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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!

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.

Race information - Bahrain 2017

Be prepared for the first night race of the season

Sidepodcast: Race information - Bahrain 2017

by Christine Blachford

We've had two races so far this year and they've both been fascinating, for different reasons. In Australia, we were faced with unknowns and left not quite sure whether our questions were answered. In China, we got more information and saw some great racing, but most are still on the fence about whether the new style cars are going to deliver a good season or a mediocre one. Bahrain is round three, and gives us another opportunity to see what F1 2017 style is like.

This is my name - Christine's Rankings, Week 4

Passing the time in the damp Chinese conditions

Sidepodcast: This is my name - Christine's Rankings, Week 4

by Christine Blachford

There were a lot of opportunities for drivers to show off their personalities during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, mostly because of the enforced downtime due to poor weather conditions. There was also a lot of fun in the build up, with ping pong and karting, lots of training, and a brief view inside Sergio Pérez's room - both in a video tour, and a clip of some football that probably should have been taken outside.

Race highlights - China 2017

Damp conditions, safety car periods, and a fight to the line for the podium

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - China 2017

by Christine Blachford

There was a little bit of everything in the Chinese Grand Prix, with the race getting started in damp conditions. It was tricky for the drivers to know what to do for the best, and once decided, keep their cars on the road. However, that made it very entertaining for us watching at home. A couple of crashes, some safety car periods, an incredible array of overtaking moves and a fight to the very finish between teammates.

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.

Race information - China 2017

F1 rocks up in Shanghai for round two

Sidepodcast: Race information - China 2017

by Christine Blachford

With one race of the 2017 season complete, we are perhaps a little further forward in figuring out what the rest of the year is going to offer up. Ferrari put on a decent challenge in Australia, taking the first victory of the year, so the season may not be about to go all Mercedes' way. Of course, one race doesn't tell us all we need to know, so it's about time we had another one - this time in China - to let us know whether our assumptions are correct.