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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show that adds humour to the otherwise serious world of Formula 1. Hosted by Mithila and Kunal, this podcast offers an alternative view on the sport, business and politics of Formula 1.For your weekly dose of Formula 1 humour, search 'Inside Line F1 Podcast' on your favourite audio streaming app - we are present everywhere on the Internet.Follow us on Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook) for witty updates on F1.

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show that adds humour to the otherwise serious world of Formula 1. Hosted by Mithila and Kunal, this podcast offers an alternative view on the sport, business and politics of Formula 1.For your weekly dose of Formula 1 humour, search 'Inside Line F1 Podcast' on your favourite audio streaming app - we are present everywhere on the Internet.Follow us on Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook) for witty updates on F1.

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Great pod

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Passionate and informed news from the F1 World

Fun and entertaining

By ruebng1 - May 23 2019
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Love the energy in this show!

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
20
3
3
1
6

Great pod

By vptech10 - May 20 2020
Read more
Passionate and informed news from the F1 World

Fun and entertaining

By ruebng1 - May 23 2019
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Love the energy in this show!
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Inside Line F1 Podcast

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show that adds humour to the otherwise serious world of Formula 1. Hosted by Mithila and Kunal, this podcast offers an alternative view on the sport, business and politics of Formula 1.For your weekly dose of Formula 1 humour, search 'Inside Line F1 Podcast' on your favourite audio streaming app - we are present everywhere on the Internet.Follow us on Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook) for witty updates on F1.

Rank #1: Will The Real Lewis Hamilton Please Stand Up

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If he has any hopes of winning his third championship on the trot, the real Lewis Hamilton needs to stand up – show us the quick racer he is, minus the distractions (music, movies and Penelope Cruz). Meanwhile Niki Lauda was spotted sharing ice cream with Nico Rosberg, where was Lewis in all of this? Maybe they made Lewis wait in the car!

Hamilton is smartly planning his retirement with Mercedes – he will be building supercars and doing demos, basically becoming the next David Coulthard? With autonomous cars likely to be the biggest threat to Formula 1, guess all drivers need retirement plans (not just Fernando Alonso!).

Apart from hanging out with Lauda, Rosberg has been doing various other things we thought are Hamilton’s specialty. This includes hanging out at exotic destinations (Ibiza), posing with private jets for no apparent reason, fanboy moments with Hollywood stars and pissing off Formula 1’s sponsors. Hopefully, the next Lewis-inspired move he pulls off is winning a World Championship.

Strange things are happening in Formula One. Hamilton and Rosberg’s relationship has never been better, thanks to some dubious bonding in a Monaco swimming pool. The poster boy of capitalism, Bernie Ecclestone, is planning to do away with bonus payments for the big teams. The silly season rumours continue to fly, will Kimi stay or go?

More speed but less races, should we be excited about the 2017 season? Or is it all a marketing hoax? Britain may have voted to Brexit, but when will Formula One get the big Ecc-xit? Mclaren-Honda and Fernando Alonso continue to make a joke of themselves on and off track and we are happy to laugh along. With the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix coming up, we predict that the Red Bull Ring might need to be renamed as Mercedes Ring.

Tune in!

(Season 2016, Episode 22)

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is hosted by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This Formula One podcast offers a unique humourous view on the sport. Follow us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook and on Google+: http://bit.ly/insidelineongoogleplus

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And hear our ever popular episodes from the previous weeks:
1. Ban The DRS, Not The Radio (http://bit.ly/28N3bnu)
2. Hamilton Must Be Pissed Off With Lauda (http://bit.ly/22r6XsP)
3. Le Mans Says No To Formula 1 (http://bit.ly/22nSUUU)
4. Max Verstappen, Talent of the Century (http://bit.ly/1OxcZWf)
5. Vettel Should Replace Ecclestone As F1's CEO (http://bit.ly/1qFdh2K)

Jun 27 2016

17mins

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Rank #2: What If Hamilton Had Raced For Red Bull Racing?

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Taking cue from Christian Horner's statements, Mithila and Kunal speculate on 'what if' Lewis Hamilton had raced for Red Bull Racing from 2012. Would he still be a triple World Champion? And what about Sebastian Vettel and of course, Mark Webber?

While Horner disclosed that he encouraged Mercedes to sign up Hamilton, we wonder who encouraged Mclaren to partner with Honda. We discuss the influx of new talent in Formula 1 and if people are drunk to be joining Manor F1 Team, and maybe Mclaren too?

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we initiate a 'Hopeless Happenings' section where we talk about the return of refuelling, louder engine sounds in 2016 and Force India's on-off deal with 'Aston-off Martin'. Not to forget Toto Wolff's insulting (or flattering?) comments on his wife and former F1 driver Suzie and Kevin Magnussen's attempt to woo Renault. Tune in! (Season 2016, Episode 3)

The Inside Line F1 Podcast is hosted by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This Formula One podcast offers a unique humourous view on the sport. Follow us on Facebook: bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook and on Google+: bit.ly/insidelineongoogleplus

Follow on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://twitter.com/kunalashah)

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And hear our ever popular episodes from the previous weeks:
1. Vodka Shots On The F1 Podium? (http://bit.ly/1SxbxUc)
2. Hamilton To Blame For Mumm's Exit From F1? (http://bit.ly/1Skv1ve)
2. 2016: Year Of The Underdog (http://bit.ly/1Rk2INb)
3. May The Force Be With You, Force India (http://bit.ly/1PobhR7)
4. Ecclestone Steps Down (http://bit.ly/1Sl17Gi)
5. Time For A Prost-Pastor Bromance? (http://bit.ly/1Mw03bb)
6. Motor-mouth Hamilton (http://bit.ly/1P5gSAc)
7. Party's Over Lewis (http://bit.ly/1Mie9QX)
8. Thank God for Max Verstappen (http://bit.ly/1RNiNYN)
9. Aston Martini Racing, Err! (http://bit.ly/1NwHF7M)
10. A Russian F1 Team In The Offing? (http://bit.ly/1NG6KOt)
11. Russia vs. USA In F1 Too? (http://bit.ly/1Qj743q)
12. F1 Teams, Black Outs And Bernie Ecclestone (http://bit.ly/1jAyEhW)
13. Fernando Alonso, The Unluckiest Double World Champion? (http://bit.ly/1PJOYqW)

Jan 20 2016

11mins

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Rank #3: 26: Freddie On James: The Hunt Exclusive

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast returns after a sunny summer break from the beaches of Greece. In this week's episode, we commemorate 25 years since James Hunt and who better than his son Freddie to narrate stories, incidents and the passion of the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion. 

Did Rush add to Hunt's popularity? And what if social media existed back in the Hunt-Lauda era? Know more in our Hunt exclusive episode

We also talk to Freddie about his racing career, plans to follow his famous father into commentary and the impact of having a name as famous as 'Hunt' in the world of Motorsport. Tune in! 

(Season 2018, Episode 26)

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Aug 17 2018

27mins

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Rank #4: 36: Celebrating The Legend Of Kimi Raikkonen

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Yes, we are still celebrating Kimi Raikkonen's victory from last Sunday. But that's how it should be with Raikkonen's wins - they don't come as often, so when they do, one better celebrate it in true Raikkonen style ;-) 

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we reveal what Ferrari need to do to motivate Raikkonen to deliver as Raikkonen should. And no, this doesn't include the 'champagne on the podium' mantra. Btw, after years of needing to replace Raikkonen, are Ferrari actually replacing him at the worst possible time? Daniel Ricciardo has set his sights on the World Championship for 2021. But it might not be with Renault - his contract is till only 2020! Finally, someone go remind Chase Carey that Lewis Hamilton WILL win his 5th Formula 1 World Championship this Sunday. Tune in! 

