Plank Gate, High Altitude & Rookies – 2023 Mexico GP Preview – Inside Line F1 Podcast

Plank Gate, High Altitude & Rookies - 2023 Mexico GP Preview - Inside Line F1 Podcast


Will ‘plank gate’ continue to be a thing as Formula 1 reaches Mexico City for this weekend’s 2023 Mexico Grand Prix? Yes, we think so – and it should be so.

Is Formula 1 too complex for FIA to police it fairly? And ‘fairly’ is the word, especially with 50% of the cars scrutineered post-race in Austin failed the test. Does this system need to evolve, and if so, what’s the most fair way to do so given Formula 1’s logistical schedules?

In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah discuss what sets the Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez apart – and why ‘altitude’ will be the buzzword this weekend. 

The race to finish in P2 behind Max Verstappen is heating up. In the last 6 races, 4 different drivers have finished in P2. If Lewis Hamilton hadn’t been disqualified in the 2023 United States Grand Prix, the number would’ve been 5.

Also, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2023 Mexico Grand Prix weekend are landmark days in Formula 1 history. Btw, this will be the 1099th Grand Prix in the history of the sport. 

Will Ferrari’s struggles in Mexico continue? Will Red Bull-Max Verstappen’s dominance continue? They’ve won four out of the last five races. Will we see a new pole sitter for the eight year in succession? And of course, will Logan Sargeant celebrate his first Formula 1 point in Mexico? Lots to look forward to this weekend and in our 2023 Mexico Grand Prix preview podcast. 

Tune in!

(Season 2023, Episode 57)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah

Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool


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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