Someone Please Fight Back

It seems a little funny that I was absolutely enjoying the Vettel-Red Bull Racing dominance in 2013 and have a polar reaction when I now see Hamilton-Mercedes dominating the 2014 Formula1 Season. I guess this is what it feels like when a driver you don’t support much is dominating. And of course, I wasn’t one of those complaining during the Schumacher era either! (Read: Hamilton Is Winningly Boring)

The in-season test is currently underway and there are talks about a ‘megaphone’ exhaust being tried by teams to enhance the sound of the 1.6 litre V6 power unit. I am only glad that our earlier episode ‘Engine No-ise’ was taken seriously! And in the same breath, I hope to witness ‘Racing First, Engineering Later’! But it is heartening to know that ‘Formula1 Puts Fans First’, finally!

2014 Spanish Grand Prix (courtesy: Sky Sports)

In the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we look back at the sheer dominance of Hamilton-Mercedes and wonder how Rosberg is usually only a tenth behind. And of course, we have Formula1’s Pastor to talk about, who is leading a championship of his own. But before I beat around the bush, can someone please fight back? I know Formula1’s structure and rules favour domination, but not Hamilton of all the drivers. Power up Rosberg!

Here’s what’s in store in the latest episode of our humour filled Formula1 Podcast:

  • Did you find the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix interesting? (Read: Mercedes Is The New Red Bull)
  • Has Hamilton got the better of Rosberg? Or is there more to this?
  • Full marks to Rosberg for trying and chasing lap after lap after lap!
  • The irony of being Kimi Raikkonen; we disclose
  • Could Vettel have been on the podium had he qualified better?
  • Dismal race for Mclaren, double points for Sahara Force India! #FeelTheForce
  • No points for guessing who leads the World Penalty Championship
  • Renault to stop supplying their under powered engines to a few teams?
  • ‘Megaphone’ exhausts! We tell you more.
  • If Mercedes is to be beaten, the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix is the best chance for the rest!
  • Adrian Newey to Ferrari? Why not!
  • We pooh-pooh modern Formula1’s PR strategy

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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).

3 comments On Someone Please Fight Back

  • Why not lewis.
    I would like to hear why so many people hate him . Yeah he is cocky but so are many other driver’s I personally think its coz hes either britsh or he not jenson or coz yes hes black. I really hope that later is not the case .. a truly class driver always getting slated. Rosberg hasnt got what it takes toget one over lewis ..
    Love to hear your reason on ( any one but lewis comment)

    • Kris, thank you for listening and your comment. I think we are all F1 lovers with slight driver and team biases at times! That’s the only reason why not Lewis. Having said that, we do admire his race craft and talent. I think we shall speak more on this in this week’s episode of the podcast. Do tune in.
      Ian, thank you for tuning in, listening and for the good words on our work. We are committed to our show and fans and only hope to make the podcast better with every coming episode. Keep Racing!

  • Hey Kunal & Rishi,
    Discovered your Inside Line F1 PodCast last month and absolutely love it!
    I have took me a while but listened to all your past episodes and now every time i see/read/hear about good old ‘Pester CRASHanaldo’ I can’t help but crack up! Now he even crashes in testing – a new crash test driver!
    Great work on the show, love the format, fun and informative, keep up the good work – cheers from Australia.

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