A boardroom discussion on Adrian Newey & a different owner at Force India F1 Team (re-run) – Inside Line F1 Podcast

A boardroom discussion on Adrian Newey & a different owner at Force India F1 Team (re-run) - Inside Line F1 Podcast


Of course, every team would be interested in hiring the legendary Formula 1 car designer Adrian Newey.

In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we reveal how a relatively small privateer team called Force India F1 Team had a serious boardroom discussion on hiring Newey.

“The best pound for pound World Champion team” was what Force India was labelled after it consistently outperformed its resources season after season and before the faded away into oblivion. One of the team’s co-owners, (late) Subrata Roy, did express seriousness in hiring Newey at one of the team’s board meetings.  

The other story that is revealed in this episode is that of Gautam Singhania (of Raymond fame) being contacted by Collin Kolles to buy the ailing Spyker-Midland operation. It was Singhania who then introduced this opportunity to Dr. Mallya. 

In the off-season, the Inside Line F1 Podcast will focus on feature stories from the paddock. In the early part of January, we will re-run some of our Force India F1 Team specials followed by our exclusive interview with the former boss at Force India & Alpine, Otmar Szafnauer. 

Tune in!

(Season 2024, Episode 01)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah

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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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