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Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

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Sidepodcast: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

by Lukeh

In a resurgence of recent weeks that has slightly come out of nowhere, Sebastian 'Not Franck' Bourdais starts on pole once again just weeks after his pole-to-victory race in the streets of Toronto. Amazingly this now puts the Frenchman on a tie with Dario Franchitti on open wheel poles. Maybe it's the rain that gets him going but the twisty turns of the Mid-Ohio circuit but it was a disruptive qualifying session with a few stoppages and lots of incidents. Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon start way down the order in 15th and 22nd. It's a mixed up order and it should make for a fantastic race.

Grand Prix from Hungary

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Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Hungary

by Christine

Qualifying yesterday was mildly affected by rain, mixing things up just enough to create an interesting grid for the race today. There's talk of more showers over the circuit this afternoon, meaning we could be in for a chaotic Grand Prix to send us off into the summer break. With both Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton at the wrong end of the grid, they'll be looking to rise through the field - as much as the tricky Hungaroring will allow. At the front, Nico Rosberg will be holding his own to try and get another win and increase his championship lead. Enjoy, then, the Hungarian Grand Prix in all its glory!

Qualifying from Hungary

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Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Hungary

by Christine

Hungary, the final stop before the summer break, and a race weekend that has had a chequered history in the past in terms of excitement. Today, the focus is on getting the best possible stop on the grid, so as to make the best chances for the race tomorrow. For everyone involved, it'll be important to get a good result this weekend to go off into the holidays on a high, rather than spending August pondering just what went wrong. Although you can't put your money on anyone but Mercedes at this point, Red Bull are looking stronger and Williams are still up there. McLaren also still have to capitalise on their upgrade improvements. Place your bets now!

Grand Prix from Germany

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Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Germany

by Christine

Nico Rosberg starts from pole position for his home Grand Prix, but all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton who crashed out of qualifying after a brake failure. The Brit will no doubt be able to sweep through the field with the superior Mercedes engine, but how far can he get? Two Williams drivers feature in the top three hoping to put a stop to the German domination, and having their own inter-team battle for supremacy. Further back, Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen have work to do to get into the top ten and fight for points, whilst Kevin Magnussen will look to defend his second row grid slot once the race is underway.

Honda Indy Toronto

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Sidepodcast: Honda Indy Toronto

by Lukeh

As if the last weekends of IndyCar haven't been enough for you, why not have two races over this weekend in the streets of Toronto to bring you even more racing?! There's been a whole range of winners this season with the likes of Mike Conway and Carlos Huertas getting surprise win in amongst the likes of Power, Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay, and it'll be a good chance for RHR to capitalise on a smart victory amongst the yellows of Iowa last weekend. However, one man who'll be looking to get on form in Toronto will be Scott Dixon - he's done it before and with a race on both Saturday and Sunday it could be a great opportunity to get his Championship challenge back on track.

Qualifying from Germany

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Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Germany

by Christine

Mercedes continue to rule the roost, with one or other of their drivers leading all three free practice sessions. Pole position may be important at Hockenheim, but with the weather forecasts still suggesting rain for Sunday, it may be more of a lottery than a procession. Still, Rosberg will be looking for pole at his home race, whilst Hamilton will be looking to stop him. And further back, McLaren have shown increased pace, Ferrari want to improve, and Williams aim to continue their success. It's all to play for as the hour of reckoning awaits - who do you think will get into the top ten today?

Free Practice from Germany

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Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Germany

by Christine

With three practice sessions available to the drivers and teams before the serious action gets going this weekend, we've got something of an idea what they might be concentrating on. Suspension systems have been removed from some of the cars, perhaps all, and they'll be adjusting to life without them. We'll also get a chance to see Susie Wolff's second attempt at participating in a proper F1 session, after her first opportunity was foiled by a broken car. Hockenheim is a track that only gets visited once every two years, so making the most of practice will be a key task for everyone involved.

Pocono IndyCar 500

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Sidepodcast: Pocono IndyCar 500

by Lukeh

Just a week after two excellent races through the streets of Houston we move onto the raceway of Pocono, a track with it's future in doubt and I'm sure will be hoping for a good race to reassure fans and organisers to come back in the future. The championship is still very much in Will Power's hands but it's all very close with Castroneves, Hunter-Reay and Paganaud all close behind. After a few races on streets and circuits it's good to be back on an oval so here's to a good 500 miles worth of racing on a circuit that really needs it right now!

Grand Prix from Britain

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Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Britain

by Christine

The damp conditions at Silverstone yesterday allowed for a fascinating qualifying that served up a brilliant grid for the race. Four fast cars start from the rear of the field, with Williams and Ferrari timing their final runs in the first qualifying sessions wrong. At the front, Nico Rosberg snatched pole position on a final run that Lewis Hamilton ducked out of, leaving the Brit frustratedly down in sixth and with work to do if he wants to impress the home crowds. In between, a somewhat out of place but ecstatic Jenson Button and Nico Hülkenberg will try to hold on to their positions for as long as possible. This could be a cracker of a race.

Qualifying from Britain

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Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Britain

by Christine

Wet weather has moved in over Silverstone, meaning it could be a very damp qualifying session for those involved. In final practice, the teams took things easy, with the most number of laps 15 - completed by Daniil Kvyat. Mercedes took things easy, saving themselves for the important sessions. We've seen wet qualifying sessions before this season and they have still mostly worked in Mercedes favour, but we're also starting to see reliability become a big issue. Many drivers are running their power unit components to the end of their life, as there are penalties just around the corner. We'll have to see if that affects the fight for pole position today.

