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The Great Debates - Can you compare F1 eras?

Discussing whether you can decide the greatest champion of all time

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - Can you compare F1 eras?

by Christine Blachford

Hello there, F1 friends, and welcome to The Great Debates, the latest mini series from Sidepodcast. The intention here is to shine a light on topics that cause conversation amongst everyone involved in F1, always have done and likely always will do. We have covered six topics in our journey so far and now we’re on to our seventh and final debate, and it’s a big one.

Race information - Russia 2017

Will Sochi quash F1's awesome race run?

Sidepodcast: Race information - Russia 2017

by Christine Blachford

On the face of it, the Russian race doesn't look set to thrill. The new track has exceptionally smooth asphalt which is light on tyres, and therefore one stop strategies are the norm. Given that the 2017 rubber is even more durable than before, if the drivers didn't have to stop at all, I'm sure they'd get to the end no problem. It's hard to overtake in Sochi, so qualifying is crucial, and so far this year Mercedes have had the edge on a Saturday.

The Great Debates - What is the ideal length of an F1 season?

Races every week or a shorter, more compact calendar?

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - What is the ideal length of an F1 season?

by Christine Blachford

This is The Great Debates, a mini series by Sidepodcast, and you’re listening to the sixth of seven episodes. In this series we’re looking at some of the topics that are endlessly debated, usually with no definitive answer and that’s good because I’m not looking to provide answers, just shed light on the conversation. Yesterday was all about circuits and today we’re continuing that theme but moving to a different aspect of the F1 calendar.

The Great Debates - Should classic F1 circuits be so highly rated?

Old versus new with five different aspects to the discussion

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - Should classic F1 circuits be so highly rated?

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to the fifth episode of The Great Debates, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast in search of the reasons behind some of the endlessly discussed topics. In this series, we’re not looking for answers – these are debates that almost have no answer – but instead highlighting the subjects that most F1 fans have some kind of opinion on. We’ve covered races, drivers and teams and now it’s time to look at another aspect of the F1 circus.

The Great Debates - Is F1 a team or individual sport?

That age old conversation about team orders gets an airing

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - Is F1 a team or individual sport?

by Christine Blachford

Welcome to The Great Debates, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast, focusing on some of the hot topics that surround Formula One that may or may not ever be solved. This is the third episode of our series and we’re moving on to another debate that gets the fans talking. We’ve covered already the specifics of qualifying, and a more fundamental area of the sport, and this is another of the latter category. Let’s get going!

The Great Debates - Which F1 qualifying format is best?

Reviewing some of the most (and least) popular grid deciders

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - Which F1 qualifying format is best?

by Christine Blachford

Hello there, welcome to The Great Debates, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast. This is the second episode where we will delve into one of the great mysteries of Formula One – not to find answers, but simply to ponder all sides of an ongoing argument. Yesterday, we looked at a fundamental building block of the sport itself, today, we’re focusing in on a specific part of the race weekend.

The Great Debates - Is F1 entertainment or sport?

A new mini series highlighting topics that are always up for discussion

Sidepodcast: The Great Debates - Is F1 entertainment or sport?

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to a new mini series from Sidepodcast, The Great Debates. Formula One is surrounded by endless discussion, speculation, rumour and opinions, but there are some subjects that are more deep rooted than others, some that go right to the heart of what makes F1 the spectacle that it is today – for good, or for bad. This series, we aim to investigate some of those debates and whilst not definitively answering the questions, at least making sure they are asked.

A definitive list of active F1 podcasts in 2017

Scouring the web, so you don't have to

Sidepodcast: A definitive list of active F1 podcasts in 2017

by Christine Blachford

Since podcasting began, it has been providing a revolutionary means to get great audio and video content out to those all too eager to consume it. The Formula One world has dipped its toe in and out of the podcasting water, teams have tried it and broadcasters have their interpretations, but it feels to me that there has never been such a wealth of great content for fans to listen and watch as there is right now. So many great shows, available on so many different devices, and all for free!

Vettel wins ahead of double Mercedes podium in Bahrain

Ferrari move back ahead after Sakhir success

Sidepodcast: Vettel wins ahead of double Mercedes podium in Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel took race victory ahead of both Mercedes drivers, after a double pit stop delay for Bottas and Hamilton cost both the chance of race victory. Hamilton also picked up a five second penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit lane ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. This all happened under the safety car, which was out to sort out the mess following a crash between Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz.

Ferrari post fastest free practice times in Bahrain, but both drivers also break down

Teams struggle for performance in Sakhir

Sidepodcast: Ferrari post fastest free practice times in Bahrain, but both drivers also break down

by Christine Blachford

First practice at the Sakhir circuit was completed in super hot conditions, so teams weren’t gathering particularly relevant data for the rest of the weekend. Mercedes were running longer and heavier, so finished middle of the timesheets, whilst it was Ferrari on top. Sebastian Vettel went fastest, but Kimi Räikkönen broke down due to mechanical troubles. Stoffel Vandoorne also stopped out on track in his McLaren, whilst Felipe Massa had something of a spin but finished in the top five anyway.

McLaren confirm Jenson Button as Alonso’s Monaco replacement

F1 champion set for one-off return

Sidepodcast: McLaren confirm Jenson Button as Alonso’s Monaco replacement

by Christine Blachford

It didn’t take long for McLaren to find a ready and willing substitute for Fernando Alonso, after revealing this week that the Spaniard would be missing the Monaco Grand Prix in favour of racing a McLaren car in the Indy 500. The team are bringing back Jenson Button, who retired at the end of the 2016 season as a full time F1 racer, to become the reserve driver this year and focus on other interests.