Mercedes-Hamilton Regain ‘Title Favourites’ Tag? – 2021 Spanish GP – Inside Line F1 Podcast – Kunal's F1 Blog

Mercedes-Hamilton Regain ‘Title Favourites’ Tag? – 2021 Spanish GP – Inside Line F1 Podcast


The ‘low rake vs. high rake’ chatter seems like a thing of the past. Mercedes seem to have found their way around the rule changes for 2021 and regained the ‘title favourites’ tag from Red Bull Racing. And of course, Lewis Hamilton delivering superlative performances race after race. After claiming his 100th pole position in Spain, Hamilton went on to claim his 98th win in Formula 1. His win was a lethal mix of race strategy + overtaking. Yes, it was Hungary 2019 all over again! 

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In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss if Red Bull Racing could have acted differently to Mercedes’ strategic play in the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. Pierre Gasly’s P16 to P10 in the last stint, Charles Leclerc’s fine fourth and battle with Valtteri Bottas, Perez-Ricciardo’s race-long fight for P5.

Did Mercedes and Red Bull Racing make an error each in race strategy? Will Red Bull missing a ‘second driver’ in the battle of strategy headline for one more season? And of course, more mid-field chatter as we look back at the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. Tune in!

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Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt

Image courtesy: Mercedes AMG Petronas



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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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