Here's what's in store for you in this week's episode:

0:00 - 03:00: We are still celebrating a RAI win! And cheering for a pole for him before the end of the season 

3:00 - 6:00: F1 Live Miami wasn’t an accurate representation of the sport of Formula 1! We tell you why. 

6:00 - 9:00: Renault will need a BIGGER budget for their car and for their social media efforts IF they want to want to make the most of RIC’s talent and personality 

9:00 - 12:00: How closed is the talent circle in Formula 1? If only the drivers could switch teams with as much ease

12:00 - 15:00: Robert Kubica, if Formula 1 is repeatedly ignoring him, maybe race elsewhere? Formula E would be more than pleased to have him. At Nissan, maybe? 

15:00 - 18:00: What Wolff Said This Week section! (Come, LOL along!); is VET missing a mentor in Ferrari? 

18:00 - 21:00: VET needs to CTRL+ALT+DEL; a 21-race calendar finally getting to one of the drivers? Also, VET and VER preparing well for reverse grids, if they ever happen! 

21:00 - 27:00: is VER the challenger that HAM needs? Let’s pray RBR-Honda deliver in 2019; also, Lucien’s ‘Moments in Time’ 

27:00 - 30:00: BRA spoke of a sport called Football, anyone know what it is?

(Season 2018, Episode 36) 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Oct 26 2018

31mins

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Rank #5: 5: F1 Testing: Spying Is The Best Form Of Flattery

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The first official pre-season test of the 2019 Formula 1 season has only just concluded. Apart from Ferrari and Alfa Romeo's radically different (and similar?) front wings, what was our highlight of the test? This Ferrari engineer spying the Mclaren car in a not so spy-like manner. Given how testing form goes, we say that spying is the best form of flattery. Will Mclaren use this image in their sponsor presentations for the season? 

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we also talk about the other struggling Formula 1 veteran team, Williams and why it is important that fans rally in support of rather than succumb to jokes on the struggling former World Champion team. Finally, we sum up the news from the test, Rich Energy's desperate and embarrassing attempts to compete with Red Bull and how Renault needs to do better for Daniel Ricciardo, on and off track. Tune in! 

(Season 2019, Episode 05) 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes and audioBoom, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Feb 21 2019

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Rank #6: 25: F1 Needs To Apologise To Valtteri Bottas

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Every sport needs to build and worship its heroes, the current flavour for Formula 1 being Lewis Hamilton. But Formula 1 took one step too far when it asked Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's title rival, to sing praises for the reigning World Champion not once, but twice. Enough, lads. Let's respect the title rivalry between the two Mercedes drivers.

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we wonder if Esteban Ocon will eventually have to settle for a Renault in 2020 after having Mercedes dreams. Could Ocon-Renault lead to an exit from the sport for Nico Hulkenberg? By what races this year would Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton wrap up their titles? Who would you believe more when it comes to 'how tough it is to race a Formula 1 car?', Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton-Romain Grosjean? Finally, should Mercedes continue racing in Formula 1 despite not having anything left to prove? And of course, did you know that Formula 1 actually played 'Happy Birthday' on the podium instead of the national anthem for the winning driver in one of the previous editions of the Austrian Grand Prix? Tune in!

(Season 2019, Episode 25)
Here's what's in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00: If you are a Formula 1 team boss, there's one junior driver you must absolutely sign up before your rivals do

3:00-6:00: Formula 1 owes Valtteri Bottas an apology. Period.

6:00-9:00: Could Nico Hulkenberg be out of Renault (and Formula 1?) by the end of this season? Instead of a Mercedes, Esteban Ocon might have to settle for a Renault in 2020

9:00-12:00: What race will Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton wrap up their respective titles in 2019? We are currently in a season-long Mercedes advertisement. And Lewis, please don't wrap up your title in Mexico one more time

12:00-15:00: Should and will Mercedes continue competing in Formula 1? They have been unbeatable since 2014 - there's almost nothing left for them to prove

15:00-18:00: Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean, whose side are you on? The debate is about how physically exerting it is to race a Formula 1 car

18:00-end: Formula 1 needs Lewis Hamilton's 'Midas Touch' + Moments in Time with Lucien

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Jun 26 2019

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Rank #7: 20: Charles Leclerc Has Outperformed Max Verstappen

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Charles Leclerc has had a phenomenal start to his debut season in Formula 1 - better than Max Verstappen even! In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal do some math and tell you why. Well, even if they could be evenly matched on talent, is maturity one key area where Leclerc scores higher? We know such stories create controversies, but they are still worth visiting. 

Also in this episode: we try and calculate how old Fernando Alonso would be if he takes a break to race in the Indy Car Series in 2019 (or later!) with the hope to return to Formula 1 once Mclaren goes back to being a championship contender. What does Red Bull Racing mean when they say that they are 'closer than ever' to Daniel Ricciardo's contract? What's with former Williams drivers and the Venturi Formula E team? Finally, Raikkonen-Mclaren is one rumour we are hoping is true. Tune in! 

(Season 2018, Episode 20)

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Jun 28 2018

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Rank #8: 23: Motorsport's Quadruple Crown Cometh?

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If Motorsport makes it to the Olympics, would winning 'gold' become the Quadruple Crown of Motorsport? In that case, we know one driver that would chase this crown irrespective of what category of racing it may be and of course, irrespective of how old he would be then. No brownie points for guessing who we are referring to! 

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss the 2018 German Grand Prix, Renault's profit making Formula 1 operations, why Red Bull Racing should be thankful that Niki Lauda is no longer working with them and of course, which team and driver could win this Sunday. 

Also, from this episode and in the episodes prior to each Grand Prix weekend, we will have a special section called the 'Moments in Time' hosted by Lucien Byfieldt. In this section, Lucien will share interesting snippets and moments of history with all our listeners. Happy Listening! 

(Season 2018, Episode 23) 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Jul 18 2018

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Rank #9: 4: Rich Energy + Red Bull = Monster?

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In the 'battle of the energy drinks' in Formula 1, everyone is talking about Rich Energy vs. Red Bull Racing. But what about Monster? Wouldn't growing horns and wings make one a Monster? Yes, there's this and more in our episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. 

We talk about the livery reveals till date - can we also stop calling them 'car launches' please? Will Honda offer the mid-field teams a rare chance to fight for the top 3 in 2019? In which case, would you bet on Red Bull Racing fighting to be the 'best of the rest' or the winner of the Formula 1.5? Could that give us an odd Magnussen vs. Verstappen fight? Finally, we tell you why Nico Rosberg doesn't miss Formula 1. Tune in!

(Season 2019, Episode 4)

Here's what's in store for you this season: 

0:00-3:00: 'Livery and sponsor' reveals, not car launches by the Formula 1 teams, that's the truth. So why call it a 'car launch' in the first place?

3:00-6:00: The battle of the energy drinks in the world of Formula 1. Will we have a Magnussen vs. Verstappen? Doesn't the Rich Energy logo look like the halo on the Formula 1 car?

6:00-9:00: Are the mid-field Formula 1 teams not ambitious enough? Will Honda give the other teams a rare chance to fight for 3rd place? Haas-Williams-Racing Point already embarrassing Mclaren on the title sponsor front?

9:00-12:00: Will the 2020 Formula 1 Season see the return of two champions? And of course, this week's 'What Wolff Said This Week' section. Will Ocon return to Formula 1 in 2020 as a 'heavier' driver?

