Ban The DRS, Not The Radio

Ban The DRS, Not The Radio


The radio ban is unfair, and Lewis Hamilton will agree. How can you expect drivers to race and solve engineering puzzles at 300kmph? For all the stupid rules Formula 1 has, DRS continues to live on. In this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, ban DRS and not radio, we say! And till then, Lewis will be happy to know that the radio ban does not extend to Snapchat!

Formula 1 went wrong with their map, letting a country that’s more in Asia host the European Grand Prix. Guess money can buy anything in this sport! If Baku becomes a night race, we won’t get to see the pretty castles – through we are no longer sure if they were just giant print outs of castles? We also deconstruct the entire incorrect engine mode saga (Mercedes, so stupid).

Formula 1’s favourite bromance has gone further downhill after Lauda openly criticized Hamilton’s race at Baku. Nico Rosberg is not just copying Hamilton’s car setup, but he’s also copying helmet manufacturers. Hamilton has managed to get Mercedes to sponsor his acting films, smart guy. But just what does he have to do to get Penelope Cruz’s attention?

Sebastian Vettel should be appointed as the Official Joker of Formula One – as Bernie Ecclestone’s successor, we mean. Perhaps Heineken will consider a sponsorship with Ferrari because the team seems drunk all the time – they still think they can win the Constructors’ Championship! Vettel made Ferrari change their pitstop strategy mid-race, so obviously it’s him running the team and not Arrivabene. Could Sergio Perez have won the race if not for his gearbox penalty? Alonso is having a ‘luxury retirement’ at McLaren, is that why the team has just appointed a lifestyle partner?

Lastly, Red Bull Racing had a forgettable outing in Azerbaijan, but it seems that Daniel Ricciardo chose to forgive and forget while renewing his contract. Or is this a hint that Ferrari will renew the always struggling Kimi Raikkonen?

Tune in!

(Season 2016, Episode 21)

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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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