As we edge closer to our promised RantCast, we (meaning Paul), thought it would be a good idea to offer a place for all of you to share some thoughts on what you’d like us to discuss during the show.

Sure, we know the usual suspects but what is it that you’ve been thinking about that we haven’t discussed before (meaning, moaned about) and what is there that chews you up like Robert Shaw in Jaws? Is there a particular oddity that has you miffed and you want to make sure we cover it? Maybe F1 has its own Jan Brady that you’d like us to heap scorn on?

The idea is to share some thoughts on some of the intricacies and it may surprise you and us as to what we agree or disagree on. It should be fun and we’re looking forward to it.

Just let us know you topics in the comment section below and we’ll try our best to get to as many as possible.

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Rapierman
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Rapierman

Let’s start with artificial contrivances, then go with the evils of doing things just for the purpose of or the appearance of embezzlement instead of racing and maintaining a sound financial model (CVC, older Bernie), the evils of extracting too much out of people instead of just getting enough and leaving enough in to keep the popular machine going (CVC, maybe Bernie), the act of robbing Peter to pay Paul (CVC, FIA), the moral story of the Deadly Sin of Greed and how it can ruin things (CVC, FIA, and a lot of other things), the moral story of how… Read more »

MIE
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The steady decline in driving standards among some drivers. In the days when contact with another car would mean a trip to the hospital or worse, drivers were willing to give each other room on the track, but also would not make over-optimistic attempts at trying to pass. Now F1 looks at times more like Touring Cars, where contact has fewer severe consequences. A similar argument can be made for respecting track limits. By the time drivers reach F1 they should (Maldonado excepted) be good enough to race within the track and not to deliberately drive into other cars. However… Read more »

ftghb
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not really a ranting thing….but explain why formula 1 costs are so high that we’re steadily moving towards a spec ‘gp 1 series’ (as newey referred to), testing bans, homologated engine formula…….when compared to WEC, they have unlimited testing, can run any kind of engines they want, more competing manufacturers, less aero/engineering regulation AT A FRACTION OF THE OPERATING COST……..

ftghb
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oh would you look at that, it turned into a rant after all

TurboPhoenix
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TurboPhoenix

Not a topic, but I’m just hoping that when you guys do the RantCast you’ll do it tastefully. Offer up proper solutions and don’t get stuck on the same topic saying the same things over and over (which I feel like has happened a bunch in the past and makes for really boring listening), you know things like that. Regardless, looking forward to it :)

jeff
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Echoing TurboPheonix’ sentiment. I sympathize with issue-frustration, particularly if the issue fails meeting personal expectations. Potential solutions force us fans to think, which is more productive than partisan or contrarian bleating. Note this is topic-independent; DRS, Driver behavior, Power Units, Costs, Standing Restarts, FIA reg shuffling, etc… Discourse on any/all of it is healthy and thought-provoking, if intelligently-ranted. It’s clear you guys love the sport whilst having concerns about some of its directions. Insight into respective POV’s would enlighten and entertain. In particular, I’m interested in hearing Todd’s take on issues; it feels at times he sacrifices listening or input… Read more »

jcm
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jcm

it would be great if “fake Charlie” could take part in order to rant about how much f1 coverage sucks in Canada. our coverage starts about 5 seconds before the race, and ends about 5 seconds after, with a million commercials in the middle. if the race goes long, tough bananas, the channel switches to bowling or darts… or paint drying. thank Zeus for Brits who upload skyf1’s coverage, which I can only describe as heaven.

looking forward to it!

@_canuck_
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@_canuck_

No Canadian driver is the reason, when JV was racing Tsn had great coverage.

Pm
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Pm

Most decision made by the strategy group is a good place to start

adaptable1
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Please rant on how bad the American F1 television coverage is. I’d rather hear Grace overdub “Alonso, Alonso, ALONSO!” on the Univision commercial free feed while streaming the BBC audio 30 seconds ahead. SKY…PLEASE LET US PAY YOU FOR A ROKU SKY F1 CHANNEL! TAKE MY MONEY!

