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Listen: JA on F1 Grand Prix Special with Eddie Irvine
Posted By: James Allen  |  18 Jul 2010   |  12:59 am GMT  |  104 comments

I had a great time today hosting a radio show for the first time with ex Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine, rock star Chris Rea and F1 journo Adam Cooper.


We did a two hour radio special on TalkSport, the UK’s leading commercial sports radio station. I’ve done many inserts into their shows, but never hosted one before. It was great fun and we had Christian Horner, Karun Chandhok and others including Ian Phillips and Times F1 correspondent Kevin Eason.

Horner added a new element to the saga of the front wing swap from Silverstone – he said that after Vettel’s wing broke on Saturday morning, they took the wing off Webber’s car and found it was defective. When Adrian Newey was satisfied that the defects had been sorted he gave the all clear for it to be used and at that point Webber’s former wing was allocated to Vettel.

It’s a subtle point, but it takes the wing away from Webber at the point at which it was decided to give it to Vettel.

He also revealed that Webber had a newer floor and a lighter chassis than Vettel, which is interesting because the chassis Webber was using in Silverstone was Vettel’s old one.

Irvine’s conclusion was that Red Bull is in danger of bending over backwards so far to try to be fair to both drivers that they will be focussed on that and take points off each other, while Lewis Hamilton will consolidate his position and steal the championship.

Horner also accepted Irvine’s point that he should have sat Webber down and explained what needed to happen on Saturday afternoon, not left it for an engineer to tell him.

We also discussed Schumacher’s comeback, Ferrari’s mentality now that Alonso is there and how Hamilton has improved in the last two seasons.

It’s a good listen; Irvine was really interesting on many subjects, so if you would like to hear the programme you can link to it on LG Grand Prix Special

There are no geographical restrictions. As always let us know your comments.

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  1. Paul Kirk says:

    An absolutely briliant concept, James, in my view it rates 12 out of 10! Thanks heaps. PK.

  2. ColinZeal says:

    Good show James, well done.

    As an Irishman I have always been a fan of Eddie Irvine and its good to hear his opinions as an (outspoken) ex-driver.

    The most interesting point in the show for me however was Christian Horner’s mention of a new floor on only Webber’s car for the British GP! Strange I hadn’t heard anything about this before especially given the position Christian has been in in the media over the weekend, one would have thought he’d mention such a thing as it seems to indicate a lack of favouritism!

    RBR are not doing themselves any favours with the fans at the moment, as the fans want to see equal treatment within teams so the best man can be the winner in the end. However it seems to me they are happy to take the publicity generated by controversy!

    One thing that is clear now is that the fans want fairness and equal treatment between drivers and do not wish to see the favouritism of the past. Let the driver who does the best job win, but let them both have equal opportunities to do so!

    1. Exactly, if the lighter chassis and floor story is true why didn’t he or the team make that clear 7 days ago?

      Horner is either naive or perhaps over explaining the situation and sounding like an excuse machine

    2. Pete Schnabel says:

      I’m not particularly a fan on “let them at it fairly”. I say back the strong driver as soon as it is clear and make that clear to the drivers. RB will lose the championship if they try to do it too fairly, bet!
      I would imagine that there are a number of people that believe this as well, so to say that fans in general want fairness is not quite true.
      This is clearly the case at Ferrari and there are those that believe that Alonso could come out on top before it’s said and done. We haven’t seen the real pressure yet within McLaren or RB (o.k, RB has been under it for some time, now).

      1. chris scott says:

        From a team perspective that strategy makes absolute sense. However I’d hate to see what happened to Irvine, and Rubens again.

