It's a new year and that means we can look forward to a new year of racing fun and games, kicking off with Daytona this month. Fernando Alonso is upping sticks and taking part in another extra-curricular series in 2018, this time heading to Daytona at the end of the month. There are a couple of links about that amongst the bumper selection below, as well as reviews and resolutions, Roborace and more.
It's Christmas week and that means it's hard to concentrate too much on full length articles about motorsports that have long since calmed down for the winter. That being the case, I have a selection of links for you today that are predominately audio and video. A few wordy posts have snuck in, but settle in for some audio/visual entertainment as you snaffle another mince pie.
It's almost time for the festive holidays, and that being the case, I wanted to provide you with a handful of great links to peruse whilst waiting for your turkey dinner to be ready or avoiding conversation with forgotten aunts and uncles. Instead of joining the festivities, have a look at the below selection of choice cuts from around the motorsport web - from the ongoing debate about grid girls, through a disappointing message from the lawyers, to a nice end-of-season quiz.
Following the conclusion of the 2017 Formula One season, I started looking at what options are available for those drivers that may need to start looking outside the paddock for their next career move. From embarking on a music career, to casting judgement on your former colleagues, the Post-F1 Paths mini series dipped and dived around the motorsport world to see what life is like after a driver hangs up their F1 helmet.
I was embarking on my periodical tidy up of our Around the Web list of great motorsport content, and became disheartened by how many previously excellent sites had been snapped up by the behemoth that is Motorsport Network. The conglomerate appear determined to aggressively dominate every single corner of online motorsport.
A while back, Journeyer posed a question about what music was listened to at Sidepodcast HQ and we promised to make a playlist or two to demonstrate. Unfortunately, we didn't get round to it but now we're delivering on that promise (sort of). During the past week, I listened to Apple Music's attempt at a Christmas playlist that had one or two classics but for the most part featured party songs, tangential festive tunes, and those slowed down advert covers that are so very popular these days.
Hello there, you’ve tuned in to the final episode of Post-F1 Paths, a mini series of seven short shows from Sidepodcast that looks at career options for drivers hanging up their F1 helmets. We’ve covered plenty of on and off track options so far, but today we’re looking at the drivers who decide they want a little bit more responsibility over a race weekend.
Hello and welcome to the latest mini series from Sidepodcast – Post-F1 Paths. Here we are assessing the options available to Formula One drivers when they are finally ready to hang up their helmets, or if they have been politely requested to do so by their teams. This is the penultimate show and today we are looking at a gig for a driver who wants to remain close to the sport on race weekends, but perhaps wants a more relaxing time of it.
Hello one and all, welcome to Post-F1 Paths, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast. This is the fifth episode of seven short shows in which we are travelling through the opportunities available to drivers once they have decided to give up Formula One in favour of something else. We’ve covered a handful of sporting achievements that drivers can aim for after F1, but this time we’re talking about using their fitness for other athletic purposes.
This week, the UK has seen a significant amount of snowfall in various places around the country and that means you can suddenly see stark varieties in the types of driver there are out there. From those who tentatively make their way off driveways and along dual carriageways to those who put pedal to the metal and care little for the traction beneath. It's fascinating.
Hello and welcome to episode four of Post-F1 Paths, the latest mini series from Sidepodcast that investigates what options are available to F1 drivers once they have decided to step out of the car. So far we’ve covered a few options for those wanting a clean break from F1 but now it’s time to go back to the paddock with a new challenge – being the boss.
Hello there, welcome to Post-F1 Paths from Sidepodcast, a mini series of seven short shows looking at what options are available to drivers who hang up their F1 helmets and look for a career outside of the paddock. This is the third episode and today we’re talking about drivers who still need that thrill of the race, and so look to other motorsport series’.
Hello friends and welcome to Post-F1 Paths, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast that tracks some of the options available to drivers once their career in Formula One is over – either by choice or not. Yesterday we talked about drivers who find it hard to cut ties with the sport, but today it’s a group that have turned their attentions to other endeavours – this is the entrepreneur.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.