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.
(Season 2023, Episode 12)
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