12:00-15:00: Oh the irony - Markus Ericsson talks of consistency being the key to success in Indy Car. Renault could blame their steering wheel for car failures in 2019. 

15:00-18:00: Red Bull Racing introduced a Spidey Mobile, while Ferrari hired Red Bull and Mercedes discards to boost their Formula 1 simulator program. Brendon Hartley to Formula E with Porsche?

18:00-end: Here's why Nico Rosberg can't be missing Formula 1 too much...

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes and audioBoom, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Feb 13 2019

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Rank #10: 1: Did Arrivabene End Up Paying For Vettel's Mistakes?

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Well, someone had to pay the price for Ferrari's debacle in 2018. But by promoting Mattia Binotto, has Ferrari promoted their best engineer in a non-engineering role? The start to 2019 has been explosive in many ways - the other being the super-entertaining and unpredictable Marrakesh ePrix. 

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss Red Bull Racing rejoicing Honda's 'party mode' for 2019, FIA's cheeky ways to get Max Verstappen to a Formula E ePrix, Mclaren's foray into professional cycling, the upcoming Race of Champions and if Esteban Ocon is already dropping hints to attract alternate employment in 2020. And of course, do you think Romain Grosjean will be in Formula 1 till 2027?

(Season 2019, Episode 1)

Here's what's in store for you this week:

0:00-3:00: Happy New Year! Happy New Season! We discuss the mad Marrakesh ePrix - Congratulations Jerome D'Ambrosio and Mahindra Racing. Max Verstappen attends his first ePrix - that is news in itself.

3:00-5:00: Could combustion engine actually go the tobacco advertising way and be banned? Is Jean Eric Vergne attempting to be Lewis Hamilton of Formula E?

5:00-8:00: Did Maurizio Arrivabene pay the price for Sebastian Vettel's mistakes in 2018? Has Ferrari made the right decision in promoting Mattio Binotto?

8:00-10:00: Romain Grosjean wishes to race in Formula 1 till 2027 - will he be able to manage this feat?

10:00-13:00: Red Bull Racing rejoicing at Honda offering them the infamous 'party mode' in 2019 - frankly, Red Bull Racing need to plan harder for their parties to be fun since Daniel Ricciardo won't be around to entertain their guests

13:00-15:00: Mclaren expand (or actually, contract) from racing on four wheels to racing on two! But, Brown's five year resurrection plan means that if Fernando Alonso was to return to Formula 1, it most certainly won't be with Mclaren

15:00-17:00: Race of Champions - what we are looking forward to and what we aren't! Also, we discuss the one aspect that Formula 1 can't afford to be slow in

17:00-end: This week's 'What Wolff Said This Week' section AND is Esteban Ocon already dropping hints to other potential racing teams for 2020? 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Jan 14 2019

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Rank #11: Inside Line F1 Podcast - Alonso To Endorse Raymond Suitings

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is produced by Rishi Kapoor and Kunal Shah. This Formula1 podcast offers a unique humourous view on the sport. Subscribe on iTunes Store: bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast or via RSS for Google or Android phones: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/18166789…podcast/tracks

Hear our previous podcasts:
1. Formula MontREAL (http://bit.ly/11UjvqP)
2. Ross Brawn's Last Season In Formula1? (bit.ly/VK49H8)
3. If Michael Schumacher Turns TV Commentator (bit.ly/13SV8Ap)
4. Kimi Raikkonen To Red Bull Racing In 2014 (bit.ly/XSsQDE)
5. 2012 Formula1 Podcast Awards (bit.ly/YChN1t)

And on the tyres saga, read why Pirelli shouldn't extend their Formula1 contract for 2014: bit.ly/Z1xeSf

Jun 18 2013

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Rank #12: 8: 22 Predictions For 2020 Formula 1 Season

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We may not have 22 races in the 2020 Formula 1 season, but in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we actually have 22 predictions for the upcoming season.

Will Lance Stroll win his battle against Q1? Will Kimi Raikkonen retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2020? Will drivers still blame Pirelli? Will Formula 1 undergo a Tik Tok revolution? Will all 10 teams sign up to race from 2021? All this + the regular predictions - who will be World Champion? Will Red Bull Racing swap drivers again? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 08)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00 - Did you know the one prediction we got bang on target? It was Max Verstappen winning on his Red Bull Racing debut

3:00-6:00 - Prediction #1 - 22 races in 2020, but it won't be as straightforward. #2, Ferrari to be 2020 Formula 1 World Champions

6:00-12:00 - All teams working on a two-spec car this year? #3, Ferrari's power unit, are the hybrid-turbo power units too complicated to govern?

12:00-18:00 - #4, all 10 teams will sign up to race from 2021. #5, Alexander Albon to race the full-season with Red Bull Racing in 2020 or will Pierre Gasly make a comeback to the A-team?

18:00-21:00 - #6, Max Verstappen will win the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix. #7, Verstappen vs. Leclerc, Red Bull Racing vs. Ferrari + Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes vs. Others. #8, Daniel Ricciardo to re-sign with Renault for 2021

21:00-24:00 - #9, Lance Stroll vs. Q1 - who will win? #10, A serious Lando Norris in 2020? Let's hope not! #11, Fernando Alonso's not coming back for Formula 1

24:00-27:00 - #12, Kimi Raikkonen to retire from Formula 1? #13, Nico Hulkenberg will return to Formula 1 in 2021.

27:00-30:00 - #14, Haas will continue in Formula 1 + they will have a driver change in 2021. #15, Valtteri Bottas 3.0 in 2020 - but will he beat HAM? #16, Mercedes will continue in Formula 1, too. As will Toto Wolff & HAM with Mercedes

30:00-33:00 - #17, Sebastian Vettel will renew with Ferrari, too. Or would you like to see him race for Red Bull Racing? #18, Driver will still blame Pirelli in 2020. #19, George Russell to score a point! A 3rd season with Williams just doesn't make sense for Russell

33:00-end - #20, Mclaren to score a podium, but will we miss them on the TV feed still? #21, Formula 1 to take to Tik Tok in 2020. #22, the 2020 Formula 1 season will be a fun one, enjoy it!

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Mar 05 2020

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Rank #13: Does Cricket Feel The Same As F1 Did?

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Sachin Tendulkar has finally announced his retirement; will Cricket fans feel what Formula1 fans did when Michael Schumacher retired? And of course, we celebrate Sebastian Vettel's superlative drive in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix.

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is produced & hosted by Rishi Kapoor and Kunal Shah. This Formula1 podcast offers a unique humourous view on the sport.

Subscribe on iTunes Store: bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast or via RSS for Google, Android, Blackberry or Windows phones: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/18166789…podcast/tracks or on MixCloud: www.mixcloud.com/insidelinef1podcast/

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Hear our previous podcasts:
1. When 23 Cars Raced In Formula1 (http://bit.ly/1bF4958)
2. iPhone5S-ebastian (bit.ly/1boTzLT)
3. Hips Don't Lie (bit.ly/14VKxEY)
4. Let Us Save Formula1 (bit.ly/1722T59)
5. Ecclestone Checkmates The Indian GP (bit.ly/13sycDL)
6. Our Secret Tyre Test With Pirelli (bit.ly/147Hdof)
7. F1 Drivers & Their Brand Endorsements (bit.ly/10wLV0g)
8. Ross Brawn's Last Season In Formula1? (bit.ly/VK49H8)
9. If Michael Schumacher Turns TV Commentator (bit.ly/13SV8Ap)
10. Formula1 Podcast Awards (bit.ly/YChN1t)

And on the tyres saga, read why Pirelli shouldn't extend their Formula1 contract for 2014: bit.ly/Z1xeSf

Oct 15 2013

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Rank #14: 41: Lewis Hamilton's Great American Dream

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Unless there's a twist of fate, Lewis Hamilton will finally win a Formula 1 World Championship at the United States Grand Prix - and it's gonna be one helluva party. Any guesses who'll be on the guest list? Any guesses which celebrity guest will wish Hamilton on his pit-to-car radio? And of course, Liberty Media have much to celebrate too. They've managed to release the bold rule book for 2021.

