Motorsport101 is the straight-shooting podcast hosted by Andre Harrison, alongside Ryan King and RJ O'Connell! Every week we tackle the biggest show on the motor racing planet, Formula One, as well as Indycar, Formula E, Super GT, the WEC and whatever else hits the motor racing newsdesks each week! We aim to be a refreshing, newer, more modern take on the world of Motorsport, and we hope you enjoy the show!
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Episode #335: Indefensible (2021 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)
Well.…. That was an ending wasn't it.
Sorry you've had to wait a little bit for this, but we've had a backlog of episodes to record over the off-season. But given we're STILL relentlessly talking about Abu Dhabi a month on, now’s as good a time as any to bring our thoughts to the table.
For just the second time in modern F1 history, two title challengers went into this final round tied.
And even before that final lap, we had a stoking 10tt pole lap from Max Verstappen, a horrible start that changed the entire complexion of that race, an opening lap clash where the stewards made another controversial no-call, and a strategy battle that left Lewis Hamilton more vulnerable than you might think…
..But as you can imagine, half the episode is dedicated to Nicolas Latifis late Safety Car causing clash and everything that came afterwards. Michael Masi breaking the sport's own regulations in order to guarantee a last lap decider. Verstappen's Championship and the impact that finish may have had on it. Lewis Hamilton's exile of social media and losing with dignity, as well as Mercedes, whether they would launch an appeal, and the team boss getting shitfaced after the race had finished (But sssh, don't tell the admins, they might sue you for data protection.)
We also try to clean up a lot of the loose ends at the end of the season. Kimi Raikkonen's final race in F1 for example. But we all know what this episode will be about, and I hope despite it being a little late, you enjoy it nonetheless. Plenty more fun content coming in the off-season soon, so enjoy!
Episode #334: Corniche Clash (2021 F1 Saudi Arabia GP)
Welcome to major Championship flashpoint #4 and this one, got really ugly. It's the Corniche Clash, at the new Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and we had a lot to talk about here.
We had Max Verstappen blow a golden chance to take pole position on Saturday before a mistake had him hit the wall on the final corner, gift-wrapping pole to Lewis Hamilton. We had a ridiculous F2 weekend with cars heading to the grid BACKWARDS, and poor Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi sent to hospital after a 72G impact in a 9 minute feature race. And it barely made the Top 5 in ridiculous dialogue to come from this race.
Nope, it was all going to plan until Mick Schumacher put it in the wall early on. 2 Red Flags, 2 Standing Restarts, 3 Virtual Safety Cars and 3 debatable incidents from Max Verstappen later... God help us all. We had Max cut Turn 1 twice to keep position. Michael Masi cutting a PLEA DEAL to balance the books, only for Max to do it again and then get accused of brake checking Hamilton into the final corner in a desperation move to keep the DRS advantage.
We try to make sense of it all on the show, including questions as to whether it was an intentional brake check at all. The role the stewards played in the messy weekend, including Masi's plea deal, and the 10-second penalty Max took after the flag. We also talk the circuit, a surprising factor in the imported marshals and some of the tracks obvious slapdash design errors that played a role in how this race was managed.
We also talk Mercedes' grand opening and grand closing of the Kingspan partnership they announced during the weekend, with obvious controversy given their association with the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017, and Lewis Hamilton being an innocent bystander as many within the media held him accountable for something that had next to nothing to do with him.
And finally, we guess who wins the 2021 World Championship as we head to the newly redesigned Abu Dhabi for the season finale, as well as play tribute to the late great, Sir Frank Williams. Rest easy, you legend. See you next week for the finale.
Episode #333: El Plan (2021 F1 Qatar Grand Prix)
What is it with F1 and heading to deserts for GP’s? In this episode, we break down what happened when the sport took a page out of MotoGP’s book and headed to the Losail International Circuit for the first ever Qatar Grand Prix.
We talk about the controversy over Mercedes' right to appeal the Brazil clash being rejected and why Dre always thought it was going to go down that way, even if the sides of the divide saw it differently. We also talk about the stewarding itself being quite time consuming to the point of “Hollywood” as that appeal announcement landed right in the middle of a Toto Wolff/Christian Horner joint press conference. With Netflix breaking COVID protocol to be in the room to film it.
We also talk the race itself, as Verstappen and Bottas took grid penalties for ignoring yellow flags, Lewis Hamilton took off for an easy win for #102, and Fernando Alonso activated “El Plan”, singing to his 1-stopping tyres en route to his first podium since Hungary 2014. So of course, we had some fun and talked about some of the fun (and not so) things that have happened to the world since that 2014 podium. Remember the Ebola Virus? Or a time before Verstappen debuted? Yeesh.
We also talk about Losail itself and how… it actually wasn’t anywhere near as bad as we thought it was going to be. Gotta take these wins where you can get them you know? All that and more on Episode 333 of Motorsport101!
