New Race Winner? & 5 Things To Watch For – 2021 Azerbaijan GP – Inside Line F1 Podcast


We REALLY hope that the ‘no repeat winner’ stat stands true for the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. If so, we will have a new race winner this Sunday! Could Max Verstappen make the most of Mercedes’ misery? If he does win this Sunday, it will be Verstappen’s first back-to-back in Formula 1. 

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In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal look forward to the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. For starters, they expect that the TV direction will return to normalcy – so no more ‘Lance Stroll’ slow-mo cutaways! Sergio Perez has more points and podiums in Baku than Max Verstappen. It will be something if he continues the same trend this year, too.

As for Mercedes, their tyre warm-up woes continue. But given the overtaking possibilities and relatively short pit-lane loss time, one shouldn’t rule out Mercedes even if they qualify out of place. 

Also, what makes Baku so special? Is it the model street circuit for Formula 1? The buzzword for this weekend will be ‘a mix of Monaco and Monza’! And talking about Monaco, let’s see if Ferrari are able to maximise performance in the ‘Monaco-half’ of Baku. Btw, Charles Leclerc was too eager to claim our ‘Manscaped Lawn Mower’ moment of the weekend already. Will any of the rookies challenge his claim? And of course, was Sebastian Vettel’s Monaco resurgence a one-off? 

And of course, the other buzzword through the weekend will be flexi-wings. Something tells us that this ‘war of the wings’ is about to get messy. 

Tune in!

(Season 2021, Episode 33)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: 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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