Choosing Sides: F1

Choosing Sides: F1

To more than one billion fans worldwide, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports, 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 mostly a car series confused with NASCAR. Luckily, the tides are changing. In recent years — and thanks in part to Netflix's ultra-popular Drive to Survive series — Formula 1 has finally gained a foothold in the United States. But there’s more to these teams and their drivers than simple stats, race wins, and championship standings. For instance, when did Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff become both a meme magnet and a thirst trap? How did Haas, the only current American-owned team, lose millions of dollars to a sketchy energy drink tycoon? And which driver received death threats and hired a bodyguard at the end of last season all because he crashed into a wall? In each episode, F1 expert-in-residence and walking pop culture dictionary Lily Herman will give our host, Daily Show correspondent Michael Kosta, the dirt on a team, its history, and its drivers, from how they came up through the sport to the messy problems they’ve had in recent seasons. In the end, he’ll announce the team and driver he wants to support in 2022 and beyond. Who will he choose? It’s lights out and away we go on Choosing Sides: F1. New episodes of "Choosing Sides: F1" drop every Tuesday, beginning June 28th!

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June 28, 2022 40 min

Let's get this party started! On this inaugural episode of Choosing Sides: F1, comedian Michael Kosta (of Daily Show fame) and walking pop-culture encyclopedia Lily Herman start a hilarious, engrossing journey into the world of Formula One. Our resident-F1-expert Lily takes our resident-F1-novice Michael through the basics of what makes F1 just so dramatic and obsession-worthy. They’ll dive into big questions such as, why does ...

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What’s the deal with Formula 1 racing? Is it just a bunch of European adrenaline junkies with a death wish? And how does it differ from something like the American-based NASCAR or IndyCar series? In reality, there’s way more to it. F1 combines some of the world’s great engineering feats, drivers with the athleticism of Olympians, and a captivating billionaire's playground. But while there’s never a dull moment in this sport, ho...

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