We had a great show lined up for you this week… It was going to be epic - Tricia got a shock entry in the DS3 Cup race in Denmark… But then this happened…
This week was a really difficult week for The Bloke and A Bird Show and the motorsports world…
For us, we said goodbye to one of our original audience members, Chase The Cat passed this week after 17 years with us.
Former Mythbuster and the Fastest Woman on Four Wheels, Jessie Combs was killed in a crash in the Oregon desert while trying to break her own land speed record.
And to cap off the week, F2 driver and Renault Young Driver Program member Anthoine Hubert was fatally injured in a crash at Spa. Anthoine was well known by several of the younger members of the F1 grid, and the paddock is in shock at his loss.
In other news - it’s confirmed, Esteban Ocon is replacing Nico Hulkenberg at Renault for 2020. No word on where Nico Hulkenberg is headed next.
Sergio Perez will be driving at Racing Point for another 3 years.
Christian Horner is defending Red Bulls Junior driver program.
There will be less testing in season next year, but more races overall.
Ross Brawn says that F1 will try new formats for race weekends next year - and we dread what’s going to happen.
The teams will get more MGU-Ks for next year.
Pirelli is going to kick off their tire testing program for 2021 this month.
No new teams coming to F1 until at least 2022.
And Lando Norris shares his golden rules for attending a race weekend.
We watched Netflix’s new show Hyperdrive - and we can tell you that you don’t need to watch it….
After hearing about how the staff at Pocono repaired the catch fencing after the wreck last weekend - we’re starting to agree that maybe it’s time for IndyCar to leave the Tricky Triangle.
Matia Binotto is talking to the press again, and there’s a lot going on in F1 right now that he doesn’t like.
An American will get to drive an F1 car….
Daniel Ricciardo says that Renault still has a way to go before it’s challenging for podiums next year, and could he be getting a new team mate for 2020?
Bobby Epstein says that F1’s home in the US is COTA, and that COTA will host F1 for as long as COTA exists.
A show two weeks in a row - we’re sure you’re just as shocked as we are….
So remember how we were told by Red Bull that they had no plans to replace Pierre Gasly… Yeah, so much for that, as he’s be sent down to Toro Rosso with Alexander Albon moving up to Red Bull to replace him.
Cyril Abiteboul would rather the tracks were redesigned instead of the technical rules in order to get better racing.
Ferrari is still moving ahead with their 2019 car despite the fact that it doesn’t have a chance of winning either title, but they do acknowledge that they should have looked to have more downforce this year.
McLaren on the other hand is already working on their 2020 car and it’s had a positive impact on their 2019 efforts.
Did Red Bull reach out to Fernando Alonso to offer him a drive alongside Max Verstappen for the rest of the year? Or did Fernando Alonso reach out to Red Bull to advertise his availability for 2020?
Zak Brown does say that Fernando hasn’t expressed interest in joining McLaren’s 2020 IndyCar attempt.
Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe are headed to Bathurst this fall.
And once again there was a big crash at this past weekend’s race at Pocono.
We’re back… It took us a bit to sort out our issues bet we’re ready to go this week.
And as you can tell - we recorded this before Red Bull announced that Pierre Gasly is going back a grade…
A big congratulations to Jamie Chadwick for winning the first W series drivers championship.
IndyCar is going hybrid for 2022.
IndyCar in 2020 will feature a McLaren team thanks to a partnership with Schmitt-Peterson and Chevy.
We talk silly season - before the change at Red Bull…
The Mexican GP is on for another three years.
Chase Carey says that there’s progress on a Miami GP…
And Lewis Hamilton might not appear in the second season of Netflix’s F1 Drive to Survive.
Oh - and THANK YOU INTERNET! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljP-adO-QOw
We’re sorry to have to miss two weeks in a row… We actually had a show recorded this week, but a technical issue developed that left the recording unusable. We’re going to troubleshoot and hopefully have a show next week…
This week we’re talking lawsuits, rules and other random bits…
Thought the Force India sale was buttoned up? Think again because there’s a lawsuit coming over the sale and it won’t be heard until late next year…
The Rich Energy story continues - without William Storey, or is it now Lightning Volt?
Title sponsor issues aside, Haas is still racing - and Gunther Steiner is trying to figure out how to convince his drivers not to hit each other…
Could Romain Grosjean be in danger of loosing his seat? We’re compiling the list of possible replacements for Romain including:
Melbourne will continue to host the Australian GP through 2025.
We got our first peek at the 2021 rules packages for tires and aerodynamics.
Aston Martin is standing by for Red Bull and F1 - but they hope that Honda doesn’t leave.
The Mercedes drivers are expressing their opinions about how F1 selects tracks.
And Fernando Alonso says that he’s not focused on returning to F1 in 2020.
Wow- what a week we’ve had! So much happened just in the last 5 days that we’ve got a longer show than normal, and we didn’t even deeply cover many of the past week’s big stories….
