Are you ready for the summer break? Well there's one last race to cover before we can officially relax. This week we talk about the Force India administration situation, the Valtteri Bottas incidents, fitness and injuries in F1 and, to a lesser extent, Bronson.
We're over the hump of the triple-header and Austria gave us a race that nobody could predict and nobody will forget (although Mercedes probably wish they could). Rod gets weird in the Superquiz, we analyse the strategy calls that shaped the race and visualise the Sky commentators demise following a dramatically elongated haranguing.
Season 2018 took a breather in Spain, giving Hamilton the space he needed to stretch his legs and extend his championship lead. With a suspect Ferrari strategy call and drivers and spinning right round baby right round, we plumb the race for all it's worth, and wrap things up with a real page-turner of a quiz.
With Ricciardo snatching victory from Bottas at the Chinese Grand Prix, we look at the status of number 2 drivers amongst the frontrunners, ask is F1 for hipsters, learn about driver superstitions, get Zach's "trackside" analysis and send our thoughts and best wishes to a former racer who this week made a stunning recovery.
Vettel claimed the biscuits in Australia, leaving Hamilton to settle for the water-crackers and Bottas picking at the crumbs. After a polarising race, we make wild judgements about the remainder of the season, shine a spotlight on grand prix promotional events, and we get to the bottom of just how many Verstappens are on the track at any given moment.
F1 roars to life as racing returns to Albert Park. With testing in Barcelona run and done, we discuss who is on form, who has their work cut out for them and how things will shake out on track this season. All that, and we learn about F1's latest rookies, unpack the implications of the F1 drivers' WhatsApp group, and Rod shares an update about his latest personal project.
Who was the biggest whinger of 2017? What about the best actor on the grid? Who made the least gracious exit for the season? Will the new logo finally be put to rest? As always we finish the year with a bang as we join forces with Box of Neutrals for our fourth annual roundtable discussion of the F1 season.
To wrap up the season we spend longer talking about F1's new logo than the race. We dissect what little action the race provided, speculate wildly about next year (so what's new? Kubica? Yeah... it's looking likely isn't it), farewell Felipe Massa and the season that was F1 2017, but fear not! We'll be returning for our annual season wrap-up/Christmas episode with some surprise guests (yeah, those guys). Join us, won't you?
What would you pay for Felipe Massa's underwear, could Hamilton really have won in Brazil (really?), and get the skinny on Rod's fake beef with an official F1 news source. As we crawl toward the finish line this year our tense and weary hosts are digging deep to expose the chocolatey tip of the Cornetto that is the 2017 Formula 1 season.
It was hyped to within an inch of it's life, but the US Grand Prix did deliver some interesting talking points even if the drivers' championship remains on life support. We discuss which drivers are staying put, which are moving on and which new-comers look like existing drivers. Did you like the pre-race hype-o-rama? Us neither, and we work out definitely "Which F1 Driver are you?" via a highly scientific measure (the results may surprise you).
Hamilton has pretty much wrapped up the championship, leaving us to do all the work hyping up the rest of the season and picking through the remains of the Japanese Grand Prix. We farewell Jolyon Palmer, dream of Jiro dreaming of sushi, debate the virtue of taking cameras into the driver briefings and Zach brings peace and enlightenment in the return of the Haikuiz.
Verstappen claims his second career victory, Vettel has a mega comeback driver after starting last and ve-ry strange things happened on the cool down lap. This week we look at the race, discuss whether "taking a knee" is a problematic for F1, put qualifying performances under the microscope and unlock the secret to Kubica getting a seat once more.