        With Schumacher the favouritism was there from day one, so its hard to judge how close his team mates would have been if everything was equal. Ferrari may well have had more of a quandary if they had played it like that. I have a feeling it may go similar as Renault now Kubica has committed for a while

    3. RBR Red Bull Rorting says:

      Its just Horner doing PR spin, it will only be a “newer floor” as in it was built more recently, not as in a newer design. Clever eh? Also the Chassis will have been lighter as they will have removed Vettel’s excess ballast (remember Vettel is lighter than Mark) so that Mark can use the chassis, as they have done all year. How can a chassis Vettel has already used & discarded suddenly become lighter otherwise.

      No advantage etc etc just very carefully constructed PR Spin in an attempt to deflect from the wing & Turkey situation. Its really sad what lengths they are going to to attempt to convince us that what is the case, (they would prefer Vettel to win the WDC) isn’t the case, so to speak.

      James, it would be interesting to see what the EXACT nature of the “Unspecified Fault” that was found on Vettel’s old chassis (i.e the one Webber now uses) was, do you think we will ever get to find this out for sure?

      1. ColinZeal says:

        James mentioned elsewhere that the issue was suspension mounting points……

      2. Graham says:

        Well-spotted RBR.

        As for the attempt to say that as they took off Mark’s front wing to check it it from that moment belonged to no-one and was up for grabs – well ! Do they think people were born yesterday ?

  3. Garry T says:

    James

    Living in China and being a F1 fan can be difficult at best of times. I was very excited to listen to your show yesterday but I do have some comments.

    Your team had a great opportunity to ask about Marko’s comments to CH you even talked about it in the promo. But alas no it didn’t happen all the questions were very tame, it reminds me a little of not rocking the boat as this is were you live.

    It seems to me that the media do the beat up on the RB dilemma by throwing it out there a story but never get to the meat of the issue.

    CH comments were massaged and and details changed as time goes on to suit the spin. Obvoiusly from his comments that really MW was not satisfied with the debrief they had on Saturday night and basically they had agreed to disagree. Hence the blow up on Sunday.

    Any person who is pushing there limits no matter what job they do doesn’t like to come second, I would think this applies very much to any F1 driver.

    It certainly will be interesting to see what happens over next 9 races. I think it will be Lewis or Mark. SV is on the brink he it depends what happens this week in Germany if he goes down again to Mark it will be for him.

  4. Ping says:

    Surprised to hear Christian Horner talk about Webber actually having the newer floor and lighter chassis during the Silverstone weekend… But wait a minute, wasn’t Webber using Vettel’s older (defective) chassis?

    Red Bull are just confusing the situation further. Everytime they reveal a new detail revolving around the subject, the story just morphs to the point where it looks manipulated.

    A simple apology would have sufficed because no one really cares what RBR has to say – they are the villains in the saga. The mismanagement of this ordeal makes Horner look like an amateur – like he still belongs in F3000/GP2.

    1. Chris Partridge says:

      Hi Ping … I think that is probably a little bit harsh regarding CH. What he’s achieved with the team at RB is pretty extraordinary in the context of the fight with more established teams on the grid. Sure, the wing swap thing wasn’t his greatest moment, but in the big scheme of things he’s a v talented manager who’s moulded a potentially giant-killing team.

    2. krampa says:

      I’m confused. Horner told us last week that the RB championship leader would receive the latest updates (if only one set was available).

      Why would Webber then get a newer, lighter (and presumably better) chassis if Vettel was ahead of Mark on the championship board at that time? Something doesn’t add up!!

      1. Michael says:

        The drivers are different heights and weights. It is logical for the cars to adapt to their needs and isn’t favouritism for Webber to have a lighter car when he weighs more. There is still a specific weight they and the drivers must comply with …

    3. Mark says:

      So the updated the chassis floor and that brought the weight down. Sounds plausible. The only person to blame in this affair is the whiny Webber.

      Read Autosport’s site today, Webber admits he acted foolishly.

    4. Maert says:

      No, what it looks like is, no matter what is said about this, people like you (yes, English speaking fans and commentators) want to make Webber look like a demi-god who never does anything wrong and never manipulates any situation and the others in RBR like Satan.

