A truly pants Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is lit up by an unusually jovial and enthusiastic pair of presenters, school's out anyone? Elsewise, David and John swap places, we debate the the Renault/Force India corner cutting/millions winning controversy and Valtteri proves he's not so inert!
Well that went fast. . .The curtain comes down on the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi this weekend. David and John recount last years' nail biter, they look forward to this years' rather less crucial (but still fascinating!) race, and most importantly, they reveal who the Driver of the Weekend Season Champion is!
At a weekend filled with drama off the track, Renault decided to single out Toro Rosso as being responsible for its engine failures, a strange move to say the least. Elsewhere, Formula one staff were targeted by armed robbers, leading to a cancellation of Pirelli's tyre test after the GP. Thankfully no one was hurt. Fernando Alonso is confirmed to be racing at the Daytona 24 hour race and is currently trying to confirm the Le Mans 24 hour also John and David are here to dissect these topics...
In our Brazilian GP preview David and John recount last years' epic in the rain, they debate the idea of memorialising dead drivers, and Esteban Ocon is pitted against Lewis Hamilton - it's The Driving Line at its finest!
Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Sebastian Vettel, and now Lewis Hamilton. The Brit joins the greats after winning his fourth World Championship after an insanely tense Mexican Grand Prix. John and David talk first corner incidents, new engine regulations for 2021, and the prospect of zero-gravity racing.
F1 heads to the rarefied air of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. At 7,500 feet above sea level it stands head, shoulders and mountains above the rest of the F1 calendar, David and John debate what the thin air might do to that aero intensive Mercedes. And one of us thinks the home town hero is going to get a big weekend. . .
Aaaaaand your 2017 Constructors' World Champions are. . .Mercedes. The Silver Arrows have survived a comprehensive regulations change and a resurgent Ferrari to take their fourth consecutive manufacturers' crown, to which we say Chapeau! Elsewise on this episode, we get stuck into an almighty grand prix at Austin Texas, we bid farewell to Daniil Kvyat, and we discuss that Max Verstappen demotion with a combination of vigour and fatigue.
Lewis Hamilton was one of the few drivers to speak positively about the pre-race show at the US Grand Prix in Austin Texas last weekend. In supporting the build up, the soon to be four time champ spoke of his enjoyment of 'hot ladies' in Formula One. . .
John and David delve into the impenetrable mystique and enigma of F1 in America. It should work, it hasn't really worked, but it's starting to look good for Austin Texas and the Circuit of the Americas. The Driving Line goes back to Watkins Glen, cringes at the Indy '05 tyre sham, and makes the big calls on who's gonna get a Big Weekend™
David and John discuss the final nail in the Ferrari championship coffin. While Sebastian Vettel has suffered unprecedented misfortune over the last three races, we ask the obvious question, what the hell is going on over at 'Ferrari Quality Control'? Props are paid to Lewis Hamilton for his general excellence, Fernando Alonso gets the famous 'Driving Line Scolding' for ignoring blue flags, and we basically write a love letter to Red Bull for getting their act together. Enjoy!
Lewis Hamilton is opportunism personified, and Ferrari keep providing opportunities. Where will the 2017 title go? It's looking more and more likely Mercedes are the champions-elect, but what's that coming over the hill? It's Red Bull!!! David and John look forward to a potential three-way battle at Suzuka, debate the Toro Rosso merry-go-round, and scratch their heads over Sebastian Vettel's tendency towards bizarre incidents. . .
First corner carnage at the Marina Bay Circuit may have spelled the end for Sebastian Vettel's title hopes, can he bounce back at Sepang? On what is the last Malaysian Grand Prix, at least for now, David reminisces about Michael Schumacher's dramatic 1999 come back race while John goes full Jolyon Palmer in his latest impersonation. . . .And the lads get into it over their driver of the weekend predictions.
Has Fernando Alonso really won the Singapore GP twice? Well, yes---ish. Coming up on Episode 14; David and John sift through the ashes of the McLaren-Honda divorce, Mercedes monster Monza, and Singapore gets all the love. Enjoy this teaser in the meantime!
Lewis Hamilton has narrowed the gap to Sebastian Vettel in the first of two tracks that are very sympathetic to Mercedes. Can he continue to capitalise at the temple of speed? Join David and Conor on this weeks episode of the driving line for the latest fuel burning developments, a look over a tense Belgian GP and the Italian GP preview
The mid summer break is upon us, giving the drivers time to recuperate and giving us time to become impatient waiting for the next race! In this special episode, we look back over to the season so far and look forward to what we have yet to come, and who may benefit from those tracks. Join John and David to hear our bold and contrasting predictions on the season, all the latest news and the Hungarian GP review.