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we also talk about the F1 Live Festival's Triple Donut Challenge, Helmut Marko's surprise admission regarding Daniil Kvyat, Nico Hulkenberg's love for American steak and burgers, celebrating 100 Grands Prix for Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr., Fernando Alonso's absence from the race in Austin, Formula 1 blunders with TV graphics and more. Tune in!

(Season 2019, Episode 41)

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Oct 31 2019

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Rank #15: 14: Sebastian Vettel Is Trolling The Trolls ;-)

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Sebastian Vettel - from spinning on track, he's now spinning in the simulator. Is this Vettel's way of trolling his trolls? Let's remember, the German has an impeccable sense of humour too. Instead of wins, pole positions and fastest laps, his spin count (4 in the last 10 races) leads the chatter among Formula 1 fans. One thing is for sure, Vettel will bounce back. But which race will it be? 

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss the celebrations around Formula 1's 1000th Grand Prix, a possible Verstappen-Ocon pairing at Mercedes, which driver prodigies will place his hands on the title trophy first - Leclerc or Verstappen, Formula E's new ambassadors - Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton and of course, the possible addition of a Q4 to our ever-so-fun qualifying session. By the way, there's a 'What Villeneuve Said This Week' section. But worry not, it isn't replacing our ever-famous 'What Wolff Said This Week' section. Okay, now tune in! 

(Season 2019, Episode 14)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode: 

0:00-3:00: The questions that the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix could answer. And do you really care if this is Formula 1's 1000th Grand Prix?

3:00-6:00: Aero changes or not, will the Williams car overtake any of their rivals on-track this season? Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton - Formula E's best ambassadors?

6:00-9:00: Will Lewis Hamilton be remembered for ending the Formula 1 careers of two former World Champions - Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel too?

9:00-12:00: Sebastian Vettel trolling the trolls - are you one of them? Watch out. And did you know why Lewis Hamilton hasn't watch the Netflix-F1 show?

12:00-15:00: Verstappen-Hamilton or Verstappen-Ocon to race for Mercedes in 2020? How soon before we see a Verstappen vs. Leclerc for the title battle? Which driver would be the first to place his hand on the coveted trophy?

15:00-18:00: This is a fantastic era to be a Motorsport fan - we tell you why. Should we add a Q4 section to qualifying from the 2020 Formula 1 Season? We discuss the pros and cons. And the 'What Villeneuve Said This Week' section.

18:00-end: Lucien's 'Moments In Time' of the Chinese Grand Prix + predictions

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes and audioBoom, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Apr 11 2019

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Rank #16: Will The FIA Ban The Shoey?

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Nico Rosberg is lucky that Mercedes built him a tank that went through the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix undamaged. Rosberg was lucky on multiple other counts too, including that he had a clean getaway (the Mercedes cars can’t take that for granted anymore) and the two VSC periods that helped him climb back up the order.

Daniel Ricciardo had a great result to win the race. Will drivers not want to be on the podium with Ricciardo though, given his love for the ‘shoey’ (gross!)? Mark Webber was smart, he threw away Ricciardo’s shoe – the other podium victims need to learn from him. Given how much the FIA loves clamping down on everything that’s fun in F1, maybe they will ban the shoey on the podium too? A BIG thank you to Red Bull Racing for allowing Ricciardo and Verstappen to race fair and square. Ricciardo managed to do what not a lot of drivers have done this season – he kept Verstappen behind on-track (he claims to have learnt this from Verstappen himself!)

Lewis Hamilton made the race interesting – not sure if it was thanks to his engine failure, post-race comments (or both!). Hamilton believes that ‘something or someone doesn’t want him to win this year’ – and he’s right. We tell you who this person in the Mercedes garage is, who has been mercilessly trying to keep Hamilton from winning.

Nico Rosberg’s penalty was strange. It seems that the FIA does not want drivers to overtake on track at all! Rosberg has notched up so many penalties this season that he’s halfway to a race ban. Clearly, 'someone or something' is conspiring against him to get him so many penalties!

Hamilton’s bad luck was Mercedes’ bad luck – they lost their second attempt at equaling the record for the most consecutive wins in Formula 1. Speaking of records, Jenson Button notched up 300 Grand Prix starts – and McLaren celebrated this by turning their paddock into an English pub (luckily no shoeys on offer there).

Ferrari’s race was like how their whole season has been – all talk. Surprisingly, Raikkonen is outperforming Vettel. Perhaps Vettel go the Alonso way if Ferrari are unable to deliver a winning package in 2017! Is McLaren now part of the midfield teams with Williams and Force India? If so, they’re still at the bottom of that mid field.

BMW recently announced their motorsport program and it doesn’t feature F1, but does include Formula E and the WEC. We guess they’ve been listening to Fernando Alonso’s criticism of the sport and decided to stay out!

Here’s the big question: Can Hamilton still win the World Drivers' Championship? Of course! 5 races, 125 points to go. Let's hope a clutch, an engine or swapping of teams doesn't decide this year's champion.

Suzuka is up this weekend, and it promises to be a real cracker. Will it be a Mercedes 1-2 again, or can Red Bull Racing challenge them?

Tune in!

(Season 2016, Episode 32)

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Oct 02 2016

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Rank #17: 33: In F1, Ferrari = Google, Mercedes = Apple

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The Ferrari vs. Mercedes battle in the current Formula 1 season is like the Google vs. Apple battle in the world of smartphones. There's little doubt why Mercedes have managed to come out on top for two consecutive seasons. Tune in to hear more on this analogy. 

Also in this week's episode, we have Lucien's 'Moments in Time' section where we remind our viewers that there is more to our Russian Grand Prix memories than Daniil Kvyat's torpedo moment. Will Daniel Ricciardio's haste with Renault turn into waste? Is it cheaper to pay for a young driver's seat elsewhere than run a third car altogether? And have we seen the first signs of a crack in the otherwise strong relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari? Tune in! 

A summary of this episode and what is discussed when: 

00:00-3:00 - Hello & Welcome! :D 

03:00-05:00 - Why Ferrari is like Google and why Mercedes is like Apple…

05:00-09:00 - Will we have a USA vs. Russia in Formula 1 too? Or will it be a USA vs. China? And how is it that Mr. Putin isn’t doing a demo run in a Formula 1 car to promote the upcoming Russian Grand Prix?

09:00-11:00 - RIC-Renault, let’s hope haste doesn’t make waste

11:00-13:00 - VET, VER, LEC and GRO on sports psychologists. 

13:00-16:00 - BOT’s ambitions & aspirations, can he win a race before the end of this season? OCO-KUB pairing at Williams? VAN to Formula E? 

16:00-18:00 - ‘What Wolff Said This Week’ section! 

18:00-21:00 - Moments in Time with Lucien 

21:00-23:00 - A first visible crack in the VET-Ferrari relationship?

23:00-25:00 - VER-RBR talking like Mclaren-ALO did in 2017? Did RBR talk to ALO behind VER’s back for RIC’s seat in 2019?

(Season 2018, Episode 33)

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Sep 27 2018

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Rank #18: Ocean's Eleven To Bernie's Eleven

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Formula1 in Las Vegas! What would it be like? And of course, 'pole position' would get a new meaning altogether. Come tune in to the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.