      It has been stated Webber had a lighter (mended… you ‘forgot’ the mention this..)chassis with a new floor that Vettel didn’t have (so Webber had been favoured) and suddenly, none of the English speaking fans or commentators touch it.

      I expect James to do an article about this fact only, to show he isn’t boased towards Webber, but pigs first need to grow wings.

      1. James Allen says:

        Read the post, it says it there!! I’m insulted by your comment

      2. F1ART says:

        And me!

      3. chris scott says:

        Who said journalists are supposed to be unbiased? Yes there is a law in the UK with respect to politics, but not everything else. If James does want to favour one driver that’s his prerogative (not saying he does btw). I have always found his articles fairly balanced and rational.

      4. Garry T says:

        Any realistic person ould understand that MW lighter floor for what it is.

        1) Misinformation by CH to deflect attention from original problem.

        2) There is a weight limit in F1 MW is heavier than SV they are weighed with the car it makes sense to ensure that the car weighs as close as it can to the min requirement. I cant see why this is a favour to MW its something any of the teams would do if they have the resources.

      5. RBR Red Bull Rorting says:

        Well Said Garry! My thoughts exactly, Horner would make an excellent Criminal Lawyer.

      6. Rishi says:

        Also agree with Garry. Particularly the second point. Incidentally does Chris Rea still follow Formula 1 today? I know his childhood hero (one thereof at least) was Wolfgang von Trips (the Ferrari driver who perished at Monza while fighting for the 1961 drivers’ title). Or is this answered on the radio show (which I will try and watch if I have the time)?

      7. Immi1974uk says:

        Hilarious.
        I can’t see how being given Velet’s old and mended chassis is being favoured. The ‘new’ floor is most likely just the fix added to repair it in the first place.

        Considering that JA has continually put forward multiple scenarios of both sides of the argument. It would seem that your statement holds very little water.

        Equally so, I don’t see anyone here mentioning that Webber is error free, faultless driver. All people are saying is give them equal chance and let the best driver win.

        No-one wants to see another Era of F1 where the a World Champion is crowned who was not fairly raced by his team-mate.

      8. Christos Pallis says:

        I feel insulted for James by this comment, this website is as close to above reproach as is possible to be. James you do a fantastic job and are very balanced with your articles. Any bias that may come into them is usually based around comments made by insiders quoted in the articles.

        A world without bias is a world without opinion, and what a boring place that would be.

        I hope Maert learns a little more respect.

        As for RBR, fair dues. They could have handled the communication better but the decision was valid enough and i am a Webber fan. I would have given it to Vettel too if i was CH.

      9. "for sure" says:

        …not sure this site is at all suited to you?

        Somewhere else perhaps?

    5. Dave Roberts says:

      Interesting to see you using the term villains. A point of law told to people suspected of committing crime
      “It may harm your defence if you do not mention now something which you later rely on in court.”

      This passage was created to prevent criminals massaging the truth or creating a defence in between being interviewed and attending court. Perhaps whenever Horner is interviewed by the media in future they should be give him this caution to prevent this distortion of the truth happening.

      I expect that by the time they get to Germany RBR will be stating that Vettel’s side of the garage are happy to support Webber by allowing him to have the best chassis!

  5. Rafael L says:

    No location restrictions! Incredible!

    Awesome, will listen to this tomorrow. Going to bed now, though!

    1. Michael says:

      Amazing isn’t it? Who’d have thunk it, the internet available to people no matter where they live?

      Other than that, great show, amazing, brilliant, loved it.

      Chris sounded a little worse for….. ;)

      1. James Allen says:

        He always sounds like that!

      2. Rafael L says:

        Lol Michael, can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic but you’d be surprised – so much F1 content is hosted in Europe and restrictions prevent us in the U.S. from viewing the content :\

        It’s normally video though.

