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 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 104

First off - an apology to Channel 4's Karun Chandhok. Please don't be made at us, we really love your reporting on Channel 4....

IndyCar's Mikhail Aleshin had some visa issues which impacted his return to the series from LeMans.  

Ron Dennis is done at McLaren - completely and totally.

Silly Season has started and Toto Wolff had dinner with Fernando Alonso's manager Flavio Briatore in Baku and while they spoke about Fernando, they absolutely didn't talk about Fernando coming to Mercedes in 2018.  Nope, not at all.

Toto Wolff calls Eddie Jordan's comments about Petronas and UBS ending their sponsorship in 2018 and that Mercedes would sell the team "Fake News," but Eddie isn't backing down - about saying something....

Honda is "relieved" McLaren scored points in Baku - McLaren's not quite as thrilled.

There was the bump heard round the world last weekend - more to come on that one.

Force India has placed it's drivers on the naughty step back at the factory.

And in MotoGP - if you don't cross the finish line on your motorcycle, you haven't actually finished the race... 

Posted on July 2, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 103

We're back!  It was a great week off but now we have a lot to talk about...

We don't normally discuss LeMans, but take a former F1 driver, a hand gesture and a blown clutch - well that gets our attention.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be celebrating Bernie Ecclestone.

Honda's still blowing up engines, and McLaren isn't amused.

Monisha Keltenborne - well we have a lot on her this week.

Is a rename coming for Force India?

Danill Kyviat is upset at people again.

Rumors from Eddie Jordan....

We got our first look at the 2018 calendar.

And could there be another Malaysian Grand Prix?

Posted on June 25, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 102

This week Apple updated Garage Band, so we're crossing our fingers that our recording goes well.

The FIA and F1 will be looking for ways to make racing better.

Portugal could be coming back to the F1 calendar.

Felipe Massa is open to staying in F1 longer.

Romain Grosjean explains why he's not giving up his seat in FP1 this year.

Toto Wolf says that no matter what Eddie Jordan is saying, Mercedes isn't getting ready to just become an engine supplier.

Kimi Raikonnen says that there's no #1 driver at Ferrari yet.

McLaren reads the riot act to Honda (and so does Fernando)

There are some changes happening this weekend in Montreal, and Ralf Schumacher doesn't like Fernando Alonso's kart track...

Posted on June 11, 2017 .

The Bloke and a Bird Show Episode 101

We get side tracked by donuts briefly this week but manage to get it back under control.

Fernando Alonzo didn't miss race in Monaco, and beside why should he - He's shown us that he doesn't need to be in an F1 car to have a Honda engine blow up on him....

The Indy 500's Rookie of the Year is - Surprise - Fernando Alonso...

Max Chilton says that F1 could benefit from IndyCar style spotters...

Nikki Lauda says this season is all over.

Mercedes can't figure out why Lewis' car isn't working right.

Honda might not have an engine upgrade ready for Montreal, but McLaren says that aerodynamically the car is doing good.

VJ Mallya is upset at Gene Haas.

Formula One Group wants more races, and they want the everywhere.

And Esteban Gutiarrez is back in a race car - just not in F1.

Posted on June 4, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 100

It was such a busy week this week that we didn't even realize that this was our 100th show until after we finished recording.

You didn't miss anything by us being off last week - there wasn't a whole lot happening.  This week however, even without Indy we would have had a full show.

Surprise! F1 fans don't want gimmicks to "improve the show"

Pastor Maldonado has crawled out of his cave to tell us that it's his choice that he's not in F1 and not because nobody trusts him with their car.

Ross Brawn is putting his own stamp on F1 (again).

Sauber will do anything for cheap engines.

Force India is upset over how they were penalized for their numbers.

Lewis Hamilton is channeling Lightning McQueen.

Did Ferrari favor Seb over Kimi?

Scott Dixon had an amazing shunt at Indianapolis - and walked away.

Oh and another Honda engine blew itself up on Fernando Alonso...

Posted on May 29, 2017 .

No Show Week of May 21

Sorry folks, this week was a full one for both of us and it bled into the weekend.

We just don't have enough time to get a show recorded this week, but have no fear we'll be back next weekend!

Posted on May 21, 2017 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 99

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers out in our audience.  Oh, and if you're still looking for a Mother's Day gift - how about subscribing Mom to our show?

IndyCar insists that it's not trying to poach drivers from other series.

Chase Carey says lots of place want to host an F1 race.

Jean Todt wants a third term as FIA President

Haas says their brake system is complicated

Toto Wolf says that Lewis' problems in Sochi were complicated - but Lewis says the problem is fixed.

Honda's problems are far from fixed.

And there were some changes to the DRS zones for this week's race in Barcelona.

Posted on May 14, 2017 .