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India

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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is hosted by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast aims to add some much needed humour in the world of Formula 1. More can be accessed via: http://www.kunalsf1blog.com

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@kunalashah

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Do We Have To Blame Someone For The Singapore Car-nage?

9/18/2017
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Formula 1 tested a live 360 degree telecast of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. While this wasn't available for fans to consume, if it was, the footage would've only offered more angles to fans to dissect the Verstappen-Raikkonen-Vettel clash and pinpoint the blame on a driver. But do we really have to blame this on someone? Let's take the FIA's lead, classify it as a 'racing incident' and move on. Or like Mithila said, she'd love to use the 360 degree footage to see Fernando Alonso's...

Duration: 00:29:08


In Formula 1, Customer Is Never King

9/1/2017
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So Mclaren is working overtime to secure an engine that Max Verstappen doesn't want. Well, for those who understand the politics of Formula 1, you'll agree that in this sport and business, the customer is NEVER king! Okay, at least in this era. In this week's episode, Mithila and Kunal look forward to the Temple of Speed (isn't this a perfect name to attract the millennials?), a Vettel-Hamilton partnership at Ferrari that never will be, how Fernando Alonso should consider Force India and...

Duration: 00:23:13


Red Bull Supports Vettel, Where Is Mclaren's Support For Hamilton?

8/18/2017
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We're back! After a couple of week's break, we're back with this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Red Bull Racing has publicly supported Sebastian Vettel in his title battle against Lewis Hamilton. Will Mclaren come out in support of Lewis Hamilton too? Reports suggest that Vettel is keen on a 1-year contract extension with Ferrari. Is this a learning from Fernando Alonso's Ferrari career, or to leave a door open for a Schumacheresque switch to Mercedes? Btw, our friend and...

Duration: 00:21:34


James Bond In Formula 1?

7/26/2017
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Basis recent reports, Aston Martin are considering Formula 1 - that is if the costs of operations are affordable, of course. If Aston Martin do join, we're betting on a James Bond sequence in Formula 1 as one of their cross promotions. Brilliant advertisement for Formula 1 too. Wishful thinking aside, we're excited about the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race fans usually aren't the most excited about it. But this year's interest lies on the Monday after the official Grand Prix event, for Robert...

Duration: 00:14:41


Ferrari & Mercedes Control Fernando Alonso's Fate In F1?

7/20/2017
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Ferrari & Mercedes don't seem interested in hiring Fernando Alonso's services for 2018. But by not willing to offer Mclaren their power units for 2018, they're not helping Mclaren (and hence, Formula 1) retain Alonso either. Are Ferrari and Mercedes controlling Fernando Alonso's fate in Formula 1? In fact, we think they are certainly controlling the 'competitive quotient' of Formula 1 too. From power struggles, Formula 1 is now witnessing power unit struggles! In this week's episode of the...

Duration: 00:21:16


Fernando Alonso, Motorsport's Disruptive Force

5/31/2017
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Fernando Alonso, possibly Formula 1's unluckiest double World Champion, is he Motorsport's most disruptive force right now? His exploits at the 101st Indianapolis 500 almost stole the limelight away from Formula 1, Monaco, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. Can the current and next generation of racers take inspiration from his move? Has Alonso's target of the 'Triple Crown of Motorsport' suddenly brought it back into the spotlight? Will there be more drivers gunning for this crown? In this...

Duration: 00:22:01


Why Raikkonen Will Never Race The Indy 500

5/24/2017
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As Motorsport's most-awaited weekend nears, Mithila and Kunal had to make a tough choice while deciding what to speak about first - the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix or the Indianapolis 500? We can't possibly wonder how Fernando Alonso made up his mind! And damn the Indy 500 traditions for not being Raikkonen-friendly. In this week's episode, we discuss the long and short of wheelbases, Jenson Button's return to Formula 1, Carlos Sainz Jr.'s most-certain departure from Toro Rosso for 2018 (and...

Duration: 00:22:44


FIA Should Have Penalised Verstappen & Raikkonen

5/17/2017
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The 2017 Spanish Grand Prix was epic. Lewis Hamilton won a race he had almost lost. As for Sebastian Vettel, he managed a perfect start, a super overtake of Bottas, a valiant defence from Hamilton only to finish 2nd. Why did Ferrari choose to not pit Vettel in the last 12-15 laps and set him a target to chase Hamilton? This question will remain unanswered. 3-into-1 has always entertained in Formula 1, but in the Verstappen-Raikkonen-Bottas sandwich, should the FIA have penalised Verstappen...

Duration: 00:24:00


Red Bull Gives You Wings, But No Brakes

5/10/2017
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As we approach the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, all eyes will be on Red Bull Racing. Will their upgrades make them a front running team for 2017? And Red Bull might give you wings, but they clearly aren't giving Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo good brakes. IF ONLY Niki Lauda's statement that Spain is where the season 'resets' would mean a reset of the 80 points deficit for Red Bull Racing. The RB13 is unlucky for some, at this moment. In this week's episode, Mithila and Kunal discuss how...

