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Selfie assessment

Sebastian Vettel takes a tour of the Ferrari factory

Sidepodcast: Selfie assessment

by Christine

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene summoned new recruit Sebastian Vettel to the Maranello factory today to tour the premises and meet the staff who will be helping him compete in 2015. Vettel has moved to the Italian team from Red Bull, looking for a new challenge after winning four championships with his previous outfit.

Home improvement

Hamilton and Mercedes return triumphant to Stuttgart

Sidepodcast: Home improvement

by Christine

As the newly crowned 2014 F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton was guest of honour at the annual Mercedes-Benz Stars & Cars event held in Stuttgart. Celebrating the end of the season, Hamilton was joined by his teammate and championship nemesis Nico Rosberg, but much of the tension that had been on display between the two during the year was gone.

Signing off

Vergne admits time with Toro Rosso has come to an end

Sidepodcast: Signing off

by Christine

It's the second time this year that Jean-Éric Vergne has been left without a seat at Toro Rosso, but this time it is for sure. The French driver had been ruled out of a 2015 driver with the Red Bull sister team after they announced Max Verstappen alongside Daniil Kvyat for next season.

Double fault

Who's to blame for a dull Russian race?

Sidepodcast: Double fault

by Christine

The inaugural running of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom was considered a dull race, after overtaking was limited, the polesitter won and tyre strategy was muted. Circuit designer Hermann Tilke has come in for some criticism for the layout of the track but he thinks it wasn't all his fault.

Forza Jules

Bianchi family release statement as tributes pour in

Sidepodcast: Forza Jules

by Christine

The entire F1 world is struggling to focus on the upcoming weekend race in Russia, knowing that Jules Bianchi remains in a critical condition in hospital. The Marussia driver was injured in a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix this past weekend, and has undergone surgery for a serious head injury.

Back to back

Ricciardo prepares for the first of two tricky tracks

Sidepodcast: Back to back

by Christine

Daniel Ricciardo went about his preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix in the usual fashion, but did find time to get a local blessing and spend some time honing his meditation techniques. The Australia driver is third in the standings behind the two Mercedes drivers and is looking for a win this weekend, so every little bit of good luck helps.

Perfect fit

Mercedes launch partnership with Hugo Boss

Sidepodcast: Perfect fit

by Christine

Mercedes have announced a new partnership with fashion icon Hugo Boss, beginning in January 2015. Hugo Boss have, up until this point, been a strong and long-standing sponsor of McLaren, but have deals with Mercedes outside of Formula One. With McLaren splitting from Mercedes to use Honda engines from next season, the team were expecting their partnership with the fashion label to come to an end.

Double agent

Daniil Kvyat impresses in Italy despite difficulties

Sidepodcast: Double agent

by Christine

Daniil Kvyat put in a reasonably good qualifying performance in Monza, not quite matching his highs of the top ten, but finishing in 11th place. Unfortunately, the Toro Rosso driver had his sixth engine bolted inside the car, meaning a ten place grid drop which rather put him on the back foot on Sunday.

Sink or swim

The moment of truth for Caterham F1

Sidepodcast: Sink or swim

by Christine

Caterham suffered a double DNF in Hungary, the third time that has happened this year. Marcus Ericsson crashed out early in the race, whilst Kamui Kobayashi returned to the pit lane with a fuel pump problem. It was a difficult end to the first half of the season for the team, but they'll need to go back to Leafield and come up with a better plan of attack for 2014 part two.

The art of travel

Gutiérrez retires from Hungary, sixth DNF in a row

Sidepodcast: The art of travel

by Christine

Esteban Gutiérrez notched up his sixth retirement of the 2014 season in Hungary, after the energy recovery system on his Sauber failed and sent him out of the race. Teammate Adrian Sutil managed to get to the end of the race but didn't pick up any points, leaving Sauber still sitting on zero as the season heads into its second half.

Wagon wheel

Unsafe release penalties are under scrutiny

Sidepodcast: Wagon wheel

by Christine

We've seen a couple of ten place grid penalties handed out to drivers this year after teams were found to have released cars in an unsafe manner (ie. the wheels fell off). Esteban Gutiérrez was the most recent driver on the receiving end of just such a sanction, and the Sauber driver complained that it was too harsh.

Full to the rim

Pirelli and Lotus try experimental 18 inch tyres at Silverstone

Sidepodcast: Full to the rim

by Christine

Pirelli teamed up with Lotus on the second day of mid-season testing at Silverstone to try out a new-look tyre. With the focus on aesthetics, rather than performance, the Italian tyre manufacturer introduced 18 inch rims which Charles Pic ran for 14 laps around the British track. Speed wasn't the key performance indicator, which was lucky because the car finished tenth of eleventh cars.

Sweat and tears

Susie Wolff's F1 practice debut comes to an abrupt end

Sidepodcast: Sweat and tears

by Christine

Susie Wolff made her F1 practice debut for Williams at Silverstone, but completed only 4 laps before the car stopped out on track with a terminal engine problem. Wolff became the first woman for 22 years to participate in an official F1 weekend session, but was left disappointed after only managing a minimum of track time.

Left behind

Maldonado misses out on Monaco opportunities

Sidepodcast: Left behind

by Christine

For the first time in two races, Pastor Maldonado managed to qualify for the Sunday action without needing special permission from the stewards. It wasn't a particularly high grid slot for the Lotus driver in Monaco, but the chaotic race allowed for plenty of opportunities for improvement. Unfortunately for the Venezuelan, his car stalled on the grid and he was unable to start.

Oh Danny boy

Ricciardo celebrates third place at the Monaco Grand Prix

Sidepodcast: Oh Danny boy

by Christine

Daniel Ricciardo consolidated his position as best of the rest by picking up third place in Monaco, hunting second place Lewis Hamilton to the line. The Australian capitalised on a poor final stint from the Mercedes driver to close the gap, so that the pair took the chequered flag just four tenths of a second apart.