Inside Line F1 Podcast

Inside Line F1 Podcast

The Inside Line F1 Podcast is a weekly show that adds humour to the otherwise serious world of Formula 1. Hosted by Mithila and Kunal, this podcast offers an alternative view on the sport, business and politics of Formula 1. Our Pits To Podium segment is hosted by Soumil and Kunal. This segment brings to you topical news, previews, race debriefs and feature stories from the world of Motorsport. For your weekly dose of Formula 1 humour, search 'Inside Line F1 Podcast' on your favourite audio streaming app - we are present everywhere on the Internet. Miss us as you wait for our next episode? Engage with us on Facebook. Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Stats courtesy: Sundaram Ramaswami & Nithyanand Ram

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'Howdy Arabia?', yeah, Soumil was in a crazy mood whilst recording this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. We hope that along with 'speed', 'human rights' is also the buzzword this weekend. 🙃 (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. The 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix will be held at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, a circuit that was built in record time. In fact, it was only on the Thursday before the race that the FIA homologated the circuit.  Governance aside, this high-speed & narrow racing circuit should entertain us. After all, the barriers are just where they should be for a street circuit. There are 27 corners - so you (and we) are pardoned for goofing them up. What else? 79% throttle, track position, DRS zones, high grip, Mclaren & then the banked Turn 13 - we expect these to be the key talking points through the weekend. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 74) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool  

Dec 3

25 min 19 sec

The 2021 Formula 1 Season hasn't just been about Red Bull Racing vs. Mercedes or Max Verstappen vs. Lewis Hamilton. It's also been about Christian Horner vs. Toto Wolff. We reckon that EVEN IF the Verstappen-Hamilton title battle comes to an end, the Wolff-Horner show might just continue for years to come. (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal look back at some of the most-feisty moments between Wolff-Horner. Their pot shots have been about track limits, disqualifications, front wings, rear wings, tactical fouls & a lot of other stuff. In fact, is there any part of the other's car they've not brought up for public scrutiny? Remember the recent 'score marks' comments from Horner? It's race week for the inaugural 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix - and we'll be back with our race preview in a few days. Till then, sit back & enjoy the 'Toto Wolff & Christian Horner' show in Formula 1 & on the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 73) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Nov 29

14 min 36 sec

Did Fernando Alonso's podium finish boost the overall fan rating for the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in Qatar? It's been a 7 year loooooong wait for all of us!  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes' advantage over the rest of the field. Why aren't Red Bull Racing-Max Verstappen worried at their pace deficit? If they're worried, they're definitely not expressing it in public - apart from Christian Horner's crass statements every now and then, of course.  What happened to the Mclarens? And how did the AlphaTauri drivers not score despite starting in the top-10? Alpine's fantastic strategy for Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez's charge & yes, the tyre bursts in Qatar. We discuss them all. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 72) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Alpine F1 Team

Nov 22

30 min 19 sec

Can Mercedes sustain the monstrous pace they showed in Brazil last weekend? We think that's the more pertinent question to ask than to wonder if Red Bull Racing can strike back. It's a new Grand Prix venue for everyone this weekend - a first for the 2021 Formula 1 season! (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the upcoming 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. The narratives are the usual ones - Verstappen vs. Hamilton, Ferrari vs. Mclaren, Gasly vs. Alpine and more.  And of course, do Mercedes actually have the 'right to review' an incident that wasn't investigated by the FIA whatosever? Yes, we're referring to the lap 48 incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 71) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Nov 18

23 min 59 sec

Should Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen be worried at Mercedes-Lewis Hamilton's turn of pace in the 2021 Brazil Grand Prix? In fact, should Formula 1 be worried with Mercedes looking ominously quick? (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal hope that the Formula 1 title doesn't get decided before the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi. The irony is that after every race, the feeling has been that one team-driver would run away with the title only to see the rival team-driver strike back harder in the following race. Let's hope this trend continues till the last lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix! Also, has Ferrari pulled away for good from Mclaren? Just how much better are Hamilton-Perez compared to Bottas-Perez? Tune in to for our key talking points from the 2021 Brazil GP, a Lewis Hamilton overtaking fest. (Season 2021, Episode 70) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Nov 15

