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Pick and mix - The power unit conundrum

Penalties and problems throughout the Singapore field

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - The power unit conundrum

by Christine

I was really looking forward to the Singapore Grand Prix, it’s been one of the best looking and most anticipated races on the calendar for a while now. All that moon! Unfortunately, this year was a big disappointment for me. Qualifying was interesting enough but ended with that oh so familiar result. As much as we can argue that having two drivers dominating is better than just one, it’s still getting a little bit wearing at this point in the season. Sunday was a similar story.

Pick and mix - Paddock guests wave goodbye to European leg

The historic Monza track provides nostalgia and great racing

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Paddock guests wave goodbye to European leg

by Christine

The consensus of opinion I’ve heard about the Italian Grand Prix is that no one was particularly expecting much from it – it’s a one-stop race with only a handful of overtaking spots that is more about the engine and less about the driver. However, it turns out the afternoon spent at Monza was more exciting than anticipated, if not quite as good as some other entries in the 2014 season. With news breaking all over the place, there was a lot to keep track of as the weekend drew to a close.

Pick and mix - Settling scores at Spa

Missed Caterham opportunities and relationship changes at Red Bull

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Settling scores at Spa

by Christine

The Belgium weekend was a roller coaster of emotions. Thankfulness that Formula One returned to our screens, confusion that a wet qualifying session couldn't deliver more of a shake up than it did, hopefulness that someone/anyone could get the better of Mercedes on the day, and then awe at the race as it unfolded. It may not have been the perfect Grand Prix, but it certainly delivered plenty to talk about. Here are some of the things that may have slipped under the radar.

Pick and mix - Champagne and showers in Hungary

Highs and lows from the incredible racing in Budapest

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Champagne and showers in Hungary

by Christine

I tempered my expectations going into the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, because it’s not always a track that delivers good racing. It’s been known for incidents in the past, but the actual circuit performance has been below average. That all changed after what was an incredible weekend of entertainment, including a little bit of everything – fire, rain, spins, crashes, safety cars, three-way battles for the lead, and much more. On and off track, it was a brilliant F1 weekend.

Pick and mix - Pretty in pink at Silverstone

Shiny trophies, milestone memories and more

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Pretty in pink at Silverstone

by Christine

Whenever Formula One comes to Silverstone, you can expect incidents of some kind. Last year we had exploding tyres, this year, we had a one hour red flag period to delay the racing action. Nevertheless, it was a good solid race this year, with plenty of overtaking to keep us entertained. It wasn’t all about that first lap incident, though, here are a few things that caught my eye, both on and off track.

Pick and mix - Fairy tales and fancy dress in Austria

Off track highlights from a weekend at the Red Bull Ring

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Fairy tales and fancy dress in Austria

by Christine

Austrian’s comeback was a feast of lush green forests and beautiful vistas, but the on track action failed to live up to our feverish expectations. The race was good, a solid entry in the 2014 calendar but it didn’t have quite the zest that we saw in Canada. Nevertheless, the racing wasn’t all that occurred, and I’ve picked out some of the other things that happened during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend that caught my eye.

Pick and mix - More than meets the eye in Monaco

Reliability trouble, ironic moments, and driver compromises

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - More than meets the eye in Monaco

by Christine

It’s been a topsy-turvy season of Formula One so far. Some races have failed to deliver when expectations were high, and others have blown all predictions out of the water and provided brilliant entertainment. Monaco was a mixture of both. We were hoping it would be a good race, but the Monte Carlo track tends to provide racing more processional than otherwise. In the end, we had great overtaking moves and an awful lot of incidents and off-track events to ponder. Here are some of the things that caught my attention from the Monaco weekend.

Pick and mix - Showing a bit of spirit in Spain

Alcohol sponsors, series comparisons and parade lap analysis

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - Showing a bit of spirit in Spain

by Christine

Those predictions that the 2014 season would one for the intelligent drivers have proved correct, as the Spanish Grand Prix was a battle of anticipation, of wills, and of biding your time until the right moment. It proved a race with an incredibly tense finish and three close fights went almost to the wire. It's not F1 that we're used to seeing but that doesn't mean it's bad! Meanwhile, I spotted some things from the Spanish weekend that I wanted to share, so let us begin.

Pick and mix - From quiet to chaos in Bahrain

A tame start to the weekend, ending with penalty points galore

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - From quiet to chaos in Bahrain

by Christine

For the past few years, I’ve approached the Bahrain race with a feeling of resignation – it is not going to be a classic but it’ll pass a few hours on a Sunday. As it turns out, this year, the racing was incredible. Whether it was related to the move to a night race, or just a handy coincidence, I don’t know, but from the moment the start lights went out on Sunday, you couldn’t spare a moment to blink.