6: F1 Testing: Merc's Two-Spec Approach Could Backfire

6: F1 Testing: Merc's Two-Spec Approach Could Backfire


The pre-season tests of the 2019 Formula 1 Season have concluded. We share our summarised notes from #F1Testing – the bigger story being Mercedes’ rumoured two-spec car approach for the season. As smart as it sounds, could such a strategy also backfire? While Williams struggled to build one car on time, Mercedes seems to have built two! We discuss this and more in this week’s episode of the [Inside Line F1 Podcast](http://bit.ly/ilf1ponkf1b). 

Also in this episode, Indy Car’s usage of on-car LED panels to increase the visual experience – sounds cool! Are Formula 1’s standarisation plans aimed at attracting privateer teams since no car manufacturers have shown interest? Like other professional athletes, should Formula 1 drivers have coaches as a part of their team setup? Why Kevin Magnussen hired Romain Grosjean’s manager and lastly, the not-so-convincing reasons by organisers of the Dutch and Mexican Grands Prix to not host a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Tune in! 

(Season 2019, Episode 06)

0:00-3:00: Our notes from the pre-season tests of the 2019 #F1 Season – whose rake was the biggest and deciphering the C-labelled Pirelli tyres

3:00-6:00: After failing to attract car manufacturers, is Formula 1 pursuing standardisation to attract more privateer teams? We discuss the possibilities, pros and cons. Also, the trailer of the Netflix documentary indicates a gross misrepresentation of the 2018 Formula 1 Season?

6:00-9:00: Indy Car to have LED panels on their racing cars from this season. Interesting addition? How soon before Mclaren’s Indy Car driver Fernando Alonso tests the team’s Formula 1 car in 2019?

9:00-12:00: Why Red Bull-Honda could plan to use five power units this season instead of the mandated three. Also, will Franz Tost walk the talk and give rookie driver Alexander Albon 2-3 seasons to settle in Formula 1?

12:00-15:00: Should Formula 1 drivers have driver coaches? Revealed: Why Kevin Magnussen signed Romain Grosjean’s manager (Martin Reiss) as his manager too

15:00-18:00: How could Lewis Hamilton not have heard about the Triple Crown of Motorsport? Could Mercedes’ two-spec car approach backfire in 2019?

18:00-end: The funny excuses from the organisers of the Dutch and Mexican Grands Prix for not wanting to host a Formula 1 race. In fact, could the USA Grand Prix be in trouble to? 

The Inside Line F1 Podcast, a top-rated podcast on iTunes and audioBoom, is hosted every week by Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah. This podcast offers a humourous view on the sport and business 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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