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6 Hours of Silverstone

FIA World Endurance Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: 6 Hours of Silverstone

by Christine Blachford

The FIA's new World Endurance Championship kicks off at Silverstone, with plenty of famous names and faces getting back in their cars, or trying the sport anew. Mark Webber is one of the key figures for this first race, as Porsche make their big comeback and the Australian driver makes his post-F1 racing debut. We'll also get to see how Audi get on without Allan McNish, and cheer on little Anthony Davidson, and perhaps even Lucas di Grassis. Six hours of racing awaits, so sit down, grab a glass, and enjoy!

Grand Prix from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from China

by Christine Blachford

The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull continues to rage, as they secured the top four grid slots. Behind them, Williams impressed with their wet condition performance, whilst Nico Hülkenberg scraped into the top ten. Romain Grosjean has all of the Lotus hopes in his hands, starting tenth, with Pastor Maldonado all the way at the rear of the field. After the last race in Bahrain delivered an absolute storming afternoon of action, we're expecting great things from China. Hopefully, the Shanghai International Circuit can deliver.

Qualifying from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Qualifying from China

by Christine Blachford

Mercedes still have the edge, clearly, but we saw a chink in the armour as practice didn't go all their way. Hamilton had some reliability trouble, and other drivers showed good pace too. Meanwhile, Maldonado has had a pretty shocking time in China so far, and needs a good qualifying result to prove that he does deserve his seat in F1, when so many others think perhaps he doesn't. With rain in the air, let's hope for a great qualifying session to decide pole position!

Free Practice from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from China

by Christine Blachford

Three practice sessions await our drivers in Shanghai, with rain scheduled for most of them. Red Bull are trying to move on from their fuel sensor disappointment, Mercedes are managing their domination. Williams and Force India want to capitalise on their engine supremacy and get the most from these early races. Ferrari will be dealing with the fallout from Stefano Domenicali's departure, whilst Lotus are still floundering. Caterham and Marussia want to beat each other. Sauber and Toro Rosso want desperately not to be the last of the competitive teams. Practice is where the fun starts, so stay tuned!

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Verizon IndyCar Series 2014

Sidepodcast: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

by Lukeh

After an exciting opening round in St. Petersburg that saw Will Power start the season on top, it's back to the classic straights of Long Beach for the second race of the 2014 season. Ryan Hunter-Reay picked up an impressive pole in qualifying to start at front, with the Mayor of Hinchtown and Sebastian Bourdais just behind him on the grid. There's a lot of history and heritage with the Long Beach area and motorsport in many kinds - here's hoping we get another classic race to enjoy tonight!

Grand Prix from Bahrain

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

With two Mercedes lining up on the front row of the grid, you may not be expecting great things from the Bahrain race. But, under the floodlighting for the first night race at the venue, there's going to be plenty to look out for. Daniel Ricciardo hopes to make his way through the field after a ten place grid penalty, whilst Sebastian Vettel also has ground to make up following a disappointing Saturday. Behind the front row, Sergio Pérez and Valtteri Bottas look set to squabble for the high points positions, and the final podium spot is up for grabs by almost anyone.

Qualifying from Bahrain

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton has managed to secure both pole positions in the two races so far this year, but will he make it a third this weekend? Mercedes have, of course, been looking strong, but the other teams are desperate to catch up. The Bahrain track suits Vettel and Alonso, if recent history is anything to go by, and there was a surprising amount of pace shown by Sergio Pérez in final practice. Under the sparkling floodlights in Bahrain, the qualifying sessions will decide the grid for tomorrow's race.

Free Practice from Bahrain

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

So far, reports from the desert have indicated the weather is cooler than anticipated, and with a night race on the cards, it could be an unusual weekend for the drivers. However, teams spent two weeks in Bahrain during pre-season testing, so they should be more prepared for this event than the previous two. Conditions may be tricky, and reliability will continue to be a key concern, but we've got our first chance to see Friday drivers in action, so seat time isn't as crucial as it has been. Three practice sessions await our drivers as they prepare for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Firestone Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg

Verizon IndyCar Series 2014

Sidepodcast: Firestone Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg

by Lukeh

With the arrival of Verizon as the new title sponsor for IndyCar comes a brand spanking new season straight from the familiar streets of St. Petersburg! Don't get too confused - we've not gone back to Russia after the Winter Olympics - but instead the streets of Florida to see if Scott Dixon can hold onto his championship straight from the off. He'll have a lot of exciting changes to put up with - the return of Juan Pablo Montoya alongside Will Power and Helio, and the driver swaps at teams like Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan moving about just to name a few - it all promises to be an exciting start to the 2014 calendar.

Grand Prix from Malaysia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Malaysia

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton starts from pole position, and will hope to get further into the race than he did in Australia. He's joined on the front row of the grid by Sebastian Vettel who will... hope to get further into the race than he did in Australia. Meanwhile, we might see a repeat of the overtaking from Bottas, as the Finn has a penalty and starts way down the grid with a lot of work to do. All of that is taken with the proviso that the race can actually get underway, and run to its conclusion, without the interference of the rain - not a foregone conclusion, by any stretch.

