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Formula 1 is finished, except there are three more races left in the desert, but no one cares because Turkey was the best race of the season and Lewis Hamilton is the champ-champ-champ-champ-champ-champ-champ. Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk about his immense achievement and why he's actually like Mr Bean, discuss the rise and fall of Lance Stroll and decide that the best racetrack is a newly relaid racetrack. Carfection Film Club: discover Terry's latest video, subtley entitled, "Lewis Hamilton Drank All The Milk & Other Radical Ideas To Make Formula 1 Less Boring"
It’s the Not San Marino Grand Prix and don’t mention that time when that thing happened. Instead, Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk about Mercedes winning everything, Bottas having not luck and George Russell spannering it into the wall under the safety car. Ah, Imola never fails to entertain. Carfection Film Club: join us as we explore some of the greatest F1 cars ever - all in one place: Williams Heritage.
F1 headed to Portugal for the first time in ages, and everything went crazy for a few laps until Hamilton won, Bottas was second and Verstappen was third, as per usual. As he crushed Bottas by a country mile, Lewis ascended from this earth to become a living legend, and we've all forgotten who Michael Schumacher is now. Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk about all the fun at Portimao, someone wins some merch and there are various usual features too. Carfection film club: watch Henry Catchpole take the McLaren Senna to Donington Park to recreate arguably Senna's greatest ever single lap, from the 1993 European Grand Prix
It was a race afflicted by fog, unreliability and Lance Stroll's case of the squits, but Lewis Hamilton crushed the memory of Michael Schumacher by waiting until Valtteri Bottas inevitably threw his pole position away, and is now the Greatest Man of All Time. Plus Honda are sodding off, Hulkenberg came back and some other stuff happened in and around the Nurburgring. Cheeka, Phill and Terry try to make sense of it all, and also talk tattoos. And not just Cyril Abiteboul's... WIN A T-SHIRT POSSIBLY by filling in our listener survey.
For those with the right apps, here's our own Terry Saunders on Carfection talking about what went wrong with Formula One (spoiler: it's telly's fault). Discover all of Terry's State of F1 videos when you subscribe to Carfection on YouTube:
Lewis Hamilton found himself Russian to see the stewards after dropping a massive clanger in the wrong place. And that meant Valtteri Bottas and a massive bee found glory in Sochi and Carlos Sainz crashed like an idiot. Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk through a boring race made a bit more exciting by incompetence, because that’s what F1 is all about.
The Tuscan Grand Prix was expected to be a dull, overtaking-free procession, but we didn’t factor in the fact that everyone wanted to crash repeatedly, which made it much more interesting. Cheeka, Phill and Terry discuss the magic at Mugello, as well as Vettel’s confirmed move to Aston Martin and what the hell Perez will do now. Not that we’re that bothered.
Party mode has been banned, but not at AlphaTauri, where the booze is free flowing following Pierre Gasly’s emotional and frankly spawny victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Cheeka, Phill and Terry reflect on a crazy race at Monza, talk about the highly unusual podium and who deserved to be there, and wonder just how much lower Ferrari can go.
This year's Italian Grand Prix marks 50 years since the death of Jochen Rindt. It happened at Monza, during practice for the 1970 race and the German driver would go on to become the only posthumous Formula 1 world champion. For many, that's about as much as they know about him - but renowned motorsport author and journalist David Tremayne thinks we need to know more about this dashing, exciting and blindingly fast driver, and has written a book about him, called Jochen Rindt: Uncrowned King of Formula 1. So Phill and Terry sat down to chat with David about Rindt and racing in the 1970s, and we recorded it for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! Buy it now:
Ah, Spa. One of the finest race tracks in the world. Trust F1 to be able to make it boring as sin. The Belgian Grand Prix result was exactly what you’d expect it to be, except Ferrari were worse. Cheeka, Phill and Terry discuss the Francorchamps contretemps, and also discuss the now-complete 2020 season, new races and how Williams are both saved and finished. This season of For F1's Sake is brought to you by Carfection - check out the State Of F1 videos that Terry's been making with them at Night Rave by Jason Shaw used under creative commons licence.
F1 finally hits its stride and goes Full Boring, as Hamilton is tediously brilliant, Bottas is predictably average and Verstappen is excellent in a second-rate car. Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk about the Spanish Grand Prix and also touch on algorithms and whether we should mention the 2016 world champion again. The State Of F1 is supported by Carfection - go check out the best car videos on the internet:
It’s the British Grand Prix 2, a sequel actually better than the original as Mercedes had some unfortunate blistering, Max romped to victory and Hulkenberg obviously didn’t get a podium. Cheeka, Phill and Terry discuss the 70th Anniversary GP, Racing Point being filthy cheats and then meander off on all sorts of tangents, much like Kevin Magnussen’s racing lines.
