It's the off-season and that can only mean one thing. It's time to grab Giggles' Big Book of Fun off the shelf, blow the dust away and see what it holds in store for the next few Fridays. If you're new to the concept, Friday Fun is a space for... a bit of fun... on a Friday.
After making it through another full season of F1, journalist Joe Saward drops in to review all things 2013 and to look ahead at what's going on with motor sport next year.
The FIA have today revealed some of the changes set to occur within Formula One over the next few seasons, with one of the more popular suggestions the implementation of permanent driver numbers. Whilst there have been some infamous driver/number pairings in F1 (Red 5 comes to mind), it is something that has been shown off to great effect in NASCAR.
The Formula One season felt like it might never end, but eventually it did exactly that. On Friday the annual FIA prize-giving gala awarded trophies to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing, celebrating their crushing domination of F1 and fourth consecutive titles. Thoughts at Sidepodcast now turn to how we should while away the downtime between now and the start of the 2014 season, currently a massive 97 days away.
The Formula One off-season presents us with a chance to catch up on a whole heap of housekeeping tasks in preparation for and anticipation of another year of F1 racing. The list of changes are many and varied for 2013/14, but one area of Sidepodcast that we are not planning to tweak or update this year are the live event threads. So happy are we with how they work that Christine has spent a considerable amount of time and energy migrating content that pre-dated the new system over to this format.
The World Motor Sport Council met today in France to ratify calendars for almost all the series' that they govern. Naturally, our focus is on how the Formula One season will shape up next year, and it is back to a 19-race calendar for 2014. New events in Mexico and New Jersey have been dropped from the list, whilst the Korean Grand Prix is also missing. With India off the calendar anyway, that's two of the least interesting races gone for next year.
The 2013 Christine’s Rankings championship has drawn to a close, with a brilliant battle for the title fought by four contenders until the very last moment. Having led for much of the latter half of the season, and despite tough competition over the last few weeks, this year’s rankings champion Lewis Hamilton held on to take victory on Monday. It’s been quite the season off track, with highs and lows and everything in between – here’s how the year went for our finalists.
Nico Hülkenberg was just recently confirmed back at his old team of Force India, meaning that in the space of five days, we've had two of the big driver movements sorted. Pastor Maldonado was holding the key to some of the market, and once he was announced as a Lotus driver, the question hovered over where Nico would end up. There are still a few teams with decisions to make, but here's the 2014 driver line-up as it currently stands.
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