Qualifying from Malaysia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Malaysia

by Christine Blachford

Deciding the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix is what this hour's worth of action in Sepang is all about. The smart money is on Mercedes to dominate, although they have expressed concerns about tyre wear which could manifest into serious problems in the race. Ferrari have shown some performance improvements, whilst the Williams pair continue to impress - and have some ground to make up after missing out in Australia. Whether Lotus will manage to get out of the garage at all remains to be seen.

Free Practice from Malaysia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Malaysia

by Christine Blachford

The second round of the 2014 season is already upon us, and drivers are faced with three practice sessions to get used to the tricky conditions in Sepang. Endurance is going to be a key feature of the weekend in Malaysia, and thus getting as much running as possible in the early sessions will help. Watch for the rookie drivers, who may struggle with the heat, and for the cars with cooling issues, ie. Red Bull. With reliability a top concern, FP3 may be quiet with drivers preferring to hold out until qualifying gets underway.

Crashed Ice, Round 4 - Quebec City

Ice Cross Downhill World Championships 2014

Sidepodcast: Crashed Ice, Round 4 - Quebec City

by Christine Blachford

The final round of the 2014 ice cross championship returns to its spiritual home in Canada, with the season finale in Quebec. There are always a bumper crop of Canadian racers hoping to participate in their home race, get to attempt the finals, and of course win the event. The 2014 World Championship is also at stake as this final round gets underway at the longest track on this year's Crashed Ice calendar - it's bound to be a breathtaking ride from start to finish!

Grand Prix from Australia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Australia

by Christine Blachford

Lewis Hamilton lines up on pole position for the first race of 2014, with a Red Bull driver beside him - but it's home favourite Ricciardo rather than quadruple champion Vettel. Even with Mercedes having a strong qualifying, it's still an unpredictable weekend - Räikkönen crashed, the Lotus duo have so far struggled enormously, and the rain keeps on coming back. What does the race hold in store?

62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

TUDOR United Sportscar Championship

Sidepodcast: 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

by Pat W

For the first time in 17 years a major championship features both of America's classic endurance races, the Daytona 24 Hour and the Sebring 12 Hour. That series is IMSA's United Sportscar, the result of the merger of ALMS and GrandAm. Back in January on GrandAm's turf the Daytona Prototypes ruled the roost, now we're in the back yard of the ALMS will the LMP2 cars reassert themselves? Will the GT classes again be ridiculously close? The top line LMP1 cars may have gone but with 64 cars in the field there are storylines aplenty.

Qualifying from Australia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Australia

by Christine Blachford

So far, the sessions in Australia haven't been going entirely smoothly for our teams and now they're getting to the real heart of the racing weekend. With the first pole position of the season up for grabs, and the first stab at getting a head start in the fight for the pole trophy, drivers need to put their struggles behind them and get ready to find some speed. One hour of qualifying awaits, with a few tyre tweaks. Drivers now have to start the race on their Q2 tyres, with the FIA hoping for more running in the final session.

Free Practice from Australia

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Australia

by Christine Blachford

Three free practice sessions await the teams and drivers as the first weekend of 2014 rolls into action. The first could either be extremely busy, as drivers hustle to get some miles in, or very quiet as no one is quite ready on time. The expectation is that FP3 will be quiet, as teams don't want to risk any damage to the car ahead of qualifying, now that repairs seem to take so much longer than they used to. If you're in Europe, you're likely staying up late/getting up early for these sessions, but it'll be so worth it - F1 is back!

Crashed Ice, Round 3 - Moscow

Ice Cross Downhill World Championships 2014

Sidepodcast: Crashed Ice, Round 3 - Moscow

by Christine Blachford

The Crashed Ice championship returns to the wintry climes of Russia, as Moscow prepares to host the third round of the 2014 season. Having not been to the country since 2011, there are plenty of those new to the city, and to the track situated on the banks of the Moskva river. Apparently, the last visit to Russia was the coldest in ice cross downhill history, "with temperatures plunging as low as a bone-chilling minus 30 degrees celsius." I don't envy the skaters or anyone in the crowds!

Sidepodcast Hangout - So that was winter testing

Another off-season comes to an end

Sidepodcast: Sidepodcast Hangout - So that was winter testing

by Mr. C

At some point recently Christine raised the idea of a discussion thread for the final day of pre-season testing. Today's track time essentially brings the off-season to a close, leaving just a single weekend between teams and the start of a whole new season of Formula One. With that in mind it seems like an ideal opportunity to catch up with what people have been up to since the last season ended and what everyone is looking forward to in the coming nine months.

Crashed Ice, Round 2 - Saint Paul

Ice Cross Downhill World Championships 2014

Sidepodcast: Crashed Ice, Round 2 - Saint Paul

by Christine Blachford

The second round of 2014's epic Crashed Ice season takes place at the popular Saint Paul downhill track, where champion Derek Wedge will continue to try and defend his title. More than 100,000 spectators are anticipated to brave the freezing temperatures to watch the brilliant high-speed heats and cheer on the daring racers as they hit the jumps and avoid the obstacles to win the race, and attempt to take victory in the event as a whole. With only four rounds this year, every single race counts.

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