25 min 53 sec

Yes, it's NOT the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. It's the 2021 Sao Paolo Grand Prix. But what's the bet that everyone (well, almost!) will still refer to the race as the 'Brazilian Grand Prix'? Eh, what's in a name! And of course, it's also the final Sprint Race or F1 Sprint or Sprint Qualifying of the 2021 Formula 1 season. Again, what's in a name, eh!? (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. in this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 Sao Paolo Grand Prix that will be hosted at Interlagos (thankfully!). The last Sprint of the season means it's also the last time a driver can score 29 points on a weekend in 2021 - and Lewis Hamilton needs more points than anyone else at this point yet. Will we see a single team dominate proceedings at Interlagos? Will the altitude work to Red Bull Racing's advantage yet again? Or will the close battle between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes resume from this weekend? It's been a few weekends, we can tell.  Pierre Gasly vs. Alpine, Ferrari vs. Mclaren, freight delays, wet weather, Timo Glock and more. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 69) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Nov 11

25 min 39 sec

Did we see one of the most-dominant wins of the 2021 Formula 1 season in the Mexico City Grand Prix? After overtaking both Mercedes cars into Turn 1 of the opening lap, Max Verstappen sped off into the distance. Given Red Bull Racing's dominance at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Lewis Hamilton's second place ahead of Sergio Perez was that much more impressive. Track position helped Hamilton limit damage in the 2021 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship battle with Verstappen.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal wonder if Max Verstappen is the favourite going into the last four rounds of the season. They celebrate Pierre Gasly's near-invisible race to fourth - a performance that neither Ferrari driver could match. Could Red Bull Racing have undercut Hamilton by pitting Perez earlier? Should Daniel Ricciardo have been penalised for his uncharacteristic mistake at Turn 1 of the opening lap? And finally, there's some context to Antonio Giovinazzi's sarcastic post-race message to Alfa Romeo Racing. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 68) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Nov 8

30 min 16 sec

If it comes to it, will Red Bull Racing actually ask Sergio Perez to move over and hand the win to Max Verstappen? Will the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez continue to be a 'Red Bull track' or will we continue to buck the trend of certain circuits favouring one of the two title-battling teams?  And of course, it's the start of the final triple header of the 2021 Formula 1 Season. But this one's much different than most other triple headers Formula 1 has experienced.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal share story lines to watch the 2021 Mexico Grand Prix for. Sergio Perez, altitude and cooling will be the buzzwords. Are Ferrari and Alpine the dark horses?  In the Drivers' Championship battle, there are about 80 points up for grabs and the pressure will be felt not just on the two title protagonists but also on the guys on the pit wall, the pit crew and more. After all, a tyre strategy error or even a slow stop could have a significant blow in their driver's title hopes.  But of course, the one thing that Mexico will deliver is a legion of fans that are very passionate about Formula 1 and Sergio Perez! Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 67) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Nov 5

22 min 33 sec

How exactly do you think the Alonso-FIA saga is going to conclude? To be frank, Alonso is doing what every Formula 1 fan wants to do - get the FIA to be consistent in their penalties.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss the ongoing battle between Alonso and the FIA. Is the lack of a proper on-track fight one of the reasons why Alonso is battling with the FIA? Let's remember, Alonso has had his run-ins with pretty much every major Formula 1 team - Ferrari, Honda, Mclaren and Mercedes. Is the FIA his next target?  From where Soumil sits, he thinks it's a case of 'Fernando is smarter than you' scenario. The former double World Champion is truly pushing the FIA to become consistent in their rule application. On the other hand, Kunal dips into his experience as a competitive sailor and asks if the 'water at the mark' rule from the sport of Sailing could be tweaked for implementation in the world of Motorsport? Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 66) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Alpine F1 Team  

Nov 1

13 min 49 sec

What a weekend it was at the Circuit of the Americas. Formula 1 celebrated being in America just as much America celebrated hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix after a two year gap.  Max Verstappen drove a Hamilton-esque race to win the 2021 United States GP. In fact, almost everyone believed that Hamilton would make a late-race lunge to grab the lead of the race from Verstappen.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal continue the celebrations that were at COTA. They often say that Formula 1 is a high-speed game of chess & the 2021 United States GP was testimony to that. Red Bull Racing's aggressive strategy saw Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes lose the race despite leading in the early stages. In fact, what could have Mercedes done to help Hamilton win?  Sergio Perez's win despite a drinks system issue, the Mclaren-Ferrari battle and Fernando Alonso's ongoing battle with the FIA. Tune in to re-live some of the most-fascinating stories and talking points from the 2021 United States GP.  (Season 2021, Episode 65) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Oct 25

