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Have you ever lassooed anything? - Christine's Rankings, Week 32

Drivers try all manner of activities ahead of the US race

Sidepodcast: Have you ever lassooed anything? - Christine's Rankings, Week 32

by Christine Blachford

In an effort to help promote Formula One to the US audiences, our F1 drivers tried all kinds of weird and wonderful hobbies in the build up to the race. Hülkenberg decided being a cowboy was the way to go, Hamilton did the TV circuit, Grosjean turned to food, and Ricciardo, well he practiced doing the accent instead. All of these things are pointsworthy and there's plenty more besides.

What a difference a year makes

The 2016 championship draws to a topsy-turvy conclusion

Sidepodcast: What a difference a year makes

by Anna Duxbury

This time last year Rosberg was 73 points behind Hamilton, dispirited and doomed to watch his teammate achieve his second title in Austin. Fresh on the back of a DNF the rest of the season must have looked very bleak indeed. This time last year Sebastian Vettel was second in the championship and all the insiders and experts were talking about how 2016 would be the year where the Prancing Horse finally took the fight to Mercedes and might even win the duel in the desert. This time last year Max Verstappen was in 12th place with 33 points and had never yet stood on the podium. What a difference a year makes.

Race information - United States 2016

F1 crosses the pond for the popular Austin event

Sidepodcast: Race information - United States 2016

by Christine Blachford

For a relatively new entry to the Formula One calendar, the US Grand Prix has bucked the trend and provided some pretty good racing over the last couple of seasons. However, last year was something of a washout, with qualifying delayed until just a few hours before the race itself! This year, all fingers are crossed that we can have a sensible weekend, as there's enough going on in the sport to be concentrating on without the weather intervening to that degree.

You always have to look what others are doing - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

Fun and games at Suzuka, including origami, masks and more

Sidepodcast: You always have to look what others are doing - Christine's Rankings, Week 30

by Christine Blachford

It's a massive week for rankings this week, as the Japanese Grand Prix weekend appears to have brought out the more relaxed side of our drivers. We've got videos galore, of bursting balloons, folding paper, and sitting face to face with the BBC's Tom Clarkson. There's also points for messing about with a cherry picker, and being the man in the terrifying mask.

Race information - Japan 2016

All you need to know about the racing in Suzuka

Sidepodcast: Race information - Japan 2016

by Christine Blachford

Less than a week after Daniel Ricciardo took a surprise victory in Malaysia, we're gearing up for the Japanese Grand Prix, with Suzuka set to play host to the latest round in the F1 2016 World Championship. The end of the season is drawing ever closer but we still have a lot of racing to squeeze in between now and then. Thankfully, Japan often offers up some great racing, although it's an event that has been mired by bad weather in the past.

All patched up and ready for the weekend - Christine's Rankings, Week 29

Bumper round up of points ahead of Japanese race

Sidepodcast: All patched up and ready for the weekend - Christine's Rankings, Week 29

by Christine Blachford

It seems like the drivers have been particularly busy over the past seven days, getting up to all sorts of mischief as they start to wind up or down depending on their position in the championship. This week, there are points for doing battle with poultry, for explaining your track lap in miniature, and of course, getting some speed up in a fire engine.

Race information - Malaysia 2016

The hot and humid race moves to the later end of the calendar

Sidepodcast: Race information - Malaysia 2016

by Christine Blachford

It feels odd to start thinking about the Malaysian Grand Prix at this late stage in the championship. Previously a mainstay in the early rounds of any given season, Sepang has taken up hosting duties in September/October this year, although expectations are still that weather will play a big part in the race weekend. The title battle is still raging between the two Mercedes drivers, and there's plenty to play for in the midfield, so this could be a fascinating weekend.