@_canuck_
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@_canuck_

Stream sky off the net or bbc.or download it after.

The Captain
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The perils of Podcasting for F1B.

The Captain
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Let’s hear how the sausage is made.

Mr. Obvious
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Mr. Obvious

How about the beyond-retrograde business & marketing model of F1, where the primary revenue model consists of holding entire nations ransom for the privilege of hosting a race, and making content so expensive and exclusive that most media partners elect to provide little more than basic race coverage? How about the fact that you have to work very hard just to find ways to stay engaged with the sport as a fan in the USA? How about the fact that just about the only place you can find a substantial selection of F1 merchandise in the USA is at a… Read more »

Mr. Obvious
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Mr. Obvious

I guess my point is that EVERYTHING about the F1 fan experience in the USA makes the sport seem an arcane, amateurish exercise that caters exclusively to a bunch of global elitists that have way too much time and money to burn.

@_canuck_
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@_canuck_

Just rant about how poor the strategy group are they need to disolve this and reverse the crazy changes they made this year on the fly as if they were reinventing the sport.

Andreas
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Andreas

There’s plenty of material, of course. Should the pits be closed during safety car? What about the restarts? How can it be that the ticket cost to Hockenheim’s DTM race is only 1/10th of the cost of an F1 ticket for the same seat? If you had free reign, how would you set up F1? Sporting/technical regs, costs (how to generate revenue, how to allocate it and if there should be any spending caps), which tracks to race at etc. Some of this stuff will obviously shine through in the general ranting, but it’d be interesting to get a more… Read more »

mark h
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mark h

This seemed an ideal topic on which to make a long overdue F1B comment – I’m just sorry I could keep it neither short nor sweet. My biggest and most pointless gripe, by far, is and will always be the fundamental economic underpinnings of the series. ftghb was asking about costs above; I’d argue the more pertinent questions concern revenue. No race team, and no business, could survive while kicking back at least a quarter of its total revenue (can anyone do the EBITDA estimate while filtering out the Sylt cheerleading? http://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2014/04/15/how-cvc-has-made-8-2-billion-from-formula-one-auto-racing/) to the shareholders/owners every year – but F1… Read more »

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

I’m so very confused as to the direction of what F1 is trying to appeal too, since MotoGP was formed as “MotoGP”, I’ve seen F1 and MotoGP as the prototype classes of the sport, where the concept is to create machines which have little relevance to what people will ever own but have a place in showcasing what is possible. Whereas Le Mans was about creating the technology that appeared in our road cars eventually, if not immediately, and WSBK and Touring cars where about applying those technologies to cars/bikes that you and I could potentially buy through a dealership… Read more »

John
Guest

Please make this podcast as long as possible. I WANT AS MANY RANTS AS YOU GUYS CAN THROW OUT!! I’m stoked for this podcast. Paul and you are right about the sound.

Also, +1 to the US broadcast rant, can we for god’s sake move past F1 101 every other Grand Prix? The amount of commercials is brutal! What is worse, is they repeat them over, and over…

davidhudson555
Guest

6 cylinder hybrid formula sucks. The whole show should about how the engine manufacturers hijacked the sport for their own ends, Did I say the 6 cyl hybrid formula sucks? Why yes I did but I’ll say it again.

Kevin
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Kevin

I miss the engine noise, but ive moved on. I think that formula 1 and the fia came to a crossroads where they had to choose between road relevancy (which hasn’t been applicable for awhile) in hybrids and on-track product. they chose to “move with the times” in the v-6 hybrid lumps, but I think that f1 should have become the last holdouts in becoming a ‘green series.’ that’s what formula e is for. FIA claims to have done this for cost-cutting measures, the result? most expensive development ever, and as we saw in Germany and in viewership numbers, the… Read more »