Free Practice from Britain

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Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Britain

by Christine

Silverstone sees the race weekend debut of one Susie Wolff, taking part in her first official free practice session for Williams. She'll need to look after that car as the team will be looking to impress in front of the home crowds. Caterham are also still dealing with the fallout from their sale, and have to do so with those self-same home fans watching on. With three practice sessions on offer, teams have four hours to get the most out of their test programmes, setting up for qualifying and the race, and preparing for what are likely to be mixed conditions across the weekend.

Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

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Sidepodcast: Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

by Lukeh

As if there wasn't enough amazing entertainment this weekend in the live comments here, we're being absolutely spoilt with two races from IndyCar as the Grand Prix of Houston takes place once again. Practice may have had red flags here, there and everywhere and drivers may have been practising standing starts once again but it's Will Power who will be looking to pick up after the three week break and continue his championship lead into the latter half of the season, With two races this weekend there's a whole heap of points for the likes of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves to catch up with. Let's hope for two clean exciting races through the streets of Texas!

Grand Prix from Austria

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Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Austria

by Christine

Williams set us up for a treat of a race by beating Mercedes to both of the front row grid slots. Felipe Massa leads the way from pole position for the first time since Brazil 2008, with Bottas then Rosberg behind. Lewis Hamilton has work to do from ninth and we could see him charging through the field. There are still plenty of unknowns about the Austrian circuit and drivers continue to push at the limits of the track - with a handful of times deleted during qualifying. That, along with strategy calls, could influence the race today. It's gonna be a cracker!

Qualifying from Austria

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Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Austria

by Christine

Mercedes have put themselves right back at the top of the tree with a good free practice showing for both cars. Reliability hit Sebastian Vettel on Friday and the defending champion will be hoping for better luck today as he tries to hold on to the coat tails of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Both Red Bull drivers will want to do well at the team's home circuit but previous form at the A1-Ring has shown that qualifying isn't the be-all and end-all of a good race weekend. However, as the track is new to most, a good showing on Saturday will help boost the confidence for race day.

Free Practice from Austria

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Sidepodcast: Free Practice from Austria

by Christine

For some, it's not a new event, but for many of the class of 2014, the Austrian Grand Prix is a fresh challenge. With the renamed Red Bull Ring returning to the calendar after a decade's absence, there's plenty to learn in the early sessions. Grip levels, correct apexes and the ideal braking zones will be top of each driver's list, as well as finding the best set up for the car. They've spent time in the simulator but now get some hands on, wheels down time to practice. Three sessions are available, two of ninety minutes and one of an hour, and each team no doubt has a hefty programme to get through. Regardless of the previous event, Mercedes are still expected to be dominant, but perhaps there's a chance for another name to shine.

Le Mans 24 Hours

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Sidepodcast: Le Mans 24 Hours

by Pat W

This is it, the big race! A whole year of waiting is now over. The return of Porsche, and yes Webber too. Toyota starts as favourites and Audi are playing it safe but this is Le Mans and anything can happen. GTE Pro is worth a look, pro drivers in Astons vs Ferraris vs Porsches vs Corvettes always is. Throw in a huge LMP2 and GTE Am field of pro-am cars meaning traffic-management will be crucial. And don't forget to follow the Nissan ZEOD, which is like the Delta Wing but is a hybrid. Get ready your cheese baguettes, pain au chocolat and a glass or three of wine, for tonight we journey to the centre of France.

Le Mans 24 Hours - Practice and qualifying

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Sidepodcast: Le Mans 24 Hours - Practice and qualifying

by Pat W

Two days of activity precede this year's edition of the endurance classic. Wednesday sees four hours of free practice from 15:00 UK time, followed by two hours of qualifying from 21:00 UK - expect the fight for pole in this Wednesday night session unless it rains. On Thursday we see another couple of 2 hour qualifying sessions, at 18:00 and 21:00 UK time, but in recent years teams have switched to race set-up by now. Thursday is worth watching because you never know what'll happen and there is lots to learn, but that shootout for pole will surely be on Wednesday.

Grand Prix from Canada

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Sidepodcast: Grand Prix from Canada

by Christine

The intense battle between the Mercedes drivers hasn't dissipated, despite the pair having made up this week. Where most thought Lewis Hamilton would snatch pole position in Canada, it was Nico Rosberg who swept to the top of the timesheets and lines up in the prime grid slot. Behind, Sebastian Vettel showed he still has pace, whilst the surprisingly fast Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas proved that there are other Mercedes-powered teams hunting for glory as well. With the Wall of Champions ready to take its next victim, its time for the fantastic Canadian Grand Prix to begin.

Firestone 600

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Sidepodcast: Firestone 600

by Lukeh

Just a week after a double trouble set of races in Detroit that saw Helio Castroneves and Will Power going ahead with a set of victories we move onto the Firestone 600 set at the Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan Hunter-Reay will be looking to regain his championship lead after a shocking set of races in Detroit but it'll be a long 200+ gap race over the 600 miles in Texas that will decide who will be taking an advantage in the championship 8 races into the season.

Qualifying from Canada

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Sidepodcast: Qualifying from Canada

by Christine

Pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix is nowhere near as crucial as it was for the previous race in Monaco, but there's still pride at stake and drivers will still want to finish as high up the grid as possible. The battle is likely to be between the two Mercedes, of course, unless reliability gets in the way or more likely in Montreal - the weather. There's rain forecast but there's no telling whether it will hit the qualifying session or not. With all that in mind, it's time to place your bets? Who will get the best position for the race on Sunday? Will anyone out-perform expectations? Who will disappoint?