Refuelling was great! - Christine's Rankings, Week 28

Answering questions and climbing the walls

Sidepodcast: Refuelling was great! - Christine's Rankings, Week 28

by Christine Blachford

As the drivers start preparing for the Malaysian Grand Prix, it's time to hand out a few points for actions I've spotted over the last few days. This time out, we've got some tricky questions in another Grill the Grid quiz, plus a driver answering his own Twitter Q&A with some important updates. Meanwhile, there's also more of the training battle, with a variety of different sports and activities on display.

What do women have to do to earn their place in motorsport?

Showing the men that they are capable of anything

Sidepodcast: What do women have to do to earn their place in motorsport?

by Anna Duxbury

As far back as the origins of motorsport women have played a small but determined part despite the prevailing mindset that it isn't a place for them. In 1921 Italian Maria Antonietta d’Avanzo came third in a ‘gentleman’s’ race, and ‘ladies’ races were not uncommon. In the 1920s and 1930s a significant amount of rally drivers were women, far more than today. Pat Moss, sister of F1 great Sir Stirling Moss, had three rallying wins and a number of podium finishes and in 1958 Maria Teresa de Fillippis was the first of five women to ever take part in a Formula One event.

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.

Race information - Singapore 2016

Prepare yourself for the lengthy night race at Marina Bay

Sidepodcast: Race information - Singapore 2016

by Christine Blachford

From the moment qualifying finished, it was clear the Italian Grand Prix wasn't going to deliver a classic, and that's exactly how it played out. The only thing it did do for us for the 2016 season is close up the championship even further. Given the close fight at the top, and the fact all eyes are on Singapore to provide some entertainment to boost us at this late point in the season, the real question that matters this weekend is whether Mercedes have found some performance around the difficult Marina Bay circuit.

Know your limits

F1's backwards approach to track boundaries needs a rethink

Sidepodcast: Know your limits

by Steven Roy

It has been in the rules of all motor racing for decades that the white line defines the edge of track. I can see no reason for it to change. This rule was always applied except for some reason at the exit to the Ascari chicane at Monza. Every year it annoyed me that the track limits were ignored. Now the rule is applied there but not in many other places.

Ah hahaha! - Christine's Rankings, Week 25

Retirements and racing, football and fun

Sidepodcast: Ah hahaha! - Christine's Rankings, Week 25

by Christine Blachford

The Italian Grand Prix itself might not have been the classic we wanted, but events surrounding the weekend certainly made up for any lack of on-track action. Drivers had little time to prepare for the race, jumping straight over to Monza from Spa, but they still found time for a spot of football on the home straight, and there appeared to be plenty of cake in the paddock for birthday celebrations.

F1 2016 - Fighting for wins

Catering for Formula 1 geeks on several levels

Sidepodcast: F1 2016 - Fighting for wins

by Lukeh

By now you would think that a new F1 game being released wouldn't necessarily come with much excitement considering the yearly schedule that the games have. Much like FIFA or Madden we see a new game come out from the experienced hands of Codemasters every summer or autumn, and they are now in the seventh iteration of their yearly updates.

Race information - Italy 2016

Ferrari's home race gets set for an F1 showdown

Sidepodcast: Race information - Italy 2016

by Christine Blachford

Formula One kicked off in big style after the summer break hiatus - but perhaps not in the way we might have imagined. Hamilton did some serious damage control in Belgium to stay in the lead of the championship but Rosberg closed the gap. Magnussen suffered a huge crash, whilst Max Verstappen turned heads every which way, and Pirelli came under fire yet again. Just one short week later and we're back racing at the fast and furious Monza, where Ferrari will be cheered to the bitter end by the passionate fans flooding the track.

An affection for a trophy collection - Christine's Rankings, Week 24

Summer break activities come to a crashing halt in Spa

Sidepodcast: An affection for a trophy collection - Christine's Rankings, Week 24

by Christine Blachford

After spending lots of time in the sunshine and recharging their batteries, the drivers returned to work this weekend. They had time to share some of their activities (more driving for some, training for others, messing about in the ocean for many) but then got on with the business of preparing to race. I've handed out points for celebrating in style but taken them away when those celebrations go over the top.