The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 123

Wondering why we didn't talk about all the news that happened two weeks ago...  Well, wonder no more because we catch up on what we didn't discuss.

But first, last weekend was the opening race of the 2017/18 Formula E series and the debut race for the Audi Sport Formula team looked promising until it all fell apart...

Alexander Rossi tells Connor Daly to get a job... and he kind of changes teams.

Mexico City won't be getting an IndyCar race in 2018

The FIA launches it's Hall of Fame

There could be a decrease in F1 prize money for a few years.

Chase Carey says F1 needs to change - and maybe it will start with track design.

What won't change are the engine restrictions for 2018.

Alfa Romeo is returning to F1 on the back of Sauber.

Lance Stroll is going to Daytona...

Could F1 be coming to Miami?

Mark Webber has a new job.

Jean Todt has the same job.

And Carmen Jorda has a new job too...

Posted on December 10, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 122

This week is a short show.  We recorded it earlier in the week which is why we don't mention the Alfa Romeo / Sauber announcements.  But the whole point of this week's show is to review our predictions for the season and see how close we were...

You'll have to listen to find out who the winner was, and we promise there's no angry Sebastian Vettel audio all show...

Posted on December 2, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 121

We're sorry about last week, we fully planned on doing a show but we just ran out of weekend.

This week - the final week of the 2017 Formula 1 season:

The FIA refunded the entry fees for defunct Manor Racing Team

Force India may not become Force One for 2018

Could Formula 1 be getting a new logo?

Ross Brawn thinks that cheaper turbos are the way to avoid grid penalties for engine issues.

Ferrari is why we'll see more grid penalties next year - and Christian Horner is pissed.

Niki Lauda says some stupid things.

360 degree cameras will be coming to F1 cars next year.

The halo is a design problem.

Could Sauber be the path for Alfa Romeo to return to F1?

The crime is so bad in Sao Paulo Brazil that Pirelli cancelled the tire test scheduled for the week after the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Pirelli has released the details on next year's tires - and if we lose our clean rating it's Pirelli's fault.

Want to be an e-racing driver? And drive for Fernando Alonso? Now you can!

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 120

The Constructor's Championship is settled and so is the Driver's Championship - so now what?

There's still drama to get us through the final two races of the season -

Could Lewis Hamilton be in some trouble over his prized jet and a VAT refund?

Yet again a team is held up while driving near the Interlagos circuit.

Changes this weekend to both the track and the Blue Flag system.

Toro Rosso and Renault have engaged in a slap fight...

Lewis Hamilton gets in a big wreck, and Felipe Massa is annoyed at Carlos Sainz Jr..

The League of Super Evil met this week - it seems that there's some confusion over the future of the shark fins.

Chase Carey says that a cost cap looks promising

Robert Kubica will test in a Williams - yet again.

Pirelli is looking to add yet another tire compound for next year.

And Marseille will be getting an F1 festival of their very own...

Posted on November 12, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 119

Well, the 2017 title battles are completely wrapped up, and while it looked like this year the storylines might be different in the end it was more of the same:

  • Mercedes walks off with another Constructors Title
  • A Mercedes driver wins the Drivers Championship
  • And Ferrari falls apart in the last half of the season.

It was a thrilling start the the race in Mexico City though, and Ferrari hasn't completely imploded yet....

Fernando Alonso thinks that Lewis Hamilton had it easy this season... The rest of the world probably thinks otherwise.

Renault admits it probably pushed too much in Mexico City - and NBCSN - there were TWO Renault powered cars that finished the race, NOT ONE!

Felipe Massa is retiring at the end of the season... No, really...  No he really is....

Brendon Hartley almost ended up in IndyCar.

Bernie Ecclestone says that Mercedes is helping Ferrari with engine development - the response from the rest of F1 -why are we still listening to this guy?

McLaren is really excited for next year - because honestly, it can't get much worse than this year...