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Oct 22 2014

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Rank #19: 49: 8 Drivers Who Wouldn't Be Champ Even With Mercedes

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Max Verstappen has made a fresh claim on how easy it would be to become a World Champion with Mercedes. 60% of the current grid could win the title if they raced Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, claimed Verstappen. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss the other 40%! Basically, we guess the list of 'Drivers Who Wouldn't Be World Champion Even In A Mercedes'. Is your favourite driver on the list? 
Also in this episode, Liberty Media are finally following Bernie Ecclestone's talent policy. They're busy scouting a seat for Fernando Alonso. Ferrari are already making noise about their 2020 Formula 1 season while Red Bull Racing are 14 days ahead of schedule. Helmut Marko has targeted 5 wins in 2020 too. But this time he's also added a World Championship to the team's target. When last did a driver be crowned a World Champion after winning only 5 races in the season? Tune in! 

(Season 2019, Episode 49)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:


0:00-3:00: You can actually celebrate a Formula 1-themed Valentine's Day in 2020

3:00-6:00: Ferrari's 2020 car to have more drag, more downforce, more top-speed and hence, attract more controversies too? Did Sebastian Vettel get influenced by the vegan documentary (The Game Changers) on Netflix?

6:00-9:00: Liberty Media finally following Bernie Ecclestone's footsteps to have the best talent racing in Formula 1. They're scouting for a seat for Fernando Alonso

9:00-12:00: Will Red Bull Racing bring their Bahrain-spec car to the 2020 Australian Grand Prix? Helmut Marko's targets for Red Bull Racing in 2020 - 5 wins & a World Championship! When last did a driver win 5 races and go on to win the World Championship? Any guesses?

12:00-15:00: Max Verstappen's claim - 60% of the grid can be World Champion in Mercedes. We name 8 drivers (the balance 40%) who would be on the 'Drivers Who Couldn't Be World Champion In Mercedes'

15:00-18:00: We reveal Formula 1's plans to keep us engaged and hooked onto the sport till the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

18:00-end: What Chase Carey Said This Week - it was mostly about Formula E being a street party and not a threat to Formula 1. You think so, too?

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Dec 19 2019

25mins

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Rank #20: 35: Please Don't Take Away Our Chequered Flag

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Will Lewis Hamilton clinch his 5th World Championship title at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix? Will Donald Trump follow Vladimir Putin’s lead and attend the race at the Circuit of the Americas? Well, what we are more concerned about is Formula 1 not replacing our beloved and iconic chequered flag with a digital version next season. 

Also in this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we express surprise at how soon before Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi’s records in Formula 1 and MotoGP (respectively) could be broken. It seems funny to see Lance Stroll give ‘Formula 1 career advice’ to Mick Schumacher. And of course, at Liberty Media’s home race, we applaud their marketing efforts, but wonder if they are running out of time to implement their changes for 2021. Tune in! 

Here’s what’s in store for you: 

0:00 - 3:00: Donald Trump would prefer HAM winning his fifth title in the USA over Mexico. But of course! 

3:00 - 5:00: The average age of the American Formula 1 is 59 years! Yikes! Will Formula 1 run out of time to implement changes for 2021?

5:00 - 8:00: Addition in 2019: rear-wing end-plate lights; will they work as turn indicators?

8:00 - 11:00: MSC and ROS’ records are out to be broken very soon; can Formula 1 rivalries be like they are in the world of boxing? 

11:00 - 14:00: Could ALO have won the title for Ferrari in 2018…you think so?

14:00 - 17:00: How is ALO still 7th in the WDC? HOW!? The mid-field battles are really intense. 

17:00 - 20:00: Digital Chequered Flag in Formula 1? No, PLEASE, NO!

20:00 - 23:00: We understand why RBR refused VER to test a MotoGP bike; btw, COTA has installed a ‘Verstopper’ & Mithila’s ‘What Wolff Said This Week’ section 

23:00 - 26:00: From no seat in 2019, to a seat with Mercedes in 2020…too good to be true?

26:00 till the end: Moments in Time by Lucien, Predictions & Bye-Bye!

(Season 2018, Episode 35) 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes, audioBoom and the BookMyShow Jukebox, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business of Formula 1.

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Oct 18 2018

32mins

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38: Verstappen-Red Bull: A Small Chance To Win In Spain?

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Could Mercedes be challenged by Max Verstappen-Red Bull Racing at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, too? From how we see it, there might be a small chance. And if are you Max Verstappen, that's probably enough. For starters, the track temperature will be warmer - teams are used to testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in February and racing in May. The mid-August summer could see higher than normal track temperatures - one of the few factors that can rattle the otherwise robust Mercedes cars. And of course, the higher downforce and flowing nature of the circuit that loads the front-left tyre.

Also in our Pits To Podium segment, we discuss possible tyre strategies for the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel's new chassis, Sergio Perez's return, George Russell's Saturday heroics and the ultra competitive mid-field battle. Tune in to hear our '5 things to watch for' for this weekend's race.

(Season 2020, Episode 38)

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Aug 13 2020

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37: Maximum Verstappen Wins 70th Anniversary GP

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At the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing delivered a superlative performance backed by a bold strategy to halt Mercedes' dominant run in 2020 and score their first victory of the season. In this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal discuss Verstappen's max-imum drive, Pirelli's 'ballooning' tyres, Mercedes' blisters and Charles Leclerc's Alonso-esque climb to fourth.

And of course, what does Valtteri Bottas need to do to change his fortunes? Is Sebastian Vettel the recipient of 'The Kimi Raikkonen' treatment from Ferrari? We decode lap times to try solve the mystery of Nico Hulkenberg's suspicious third pit-stop and more. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 37)

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Aug 09 2020

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36: F1 Teams Reallocate €400,000 In Annual Budget For 2021

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Could the FIA be setting a new precedent in Formula 1 after their ruling in the Renault-Racing Point protest? Picture this for 2021: a team could copy a rival's car (the Racing Point way!), pre-pay €400,000 as a penalty to the FIA, start the season with -15 points and go racing!

In this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal discuss the ruling - one that still allows Racing Point to retain their competitive advantage. Will Mercedes be implicated at some stage? How deep can this protest against Racing Point's copying of Mercedes' W10 go? Tune in!

Btw, here's our '5 things to watch for' episode for the upcoming 70th Anniversary Grand Prix!

(Season 2020, Episode 36)

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Aug 07 2020

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35: 70th Anniversary GP: 5 Things To Watch For

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The 70th Anniversary Grand Prix will be Formula 1's second-ever back-to-back race at the same venue. In this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal discuss the 5 things to watch for in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Will Mercedes embarrass their rivals one more time? Can Pirelli's soft tyres induce different tyre strategies that could bring Max Verstappen in the mix for P2 at least? Will Racing Point recover to be the kings of the mid-field or will it be Mclaren yet again?

Also, will Formula 1 treat us to some special content to celebrate this feat? Could Nico Hulkenberg end up racing for more than one team in 2020? Will teams opt for a lower downforce setup for the second race at Silverstone? Tune in to get a round-up of the stories to look forward to for the 2020 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

(Season 2020, Episode 34)

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Aug 06 2020

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34: 3 Wheels On His Wagon, Hamilton Raises The Bar Further

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Lewis Hamilton's win at the 2020 British Grand Prix was probably the most-dramatic and luckiest of his career. After all, the six-times World Champion crossed the finish line with only 3 working wheels on his wagon! Unfortunately for Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr., they suffered a far worse fate with similar tyre troubles. Pirelli will be bringing a set of tyres that are a step softer than the ones used in the first race at Silverstone. Will this be a cause of concern for Formula 1?

