Is Binotto set to take over at Alpine?
22:08Rumours over the past week suggested that Mattia Binotto might be set to take over from Otmar Szafnauer as Team Principal at Alpine.The French squad's poor start to 2023 led to public criticism earlier this month from CEO Laurent Rossi, leading some to suggest that Szafnauer’s position may be under threat.But even if Alpine are keen to ring the changes, would Binotto be in a position to take over, and would he even want the job?Joining host Balve Bains to discuss the last week in F1 are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo had a seat fitting at AlphaTauri earlier this week, but does this mean he’s set to step in and replace the underperforming Nyck de Vries?Why have Pirelli applied to the FIA to change the specification of the sport’s tyres?How is the technical partnership between Red Bull and Ford shaping up?And what can we expect from this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola?All this and much more, on this edition of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
What’s behind Ferrari’s malaise?
26:53Max Verstappen laid down a marker during the Miami Grand Prix, working his way up from ninth on the grid to take his third win of 2022.But it was a dispiriting day for his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who failed to capitalise on pole position and seemed unable to cope with Verstappen’s pace.Joining host Balve Bains to discuss the Miami weekend are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.After a chastening weekend for Ferrari, why are the Scuderia so far off the pace, and what needs to happen for them to return to the front of the grid?With Mercedes outscoring Aston Martin, and with an update expected for the next round at Imola, are the Silver Arrows on an upward trajectory?And why did Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi feel compelled to publicly criticise his team in the lead up to the event?All this and much more, on this episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
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Is Perez a genuine title contender?
23:49Sergio Perez made it two wins in as many days in Baku last weekend, with the Mexican taking victory in both Saturday’s Sprint and Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Max Verstappen had led the early stages of the Grand Prix, but Perez leapfrogged his teammate in the pits after the Safety Car was deployed to allow for Nyck de Vries’ stricken AlphaTauri to be cleared.With Perez now just six points behind Verstappen in the championship standings, is there a genuine title fight emerging between the two Red Bull drivers in 2023?Joining host Balve Bains to discuss the Baku weekend and other F1 news are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.The Baku weekend saw a change to the usual Sprint format, with an extra qualifying session for the Sprint replacing FP2 on Saturday. Did this new format live up to expectations?With another street circuit at Miami coming this weekend, what can we expect from the Florida event?And is a sexism row involving FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem a smokescreen for the absence of TV coverage for the nascent F1 Academy series? All this and much more, on this episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
Will Mercedes tech reshuffle prove fruitful?
21:28Mercedes' struggles under F1's newest set of technical regulations have facilitated a change in their ranks.James Allison and Mike Elliott have swapped roles ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the former returning as Technical Director just 20 months after handing over the baton to the latter to become Chief Technical Officer.With both titles seemingly out of reach this year, what does Mercedes' reshuffle mean for the team's future prospects?Joining host Balve Bains to discuss last week's F1 news are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.Following another incident where a driver suffered an injury after making contact with a sausage kerb, does the FIA need to reconsider how these are deployed around circuits?Ferrari's right of review request for Carlos Sainz's Melbourne time penalty was dismissed, but was this really a surprise?With former Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul now in charge of Hyundai's motorsport programme, is the Korean firm angling to join F1 in the near future?And after an unexpected four-week break, F1 finally returns this weekend with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Will Baku live up to its reputation of exciting racing?All this and more, on this episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
Is Max Verstappen really set to walk away from F1?
17:08World Champion Max Verstappen caused a stir recently when he suggested that he may be prepared to walk away from F1 if he is unsatisfied with the direction the sport is taking.The Dutchman is known for his dislike of both Sprint events and an expanded calendar, both of which have been championed by F1’s powerbrokers.Could Verstappen really leave F1 in the coming years? And what might he do instead?Joining host Balve Bains to discuss last week's F1 news are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.After several recent controversial decisions, what are the main challenges facing stewards in 21st century F1?With F1 chief Stefano Domenicali open to the idea of rotating Grands Prix as the calendar expands, is this a good idea?What sort of anecdotes and information might we find inside Guenther Steiner’s tell-all account of his 2022 season?And a dramatic crash in a WEC support race and the tragic death of Craig Breen in a rallying accident bring the issue of safety into sharp focus.All this and more, on this episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
Does F1's Sprint format need tweaking?
