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March 10, 2024 Episode #501: 2024 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Review

Episode #501: 2024 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Review

Apologies this one’s coming out a little bit later than planned, it’s been a really busy week back at M101 HQ and you’ll know about it later this week, promise.

But yeah, F1 is back in Bahrain to kick off 2024 and the racing itself (And there wasn’t much of it), already feels like it was playing second fiddle to the politics and horrible drama that has been the Christian Horner investigation, and this podcast drops more news and talk about those rumours. Again, be careful, it’s near the end of the episode if you think it may be upsetting.

But we also talk about Max Verstappen and Career Win #55 as he dominated proceedings to win very much like how last season ended. But what do we make of the state of the field now we’ve seen the cars in action at full speed. Haas not as bad as expected? Williams slipping?

And what the heck is going on at Alpine after a diasterous pre-season and now we know that two major parts of their technical staff have since resigned? All that and a whole lot more on a (slightly late), M101!

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March 6, 2024 Episode #500: The 50 Most Important Moments In M101 History

Episode #500: The 50 Most Important Moments In M101 History

Well, this is it. The 500th Episode of Motorsport101. And in an idea that came together by the wonderful RJ O’Connell, we decided to recount and retell the 50 most important moments in the nine and a half year history of the show.

Back in October 2014, Dre Harrison and Ryan King decided to start a podcast for Dre’s final-year University project. We never thought a decade on, we’d still be doing this. From the 2014 Russian GP, to Cam and RJ’s debuts, to Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend being a trained assassin, all the way to Abu Dhabi 2021, Marc Marquez leaving Honda and so many of us actually finding a better place for ourselves in and outside of Motorsport. This is an archive of the moments that made us, and made Motorsport what it’s become in the last decade.

And make no mistake, we couldn’t have done it without you, the audience. This place has grown so much in the last decade and we know there’s 100 plus places you can get your Motorsport news and opinion fix… you chose us. That means the world.

From the bottom of our hearts, from everyone at M101, thank you for inviting us into your homes, whether it be just once, or 500 times. You’re the best audience in the world, and we love you.

Here’s to the next 500,
Dre x

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March 3, 2024 Episode #499: 2024 IndyCar Season Preview

Episode #499: 2024 IndyCar Season Preview

Welcome to the final season preview podcast of 2024, and its IndyCar’s turn to take the stage for a brand new season!

But first, we clear up the previous week in Motorsport with Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch’s epic 0.007 podium finish in Atlanta over in NASCAR, as well as an update to the Christian Horner investigation, skip to the 23 minute mark if you want to move past it!

But yes, the 2024 IndyCar season, and we go up and down the field evaluating the teams and their prospects. AJ Foyt as they try to get off the bottom. Meyer Shank’s reboot with the “Qvists”. Just who’s driving for Dale Coyne in St. Pete?

How about the big hitters – Is this the breakout McLaren season with David Malukas now there (later). Is a uniformed Andretti the right approach with Marcus Ericsson? And can a DHL-branded Alex Palou win his third Astor Cup in four years?

All that and more in the longest Motorsport101 Podcast in 5 years!

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February 27, 2024 Episode #498: The Hater’s Guide To The F1 2024 Season

Episode #498: The Hater’s Guide To The F1 2024 Season

NOTE: Christian Horner’s current investigation at time of recording is discussed towards the end of the show. Do be careful as you may find this conversation upsetting and/or triggering. Look after yourselves.

In the second of M101’s major pre-season previews, it’s time for a deep dive into the state of F1 entering its 2024 season. And we don’t even try to pretend like that this is going to be massively exciting. But we do try to make some sense of the current field.

Is Haas likely to still be at the bottom? Are the rebranded VISA CashApp RB and Stake F1 Team going to be any good? Is Alpine set for disaster? Who wins in that midfield block between Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin? And can Red Bull go one better in 2024 and win EVERY single race?

All that and everything from the off-season discussed in an F1 2024 pre-season special of Motorsport101!

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February 11, 2024 Episode #497: 2024 MotoGP Season Preview

Episode #497: 2024 MotoGP Season Preview

The first season preview for 2024 and it’s one of the big ones. It’s time for the crew to sit down and talk all things MotoGP as we head for another brand new season, and while many important elements of the sport have stayed the same, there’s a fair few under the surface changes (And one big one), that could factor into the Championship.

We breakdown the major rule changes on the concession system, as well as the 2024 calendar before going team-by-team down the grid. Is Pedro Acosta the real deal at Tech3 KTM? How confident do the team feel about the state of Honda’s rebuild? And can Yamaha do enough to convince Fabio Quartararo to stick around for 2 more years, even with the powerhouse signing of Alex Rins alongside?

The big hitters are mentioned too. Can a rebooted VR46 team challenge the big boys, and will Bez regret not taking a GP24? Is Marc Marquez truly back to his best with a Ducati between his legs? What about Aprilia, the bike with an exhaust blown diffuser, can it challenge for the title again? What about KTM with Binder and co? And is The Beast, Enea Bastianini truly back?

All that and more in an extended season preview edition of Motorsport101!

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February 5, 2024 Episode #496: F1 Rejects Andretti/2024 Rolex 24 Review

Episode #496: F1 Rejects Andretti/2024 Rolex 24 Review

It’s the episode we originally meant to upload last week until… something else came up. Sorry about that!

In this edition of the show, we take care of the other major breaking news story of last week, Andretti’s bid of getting on the grid for 2026 being rejected by F1’s management wing. Where do they go from there, and will they persue the 2028 Grid instead with FOM leaving that option out there?

