RENAULT F1 TEAM * – Renault
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING * – Toyota
BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM * – Brawn TBA

* Conditional entries

F1weekly podcast # 338

 

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Doornbos topped the A1GP free practice times for Team Netherlands.

Formula 1 drivers seeking to change Australia and Malaysia start times.

Lewis Hamilton and Dave Ryan continued to lie despite the evidence.

How long will Mercedes endure this McLaren fiasco?

Ralf Schumacher wants the FIA to drop lie-gate for the sake of F1.

Peugeot, Aston Martin and ORECA question the legality of the Audi R15.

Motorsports Mantra and Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Special interviews with race drivers Frederick Vervish and Harry Tincknell.

Harry Tincknell: Born 29 October 1991 is a British Racing driver from Exeter, Devon.

After a successful career in karting where he was runner-up in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, he competed in the British Formula Renault Championship Winter Series in 2008 and finished 7th. In 2009 he is racing in the main championship of the series with CRS Racing.

Frederic Vervish: is a 22 year old racing driver from Belgium. In his first ever race in America, he finished second in the Formula Atlantic season opener at Sebring, where this conversation took place. His credentials include winning the 24 hours karting of Francorchamps three times in four years. Last year he won the ATS German Formula 3 championship against some good competition, taking 7 wins and 10 podium finishes from 16 races. He also won the 2007-08 Asian F3b series with 11 wins and 17 podium finishes from 18 races. My thanks to Frederic and all the best to him in his racing career.

A1GP practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time
1. Robert Doornbos Netherlands 1:31.962
2. Earl Bamber New Zealand 1:32.030 + 0.068
3. Clivio Piccione Monaco 1:32.242 + 0.280
4. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy 1:32.568 + 0.606
5. Filipe Albuquerque Portugal 1:32.570 + 0.608
6. Neel Jani Switzerland 1:32.635 + 0.673
7. Andre Lotterer Germany 1:32.762 + 0.800
8. Nicolas Prost France 1:32.894 + 0.932
9. Daniel Morad Lebanon 1:33.019 + 1.057
10. John Martin Australia 1:33.221 + 1.259
11. Adrian Zaugg South Africa 1:33.379 + 1.417
12. Narain Karthikeyan India 1:33.448 + 1.486
13. Marco Andretti USA 1:33.500 + 1.538
14. Adam Carroll Ireland 1:33.732 + 1.770
15. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1:33.745 + 1.783
16. Ho-Pin Tung China 1:34.087 + 2.125
17. Zahir Ali Indonesia 1:35.064 + 3.102
18. Salvador Duran Mexico 1:56.253 + 24.291
19. Felipe Guimaraes Brazil no time
20. Dan Clarke Great Britain no time