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November 30, 2023 Episode #487: 2023 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

Episode #487: 2023 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

And just like that, the 2023 F1 Season is over, and Max Verstappen put the cherry on top of a dominant season with his 19th win of 2023, cementing quite possibly the most dominant season in the history of Formula 1. We break down all his records, as well as soak in just how ridiculous it has all been.

We talk about the fight for second in the Constructors as Charles Leclerc went full galaxy brain and tried to use Sergio Perez as a pick in the fight for the silver medal, with George Russell saving his best season for last!

And we talk about the F1 talent bottleneck situation as Theo Pourchaire finally won the F2 title, but seemingly has nowhere to go as Alfa Romeo have kept Zhou Guanyu on, and only Logan Sargeant’s seat is open. With it being the third year running that the F2 Champ doesn’t make the grid immediately, just how big an issue is it?

Let’s close out F1 in 2023 on Motorsport101!

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November 24, 2023 Episode #486: 2023 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix Review

Episode #486: 2023 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix Review

It was a weekend of emotion during MotoGP’s penultimate race of the season in Qatar, and none showed that more than Fabio Di Giannantonio, who after finishing 2nd in the Sprint, would beat Francesco Bagnaia straight up in an intense fight for his first Grand Prix victory in the top flight, even after Pecco nearly wrecked himself in retaliation!

We also talk about Jorge Martin getting a dud rear tyre at the worst possible time after a 10th-place mark could very well be the end of his title campaign. Is Michelin to blame, Martin, or somewhere in the middle?

We also talk about the Aleix Espargaro vs Frankie Morbidelli fight as Aleix laid some hands on Franky after a dispute over dawdling on the racing line. Finally, the Moto3 title decider got ugly as Jaume Masia and teammate Adrian Fernandez staged a coup on the title as Ayumu Sasaki was borderline intentionally taken off the racing line in the middle of the race. Legal? Unsportsmanlike? Or worse?

All that with Ryan King sticking around in a loaded Motorsport101!

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November 23, 2023 Sphere of The Dark

Sphere of The Dark

The inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix was simultaneously an absolute shitshow even by F1’s cackhanded standards, and yet also one of the best races of the year. Phill and Terry are joined by Ollie Peart to discuss manhole destruction, what the point of the backmarker teams is, and all sorts of stuff that actually isn’t anything to do with F1 but just sort of cropped up. As usual.

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November 22, 2023 Episode #485: 2023 F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix Review

Episode #485: 2023 F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix Review

What Verstappens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas. And that includes winning apparently!

Yes, it’s time for the most anticipated rounds in F1 history, its return after a 40-year hiatus to Las Vegas, and its GP down the strip! And we even brought back new Vegas visitor Ryan Erik King to come down and give us his take on the event!

And we got off to a rocky start after the weekend had to be held due to Carlos Sainz hitting 1 of 30 loose water valve covers across the track, with the track not checked properly because of the Wednesday night opening ceremony. Fans were sent home as a result of the late running of an FP2 that finished at 4am. Wild.

But the race was generally really good, with Charles Leclerc on a one-man mission to try and beat not one but two competitive Red Bulls as Max Verstappen eventually overwhelmed him for the Dutchman to take his eighteen win of 2023, but how we got there was fun! And let’s not forget the brilliant efforts of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll too, coming from Q1 eliminations to finish in the Top 5!

We break down all the action, the track itself, and ask whether Vegas is here to stay despite all the noise and controversy in another Motorsport101!

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November 21, 2023 Ep.242 – Bill Lester

Ep.242 – Bill Lester

Bill Lester is probably best known for his groundbreaking role within NASCAR, known as the first African American to earn a pole position in the Truck series as well as compete in a full season of NASCAR. What makes Bill such an interesting story, however, is his origins leading to this. Transforming himself from software engineer to club racer in amateur sportscars, Bill’s path to professional motorsports was anything but traditional. Dinner was served courtesy of Don Bonachon in Suwanee, Georgia, with “Ain’t Looking Back” by Richard Farrell taking us out. Thanks again to Continental Tire for making it all happen.

 

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November 21, 2023 Ep.241 – Jim Downing

Ep.241 – Jim Downing

Jim Downing may not be a household name in modern day racing, but his legacy has saved countless lives. A long-time sportscar racer and team owner in his own right, after achieving incredible success with Mazda and his famed Kudzu racing team, the lasting legacy of Jim will always be his co-invention and distribution of the HANS device, which took years to finally become a mainstay of modern safety in racing. Lunch was served courtesy of Henri’s Bakery and Deli in Brookhaven, Georgia. Thanks again to Continental Tire for making it all happen.

 

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November 21, 2023 Ep.240 – Lars Giersing

Ep.240 – Lars Giersing

When it comes to sportscar engineers, especially in GT racing, Lars Giersing has long been a known figure in the paddock. Coming from a very non-traditional background, Lars is one of the most accomplished figures in the paddock without ever earning a degree, relying instead on incredible intuition and knowing how to shape any racing program. This has led to countless IMSA championships, wins at Daytona, Sebring, and beyond. Dinner was served at Zen Bistro in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the song “Island” by Christopher Young taking us out. Thanks again to Continental Tire for making it all happen.

 

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November 21, 2023 Ep.239 – Filipe Albuquerque

Ep.239 – Filipe Albuquerque

Filipe Albuquerque has become a staple of modern prototype racing. A winner at Le Mans, Daytona, and having driven for some of the most prolific teams including Audi’s legendary LMP1 program, the Portuguese driver is known for his talent on track and enthusiastic personality off of it. Lunch was was served at Bonefish Grill in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the song “Promised Land” by Dan Ayalon taking us out. Thanks again to Continental Tire for making it all happen.

 

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November 21, 2023 Ep.238 – Augusto Farfus

Ep.238 – Augusto Farfus

A driver synonymous with BMW, Augusto Farfus is a legend of touring car, GT, and now prototype racing. Hailing from Brazil as a dominant driver in junior categories, Augusto came into the sport with a family history unlike any other, and transitioned it wins at venues like Macau, Spa, Nurburgring, Daytona, and more. Dinner was was served at Bonefish Grill in Daytona Beach, Florida, with the song “Hey Love” by Rex Banner taking us out. Thanks again to Continental Tire for making it all happen.

 

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