Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

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Written by Mr. C

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She'll be back!

F1 podcasting with artificial intelligence

Sidepodcast: She'll be back!

by Mr. C

One of the trickiest problems we have struggled to resolve at Sidepodcast is how to produce timely news podcasts when Mrs Christine is unwell. I lack the talent to step in to replace her and we've bounced around all manner of alternate ideas from leaning on the community to record shows for us, to cutting up old recordings to splice together new sentences. It turns out this girl is hard to replace.

Clip art

A weekend of video work

Sidepodcast: Clip art

by Mr. C

With a number of days free this week, we tried to make the most of our downtime. In addition to tidying up a few loose ends on this site, we managed to record a number of podcasts and experiment with some new mobile technology.

Sidelining an Aside

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

Sidepodcast: Sidelining an Aside

by Mr. C

If you follow us on Twitter (and you should, frankly we're a lot of fun) you'll know the Aside with Joe series of podcasts have come to end. After 77 episodes and more than 66 hours of F1 discussion recorded since 2009, it is time to draw this particular chapter to a close. For the record Joe would like you to know that it was he who shot first, not Han.

What's all the rumpus?

@TooMuchRacing on the gravity of Alonso's IndyCar switch

Sidepodcast: What's all the rumpus?

by Mr. C

Early Wednesday morning motorsport folks lost their collective minds at the news Fernando Alonso will be racing the Indy 500 this year. Initially I was quite excited at the idea of a current Formula 1 racing driver switching series mid-season, but as the day wore on it became clear I wasn't anywhere near as excited as everybody else was.

Lucky numbers

A winning solution to an F1 headache

Sidepodcast: Lucky numbers

by Mr. C

Formula 1's ongoing employment of glamour girls to hold up grid position boards ahead of a Grand Prix created much debate during a recent Aside with Joe podcast. During the chat I argued that grid girls are an antiquated idea and pointless addition to the race, that could easily be dropped from a weekend without affecting the smooth running of a Grand Prix. This was met with pushback both during the show and afterwards on social media.

No longer living a lie

Danny Watts on being a gay man in motorsport

Sidepodcast: No longer living a lie

by Mr. C

If you haven't caught it already, there is a fabulous interview on Badger GP today with Danny Watts, a racing driver, who has come out publicly as gay. There is little for us to add, except to encourage people to head on over and read the piece in full. Then read it again for good measure.

VR curious?

Immersive experiences put fans behind the wheel

Sidepodcast: VR curious?

by Mr. C

Despite being an outfit with one of the smallest budgets in Formula 1, the Sauber team provided fans with some truly innovative content last year. Although a number of constructors have previously dabbled with virtual reality in the past, the Swiss team put in a season long effort to bring their audience Formula 1 in 360 degrees.

Who rendered it better?

The look of revelations

Sidepodcast: Who rendered it better?

by Mr. C

Another season, another round of car launches and another sad realisation that F1 teams aren't very good at marketing their own machinery. Bless them they try their best, but where the motoring industry leads the field in photo-realistic CG car launches, the pinnacle of motorsport offers up anything but that.

Progress is for everyone

Audi change the game for Super Bowl 2017

Sidepodcast: Progress is for everyone

by Mr. C

Super Bowl commercials regularly run the full gamut from terrible to amazing, but Audi's 2017 offering is up there with the best. From the start line to the finish, it is a work of art: the two boys disregarding the real competition, the fantastic catch through water and the genius of the handbrake save.

Double trouble

Autosport's cut and paste journalism

Sidepodcast: Double trouble

by Mr. C

If you ever peruse the internet in search of motorsport news you could be forgiven for thinking that every site just copies from the next. The team at Autosport seem to be out to prove the point today, posting content lifted directly from Motorsport.com.

Website speedtest (the sequel)

Measuring page load time once again

Sidepodcast: Website speedtest (the sequel)

by Mr. C

Digging through the archives, Christine found an old video comparison we created to compare page load times between this site and a number of others. Back in 2010 sidepodcast.com fared well against the competition with a load time of approximately three seconds. For fun we recreated the test to see if we have improved at all.

An Aside with Joe - I think, they think, they've got a plan

Business is business

Sidepodcast: An Aside with Joe - I think, they think, they've got a plan

by Mr. C

With the sport turned on its head following news of Liberty Media's takeover, we track down Joe between long haul flights to grab his thoughts on all matters Formula 1. We discuss who's been wandering around as if they own the place, saying goodbye to a ghastly bunch of people and why working together makes things better. Plus there's talk about pushing revenue upwards, the demolition of pay television and squeezing just a few more races into the calendar.

Day One - Motorsport Manager madness

Virtually hopeless in reality

Sidepodcast: Day One - Motorsport Manager madness

by Mr. C

With interest in eSports at an all time high and a brand new Formula 1 game about to launch, Sidepodcast takes to Twitch to live stream some motorsport gaming action. Beginning with a brand new season of Motorsport Manager we position ourselves on the virtual pitwall aiming to take Matrix Management to the upper echelons of racing history.