This week we welcome to the panel: Oli, Matt, Callum, and Emma who, on a non-race weekend, discuss the winners and losers of the Turkish Grand Prix and look ahead to the triple header at Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
The panel discusses the top three drivers from the Turkish Grand Prix, your winner and now 7 time world champion Lewis Hamilton, second-placed Sergio Perez in his Racing Point and the fact that Sebastian Vettel took the podium for the first time in a year and the move, or mistake from his team mate Charles Leclerc, that got him there.
After claiming his maiden Formula One pole position, Lance Stroll failed to convert it into a win, or even a top three, so the panel discuss how his race panned out. Was it just Stroll being Stroll or was there an issue with the car? The panel discuss this, and all come to the same conclusion. It seems the changing conditions in Turkey brought the more experienced, wet weather masters to the forefront during race day, and Strollwas just not good enough.
The race is rated and each of the panel name their driver of the day at Istanbul.
Moving on the panel discusses the current championship standings and how tight it is in the midfield battle for 3rd in the constructors with minimalpoints between the teams. It really is anybody’s guess who will grab 3rd, but each of the panel make their prediction not just in the constructors but in the race for 4thin the driver’s championship. There is no surprise who Emma predicts, with Callum and Matt agreeing that Daniel Ricciardo will take 4th, with Oli……well…making a surprising prediction with Charles Leclerc.
The panel briefly discusses the upcoming race in Bahrain with various opinions on how the “oval” circuit will compare to the usual track. Will it be a boring race? Matt thinks it may be more suited to NASCAR or IndyCar, but it is certain Formula One cars will be super-fast, with 87 laps over a 3.5km circuit and various DRS zones.
Of course, it would not be a FormulaNerds podcast without mentioning Red Bull and Alex Albon. The subject is discussed once again, as the Red Bull driver had the race in Turkey to prove he deserves the seat at the team. Did he prove his worth? The panel doesn’t seem to think so.
Callum arrived to the podcast wearing a rather fetching FormulaNerds official t-shirt featuring the Spa racetrack design. Despite Oli trying to grab a screenshot of his t-shirt for you all to see, laughter ensued, mascara ran, Matt needed to mute himself from giggling and Oli had to walk away. At this point all was lost, shenanigans started and there was a possible road trip to Spa discussed involving a motorhome, a one-man tent and nobody being allowed to use Emma’s private bathroom.
Sounds like the perfect Top Gear episode doesn’t it?
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