Congratulations to Jamie and Enoch for 5 years of making the best F1 podcast on teh interwebs (at least in my severely misguided opinion anyway).
Looking back over the 5 years since the podcast started we have seen many great moments in F1 (but not F1 punditry, thanks to James Allen and Jonathon Legard). There have been countless -gates, accusations of McLaren cheating, accusations of Ferrari cheating. We witnessed the retirement and comeback of Michael Schumacher as well as Luca Badoer's comeback (all two races of it), the start of Kamui Kobayashi's F1 career and last but not least, the start of the HWNSNBM legend.
2005 saw two of the great underdog teams, Minardi and Jordan, leave the sport, the F1 career (all of the few Friday Practice sessions) of Chanoch Nissany and the Indianapolis farce which saw Tiago Montero on the podium and both Minardi's score points.
2006 was looking bleak for fans of rejectdom. Minardi had been bought by Red Bull and was used as a B team for their driver development program. This was until Soopah Aguri came along with their 2002 Arrows chassis and the epic driver lineup of Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide, who was so rejectful he had his superlicence revoked. For a few rounds he was replaced by Franck Montagny but they wanted a Japanese driver. They signed Sakon Yamamoto, also known as that bloke who's head is going to fly off. Williams had a dismal year, and recieved ROTY.
2007, Friday Practice 1 at Melbourne and Takuma Sato was 4th fastest in the Soopah Aguri, a long way ahead of the factory Honda's. Taku went on to score points in the Spainish and Canadian GP's (6th at Canada after passing Alonso on the road). Spyker had their 15 minutes of fame at the Nurburgring, with Markus Winkelhock leading his so far only GP after Mike Gascoyne made the decision to start the #21 Spyker on wets. ROTY went to Honda, for being utterly rubbish almost all season.
2008 saw a sad loss when Soopah Aguri had the rug pulled out from under their feet by Honda before the race at Istanbul, not Constantinople. Sebastian Vettel won at a wet Monza race for a team that was once Minardi, albeit without Minardi's underdog spirit. Adrian Sutil lost what would have been an excellant 4th at Monaco when Kimi the Ice(cream)man unkindly punted him at the chicane.
2009 was known for three things; Luca Badoers long awaited comeback for Ferrari, the start of Kamui Kobayashi's F1 career and most importantly, the formation of the F1 Rejects forum. Jenson Button became the first ROTY winner to win a World Championship and Fisichella came second at Spa in a Force India. There was also a little thing known as crashgate that got Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds banned from F1.
2010 saw three new teams battling it out at the back of the pack. There would have been 4 if USF1 wasn't such a failure. They recieved a ban from F1. Stefan F1 tried to enter with Toyota's old cars, but sadly failed. A little known driver named Michael made his F1 comeback and was very unimpressive.
5 years, 97 podcasts and 3 community podcasts later, the F1 Rejects podcast is still going strong. We shall sing in celebration...
Here's to the losers, bless them all.
Scorpion Racing - gonna rock you like a hurricane in 2014... hopefully.
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