Robert Wickens was back on a track this weekend…
Jean Eric Vergne won his second Formula E championship…
Oh, and Formula E teams found a sneaky way to implement traction control, even though traction control isn’t allowed in the series.
Matrix management doesn’t work for McLaren
McLaren’s confirmed their driver lineup for 2020 - and Fernando Alonso isn’t part of it.
Jean Todt thinks that maybe refueling should come back.
Rich Energy - Haas, lots of crazy and lots for us to unpack there
Williams on the other hand has a title sponsor that’s not crazy at all, and committed to the team through 2023.
Williams is standing by Robert Kubica, and is also hopeful that they’ll continue as a Mercedes customer team.
Sport Pesa - Racing Point’s title sponsor has kicked off a neat fundraising campaign in support of efforts to find a cure for cancer.
Silverstone will continue to host the British Grand Prix.
We’re back with an actual show -
We talk about how we might decorate our studio/office
In light of the latest judgement against Rich Energy we discuss the Haas’ decision to remain associated with the company…
You can buy the commemorative model of Sebastian Vettel’s “victory” at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix.
Honda’s Technical Directory didn’t know what to do at the podium ceremony after the Austrian Grand Prix, and Red Bull doesn’t know why the car was so fast.
Racing Point says that their problems this year are Force India’s fault.
Pat Fry is going on Gardening Leave.
Toto Wolff sees agendas at play behind the rumors that he’s replacing Chase Carey.
And an F1 race in a parking lot? Sure why not, it’s not like it wasn’t a complete disaster the last time F1 tried it in the US…
It’s not often we do a special show, but we need to try out the new podcasting setup
So the bad news is that we still have the background hum in the recording. The good news is that we’re pretty sure we now know what is causing it and we’re spending the coming week refreshing our podcasting setup in order to take care of the issue. We’re hopeful that we’ll have the whole thing sorted in another episode or so.
It turns out that the feedback is unanimous, at least among our sources in F1 - the French Grand Prix was terrible, and it’s all Circuit Paul Ricard’s fault. Romain Grosjean is actually calling it a nightmare scenario.
Max Verstappen had an amazing Austrian Grand Prix.
We don’t fault the race stewards from investigating Max’s pass on Charles Leclerc, all the same we’re very happy that they elected not to take any action in response to the pass.
It took a while before we got the steward’s verdict, and we know why, either way Ferrari will not be appealing this decision.
Could there be an exit clause at play between Max Verstappen and Red Bull?
Red Bull Development Driver and SuperFormula Driver Dan Ticktum is now Former Red Bull Development Driver and Former SuperFormula driver Dan Ticktum.
Marcus Ericsson will drive an F1 car again - in a Pirelli tire test.
Could the 2020 spec tires be part of the race weekend at the end of this season?
Rumors of a London Grand Prix continue to swirl - could this have an impact on Silverstone?
We’re still working on the hum in the background, and we’re hoping to have the problem sorted soon…
This week Patricia doesn’t cut the show short so we actually got to talk about more than how upset we were about F1 FanFest Chicago…
As much as we like Sky’s Karun Chandok, the stewards from the Montreal Grand Prix tell Ferrari that Karun’s analysis of Sebastian’s penalty in Montreal doesn’t count as “overwhelming evidence".
But that wasn’t all the penalty talk this week with a pretty questionable penalty handed down to Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, and a much less questionable pair of penalties handed to Daniel Ricciardo.
Our solution to the problems of last weekend’s race - stop going to Circuit Paul Ricard…
Silly season talk is already underway, and at least one driver should be looking over their shoulder..
Romain Grosjean has had enough with the failings of this year’s Haas car.
And Fernando Alonso is no longer a McLaren test driver…
That’s right, after just over six months, The Bloke and A Bird Show is back! We’re still settling in to our new studio and have a few bugs to work out - we’re sorry about the hum in this week’s episode, we’re going to spend some time over the next few days trying to figure out what that was so we can stop it.
This was a short show as we test out the podcasting rig and make sure everything is setup right again - and more than that we take aim at Sean Bratches and Liberty Media for F1 Fan Fest Chicago. Let’s just say we weren’t impressed with the “show” that Sean and his team put on at the event.
We have really big news this week. Charges are coming, and the show will be impacted. Listen this week for more information.
All that aside, in the news this week:
Vijay Mallya is one step closer to potentially being extradited back to India.
McLaren Applied Technologies is getting back into cycling
Valtteri Bottas is going to try his hand at rallying
Lewis Hamilton had to slow down in Jerez.
Mercedes is working to keep all of it’s employees healthy.
We know when Ferrari will reveal their 2019 car.
Karun Chandhok will be joining the SkySports F1 team in 2019 - an all star SkySports F1 team at that.
Could Monza be getting faster?
Bernie Ecclestone says that he tried to buy Silverstone.
And Felippe Massa’s Formula E debut was penalty ridden - but it wasn’t his fault.
A little later than we thought, but we’ve got some of our year end stuff done… Predictions are coming next week though.
Next year’s F1 calendar is finalized - no changes since we discussed it in October.
