F1 Virtual GP: Driver Banter Better Than Racing

F1 Virtual GP - Drivers Go Racing In The F1 2020 Virtual GP
F1 Virtual GP + other online races are a hit, but is it because of the driver banter than the racing itself? The gimmicks are fun, but can this please not be the future of the sport? Also, can we put a cap on the number of online races per season? And of course, a filter on who can participate in them.

Okay, the question has to be asked. Are ‘Virtual GP’ the future of Formula 1? For our sake, let’s really hope not. We’d rather that it was Formula E! The question also has to be asked – how much is too much when it comes to the F1 Virtual GP + other online races? There’s a race every second day! Anyone who is a someone is trying their hand at the F1 Virtual GP – heck, we even had a cricketer and golfer try their luck.

In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we ask if fans tune in to the virtual races for the non-racing driver banter than the racing itself. Well…you’re not alone if you’re tuning in for the latter 😉

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, would a team opt to leave Formula 1 if the new Concorde Agreement continues with the historic wrongdoing? The classic races are a good marketing tool – for the old and new fans; we bring to you a recap of the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix. Finally, what are the financial benefits of hosting two races on one weekend? In fact, we tell you why it might be difficult for Formula 1 to go down this road. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 14)

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

0:00-3:00 – Anyone who is someone is trying their hand at virtual racing…do you have a setup, too?

3:00-6:00 – Is there an overdose of F1 Virtual GP + online racing in our lives? For us, the ‘non-racing’ banter is more welcome than the racing itself.

6:00-9:00 – A blessing in disguise for Formula 1 that the Concorde Agreement for 2021 and onward is yet to be signed? Will the sport undo the historic wrongdoing?

9:00-12:00 – The classic races are a good marketing tool for Formula 1, are you enjoying them, too? Btw, Formula 1 should use this content irrespective of race cancellations

12:00-15:00 – Re-live the classic 1994 Japanese Grand Prix with Lucien

15:00-18:00 – Why hosting two races on a single weekend might not make financial sense for the sport, teams, promoters and broadcasters. Also, how will Formula 1 overcome the international travel restrictions for team personnel & drivers?

18:00-21:00 –  IF we do have a 2020 Formula 1 season, Daniel Ricciardo will have a slower car AND a lesser salary, sigh!

21:00-end – Nicholas Latifi’s present, Williams. His future, Mclaren? Will Michael Latifi ever use his ‘investor trump card’ for his son?

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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