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 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 152

Summer break is almost over, but things are still a bit quiet around the F1 world.

This week we learned how Kevin Magnussen keeps himself motivated - turns out he has an active imagination.

The rapid growth at Renault's Enstone base hasn't been all positive.

Renault can't turn their attention to their 2019 car yet.

Cyril Abiteboul things that F1 needs more standard parts.

Fernando Alonso is leaving F1 at the end of the season - but he's not retiring.

Its looking like McLaren and Fernando are headed to IndyCar - but Scott Dixon won't be Fernando's team mate.

Carlos Sainz Jr will be taking Fernando's seat at McLaren

Santino Ferruci has impressed Dale Coyne - we just don't understand how.

And the 2019-2020 season of the World Endurance Championship will require a little less endurance.

Posted on August 19, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 151

Work continues on the new Concorde Agreement for 2021 - Chase Carey says that it's just down to the details and the compromises. However Cyril Abiteboul says that at least on the engine through - plans have fallen behind.

What won't be happening soon - a shift to a fully electric system in Formula 1.

F1 is open to rethinking how they generate revenues from events.

Could there be a German GP in 2019?

Lawrence Stroll has bought his son a Formula 1 team - which pretty much puts to shame any gift your father has given you.

No - Fernando Alonso will not be going to Red Bull. Not now, not ever. Don't bother asking Red Bull about it, because it's a dumb question.

Niki Lauda was days away from death when he was put on the lung transplant list.

And there's a new licensing scheme coming to IndyCar.

Posted on August 12, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 150

We're back!  After a busy couple of weeks we're back and expect to be back for a good stretch.

Last week as IndyCar Weekend at Mid-Ohio Motorsports Course.  Alexander Rossi had a picture perfect weekend - but our highlight of the weekend was the time we spent with Robert Megennis and everyone at the Juncos Pro-Mazda team. We look forward to following Robert as his career progresses.

Unfortunately, Mazda has announced that they are ending their sponsorship of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires at the end of the season. We don't fully know how this will impact the series but we plan to keep an eye on the situation.

Michelin has weighed in on F1's new tire tender - and they're not happy about it.

F1 and the automotive industry was shocked by the passing of Sergio Marchionne - however, even Fiat-Chrysler didn't know how ill Sergio was, and now they want answers.

Valtteri Bottas didn't appreciate Toto Wolf calling him Lewis Hamilton's "wingman" but things are better now.

Red Bull is really upset over Max Verstappen's latest MGU-K failure - and Renault doesn't care what Red Bull thinks any more.

Force India has gone into receivership, and there's more to the situation than meets the eye.

Daniel Riccardo is leaving Red Bull for Renault - and now the entire driver's market is spinning.

Niki Lauda has had a lung transplant.

And Billy Monger drinks from a leg... 

Posted on August 5, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 149

We're back (for a week)!

We know the levels were off for the start of the show - not sure what happened but we got things back under control about halfway through.

This week we're all about the silly season news - some departures, some signings, some maybes...

Posted on July 22, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 148

We're back - briefly...  We bring you a new show this week but we'll be gone for the next two weeks while one of us hits the road.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page because there will be pictures from them trip going up on our page there.

While we were gone -

Teams are looking for less testing in 2019.

Aston Martin says that Red Bull shifting to Honda isn't a problem.

Christian Horner expresses concern over the coming rule changes.

Was the French Grand Prix that great?

Folks are upset over Sebastian's penalty in France, and mistake like this could give away the Championship for Seb.

Silly season is underway - with rumors that Kimi Raikonnen, Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo and Adrian Newey on the move?

Renault says their new MGU-K is ready to go - the MGI-K that was supposed to be rolled out the beginning of 2017... And both Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso aren't going to use it this week.

F1 won't be going to Germany in 2019, and if it goes to Miami next year the course is already going to be different from what we were told it would be.

Susie Wolf will run a Formula E team for the series' 2018-19 season.

The FIA is considering kicking a driver out of Formula 3, and Billy Monger got to drive an F1 car..

Posted on July 1, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 147

We've got some important scheduling notes regarding the next few weeks.  Make sure you listen for more information.

Fernando Alonso and the Toyota Gazoo racing team win this year's 24 hours of LeMans.

Formula E brought motorsport back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years.

It wasn't Winnie Harlow's fault that the checkered flag came out early in Montreal - but it did mean that the race ended at the end of lap 68.

But thanks to that mistake, the FIA is looking at other options for ending a race.

Turns out that Sebastian Vettel's complaints of the VSC might have some merit to them.

