Despite the "off-track" action, Russia was about as dull as Bob Dole's keynote address at the Festival of Particularly Dull Folks. To address the deficit, we weigh in on Ferrari's team orders, look at how pitting under Safety Cars could be improved, and use the Superquiz to take a whole new look at the Formula 1 grid.
Did Ferrari dud their young star driver to appease Sebastian Vettel? Where did their performance come from in the first place? Will we stick to our usual formula of discussing the podium, what Ricciardo did and something from the backmarkers? What was that weird reference to someone connecting with Zach on LinkedIn? It's fine, don't even worry about it.
Here's an idea... Albon will win a race before Vettel does. You heard it here first. As always when there's no on-track action to recap we turn to a luminary, and this time we have a real doozy.... none other than the firecracker that is Spanners Ready from the Missed Apex Podcast to discuss driver movements, the year so far and which driver has the worst fans.
What a good race (great tho? it's debatable) to sheppard us into the summer break. With a brilliant strategy giving Hamilton victory, we're left to ask about the future for the drivers (cough, Bottas, Gasly) and even the teams (cough, McLaren, Renault). Come back for more throughout the break, and stay subscribed!
Grandstand seats at the German Grand Prix, or front-row seats at Sea World? We recap that race that we go down as an absolutely classic, where Ferrari failed but were redeemed, and Mercedes were all at sea. Is Kvyat coming home to Red Bull, and bring your flippers for a wet and wild Superquiz, all on the latest podcasterino.
Did Verstappen deserve a penalty? What brought Hamilton's dominance to a halt, and where to from here? We unpack what made the Austrian Grand Prix such a classic, celebrate the youngest ever front row in our Superquiz, and introduce you to the latest recruits to the Superlicense Army: General Conjecture, Major Villages and Server Bill.
We're all commiserating with the new heartbreak kid, Charles Leclerc. The lack of sleep and busy days utterly cook Rod's brain, instead we offer highlights from the Fantasy League, low-lights for Vettel and Renault, Zach talks fancy beers and we learn a truly bewildering pnuemonic for remembering one team's full name.
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.