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Post-F1 Paths - The entrepreneur

The commercial and creative world outside Formula One

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The entrepreneur

by Christine Blachford

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.

Post-F1 Paths - The comeback

Charting options available to drivers for life after Formula One

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The comeback

by Christine Blachford

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

Which drivers are returning and which series' to keep an eye on

Sidepodcast: Selection box - This era of teenaged whizz-kids

by Christine Blachford

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.

Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

Spins and disqualifications for second round

Sidepodcast: Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

by Christine Blachford

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

Energy saving dominates and two spins dictate the order

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 2

by Christine Blachford

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.

Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

Red flags, pit lane incidents, drive through penalties and more

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

by Christine Blachford

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.

BMW continue partnership to supply official vehicles

Supply of safety and medical cars to continue

Sidepodcast: BMW continue partnership to supply official vehicles

by Christine Blachford

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.

Previewing the new Formula E season

Committed to throwing the combustion engine into the recycling bin

Sidepodcast: Previewing the new Formula E season

by Christine Blachford

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!

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

Final points round up of the year as the champion earns his crown

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

by Christine Blachford

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.

Mercedes finish season with 1-2 as Bottas takes victory

Yas Marina race disappoints as season closes

Sidepodcast: Mercedes finish season with 1-2 as Bottas takes victory

by Christine Blachford

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."