9: F1 2019: Watch Out For The Rookies – Kunal's F1 Blog

9: F1 2019: Watch Out For The Rookies

9: F1 2019: Watch Out For The Rookies


The rookies are out to take Formula 1 by storm. Max Verstappen started the trend, followed by Charles Leclerc and now there’s four more on the grid in 2019 – Lando Norris, George Russell, Alexander Albon and Antonio Giovinazzi. But there is something about these millennial rookies that makes them formidable talents. We can’t last remember when Formula 1 had so many rookies line-up on the grid. Basically, the top-3 Formula 2 drivers from 2018 have been promoted to race in Formula 1 in 2019\. And of course, the Formula 1 grid in 2019 has 6 drivers who didn’t race last season. 

Also in this week’s episode, we have ‘Moments in Time’ with Lucien where he shares some of the most memorable racing moments from the Australian Grand Prix. We discuss what success would look like for every driver in 2019, Ecclestone’s views on Mclaren needing a new team boss and if Ferrari-Mercedes will split the titles in the 2019 Formula 1 Season. Tune in! 

(Season 2019, Episode 09)

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

0:00-3:00: Who needs what – we discuss what success would look like for every driver in the 2019 Formula1 Season – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

3:00-6:00: Leclerc vs. Verstappen, Gasly adjusting to the atmosphere in the Verstappen-obsessed Red Bull Racing 

6:00-9:00: Nico Hulkenberg’s high-profile benchmark in Daniel Ricciardo, Magnussen-Haas to drive Haas to ‘best of rest’ position in 2019? Lando Norris, already the ‘Rookie of the Year’?

9:00-12:00: Carlos Sainz Jr.’s search for stability and security. Sergio Perez’s double-edged sword, to beat the boss’ son or not? Lance Stroll, can he even blame the car in 2019?

12:00-15:00: Kimi Raikkonen, PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE! Antonio Giovinazzi, the Adrian Sutil lookalike? Alexander Albon, can he be in contention for Gasly’s seat at Red Bull Racing in 2020?

15:00-18:00: Life would come a full circle for Daniil Kvyat if he delivers and gets re-promoted to Red Bull Racing. He will end up partnering the very driver he was demoted to make way for. Robert Kubica, just matching George Russell would be an achievement, but we’d love to see him race in Formula E and kick-ass there. As for Russell, watch out for his words out-of-the-car. He’s onto something! 

18:00-21:00: Why on earth would Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes be boo-ed? Is it because he dislikes the smell of burgers and fries? Stroll Jr. is misusing the team’s new investments already? 

21:00-24:00: Use the Formula 1.5 rules and regulations for writing the rules for Formula 1 in 2021\. How soon can Red Bull Racing score Honda’s first Formula 1 podium (since their return)? Mercedes wasn’t interested in the Netflix documentary, but were certain Lewis Hamilton would’ve loved the opportunity to act and perform 

24:00-27:00: Will Ferrari and Mercedes split the World Championship titles in 2019? Also, the ‘Moments in Time’ section with Lucien! 

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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