Also in this Pits To Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal discuss Charles Leclerc's surprise podium for Ferrari - is he punching far above his weight? Are Racing Point the biggest underachievers of the season yet? Can Valtteri Bottas resurrect his title aspirations? Were the FIA correct in penalising Alexander Albon for his tangle with Kevin Magnussen? All this and more in our post-race debrief of the 2020 British Grand Prix. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 33)

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Aug 02 2020

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33: Ferrari To Get Lapped At Silverstone?

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Mercedes' domination has been confirmed for the 2020 Formula 1 Season. But as we look forward to the 2020 British Grand Prix, the question is - how far ahead are they of the competition? Will we see aggression or frustration for Valtteri Bottas? The back-to-back races at Silverstone are to Lewis Hamilton's advantage - could he extend his gap in the Drivers' Championship? 

In our Pits To Podium segment, we tell you why the battle for P2 in the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship could be where the entertainment is. Max Verstappen vs. the Mercedes drivers followed by Racing Point vs. Red Bull Racing vs. other protesting teams. But what about Ferrari, how far back will they be on a circuit with fast-flowing corners? In fact, will the circuit characteristics give Mclaren an advantage over their midfield rivals? And of course, it will continue to be worse for all Ferrari-powered teams. All this and more in our '5 things to watch for' series for the upcoming British Grand Prix. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 33)

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Jul 30 2020

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32: Working In F1 Media & Communications | William Ponissi, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN

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Ever wondered what's it like to work in Formula 1? We have kickstarted a special series - 'Working In F1', that will bring to you paddock personalities who tell you exactly how it is to work in Formula 1.

In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we have William Ponissi (Senior Communications Manager, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN) who explains the role of media and communications in a Formula 1 team. Will-P, as he's been fondly called since his days with the Force India F1 Team, explains the joys, the challenges and the hectic schedules that come along with the job.

Are you interested in a media and communications role in Formula 1 or with a Formula 1 team? Will-P shares his pre-Formula 1 journey and explains how one can build eligibility. And of course, we ask him how it is to work with the charismatic Kimi Raikkonen! Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 32)

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Jul 23 2020

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31: Hungarian GP Debrief: Verstappen Goes From Pits To Podium

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Did you have a jaw-dropping moment too when Max Verstappen crashed into the barriers while on his way to the grid of the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix? Helmets off to the Red Bull Racing mechanics! And of course, to Max for a brilliant opening lap and for fending off Valtteri Bottas' podium charge.

Did you enjoy the opening race chaos that ensued thanks to the changing weather conditions? Did Haas' wet tyre option shock you, too? Did Ferrari's decision to put Charles Leclerc on the soft tyre not surprise you? Btw, exciting wheel-to-wheel battles between Leclerc and Norris-Sainz. Didn't you expect Sebastian Vettel to hold his own against Alexander Albon?

Did you cheer Lance Stroll's drive to fourth place? Or were you disappointed that the Racing Point cars missed scoring a podium! And of course, did you cheer for yet another Lewis Hamilton masterclass? There's a lot more in our Pits To Podium race debrief that you will enjoy. Tune in to relive the key moments from the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix with us.

(Season 2020, Episode 31)

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Jul 19 2020

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30: Norris' Last-lap Moves Like A Hollywood Action Flick

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Lando Norris' last lap moves have made headlines and even memes! In fact, Norris & Mclaren's execution seems just so Hollywood-like - with Norris' engineer giving precise instructions over the pit-to-car radio. And of course, 'Scenario 7' will be remembered for the time to come. Are we in for another Mclaren treat in Hungary, too?

This episode is an Inside Line F1 Podcast and Pits To Podium special. Look out for the '5 things to watch for in the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix' and the paddock stories we've been tracking - 'Drop A Driver, Hire Vettel', that being the theme for a few teams. Does Lawrence Stroll need a reality check or do we?

Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 30)

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Jul 16 2020

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29: Styrian GP Debrief: Mid-Field Entertains, Mercedes Dominates

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The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix confirmed our fears - Mercedes will dominate Formula 1 for yet another season while Max Verstappen will be the closest challenger. In this Pits To Podium segment of our show, we discuss how the mid-field teams and drivers entertained throughout the second race at the Red Bull Ring.

Also in this episode: we discuss the hashtag battle that was eventually settled in favour of the #StyrianGP, Hamilton's pole position followed by dominant win, Bottas' battle with Verstappen, Alexander Albon's worrying gap to the top-3, Sergio Perez's charge from 17th, Carlos Sainz Jr.'s qualifying form, Mclaren's team work followed by Lando Norris' last lap fireworks (again!) and Stroll-Ricciardo's incident. And of course, Ferrari's double retirement triggered by Charles Leclerc's impatient move. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 28)

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Jul 12 2020

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28: A Gag Clause in Alonso's Renault Contract?

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Yes, that's the ONE clause that will come handy for Renault IF they are unable to deliver to Fernando Alonso's expectations. None of Renault's previous drivers have been as vocal about the team's inability to deliver a strong package season after season. But we all know that it will be different with the mercurial Alonso - in the media and on radio! He gives his best and doesn't settle for any less in return. Let's see how Renault rise up to the occasion.

But can Alonso-Renault win again in Formula 1? OR will Alonso make up the numbers like Kimi Raikkonen (err!)? Anyone expecting the latter is probably unaware of Alonso's prowess, determination and approach to Motorsport and Formula 1. Join us on this Pits To Podium segment of our show as we welcome the former double World Champion back to Formula 1.

In this episode - F1 is the BIG winner in the Alonso-Renault reunion, why Renault couldn't/didn't wait for a junior driver, why betting on Renault under the new regulations might not be a bad idea after all.

(Season 2020, Episode 28)

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Jul 08 2020

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27: Mercedes Win But Chinks In Armour Exposed

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Unsurprisingly, Mercedes are the class of the field this season, too. But the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix did expose a few chinks in their armour. We discuss them in our Pits to Podium race debrief along with the other talking points - Hamilton-Albon's incident, Vettel's spin, Leclerc & Norris' charge to the podium. Finally, we wonder if Racing Point should be pleased with a non-podium finish.

And there's more in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast: we explain the context behind Romain Grosjean's 'unacceptable that Lewis Hamilton earns $40mn' statement. Should we still be surprised by Red Bull Racing's decision to favour Max Verstappen over others? Finally, should Sebastian Vettel have received penalty points for not wearing his mask? Such are the times we live in.

(Season 2020, Episode 27)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - Same circuit, same team-drivers but we WON'T have the same podium in Race 2 in Austria or the 2020 Steiermark Grand Prix. A surprise result is great for Formula 1...but not for our fantasy league scores
3:00-6:00 - Romain Grosjean's 'unacceptable that Lewis Hamilton earns $40 mn' statement had a crucial context that most missed
6:00-9:00 - Lando Norris, what a wonderful addition to the podium line-up! Btw, did Mercedes not inform Lewis Hamilton of his gap to NOR on the last lap?
9:00-12:00 - Helmets off to the FIA and Formula 1 for a safe start to the 2020 Formula1 season. Let's hope the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix is a template they can re-use at other venues to bring us more races
12:00-15:00 - We found three chinks in Mercedes' armour. Also, did Valtteri Bottas purposely slow down on the last lap of the race to bump Lewis Hamilton lower down the order?
15:00-end - Pits To Podium Debrief: 2020 Austrian Grand Prix

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Jul 06 2020

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26: 10 Headlines That Will Dominate F1 2020

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Will Honda bring Red Bull-Verstappen into the title fight? Will the Black Arrows create history? And then what about the Pink Arrows? Will they lead the mid-field battle? Not just Ferrari, it'll be Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari that'll create headlines. Let's hope we see 'vintage Seb!' At least 6 drivers will fight for 7th place in the Drivers' Championship - each with a hope to race in a better car come 2021.

