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Selection box - New Year’s resolutions across the paddock

Getting back to business with an upcoming race to consider

Sidepodcast: Selection box - New Year’s resolutions across the paddock

by Christine Blachford

It's a new year and that means we can look forward to a new year of racing fun and games, kicking off with Daytona this month. Fernando Alonso is upping sticks and taking part in another extra-curricular series in 2018, this time heading to Daytona at the end of the month. There are a couple of links about that amongst the bumper selection below, as well as reviews and resolutions, Roborace and more.

The Motorsport Saga: Breaking dawn

Happy new racing year

Sidepodcast: The Motorsport Saga: Breaking dawn

by Mr. C

It's fair to say Sidepodcast's 2017 finished a whole lot better than it started. For Formula 1 the opposite was arguably true. All the intrigue and promise of the opening races rapidly withered on the vine, culminating in what was by all accounts an unwatchable race. I won't pretend we even tried.

Selection box - What does this mean and how does this work?

A feast of posts for the soul this festive period

Sidepodcast: Selection box - What does this mean and how does this work?

by Christine Blachford

It's Christmas week and that means it's hard to concentrate too much on full length articles about motorsports that have long since calmed down for the winter. That being the case, I have a selection of links for you today that are predominately audio and video. A few wordy posts have snuck in, but settle in for some audio/visual entertainment as you snaffle another mince pie.

Selection box - This could go very wrong!

A bumper selection of motorsport links for the holidays

Sidepodcast: Selection box - This could go very wrong!

by Christine Blachford

It's almost time for the festive holidays, and that being the case, I wanted to provide you with a handful of great links to peruse whilst waiting for your turkey dinner to be ready or avoiding conversation with forgotten aunts and uncles. Instead of joining the festivities, have a look at the below selection of choice cuts from around the motorsport web - from the ongoing debate about grid girls, through a disappointing message from the lawyers, to a nice end-of-season quiz.

Post-F1 Paths - Series 1 roundup

Collecting seven options for drivers once they are done in the paddock

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - Series 1 roundup

by Christine Blachford

Following the conclusion of the 2017 Formula One season, I started looking at what options are available for those drivers that may need to start looking outside the paddock for their next career move. From embarking on a music career, to casting judgement on your former colleagues, the Post-F1 Paths mini series dipped and dived around the motorsport world to see what life is like after a driver hangs up their F1 helmet.

How a Christmas playlist should be done

Spreading festive cheer to one and all

Sidepodcast: How a Christmas playlist should be done

by Christine Blachford

A while back, Journeyer posed a question about what music was listened to at Sidepodcast HQ and we promised to make a playlist or two to demonstrate. Unfortunately, we didn't get round to it but now we're delivering on that promise (sort of). During the past week, I listened to Apple Music's attempt at a Christmas playlist that had one or two classics but for the most part featured party songs, tangential festive tunes, and those slowed down advert covers that are so very popular these days.

Post-F1 Paths - The official

Casting judgement on your former colleagues

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The official

by Christine Blachford

Hello there, you’ve tuned in to the final episode of Post-F1 Paths, a mini series of seven short shows from Sidepodcast that looks at career options for drivers hanging up their F1 helmets. We’ve covered plenty of on and off track options so far, but today we’re looking at the drivers who decide they want a little bit more responsibility over a race weekend.

Post-F1 Paths - The broadcaster

Handy skills learned during media tasks in the paddock

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The broadcaster

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to the latest mini series from Sidepodcast – Post-F1 Paths. Here we are assessing the options available to Formula One drivers when they are finally ready to hang up their helmets, or if they have been politely requested to do so by their teams. This is the penultimate show and today we are looking at a gig for a driver who wants to remain close to the sport on race weekends, but perhaps wants a more relaxing time of it.

Post-F1 Paths - The athlete

Drivers turn to other sports to show off their fitness

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The athlete

by Christine Blachford

Hello one and all, welcome to Post-F1 Paths, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast. This is the fifth episode of seven short shows in which we are travelling through the opportunities available to drivers once they have decided to give up Formula One in favour of something else. We’ve covered a handful of sporting achievements that drivers can aim for after F1, but this time we’re talking about using their fitness for other athletic purposes.

Selection box - An instant curiosity

Featuring WEC stats, IndyCar racers, human vs machine and more

Sidepodcast: Selection box - An instant curiosity

by Christine Blachford

This week, the UK has seen a significant amount of snowfall in various places around the country and that means you can suddenly see stark varieties in the types of driver there are out there. From those who tentatively make their way off driveways and along dual carriageways to those who put pedal to the metal and care little for the traction beneath. It's fascinating.

Post-F1 Paths - The boss

From driving the car to leading the charge

Sidepodcast: Post-F1 Paths - The boss

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to episode four of Post-F1 Paths, the latest mini series from Sidepodcast that investigates what options are available to F1 drivers once they have decided to step out of the car. So far we’ve covered a few options for those wanting a clean break from F1 but now it’s time to go back to the paddock with a new challenge – being the boss.

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.

Let a thousand engines bloom

An idea for Ross Brawn's consideration

Sidepodcast: Let a thousand engines bloom

by Alex Andronov

Ross Brawn is trying to deal with a tricky situation. Half the teams want budget restrictions, the other half don’t. Half the teams want engine restrictions, the other half don’t. They aren’t the same groups, there are all kinds of strange overlaps. Mercedes want the engine restrictions but not the budget cuts, Honda want the budget cuts but not the engine restrictions. They are all after their own self interests - as it ever was.

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.