How To Save The Indian GP

The 2013 Indian Grand Prix is finally here! And Rishi and I try to deliver one of our best prepared episodes of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. After Bernie Ecclestone check-mated the Indian Grand Prix, we think of ways and means to actually try and save the Formula1 circus from going away forever!

And of course, given Vettel and Red Bull Racing’s domination, it is hard to punt on a non-Vettel win, unless of course his tank (RB9) suffers from a rare reliability issue. This means that the fight is for P2 and lower, for the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Who do you think will win this fight?

Buddh International Circuit to host the 2013 Indian GP (Courtesy: BIC)

We increase the humour quotient of our Formula1 Podcast this week by talking about the few things Indian spectators would be surprised not to see at this week’s Indian Grand Prix. So here’s what’s in store for you to tune into and laugh along: (YouTube link:

  • We reveal the real reason why Bernie decided to take away the Grand Prix of India, away from India.
  • India to witness history this weekend? But how many Indians will actually be there to witness it!
  • The Buddh International Circuit, yet another Red Bull Racing circuit? And is the 2013 Formula1 Season, more like Red Bull’s Formula1?
  • Red Bull Racing to create a hat-trick of wins in India? We reveal a lesser known fact on their dominance. And it isn’t about illegal traction control.
  • The BIC hosts the Indian Grand Prix, often labeled as a tad too boring. Could regular Indian elements make the on-track action more interesting?
  • And this week’s special: What do all stakeholders need to do to save the Indian Grand Prix? (And on a similar note, Let Us Save Formula1)
  • Can Pirelli bring back the 2013-spec tyres for this race, please? (Read: Pirelli Should Not Renew Their F1 Contract For 2014)
  • And we reveal the new Pirelli head-gear that will be worn on the podium of the Indian GP.

And some Indian Grand Prix / Indian Motorsport related posts for your reading:

  1. Does Cricket Feel As Formula1 Did?
  2. Bernie Ecclestone Checkmates The Indian Grand Prix
  3. An Indian Tyre Manufacturer To Replace Pirelli In 2014
  4. Can Mahendra Singh Dhoni Be The Brand Ambassador For Indian Motorsport?
  5. Mclaren’s Five Wheel Pitstop In India

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The Inside Line Formula1 Podcast is produced and hosted by Rishi Kapoor and Kunal Shah. Follow us on Twitter and on our SoundcloudMixCloud 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).

2 comments On How To Save The Indian GP

  • Where in delhi can i still buy tickets?
    I just need one more ticket of the picnic stand(north).
    I got the rest earlier from ‘’ but it now says sold out!

  • Hello Kunal,
    Definitely a sad news for the Indian F1 fans. You and I and many others like us; we waited for so long for F1 to come to India and suddenly this news, is really heart breaking. Hope our government will someday realize that F1 is also a sport. F1 has done wonders for some countries. We had the opportunity to present India at the world stage but the lack of will has failed us. Really sad.

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