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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.

Race highlights - Belgium 2016

Chaotic start in Spa to post-summer break racing

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Belgium 2016

by Christine Blachford

The drivers only had four weeks off over the summer, but it felt like they were all starting from scratch again this weekend. The high temperatures and tyre pressures meant no one was quite sure how strategies were going to unfold, and there was plenty of jostling for position throughout the race. After first corner chaos, one red flag period, a high speed crash and another round of Räikkönen versus Verstappen, we finally managed to get the race finished and another three drivers soaked in champagne.

Race information - Belgium 2016

The summer break ends with the spectacular Spa

Sidepodcast: Race information - Belgium 2016

by Christine Blachford

The summer break was a much-needed respite from the manic action of back to back races, but we're ready to get going again now with more of the same. The fabulous Spa-Francorchamps is first on the post-break list, giving our drivers plenty to think about as they get back in gear. The battle at the top of the championships is heating up and there is everything to play for as we head into the more important stages of a season of competition.

Hamilton's lead surely plunges Rosberg into a summer break of wistfulness, but can the German rise again?

Rosberg's recent form has seen him lose top spot as the title race takes a new dimension

Sidepodcast: Hamilton's lead surely plunges Rosberg into a summer break of wistfulness, but can the German rise again?

by Ewomazino Orowor

The 2016 Formula One season has progressed into the summer break, implying about a month devoid of racing action, but there are many points to chew over during this period. The ebb and flow with the regulations as well as the halo U-turn, and Ferrari's slump (which is even made worse by Red Bull's improvement) are among the attractive areas for reflection over the dozen races witnessed so far. But the juiciest talking point from the last five months in Formula One is arguably the tale of two halves in just the first half of the season. A tale which can be summarized as: Nico Rosberg started it, but Lewis Hamilton ended it.

Viva Scotland - Christine's Rankings, Week 20

Daniel Ricciardo gets confused on the podium and in the press conference

Sidepodcast: Viva Scotland - Christine's Rankings, Week 20

by Christine Blachford

Daniel Ricciardo might have had a good week out on track, finishing the German Grand Prix on the podium, but on the rankings table, things haven't gone so well. The Australian has lost his lead and dropped way back. On the flip side, Nico Rosberg didn't have the best weekend for his home race, but has inherited the lead of the rankings chart just in time for the summer break!

Race information - Germany 2016

Hockenheim plays host to the last race before the summer break

Sidepodcast: Race information - Germany 2016

by Christine Blachford

The summer break is just around the corner but before we get there we've got one more event to bring this bumper section of calendar to a conclusion. With five races in six weeks, it's no surprise that everyone in F1 is tired and could do with a rest, but there's no chance of that this weekend with the challenge of Hockenheim rearing up ahead of them. There was no German Grand Prix last year, so it's a chance for the German fans to get up close and personal with F1 2016.

Qualifying highlights - Hungary 2016

Rain hits Hungaroring ahead of crazy first Q1

Sidepodcast: Qualifying highlights - Hungary 2016

by Christine Blachford

If you were hoping for a straight forward qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, then you would have been disappointed with what was delivered. The heavens opened and rain poured down to mix up the order and bring out multiple red flags during the first session. If you were looking for something chaotic and unpredictable, then what unfolded during the three knockout sessions would have been right up your street.

Race information - Hungary 2016

Preview the action-packed weekend in Budapest

Sidepodcast: Race information - Hungary 2016

by Christine Blachford

In the midst of this bumper section of the 2016 calendar, it feels odd to have had a two-week gap to play with ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the sport is back this weekend and all the drivers are ready to get stuck in to make the most of the two races they have left before the summer break. It's all to play for at the top of the table, and there's some great scraps happening in the middle of the field as well. How will it all play out in Hungary?

Two World Champions and a young charger - Christine's Rankings, Week 17

Button moves back into second place after karting trip

Sidepodcast: Two World Champions and a young charger - Christine's Rankings, Week 17

by Christine Blachford

The Silverstone race is a good opportunity for home grown heroes to wow the crowds, and both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton jumped at the opportunity to do so. They're not the only ones picking up points this week though, as we've also got Esteban Gutiérrez giving his teammate just a bit of aggro, the Williams team making their very own ice creams and even Stoffel Vandoorne making an appearance.