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!
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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!