Mode Push – the American View of F1
Hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez embrace the explosive popularity of Formula One racing as it has captured a newer, American audience. Buckle up for a weekly dive into race previews, race reviews, the championship fight, and driver drama. It's all wrapped into an all-encompassing podcast dedicated to the highest level of motorsport that the new F1 fan and the veteran petrol head can both enjoy. Welcome to Mode Push: An American view of F1!
The US will Have to Wait for the Next American F1 Driver
Mode Push today is an international edition as Alex Kirry is joined by his co-host Dan Jimenez from all the way across the globe as he gets some actual business done on his way to the Singapore Grand Prix next week. The guys chat about the bad news that Colton Herta, seemingly on his way to be the only American F1 driver on the grid, and the first Yank since 2007 to have an F1 seat, will have to wait longer as he was denied the chance to race for Alpha Tauri. Alex covers a little bit of the history of American drivers in F1 (its not a lot) and how we can get Ford or GM to sponsor a full team and produce its own American Power Unit. Plus, The insane travel schedule of the 2023 F1 calendar is spanning the globe more than ever and will feature 3 American cities hosting a race. Which one would you attend? Las Vegas, Miami or Austin?
A Brief History of Mercedes AMG in F1 and the Sexy Sidepod
With no race on the F1 calendar this week and as the grid preps to head to Singapore for the end of the month, hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez are taking a few episodes to take a dive into some of the history around the F1 teams, drivers and a 101 course in Formula 1 racing that has brought us from 1950 to the present. This week Alex talks about one of the most successful teams in F1 history, Mercedes AMG. You may be surprised how this team is actually more of a newbie when compared to the history of other teams on the grid. Dan then dives into the tech behind the sexy sidepod. What is the function of the modern sidepod on these cars? Red Bull has made their sidepods a key part of their design that has put them far above the other teams this season in terms of performance.
Max wins Monza and Safety Car Finishes Suck
Your hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez breakdown a rather sterile Italian GP. No two ways about it, this was probably the most boring race of the year. Max Verstappen proves that he'll win the exciting races, the boring races, in the rain, on a train...well, anyway, you get what we mean. Verstappen continues to just win as the Italian GP marks the 5th win in a row for the Dutchman and his 11th of the season. Despite the lack of an exciting finish under the safety car, there were still highlights from a race that saw another Dutchman win points in an F1 car as Nyck de Vries, sitting in for a sick Alex Albon, notched two championship points in his first day officially classified in an F1 race. Dan then breaks down some of the more nuanced rule clarifications that lead to the FIA's decision to end under the safety car rather than racing wheel to wheel at all costs. Are there seriously three weeks until the next F1 race week? Unfortunately, yes.
Monza Preview and Musical Driver Seats
The grid finishes the third leg of a European triple header with The Italian Grand Prix at historic Monza. Can Ferrari break the streak of terrible streak of bumbled strategy and poor reliability to win at their home GP? Hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez breakdown the crazy finishes and strange podiums this race has given F1 fans in the last two years and whether or not we will see something thing similar this year or if Max Verstappen and Red Bull will keep their dominant strangle hold on the WDC and the Constructor standings. Dan also talks aero setups that will be most advantageous for teams on the grid. Lewis Hamilton takes a grid penalty for a new power unit and the swirling rumors of who will be in which seats at which teams next year is still very much up in the air. Plus, as a bonus, Dan brags about going to the Singapore GP at the end of the month.
Dutch Grand Prix Recap, Lewis Hamilton Blasts His Own Team
Max Verstappen capped a dream weekend after securing pole position he drives to his 10th GP victory of the 2022 season and has, what feels like, an insurmountable lead in the Drivers' World Championship. Hosts Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry jump right in for a full breakdown of the race weekend. Mercedes joined Ferrari this week in shooting themselves in the foot to ruin their race. Lewis Hamilton shows rare moment of a foul-mouthed tirade at his own team for botching the team strategy. Plus, a look ahead to the Cathedral of Speed that is race week in Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. All F1 conspiracies welcomed.
Dutch GP Preview, The Scoop on Porpoising and an American on the Cusp of an F1 Seat
How do you consume a Gran Prix weekend? Do you watch every second of every practice session? Maybe you only dip into the highlights of qualifying or really only watch the race. On this episode of the Mode Push Podcast, Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry talk a little bit about F1 viewing habits of new and old fans alike. Dan jumps into the new technical directive and how it has changed (or not) the porpoising issue across the grid. The guys also preview the Dutch GP and some of the DRS changes that may be coming to Zandvoort this weekend as Max Verstappen is surely the favorite on the home track in front of his loyal Orange Army. Plus, Audi jumps into F1 as power unit providers in the coming years. And will Cole Herta be the next great American F1 driver? Will there ever be a next great American F1 driver? Dive in with us on another edition of Mode Push!
Spa Recap, Verstappen looks unbeatable and Hamilton/Alonso Beef
Belgium is in the books and Max Verstappen's lead widens after an impressive Red Bull 1-2 finish at Spa. Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez review the race that was the 2022 Belgian GP with early crashes and retirements that included two world champions getting into a spat on and off track while Ferrari strategists shoot themselves in the foot once again. Dan talks about why some of the FIA technical directives have worked wonders for some but Mercedes continues to struggle to find pace improvement and close the gap to Ferrari and Red Bull. Formula One continues with part two of a triple header this week with the grid moving to Zandvoort and the Dutch GP.
First Episode! Spa Preview
Meet Hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez who have embarked on a labor of love in the form of an F1 Podcast that is centered around both new fans and veterans to the sport in the U.S and abroad. Alex is a Sports Radio Host who fell in love with F1 like so many did a few years ago with the release of the super-popular "Drive to Survive" on Netflix. He's a rookie to the sport, for sure. Dan has a mechanical engineering degree, worked for Ford Motor Racing in North Carolina in a former life, still has an immense passion for the highest level of motor sports, but loves to nerd out on the technical side and history of the sport. Jump in this week as F1 comes back from an eventful summer break where the Drivers' market hit an insane level of drama and get a preview of the Belgian Grand Prix in historic Spa. Max Verstappen and Red Bull hold a sizeable lead in the Constructors' Race and the Driver Championship but Ferrari won't go down without some sort of fight in the second half. Can Mercedes get back into contention in the Big Three? Welcome to the Mode Push Podcast!