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  • Post-F1 Paths - The comeback

    Post-F1 Paths - The comeback

    10/12/2017 at 15:02

    Hello, welcome to Sidepodcast, this is a brand new mini series called Post-F1 Paths, I bet you can’t guess what it’s about! I’m your host, Christine, and I’ll be guiding you through seven short shows taking a look at what drivers choose to do once they’ve decided, or it is decided for them, that their time in F1 is over. This first episode is based on something we’ve seen happen a lot in 2017. What to do when you retire from F1? Come straight back, of course!

  • Selection box - This era of teenaged whizz-kids

    Selection box - This era of teenaged whizz-kids

    07/12/2017 at 19:39

    Usually, when I curate these Selection box links, I like to group together topics that complement each other, and split up the post into various sections of conversation. However, this time is a little bit different for a variety of reasons. Some motorsport seasons have finished, some are just getting started. Some of these links are older, some are brand new, and above all that, we're delving into a few different series rather than just plain old Formula One.

  • Punta del Este joins the 2017/18 calendar to replace Brazil

    Punta del Este joins the 2017/18 calendar to replace Brazil

    06/12/2017 at 20:49

    There's been a hole in the Formula E calendar since Brazil unfortunately had to withdraw from hosting duties in March next year, and now the barely kept secret of Uruguay stepping up to fill that gap has been confirmed.

  • Audi Sport drop appeal of Hong Kong disqualification

    Audi Sport drop appeal of Hong Kong disqualification

    06/12/2017 at 19:58

    Daniel Abt crossed the finish line first for the second race of the Hong Kong double header, but his victory was snatched away from him when the FIA disqualified the driver. The reason for the DQ was an issue with the barcodes on the car not matching with the FIA's technical passport.

  • Formula E-Brief - Your big puffy friend was there

    Formula E-Brief - Your big puffy friend was there

    03/12/2017 at 21:54

    On this show, we discuss our thoughts from a frantic first weekend of Formula E this season, what the sport can do better against what we absolutely loved, and the surprising findings of a contact sport.

  • Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

    Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

    03/12/2017 at 14:51

    Felix Rosenqvist earned himself pole position for the second race in Hong Kong, but the Mahindra driver spun on the first lap and dropped himself down to 11th place. That was after a safety car start, where the cars trawled around for one lap due to a failure of the starting lights. The action got going, but wasn't as frantic as yesterday's race thanks to the extra laps and fuel saving required.

  • Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 2

    Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 2

    03/12/2017 at 08:23

    The second race of the season was just two laps longer than the first but it made an incredible difference on the type of spectacle witnessed. Rather than all out squabbling for position, it was a lesson in energy management, sensible driving and keeping your head. Some managed this better than others, and a spin on the first lap and on the final lap (by two different drivers) had a huge impact on the results.

  • Sam Bird takes victory in opening Hong Kong race

    Sam Bird takes victory in opening Hong Kong race

    02/12/2017 at 15:36

    Jean-Éric Vergne had pole position for the first round of the 2017/18 Formula E season, but he lost out to Sam Bird after an early red flag period halted the race. The front runners got through the first few corners cleanly but at the back, Lotterer hit the barriers and caused a four-car traffic jam as the others couldn't get past.

  • Sauber launch 2018 livery alongside driver announcement

    Sauber launch 2018 livery alongside driver announcement

    02/12/2017 at 15:29

    The 2017 season has barely been over a week and Sauber are already motoring ahead with their plans for next year, hosting a livery launch in Milan that announced their driver lineup for 2018 as well as showed off a significantly revised colour scheme.

  • Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

    Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

    02/12/2017 at 08:48

    If you're looking for fast-paced racing action, Formula E is the place to go. The first round of the season kicked off with a disappointingly long red flag period caused by the FIA's continuing incompetence, but once the action got going, it was non-stop action. The lead changed hands halfway through, and we even saw a penalty for the race leader to add to the will-he-won't-he tension.

  • Michelin to continue as tyre supplier until end of 2021

    Michelin to continue as tyre supplier until end of 2021

    01/12/2017 at 20:00

    Much of the focus of Formula E tyre supplier Michelin is on season five of the sport, as they are set to introduce tyres for the brand new next-generation cars. In the meantime, though, they have agreed to extend their partnership with the sport until the end of the 2021 season, bringing their total tenure up to six years.

