Mercedes’ struggles under F1’s newest set of technical regulations have facilitated a change in their ranks. James Allison and Mike Elliott have swapped roles ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the former returning as Technical Director just 20 months after handing over the baton to the latter to become Chief Technical Officer. With both Championships seemingly out of reach this year, what does Mercedes’ reshuffle mean for the team’s future prospects? Joining host Balve Bains to discuss last week’s F1 news are Asia Correspondent Michael Butterworth and Editorial Director Dieter Rencken. Following another incident where a driver suffered an injury after making contact with a sausage kerb , does the FIA need to reconsider how these are deployed around circuits? Ferrari’s right of review request for Carlos Sainz’s Melbourne time penalty was dismissed , but was this really a surprise? With former Renault F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul now in charge of Hyundai’s motorsport programme, is the Korean firm angling to join F1 in the near future ? And after an unexpected four-week break, F1 finally returns this weekend with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Will Baku live up to its reputation of exciting racing? All this and more, on this episode of the podcast!

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