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  • Race information - United States 2017

    Race information - United States 2017

    18/10/2017 at 17:58

    There are just four races left of the 2017 season, and whilst the championship is likely to be decided before we get to the end, there's still plenty to keep an eye on. This weekend, Formula One is being hosted by the Circuit of the Americas, a still relatively new but impressive facility. It's a popular track, which is even more impressive considering the results and reviews of other newer circuits, and should provide a great weekend of racing.

  • Ocon stars in land of the rising sun

    Ocon stars in land of the rising sun

    10/10/2017 at 21:02

    As Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes ground to a halt, some spectacular drives made the Japanese GP worth getting up for. Some made silly errors or saw their hopes ended by punctures, but points were available for those who strung together the Suzuka twists and turns perfectly.

  • She's a fan, hence the hat - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

    She's a fan, hence the hat - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

    10/10/2017 at 21:00

    At this point in the rankings season, I'd usually be saying the competition is wide open and it's all to play for. Granted, there are still a good few weeks left but, just like the actual Formula One championship, things are very much headed in the direction of one particular driver. Every single day, Daniel Ricciardo is doing new and brilliant things to engage with fans and generally just bring the fun. Amazing.

  • Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

    Hamilton takes Suzuka victory, extending title lead as Vettel retires

    09/10/2017 at 19:03

    Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix but it wasn't an easy victory for the Mercedes driver, as he was chased to the line by Max Verstappen, with Daniel Ricciardo making it a double podium finish for Red Bull. Verstappen crossed the line just one second behind the race winner after a close battle to the finish, but Hamilton would have been happy it was a Red Bull following him and not a Ferrari.

  • Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

    Palmer leaves Renault, making way for Sainz to join the team

    07/10/2017 at 15:08

    The recent reshuffles at Toro Rosso aren't over this season, with news at Renault having an impact on the team after this weekend's race in Japan. Jolyon Palmer announced after qualifying that Japan would be his last race with Renault, and that being the case, the team have snapped up Carlos Sainz for the rest of the season. And, for Daniil Kvyat, that means a chance to step back into a race seat, after being cast aside in favour of Pierre Gasly last weekend.

  • Hamilton scores another pole as Grosjean crashes out

    Hamilton scores another pole as Grosjean crashes out

    07/10/2017 at 15:07

    All of the sessions in Suzuka so far this weekend have featured a crash, and qualifying was no different. Romain Grosjean was the unlucky culprit, crashing his Haas into the barriers hard, and ending Q1 a minute early. The session wasn't restarted and there was plenty of damage to the Frenchman's car.

  • Free practice results updated for Japanese Grand Prix

    Free practice results updated for Japanese Grand Prix

    06/10/2017 at 20:05

    There wasn't a lot of action in second practice at Suzuka, most of the fun seemed to be happening in the pit lane. But what little running there was saw Hamilton finish the day on top. Catch up with the full results now!

  • Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

    Sainz crash and heavy rain delay practice sessions in Japan

    06/10/2017 at 19:43

    The anticipated rain hit both free practice sessions in Suzuka, but FP1 got underway on time. About halfway through the session, however, Carlos Sainz crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso, ending with the car sprawling across the track and bringing out the red flags. The action got going again with twenty minutes to go, but halfway through that the rain started to fall and the times saw no improvement – Vettel was the fastest.

  • Selection box - The metaphorical aura

    Selection box - The metaphorical aura

    05/10/2017 at 17:55

    Back to back racing always means there isn't a lot of time to digest what has happened in a race, and after the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend, there's a lot to think about. The topic on everyone's minds at this point in the season is the championship - we're getting to crunch time and the mathematically possibilities are dwindling fast.

  • Race information - Japan 2017

    Race information - Japan 2017

    04/10/2017 at 20:52

    The return from the summer break has taken a little while to get going, but as we head into the last five races of the season, things are really starting to brighten up. We've got a championship battle that is admittedly one-sided, but still open to change, and there are some fantastic racing circuits coming up - including this weekend's. The Suzuka track is a popular but tricky one, which can often produce great racing, but can also be hampered by the weather. How will it all pan out this weekend?

