Choosing Sides: F1

Choosing Sides: F1

Hosted by Michael Kosta of the Daily Show and tech, culture, and F1 commentator Toni Cowan-Brown, this is "Choosing Sides: F1". Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports to more than one billion fans worldwide, with death-defying races, state-of-the-art machinery, exotic locales, and billions of dollars at stake. But to many Americans who follow only the Big Four sports, it’s still a fairly new sport that offers more questions than answers. But with now three races in the USA - Miami, Austin and Vegas - Formula 1 is growing in popularity and increasingly being discussed in spaces outside of motorsports. In season One, Daily Show correspondent Michael Kosta, got the dirt on teams, their history, and their drivers, from how they came up through the sport to the messy problems they’ve had in recent seasons. In Season Two, he's coming back to the table with more questions, and new co-host, Toni Cowan-Brown, will help Michael figure out what type of fan he is. Unlike other sports, Formula 1 offers a wide range of interesting topics - the gossip, the fashion, the logistics, the technology, the business... you get the point. New episodes of "Choosing Sides: F1" drop every Tuesday, beginning March 12th but why not binge Season One with Michael Kosta and Lily Herman in the meantime.


May 14, 2024 52 mins

Next year F1 will be celebrating its 75-year anniversary so it's safe to say there is a lot of history in this sport. In this episode, Toni is taking Michael all the way back to the very beginning of F1 to try and make some sense of the puzzle that is this sport. She's invited some very knowledgeable people to help her. Toni and Michael are joined by Matt Bishop who's been in F1 for 30+ years working for McLaren, Aston Martin and w...

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F1 teams are driven by a single focus - to make the fastest car possible. But how do they create these aerodynamic machines?  This week we will be diving into the technology of F1.  And to help us understand the tech that drives the pinnacle of motorsports is a voice you might recognize - Bernie Collins, ex-F1 mechanical and performance engineer, turned F1 strategist now a Skysports F1 commentator. Together we'll try and answer Mic...

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April 30, 2024 46 mins

For this week's episode, we have an incredible lineup to help us understand what it takes to race these cars every week and the speeds they reach. Michael and Toni were joined by Scott Mansel, Madeline Coleman and Romain Grosjean. We'll finally be answering the age-old question - Driver or car?

Scott Mansell, founder of driver 61, is  a former racing driver and YouTuber with millions of subscribers who will help us understand all ...

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April 23, 2024 40 mins

Can we have sports without entertainment? Or is sports entertainment first and foremost? What is 'WAGagadon'? In the context of F1, these questions become even more interesting and layered, as Elizabeth Blackstock puts it - "Liberty Media is currently stuck marketing a sport when they were sold entertainment."On this week's episode, we discuss all things drama, fashion, gossip and entertainment. Toni has assembled a phenomenal grou...

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April 16, 2024 42 mins

You've probably heard this saying - F1 is a travelling circus. On this week's episode, we are joined by two of the best experts to help us understand the sheer complexity of putting on every year this 'travelling circus'.Joe Pompliano is an entrepreneur and investor with a passion for breaking down the money and business behind sports. Giorgia Tirabassi is a Trackside Operations Manager at DHL Global Forwarding - DHL is one of the ...

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April 9, 2024 45 mins

Anyone who follows Toni's content knows how fascinated she is with tires - the one thing that actually touches the track and yet it’s the one thing that the teams do not have full control over. The big question is can Toni convince Michael of this? Convert him to the tire head camp. To help with this, she’s tapped the biggest self professed  tire fanatic of them all, Matt Trumpet - an F1 fan, fellow F1 podcast co-host and musician....

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April 2, 2024 34 mins

All modern sports are inundated with a seemingly endless stream of stats and data. As with everything else, F1 takes it to another level. With hundreds of sensors collecting all information possible, the F1 data fans are spoiled with endless possibilities. To better understand some of those possibilities we spoke with Tareq Nazlawy, founder of Trace - a Digital Assets Venture Studio, and Sean Kelly, F1's unofficial chief statistici...

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March 26, 2024 38 mins

In many ways, F1 is more like a chess game than a straight-out race to the finish line, but to appreciate this, Michael will need to understand the complexities behind the team's strategic thinking. We invited LMDh engineer and ex-F1 race engineer Blake Hinsey (AKA Brrrake) to help break things down for us.

