Before we begin, we owe you an apology for missing the last two episodes of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. We had a few tweets, emails and text messages (they’re not outdated, yet!) from listeners wondering where we had disappeared. But worry not, we’re back in action with lots of humour and updates from the world of Formula1.

Rishi and I saw Rush last week and I think it is pretty evident in this week’s episode. I have been raving about it via my blog and social media handles and here are my views on the movie and how Formula1 could pick up a cue or two from the movie: What Formula1 Can Learn From Rush.

The iPhone5S-ebastian (Courtesy: Apple)

In the last few weeks, Sebastian Vettel’s talent and driving and domination (Helmets Off To Vettel) has made more headlines than the iPhone5S launch and we believe that Apple decide to add the ‘S’ to try and convince the world that their latest offering is indeed like Sebastian; fast, reliable and a winner! And err, yes, Ferrari too stole Vettel’s thunder.

And here’s what’s in store for you in this week’s episode of our Formula1 Podcast: (YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/tfN_fZY6Yg8)

  • Niki Lauda and James Hunt (well almost!) join us in our due apology. And which season would you like to choose for the storyline of ‘Rush 2’?  (Read: Alonso-Raikkonen In Ferrari Is a Perfect Backdrop For An F1 Movie)
  • FITOW could hamper the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, in which case, will Vettel accept Kim Jong-un’s invitation to visit North Korea?
  • In Formula1, a driver’s greatness is measured by the suspicion he creates. Here’s a new one for Vettel. And we actually find out the ‘one’ thing that indeed is illegal about him.
  • Yes, there’s a GP this week, so we’re forced to talk about the 2013 Korean Grand Prix; but is this their last too?
  • Predictions for the weekend; yes, we are talking about P2 and lower!
  • Hamilton and Alonso have been ‘instructed’ by a certain someone to publicly claim that they are still in the World Championship fight.
  • I try and explain why the Constructors’ Championship is actually where the business of Formula1 lies. And why Caterham vs. Marussia, which is otherwise very boring, is extremely crucial too.
  • Will this be the last Indian Grand Prix too? Not if fans have their way! (Read: Ecclestone Checkmates the Indian Grand Prix)
  • And lastly, a 22 race calendar for the 2014 Formula1 Season. Could fans ask for anything more?

With the Concorde Agreement (although they’re not calling it by that name now!) now extended till 2020, there’s a possibility that we could see ownership changes in a few Formula1 teams. This is good in a way, because given how teams operate, this is possibly the only way they will make money for themselves.

And the one driver who my money will be on for this weekend is Sebastian Vettel. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hamilton and Alonso aren’t too far behind. What’s your take?

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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).

5 comments On iPhone5S-ebastian

  • Dafaq? Lamest shit I’ve ever read..

    • Hi Tyrone, thanks for the read and I hope you got a chance to listen to our podcast as well. IF the text and audio didn’t add humour to your life, then I would like to apologize. We will try harder next time! Cheers!

  • Wow…Rishi got Daniel Bruhl’s accent bang on!
    Yep, Alonso & Kimi’s rivalry would be legendary…..but they are looking more like chilled out friends than rivals in any press conf’/Interview…..let’s see!
    Illegal traction control – heehee…Good joke! To avoid criticism, one should do nothing, say nothing, be nothing….since that is not possible he might as well ignore his detractors and let his wheel do the talking.
    Yet another sportsmanship from Alonso, I think he came in support of RB brushing off the traction control rumor…..nice! Also I think Alonso has RB in his mind for 2015…he is doing is groundwork now…smart guy….HaHa.
    Aha, iphone5S & Seb…heehee, I have no complaints…Amen.

    • Thanks Pavithra. The iPhone5S was just totally a hilarious one, which hasn’t gone down too well with all our listeners! But well, that’s how it is w.r.t humour. As for ALO-RAI, they know that it is only next year that they’ve to fight it out, might as well chill out this year. And you could be right about ALO and RBR in the future, but I think he will want to retire as a Ferrari driver as their retirement benefits are much better. And for a change, it was good to see HAM and VET joke about the traction control talk, some humour finally greeted the Paddock. And predictions for the weekend for you?

  • F1 purists are a riddle…. 😎
    I thought Red Bull got big moolah than any other team – I mean, the way they exhaust their bucks on Xtreme Sports…Wow!!! Well, good to know Ferrari’s is better!
    I was waiting for Qual’…but what the heck….My predictions:

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