The Bloke and a Bird Show Episode 171

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.

Posted on July 15, 2019 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 170

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…

Posted on July 7, 2019 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 169

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?

Posted on July 1, 2019 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 168

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…

Posted on June 24, 2019 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 167

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.

Posted on June 17, 2019 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 166

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.

Posted on December 16, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 165

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.

Posted on December 9, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 164

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.

Posted on December 2, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 163

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.

Posted on November 25, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 162

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.

Posted on November 18, 2018 .

The Bloke And A Bird Show Episode 161

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?

Posted on November 11, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 160

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?

Posted on November 4, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 159

While we love it that F1 is back in North America - because F1 in North America is a good thing - it’s also harder for us to watch when it’s in North America.

The winner of this year’s F1 Innovation Award was announced - and we should have entered.

Bernie Ecclestone has figured out how to mess with Liberty Media’s earning from F1.

Next year there will only be three colors to represent the dry tire compounds used each race weekend - there will be more than three compounds, but on three colors.

2019 front wings won’t be tested in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi this year - and Daniel Ricciardo won’t be testing in Abu Dhabi this year.

Renault is scrapping their Rev C engine this year and will be looking at a new concept for 2019.

No, F1 won’t experiment with new weekend formats before the end of the season.

Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari’s recent upgrades were actually downgrades.

Also not helping Seb is a three place grid penalty for a red flag violation in FP1.

The FIA says Mercedes new rear wheel is legal.

Several changes were made to COTA to keep drivers on the track.

McLaren has a new sponsor - but won’t be in IndyCar for a full season next year.

Lawrence Stroll is working to make Force India his team…

And yes, pre-season testing will be in Barcelona again next year.

Stoffel Vandoorne is headed to Formula E, as is Pascal Wherlin and Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Posted on October 21, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 158

Two weeks in a row with a show? We make be working on a trend here…

This week - Fernando Alonso found somebody other than Honda to complain about at Suzuka this year.

George Russel is headed to Williams in 2019.

The World Motorsports Council met this week - and as expected there’s some areas of disagreement and agreement-

Franz Tost says 20 to 22 races is the right number for races every year - not all the bosses agree with him.

There won’t be a change to the point structure for 2019.

The calendar was finalized for 2019, and there will be some other tweaks to the rules going into the 2019 season.

Max Verstappen won’t get to try MotoGP while he’s currently contracted to Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari’s new mission is to prove that they are still a good team.

Alejandro Agag reveals how close Formula E came to failing in it’s first season.

Pascal Wehrlein could have gone to Formula E next year - but is instead looking elsewhere.

And is the new racing series W the right way to get women into F1?

Posted on October 14, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 157

We’re back with a show this week - we fully intended to have a show last week and we explain what happened, to find out you’ll have to listen this week.

While we were gone:

Kimi Raikonnen has already had his first seat fitting with Sauber where he will be joined by Antonio Giovinazzi.

Esteban Ocon defended Lance Stroll

Haas says that there’s been progress in the negotiations regarding Force India’s prize money.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will continue with Haas in 2019.

Sepang will be paying Haas for the damage caused by a loose drain cover at the track last year.

Daniel Kvyat is back at Red Bull for 2019 - as a driver. Really. No, we’re not joking.

The list of drivers that Dale Coyne is talking to regarding seats in his IndyCars keep growing - seems to be just a matter of time before Marcus Erickson is added to that list.

Zak Brown wants to get the rules regarding liveries changed.

There was a race in Russia…

Could Qualifying change for 2019? Maybe softer tires? Doesn’t this all sound familiar?

Drivers want DRS through 130R in Suzuka.

Oh and the race in Miami - probably won’t be happening…

Posted on October 7, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 156

We’re back - although it doesn’t look like we missed all that much…

The UK’s Channel 4 will still get some coverage of F1 for 2019 - highlights and the British GP live.

F1 wants seven Fan Fests in 2019 - and they’ve announced a deal to bring betting into the sport.

There’s a new hotel coming to Silverstone and it will over look the pit lane.

Kimi Raikkone is leaving Ferrari to go to Sauber.

Pascal Wehrlein is leaving Mercedes.

Stoffel Vandorne is interested in IndyCar.

Force India will probably not let their drivers race against each other again.

