Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Last Lap Podcast – Season 4 – Ep 22 – Season Review Show 2016

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So it’s all done and dusted, season 2016 of the FIA Formula One series is in the books. With a new champion, emerging talent, the loss of some old hands and plenty of on track incidents and action it’s time for our traditional end of series review show!

This year we are joined by Nick Haldenby of Lights Out F1 Blog, he who joined us this year for our mid-season review this year! See what Nicky, Sean and Andy made of this season, their highs and lows, favourite moments and anything else worth mentioning!

 

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The Last Lap Podcast – Season 4 – Ep 21 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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It all came down to one race, after a season of ups and downs for the two title protagonists it would be the final race of the season where the winner would be crowned. With nothing else left to decide the prospect of two mercedes out front battling for the title seemed a glittering prospect but with Nico only needing 3rd and Lewis having to win could it really work out that way? Find out what Sean and Andy made of the Abu Dhabi grand prix and some monumental news which came out the same day they recorded!

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Who is going to replace Rosberg? The Mercedes conundrum.

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With these words Nico Rosberg threw the world of Formula One into chaos. After days of speculation that, in fact, his teammate Lewis Hamilton could be out on his ear after disobeying team orders repeatedly the revelation that the current F1 world champion was leaving the sport caused the fans and press to immediately being searching for his replacement. Mercedes have dominated the sport for the last 3 seasons, sweeping driver and constructors titles with ease. Their only fumbles seemed to come from within, a rigid hierarchy and suitably Germanic obedience to the dogma of “Team First” putting them at odds with their drivers and a seemingly bullet proof car in testing becoming less reliable as the season went on.

Now with probably the most sought after seat in F1 up for grabs Mercedes are left pondering whether the experiment of two top tier drivers has really worked out for them. After all Lewis and Nico were old friends, climbing the ladder of success from karting to formula one. If 18 years of friendship could be turned sour in a matter of races then what is the likelihood of two strangers being able to form a cohesive bond and still push equally for the drivers title AND deliver Mercedes more constructor glory?

Many names have been thrown around for the vacancy but lets look at them and work out how likely each switch could be..

 

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