Posted on November 5, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 118

Buckle your seatbelts folks, this show is going everywhere this week.  We tried to put stuff in something that resembles order but even still we jump around quite a bit.

To start with, Circuit of the Americas wants an IndyCar race - and probably won't get one.  Josef Newgarden wants to drive in F1, but the American Team doesn't seem to want to give him a chance...

F1 went to Reddit to ask fans what we want from the sport - and the fans told F1 that we want to have streaming video, access to more of F1's video, access to more data, and that we'd be willing to pay for that.  Sean Bratches was listening because in the US at least we'll probably be seeing a new streaming service next year.

F1 has heard the complaints about the halo, and they're acting...  If they change the name it will make it all better right?

Oh, and expect to see F1 Live type of events coming to more cities in 2018 - our hope is that they remember that there's more to the host country of a race than just the city that the race is hosted in...

Could four wheel drive cars be coming? Maybe Friday practice will go away?

Pierre Gasley didn't win the Superformula series - but it wasn't his fault.

Brendan Hartley revealed how he got the job at Toro Rosso. His welcome to the team was a 50 page operations manual, and he had some helmet difficulties in his first sessions.

Daniel Kyviat is officially "terminated" by Toro Rosso.

Fernando Alonso will stay at McLaren for another year, and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hour race in Daytona next year.

Renault says that they're months ahead in their reliability efforts for 2018, which was of no comfort to Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel had a difficult set of practice sessions for Mexico.

Williams almost got a pretty large fine for being late, and it's not the first time either.

Max Verstappen is still angry about how the USGP ended.

Daniel Riccardo didn't know that Max had a better engine.

McLaren is open to keeping Jenson Button around as an ambassador.

And Bernie Ecclestone is taking his toys and going to Switzerland...

Posted on October 29, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 117

No show next week - somebody booked a trip without consulting the F1 calendar.  Some of us are just as disappointed as you are...

Jolyon Palmer is out of a job - Renault managed to talk Red Bull into giving up Carlos Sainz Jr before the season ended.  Carlos will be wearing yellow in Austin.

Could Jolyon go to Williams? We think he's "mathematically eligible" for the seat.

Daniel Kvyat is back at Toro Rosso - but is he taking his old seat, Carlos Sainz Jr's seat, or Pierre Gasly's seat? Pierre won't be in Austin but will finish up the Super Formula series in Suzuka that week.

Roman Grosjean stirred up some trouble in the drivers meeting in Suzuka last week - but it's not clear what his issue was.

Sebastian Vettel got another reprimand from the stewards - one more and he's facing a grid penalty.

Team orders are staying at Force India for now.

Bernie Ecclestone (remember him?) thinks Williams should hire Robert Kubica.

F1 wants a race in Holland - but not at the track.

And the 2018 IndyCar challenge is out - and the series is going to Portland, just don't ask us which one...

Posted on October 15, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 116

First off, a big congratulations to Allan McNish on his new role as Team Principal for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team.

NBCSN has announced that they did not renew their broadcast deal with Formula 1 for 2018, followed a few hours later by an announcement from ESPN that they are the sport's new broadcast partner for 2018.  Before you go celebrating - we're not sure this means that we'll get better F1 coverage in the US, and its possible that things may get worse.

It's been confirmed that Renault has hired the former head of the FIA's technical department, and Renault has agreed to further delay his start date - we'll see if that eases the concerns over their new employee.

The grid penalties started coming in for this weekend's race long before the race weekend started.

The Formula 1 Vietnamese Grand Prix? Yeah we're not sure about that either.

And there's a change coming to F1 next year that sounds simple but is actually pretty neat.

Posted on October 8, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 115

After a week away we're back and just in time for another round of action...

First up is confirmation that there will be a Mexican Grand Prix this year..

Get ready for even more engine penalties for 2018.

F1 is testing 360 degree cameras.

