Episode 353 – Lights Out And Away He Went

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 02: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner celebrate with the Oracle Red Bull Racing team after the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 02, 2024 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX *** // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202403020678 // Usage for editorial use only //

2024 starts just as 2023 finished with an utterly dominant win for the seemingly unstoppable Max Verstappen in the all conquering RedBull. But all is not sweetness and light behind the scenes at the Milton Keynes based team…

This week on the podcase we look back over the Bahrain Grand Prix which showed that you can’t always believe what you see in pre-season testing, aka the Winter Championship. And some teams might have done a little bit of bagsanding (it’s the opposite of sandbagging!)

Of course the Grand Prix wasn’t the only talking point of the weekend and we cast our collective eyes over the big changes at Alpine that have come very early in the season with 2 senior team members departing and a whole bunch of new Technical Directors moving in pretty soon afterwards. There’s also the allegation that’s come to light that the FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, personally intervened to remove a penalty from Fernando Alonso at last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

And seeing as everyone else is commenting on it we look at the timeline of the Christian Horner situation and try as hard as we can not to get sued!

Also this week sees the debut of Poetry Corner, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out what we’re talking about here (but massive thanks to upcoming guest Anita Driver!)

Don’t forget to see how you did in our prediction league this weekend, and put in your predictions for Suadi Arabia on Saturday (yep it’s another race a day early) in the games section and you can also join in with us all season on Discord too, along with Facebook & Twitter and Paul’s attempts at Sim Racing on our Twitch channel


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