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! 

Episodes

  • January 27, 2023

    Cadillac into F1? Plus, Drive to Survive Trailer Reaction

    With just over a month to go before the start of the 2023 Formula One season, hosts Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry chat about the latest on the Cadillac/Andretti announcement that would bring an American team into the exclusive F1 paddock, but they haven't gotten the war reception from the rest of the teams on the grid as they thought they might.  What would an American manufacturer in F1 do for the growth of the sport?  Plus, the guys watch and listen to the first glimpse at the Netflix Drive to Survive Season 5 teaser that was dropped earlier this week.  The season is getting closer and teams are frantically moving toward taking that next step to become ore competitive in 2023. Will Max Verstappen have another easy path to the WDC title for a third straight season?  Will Ferrari solve its reliability and strategic woes from 2022 that kept them from their best results?  Will Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton respond and take back the WDC and constructors title from Red Bull?  

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  • January 5, 2023

    2023 is Here! F1 Offseason Changes that Impact the Grid

    Happy New Year Mode Push Listeners...Hosts Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry kick off the New Year with a new episode as we are counting the days for winter testing, new episodes of Drive to Survive on Netflix and a more closely contested F1 Championship.  There are new team principals, an exciting new grid and still lots of unanswered questions for teams going into the season.  Alex and Dan also breakdown the awkward exchange between F1 Boss Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Red Bull Boss Christian Horner. 

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  • December 2, 2022

    How Much $$ Did the Top F1 Drivers Make in 2022?

    Hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez begin the podcast talking about the latest F1 news including the resignation of Ferrari's Technical Director Mattia Binnotto who finally stepped down after a couple of years of heavy criticism running the Mugello outfit.   The guys also ask the age old question of F1 racing...Can you be a nice guy and win an F1 title?  Max Verstappen is the latest in line of champions who is much maligned for the way he's treated his teammates for the sake of his own personal win.  Is there such a thing as a non-jerk champion?  Probably not.  Plus, Dan rolls out how much money after bonuses the top 10 best paid F1 drivers from this season.  Tons of money at the top, not so much at the bottom.   

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  • November 22, 2022

    Last Race of 2022 Season Recap, Max Crushes Records

    Max Verstappen wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and extended his season win total record along the way.  Alex Kirry, Dan Jimenez and Carlos Fortun jump into the last race of the season and the storylines that surround the final tilt at Yas Marina.  Lewis Hamilton has his first DNF of the year and his first season without a win in 15 years while the constructors race ended with little surprises and Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes finishing one, two and three in the title race.  Now, the offseason testing and winter break leads to teams planning on their 2023 set ups and new driver lineups that will certainly add to new drama for a new season on the grid.   

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  • November 18, 2022

    More Red Bull Drama, 2023 Driver Lineups and The Abu Dhabi GP

    Welcome to the final race preview of the 2022 F1 Calendar.  The year has been a long one and with so many races, changes in the upcoming year's driver lineups and teams looking forward to the 2023 championship.  Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez are joined this week by Carlos Fortun, a KSL Radio producer, who hails from Spain and has worked for NBC Sports covering F1 and has been a Formula One fan for life.  We dive into Max Verstappen and Checo Perez who have since buried the hatchet on their radio squabbles concerning Max ignoring team orders in Brazil.  Verstappen also claims that the media got it all wrong and have attacked him unfairly.  Will Mercedes be the team to beat in Abu Dhabi as Lewis Hamilton tries to end his GP victory drought from this season.  Plus, all the new drivers on the grid for 2023 and the worst driver lineups to the best.  Join us on Mode Push! 

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  • November 14, 2022

    Brazil Grand Prix Recap, Red Bull Drama, Mercedes Dominance

    The Brazilian F1 Weekend was filled with as much drama, intrigue and exciting race storylines that we wish the Formula 1 grid raced here every other week.  Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez talk about the insane storylines between Kevin Magnussen getting his first and Haas F1 Team's first poll position and Mercedes AMG off a 1-2 with George Russell cashing in on his first Formula One race win ever.  But one of the more interesting storylines is the apparent infighting between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at Red Bull where Verstappen defied team orders and shut out his teammate from extra points in that championship race.  We can't get enough of the drama.  MODE PUSH, BABY! 

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  • November 10, 2022

    How to Attend the 2023 F1 Las Vegas GP, plus Brazil Preview

    This episode of Mode Push Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez get together to try and figure out if it would be worth attending the 2023 F1 race in Las Vegas.  Dan speculates that the race it self, while glitzy and a lot of fun to promote and get excited for might not actually prove to be much of a fun race from a pure competitive standpoint.  Red Bull have already wrapped up the constructors and drivers' title for 2022 but what will next year bring?  The guys also talk about the need for a playoff type structure in F1 if they are going to be able to keep bringing in the American audience that expects a championship that isn't decided with multiple races still left on the calendar.  Alex and Dan also jump in to the Brazilian GP at Interlagos that historically has been the place that so many have been crowned champions.  Will there be much fight left in the Ferrari team when there isn't much reason to lose valuable wind tunnel time in the off season?  This and much more on another episode of Mode Push.  

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  • October 31, 2022

    Mexico Recap, Lando Fires at the Media

    The Mexico Grand Prix is in the books and Max Verstappen has won more races in an F1 race year than anyone ever! But what a boring race...Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez lament what could have been in Mexico as Max got to the front and the race was his.  Checo with a strong podium finish in his home Grand Prix wasn't enough to keep race fans glued to their seats.  The guys discuss Alonzo's string of bad luck and will Danny Riccardo really be gone next season?  Yes.  On to Brazil! 