The head of the FIA's technical section for F1 has resigned, and is reportedly headed to Renault and the rest of the F1 paddock isn't happy.

A couple bribed a security guard to get their picture taken on the track in Singapore - or did they?

Honda says McLaren is resistant to change

That big wreck in Singapore...  It made Fernando Alonso really angry

There was a race in Malaysia where nobody finished

And Lewis Hamilton has another Lightning McQueen moment

Posted on October 1, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Episode 114

Singapore weekend is shaping up to be all about confirmations and yet more rumors.

What we know:

Singapore will continue to host a Grand Prix until at least 2021

Nico Rosberg is joining Robert Kubica's management team

Carlos Sainz Jr is being "loaned" to Renault for 2018

Jolyon Palmer will not be driving for Renault for 2018

Toro Rosso has a "multi-year" deal to become the Honda works team.

McLaren is dropping Honda from 2018 for a 3 year deal with Renault

Sergio Perez has a one year deal to continue driving for Force India

Valteri Bottas has a one year deal to continue driving for Mercedes

Fernando Alonso doesn't yet have a contract with McLaren for 2018

What we don't know

Who will be driving at Toro Rosso for 2018

If Red Bull will still be a customer of Renault in 2018

If Red Bull has a new title sponsor in Aston Martin

Posted on September 17, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 113

This week it's all about plans... and grid penalties...  and Honda....

Renault has a plan to improve reliability...

Red Bull has a plan to convince the Strategy Group to rethink it's plan for engines next year.

Ross Brawn has a plan to talk to the FIA about grid penalties.

Honda has a plan if Fernando Alonso leaves.

Could there a be a plan for Carlos Sainz Jr to leave Toro Rosso and head to Renault in exchange for a Honda engine, McLaren gearbox and a driver prospect to be named at a later date?

Sean Bratches says that most race promoters aren't very good - but he has a plan to fix that.

Jean Todt has a plan for yellow halos...

Posted on September 10, 2017 .

The Bloke and a Bird Show Episode 112

This has been a difficult weekend for us, but this show is how we're trying to get things back in place.

Because we didn't get to really talk about Spa last week - that's where we focused...  Actually we focused on the McLaren-Honda circus, because that's where the activity really is.

We still don't know if we're looking at a McLaren-Renault, Toro Rosso - Honda pairing for 2018 or if something else is going to happen.

It doesn't appear that Honda will be out completely, but beyond that, who knows....

Posted on September 4, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 111

F1 is back this week as the F1 show rolls into Spa Franchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Before the race we got word that the FIA plans to roll out some form of cockpit head protection to the junior serious - because if it's good enough for F1, then it's good enough for the junior formulas.

Jenson Button says that he'll be racing next year, but we don't know where.

Like video games - F1 is launching an esports series.

Kimi Raikonnen, Sebastian Vettel, and Stoffel Vandorne both have contracts for next year - and Stoffel got the bonus of grid penalties too.

Toto Wolff says that the team didn't speak with Sebastian Vettel regarding a seat but they are working on contingencies so that they don't have another Rosberg situation.

And Pirelli insists that their tires are safe this weekend....

Posted on August 27, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 110

This week McLaren put forth a proposal for a Grand Prix in Woking UK, along with a new street circuit the Woking International Circuit.  McLaren doesn't believe that there are any obstacles to their plan other than all of the obstacles possible...

We learned about what Charlie Whiting did on his vacation this year...

Chase Carey explains how TV and Formula 1 have a complicated relationship.

Looking for a job? Force India and Renault Sport F1 may both have positions available.

Renault held up their development efforts in order to get things ready for Silverstone.

Toro Rosso won't be getting Honda engines next year.

Marcus Erickson things he's ready for a competitive team.

We learned a lot about the two seater F1 car (it's really and old Tyrel)

And Sebastian Bordais has the green light to return to racing.

Posted on August 20, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 109

We're deep into summer break and things have gotten quiet, but we still found a bit to talk about this week.

