Japan was the penultimate nail in the coffin for Vettel's title hopes, and with a handful of races left and Hamilton's fifth championship virtually in the bag almost anything could happen. Zach's quiz creates such an aura of mystery and artistry that Rod transcends to a new level of zen in which he forgets how to think.
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It's a good, old-fashioned sleep-deprived grumpcast this week as we look back at the most controversial race of the year. With team orders being the topic du jour, Rod and Zach also discuss the proposed qualifying changes, fixing the engine penalty system, we play "Kvyat or nyet" and unpack the hidden meaning of a 90's RNB classic.
The people have spoken. You voted for a Driver of the Day that the podcast deserves, but not the one F1 needs right now. With a "slow race week" on our hands, we trade off obscure Twistie flavours, Rod showers himself in failure during the quiz, and things get downright adults-only near the end. Yes, this is still an F1 podcast.
Huge crashes, overtakes for the race lead, new teams—the Belgian grand prix had everything you could want from the first five corners of a race. To keep things rolling we cover all the rumoured driver changes, learn some obscure facts about one of the great drivers of our time and deploy full snark toward those with all the gear and no idea.
We waited until all the news had broken (well, almost) before recording our big summer break show. Joining us to reflect on the season so far is Luke Smith, with whom we dissect all the driver movements, consider a return for Jean-Eric Vergne, and ask which driver will snub his father and discover The Clash?
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.