Episode #73: Bernie Ousted

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It truly marks the end of an era, as with Liberty Media taking over Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone has been removed as CEO of the FOM group. In this episode, Andre Harrison, Ryan King and RJ O’Connell, take on this ridiculous setlist:

FORMULA 1 NEWS: Bernie Ecclestone is OUT as the CEO of Formula 1!

– Quotes from the story, first broken by Tobias Grüner of Auto Motor und Sport (AMuS)

– Reflections upon Bernie’s legacy as head of Formula 1, and why a change had to be made

– How long will it take for significant change to be made under new leadership?

FORMULA 1 NEWS: #HASHTAGBOTTAS FEVER

– Valtteri Bottas finally, officially, confirmed at Mercedes-AMG as Nico Rosberg’s replacement

– Felipe Massa officially, begrudgingly, out of retirement to return to Williams

– Pascal Wehrlein officially, finally, confirmed at Sauber F1 Team

RACE OF CHAMPIONS: Vettel versus the World (or, Montoya is Number Juan)

– Juan Montoya, who is TOTALLY WASHED UP YOU GUYS HAHAHAHAHA wins the individual Race of Champions

– Defeats Tom Kristensen in the finals

– Pascal Wehrlein bins it and has to miss the Nations’ Cup

– Vettel just wins the title for Germany anyway by his damn self

– Friends of the podcast were here!

– (I missed a lot of the finer points.)

MONTE CARLO RALLY: A Black Dawn of a New Era

– Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon was involved in a single-car incident on the opening stage, which killed one spectator. It is the first spectator fatality in a WRC event since 1996.

– Sebastien Ogier goes on to win for M-Sport Rally Team/Ford, their first WRC win since Ford withdrew as a full-fledged manufacturer at the end of 2012

– After months of speculation and some fair amount of worry, the new WRC formula was seen as a success, drawing comparisons to the Group B monsters of the 1980s

ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA PREVIEW: :fire: :fire: :fire: :fire:

– If you’re going to watch one major endurance race that’s not Le Mans, make it this one

– The launch of the new DPi category (and the new-generation LMP2 cars) – Nissan! Mazda! Cadillac!

– The deepest GT Le Mans and GT Daytona fields ever, including a new Acura NSX and Lexus RC F in GTD

– In the field: 11 drivers from the 2016 IndyCar Series, the reigning Formula E champ (Buemi), reigning Le Mans/WEC series champ (Jani), last year’s WEC champ (Hartley), reigning Supercars champ (SvG), first woman to win a pro sports car title (C. Nielsen), Katherine Legge, Pipo Derani and JEFF FREAKING GORDON

Enjoy!

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