        And James, great job. Enjoyed it :)

      3. Michael says:

        No, I was definitely in agreement with you!! I’m fed up of the way content providers are limiting their content to specific countries etc. From MTV to ESPN, the list is endless. It’s very annoying especially as the internet is supposed to have no boundaries!! There is an easy way of getting access to content though, just do a search for HotSpot Shield. Nice easy add on that allows you to access things you otherwise could not…

  6. John Pinx says:

    Your radio cast link is not available. Perhaps you could give a simple link to the live stream instead of the very messy website that is being used?

      1. Elliot says:

        Not working for me either. Maybe because I’m on Mac?

      2. Garra says:

        maybe, looks like an embedded windows media player.

      3. Michael says:

        Doesn’t work well on the Mac, Talksport is not happy on OS X. Direct link is http://utv.vo.llnwd.net/o16/talkSPORT/talkSPORT-20100717-1523.mp3

      4. James Allen says:

        Works fine on my Macs

      5. Elliot says:

        Brilliant. Didn’t work on my Mac but that direct link to the mp3 is perfect.

        Thanks, Michael!

      6. Jbags says:

        I had a bit of trouble getting it to work. At first I thought it was because I am in China. It didn’t work in Firefox, or IE, but I loaded the page in google chrome and it worked a charm!

  7. James H says:

    I listened live out here in Dubai thanks to the power of the interwebnet thing…

    Very enjoyable show with great guys onboard.

    1. David Jerromes says:

      Me too James’s, also in Dubai and listened to it live!!
      The show was great as I posted elsewhere on this site, congrats James.
      Just wish you’d been able to nail CH re Dr.Evil’s comments in the German motorsport press…, now that could have added more twist than a dance-hall full of dancers doing the twist….
      Fab to hear from Chris Rea and Eddie Irvine (et al)in the studio, love Eddie’s dry humour and Rea’s pressing for a driver/car swap every race throughout the season. It could never happen with the sponsorship system, but the idea is v interesting.
      I’d still like to see a support race in equal tin-top or open-top machinery, all drivers names in a hat, pure chance who gets what car that has already been grid-qualified by another driver and competitor for this race…..

  8. JW1980 says:

    James,
    A couple of questions I would like to follow are as follows:-
    a)the stories concerning this year’s British GP have been great but how confident are you that next year’s British GP will be the date that is currently advertised? I see that it is the same as this year’s. Is this a good sign?
    B)why is Bernie Ecclestone such a fan of Vettel and keen for him to win the world championship? Considering his position it’s probably inappropriate that he is so open in his views. With Bernie there is an agenda here. What is it?

    1. James Allen says:

      A – No view on this. The dates occasionally change, but I can’t see a pressing reason for British GP to change next year.

      B – Bernie is entitled to his opinion. He’s the commercial guy, it would be different if he were the FIA president

      1. Damian Johnson says:

        I suspect that Bernie does like McLaren possibly, although he could also choose Mark Webber as an alternative while Ferrari’s hopes of a WDC or WCC look quite long. Even in 2007, Bernie wanted Kini to win, the alternative being Alonso or Hamilton in a McLaren. I recall Martin Brundle being very surprised by that answer from Bernie on live TV.

      2. Damian Johnson says:

        edit: I suspect that Bernie does NOT like McLaren,

    2. chris scott says:

      F1 has big competition from DTM in Germany, and as its a big market he probably could do with another German superstar

      1. Jbags says:

        There are already 6 German drivers on the grid this year, that’s 25% of the drivers. If Bernie is desperate for a German champ I hope it doesn’t lead to the entire grid being annexed!

  9. Jato says:

    Why are people surprised that Horner said that Webber had a newer floor and lighter chassis as a means to justify his decision? Do we need to believe everything he says?

    Example – just before the Turkish GP qualifying, Horner said to the BBC that they were flying in new parts for Webber just before qualifying…then we find out after the race Vettel already had those parts at the start of Practice 3.