Duration: 00:23:49


Mclaren Saved Formula 1 From A Honda Destruction

4/25/2017
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Thank you Mclaren for vetoing a Red Bull Racing - Honda partnership a few seasons ago. IF not, we'd have had 6 GP2 cars (or worse!) racing in Formula 1. By the way, there's talk of Mercedes helping Honda with their power-unit. This is after Bernie Ecclestone suggested that Mercedes helped Ferrari. If that's the case, why not help Renault too? Or better, let's just give everyone Mercedes engines. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal discuss Fernando...

Duration: 00:19:15


Hamilton Finally Picks A Penalty For Driving Slow

4/18/2017
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Lewis Hamilton has used 'driving slow' as a tactic in the past. Yes, it was at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he won the race, but lost the Drivers' Championship to Nico Rosberg. However, at the epic 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton was penalised for driving slow ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. The karma of the Motorsport world coming to bite Hamilton back? Mercedes were outclassed by Ferrari in every department, tyre strategy being the most evident one. In fact, Mercedes had lost out to...

Duration: 00:21:51


Have Ferrari Forgotten Team Orders?

4/10/2017
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After the incredible Chinese Grand Prix, we wondered what most Ferrari fans would've wondered - why did Ferrari not ask Kimi Raikkonen to move over and let Sebastian Vettel pass? Could this strategic move have altered the race result? Did this 'no team order' strategy blunder cost Ferrari more than their tyre strategy for Vettel? Frankly, we're happy that Ferrari let their drivers race. Yes, it's unusual, but it is something that Mercedes and Red Bull Racing have been doing since ages....

Duration: 00:25:27


Max Verstappen Doesn't Know Heel-Toe?

4/5/2017
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The fortnight gap between Australia and China does seem a little too long. But here we are! In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal talk about the Ferrari vs. Mercedes battle that will resume at the Shanghai International Circuit. Will Ferrari's pace be further validated or will it prove that Australia was a flash in the pan? Our hosts also discuss how and why Max Verstappen doesn't know of the ever-popular heel-toe concept that's used in racing ever since....

Duration: 00:22:40


Dear F1, Make Our Races Longer

3/28/2017
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We've a split vote! The 2017 Australian Grand Prix entertained us, while it failed to entertain others. However, this was the shortest Formula 1 race in Australia, is it time for Formula 1 and the FIA to increase the total race distance? All this while the powers are wondering if there should be two races every weekend after all. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal dissect the opening race of the season. They pick the funniest moments, which includes...

Duration: 00:23:03


Will Valtteri Bottas Make Us Miss Nico Rosberg?

3/21/2017
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As we excitedly countdown to the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, we wonder if we'll be treated to an epic Formula 1 race or a Sunday morning snooze fest? We're hoping for that a single team (read: Mercedes) doesn't dominate, but even if they do, will Valtteri Bottas be able to challenge Lewis Hamilton? Or will he make us miss Nico Rosberg? The pressure is on the Finn given that the Mercedes bosses have given him 4 races to prove himself. But will the fans be as patient? And there's more to...

Duration: 00:19:50


Mclaren Is The Fan Favourite For 2017

3/14/2017
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As we near the start of the 2017 Formula 1 Season, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull Racing are busy trading the 'favourites' tag with each other. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal tell you that despite their lack of pace and reliability, Mclaren-Honda are definitely the fan favourite for 2017. The million dollar questions staring at Formula 1 right now are: Will Mercedes unleash more pace? Will Mclaren-Honda be able to go the full race distance? Also,...

Duration: 00:20:32


PR Laps To Hoodwink Sponsors

3/7/2017
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The second pre-season test is underway in Barcelona. While the form factor of most teams is predictable, in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal wonder which team will actually put in a 'PR' lap. Also, which team needs one the most? On the note of sponsors, there's talk that Force India might turn pink IF a particular sponsor joins them. We tell you Vijay Mallya's link with the brand and name Pinky and why at least two people wouldn't mind the Force India...

Duration: 00:17:12


From T-Bone To T-Wing

3/1/2017
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The 't-wing' has been the talk of the paddock and the pre-season test in Barcelona. While most teams have one, Mercedes have gone and got themselves two! Will the t-wing be outlawed, like the t-bone? And then what about the shark-fin cover which seems more like an ugly whiteboard this season? The 2017 cars look sexy, no doubt, but get rid of these aero add-ons, please? In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal refrain from cracking too many Mclaren-Honda jokes...

Duration: 00:26:13


Sorry Mclaren, Sauber Is On Pole!

2/17/2017
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Sauber is on pole position - to launch 2017's first Formula 1 car. The strange part is that two relatively unknown drivers (Ericsson and Wehrlein) will unveil the new looking Formula 1 car. Given the excitement around the new look, couldn't Formula 1 (read: Liberty Media) get some of their superstar drivers to do so? But this pole position works well for Sauber. It is a PR masterstroke. This unveil might garner them more publicity than the previous two seasons put together. As for Mclaren,...

Duration: 00:15:55


Ferrari Missing Historic Bonus From Formula E

2/8/2017
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Ferrari's 'historic bonus' from Formula 1 has made much news, but given how the Italian manufacturer is ignoring Formula E, there's little chance that they'll ever get one from the all-electric series. Are quit Formula 1 threats around the corner for Ferrari? It also seems that tyre strategy isn't the only thing Ferrari is confused about. On one hand, they're talking of reconsidering the involvement in Formula 1 because of the dwindling viewership, but on the other hand, they are considering...

Duration: 00:17:16

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