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Memories from Sepang.

 F1 weekly listener Christi Paul at the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Long time listener Christi Paul lives less than an hour away from Sepang International Circuit. He was at the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999 to see his racing hero, Michael Schumacher, make a dramatic and “defensive” comeback from his leg injuries suffered in the British Grand Prix. The Red Baron embarrassed the field and especially his teammate, Eddie Irvine, who was attempting to become the first world champion without ever winning a pole position. In the race Schumacher gifted the lead to Irvine and sheltered him from the “Hak” attack.

Christi’s most memorable moments in Formula 1 include Schumacher’s victory in the 2000 Italian Grand Prix, equaling Senna’s number of wins, and his last hurrah in Brazil 2006.

Our thanks to Christi for sharing the images from last weekend’s race at Sepang.



Christi Paul in Sepang


Court of appeals decision will change the course of the Championship, Kimi.

Mercedes very disappointed with the current situation at McLaren.

More rumors… Alonso has already signed with Ferrari for next year.

McLaren called before the World Motor sport council in Paris April 29th.

FIA statemant:

– on 29 March, 2009, told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix that no instructions were given to Hamilton in Car No. 1 to allow Trulli in Car no. 9 to pass when both cars were behind the safety car, knowing this statement to be untrue;

– procured its driver Hamilton the current World Champion, to support and confirm this untrue statement to the stewards;

– although knowing that as a direct result of its untrue statement to the stewards, another driver and a rival team had been unfairly penalised, made no attempt to rectify the situation either by contacting the FIA or otherwise;

– on 2 April, 2009, at a second hearing before the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix, (meeting in Malaysia) made no attempt to correct the untrue statement of 29 March but, on the contrary, continued to maintain that the statement was true, despite being allowed to listen to a recording of the team instructing Hamilton to let Trulli past and despite being given more than one opportunity to correct its false statement;

– on 2 April, 2009, at the second stewards’ hearing, procured its driver Hamilton to continue to assert the truth of the false statement given to the stewards on 29 March, while knowing that what he was saying to the stewards was not true.

Photos by: Christi Paul



F1weekly podcast # 336



Trulli Third & Hamilton Hammered

The truly disgusting decisions of stewards are turning F1 into a freak show.

By Nasir Hameed

There was a time when Formula 1 was about motor racing, hard driven men racing even harder. From the first decade of world championship who can forget Mike Hawthorn battling lap after lap with Juan Manuel Fangio before claiming his first Grand Prix victory at Reims. In the 60s, Jackie Stewart captured his first world championship with only a wee-bit of margin of victory over Jochen Rindt at Monza. The cat and super rat fight in the 70s between a very focused and determined Austrian and an English Playboy pilot. The 80s saw intensity between Senna and Prost morphed into animosity. All these great rivalries and grand battles of by-gone Grand Prix era have one common denominator. Drivers decided between themselves who the winner was. Fans that came to the races saw a great race and got a memorable result on the track.

Fast Forward To The Modern Era: The 2009 Formula 1 season is barely one event old but the result-altering stewards have wasted no time in being back in the high life again. The great duel between Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen at Spa last year resulted in the Finnish driver spinning and crashing in slippery conditions, while the McLaren driver grabbed a memorable win. But the stewards, three men who have probably never sat in a racing car let alone race one, had other ideas which handed victory to Massa who, in his own words, was driving the last few laps “like a grand mother.”

In the land of the rising sun last year, sun really set on the common sense of the stewards when Bourdais, the victim, was penalized for a late race tangle with Massa. Then there is the Monza mockery when Alonso was accused of impeding quick lap of another competitor few years ago. The Spaniard, fighting for the world championship, was no where near the beloved red car of the Tifosis.

The Kangaroo Court: Jarno Trulli was deprived of his podium finish after the race for passing Hamilton under a yellow, fact missed by the watching millions around the world as this was not captured on TV coverage. After further review and new evidence, Trulli is again third and Hamilton, instead of having four useful points in the championship, is now on the outside and may soon be looking in.

The new world champion is accused of giving wrong information to the stewards after the race. In this day and age of technology, where there is telemetry, real time data all the time, multiple cameras at every corner of the track and life, where one is not safe even in your own basement, the FIA stewards have decided to punish not only Hamilton but also Vettel.