    If Horner wanted to show that there were no signs of favouritism then why does he mention the new floor now and not when he was grilled during the race weekend.

    As for the lighter chassis – the one that Vettel didn’t want – means Vettel already had the lighter chassis for the previous GPs. Not that that was mentioned either in the talkshow.

    James, Horner said that Webber had a new floor. Not newer, which IMO is different. I don’t believe Horner for a moment given all his chop-changing of stories or giving much more detail long after the fact that the event occured to justify himself.

    Excellent show otherwise!

  10. Chris Partridge says:

    Great programme — only sorry that I tuned in 15 minutes too late so missed the Horner interview. Really enjoyed the debate with Eddie Irvine, very interesting guy, particularly about Schumi and Vettel. Hope it becomes a regular slot James.

  11. Rob says:

    Just a shame it has to be on the worst radio station in the uk

  12. C Pitter says:

    James, I would really like to listen to this, but I can’t click on anything to listen to it. Do you know if there is a problem?

  13. Ross says:

    Very much enjoyed the show James. Is there any plans for another show anytime soon?

    1. James Allen says:

      No plans, it was a one off, although Eddie appears in a post GP Sunday night show on TalkSport – I’m not involved as I’m usually on a dash to an airport.

      1. smellyden says:

        If only they paid you enough to stay!

  14. Legend2 says:

    Was a great opportunity to really get Christian Horner under the griller. In particular about how desperate Helmut Marko is to see Vettel win, and Webber lose. Marko’s comments were outragous about Vettel having a transmission problem in Canada and a chassis problem in Monaco.

    James, taking the wing of Webber and then deciding at a later time to give it to Vettel does not change anything. As Eddie Irvine indicated it probably made things worse.

    As Eddie suggested, that’s like. Sorry we’re taking off the wing, we think it might be defective. Yep, the wing is defective. So Seb broke his, and we think your’s is defective. Then 30 minutes later. Oh, the wing actually isn’t defective, and now it’s on Seb’s car. It makes it seem worse and Mark Webber’s anger even more understandable.

    The fact that Webber is considerably heavier than Vettel and he is at the same pace indicates that Webber is driving better. His weight is letting him down.

    1. hesus says:

      Good point, people usually don’t remember about the weight. 14 kg difference is really a lot in F1.

      1. adam says:

        Actually,drivers weight makes no difference. All the cars a ballasted to weigh the FIA minimum.

      2. hesus says:

        It does actually – the ballast can be put anywhere in the car, driver weight only on his “butt” , it was big issue last year when KERS was introduced – Webber, Kubica, Sutil were forced to loose much weight.

      3. Chris Partridge says:

        Driver weight is an issue because of distribution.

  15. Howard Hughes says:

    Seems like an interesting show – but when I click on the link there’s no way to listen to the show. No link to any specific broadcast, nothing to highlight how to access it, just….nothing really but links to archive podcasts from a while ago…

    1. James Allen says:

      Others have found it okay.

      1. Elliot says:

        Exactly the same issue for me. I can’t see how to access it?!

      2. neil m says:

        I had the same, untill I saw the bar saying “download this {app?activeX? sumthing) do you trust it”, downloaded it, the piece then played

      3. BMG says:

        I agree, seems to have no audio.

    2. BA says:

      there’s a media player browser plugin automatically played while the page is loaded. Try check your settings for associated browser plugin.

  16. dkfone says:

    James, can this be downloaded like a podcast?

    1. Paul C says:

      As Stuart posted above:

      http://utv.vo.llnwd.net/o16/talkSPORT/talkSPORT-20100717-1523.mp3

      I download the mp3 from there. It even plays upside down in NZ.
      Not sure I’d want to listen to that radio station for long though.

  17. caveman says:

    rea s idea of drivers swoppin cars sounds cool, but diff. tracks suit diff. cars which would scew the presumed fairness

  18. SKWD says:

    Ligher chassis? So, err, does this imply that Vettel had some form of advantage in the earlier part of the year, or is it simply that specs change over time?

