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The Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show that adds humour to the otherwise serious world of Formula 1. We also relish researching and dissecting the sport and business of Formula 1. This podcast is hosted by Mithila and Kunal.
For your weekly dose of Formula 1 humour, search for our channel on your favourite audio streaming app - we're present almost everywhere on the Internet!
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Max Verstappen is in the form of his life. But with which team will his record-breaking Formula 1 career be with? Will he stay put at Red Bull Racing or jump ship to Mercedes or Ferrari? Red Bull Racing-Honda is exciting, but how soon before they can deliver a championship winning package to Verstappen? Will Verstappen be as patient with Red Bull Racing as they were with him during his find-my-feet days? Could Mercedes use this opportunity to swoop in and sign Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton's successor?Yes, lots of questions in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast as we focus on Max Verstappen and his supposedly long future in Formula 1. We also talk about the Gasly-Albon swap and make a bold prediction of either Grosjean or Hulkenberg not having a seat in 2020. Finally, are Mclaren hunting for the Triple Crown themselves? Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 30)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: Red Bull's mantra: Have Toro Rosso, Will Demote. But the fan rage around RBR's decision is a bit strange.3:00-6:00: RBR's desperate hunt to find a team-mate for Max Verstappen. Gasly, Albon and could Kvyat be next?6:00-9:00:  Which team will Max Verstappen have his record-breaking career in Formula 1 with? Will Verstappen be Hamilton's successor for Mercedes?9:00-12:00: If you're a junior driver, would you look away from the Red Bull Driver Program if they came calling? Also, Mclaren is gunning for the Triple Crown themselves?12:00-end: Our bold prediction: either Romain Grosjean or Nico Hulkenberg will lose their seat in 2020.Subscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices), Spotify (http://bit.ly/insidelineonspotify) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool
After years of waiting, does Formula 1 finally have a Lewis Hamilton beater in Max Verstappen? Frankly, we don't care who beats who as long as we have a battle to witness for the seasons to come. Sorry, Seb, but the narrative does seem to now be all about Verstappen vs. Hamilton.In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss Verstappen's talent, form and his psychological attacks on Hamilton. Is Nico Rosberg the new Jacques Villeneuve? Did Toto Wolff drop the biggest hint yet of his aspirations to becoming the next F1 CEO? Pierre Gasly deserves a hug and everyone needs to stop playing Helmut Marko. And finally, is Captain Planet Sebastian Vettel racing in the wrong Motorsport series? Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 29)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: Our love-hate for back-to-back Formula 1 races. Did Toto Wolff just drop the biggest hint of his future as F1 CEO?3:00-6:00: It's officially on, Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton, on track and in the media. Sorry, Seb!6:00-9:00: Someone go give Pierre Gasly a hug because EVERYONE wants to play Helmut Marko with him. Can we also end the Fernando Alonso back to Formula 1 talk? Everyone wants Alonso back, but no one wants him in their team9:00-12:00: Is Nico Rosberg the new Jacques Villeneuve of Formula 1? Both one-time World Champions...also both making outrageously strange statements12:00-15:00: Captain Planet Sebastian Vettel is racing in the wrong Motorsport series. But, we love his old school ways, do you too? Also, Leclerc's been spinning often, but we find out something really cool that the Ferrari driver does after he spins15:00-18:00: What race would Ferrari choose to film their Netflix episode? Did Red Bull Racing miss a trick by letting go of Carlos Sainz Jr.?18:00-end: Moments in Time with LucienSubscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices), Spotify (http://bit.ly/insidelineonspotify) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Mercedes
Kimi Raikkonen - is there a better candidate in the Formula 1 paddock to play the role of James Bond? No, sorry, Lewis Hamilton loses out too. Jokes aside, it is high time Sebastian Vettel stops playing the role of the villain who spins or crashes out other drivers. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we point out the irony in Nico Rosberg's advice to Kimi Raikkonen, applaud Renault's honest admittance of ignoring Nico Hulkenberg, wonder if Lewis Hamilton will collect the Constructors' trophy next race and if there's a nexus between former Formula 1 drivers to further ruin the sport's tyres for 2020. Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 28)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: Why Kimi Raikkonen wins the mandate to be the next James Bond. Sorry, Lewis!3:00-6:00: The irony of Nico Rosberg's advice to Kimi Raikkonen. Also, did Ferrari fire the wrong driver last year? Happy Anniversary, Seb.6:00-9:00: The Formula 1 tyre conspiracy deepens further. First Marcus Ericsson, then Sebastian Buemi.9:00-12:00: Lewis Hamilton to collect the Constructors' trophy at the next race? He's doing much more for Ferrari than just racing! Also, why Eddie Jordan is to be believed when he talks about Mclaren and Mercedes12:00-15:00: Yes for ground effects, but no for re-fuelling. Which driver has spun and / or crashed the most in the last 12 months? ;-) Could Jean-Eric Vergne be the solution to the Pierre Gasly-headache for Red Bull Racing?15:00-18:00: Romain Grosjean could be the reason Nico Hulkenberg saves his seat at Renault for 2020? Moments in Time with LucienSubscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Alfa Romeo - Sauber
