F1 Nation features discussion on Honda exit, Eifel GP, and more
On the latest F1 Nation podcast, there were topics aplenty, with the hosts going over Honda's F1 exit, the upcoming Eifel GP, and more.
The episode, beginning with the hosts discussing Honda's recent F1 exit, was unlike any other, as the installment featured only the two hosts in Tom Clarkson and Alex Jacques, albeit with one extended member of the team also joining the discussion later on.
Also discussed at the beginning of the episode was the recent announcement related to Ferrari's junior driver program, and those within it that will imminently be getting opportunities to drive in F1 sessions - a first for all of the three.
Jacques, the resident Formula 2 correspondent on the show, spoke positively of Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott - the two that will be testing in the upcoming Eifel GP. When the question was raised, however, of who might be axed in order for the seat to be filled by one of the aforementioned talents, the Brit was dissatisfied with all logical answers.
As a result, he suggested F2 teams field one-car entries, though when his co-host Clarkson floated the idea of three-car teams, he embraced it. One advert later, F1.com's Lawrence Barretto joined the show as they delved deeper into the topic of Honda leaving F1.
Barretto theorized that Honda were left dissatisfied with the initial discussions over a 2026 engine formula, which might have led them to the belief that bailing out would be the best course of action. He also admitted that success with Red Bull might not have come as quickly as they may have hoped, before adding that the Japanese manufacturer may not have been convinced that Max Verstappen will be staying with the team for years to come.
Giving his take, Clarkson pointed out that Red Bull might assume Honda's engine program and build a power unit of their own. This was viewed by all three pundits as a possibility, but they were not so confident in the theory that Mercedes could supply an engine willingly.
Subsequent discussion of how this announcement changes the landscape of the driver market ensued, with special attention being paid to how this alters the chances of Sergio Perez, and F2's Yuki Tsunoda, who seemed a shoo-in for the 2021 AlphaTauri seat.
The podcast ended with discussion over the upcoming Eifel GP at the Nurburgring, and the sort of weather that is expected. For those who have yet to witness a Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, the episode also included a guide to the the circuit with tales of each corner.
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida and edited by Darshan Chokhani]