    Sadly, dear old CH (who I believe to be basically honourable) isn’t awfully good at choosing which information to give out at which times to cool, rather than inflame, the PR fire!

  19. Monji says:

    Thanks JA, you made my afternoon

  20. Mark says:

    Great listen James, spent 2 hours on a warm sunny afternoon in Valencia listening to you, Ediie and company. Fantastic insights from Christian Horner re Webber, and Ian Philips always makes me laugh, one of the funniest personalities of the pit lane. Great job.

  21. Steve W says:

    Really enjoyed the show James. Christian Horner’s new comments about the controversial front wing were fascinating, it has added another dimension to the argument as you say!

  22. Dave Roberts says:

    Brilliant programme! I had the house to myself and listened to it as a podcast last night. I really enjoyed listening to the views of Eddie and interviews with the guests.

    Having just read Eddie Jordan’s autobiography and learning of Ian Phillips’ important role in Jordan I found his comments of particular interest.

    Moreover I enjoyed the way you handled that guitarist known as Chris Rea. For the sake of politeness I won’t say what I thought of him, but he didn’t impress me with his contribution.

    I hope you are able to do more of these.

  23. Dave P says:

    James,

    With absolutely the greatest respect, do you not feel that sometimes you are a little naive…

    It’s easy to concoct an excuse that fits what you want to be heard after the event. Can you explain why you just take Christian at his word so easily?…

    I do not believe him. Coming out with a load of excuses after the event is non tenable. Part of journalism is not just going along with what you are told…. Flavio and Singapore come to mind as to why we should not just accept these explanations. If they had said all this immediately fair enough.

    As for Irvine.. I am sorry, but I have never met anyone with less credible knowledge, but having a big mouth than him. A business head he definitely has, but as for F1 knowledge.. sorry I can’t go along with that. Still I cannot but admit he adds flavour…

    1. James Allen says:

      I don’t. I’m just reporting what he said…

      It’s hard to be naive after 20 years working in Formula 1.

      1. Dave P says:

        James, I guess after posting… I felt a bit guilty for being so harsh.. sorry…

        It’s just that sometimes, as you say, just reporting the ‘facts’ can then come across as ‘believing’ what is said. More than that, because of your knowledge and experience, when you report a fact without comment, it can give the impression of it ‘must be true’

        Thinking on it must be hard for you to sometimes have to report statements, that you may not necessarily believe.

        But what is to stop a team manipulating a situation after the event by statements that cannot be checked, such as Horners statements, or perhaps Ferraris defence of not giving places back if you do not comment on them?

        I feel that sometimes as a journalist, rather than just reporting what they say, qualifying it with a ‘ It is strange that they didn’t say this earlier’ comment.

        It could be conceived that Mark Webers recent statements that he said too much publicly, could be due to Red Bull reminding him that he can be replaced at any time and if they want to be unfair on him they could do it and he would not know, and then making it clear that a retraction is due and thus he would have to do it.

        Part of good journalism is to sniff out this sort of stuff, and when it is true, reveal it.

        It is not just Red Bull playing this game as clearly Ferrari are at the moment.

        All of that said, I am not a the coal face.. you are and have been for many years… so I do trust your instincts at the end of the day or else I would not be following this forum

        Dave

  24. BMG says:

    If this is Vettel’s damaged chassis, I think it was the floor that was damaged. Of cause they had to replace it.If vettel had a weight advantage then they should try to reduce the weight of Webbers Chassis.

    1. James Allen says:

      No it was suspension mountings that were the problem. All fixed now, according to CH

      1. Sam B says:

        I wonder what percentage of Sebastian’s reliability issues is down to driving style. Funny, I read about his show run in his hometown of Heppenheim, and it said his show car’s gearbox got damaged. Is he just extremely unlucky, or he’s not sensitive enough to his equipment?