Charlie Whiting doesn’t think that Sergio Perez intended to hit Sergei Sirotkin in Singapore - but he’s pretty upset of Grosjean ignoring blue flags. Thanks to that incident Romain Grosjean is just 3 points away from a race ban.

Haas says that Renault violated a gentleman’s agreement.

Force India avoided a 65k Euro fine, and Lewis Hamilton is playing mind games with Sebastian Vettel.

Posted on September 23, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 155

We meant to mention it in the show, but didn't - no show next week. Patricia will be traveling over the weekend so we won't be recording next week.

Roman Grosjean was disqualified from last weekend's race in Monza after a protest by Renault because the floor of his car wasn't properly shaped. Haas has already appealed the decision - more to follow.

Charlie Whiting says that he isn't bothered by Max Verstappen accusing him of ruining racing.

Ferrari can't keep ice packs on the camera mounts on their car anymore - and we know why Ferrari has been doing it.

We know why Sauber has been having problems with their DRS.

Jean Todt says that we won't see a new manufacturer coming to F1 in 2021, nor does he believe that F1 will ever be a fully electric series.

Stoffel Vandorne is out at McLaren for 2019 - Lando Norris is getting promoted.

Santino Ferruci is telling his side of the story about that fateful weekend in Silverstone a few months ago - and Dale Coyne Racing is standing by Santino for now.

Schmidt-Peterson racing has shared more about Robert Wicken's injuries in Pocono - and they're more significant than we realized.

Fernando Alonso spend this past week at Barber Motorsports Park driving an IndyCar.

IndyCar's 2019 schedule was published. 

Posted on September 9, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 154

With all the talk around Force India potentially becoming a "B" team for Mercedes, the FIA has announced that they are monitoring the situation and making sure that there isn't too much collaboration between teams.

If the halo didn't save Charles LeClerc's life, at a minimum it helped protect him in a pretty shocking looking incident. According to Charlie Whiting, not only did the halo perform as designed, but it withstood the impact without cracking, breaking or deforming. But the FIA is looking to alternative options to the halo for better aesthetics.

Why did Nico Hulkenburg get a 10 place grid penalty instead of a race ban - Charlie Whiting explains why.

Changes coming in 2019 - new onboard camera angles, taller rear wings to improve visibility, more lights on the rear wings, and new helmets for drivers.

Michelin didn't submit a bid for the new tire tender - but that doesn't mean that Pirelli was the only bidder.

Toto Wolf admits that Mercedes has a problem with junior drivers, and thinks the answer may lie in third cars.

Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen aren't friends and probably never will be.

Haas is upset about the prize money deal that may be offered to Force India and is willing to stand up to stop it - meanwhile Force India says they desire special treatment.

Lance Stroll went to the Force India factory - but Williams doesn't expect any driver moves before Singapore.

Sebastian Vettel broke Kimi's car while driving in downtown Milan - because Kimi has a different steering wheel.

Ferrari probably won't quit F1 now, and they haven't decided if Kimi is staying. That means that Sauber can't make a decision about it's driver lineup. However, Stoffel Vandorne isn't a candidate to move to Sauber.

The draft 2019 calendar is out - and the Texas Motor Speedway is upset about it.

Posted on September 2, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 153

First off a big congratulations to friend of the show and driver of the #9 Palo Alto Networks, Juncos Racing ProMazda car Robert Megennis on his second place in Round 14 of the ProMazda championship at Gateway Motorsports Park.

IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens had a major crash last weekend in the Pocono 500 where he suffered serious injuries. Currently he's in stable condition but looks to have several surgeries on the horizon.

Over in F1 - Monza has seen a drop in ticket sales and is projecting yet another overall money loosing season - putting the future of F1 at the track in question again.

A "soft" cost cap is coming to F1 for 2019.

Maybe there won't be a new engine format for 2021 - and the existing constructors are ok with that.

Sahra Force India is dead - Race Point Force India has risen from the ashes of the old team.

Silly season is nowhere close to being over.

Fernando Alonso insists the Red Bull offered him Daniel Ricciardo's seat - and Red Bull insists that they haven't.

Oh - and Fernando's WEC team had their cars disqualified from the 6 Hours of Silverstone - BOTH of their cars.

Posted on August 26, 2018 .