Episode #332: Hamilton101 (F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix)
And just when you thought Red Bull had one hand on the trophy… Lewis Hamilton did THAT.
It was a Brazilian GP (And DRS wing) of epic proportions as we break down one of the most drama-filled race weekends of recent memory. So crazy that Hamilton taking a 5-place grid penalty barely moved the needle. Seriously.
We talk about Lewis Hamilton passing 25 (Yes, 25) cars over the weekend as he turned a controversial Qualifying disqualification into a win from 10th on the grid, and how Mercs screwed the pooch over a rear wing’s DRS flap that was 1/50th of a centimetre too wide. Oh, and Max Verstappen taking a 50,000 dollar fine for stroking the bad boy. Strange times we live in.
We also talk about the third major Hamilton/Verstappen flashpoint of the weekend, the Lap 48 clash as Hamilton tried an audacious outside pass that Max decided to… drift slightly wide for. An incident that the FIA is still sitting down and deliberating as we speak because the onboard footage went missing for it and the stewards decided to leave it alone. Yikes.
And we also talk about the Sprint format after Hamilton passed 15 cars in just 24 laps to take him up to 5th and ponder if that was a gamechanger for the format, of it the outlier effect padded the excitement a tad. (Oh and Dre reminds us of a potential fix too, check it out!)
And finally, we got confirmation of the final seat being filled in Formula 1’s 2022 grid, as Guanyu Zhou makes history to become the sport’s first Chinese Driver… And we didn’t like the response, drifting from classic ignorance over favourites to full blown xenophobia over the country itself that was well worth talking about. Do check it out as we mention why you’ll never get the proper grid you think F1 is worthy of.
All that and more on another Motorsport101, check back on social media soon, as a special episode on Valentino Rossi is coming soon!
Episode #331: Bulls On Parade(2021 F1 Mexico City Grand Prix/2021 Algarve MotoGP)
Hey, remember a week ago when Red Bull were absolutely, definitely winning the Championship? That was fun, let’s relive it here!
The Mexican Grand Prix featured… and if we’re honest, it’s going to go down in the books as a Verstappen #BEATEMDOWN, and not much else. But at least we peaked early with a pass of the year contender from the Dutchman, doubling up on both Mercs on the way through Turn 1! After that, crickets!
We also check in with the man of the weekend, Sergio Perez, as he drove well, attacking Lewis Hamilton in a close fight for 2nd, and 360,000 fans in Mexico that weekend cheering almost exclusively for him. And his Dad. His damned Dad, what a sweetheart, carrying flags, hugging anyone who’d be prepared for him and essentially adopting Max as a new member of the family. You love to see it.
We also, annoyingly had to cover a new update on an older story as we talked about F1 changing their pre-race procedure to remove bodyguards from the grid and how it’s another example of why we think the sport is channeling its energy in the wrong places.
We also cover MotoGP’s Grand Prix of the Algarve as Francesco Bagnaia took a dominant win in a shortened red flag race, but we instead decided to focus on his comments regarding Darryn Binder’s Moto3 Championship ending divebomb on Dennis Foggia, and whether or not the sport could benefit from a super license system, similar to F1. Is it plausible? Is Binder even that big a problem in the first place?
We also send our best to Marc Marquez coming off the news that he’s had a repeat of the nerve damaged he suffered in 2011. Get well soon, alien. All that and more on a stacked Motorsport101!
Episode #330: Fabulous Fabio (2021 Emilia Romagna MotoGP)
It’s time for El Diablo to take the stage. MotoGP headed back to Misano for the second time this season, and we had a thrilling fight at the front of the field between Marc Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia… Until the latter made a carbon copy error from last year and gift wrapped Fabio Quartararo the world championship. We break it all down, as well as Fabio’s impact as the new World Champion and why Dre thinks he could be a huge win for the sport.
We also talk Marc Marquez’s breakthrough win on a clockwise circuit, and despite Bagnaia’s heartbreak, the tantalizing prospect of the four best riders in the world on four different machines going into 2022.
We also responded to the news that the FIM and Dorna will be fundamentally changing the junior scene forever with age limit restrictions being tightened in the junior series. For example, Moto3’s World Championship will be 18+ only from 2023, as well as 16+ for the Junior World Title. We get into why the age limit change is only a bandaid on the problem, and Dre talks about an infamous Twitter conversation he had regarding the matter…
All that and more on a hectic, and heated episode of Motorsport101!
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I generally don't listen to a lot of podcasts but Andre and the crew are like listening to your friends in the pub chat about race cars. The commentary is thoughtful and progressive, and the rotating cast of people on the show is always a delight. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Audio quality is subpar but aside from that Motorsport101 is a mildly entertaining podcast