16:48With no Grand Prix until April 30th, confusion has reigned over plans to alter the format of the Sprint weekends to have two qualifying sessions.Under the proposal, Friday’s qualifying session now sets the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, and FP2 is replaced by a separate qualifying just for the Sprint on the Saturday.But with this new format set to be used at the following race in Baku, there are question marks over whether tyre supplier Pirelli will have enough rubber to cater for two qualifying sessions in addition to the Sprint and the Grand Prix.Joining host Balve Baines to discuss last week's F1 news are RacingNews365.com Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken.Should the format of the Sprint weekend be changed, or is it fine as it is?Was Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur right when he suggested that Red Bull's punishment for breaching F1's cost cap was too lenient?And with Charles Leclerc taking to Instagram to tell his followers not to follow him to his house, do F1 drivers need more privacy?All this and more, on this episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast!
Do the red flag rules need to change after Melbourne?
20:47Red flags, restarts and robust Mercedes couldn't prevent Max Verstappen from taking Formula 1 victory at a chaotic Australian Grand Prix.Max Verstappen recovered from a slow start take his first Melbourne win, as restart madness ensued in the closing stages of the race.With the race having a record-breaking three red flag periods, many have questioned if the preference for 'standing' restarts has become too much for the sport.Joining host Balve Baines to discuss the talking points from the Australian Grand Prix are RacingNews365.com journalist Michael Butterworth and Dieter Rencken, Editorial Director of RacingNews365.com.With Mercedes showing their strongest pace of the season so far, is there a greater hope of a 2023 recovery than first thought?What rules should be amended for the red flag periods?Can McLaren start an upwards trajectory after their double-points haul?All this and more, on this edition of the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast!
What now for McLaren after backroom reshuffle?
24:48McLaren have reacted to their disappointing start to the Formula 1 season with a change in technical personnel, but what will this mean for the Woking team?As the teams head to the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne for round three of the championship, can anybody prevent Red Bull from taking a third one-two finish in a row for the first time in their history?Joining Balve Baines to discuss the talking points ahead of the Australian Grand Prix are RacingNews365.com journalist Michael Butterworth and Dieter Rencken, Editorial Director of RacingNews365.com.With stories emerging once again about Porsche's decision not to pursue F1, was there ever a reason for Porsche to flirt with an F1 entry in the first place?Following an insightful trip to Geneva, Dieter also provides an insight into the new features that could be coming to Formula 1.All this and more, on this edition of the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast!
What caused the bizarre penalty confusion in Jeddah?
27:16Red Bull's tag as Championship favourite was underlined by a one-two finish in a fearsome display of speed at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.Sergio Perez triumphed on the Saudi Arabian streets ahead of a frustrated Max Verstappen, but reliability concerns remain with the RB19 cars.The big talking point was undoubtedly the decision-making going on behind the scenes, as Fernando Alonso was penalised and told to hand over his podium trophy, before being reinstated long after the chequered flag. Joining new host Balve Baines to discuss the talking points from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix are RacingNews365.com journalist Michael Butterworth and Dieter Rencken, Editorial Director of RacingNews365.com.With the race being shaken up by a mid-race Safety Car, were Race Control too trigger happy with their call?In the emergence of a new battle forming at McLaren, which driver should take priority at the Woking team?And what's the state of play with underperforming Formula 1 giants, Mercedes and Ferrari? All this and more, on this edition of the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast!
Will Jeddah shake up F1's established order?
15:45After the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix turned out to be a Red Bull benefit, attention now turns to the second round of the 2023 F1 season in Saudi Arabia.With the super-fast sweeps of the Jeddah Street Circuit likely to present teams and drivers with a very different challenge to that which they faced in Bahrain, will we see Red Bull’s rivals reel in the drinks-backed outfit?Joining Michael Butterworth to discuss the key issues in the run up to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is Dieter Rencken, Editorial Director of RacingNews365.com.Even at this early stage of 2023, there has already been some team personnel movement, with David Sanchez transferring from Ferrari to McLaren. What role will the Spaniard play at the Woking outfit?And with Mercedes having issued an open letter to fans after their poor performance in Bahrain, are alarm bells starting to ring at Brackley?All this and more, on this edition of the RacingNews365.com F1 podcast!