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

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


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 (https://bit.ly/insidelinef1pod) 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 (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook) .
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)
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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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Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt (https://lucienbyfieldt.bandcamp.com/)
Image courtesy: Autosport


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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