Alonso’s 101st podium, a race win? 2023 Australian GP Preview – Inside Line F1 Podcast


Could Fernando Alonso join the ranks of the other Formula 1 legends whose 101st podium finish was actually a race win? Yes, we’re manifesting ‘Mission 33’ for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. This stat is courtesy @f1statsguru.

In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the race Down Under – will the FIA find yet another creative way to take centre stage this weekend? Remember, drivers will have to ‘walk’ the track and not bike it!

Will another driver be outside of the start grid box and get a time penalty? Will another team not serve a time penalty correctly? How soon before AlphaTauri and Mclaren score points? In fact, could the start to Mclaren’s season get any more worse? Will Oscar Piastri out-qualify Lando Norris at his home race?

Will Red Bull Racing let Sergio Perez fight Max Verstappen? In fact, can Perez keep carry forward momentum from Jeddah to Melbourne? How much further up the road will the ‘Bulls finish compared to the field? Red Bull’s record in Australia hasn’t been as strong.

Will drivers continue to complain about the difficult in overtaking at Albert Park, too? Remember, the circuit has 4 DRS zones – the only circuit to have so many.

Will Helmut Marko or Franz Tost throw another salvo at AlphaTauri – from having no confidence in the engineers to another impending name change.

Will Ferrari and Mercedes continue their podium-less streak for a third consecutive race?

Lots to look forward to for this weekend’s 2023 Australian Grand Prix.

Tune in!

(Season 2023, Episode 12)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora, @f1statsguru and Kunal Shah

Image courtesy: Aston Martin Formula One Team


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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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