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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.

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.

Races to Remember - Canada 2011

A record breaking Grand Prix in so many crazy ways

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - Canada 2011

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome to the final episode in the second series of Races to Remember. We’ve had a good run, haven’t we? Reliving the best races that F1 has to offer, particularly those that have been statistically significant or radically record-breaking. This is our last of seven shows and we’re looking at a race that broke its way into the record books in a number of different ways. We’re talking longest, most safety cars, most pit stops for a winner, every kind of crazy you can think of. You know the race I’m talking about, it’s Canada 2011.

Races to Remember - United States West 1983

The tyres play a big part and McLaren reap the Michelin benefits

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - United States West 1983

by Christine Blachford

Welcome to Races to Remember, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast. Across the course of seven short shows, we’re looking at some of the more memorable and record-breaking races that have occurred in Formula One’s vast history. We’ve already completed five recaps, so now it’s time for the sixth and today it’s the United States Grand Prix West of 1983.

Races to Remember - South Africa 1962

F1 rocks up to the Prince George Circuit in December

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - South Africa 1962

by Christine Blachford

Hello and welcome, you’re listening to Races to Remember, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast. During this second series of memorable races, we’re looking specifically at those which have broken records or stood out because they are the longest, the shortest, the highest or the lowest. So far, we’ve looked at a number of different feats, but today’s is slightly different. It’s the South African Grand Prix of 1962.

Races to Remember - Europe 1997

Qualifying gets close and the racing gets competitive

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - Europe 1997

by Christine Blachford

Welcome to Races to Remember, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast, recapping some of the more memorable events from the vast history of Formula One. This series is looking at those races that have entered the record books, the fastest, the slowest, the highest, the lowest, that kind of thing. Today’s episode focuses on not so much the race itself, although that was a controversial one, but on an unexpected qualifying result – this is Europe 1997.

Races to Remember - Netherlands 1961

A record-breaking race that wasn't thrilling but unique in other ways

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - Netherlands 1961

by Christine Blachford

Welcome to Sidepodcast’s latest mini series, Races to Remember – a look back at those Grand Prix weekends that provided memorable action or record-breaking results. We’ve looked at close finishes in Italy, and high retirement numbers in Monaco, but today it’s time to look at something a little bit different. Our third of seven short shows focuses on a race from 1961, the Dutch Grand Prix.

Races to Remember - Italy 1971

The ferociously fast Monza track hosts exceptionally close racing

Sidepodcast: Races to Remember - Italy 1971

by Christine Blachford

This is Races to Remember, a mini series brought to you by Sidepodcast, taking a look at some of the more memorable entries in the Formula One history books. This series we’re looking at races that have records attached to them, like yesterday’s entry with the fewest number of cars to see the chequered flag. Today, we’re still talking about the finish line, with a supremely close battle. It’s Italy, 1971.