Ferrari blows up the driver market, Daniel Ricciardo blows up Cyril Abiteboul’s heart and the news cycle blows up the timeliness of our podcast.

When the flag drops the bullshit stops. Finally, with just days until the season-opening 2019 Australian Grand Prix, we’re about to get some concrete answers on just what kind of Formula One season we’re in for.
Kevin Magnussen leads a gaggle of midfield cars at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Formula One isn’t a two-tier racing category, but the 2018 season featured an undoubted class divide.

McLaren junior driver Lando Norris.
Stoffel Vandoorne is the third young driver to be chewed up by McLaren.
Stoffel Vandoorne in his garage at the 2018 British Grand Prix.
Has Stoffel Vandoorne done enough to keep his seat at McLaren?
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One, at least temporarily, at the end of the season.
Romain Grosjean on track at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.
How has the midfield fared in F1 in 2018?
Fernando Alonso is hanging up his F1 helmet — for now.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown''s job is on the line in restructuring the team in his own image.
Daniel Ricciardo is the driver market's hottest property. Could he be bound for one of F1's slowest teams?
Daniel Ricciardo would be foolish to take up McLaren's offer.
Fernando Alonso in his car at the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.
IndyCar will only be a distraction to the struggling McLaren Formula One team.
Fernando Alonso on track at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
McLaren is pinning its season on upgrades at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Stoffel Vandoorne gets out of his car on the grid at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix.
Will McLaren be the next Williams?
McLaren is pinning its season’s hopes on a major upgrade at next month’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the bloodletting for its poor start to the year has already begun, with the team reportedly axing one of its technical chiefs.
Fernando Alonso has predicted blustery weather and a slippery racetrack will combine to create another chaotic grand prix around the streets of Azeri capital Baku.
While Fernando Alonso prepares to race in this weekend’s Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he already has one eye on the first round of the World Endurance Championship starting next week.