  • BMW continue partnership to supply official vehicles

    BMW continue partnership to supply official vehicles

    01/12/2017 at 19:59

    Formula E and BMW have agreed an extension to their partnership which has been in existence since the sport began, with the German manufacturer supplying the official vehicles. That's the safety and medical car to you and me, and it's a good looking one. The BMW i is a fully electric car, naturally, and the i8 provides safety car duties whilst the i3 is the smaller medical car.

  • A beginners guide to FanBoost

    A beginners guide to FanBoost

    01/12/2017 at 14:08

    One of the fun and unique things about Formula E is their FanBoost initiative, which encourages fans to use social media and apps to influence racing action. I’ve seen this in action in a couple of races and on replay, and have actually voted already for this weekend’s first round in Hong Kong, but it occurred to me that I wasn't really confident what I was doing.

  • Previewing the new Formula E season

    Previewing the new Formula E season

    30/11/2017 at 17:48

    The first round of the 2017/18 Formula E season is mere days away now, and you may have noticed that we're gearing up to go all in on the electric racing series this year. We've got a few posts on Sidepodcast already, and a few podcast episodes too, but there are people far more knowledgable than us out there creating great content. So, if you're knew to Formula E and want a quick start guide, have a perusal through the below links to get fully up to speed for the future of motorsport!

  • The power to change your mind

    The power to change your mind

    29/11/2017 at 15:54

    I was wrong about electric cars. I was studying ecology at the time, so really should have known better than to slate green tech. I thought jet fuelled cars were going to be the way of the future, not realizing that, if I had paid attention in inorganic chemistry, I would have known that 1) jet fuel is far too volatile for civilian use, and 2) water is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. I also thought that charge networks were a silly idea when most of the world’s power came from fossil fuels.

  • I have to remember that one - Christine's Rankings, Week 37

    I have to remember that one - Christine's Rankings, Week 37

    28/11/2017 at 20:33

    It's the final Christine's Rankings update of the season, and with it comes a new championship. Well, no, not a new champion and not a surprise one either - Daniel Ricciardo has absolutely dominated the rankings this year, and we will celebrate his championship defence a little later. For now, enjoy the final wrap up from Abu Dhabi, which includes plenty of quiz questions and fan Q&As, plus some bellydancing and bottle throwing.

  • Hülkenberg drives off into the night

    Hülkenberg drives off into the night

    28/11/2017 at 19:42

    As the 2017 season comes to an anticlimactic close, the dust begins to settle and we can look back on an intriguing F1 season. Mercedes' invincibility was broken, but not their grasp on both championships. Although, in the end it was reliability rather than pure pace that got the job done. But with Mercedes controlling Ferrari at the front in the desert, the battle for the lower placings got all the attention.

  • 2017 F1 season encyclopedia wraps up

    2017 F1 season encyclopedia wraps up

    27/11/2017 at 21:35

    With the results posted from the race weekend in Abu Dhabi, the F1 Encyclopedia is fully up to date for the 2017 season. It was a long one, but our Encyclopedia shows a nice, concise view of the ups and downs of a turbulent season.

  • New global advisory board formed, headed by Alain Prost and Christiana Figueres

    New global advisory board formed, headed by Alain Prost and Christiana Figueres

    27/11/2017 at 21:00

    In an effort to continually assess their impact on the planet, Formula E founder Alejandro Agag has put together a new global advisory board to consider and provide advice on various subjects including business and media, plus emissions, electric vehicles and sustainability.

  • Mercedes finish season with 1-2 as Bottas takes victory

    Mercedes finish season with 1-2 as Bottas takes victory

    27/11/2017 at 20:54

    Valtteri Bottas converted his pole position into a race victory relatively comfortably, in a final race of the season that was resoundedly disliked as being dull by almost everyone. Lewis Hamilton, who finished second so obviously has some grounds for dissatisfaction, said of Yas Marina: "It's a great, great track but unfortunately it doesn't suit the cars very well."