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Episode 53 - They've got the drivers, they've got the money, what can go wrong? // Sidepodcast's annual look at the teams and their season potential

Published by Christine Blachford

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Last week we looked at the drivers taking to the grid, these week we look closer at the 2008 contenders - the teams, how they've changed and how they will fare.


A quick update on the status of my bad luck - this week is better but I have proof that last week was the worst ever.

Good week / Bad week

Bernie Ecclestone gets someone onside, Super Aguri can't find anyone, Fuji are looking to stay in the sport, and which one is Pinocchio Schumacher?

News and views

Alonso has his main sponsor following him around, so does that means he's a pay driver? We're worried about the state of mind of Toyota drivers, they seem unable to stick to an opinion. And we briefly recap a very wet testing session, and discover we're looking forward to the return of a previously disliked figure.

2008 Contenders

A rundown of the 2008 teams with snappy statistics (again Krypton Factor stylee), what's been updated with the launch of their new car, and how we think they will do this year.


One voicemail to do with F1 Racing and Skittles, we want you to call us with your predictions. Facebook guest blogging, and the Fantasy F1 Sidepodcast league. A couple of good emails from poorly Steve (feel better!) and Blake who gave up his King of F1 crown too easily.


Don't forget to visit I Heart Franck, my new website, all about, erm, Franck. I promise that I'm not deserting F1 though, even if he has.

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365 F1 stories

Which former driver sold his Toro Rosso shares on this day in 2008, after guiding the team for three years?

F1 team launches
McLaren HondaOnline29 Jan
Sauber F1 TeamOnline30 Jan
Scuderia FerrariOnline30 Jan
Scuderia Toro RossoJerez, Spain31 Jan
Infiniti Red Bull RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamJerez, Spain1 Feb
Williams Martini RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Lotus F1 TeamJerez, Spain2 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamOnline25 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuito de JerezSpain1 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain2 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain3 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain4 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain19 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain20 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain21 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain26 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar

On this day in F1 history