15: Ferrari: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

15: Ferrari: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't


Should Ferrari use team-orders or not? They were trolled for not doing so in 2018 and now are now being trolled for doing so in 2019! As for China, we believe Ferrari was right in using team-orders. But before you jump onto us for this statement, tune in to this episode. We also talk of how ‘disbelief’ is governing Ferrari’s title campaign for 2019 and how the team and Sebastian Vettel avoided major embarrassment in Formula 1’s 1000th Grand Prix. 

Also in this episode, we tell you why trolling the Strolls ain’t gonna work – even if Lance presses the radio instead of the energy button. We discuss the ONE reason why Mercedes would promote Esteban Ocon to a race seat, even if Valtteri Bottas does sufficiently well this year and if Romain Grosjean is some sort of a benchmark for drivers in Formula 1\. If Mclaren decide to field a full-time team in Indycar, we tell you why it would be a smart decision. Tune in!

(Season 2019, Episode 15)

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

0:00-3:00: Max Verstappen is spinning around too – just that he’s spinning when it doesn’t matter. 

3:00-6:00: Why Lance & Lawrence Stroll deserve to be in Formula 1 – it is family business. As for Kimi Raikkonen, Formula 1 is a hobby! Is Romain Grosjean a benchmark in Formula 1? 

6:00-9:00: Ferrari – damned if you do, damned if you don’t – on their use or no-use of team-orders. But thank you for the BIGGEST story from Formula 1’s 1000th Grand Prix 

9:00-12:00: Will Toro Rosso receive an invoice from Ferrari for their brake disc cooling services in China? Will the better starting Mercedes driver end up winning the Drivers’ Championship in 2019? 

12:00-15:00: We discuss the ONE scenario that could see Mercedes promote Esteban Ocon to a race seat. Is Formula 1 going the Formula E way and prefering street circuits? 

15:00-18:00: Ferrari-Vettel avoided major embarrassment in the qualifying session in China. Also, was the pit-wall of Red Bull Racing and Haas asleep in Q3? 

18:00-end: Mclaren’s decision to field a full-time Indycar team could be completely understandable and justifiable. They are trying to emulate Fernando Alonso’s moves outside of Formula 1. 

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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