  25. Nick H says:

    Loved the show James.
    I did find the way Eddie Irvine pronounces Vettels name a bit bizzare though!

  26. neil m says:

    I am suprised that some posters can’t see the validity in CH’s remarks. It looks very different in RB management compared to fans, fanatics (yes, derivation of fans), journo’s.
    C’mon people, running an F1 team is complex, this dumb assumption that all that CH says is a con is, err, dumb.

  27. Vik says:

    I enjoyed it. The Horner interview was particularly absorbing. I think a regular podcast on F1 has a market, possibly an income stream if offered as an audiobook. Need some WD40 for that creaky door, though ;-)

  28. John Pinx says:

    Thanks for the .mp3 link. That worked a treat. Not everyone in running microsoft products;) Excellent interviews James, Eddie is as funny as he is outrageous. RBR have zero man-management skills, but they lap up the publicity either way, so they *really* don’t care – they sell drinks. Ferrari, McLaren, Williams,etc, *need* to win to keep their sponsors happy. RBR is a one-off team not in F1 for anything other than publicity and I hope Mark Webber wins at least in Germany and then moves to Williams or McLaren. Adrian Newey will probably move too, when the new regulations kick in. No-one can live for long in the environment of bad management that exists in RBR.

  29. Thomas in Australia says:

    Sad that the comments section is slowly degrading into a whinge fest.

    People need to remember that;

    A) The insight and information provided here is FREE. It doesn’t cost you a cent. If you don’t like it, ask for a refund of $0.00 and go away.

    B) This isn’t a democracy and demanding that JA does an article on this or that to “prove that he is not biased” just makes you look rude and childish.

    Just my opinion of course, but I would hate for this blog to disappear.

    1. James Allen says:

      We won’t allow it to degrade. The quality of discussion is pretty high here and that’s the way it will stay.

    2. Andy C says:

      Not a bad shout there tom. I’ve always said, if people don’t believe it is unbiased they can go read something they think is.

      most of us greatly enjoy the debate in here, and generally the regular contributors are good.

  30. BA says:

    Quotes from the show:

    Ian Phillips: It’s the new boys coming in… that japanese lad in the sauber… err… Kob… Kab… whatever his name?
    James Allen : Kobayashi!
    Ian Phillips: err… Kamikaze…

    hilarious.. hahahahah.. :)

  31. hesus says:

    If I could have a suggestion – the banner of the German gp at the top of the page – get rid of this “condom shaped” piece in the middle, maybe it’s just me but it’s a bit disturbing:).

  32. Jason Greer says:

    I find this whole debate fascinating. People really seem to get emotional about the subject and that is very good for Red Bull. At the end of the day they still have the fastest car and two of the best drivers and, currently, all the publicity.

    How do you create a catchy headline and reach as many readers as possible if you write a carefully weighted article taking all facts into account that is old when its completed? You cant!…and that is why we need to read critically and not always criticize what we read.

  33. Will Woodhouse says:

    Loved the show, although Chris Rea was a mistake :-)

  34. Ginger says:

    The wife was delighted that on a non-race w/e I spent two hours listening to the radio whilst I had the golf on the TV.

    At least it was raining so didn’t have to leave the house.

    Great show, maybe another in a month or so? Good work by Talksport to give you the platform.

    Thanks.

  35. AJ Senior says:

    Great show.

    All I have to add is that as an F1 fan I feel much closer to the action since I discovered this blog.

    So thank you James.

    1. James Allen says:

      That is 100% of what I’m aiming for, so thanks for that comment.

  36. Kedar says:

    Thanks for putting this on the internet the way the internet was meant to be, without any artificial geographic restrictions!
    Thanks again for keeping the Non UK readers of your blog in mind

  37. mark edwards says:

    This was quite an interesting piece especially from Christian Horner, although the scinic in me says why doesn’t RB deliver all the info on the wing/lighter chassis etc at the time instead of letting it fester and the media having a field day with it?