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast: will the uncertainty of the 2020 Formula 1 calendar favour some over the others? Likewise for the long off-season, would certain drivers have benefited from a 'pause and reflect' approach? Is Formula 1 ready to let Kimi Raikkonen retire? And finally, will Bernie Ecclestone be banned from entering the Formula 1 paddock? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 26)

Hear our previous episode:
22 predictions for the 2020 Formula 1 season

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - It's RACE WEEK - for the next three weeks! Why focus will be on Honda all through F1 2020. In Honda, we need to trust if we want to enjoy a Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton for the title

3:00-6:00 - More than just Ferrari, it'll be Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari who will make headlines in F1 2020. Will he, won't he go all bonkers and race like 'vintage Seb' did?

6:00-9:00 - Charles Leclerc is now the driver under pressure to win Ferrari their next Drivers' Championship. Black Arrows, will they dominate in F1 2020, too? Can Valtteri Bottas score a surprise title win this season?

9:00-12:00 - The form factor of the Pink Arrows will turn heads. They should lead the mid-field battle. But is their driver line-up their Achilles' heel?

12:00-15:00 - At least six drivers will compete for the seventh place in the Drivers' Championship. They'll all want to impress for the two works team seats that are up for grabs - Mercedes and Renault

15:00-18:00 - Is Formula 1 ready to deal with Kimi Raikkonen's retirement? Let's hope Raikkonen isn't booted out of Alfa Romeo to make room for Mick Schumacher!

18:00-21:00 - Is Fernando Alonso waiting to see Renault's form in F1 2020 before deciding to join them from 2021? Renault needs to showcase it's capabilities to potential drivers, too.

21:00-24:00 - Formula 1 is expected to race at new circuits. Expect new venues + the uncertainty of the calendar to spice up F1 2020. Would the long off-season have helped certain drivers re-energise and mount a fresh attack this season?

24:00-end - Will F1 2020 allow Liberty Media to evolve Formula 1's business model? The silliest battle to follow this season might be Bernie Ecclestone vs. Formula 1! Has Formula 1 banned Ecclestone from entering the paddock?

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Jun 30 2020

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25: 50 Years Of Sauber: From Parents’ Basement To F1 Paddock

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2020 is a year of landmarks - Formula 1's 70th year and also, '50 Years of Sauber' in Motorsport. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss our interview with the architect of Sauber Motorsport, Mr. Peter Sauber.

Also in this episode, we share the Pits To Podium segment where we celebrated Sauber's journey through Motorsport and Formula 1. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 25)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - F1's 70 years, Paul Ricard's 50 years and Sauber's 50 years - don't their commemorative logos look similar?

3:00-6:00 - We discussed '50 years of Sauber' with Peter Sauber. You can read the full interview on our blog
Gist of our interview - why Sauber chose Kimi Raikkonen over Red Bull in 2001, Sauber's secret to attracting solid technical partnerships and Sauber's most under-rated achievement over the 50 years. Btw, did you know that Peter Sauber built and raced his first car - the C1?

6:00-end - Pits To Podium segment with Soumil and Kunal - celebrating 50 years of Sauber

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Jun 27 2020

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24: Should F1 Add Fake Crowd Noise To TV Broadcast?

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Football has had fake fans and fake crowd noise in their TV-only formats. Should Formula 1 follow suit? Does Formula 1 actually need crowd noise in their broadcast? In fact, do you distinctly hear crowd noise while watching the sport on TV? We discuss the considerations that might go into making a decision on whether or not to add fake crowd noise to Formula 1's TV broadcast.

Also in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss the impact of Andy Cowell's departure from Mercedes, Daniel Ricciardo's positioning in Formula 1 and why it's necessary for his career and how there's a limited sale in Formula 1 and most of us might not be invited. Did you know that Red Bull Racing are on the same path as Williams and Mclaren have been since their inception? Finally, will face masks sport sponsor logos once we resume racing in Austria? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 24)

ANNOUNCEMENT: We've launched a video channel - Pits To Podium. Come check it out!

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - Should Formula 1 add fake crowd noise to their TV broadcast? Can you really hear crowd noises when you watch Formula 1 on TV?

3:00-6:00 - Btw, did you know that we already have fake overtaking in the sport? Also, look forward to the new TV graphics - the car performance graphic specifically when we resume racing

6:00-9:00 - Mercedes will miss Andy Cowell's expertise when the new power unit regulations are put in place for the 2026 Formula 1 season. Are stable regulations not of interest to engineers?

9:00-12:00 - There's a sale in Formula 1 and only a few wealthy people are invited! Williams and Mclaren are politically irrelevant in Formula 1?

12:00-15:00 - Red Bull Racing are on the same path as Williams and Mclaren have been on since their inception - privateer teams relying on strong technical partnerships to succeed in Formula 1

15:00-18:00 - Will Haas buckle under economic pressure and work with Ferrari to promote junior talent from the Ferrari Driver Academy in exchange for moolah or discounts on parts?

18:00-21:00 - We decode Daniel Ricciardo's positioning and applaud his making it to Forbes' list of highest paid athletes. Could Daniel Ricciardo be Red Bull Racing's replacement for Max Verstapen...if the Dutchman deflects?

21:00-24:00 - The Hamliton Commission, Formula 1's 'We Race As One' & Jamie Chadwick's fortified efforts to become the next female driver in Formula 1

24:00-end - Will face masks show up with sponsor logos? Did you know that Formula E and Formula 1 share the same ancestry?

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Jun 22 2020

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23: F1 2020 Driver Ratings - An Impractical Joke?

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F1 2020's driver ratings have created a furore among fans. Whether it's Valtteri Bottas' 99 rating in the awareness column or Lance Stroll's pace rating being better than Esteban Ocon's or that Romain Grosjean's overall rating is better than Kevin Magnussen's - the driver ratings have brought us more laughs than a serious discussion. Btw, Nicholas Latifi's overall low rating and Alexander Albon's rating being lower than his Alpha Tauri counterparts are the few ratings that make some sense. There's more in our Pits to Podium segment in this week's show. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 23)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-7:00 - Where F1 2020, the video game, stands within Formula 1's marketing funnel for new fans

7:00-end - The obnoxious, controversial and outrightly bizzare 'driver ratings' introduced in the F1 2020 video game 

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Jun 16 2020

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22: Bottas Upsets F1 By Ending Vettel-Mercedes Saga?

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Valtteri Bottas - what have you just done? By confirming Mercedes' lack of interest in Sebastian Vettel, you've literally just blown F1's best off-season talking point to pieces. Thanks, but no thanks for the anti-climax to the Vettel-Mercedes saga. We understand that you needed the clarity, but maybe the fans didn't? Carey & co. will have to find another big ticket story to keep fans engaged in this long off-season. But honestly, were you one of those who really believed that Mercedes would field a Vettel-Hamilton pairing in 2021?

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we talk about Formula 1's masterstroke of a marketing idea to host Ferrari's 1000th Grand Prix at their home circuit in Mugello. Sorry MotoGP, but Formula 1 is first love. Should circuits waste money trying to fill up the empty stands? We tell you why Silverstone's 'cardboard fan' idea might not be a smart one. Will Formula 1 fly ALL reserve drivers to the races in 2020? And finally, Renault are already switching focus to the 2026 Formula 1 season. Yes, you read that right. Oh, and before you go - Bernie Ecclestone is helping Williams find a buyer / investor. Do you think he'll keep a finder's fee? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 22)

ANNOUNCEMENT: We've launced a video channel - Pits To Podium. Come check it out!

