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Posted By: James Allen  |  03 Jul 2013   |  10:47 am GMT  |  18 comments

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for July.

This month we have a very special edition coming from behind the scenes at the FIA Sport Conference week in Goodwood. The three day event, in the days leading up to the British Grand Prix weekend, featured a wide cast of characters and was focussed on the challenges facing the sport, as well as the work that has been done in key areas.

We had a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk with some of the big names;

In a rare interview, FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting explains his role and talks about the new rules on Driver Penalty points and the 2014 engines. In a fascinating insight, he estimates that the 2014 cars will be around three seconds per lap slower than today’s cars.

Maria de Villota was injured a year ago in a horrific accident while testing the Marussia F1 car at Duxford. She talks about her recovery and why it has made her a passionate ambassador for safety.

FIA President Jean Todt talks about his vision for the sport and particularly the new generation 2014 F1 turbo engines. He also speaks about the International Tribunal hearing.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag gives us an update on progress with the new series due to kick off in September 2014.

Former Williams chief engineer and JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan looks at the fiasco at Silverstone with tyre failures.

And in a reflective interview Jenson Button talks about revising his expectations in the face of a disappointing car this year and advises his team mate Sergio Perez to learn from Fernando Alonso.

It’s a must for all F1 fans looking to get closer to the sport.


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JA on F1 Podcast July – Running order

0.00 Introduction from Goodwood House
1.34 Pirelli tyres latest from Mark Gillan
5.28 F1 race director Charlie Whiting and deputy race director Herbie Blash
13.36 Jenson Button on 2013
17.55 Maria de Vilotta on her accident of July 2012 and women in motorsport
21.47 Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag
24.37 FIA President Jean Todt
27.40 Wrap up

Total 28.22

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18 Comments
  1. Olli says:

    JA on F1 podcasts are by far the best around.

    1. dansus says:

      Good, but MWM still takes the crown.

  2. Glennb says:

    Again Charlie indicates that there will be a 100 kg fuel limit yet the teams can put in as much as they like. Whatis the consequence therefore for using 110 kg to complete the race?

    1. David says:

      Glennb, I believe that the FIA will use a gauge to monitor the amount of fuel actually used by each team. I guess teams will add a few extra litres at most to avoid running out of fuel when the consumption nears 98 or 99 litres, but not more than that. Surely there are better ways of putting ballast on a car?

    2. Martin says:

      Presumably if the teams use more than the allowed amount of fuel as measured by the fuel flow meter the car is disqualified. The car will need to leave the pits with more than 100 kg of fuel to allow of getting to the grid etc plus the fuel sample at the end of the race. The excess fuel carried will be a weight penalty.

    3. aveli says:

      charlie said we will not see cars running out of fuel again because they can add more than they need and use the extra fuel as ballasts. they will not longer check the amount of fuel left in the car but simply inspect the weight of the car.

  3. Dan says:

    why call the category Formula 1 when even now they are slower than gp2 cars and next year 3 seconds slower? Im quickly loosing interest. I can understand Webbers reason for leaving F1. Its gone off the rails.

    1. Anil Parmar says:

      They will be slower at first but over the years they will become much quicker. The 2009 cars were much slower than the 2011 ones, and then the 2011 ones were even faster!

    2. Anne says:

      I´m not happy with a slower car either. But after listening the sound of that E engine I just hope next year F1 engines don´t sound that bad.

    3. gudien says:

      Is it true GP2 cars are faster?

    4. darren w says:

      Last round at Silverstone:

      F1 Qualifying – Pole Position (1:29.607, Lewis Hamilton)
      Race – Fastest Lap (1:33.401, Mark Webber)

      GP2 Qualifying – Pole Position (1:40.716, Marcus Ericsson)
      Fastest Race Lap – Race 1 (1:41.832, Mitch Evans)

  4. JCA says:

    The delta wing car would have been perfect for formula e, it could match cars with twice the power for pace (energy efficient), generated much less turbulent air (close racing), and looked truly futuristic. An opportunity missed, imo.

  5. aveli says:

    another gem available only on this site. i like very much this.

  6. SteveS says:

    I was hoping you’d have grilled Charlie on what he was thinking when he sent Mercedes those emails encouraging them to test in violation of the rules.

  7. Lee says:

    That Formula E car sounds like a giant r/c car

    1. Rich C says:

      Yeah, really exciting isn’t it.

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