    Maybe because they have gone away and had a week to think something up? Maybe it’s the truth? Either way RB makes life difficult for themselves!

    As for Eddie Irvine as an informed commentator, he’s never held my attention as I’ve always found him deliberately controversial and a bit of a prat! These days I just think he’s out of touch and is in no better position to comment than any of us!

    And what’s with that squeaky door – surely that’s a fundamental no no in a radio station???!!!

  38. Don says:

    James, you continue to surprise me.
    Honestly, I was familiar with your writing before ITV and it was OK/good. But, I am sorry to say, ITV’s F1 performance was lamentable and you were tarred with the brush.

    However, your blog is first rate. Really good technical insights as well as F1 gossip.

    This show was better than I thought it would be as well (aside from the dull un-radiogenic Mr Rea).

    The 2 hours of broadcasting lifted [mod - Talksport's] abhorrent programming out of the sewer it regularly inhabits.

    I also happen to think that the more you let Mr Horner talk, the bigger the hole he manages to dig – so your interviewing tactics were spot on.

    Please kep up the good work.

    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks…..I think!

  39. Adam Mills says:

    Hi James, great show and it was super to be a part of it. Good to meet you, Eddie, Chris and Adam.

    I hope they keep this format for future shows and I’d love to be a part of it again.

    Cheers,
    Adam (editor of F1 Badger)

  40. Joe Tanto says:

    Very much enjoyed Edmund, and great to hear Ian Phillips, miss him being on radio practice coverage, but Chris Rea was dire.
    I don’t agree with F1badger’s opinion that Jenson had more support than Lewis at the track , we were at different points over the three days and one thing stood out, the MASSIVE support for Lewis.
    Just one example, at Copse for P2, when Jenson left the pit exit there was a ripple from the crowd, as I was reading James’s twitter on my phone, airhorns and cheering loud enough to be heard in Banbury made me look up to see who was coming out on track, no surprise – Lewis.

    I made a point of buying the new McLaren shirt featuring both drivers, but saw way more Lewis flags, hats etc worn by fans.

    Didn’t seem to notice as many foreign visitors this year, Ferrari fans in particular seemed well down ?

  41. TIKO PAVONI says:

    Major Thanx! to James, I heard the show in Miami Beach…Called all my friends to tune in & made our day. CHEERS!

  42. Daryl says:

    Hi james,

    Thankyou for making the world of f1 feel like something I am now involved in. I think you also have to lay praise at Jake Humpreys door because the way he has embraced f1 and used media platforms such as twitter to promote your website and anything f1 related is great for us punters.

    I missed the show live but listened to it via my iPhone on Sunday while washing the car. It filled the gap between GP weekends perfectly and I really hope you get the chance to make it a permanent feature on talksport.

    Keep up the good work

    Kind regards Daryl

  43. Grant says:

    Hello James.
    I now watch the races on TV, listen to the red button commentary, have a laptop with the formula 1 timmings screens on one tab, the new car tracker srceen on another tab and now your tweet page on a third tab. And then, during the week, I can follow these very engaging debates.

    Having followed F1 for over twenty years this year, in every way and on every level is simply brilliant. Thank you for your hard work, commitment and passion. You don’t need to do this – but you do. Cheers.

    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks, there’s never been a better time to follow F1 with all the info that’s available now. Glad you like the live Twitter stream. I think it adds a lot. For those who don’t know it, it’s http://twitter.jamesallenonf1.com

  44. Mark V says:

    I like this. The little kid in me from days gone by when F1 was a few blurbs in the paper and on tv once or twice a week is giddy with this kind of unlimited access to knowledgeable, entertaining content from half way around the world. Newspapers are dead. TV is hanging on by a thread. The winds of change are blowing. Once those old farts who still remember ice trucks and steam engines pass the baton (or simply pass on) to people who actually understand the 21st century, F1 may actually enter a new golden age. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of the future.

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