Seriously, how entertained were you by the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix? For starters, it delivered a great F1 Sprint. Then for the Grand Prix, FIA and Pirelli mandated stint lengths to avoid tyre failures. But even with so many stops, was the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix entertaining…at all?
Max Verstappen won, the McLarens finished second and then the rest of the grid featured. The Mercedes’ tangled on the opening lap with Lewis Hamilton accepting full blame for the incident, but did George Russell-Hamilton have a pre-race agreement for the soft-starting Hamilton?
Lance Stroll’s physio-pushing ways, Williams’ score in the F1 Sprint vs. Alfa Romeo’s double scoring in the Grand Prix, McLaren’s 1.8 second fast World Record F1 pit stop, the humidity knocking out the fittest athletes on the planet, literally speak and more.
The 2023 Qatar Grand Prix had a lot of narratives but litle on-track entertainment that we will remember the race for. Irrespective of whether you agree with Soumil Arora, @f1statsguru and Kunal Shah in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, this episode is a must-hear for their banter, insights and Soumil’s ‘daddy jokes’.
(Season 2023, Episode 54)
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