  • I cut his cake - Christine's Rankings, Week 29

    I cut his cake - Christine's Rankings, Week 29

    03/10/2017 at 20:09

    It's getting to that point in the Formula One season when things start to get serious. There are two championships up for grabs, and it's eyes down, concentrate to see who is going to win it. Here at Sidepodcast though, it's a different story, as we search for the lighter side of the sport. This week, there are points for drivers going head to head with their boss, taking on the team in a different game, and hitting the streets in a kart and a costume.

  • V for victory

    V for victory

    01/10/2017 at 17:59

    As Malaysia waves goodbye to F1, it served up another unpredictable race with a fifth winner of the season and quality drives throughout the field, including a solid debut for Pierre Gasly. But all three stars of the race had one thing in common: the letter V. Just when it looked like Max Verstappen was destined not to have another podium, a guilt-edged opportunity came his way.

  • Verstappen takes race victory in Sepang as Vettel minimises the damage

    Verstappen takes race victory in Sepang as Vettel minimises the damage

    01/10/2017 at 17:32

    Lewis Hamilton's pole position saw him lead the race in Malaysia initially, but he couldn't stop the charge of Max Verstappen, who overtook the leading Mercedes and never looked back, taking his second victory in Formula One. Joined on the podium by teammate Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull had a really good day.

  • Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

    Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysia pole as Vettel fails to qualify

    30/09/2017 at 17:14

    Sebastian Vettel may have been hoping for a slightly calmer weekend in Sepang than he had in Singapore, but that was not to be. The Ferrari driver found himself down on power in the first qualifying session, returning to the garage at a slow crawl. The team tried to patch up his power unit but found themselves unable to send him out again, meaning the German failed to qualify. He's been given permission to race by the FIA, but will be at the rear of the field.

  • Drain cover chaos halts practice in Sepang

    Drain cover chaos halts practice in Sepang

    30/09/2017 at 17:13

    There was drama in both free practice sessions in Malaysia, but for two different reasons. In FP1, the start of the session was delayed by thirty minutes because of the rain, and things got going only to find drivers slipping and sliding their way around the track. Pierre Gasly made his debut, whilst Sergey Sirotkin, Sean Gelael, Charles LeClerc and Antonio Giovinazzi were all also in action.

  • Chinese Grand Prix gets three year extension until 2020

    Chinese Grand Prix gets three year extension until 2020

    30/09/2017 at 17:11

    Amongst the raft of renewals and contracts that are being signed and extended in Formula One at the moment, we've had news that the Chinese Grand Prix will continue until the 2020 season with a three year extension.

  • Race information - Malaysia 2017

    Race information - Malaysia 2017

    27/09/2017 at 20:12

    The Malaysian Grand Prix is dropping off the calendar after this season, so the 2017 round held at the Sepang circuit will be the last for the forseeable future. That means it's your job, if not your duty, to make the most of it as we probably won't see its like for a while. Hot, humid, rainy and a real challenge, Sepang sorts the drivers into those that can and those that wish they could. Who will conquer the beast for the final time?

  • Pierre Gasly to replace Daniil Kvyat in Malaysia

    Pierre Gasly to replace Daniil Kvyat in Malaysia

    26/09/2017 at 20:55

    With the news that Carlos Sainz is moving to Renault for the 2018 season, Toro Rosso have been searching for a replacement. They've decided to test a new face out already, with Pierre Gasly set to step into the seat of Daniil Kvyat for the Malaysian Grand Prix and perhaps a few more.

  • Aston Martin become Red Bull's title sponsor for 2018

    Aston Martin become Red Bull's title sponsor for 2018

    26/09/2017 at 20:54

    There's been speculation about Aston Martin entering Formula One in one way or another for a while now, but they've confirmed at last how they are dipping their toes into the water for the 2018 season. Aston Martin will be the title sponsor of the Red Bull team, which will thus be called Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

  • Selection box - Rediscover its racing spirit

    Selection box - Rediscover its racing spirit

    21/09/2017 at 20:30

    If it's news you're looking for, then motorsport is a good place to be hanging out. We've had the fallout of power unit shuffling - Honda, Renault, Toro Rosso, McLaren - as well as driver movements, calendar changes, and some exciting news coming out of Formula E. In this round-up, we've got all that and more, so let's just get started.