Lewis Hamilton's making sense on and off track, while Toto Wolff insists that he's not eyeing the post of F1's CEO. Could a Wolff vs. Hamilton battle be in the offing? Politically speaking, Hamilton would be way ahead in the polls; his 5-point agenda makes complete sense. Will there be more personalities interested in replacing Chase Carey when the time comes?In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we talk about the Rich Energy-Haas fiasco, why Romain Grosjean shouldn't be involved in deciding the rules for 2021, how Mclaren are pulling one masterstroke after the other and how fans world over will be experiencing the greatest sporting weekend of 2019. (Tune in)(Season 2019, Episode 27)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: Will we see a Lewis Hamilton vs. Toto Wolff battle for the post of Formula 1's CEO?3:00-6:00: Romain Grosjean to help write the rules for 2021. But will he be around in Formula 1 till then?6:00-9:00: Rich Energy - Haas, yes, that's it. That's the joke.9:00-12:00: Did Formula 1 offer Cricket its biggest promotion ever?12:00-15:00: Will Lewis Hamilton lead Formula 1's merger with Formula E?15:00-end: The Horner-Verstappen connection from the 80s and Moments in Time with LucienSubscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Only 9 races in and the silly season for the 2020 Formula 1 Season has already begun. Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon aside, we think Marcus Ericsson maybe involved in the musical chairs too. In fact, will we lay part of the blame for tyre issues in 2020 on Ericsson too? And poor Pierre Gasly, if he has to go, history has shown a higher probability for the mid-season than the end. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we also talk about Red Bull Racing's thoughtful training for their junior drivers and IF they are planning a senior driver program too. To help Williams, will Formula 1 introduce a point for the fastest pit-stop? And why asking Gasly to 'CTRL + ALT + DEL' might not work. Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 26)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: 2020 Formula 1 Silly Season - there's more to it than just Pierre Gasly's seat at Red Bull Racing. Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon an Nico Hulkenberg to play musical chairs too?3:00-6:00: Does Gasly know what 'CTRL + ALT + DEL' actually is? It's a fairly archaic way of expressing 'reset'6:00-9:00: Red Bull Racing teaching their junior drivers how to handle demotion and rejection at an early stage of their careers; look at what they did with Daniel Ticktum9:00-12:00: Adrian Newey training to join Red Bull's Senior Driver Program? Marcus Ericsson to blame IF Pirelli's tyres have issues in 2020? Can you guess how many car manufacturers does Brendon Hartley work for?12:00-end: Formula 1 should introduce a point for the fastest pit-stop? Formula 1 drivers and electric scooters, what's actually cooking?Subscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Esteban Ocon, Twitter
Every sport needs to build and worship its heroes, the current flavour for Formula 1 being Lewis Hamilton. But Formula 1 took one step too far when it asked Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's title rival, to sing praises for the reigning World Champion not once, but twice. Enough, lads. Let's respect the title rivalry between the two Mercedes drivers.In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we wonder if Esteban Ocon will eventually have to settle for a Renault in 2020 after having Mercedes dreams. Could Ocon-Renault lead to an exit from the sport for Nico Hulkenberg? By what races this year would Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton wrap up their titles? Who would you believe more when it comes to 'how tough it is to race a Formula 1 car?', Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton-Romain Grosjean? Finally, should Mercedes continue racing in Formula 1 despite not having anything left to prove? And of course, did you know that Formula 1 actually played 'Happy Birthday' on the podium instead of the national anthem for the winning driver in one of the previous editions of the Austrian Grand Prix? Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 25)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: If you are a Formula 1 team boss, there's one junior driver you must absolutely sign up before your rivals do3:00-6:00: Formula 1 owes Valtteri Bottas an apology. Period.6:00-9:00: Could Nico Hulkenberg be out of Renault (and Formula 1?) by the end of this season? Instead of a Mercedes, Esteban Ocon might have to settle for a Renault in 20209:00-12:00: What race will Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton wrap up their respective titles in 2019? We are currently in a season-long Mercedes advertisement. And Lewis, please don't wrap up your title in Mexico one more time12:00-15:00: Should and will Mercedes continue competing in Formula 1? They have been unbeatable since 2014 - there's almost nothing left for them to prove15:00-18:00: Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean, whose side are you on? The debate is about how physically exerting it is to race a Formula 1 car18:00-end: Formula 1 needs Lewis Hamilton's 'Midas Touch' + Moments in Time with LucienSubscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Mercedes
