Inside Line F1 Podcast: Formula MontREAL

The Inside Line F1 Podcast has been hosted on this Formula1 blog and various other platforms for more than two seasons now. Soon, we shall have our centenary as well. However, we will talk about it once we get there.

The fun part of this podcast is the notes that Rishi and I exchange during the GP weekend, followed by the recording on the Monday post-race. The even more fun part (which we both try and avoid) is choosing the title for the podcast!! So here is the latest episode ‘Formula MontREAL’.

While we saw Vettel and Red Bull Racing rejoice their first ever victory in Canada, we also had a tragic incident where a marshal lost his life. Incidents like these bring the entire fraternity together (team personnel, drivers and fans alike) who appreciate that while we have made great strides in improving safety, motorsport is still a dangerous sport.

Here’s what we discuss in the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast: (YouTube channel:

  • Safety first in Formula1! A BIG thank you to all track marshals as we pay our condolences to the marshal who lost his life in the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix. Kudos!
  • There’s always something about the Canadian GP, is it the layout? The fans? The weather? Or the name? We try and explore.
  • I wrote on how ‘Vettel and Raikkonen did a Schumacher’, time to rechristen ‘Baby Schumi’ to ‘Schumi’ himself?
Sebastian Vettel Wins The 2013 Canadian GP (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)
  • Pirelli and DRS didn’t overtly influence racing. This is what Formula1 should be about. Some classic REAL racing. We pick our favourite few!
  • Mclaren, what on earth are they upto? Are you relishing the Perez vs Button battle?
  • Sahara Force India’s 100th GP! Whatta performance from both drivers and the VJM06!
  • Raikkonen and Lotus? The Iceman should leave! To Red Bull Racing? Or go back to Mclaren? Does he have options for the 2014 Formula1 Season? (Read: Where Will Kimi Raikkonen Be In 2014?)
  • Vergne vs Ricciardo to battle for Webber’s seat. Confirmed! (As Rishi put it ‘Vergne did an Alonso’)
  • Lastly, we talk about the Forbes Highest Paid Athletes’ List. Guess which Formula1 driver made it there? Who did they compete with? Are the results satisfying enough? I try and offer a few insights. A segment for all sports marketing business lovers!

With the 2013 British Grand Prix three weeks away, Rishi and I have a few special episodes of the Inside Line F1 Podcast lined up. Do tune in next week!

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The Inside Line Formula1 Podcast is produced by Rishi Kapoor and Kunal Shah. Follow us on Twitter and on our Soundcloud and YouTube channels.

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).

3 comments On Inside Line F1 Podcast: Formula MontREAL

  • Good to know about the volunteers becoming Marshals not for the bucks but just for the love of sport! Rest in peace, Marshal Mark Robinson!
    Vettel is ranked 89th! – I don’t think it matters at all. He has his loyal fan base around the world and they(ok, me too!) like him no matter what! I think that counts not the ranking!HaHa.
    Aha, one of my favorite topics – Marketing!!
    I’m gonna go bonkers here 🙂
    Personal Endorsements(For the Indian Market only):
    1)Vettel – He is charming, cool and witty – So he should endorse something cool but not so complicated -> Nokia Lumia!
    2)Alonso – He is charismatic, composed and handsome – So he should endorse -> Raymond Suits “The Complete Man”! HaHa!
    3)Hamilton – He is quirky, loud-mouthed and fascinating – So he should endorse -> FastTrack watches, yes gotta get rid of Virat!
    4)Jenson – He is stylish, refined and hot – So he should endorse -> Kingfisher Beer(may be with Michibata in tow)
    5)Adrian/Paul – I saw pics of their photo shoot with actress ‘Chitrangada Singh’ -> Holy kaw, they both were out-of-place, lost and stone-faced with no emotion whatsoever on their faces – So I guess, we should leave these two from endorsing anything other than F1, HaHa!!
    6)Kimi – He is reliable(I learned a lesson sometime back), strong, rigid and emotionless – so he should endorse -> Mahindra xuv 500!
    7)Crashjean – I dunno how to explain him, so let me jump to endorsements -> CEAT Bike Tyres(The ad is all about using the brakes, so he fits the bill) 🙂
    8)Crashanado – No endorsements, you know why!
    I think F1 drivers are not too famous like their Soccer, Cricket or any other sport counterparts because they are not controversial(by and large), they don’t kill their girlfriends, they don’t seem to lose control in wild parties(except for Adrian), paparazzis are left with very little gossip on their personal life – so I think Ad/PR/Mark’ departments are bored of these drivers! May be F1 drivers are tad more disciplined when compared to their counterparts! I dunno, just a thought!
    A nice podcast, as always!

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