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F1 Debrief - It's not really the same team at all - Recapping the European Grand Prix at Valencia, in all its glory

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Coming up on this show, we discuss the regulation changes, flight training, who's who at HRT, plus Paul's Performance Report.


Sometimes, it's all about looking good in the car.

Good week/Bad week

It's a good week for French F1 fans, who now have a task force to bring back their Grand Prix, although it may be an alternate yearly one, and do they ever work? A bad week for Ken Block who finds his height to be a little bit of a problem.

It's a good week for Mark Webber who goes straight to the top of the flight school class, but a bad week for Jenson Button who struggles to get to grips with a jet ski.

News and views

There are regulation changes afoot, with the engine mapping ruling complete, and a blown diffuser tweak for Silverstone. Also, Paul Hembery has weighed in with his thoughts on qualifying in the future.

We also contemplate the future of Formula One coverage in the UK, with the news/rumours that the BBC won't be able to afford the rights after this year. Who would host it instead? What will that mean for our HD TV?


Free Practice and Qualifying were not incident-heavy incidents, although we praise some added information on the world feed and ponder what it will take to really stop Sebastian Vettel.

The race

There were a few things that we noted about the race, such as Michael Schumacher's incident coming out of the pitlane, and Karthikeyan's new record as the 24th classified car, but it is the voicemails that guide us through the race once again.

We discuss the fact that Daniel Ricciardo has gained a race seat, after a stunning performance by Jaime Alguersuari, and we rate the race and offer up our drivers of the day.


Peter has a suggestion for the Rate the Race feature, but I instantly manage to break it. Chuck corrects Mr C on a slight issue regarding the last show, and Andy says overtaking should be the key.


More book and app pluggage, I'm afraid. We'd really love some Amazon and/or iTunes reviews. We discuss the new Banksy of F1, and preview the upcoming weekend at Silverstone.

Debrief extras

Lukeh's full post-race voicemail takes a close look at the European GP, with a controversial opinion about the overall impact of the race and the future of the Valencian track on the calendar. Plus, he looks forward to Silverstone.

Meanwhile, Rob has some other thoughts on the race and how not-very-interesting it was. The DRS may not have helped, either.