Mercedes is upset over their performance and say they need to do better.

Posted on June 17, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 146

You know what's embarrassing? Representing your company who is the title sponsor for a race by driving the pace car to start the race - and crashing the pace car coming out of Turn 1 and delaying the race start by 27 minutes...

Is Force India about to be sold - depends on who you talk to...

Electric Karting is becoming an Olympic sport - a Junior Olympic sport.

FOM is looking at significant changes for 2021, from calendar, to aerodynamics, to maybe even tires?

In the mean time it looks like the 2019 season will end in December.

Two big changes coming to the Montreal Grand Prix this year - a third DRS zone and more significantly a change to the DRS rules from this race forward.

Toro Rosso is actively looking to replace Brendan Hartley.

Daniel Riccardo appears to have avoided a grid penalty in Montreal.

Max Verstappen snaps at reporters.

McLaren is struggling in Montreal because it has to go fast and slow.

Mercedes is regretting its tire choices for the weekend.

It's shaping up to be a bad weekend for Haas.

Posted on June 10, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 145

This week we battle allergies to bring you a show...

Force India didn't get out of Mercedes way in Monaco - well they did, but not because they were being kind...

Vijay Mallya is letting go of some of his roles at Force India.

Sauber has a new Technical Director

FIA will use software to figure out if Ferrari is misusing their ERS.

Mercedes is upset that the FIA leaked who ratted out Ferrari.

An engine contract for 2019 is more important to Red Bull than a contract for Daniel Ricciardo.

Miami expects to get sued - a lot - if they host a race next year.

Kimi Raikonnen files an extortion complaint in Canada.

Posted on June 3, 2018 .

The Bloke and a Bird Show Episode 144

SPOILER ALERT - Will Power won the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, Daniel Ricciardo won the 76th Monaco Grand Prix, and there was a NASCAR race this past weekend...

A processional race without a lot of passing - are we talking about the Indy 500 or the Monaco Grand Prix? We're talking about both this year...

Hockenheim wants a better deal in order to keep hosting Grand Prix races.

Could the MGU-H get dropped by F1? Jean Todt at the FIA is open to it.

McLaren gets a new shareholder - and he's the father of Force India's Test and Development driver.

Sergey Sirotkin is a workaholic.

Gunther Steiner insists that Romain Grosjean's position with the team is not in jeopardy.

German media is speculating that Brendon Hartley might be replaced by Pascal Wherlin, and Helmit Marko gives a lukewarm denial.

Mercedes questions oil burning practices and Ferrari's battery usage.

Red Bull was willing to let Daniel Ricciardo blow his engine instead of retiring from the lead of the race.

Christian Horner warns Max Verstappen that he needs to stop crashing.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso didn't like this year's race.

And Citroen fires their driver for "an excessively high number of crashes."

Posted on May 28, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 143

This year has seemed to just fly by so far...  Which may be a good thing if you're missing Felipe Massa - because he's returning to racing and headed to Formula E

Shock in Indianapolis as James Hinchcliff fails to qualify for the Indy 500.

Zak Brown says that McLaren is considering IndyCar and WEC entries in the coming years.

F1 TV launched last weekend - and it didn't go well. 

Those unique mirrors that Ferrari was running last weekend - they're now banned (and weren't really legal when Ferrari run them)

It's unlikely that Kimi Raikkonen will need an engine change even though he had a DNF after an engine failure.

Roman Grosjean gets a 3 place grid penalty for Monaco after his incident in Barcelona

Sergei Sirotkin says he's seat's why he didn't do well in Barcelona...

Mercedes and the FIA are testing new lights.

And there's already a problem with the proposed race for Miami...

Posted on May 20, 2018 .

The Bloke and A Bird Show Episode 142

We're back with lots of news from while we were gone...

Fernando Alonso had his first ever win at Spa, and it wasn't in Formula 1.

 The Red Bull drivers ended their Baku weekend on the naughty step.

Sergio Perez almost ended up on the naughty step but after looking at the rules different Charlie Whiting was ok with him taking a 5 second penalty under a safety car.

Lewis Hamilton clearly has a different relationship with Valteri Bottas than he did with Nico Rosberg.

Silly season has started - for both engines and drivers.

Ferendo Alonso's McLaren was seriously damaged in Baku - and he still got points.

Fan Vision is coming back to F1, and F1 is closer to coming to Miami.

Max Verstappen wins a lawsuit to protect his image.

And FOM has gotten a trademark on "shooey"

Posted on May 13, 2018 .