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - Valtteri Bottas plays party pooper to the Vettel-Mercedes saga. He needed to know, we didn't!

3:00-6:00 - Mika Hakkinen's immense belief in Valtteri Bottas to be a Formula 1 World Champion. Will 2020 be his last chance, if at all?

6:00-9:00 - Formula 1 is managing two calendar in parallel - the original and the revised 2020 calendar. Also we don't foresee a single street race in 2020, do you?

9:00-12:00 - Well done to Mugello for choosing Formula 1 over MotoGP! It's a great marketing idea to celebrate Ferrari's 1000th Grand Prix start at home. Mugello's choice of series a bit of an embarrassment for MotoGP though?

12:00-15:00 - We could start the 2020 Formula 1 season without knowing if more races would be added along the way and what race could be the last one of the season! Exciting!

15:00-18:00 - Could Silverstone's 'cardboard fan' be a safety hazard for Formula 1? We don't mind absolutely empty stands in the circuits, do you?

18:00-21:00 - Will Formula 1 fly all reserve drivers to every race of 2020? Will the reserve drivers be more 'rusty' than the regulars?

21:00-24:00 - Who paid for Lando Norris' personal F3 test last week? Renault being petty with Mclaren?

24:00-end - Renault switching focus to the 2026 Formula 1 season already? What engine formula would Formula 1 use then? We tell you why it isn't too early to talk about 2026 already 

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Jun 12 2020

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21: 3 Whacky Experiments Formula 1 Will Never Try

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The 2020 Formula 1 season is GO! We're about a month away from the first race of the revised season and the ONE question on Formula 1's mind is - how do we make sure that the second race at the same circuit isn't predictable? It's strange that they aren't worried about the first race being predictable, too. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we tell you 3 whacky experiments Formula 1 may never try irrespective of how boring races may get.

Also in this episode, we discuss the challenges teams and drivers will need to overcome during the short and much-cramped 8 race schedule. We go braggin' in our 'we told you so' section about our predictions that have come true in F1 2020. We push Formula 1 to consider using the Wednesday between races to run experiments on-track and via free-to-air television + social media broadcast. And finally, how would you rate Liberty Media's performance as new owners of Formula 1? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 21)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - YAY! Only a few weeks before 'We Race Again'! But here's also our moment of glory (and bragging!). A list of our 'we told you so' moments for the 2020 Formula 1 season

3:00-6:00 - Mercedes to host a private test next week. We tell you why it may not be as easy for customer teams to host private tests before the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season

6:00-9:00 - FIA to make an exception for the 2020 Formula 1 season - the short 8 race calendar will be considered a World Championship

9:00-12:00 - Challenges the teams and drivers will face during a short and cramped Formula 1 season - lack of car parts, limited scope of development & so on

12:00-18:00 - Formula 1 should use the 2020 season a test bed. We tell you why they should test different weekend formats and suggest a few whacky ideas to mix it up!

18:00-21:00 - Formula 1 should host a Wednesday evening race, experiment with reverse grids and whatever else AND host the race on social media + free-to-air channels. Can 2020 be an opportunity to attract new fans to the sport, too?

21:00-28:00 - In your view, how has Liberty Media fared as 'new' owners of Formula 1? Also, it's too early to assess them on two points - how many new races & teams have been added since they took over.

28:00-end - Why Williams F1 Team looking for investment isn't a negative story after all. Is Bernie Ecclestone Sebastian Vettel's official spokesperson? Max Verstappen had a crucial off-track learning to not be greedy!   

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Jun 05 2020

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20: Why Driver Salaries Should Never Be Included In The Budget Cap

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Formula 1 and the FIA have made one of their most sublime moves in recent times on the teams - a budget cap and handicap for aerodynamic development. They've also introduced two new terms that we will hear for the rest of time - glide path (for the budget cap) and sliding scale (for the aero cap). But the ONE THING we don't ever wish to have added to the budget cap is driver salaries.

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, why the Dutch Grand Prix should never be without the fans (or TV-only), how Lawrence Stroll's paternal and business instincts need to have a clear demarcation and we bet that Formula 1 will offer more track time to teams before the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 20)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - The Mercedes-Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll-Toto Wolff rumour and could it finally give us a Lewis Hamilton-Lance Stroll partnership?

3:00-6:00 - The budget cap should never include drivers' salaries ever! We tell you why

6:00-9:00 - A handicap system to help slower teams has reaped results in the past. It's a landmark move for Formula 1

9:00-12:00 - Will A-B team partnerships strengthen even more under the new restricted aerodynamic development regulations?

12:00-15:00 - Kudos to the FIA for starting a 'hotline' number for whistle blowers. But can you please also release the details of the settlement with Ferrari over their power units from 2019?

15:00-end - Audi & Formula E are taking their Esports commitment a bit too seriously. Is a promotion to Mercedes a bit too early for the yet-to-prove-himself George Russell? Finally, teams and drivers will need a bit of track time to get back in sync and rhythm before the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season. 

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May 28 2020

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19: When Last Did Sebastian Vettel Race Like A Champion?

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Yes, there's more and more pouring out of Sebastian Vettel's divorce with Ferrari. After all, yet another former World Champion's career has been messed up by Ferrari, or was it the other way around? The moot question - when last did Sebastian Vettel race a full season like a former World Champion looking for his next title?

This episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast has Mithila-Kunal speak before handing over to the folks that appear on the Pole Position F1 Show. We're attempting a new format to bring to you even more insights on our favourite sport. Let's know what you think of our experiment by writing to us via our Facebook page.

Also in this episode, we hope that Formula 1's hype about Fernando Alonso's possible return to the sport and Renault doesn't lead to an anti-climax. Are you expecting Carlos Sainz Jr. to settle into the 'number 2' driver role at Ferrari? We tell you why this might not be so. Finally, football hosted a tv-only match a few days ago offering a great lesson to Formula 1 on what not to do. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 19)

ANNOUNCEMENT: We discuss all things F1 on the Pole Position Show every Sunday on our Facebook page via a live stream. Join the chat and our Formula Fun F1 quiz - 8pm IST / 1630hrs CEST

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - If Fernando Alonso doesn't return to Formula 1 with Renault, it'll be 2020's biggest anti-climax! Carlos Sainz Jr. won't willingly settle as a 'number two' to Charles Leclerc at Ferrari. He's got a very famous lineage to look after.

3:00-6:00 - Did the virus outbreak work against Sebastian Vettel's chances for a contract extension at Ferrari?

6:00-9:00 - This long off-season is the LONGEST Formula 1 drivers haven't driven a racing car in their lives! How will they tackle 'rust' once we resume racing?

9:00-12:00 - Would Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc if Mercedes were to make them an offer? Will Mercedes change their driver line-up for 2021? Could it be George Russell or Sebastian Vettel?

12:00-15:00 - Are Liberty Media behind the driver changes for 2021? 8 out of 10 teams have at least one 'young' driver in their line-up. As Formula 1 pursues tv-only races, there's a lesson from a football game that was hosted by Seoul FC.

15:00-end: The Pole Position F1 Show with Sirish Chandran (Editor - evo, Fast Bikes & Motor Sport India) and the show regulars - Soumil Arora, Santosh Maruwada and Kunal Shah

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May 20 2020

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Great pod

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Passionate and informed news from the F1 World

Fun and entertaining

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Love the energy in this show!