And finally, a full review of the 24 Hours of Daytona as Porsche won a heated 23 hour and 58 minute battle with Cadillac’s #31 car with Tom Blomqvist gunning for Porsche’s Felipe Nasr right at the very end. We talk about that almost race long fight, as well as the other big picks of RJ’s #01 Cadillac suffering another failure, as well as the #10 Acura’s explosion in the night as well.

We also talk about LMP2 with a Lieger that went horribly wrong (Like, bringing out five cautions wrong), as well as an impressive win for ERA Motorsport and IndyCar’s Christian Rasmussen leading the charge, as well as a dominant win in GTD Pro for RISI Competizione and Ferrari!

…And just how did a 24 hour race end 2 minutes early anyway? All that and more on another Motorsport101!

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February 3, 2024 Episode #496.5: Lewis Hamilton To Ferrari For 2025

Episode #496.5: Lewis Hamilton To Ferrari For 2025

Okay, forgive the numbering being a bit out here, but as you can probably have guessed, this came up rather suddenly. Don’t worry, Episode #496 on Andretti’s rejection and the Rolex 24 Hours is coming out Monday, forgive us for the hold-up.

In this special episode, all FOUR hosts (Yes, we got King in for this one too), break down all the angles from the biggest transfer of the social media era of F1, as Lewis Hamilton will be joining Ferrari in 2025.

The shock of the move itself and how we got to this point. How did Lewis go from signing a 2-year extension in August to activing a release clause just 5 months later? Can he bring in some of his own favourite staff? And can he co-exist with Charles Leclerc, another elite driver? Can Fred Vasseur (Who’s worked with them both), control that relationship?

Then there’s the greater ramifications. Carlos Sainz is now confirmed to be out of Ferrari at the end of the year, where does he end up if he stays on the grid for 2025? And then how do you define the morale at Mercedes? It can’t be great when they’re about to lose a transcedent star. Who do you replace Lewis with? Is it Alex Albon? Fernando Alonso? Esteban Ocon? Or do you gamble on F2’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli, their golden prospect?

It’s a deep-dive to end all deep-dives, in a bonus Motorsport101!

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January 26, 2024 Episode #495: The Appreciator’s Guide To The 2024 Rolex 24

Episode #495: The Appreciator’s Guide To The 2024 Rolex 24

It’s the true start of the 2024 Motorsport Season, and it’s time for us to take our own crack at previewing the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona!

It’s Rolex time again, and we got a full GTP preview of the main runners and riders. Cadillac take the pole with the #31 car and Pipo Derani breaking the all-time lap record, but there’s a four-driver superteam alongside in the #01 car with Scott Dixon and IndyCar Champion Alex Palou joining forces!

We have a fleet of Porsche’s, as well as customers behind them, but can they execute when it matters most? How about BMW? Where’s their ceiling as they collab with IndyCar’s RLL? And what about Acura in a new partnership with Andretti? And don’t forget, Jenson Button joins the #40 car as the Taylor brothers come back together!

We also break down all the LMP2 class (Featuring Big Ben Keating!), and the GTD’s too! Welcome to the Appreciator’s Guide to the 2024 Rolex 24!

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January 18, 2024 Episode #494: 2024 Formula E Mexico City ePrix Review

Episode #494: 2024 Formula E Mexico City ePrix Review

Welcome back to electric avenue to a Mexico City ePrix that… happened. Seriously, this wasn’t a classic but we surprised ourselves by going 50 minutes on an ePrix that had (count em’), THREE on-track overtakes!

Pascal Wehrlein would dominate the running, winning comfortably almost lights-to-flag from pole position, ahead of Buemi at Envision and Nick Cassidy’s Jaguar debut getting him on the podium in third. But is Mexico responsible for the lack of action, or the cars themselves?

We also try to make sense of the pecking order, has enough changed? Is Jaguar and Porsche still on top? Where does ERT fit in alongside DS and Nissan?

And finally, we review the first offering of Whisper’s production and whether it was a good idea to have Jermaine Jenas anchor a Formula E broadcast (No, god bless him he tried), and whether the show has missed a trick not having one of their other shows featured…

All that and more on another Motorsport101!

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January 9, 2024 Episode #493: 2024 Formula E Season Preview

Episode #493: 2024 Formula E Season Preview

So much for a break in January eh? Welcome back to Formula E on the Motorsport101 Channel, and for our 2024 Season Preview, we brought in Motion Podcast host Sascha Garlick back to chinwag over the Season 10 that starts this Saturday in Mexico City!

In this 2-hour preview, we talk about the big issues for the series off the track – Such as their pre-season testing fire in Valencia and the knock-on effect it’ll have on Mahindra. We talk about the upcoming Attack Charge pitstops being added that have been pushed back to Misano in April.

There’s also a big culture clash incoming as more conventional road courses in Misano and Shanghai are being added to the calendar, with Hyderabad pushed out due to a change of governance. Does the series know what it wants to be? Even more so now it’s off free-to-air television in the UK?

Then we break down all the runners and riders for 2024. Can the Mahindra teams get off the bottom? Can McLaren find some form with Sam Bird now in the ranks? What about Nissan and the return of Oli Rowland alongside Sasha Fenestraz’s proven speed?

Can Stellantis make their mark after midfield drama last season? And then the big hitters – Can Porsche’s two teams co-exist? And can Envision compete with Jaguar’s factory Superteam of Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy now Envision’s drivers are focusing on Le Mans?

All that and more on Motorsport101!

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