As the 2019 Formula 1 season resumes, The Autosport Podcast tackles the major talking points going into the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Edd Straw, Scott Mitchell, Jake Boxall-Legge and muted chauffeur Stuart Codling report from the road to Spa to consider whether this race and the following event at Monza represent Ferrari’s last realistic chances of salvaging something from its troubled 2019 season.
Ferrari’s engine advantage is key to that discussion, and engines are also a huge factor for Red Bull’s hopes – with Honda making progress but mulling when to take inevitable penalties.
As well as assessing that situation for Red Bull, our panel analyse what Alex Albon faces this weekend as he goes into his first race up against Max Verstappen in the same team and if Pierre Gasly’s move back to Toro Rosso can have any positives.
The likelihood of an imminent announcement that Mercedes is keeping Valtteri Bottas for 2020 is among the podcast topics too, as is whether there is any life left in this year’s championship battle.
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