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March 19, 2024 44 mins

Kosta is interested in having his name (and face!) on an F1 car. But how does one even go about that? In this installment, Toni and our experts will explain the crazy business model of F1 and to help us with this is motorsports journalist and novelist, Elizabeth Blackstock. We'll also be briefly introducing a new guest who'll be helping us later on in the season - Matt Bishop, MotorSport columnist, Racing Pride foundin...

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March 12, 2024 26 mins

This is the intro episode to season 2 of choosing sides F1 - a podcast that blends sports, cultural commentary, humor and a deep love for the pinnacle of motorsports. If our first season was all about Michael Kosta's induction into the sport, for season two, Toni Cowan-Brown (Tech and F1 commentator) takes him much deeper down the rabbit hole. 

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March 5, 2024 2 mins

Last season on Choosing Sides, we established unequivocally that  F1 is the pinnacle of motoracing. We helped co host Michael Kosta choose his team and driver and then we sent him on his jolly way. But as it turns out, F1’s newest fan is still a little confused. Season 2 co host, Toni Cowan-Brown, thinks she knows what his problem is. He hasn't figured out what kind of F1 fan he is. 

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September 20, 2022 41 mins

It's here: The season finale of Choosing Sides: F1. In this episode, Michael and Lily watch a race together and then Michael (at long last!) decides on the team and driver he wants to support as he begins his Formula 1 fan journey. Let's go!

Special thanks to all of our guests this season. This episode was produced by Lily Herman and Senior Producer Yochai Maital. Sound Design by Yochai Maital. Mastering by Sela Waisblum. Re...

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September 13, 2022 2 mins

As we get the finale ready for your waiting ears, we thought we'd take a quick moment to look back at Michael's journey - in his own words. 

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September 6, 2022 46 mins

At long last, we've reached the final team on the grid! Ever sowing the seeds of chaos, the Haas Formula 1 team has a short history filled with sketchy sponsors, firery crashes, and radically different drivers. Will it become a last-minute favorite for Michael ahead of our final episode? Listen to find out.

Special thanks to our guests: Alanis King and Elizabeth Blackstock
This episode was produced by Lily Herman and Seni...

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Alfa Romeo is often one of the forgotten "A" names on the grid, but that doesn't make it any less important. In this latest installment of Choosing Sides: F1, Lily tells Michael all about Alfa's strange history as well as its two drivers — one of whom is a favorite of hers. But will Michael agree?

Special thanks to our guests: Tatiana Calderon
This episode was produced by Lily Herman and Senior Producer Yochai Maital. Sou...

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The time has finally come for Michael to meet Williams, the F1 team that has most intrigued him over the course of the season. Will he fall for its rich history and passionate former leader Sir Frank Williams? Or much like the rest of the grid, will he leave Williams in the dust? Tune in to find out.

Special thanks to our guests: Byrd Pinkerton
This episode was produced by Lily Herman and Senior Producer Yochai Maital. So...

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August 16, 2022 42 mins

It's time to dive into a true billionaires' playground! This week, Lily and Michael unpack the bizarre history of Aston Martin (or as it's been known in recent years, Force India, Racing Point Force India, and Racing Point). They talk about the Richie Richies who've made this team what it is today and the strange 2022 Aston Martin driver lineup of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll. However, because Seb announced his retirement afte...

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August 9, 2022 39 mins

Another week, another midfield team that begins with an "A"! In this latest installment of Choosing Sides: F1, Lily and Michael discuss Red Bull's sister team AlphaTauri and what it even means to be a "sibling" to RBR. They also talk about the team's two very likable drivers, including fan-favorite Pierre Gasly and delightful (and ever off-the-cuff) Yuki Tsunoda. But at this point in both of their careers, these racers are facing a...

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August 2, 2022 38 mins

Wow, we're now comfortably in the midfield of the F1 grid! On today's episode, Lily and Michael dive into the confusing, inconsistent, and sometimes scandal-ridden history of Alpine, otherwise known until rather recently as Renault. You'll get to hear all about a second -gate called Crashgate and meet two very intriguing (and different!) drivers in the legendary Fernando Alonso and the scrappy Esteban Ocon.

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July 26, 2022 38 mins

After three weeks of two-parters, it's time for our first single-team episode. This week, Lily and Michael discuss the storied history of McLaren, which spent decades at the top of the standings before struggling in recent years. In addition to covering the very contentious Spygate scandal, the pair also address McLaren's two drivers: The rising star Lando Norris and the perennial favorite — and struggling — Daniel Ricciardo.


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