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July 31, 2023 Episode #459: 2023 IndyCar Double Header At Iowa Review

Episode #459: 2023 IndyCar Double Header At Iowa Review

Can there be any worse feeling for Josef Newgarden after winning both Iowa races in such dominant fashion than seeing Alex Palou shake his hand after finishing on the podium?

In a scene straight out of The Office, that’s exactly what happened! M101 recount the tale as Josef Newgarden and Penske completely restablished their short oval dominance, leading literally 99.4% of all the Iowa laps across the weekend. And with Josef taking 340 of those laps and reducing the lead down to just 80 points – Can Josef make another late comeback and gun Palou down?

Also, is it time the series push for more ovals? Would we like to see Milwakuee and other Ovals back on the calendar after a 30% increase in TV ratings?

And a live reaction to the news that Nashville is becoming the season finale, all on another M101!

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July 31, 2023 Dick Bennetts: Discovering Senna, Häkkinen’s hand signals and Mansell’s Mondeo

Dick Bennetts: Discovering Senna, Häkkinen’s hand signals and Mansell’s Mondeo

For over 50 years, Dick Bennetts has been central to some of racing’s greatest stories.

From giving Ayrton Senna his famous Formula 3 break, to communicating engineering feedback via hand signals with young prodigy Mika Häkkinen, and gaining respect for Nigel Mansell through his spectacular touring car cameos, Bennetts has lived and breathed motor sport through some of its most thrilling moments.

In the final installment of Engineering the Greats series 2, in association with Scalextric, Bennetts gives true insight into the link between driver and engineer.

Now a stalwart of the BTCC, the New Zealander also talks about what makes the series great, analyses the respective styles of his superstar drivers Colin Turkington and Jake Hill as well as explaining what he would do to make the championship even better.

Bennetts also expands on how his West Surrey Racing team could have dominated with Tom Kristensen, and explains why he turned down working for Ron Dennis at McLaren.

In another fascinating episode of Engineering the Greats, Bennetts’ memories of a brilliant life in racing are not to be missed.

July 28, 2023 Episode #458: 2023 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Episode #458: 2023 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

It’s the hope that always gets you. Lewis Hamilton scores his first pole position in 33 race weekends, and only the second time all year a Red Bull isn’t starting from pole… and he led the race for about 400 metres.

It was the biggest beating of the field yet by Max Verstappen, a 33.7 second dominant display by the Red Bull, leaving Lando Norris in the dust, with Sergio Perez back on the podium too. We try to make sense of just how dominant this Red Bull is.

We also talk about the F1 Juniors broadcast and some disappointing comments made by Danica Patrick, who implied that her “un-feminine mindset” was the reason she won… to a child-friendly broadcast. We break down why her comments were so wide of the mark and how they may end up doing more harm than good for an important cause of trying to get women into Motorsport.

And we try to make sense of the midfield battle in F1. McLaren are on a rampage, tripling their points haul in the last two weekends. Aston Martin thought they could win this one… and ended up 9th and 10th. And for Ferrari… well they just revealed that Charles Leclerc hasn’t had a working radio for four races. Normal. So in the words of Larry Bird, which one of y’all is finishing second?!


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July 26, 2023 How Can You Mend A Broken Trophy?

How Can You Mend A Broken Trophy?

The Hungarian Grand Prix promised much, with an exciting qualifying and the suggestion that MAYBE Max Verstappen wouldn’t romp to an easy victory. But then he did, within literally one corner.

Still, it proved a mildly engaging race that will be fervently dissected and analysed by Phill and Terry, together with guest host Drew Stearne. They’ll talk about Daniel Ricciardo returning, Lando Norris smashing shit up, and Alfa Romeo being notable for once. Listen. Laugh. Love.

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July 24, 2023 Tony Southgate: Creating an Indy 500 winner, the Lotus 78 and conquering Le Mans with Jaguar

Tony Southgate: Creating an Indy 500 winner, the Lotus 78 and conquering Le Mans with Jaguar

For success matched only by sheer diversity, few can hold a light to engineering ace Tony Southgate.

Designer of Bobby Unser’s Indy 500-winning Eagle 68 car, a key contributor to the trailblazing ground-effect Lotus 78 and the creative mind behind Jaguar’s Le Mans-conquering XJR-9, the Coventry native has marked himself out as one of racing’s great lateral thinkers.

Along the way, Southgate worked with some of its greatest drivers, including Mario Andretti, Pedro Rodriguez and Dan Gurney.

In the newest episode of our podcast series, in association with Scalextric, Southgate pulls back the curtain on some of motor’s sport seminal moments.

July 21, 2023 Episode #457: 2023 IndyCar GP of Toronto Review

Episode #457: 2023 IndyCar GP of Toronto Review

Well, that was a wild one alright. Christian Lundgaard, after a good year of teasing a big day on a road or street track, dominates the entire Toronto weekend enroute to his first IndyCar win!

And somehow he only had the second most incredible drive of the day. Because despite Alex Palou’s winning streak coming to and end, he finished 2nd despite having a broken nosecone that led to his front wing dragging against the ground for half the race. HE FINISHED SECOND. HOW?!

We also have a deep dive about the Road to Indy and it’s place in the series as it becomes more and more clear they’re in direct competition with the European ladder with recent success stories like Callum Illot, Lundgaard himself, Alex Palou coming from Europe and Super Formula and Marcus Armstrong too. Can the 2023 Indy NXT crowd compete with what Europe’s offering?

All that and more on another Motorsport101!

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July 17, 2023 Leena Gade | Engineering the Greats at Le Mans

Leena Gade | Engineering the Greats at Le Mans

As trailblazers go in motor sport, there aren’t many that can match up with the groundbreaking achievements of Leena Gade, who joins Rob Widdows for our Engineering the Greats podcast series, produced in association with Scalextric.

On her Le Mans debut with Audi in 2011 Gade became the first female race engineer to win at La Sarthe. She She would mastermind wins again in 2012 and 2014, sealing her place as one of Le Mans’ engineering greats, before working in GT racing, IndyCar and now Extreme E.

In the latest instalment of our podcast series, Gade opens up on what it was like to be in the centre of the Audi winning machine.

July 13, 2023 Episode #456: 2023 F1 British Grand Prix Review

Episode #456: 2023 F1 British Grand Prix Review

NOTE: This was recorded before the news of the Nyck De Vries, Daniel Ricciardo deal. More on that next week!

But this was a weird British GP. The weather largely behaved itself. Instead of being a typical tyre shredder, it ended up a one-stopper with as little an amount of tyre reg, or delta that we’ve seen all year. And while Max Verstappen continued to make history with his 6th straight win and the 11th in a row for Red Bull…. a new challenger approached!

McLaren had a brilliant 2nd and 4th, with Norris’ strongest drive in an F1 car to date, and Oscar Piastri pretty much matching him stride for stride, only missing out on a podium due to the late Safety Car. A marvellous performance from the Woking team and yet another conundrum for who’s got the 2nd best car in F1. Does anyone know?

We also talk Cara Delevingne knocking back Martin Brundle’s interview request at the British GP. Dre and Cam break down why so many fans don’t seem to understand the basic concept of “No means no.”, and what’s led to such fan entitlement over the issue.

And is it time for another chat about Perez? We think it is after five straight weekends without making Q3, and Red Bull having the vote of confidence chat with the press about his future. More on that on a hepaed Motorsport101!

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