Minor tweaks to the 2019 rules coming
The halo did have an impact on safety this year.
Racing Point is just a place holder name
And Fernando Alonso is driving a Chevy in 2019.
We won’t be doing our end of season wrap this week - still a lot of news to talk about so we’re shooting for next week.
First up we have some news of Robert Wicken’s ongoing recovery - and the news is good.
We know why the curbs were failing apart in Abu Dhabi.
Ross Brawn isn’t happy about the state of F1’s mid-pack teams
F1’s next tire supplier is - Pirelli, but changes are coming.
Haas will not appeal the latest decision regarding Racing Point Force India’s constructor status.
The stewards in Abu Dhabi were shocked into inaction over Fernando Alonso’s corner cutting.
The halo didn’t make it harder for Nico Hulkenburg to get out of his car after it rolled.
Lewis Hamilton is probably a better F1 driver than motoGP rider.
Lewis and Sebastian Vettel have swapped helmets.
Valtteri Bottas thinks that this past year was his worst in F1.
Daniel Ricciardo says goodby to Red Bull.
Alexander Albon is headed to Toro Rosso.
Racing Point will be the new name of Force India for 2019.
McLaren has no regrets over dropping Honda after a disappointing season with Renault.
To open this week we have a special message from Niki Lauda, it’s good to hear from Niki as he continues to recover from his lung transplant earlier this year.
There’s chaos at Renault and Nissan as Carlos Ghosen is taken into custody by Japanese authorities and ultimately fired by both companies due to financial improprieties.
Haas continues to fight against Racing Point Force India.
Fernando Alonso is a little embarrassed by all the attention this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton runs the #1 on his car - for a little while.
Esteban Ocon will be Mercedes Reserve Driver for 2019.
Sergey Sirotkin is out at Williams and Robert Kubica is in.
James Key will be reporting to work at McLaren in 2019.
Formula E will host an in season test in Saudi Arabia and a 1/3 of the drivers will be women.
There was a pretty shocking incident during the F3 race at the Macau Grand Prix this morning, and it wasn’t Dan Ticktum’s win. Sophia Florsch suffered a spinal fracture in a crash that sent her car flying over a barrier, through a catch fence and into a photographer’s platform.
Over in F1, Haas is hoping that Pietro Fittipaldi can help the team with problems with their simulator.
Tatiana Calderon is driving a Sauber F1 car again this weekend.
The FIA has a new crash data system that debuted in Brazil last weekend.
Lewis Hamilton’s engine was close to failure in Brazil - could this impact the final race of the season?
We talk about Max Verstappen’s behavior after the race in Brazil.
Chase Carey continues to talk tough with race promoters, and we know who will be running McLaren’s 2019 Indy 500 project.
Yes, the 2018 Drivers Championship has been decided but the season isn’t over. There’s still a championship left to be decided, and it’s still important.
In the news this week - Rob Smedly is leaving Williams at the end of the season.
Slick tires are getting thinner tread depth in 2019.
Kevin Magnussen says that his car is too good for his team.
Haas’ disqualification in Monza is leading to a potential rules change for 2019.
Chase Carey is defending Formula 1’s partnership with a sports book.
Force India is bringing extra security to the Brazilian Grand Prix this year.
Vettel is reflecting on his championship loss - and he’s in trouble with the FIA after his weigh bridge incident.
McLaren will field a team at the 2019 Indianapolis 500 - and Fernando Alonso will be driving for them.
Is IndyCar coming to Rio de Janeiro?
We’re back - we really wanted to do a show last week but we just ran out of hours in the weekend and couldn’t squeeze one in.
While we were gone, Lewis Hamilton became a 5 time F1 World Champion.
Santino Ferucci’s troubles with Trident is going to cost him over $500,000.
We’ve got a few more weeks until we know who will be driving alongside Daniel Kyviat at Toro Rosso next year.
Will the 2019 aero changes make the racing better? Maybe, maybe not.
F1 team bosses continue to meet without the FIA or FOM - and insist that the FOTA is not coming back.
Niki Lauda is out of the hospital as he continues to recover from his lung transplant.
Could cameras and screens replace mirrors in F1 cars?
Turns out Max Verstappen was out driving himself the beginning of the season.
Ferrari’s return to form appears to be due to the removal of 4 months worth of upgrades.
Is Mercedes troubles because they aren’t running their controversial new rear wheel?
Esteban Ocon and Kevin Magnussen were both disqualified from Austin due to fuel irregularities.
Haas’ appeal of Roman Grosjean’s Monza disqualification has failed.
Helmet cameras and glasses mounted cameras aren’t coming to F1 any time soon.
Daniel Riccardo will drive his Red Bull for the final two races of the year.
Fernando Alonso and NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson will “trade” cars for laps of the track in Abu Dhabi.
Williams is fined for endangering one of their mechanics during Lance Stroll’s Mexico City pit stop.
Marcus Ericsson is headed to IndyCar for 2019
IndyCars have run on COTA for the first time ever.
And could IndyCar be going to Australia?