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.
Who was to blame for the first corner incident in Singapore? Should Kubica replace Palmer? Will Sauber become a Ferrari b-team? As the fireworks subside around Marina Bay and the last of the chilli mud-crab are consumed, we learn the winner of our Driver of the Day poll, and reflect on the silliest crashes in F1 history.
Lean back in your deck chair, close your eyes and catch some summer rays as we present an oasis of relief during the F1 drought. With no race to review we invited our new friends from Sidepodcast to join us, and we discuss everything under the sun. Will Robert Kubica pull off the greatest come-back in sporting history? Which F1 driver was once paid not to race? And what do the drivers really get up to during the off season?
For our 100th episode spectacular Rod and Zach reflect on what could be yet again the turning point of the season. Will Hamilton rue the day he sacrificed points to his teammate? Will Ferrari being Ferrari give them the edge in the championship battle? And how much has the show really changed in the last 100 episodes?
Hamilton completely bossed it at his home race and reduced the championship deficit to almost nothing. From the Toro Rosso kerfuffle to the Force India predicament, the boys churn through the entire race weekend, reflect on F1 Live: London, and smash out a Superquiz that'll bring you all up to speed with a gifted driver of prominence.
Austria was a good race if your name rhymes with Saltteri or Flebastian, and damage control at best if it rhymes with Kewis. In F1 news we ask is Verstappen headed to Ferrari, is Silverstone headed to the scrap heap and is Italian F1 Racing a thing? With some lackluster races of late, Rod looks into some examples of when Formula 1 failed to deliver (clearly they need to find some weird grip).
Stroll in the points, Hamilton on point and everyone else pointing the finger at Sergio Perez. Hear the latest F1 tradition that Liberty Media have revived to improve the show and if you get every question right you will receive your very own, 100% legit super licence(*).
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So Controversy. Much Outrage. As usual, it's up to Rod and Zach to cut through the nonsense to deliver the cold, hard facts of what really went down on the streets of Monaco, only for the banter to dissolve into a completely different kind of nonsense. For Zach's birthday race, Rod delivers a quiz takes you back in time, and find out who won (or lost, most accurately) the Monaco wager.
We should have known the Spanish Grand Prix was going to deliver the goods. Not only did (almost) everyone bring their major engine and aero upgrades, but the racing got an upgrade. Just a bee's dick separated Vettel and Hamilton in qualifying and a race either of them could have won.
With plenty of juicy stories up and down the grid, we also manage to place F1 merchandise under the microscope in the Superquiz, and a last-minute wager is sure spice up next week's Monaco GP.
How was that finish! Finnish? Whatever. It was a fantastic result for Valtteri and even the Ferrari boys were happy for the guy, So can we extract a feast from the amuse bouche that was the most boring race in living memory? We utilise the Superquiz to get just a little bit closer to the drivers, and if you ever wanted to know Rod's spirit animal this is the episode for you!
Yawwwwn, just another Hamilton pole and win... WHAT?!? Zach takes the reigns and Rod brings a little bit of the glitz and glamor of the F1 Paddock into your ears whether you asked him to or not. Find out if the threat from Ferrari is real, how much Paddock Club passes cost, and which F1 driver loves dirty jokes.
As a special treat to launch the 2017 season we're offering a new episode of Drift to all podcast subscribers! Join Rod and Zach for 30 mins of loosely F1-related banter to promote another year of the Superlicense Club. In addition to Drift, Club members get newsletters and an exclusive first look at our Race/Off video series for a subscription cost of only $2 per month. All proceeds go towards keeping the lights on at Superlicense HQ and stop Rod and Zach from sleeping beneath the overpass.
Time to settle back into your Formula One viewing nook and join us for a crash course on driver movements and first-impressions of this season's liveries. Celebrating the return of Felipe Massa (and lamenting the loss of his namesake Felipe Nasr) is old friend of the show Fernando Campos from the Podcast F1 Brazil crew.