Half Points For No Race – 2021 NOT Belgian GP Review – Inside Line F1 Podcast


The Formula 1 teams-drivers had half points awarded for no race. So of course, you are now served a full Grand Prix length episode for no race. There are no team-driver performances to talk about – but Soumil and Kunal wonder if the FIA could have acted differently during the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. Believe it or not, the alternate title for this episode was ‘Michael Messy…’. Yes, we know that one man isn’t to blame at all. 

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In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, the duo discuss if ‘money talks’ was the reason why we had a four-hour long wait for two farcical laps under the Safety Car. Why could the race have not been postponed to Monday? Of course, not the best optics for the sport and rule book of Formula 1. 

But there is much to celebrate from the weekend of the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix for George Russell and Williams. Similarly, in the could’ve-would’ve-should’ve scenarios, maybe Lando Norris would’ve scored pole position and race win in this race.

Sundaram ‘F1 Stats Guru’ Ramaswami shares some of the most-surprising stats from the race – yes, this race was a treat for stat lovers! And finally, this episode offers entertainment options for Formula 1 in case we have a similarly long delay next time around – a Formula 1 boy band, anyone? This one’s a fun one, tune in! 

(Season 2021, Episode 51)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah

Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt

Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool


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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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