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  • October 28, 2022

    Mexican Grand Prix Preview

    The race weekend is upon us and the Mexican Grand Prix awaits the F1 grid in Mexico City. Can Red Bull be beaten? Is it Sergio Perez's weekend to win at his home grand prix? Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez preview the race, review some of the news from the week that was in F1 and get you ready for one of the final three races remaining on the F1 calendar.  Dan also dives a little into the regulation changes and tweaks to next year's car and Alex quizzes Dan on his knowledge of the different flags that one can see waved by the race stewards during an F1 race.  subscribe, like and review the podcast.  We'd love that.  

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  • October 25, 2022

    US Grand Prix Recap

    This episode of Mode Push, hosts Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez breakdown the exciting race that was the USGP.  A race that ended up being more action packed than almost any other race this season in Formula One. Plus, as Red Bull are now winners of their first Constructor's title in 9 years, we breakdown how dominant they have been as a team this year as well as how dominant Max Verstappen has been.  Plus, why Fernando Alonzo is the REAL driver of the day. What a giant baby George Russell has become. 

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  • October 21, 2022

    Yee-haw! 'Murica Grand Prix and Red Bull Dominance

    The United States Grand Prix is here and Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry preview the race where European teams show up dressed like its Cowboy Comicon.  News surrounding the Williams seat has gotten interesting as an announcement for their second seat will be made likely on Saturday.   Alex and Dan talk also about the cost cap violations as stiff penalty from the FIA to Red Bull probably isn't coming which makes Sir Lewis Hamilton's blood boil.  Dan also breaks down the innerworkings of the Red Bull suspension that has catapulted them to an almost certain constructor's championship.  Enjoy! Like, rate, subscribe and pass the show on to everyone you know.  

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  • October 14, 2022

    Red Bull Cost Cap Penalties and Predicting the Future of F1

    Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez get into the actual punishments (or lack thereof) that Red Bull could be facing after violating the F1 cost cap in its first year with such a financial restriction.  Will Max Verstappen be stripped of his championship? Probably not.  Will Red Bull be penalized by taking a few constructor championship points?  Who knows, Dan and Alex will discuss all the scenarios.  Plus, Alex forces Dan to predict the F1 future.  Will Lewis Hamilton get his 8th championship?  Will Haas fire Gunther Steiner in the next couple of seasons?  What will the future hold for Mick Schumacher in F1?  This and many more future hypotheticals coming at you in this episode.  

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  • October 10, 2022

    Max is Champion! But the Japan GP Was a Disaster

    Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez discuss the cluster *&$! that the Japan GP was.  After all the dust (and rain) settled, Max Verstappen is your F1 World Champion!  Despite the amazing year that Verstappen and Red Bull have had, the WDC clinching race ended with more questions than answers.  The guys also discuss the still-tumultuous driver market after some drivers swap teams and a new face will officially be on the grid for next season with Alpha Tauri.  

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  • October 7, 2022

    Japan Preview and Insider Tips on Attending a GP in Person ($$$)

    Max Verstappen can wrap up the World Championship this weekend in Japan in Honda's backyard at Suzuka.  Will he do it?  The weather is looking ominous which could create a wild finishing order and push it to a clincher in Austin in two weeks.  Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez also breakdown the nitty gritty on trying to make it to an Formula One race in person.  How much is swag if you try to buy it at a track?  How good/bad are the concessions at a race?  Can you reach out and touch the drivers when they walk by like are rock stars at a concert?  Dan has all the answers including the stuff you should avoid and the things you can't miss and even the clothes you should wear at an in-person.  Plus, what will the impending cost-cap rulings shake up some of the constructors standings?  Can Ferrari screw something up?  We'll be there for it! 

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  • October 3, 2022

    Singapore Review, A Perez Masterpiece and Dimsum

    Alex Kirry and Dan Jimenez bring you a review of a very exciting Singapore Grand Prix.  Dan is on the ground in Singapore and describes the sights and sounds of one of the most intense, wild races of the F1 calendar this season.  Checo Perez fights off a penalty, Charles Leclerc and Ferrari to capture the wet and wild race at Marina Bay.  The guys chat about Max Verstappen finishing 7th, having to wait at least another week to clinch his 2nd championship.  If you've ever wondered what it would be like to travel across the world to see a race in Singapore, Dan has you covered and even describes the best food eaten along the way.  A globe-trotting episode of Mode Push to get you through the week before Suzuka Japan next week.  

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  • September 29, 2022

    Singapore GP Preview! Nascar v. F1, What's the difference?

    Dan Jimenez and Alex Kirry are your guides to the Singapore GP this weekend and its a really special episode because Dan is in Australia en route to the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore.  The guys jump into what makes this race and other night races so exciting. Plus, it isn't that tough of an equation to get Max Verstappen to clinch his second straight World Driver Championship this weekend.  Can Ferrari put up a few weeks of fight to fend off the likely champ?  The guys also explore the differences between F1 cars and Nascar...cars when it comes to engines, torque, aerodynamics,, etc.  Its a special edition of Mode Push!  

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  • September 24, 2022

    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?    

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  • September 15, 2022

    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.  

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  • September 12, 2022

    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.     

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  • September 9, 2022

    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.  

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  • September 5, 2022

    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.     

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  • September 1, 2022

    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!  

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  • August 29, 2022

    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.  

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  • August 26, 2022

    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!  

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