Hamilton may not be a regular at the Gordon Liddy Library of Truthfullness preparing to pass Mother Teresa’s college of compassion, but he is a race car driver. And a mighty fine one. Just ask his ex-double world champion teammate. Judge him by his actions on the track.

Vettel, a rare talent was only doing his job in the late stages of the race when he collided with Kubica in what can only be described as a racing incident. Now he has to give up 10 grid positions in Malaysia.

The long-shouted cry for permanent stewards with a professional ex-Grand Prix driver on the panel must be heard by the FIA. The fans want races to be decided by racers on the track. Formula 1 should not be turned into Barnum & Bailey circus where drivers are treated like clowns.

FIA statement:

At the first hearing following the Australian Grand Prix the Stewards did not have the benefit of the radio exchanges between driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and his Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes nor did they have access to the comments to the Media given by Lewis Hamilton immediately after the end of the race.

From the video recordings available to the Stewards during the hearing it appeared that Jarno Trulli’s car left the track and car No 1 moved into third place. It then appeared that Trulli overtook Hamilton to regain third place, which at the time was prohibited as it was during the Safety Car period.

During the hearing, held approximately one hour after the end of the race, the Stewards and the Race Director questioned Lewis Hamilton and his Team Manager David Ryan specifically about whether there had been an instruction given to Hamilton to allow Trulli to overtake.

Both the driver and the Team Manager stated that no such instruction had been given. The Race Director specifically asked Hamilton whether he had consciously allowed Trulli to overtake. Hamilton insisted that he had not done so.

The new elements presented to the Stewards several days after the 2009 Australian Grand Prix which led to the reconvened Stewards Meeting clearly show that:

a. Immediately after the race and before Lewis Hamilton attended the Stewards Meeting he gave an interview to the Media where he clearly stated that the Team had told him to let Trulli pass.

b. Furthermore, the radio exchanges between the driver and the Team contain two explicit orders from the Team to let the Toyota pass.

The Stewards, having learned about the radio exchanges and the Media interview, felt strongly that they had been misled by the driver and his Team Manager which led to Jarno Trulli being unfairly penalised and Lewis Hamilton gaining third place.

F1weekly podcast # 336

Hamilton says Dave Ryan told him to lie.

Gear box penalty for Rubens Barrichello.

Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from the Australian GP.

McLaren not to appeal Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed.

Special interview with current F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais.

Friday second practice:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:35.707 40
2. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:35.832 + 0.125 38
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.954 + 0.247 40
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.015 + 0.308 39
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.026 + 0.319 36
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.161 + 0.454 37
7. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:36.254 + 0.547 31
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.290 + 0.583 35
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.397 + 0.690 40
10. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.401 + 0.694 35
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.515 + 0.808 30
12. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.516 + 0.809 34
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.628 + 0.921 32
14. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.639 + 0.932 29
15. Alonso Renault (B) 1:36.640 + 0.933 20
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.875 + 1.168 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.267 + 1.560 38
18. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.278 + 1.571 30
19. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.432 + 1.725 27
20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.930 + 2.223 37


Malaysian GP could be dark and wet.



Denso Divas: Asian beauty is in full bloom as the F1 circus goes to Sepang for round two, the Malaysian Grand Prix. Forecast calls for heavy rain and we all know it’s slippery when wet. That is good news for Herr Vettel and Hamilton. The McLaren World Champion can sure use the “great equalizer” as his package is unable to deliver against the new Sheriff in town, the Brawn boys.

Eddie Irvine, courtesy of Michael Schumacher, won the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999. Fernando Alonso scored his first career pole position here in 2003 and in the same race Kimi Raikkonen won his first Grand Prix.

The Sepang track is the first of what is now known as Tilke-drome.

On February 13, 2008, the management of the Sepang International Circuit announced its aim to become Formula One’s second night race from 2009 after Singapore, following discussions about buying a floodlighting system. Its plans seem to be moving forward when Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, the chairman of the circuit, revealed that they were in the process of securing a lighting system. He was quoted as saying, "They might be custom made for the circuit." However, since then, the organizers have confirmed that they will not be making the race a night race, but will be adopting a late-afternoon start time.

Malaysian Meteorological Department is predicting thunderstorms at Sepang all week, worsening between Friday and Sunday.

Brawn GP prepare for a repeat performance.

Razali blames the Malaysian government for slow ticket sales.

Fernando Alonso convinced It’s make or break time for the R29 at Sepang.

F1’s 2009 regulations have made it harder to overtake…Timo Glock