Sidepodcast - All for F1 and F1 for all

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A place to preserve all manner of interesting snippets of information, be they text, images, audio or video.

What's it all about?

Much like with a physical scrapbook, you'll find here an odd assortment of ideas and concepts that simply do not fit anywhere else. A medium to capture content that may not warrant in-depth analysis or discussion, but might be worth keeping for posterity nonetheless.

As a collection of b-sides and other rarities, these clippings, cuttings, extracts and excerpts offer a unique look at events related, however tangentially, to Sidepodcast.

Corporate takeover

Highlighting the huge expansion of Motorsport Network

Sidepodcast: Corporate takeover

by Christine

I was embarking on my periodical tidy up of our Around the Web list of great motorsport content, and became disheartened by how many previously excellent sites had been snapped up by the behemoth that is Motorsport Network. The conglomerate appear determined to aggressively dominate every single corner of online motorsport.

How a Christmas playlist should be done

Spreading festive cheer to one and all

Sidepodcast: How a Christmas playlist should be done

by Christine

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.

Trailer trashed

Ricciardo and Verstappen complete an unusual track day

Sidepodcast: Trailer trashed

by Christine

In an effort to promote the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull decided to hitch up a caravan to two Aston Martin and get their drivers to go round the Spielberg track... and see what happened. Now, we all know this is going to end up like an episode of Top Gear, but even so, it's worth a watch.

Proving they can stand the heat

Toro Rosso drivers have a go at kitchen duty

Sidepodcast: Proving they can stand the heat

by Christine

In what appears to be the first of a new series, Toro Rosso have posted a video with their drivers Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat going head to head in the kitchen. It's probably not the natural environment for these two, who are more used to zooming around at 100mph, but the competition element clearly bubbles up straight away.

Clip art

A weekend of video work

Sidepodcast: Clip art

by Mr. C

With a number of days free this week, we tried to make the most of our downtime. In addition to tidying up a few loose ends on this site, we managed to record a number of podcasts and experiment with some new mobile technology.

What's all the rumpus?

@TooMuchRacing on the gravity of Alonso's IndyCar switch

Sidepodcast: What's all the rumpus?

by Mr. C

Early Wednesday morning motorsport folks lost their collective minds at the news Fernando Alonso will be racing the Indy 500 this year. Initially I was quite excited at the idea of a current Formula 1 racing driver switching series mid-season, but as the day wore on it became clear I wasn't anywhere near as excited as everybody else was.

Who rendered it better?

The look of revelations

Sidepodcast: Who rendered it better?

by Mr. C

Another season, another round of car launches and another sad realisation that F1 teams aren't very good at marketing their own machinery. Bless them they try their best, but where the motoring industry leads the field in photo-realistic CG car launches, the pinnacle of motorsport offers up anything but that.

Progress is for everyone

Audi change the game for Super Bowl 2017

Sidepodcast: Progress is for everyone

by Mr. C

Super Bowl commercials regularly run the full gamut from terrible to amazing, but Audi's 2017 offering is up there with the best. From the start line to the finish, it is a work of art: the two boys disregarding the real competition, the fantastic catch through water and the genius of the handbrake save.

Double trouble

Autosport's cut and paste journalism

Sidepodcast: Double trouble

by Mr. C

If you ever peruse the internet in search of motorsport news you could be forgiven for thinking that every site just copies from the next. The team at Autosport seem to be out to prove the point today, posting content lifted directly from

Dr Jenson Button!

The outgoing McLaren driver gets a new title

Sidepodcast: Dr Jenson Button!

by Christine

Following the 2016 Formula One season finale, and at the end of his lengthy F1 career, Jenson Button had a new reason to celebrate. The McLaren racer was given an honorary degree from the University of Bath, promoting him to Doctor of Engineering. And, in his own inimitable style, Button grabbed on to that honour and wouldn't let go.

Give James some lovin'

Hinchcliffe takes his car to the dancefloor

Sidepodcast: Give James some lovin'

by Christine

Canadian IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe has only gone and made it to the final of Dancing With the Stars, and he did it with this motorsport themed jive. Oddly, and unlike the British version Strictly Come Dancing, James got to dance this tune with two professional partners, which makes things a bit confusing if you ask me.

Website speedtest (the sequel)

Measuring page load time once again

Sidepodcast: Website speedtest (the sequel)

by Mr. C

Digging through the archives, Christine found an old video comparison we created to compare page load times between this site and a number of others. Back in 2010 fared well against the competition with a load time of approximately three seconds. For fun we recreated the test to see if we have improved at all.

The name's Hunt, James Hunt

McLaren bring back their popular Tooned animation

Sidepodcast: The name's Hunt, James Hunt

by Christine

It's been a while since we saw an episode of McLaren's animated series Tooned (and even longer if you discount the dodgy Mobil 1 nonsense) so imagine our delight to see a fantastic episode featuring the new lineup of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. These two have great chemistry and it's a great script, making this one of the better episodes of the series.

Play school

Ricciardo and Verstappen ratchet up the rivalry in Suzuka

Sidepodcast: Play school

by Christine

The entire Red Bull team are in a pretty good mood heading into the Japanese weekend, after picking up a race victory and double podium finish in Malaysia. Christian Horner has been talking about the good feeling in the team, and even bigging up their prospects for the coming seasons, as he's said he would be able to manage his two competitive drivers if they were to go head to head for a championship trophy.

Renault's testing to-do list

Making a list, checking it twice

Sidepodcast: Renault's testing to-do list

by Christine

Ahead of testing next week, and perhaps partly to distract from Red Bull's livery launch today, Renault revealed their plans for the first week in Barcelona. As you might imagine, a lot of thought has gone into this checklist, so that the team can really understand what they have brought to the track in the shape of the RS16 and what it can deliver for them this year.