Ferrari Missing Historic Bonus From Formula E
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After suggesting that Bernie Ecclestone should turn TV commentator, in this weekâ€™s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we talk about Formula 1â€™s â€˜historic bonusâ€™ towards Ferrari and how the Italian manufacturer are far from getting one ever from Formula E.
Ferrari do seem confused. On one hand, they claim that Formula 1â€™s dwindling viewership could make them reconsider their commitment to the sport and on the other hand, theyâ€™re considering buying shares of the sport. Clearly, tyre strategy isnâ€™t the only thing Ferrari seem confused about!
On the point of Formula E, why is data from Felipe Massaâ€™s one-off test with Jaguarâ€™s Formula E team not being made public? Was he slow in a Formula E car too?
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What Song Will Sebastian Vettel Sing?
Ross Brawn has suggested to do away with â€˜blue flagsâ€™. Weâ€™re not sure if this is a good idea from a safety and a racing point of view. Either way, what song will Sebastian Vettel sing then? And is this idea now inspired by the fact that Esteban Gutierrez is no longer on the grid?
What Will Mclaren Score First? A Win Or A Title Sponsor?
Zak Brownâ€™s target is clear â€“ a title sponsor by 2018. We wonder whatâ€™ll come first, a win or a title sponsor? Thatâ€™s like saying â€˜Alonso + Vandoorne vs. Brownâ€™! The team from Woking has dropped serious hints indicating a change of colour to orange, which the yellow cars of Renault believe could be a look alike. If thatâ€™s the case, will we have four slow yellow cars in the 2017 Formula 1 Season?
Also, the â€˜MP4â€™ prefix has been dropped from their car name. Is this an outcome from a visit to the local numerologist in Woking?
Finnish Grand Prix At Kymi Ring?
The Finnish Formula 1 Grand Prix could be held at a circuit called the â€˜Kymi Ringâ€™. Doesnâ€™t Kymi seem like a drunk spelling of Kimi? And weâ€™re not sure if Mika Hakkinen will be too pleased either! And would Pirelli need to introduce the â€˜snow weatherâ€™ tyre? And will â€˜vodkaâ€™ be served on the podium?
A Max Verstappen Grand Stand
Kymi Ring might not exactly be after Kimi Raikkonen, but the young prodigal Max Verstappen now has a Grand Stand named after him at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit. The Orange Army, the fanatic Verstappen fans, who voted Max Verstappen as the â€˜Driver of the Dayâ€™ at races he crashed in will have a stand to sit in and cheer from. Given the sizeable number of fans Verstappen has, we hope that the Max Verstappen Grand Stand is big enough!
Isnâ€™t Sebastian Vettel the only other driver with a Grand Stand to his name? At Nurburgring! And how come Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso donâ€™t have theirs already?
Fernando Along Brings Up The Rear, Again
Fernando Alonso has made it to the top 200 wealthiest people of Spain. Unsurprisingly enough, heâ€™s brought up the rear of that list too. At 197, he narrowly edged out compatriot and the losing finalist of the 2017 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal.
Nico Rosberg â€“ The Imperfect Champion, The Perfect Fan
The reigning World Champion, Nico Rosberg, might not be remembered as Formula 1â€™s most perfect champion. Like all of us, he too hoped that Fernando Alonso would be his replacement at Mercedes over all other options. Funnily enough, going by the statements made by the Hamiltons, are they claiming credit for Rosbergâ€™s retirement?
And finally, Lewis Hamilton has publicly claimed that heâ€™s never got along with his team-mates. Does he get along with anyone at all?
(Season 2017, Episode 06)
Co-hosted by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah, the Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show on Formula 1 that attempts to simplify the sport and business of Formula 1. This show also aims to add some much needed humour to the otherwise serious sport of Formula 1. In 2016, the show has crossed 150,000 listens and is top-rated on iTunes and Audio Boom. The show is available on Kunalâ€™s F1 Blog and partner websites such as Motorsport, Firstpost, NDTVAuto, Sport360, Sportskeeda, Scroll, Talking About F1, Motor Octane and others.