Formula1blog.com Podcast #415

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Join Grace and me as we discuss the news of the week including an all-electric Indy 500, Leafs or Leaves, burning Tesla’s, Maldonado’s game, Tost Master’s comments and stupid Max critics, Kenny’s new job and much, much more.

Fashion award winner here.

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Bravado winner here.

 

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gixxerwimp

First! Haven’t listened yet :-P

eggoman

Todd, are you shorting Tesla stock?

Negative Camber

LOL..I have them riding a wave regardless of bad info from China. A high PE and explosive growth due to Grace’s fanboy attitude toward them. That should really add to Elon’s bottom line.

eggoman

I LOVE it when you respond to my comments. I have to side with Grace regarding EVs. If I had 85K sitting around, I would own a Model S. I’m even seriously considering getting a LEAF for the wife. Her work commute is significantly less than mine.

Negative Camber

You should buy two of them and let us know if you call them leaves or leaf’s. ;)

adaptable1

I work for a tech startup in California, and when I ask my colleagues “What will you do with the money you will make on the stock once we go public or get bought?” 3 out of 4 say they will by a Tesla (a P85 or P85D more specifically). One or two of the others say Maserati…. no one says Porsche, Mercedes, or McLaren…. Tesla is doing something right!

Nick

Did Todd only pick his winner and first out or did I miss it? I listened to that part twice trying to get his pick for P2 and P3.

Negative Camber

Sorry Nick, I had Lewis, Nico and Seb with FO as Mehri I believe.

Nick

Thanks! I don’t know if I missed it or what. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Tom Firth

Thanks for the podcast, firstly Grace, I don’t know why FOX did it that way, we got it live here for MotoGP in HD, so either its a Dorna thing for the US rights, or it’s a FOX thing, either way, it isn’t an international decision, and also you can scroll through the pictures on F1.com, if you rollover the side of the images after you click on one. It allows you to go backwards and forwards through the images. Todd, you have worked in a technology industry for most, or all of the time frame that Bruce Martin is… Read more »

Negative Camber

It could be very likely, tom. I don’t disagree with MA on that. I’m just not sure it is something I would be interested in. I have been in the technology business my whole life and what many may not know is that I live it on a daily basis and specialize in the integration of technology in the modern office design. While most are jazzed about the advances of the electric car, I feel we, as an industry, are phoning it in on a revenue stream, not super science. I hold technology innovations to a much higher standard than… Read more »

Tom Firth

Thanks for the explanation, clarifies alot, appreciate the time in responding :-)

Andreas

The bravado award was well deserved. Good to see the award being handed out to an understatement delivered with slightly clinched teeth and thinly veiled anger, rather than the usual hyperbole or Ronspeak. I saw that grid interview as it happened, and couldn’t stop laughing. Not that the s-bomb is anything of a bomb on TV here in Sweden, but Sky obviously has their policy, and watching Martin trying to smooth things over was a riot. However, the important bit from that interview was what Peter Sauber said next. He admitted that it was nice to have that “waste material”… Read more »

Negative Camber

I had mentioned on a previous cast that had this been handled back in December, out of the public eye, it would have been a fraction of the cost. bad deal for everyone involved.

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I was a (terrible) motorcycle racer when Valentino Rossi was coming up through the 125s and it warmed my heart to see Dr. RossiFumi still slingin it like that. Regarding the High Def, your TV must be bigger than mine Grace. On my 13” real tube Sony the detail seemed plenty sharp.

Paul KieferJr

1. Congrats, Grace, you survived another year in this universe! 2. Not a chance would Indy 500 do electric. 3. Yanno, I’m not exactly on the upside of 30 here. 4. I’m pretty sure I might be able to find some way to create a back-up plan just in case the forum needs to be down for a long time. 5. Well, if you don’t think it’s “game on”, then you’re never prepared when it actually happens. 6. Yanno, I had concerns about Verstappen, but calling me stupid would be insulting my intelligence (and, yes, I do have intelligence). What’s… Read more »

Spaceman1861

 Grace Hey just as a hint on f1.com you don’t have to wait you can use your arrow keys in the picture things

MichaelB

I’m only part way through this week’s show so far – and I’ve got to say so far I’m a bit confused… For the past year you guys have been complaining about the sound of the power units… You’ve been saying that folks go to the races to hear the roar of those engines, and you’ve been complaining about how the quieter power units have been destroying your enjoyment of the sport… And this week we hear Grace state pretty unequivocally that it’s not about the noise. That if the racing was good, nobody would care about the noise. And… Read more »

Negative Camber

I am a proponent of the sound of F1 being a visceral experience because that is F1 to me. As for Grace, well, she may feel differently. I was also the person who pointed out that F1 sound is now F1 noise. To me, F1 should be earth-shaking and otherworldly. That’s why I liked the idea of Formula E because I think an all-electric series is great. Having said that, now we’re talking about making Indy all-electric and F1 is already using hybrids and I feel that this should be kept in Formula E but like most corporations, they’ll go… Read more »

Paul KieferJr

“Days of Thunder”. ;-)

MichaelB

I’m going to add a quick disclaimer before this post – I fear that the toneless nature of text comments may make this post sound like I’m being a bit of a jerk. If so, I apologize, it’s not my intention with what I’m saying or asking…. Now back to regular programming… But how often is F1 wheel to wheel with multiple teams vying for wins each race? I don’t mean now, I mean throughout the history of the sport… Todd, you’ve been a fan much longer than I have, but looking at the statistics by going through Formula 1… Read more »

Negative Camber

You’re right, Michael. F1 hasn’t always been four or five teams battling for the title. I think my point there is that I might be willing to overlook a lack of sound if that were the case. As it is, it is not the case and hasn’t been so I’m not really jazzed about having neutered cars to give me the type of racing the past 10 years has given me. There were a couple of titles won by a single point a few years ago and that was close. That was with V8’s. I think if F1 is going… Read more »

MichaelB

I suspect that what you may have to settle for what is “great” about the new format is that the teams haven’t managed to make the racing worse than it was as a result of coming up with an overly complex and expensive formula…

Well that and that they’ve managed to keep Bernie from installing the sprinklers…

adaptable1

Hey Todd and Grace…. I went to the Formula E in Long Beach and met Bruno Senna and saw a bunch of former F1 drivers….including the Professor, Alain Prost. We walked around the paddock and had incredible access to what was going on for a whopping $50. Sure the cars were quiet and slow… but the atmosphere of the event was….wait for it….”Electric” Here is some video I took of a restart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrkmKwvBxss

Negative Camber

That’s “shocking” video my friend. Thanks for sharing. Very cool. I bet you had a great time. Now, I doubt you’ll ever see that level of engagement and access in F1 but it used to be that way in its infancy too. When Formula E becomes a billion dollar series, it will be interesting how open they are to having the unwashed masses in their paddock. :)

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