We know Roger Federer's prize money from his Grand Slam wins. We also know of Real Madrid's earnings from their exploits across various football championships. It's a norm for most sports series to reveal winning prize money, so why not for Formula 1? We would love to know (officially!) what Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton earn from Formula 1 for raising the performance bar to newer levels every fortnight. Should this be one more change the sport makes for 2021?Also in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we react to the rumour that Formula 1 cars could be powered by 50% electric power come 2025 - if so, by what year would Formula 1 become Formula E? The supposed $175 million budget cap for each team - how many teams can actually spend that much? We thank Ferrari for handing Karun Chandhok his best career moment in Formula 1. And finally, we relish at the prospect of Max Verstappen racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin hypercar come 2021 or whenever! Tune in(Season 2019, Episode 24)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: Max Verstappen could race Aston Martin's hypercar in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans. Verstappen's inspiration for Le Mans? Nico Hulkenberg!3:00-6:00: From 2021, Formula 1 teams could collectively spend $2 billion every season to try and entertain us. That's the leaked $175 million per team x 10 teams6:00-9:00: Formula 1 should making teams' winning prize money public - we'd love to know what Mercedes-Hamilton make for boring us all season after season9:00-12:00: What year could Formula 1 become Formula E? Mithila picks 2030. What's your pick?12:00-15:00: Ferrari handed Karun Chandhok his best career moment in Formula 1 yet! Btw, did Sergey Sirotkin just replace Fernando Alonso as Mclaren's reserve driver for 2019?15:00-end: Moments in Time with LucienSubscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool
Formula 1 unanimously decided to defer the announcement of its 2021 regulations till October this year. The WEC announced their 'hyper car' regulations from 2021 just a few days ago. Basically, everyone is leading fans to believe that 2021 is the year when Motorsport will undergo a revolution.In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast (http://bit.ly/ilf1ponkf1b) , we talk of the possible headlines you will still read come 2021. What else could Mercedes do to prove their superiority as a Formula 1 team? If RIC & HUL had wet dreams of a Ferrari power unit in their Renault car when Fiat Chrysler was talking up Renault and finally, will Formula 1 teams hire 'gladiators' instead of drivers for 2021? Tune in!(Season 2019, Episode 23)Here's what's in store for you in this episode:0:00-3:00: 5 headlines we could still read come the 2021 Formula 1 Season. Also, how Christian Horner pulled off a massive stunt to prove why he should replace Chase Carey (if at all)3:00-6:00: Formula 1 teams to hire gladiators come 2021?6:00-9:00: Mercedes are controlling Formula 1, alleged Helmut Marko. But Red Bull Racing is controlling Formula 1's Raft Race9:00-12:00: 3 audacious things that Mercedes could do to prove their greatness and superiority as a Formula 1 team12:00-15:00: If you're a budding Formula 1 racer, here's some advice for you and it is probably better than what Jacques Villeneuve has been telling you15:00-end: The possible Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger, did RIC & HUL have wet dreams of a Ferrari power unit in their Renault for at least a few nights? Finally, Ferrari should promote the race strategists from their Le Mans operations to Formula 1!Subscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Formula 1's official press release
Only two points separate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari in the 2019 Formula 1 Constructors' Championship. Can Hamilton clinch the title this season? Yes, you read it right - we mean the Constructors' Championship. It was back in 2013 when Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull outscored the second-placed team, Mercedes. Given Mercedes' superiority in every department, we could see Hamilton outscore Ferrari (or Red Bull?) in 2019. Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast - what could be Ferrari's next mistake this season? We make a list of five mistakes (silly, but funny!) that the Italian giants could make. Renault were to score race wins from 2020, at least that's what they said in 2017 - is the French team lining up excuses already? Mclaren have Mercedes-like qualities (said Zak Brown), not so much when it comes to their Indy 500 fiasco. But are Mclaren right to follow Fernando Alonso-like ambitions in other Motorsport series? There's a lot in this episode, tune in, have fun!(Season 2019, Episode 22)Subscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Mercedes
There's no official news on Season 2 of the Netflix-F1 show. But we know it's happening! In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss the 10 personalities from the Formula 1 paddock that should absolutely feature in Season 2.Also in this episode, we talk (again!) about Sebastian Vettel's retirement rumours, how Ferrari could be/is Charles Leclerc's only hope for the next few seasons and why Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull Racing is more imaginative than real. Tune in, laugh along! (Season 2019, Episode 21)Subscribe: iTunes (http://bit.ly/insidelinef1podcast) , audioBoom (http://bit.ly/insidelineviarss) (RSS feed for all devices) and Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/ilf1pgooglepodcasts)Official Page: Facebook (http://bit.ly/insidelineonfacebook)Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta (http://www.twitter.com/mith_m) and Kunal Shah (http://www.twitter.com/kunalashah)Image courtesy: Google + some of our creative editing!
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Comments (11)

