What a season it's been, and we couldn't let another year wind down without recapping the highs and lows with our good mates from Box of Neutrals. For sure one of them (naming no names, Peter) won't win any awards for promptness, but the champagne flowed and the canapes were plentiful punctuating another successful end of season gala.
It's the "Abu Dhabi and Friends" edition of Superlicense as we wind back the clock to the Brazilian GP for news and predictions, then skip forward to the season finale in Abu Dhabi. It's not as convoluted as it sounds, and if we can reach the right influencers we might just get the term Empty Nest into the F1 lexicon.
Are you not entertained? What everyone expected would be a dead-rubber turned out to the best race we've had in, I dunno, yonks. We talk about the ins and outs from COTA, letting all the richoes pay to race, more driver market chatter, and we relive some of Raikkonen finest moments in the Superquiz.
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.
Confused? Until we can reunite for our Japanese GP recap, we're filling the gap with a special release of our Superlicense Club-supported podcast: Drift. We set the timer for 30 mins and weave from topic to topic, with the vaguest of connections to F1. Like the world's best racing circuits, it's fast and free flowing. Want more? Join the Club at www.superlicense.com.au/Club
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.