In this week’s episode of Keeping Track, we review the action from the F1 races in India and Abu Dhabi, Renault’s Bruno Senna helps us preview the Brazilian Grand Prix, Claire Williams gives us an inside look at one of F1’s most famous teams, and journalist Dan Knutson talks about Formula One’s return to the USA.Click here to listen to the Podcast now
1. What is your favourite part of the Albert Park circuit? Turn 3.
2. What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne? Pier 3 Restaurant, Port Melbourne.
3. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be? Nelson Mandela.
4. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Australian Grand Prix'? My home GP, and without doubt the best GP on the calendar.
5. Who do you think is your biggest rival? I don’t really have any direct rivals, but the world recession is a pain!
Mark drove one of his best races of the season but even a series of fastest laps wasn’t enough to get him onto the podium in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He came home in fourth place, nine seconds behind Jenson Button.
“I was happy with the way I drove but the race was frustrating,” says Mark. “You get what you deserve in racing but this was very tough. Had I had a clean race I could have challenged Jenson for the podium, but that wasn’t the case.”
Vettel runs out of luck… Webber runs out of time… Button runs out of energy… and Lewis runs out the winner A new name went into the Yas Marina record books when Lewis Hamilton won the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for McLaren Mercedes.
Only Sebastian Vettel had won on the previous two visits to the spectacular Middle East venue, but in a sensational start to the 55-lap race Vettel, whose Red Bull Renault started from pole position, spun off on the second corner with a deflating right rear tyre.
On Friday 28 October, AFL young guns David Swallow and Brandon Matera who are renowned for their lightening on-field pace experienced speed like never before as they strapped in for a passenger ride on the Gold Coast.
Swallow and Matera travelled with no speed restrictions in a specially built 2-seater F1 car driven by Cam McConville.
Another perfect day for Vettel… Hamilton and Massa clash yet again… Webber finishes just off podium… and drivers pay tribute to Dan and Marco.
Sebastian Vettel won the inaugural Grand Prix of India for Red Bull Renault, leading every one of the 60 laps to claim his 11th victory of the season and the 21st of his World Championship career.
28 - 30 October 2011
Venue: New Delhi
Circuit Length: 5.137 km
Lap Record: Yet to be set
Yet another new venue in the East – and yet another new Hermann Tilke design, which was formally opened on Tuesday October 15.
Buddh International Circuit is close to New Delhi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
In this week’s episode, we review all of the action from the recent Japanese and Korean Grands Prix; Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan helps us preview the upcoming race in New Delhi; Scottish rookie Paul di Resta stops by for a chat; and we speak to renowned photographer Steven Tee about life on the other side of the camera lens.