2012 Formula1 Podcast: Valencia, Tyre Strategy And Boredom

RJ Rishi Kapoor and I recorded our 2012 European Grand Prix podcast and we tried not to sound too bored already! I still haven’t come across a single Formula1 fan that has praised the circuit in Valencia and has claimed to have liked the GP being held there. Could we just not replace Valencia with some of the other better and more historic circuits? Listen to our blog for more:

  • So why is Spain the only country to host two Grand Prixs every year?
  • 25 corners in Valencia, how on earth do the drivers remember which one goes where!
  • 8 out of 8 winners in Valencia, we mention Schumacher yet again! And btw, any guesses how many times he’s won the European GP in the past?
  • We have seen two consecutive GPs where drivers raced the entire distance on only one-stop, scary!
  • If anything, we need Pirelli and DRS to ensure there is overtaking in Valencia.
2012 European GP (Courtesy: Lotus F1 Team)
  • We all know that pole position is critical; does this mean that Saturday could be more exciting than the Sunday?
  • And from our current crop of World Champions, there’s only one who has won here! Any guesses?
  • Mclaren and Mercedes to fight for pole? Who do you place your bets on?
  • And a BIG congratulations to Karun Chandhok for his Le Mans performance! Kudos!

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the only two drivers who have claimed two poles this season. I do suspect them to be at it again, along with the Mercedes AMG cars. And more importantly, will we see a repeat winner this Sunday? Or will it actually be 8 from 8?

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).

1 comments On 2012 Formula1 Podcast: Valencia, Tyre Strategy And Boredom

  • Vettel won here twice and he is likely to do so again. DRS could help in overtaking but cant influence the race. Good thing is we wont see Valencia next season as Spanish GP is likely to opt between it and Catalunya. The searing forecast will make teams go for 2 or 3 stops.

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