Podcast #541

Join Grace and me as we discuss Formula 1 news of the week. We cover Renault, Honda, Sainz, Alonso, Gasly, Kvyat and Jo Jo. We talk about yellow HALO’s and marketing with overlays for activations…whatever that is. We hand awards too!

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James Hammond

The moves to keep Alonso sound like Rummi. ? Now, to get rid of this red 14, I’m gonna move the yellow 11 to that run so I can steal the 14, but I still need an extra 14. I could get the blue one if I can find somewhere to put the 12 & 13. Maybe if I split those runs I could meld them. Just need to hide this yellow 30…. oO About the engine penalty… How about bonus points for not changing parts? I haven’t thought this through very well yet, but maybe it can be worked… Read more »


Let’s say we want to encourage in-season development because it makes the season more interesting and F1 is all about technical development, but at the same time we want to control costs so the manufacturers don’t just spend like crazy to win the development war. We have to allow for new parts to go on the car which includes the power unit. Parts go on the car to develop both performance and reliability and replace broken or worn out parts, including crash damage occurring over the weekend. I don’t know how practical it might might be but a system of… Read more »

Negative Camber

It’s a reward versus penalty type of thing and ultimately you’d have to consider how difficult it is for people at home to track etc.

Fred Talmadge

So what’s the deal with Lewis? Does someone pick out his clothes and then takes pictures of him? You know part of that Instagram inflencers thing. Or is he just vain and like those clothes.

Guy Fawkes

I think the answer to both questions is “Yes”. Certainly not a guy who’s trying to fade into the background, is he?


I think you all missed the point about the 3 engine limit. The point was that humans act to further their own interests. In the abstract, all penalties cease to become a deterrent at some point. Two common points are, a) when everyone takes a penalty, and b) when the risk/reward ratio goes far enough for people to risk it. In Formula1’s case, when everyone is breaking the law, and everyone is getting punished, then the penalty becomes insignificant, and when the opportunity to gain more points/wins exceeds the known penalty, then the penalty ceases to be a deterrent. Pretend… Read more »

Negative Camber

I understand your point and would just add that this may be the overall reality given the limits of the scenario but if I consider the battle up front, I don’t think the risk/reward issues is as flexible as you may be suggesting. Every point counts at the front and neither team are rolling dice and taking penalties to then boost HP and come back through the field. too much to lose in that strategy I should think.

Rock or Something

Exactly right. What they’re doing instead is what Vettel did at Spa – getting close to a car ahead, running some numbers about how much the position matters, thinking they only have three turbos on the shelf for the season, and deciding to take the points they have for the position they’re in rather than push the equipment harder. In other words, not racing. This and the aero and the tires and the safety (and then the age of the drivers) – add it all up and no one’s racing and it’s all terribly boring. Watching the last couple F2… Read more »

Prakhar Mehrotra

Not sure what grace was drinking during the podcast but keep it coming. She made some awesome and incisive observations. Keep it up!