The British Grand Prix was devoid of fans and devoid of much action at all, until all hell broke loose on the final few laps, thanks to Pirelli. With Cheeka sidelined due to a positive holiday test, last-minute reserve presenter Ollie Peart joins Phill and Terry to talk about tyres, coronavirus, racism and all sort of other bollocks, at least some of which is to do with F1.
The Hungarian Grand Prix proved decisively that only races at Austria are good now, as Lewis Hamilton romped to victory and we all saw the inevitable Bottas 3.0 failure that we knew was coming. Cheeka, Phill and Terry ponder Budapest, new races, racism (again) and wonder if Kimi could actually be out of a drive next season? Surely not.
The sequel to the Austrian Grand Prix was a bit disappointing, but at least qualifying for Austria 2: Styriana was entertaining, and there's always Last Lap Lando to keep things interesting. Cheeka, Phill and Terry reflect on the second weekend at Spielberg and lament Ferrari's comedic failings. Plus we learn how much Terry has to pay to look as good as he does.
F1 is back! And in a move nobody expected, it was actually rather good despite the world slowly falling apart. There was intrigue. There was drama. There was pretty terrible reliability. And a Mercedes won. Cheeka, Phill and Terry convene in their virtual, make-believe pub to discuss the Austrian Grand Prix and talk racing, racism and rays of hope that maybe, just maybe, F1 will save us all.
It’s 1998, Cheeka is a child, Terry and Phill have terrible hair and David Coulthard just can’t stop crashing. The team discusses the carnage that was the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix and looks ahead to some actual 2020 racing, which may actually happen. Plus all the other news is calmly discussed in an informed and reasoned manner. Kind of.
With lockdown still in effect, Cheeka, Phill and Terry look back on the 1999 European Grand Prix where everyone crashed or broke down and a Stewart won. A Stewart! There's also plenty of chat about the premature silly season, which will probably see Vettel retire, Sainz cement his place as a number two driver and Ricciardo stick two fingers up to Renault. Stay alert, people!
It's the Australian Grand Prix! The first chance to see what all the teams have been doing over the winter break and... wait, what? Oh. Shit. OK, well in that case Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk about the 1986 Australian Grand Prix and also contemplate Esports, coronavirus and all sorts of other waffle to keep you entertained while we can't go anywhere.
Way, way back, before the dawn of time, the Australian Grand Prix was due to take place and coronavirus was just a glint in a Wuhan bat’s eye. Well, actually it was earlier this week but before everything went to shit and the race was cancelled. Still, Cheeka, Terry and Phill went to the pub to talk about testing and see where we were ahead of the season that now probably won’t start until Baku. Maybe Williams will be front runners by then?
It's time to drink what's left of your beer money as Cheeka, Terry and Phill are joined by special guest Jack Nicholls to review the year in F1. What does the BBC commentator *really* think of the 2019 season? How much money will Terry end up donating to the Dog's Trust? And what special news will Phill share with us all? Find out within....
It's part two of our season review - where things get drunker and there's much discussion of Jack's Airbnb experience in Toronto, Terry reveals our MOTMOTFF1SSPOTYOTMOD2019OTY2019 and Phill shares some more lovely news. If you've loved listening to us this season, and would like more in 2020 - buy us a pint! Some of it actually goes on making the show. Donate at
This is how the season ends. Not with a bang, but with a deathly boring procession around Yas Marina, livened only by a DRS failure and Lando Norris crying. Still, it eases us into the off season, eh? Cheeka, Phill and Terry gather around the microphones to discuss the snoozefest that was the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and we give our nominations for the FF1S Sports Personality Of The Year Of the Match of Driving Of The Year. 2019.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was all set to be a relatively unremarkable end-of-season snoozefest, until all hell broke loose towards the end of the race. Cheeka, Phill and Terry talk through Ferrari’s farce, Bottas’ smokey bum and a very weird podium, and also announce their Man of the Match of Driving (MotMoD).
The battle is over. Valtteri Bottas won the US Grand Prix, but no one cared because Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world title and the rest of F1 2019 doesn’t matter anymore. Cheeka, Phill and Terry forensically dissect the goings on at the Circuit of the Americas and ask a variety of silly questions, while drinking beer. Some things never change.
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Podcast Status
Aug 28th, 2015
Latest Episode
Nov 6th, 2020
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About 1 hour

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