Hafeez Shahiwala

I’ve been following this Inside Line F1 Podcast, and it absolutely fantastic. Their pronunciations are off sometimes but the content is funny, engaging and thoroughly entertaining and at the same time keeps me updated on what’s happening so who cares! The content is so well researched too. Big fan. I look forward to it on the train each week. Totally worth the time. If you’re uptight about pronunciations stay away otherwise go for it.

Jul 12th
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ID10832006

I do not enjoy this podcast. The presenters cannot say most of the drivers, cars or team principals names correctly such as 'Wettel' not 'Vettel' and 'Arrivaben' instead of 'Arrivabene'. This is also marketed as an F1 podcast but love to talk about FE (which I like the sport but is on the whiny podcast). The insights are very basic and makes me wonder how much 'inside' knowledge they have as suggested by the name of the show

May 16th
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Kunal Shah

ID10832006 Thanks for sampling our podcast. Yes, our content may not please everyone, so we get it. We have also started talking MotoGP on a few occasions, not to mention Fernando Alonso too, who no longer races in Formula 1. There’s a ton of other Motorsport series that Formula 1 can learn from and we’re happy to cite examples. As for pronunciations, they’re proper nouns so despite our best attempts, we’re allowed to sound a bit off - given how different names sound different across languages and accents. Hope that you sample our content a few more times and end up liking our show for the research and humour. Cheers!

Jun 7th
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Georges Valade

Charles Leclerc pronounces "le-clair" not le-clerk

Mar 17th
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Kunal Shah

Georges Valade Yeah, Georges. We just end up sticking to English pronunciations most times. But we'll make a shift from today's episode. Hope you enjoy our content :-)

Mar 27th
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Serge Grund

heiko und danner experten ???? vieleicht carrera

Jul 8th
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Kunal Shah

Serge Grund Thanks, Serge. Our understanding of German is limited. Hope you are enjoying our content.

Jul 22nd
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Saurabh Dani

Ohh.... I am so happy to find this F1 podcast great job guys keep it up 👍👍👍

May 6th
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Kunal Shah

Saurabh Dani Thank you for your good words, Saurabh! :-)

May 26th
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Juan Luis Garcia

Love the podcast! Very entertaining and informative!!

Apr 19th
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Kunal Shah

Juan Luis Garcia Thank you, Juan. Appreciate your good words for our show :-)

May 3rd
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