It turns out Formula 1 hasn't been using champagne in it's podium ceremonies since 2015 - but thanks to a new deal with Carbon, it's back.

The French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard will have a chicane in the long straight, because passing.

Drivers are getting their mid-season reviews over the next few weeks from both team bosses, journalists, and of course themselves.

And F1 bosses say they don't need to get V8s to make engines exciting - we say make the racing better first.

Posted on August 13, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 108

We're back from Mid-Ohio and IndyCar and what a weekend it was.  The race wasn't that great but it was still a good weekend trackside.

IndyCar is known for providing an incredible level of fan access and this past weekend was no different.  If you haven't been over to our Facebook page to check out some of the photos and video from the weekend- what are you waiting for?

In other series - the LMP1 division of WEC is down to a field of just one team with Porsche announcing that they will follow Audi and shift from WEC to FormulaE for 2018 joining Jaguar, Renault, Mahindra, and now Mercedes as they shut down their DTM team in exchange for FormulaE.

There's a new twist in the Honda story, with confirmation that the deal with Sauber is off and a meeting this past week with Red Bull's Helmet Marko.  Could Toro Rosso be the next Honda powered team?

There were good manners and bad manners at last week's Hungarian Grand Prix...  And Paul DiResta said his shoes were too small...

Posted on August 6, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 107

This week we're admittedly all over the place as we bounce from F1 to IndyCar and then back to F1. But since we're headed to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio next week we had to turn out attention to IndyCar too this week.

Before the weekend ended last week we got a chance to watch the British Grand Prix, and while there was some excitement towards the end - overall it was a pretty meh race...

Pirelli isn't sure they'll be able to figure out what caused Seb's tire to fail - and shockingly we didn't see "Angry Seb" over that tire failure.

We know why Mercedes has been having gearbox issues - they've been trying to hard.

Honda tells us why they are struggling - because not everything can be figured out in a simulator no matter what Patricia thinks.

McLaren won't be getting engines from Ferrari or Mercedes (or probably Renault) if they dump Honda.

Cosworth might be coming back to F1.

The Halo is coming to F1 for 2018 like it or not.

Silly season news - we've already got drivers confirmed for 2018, talks have started with other drivers.

Alexander Rossi is back on an Indycar podium

And Daniel Ricciardo may be starting to regret the whole shoey thing...

Posted on July 23, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 106

This week - you asked and we answered, and as a bonus we even answered correctly!

You asked us about points, and we give you the lowdown on how points are awarded, from what the scale is to the difference between the drivers and constructors championships.  As an added bonus we talk about race distances too.

In other news - Nico Rosberg's Drivers Championship trophy was lost in the mail for a few days - our guess is that it was shipped via DHL.

Are you a Snapchat user? F1 has a new partnership with Snapchat.

Sauber has an new boss, and he's trying to figure out the whole Honda thing.  It doesn't sound like Longbow Financial thought real highly of the Honda deal.

Kimi Raikonnen is doing his best, no matter what Sergio Marchione says, oh andFerrari doesn't want to hire Fernando Alonso again.

Danil Kyviat wants a confirmation from Red Bull that he'll have a seat in the organization next year.

The FIA says - no, Valteri Bottas didn't jump the start in Austria.

The BRDC has no intention of selling Silverstone to FOG.

And the first run with the new "shield" concept wasn't a roaring success...

Posted on July 16, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 105

This week - more talk of a new team for 2019, this one from somebody who previously launched a bid to start a team.

We're closing in on the date for Silverstone to exercise it's exit clause.  All signs point to them doing so, but that might not be a bad thing for the track or the sport.

The power unit working group met - and there were some new attendees at the meeting.

Renault is still struggling.

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Baku - need we say more?

Carlos Sainz Jr thinks he won't be driving for Toro Rosso next year, Christian Horner thinks otherwise.

Posted on July 9, 2017 .