26 min 26 sec

Max Verstappen is on pole (surprised!?), but does Lewis Hamilton have the pace to challenge him for the race win in today's 2021 United States GP? The heat will continue to be a factor in today's race & in this episode, Soumil and Kunal discuss race strategy options. And will it be a case of two Red Bulls vs. Hamilton's lone Mercedes at the front? Can Ferrari and Mclaren be in the mix? Their gaps to the top-2 indicate that they will create strategy headaches throughout the race.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. And of course, who was your star in yesterday's qualifying? Why did Carlos Sainz Jr. and Yuki Tsunoda use the soft tyre in Q2 thereby committing to starting the race on that compound? What's the time loss in the pit lane under Green Flag conditions and if there's a SC / VSC during the race? And what's the optimal strategy, a one-stopper or a two-stopper? Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 64) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Oct 24

13 min 45 sec

It's time for the 2021 United States Grand Prix! After two feature episodes earlier in the week (one with Bob Varsha, the 'Voice of F1 in America'), Soumil and Kunal are back with the race preview episode. What are the '5 things to watch for' this weekend? And remember, it's Liberty Media's home race!  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, the duo discuss the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry and if Bottas-Perez will continue to interfere in the title battle for the 2021 Formula 1 season. But of course, will Red Bull Racing have reduced their performance deficit to Mercedes after Turkey?  Did you know? Ferrari-Mclaren are over 100 points clear to AlphaTauri in 5th place. Pierre Gasly is yet to finish higher than P12 at the Circuit of the Americas & of course, Sebastian Vettel has failed to score a point since the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.  And of course, look out for the A-list celebrities & the NBA Legends brace the Formula 1 paddock this weekend. It's gonna be an entertaining one, this one - this episode and then the 2021 United States Grand Prix! 😉 Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 63) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Formula 1 // Twitter

Oct 22

27 min 31 sec

In the build-up to this weekend's 2021 United States Grand Prix, we promise you that the 60 mins you will invest listening to this episode will probably the best-ever! After all, we have the legendary Bob Varsha joining us on the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Yes, it is 'Mr. Voice of Formula 1 in America' himself! 😍 (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode, Bob shares his journey as a TV broadcaster & how he embarked on it by chance! He reminisces the various races Formula 1 has hosted in America over the years and explains with insights why the United States of America has always been a big prize to catch for Formula 1. And of course, he ponders over the several false starts that Formula 1 has made over the years and discusses the much-hyped project - the US F1 Team. But what could the future hold for Formula 1 in America? Has Liberty Media seemingly cracked the code? Will the increase in American involvement in the sport add fuel to an already exploding market? Andretti-Sauber & Colton Herta - the two strong rumours doing the rounds these days.  Bob shares his views on the battle between Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton while also looking back at his fond memories with Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and others. When asked his 'best driver to interact with', Bob promptly chose Rubens Barrichello over all others. There's also talk about Juan Pablo Montoya, the last driver to succeed in races on both sides of the pond! And finally, Bob shares an advice or two for budding sports broadcasters & commentators.  There are a lot of insights, experiences, anecdotes and memories packed in these 60 mins. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 62) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mclaren

Oct 20

1 hr 1 min

Formula 1 sets foot in America this week and we're celebrating! Here's a look at a new program for the coming week: (mark your calendars!)  18.10 (Monday): F1 in America - When A Blue Ferrari Raced & Other Stories 20.10 (Wednesday): Bob Varsha Joins Us On The Inside Line F1 Podcast 22.10 (Friday): 5 Reasons To Watch The 2021 US Grand Prix 24.10 (Sunday): Race Strategy Preview (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss some of the memorable, heroic and controversial races that America hosted in Formula 1 history. Remember when Ferrari raced a blue-and-white car instead of the scarlet red? In fact, remember when Ferrari skipped racing in the USA in the early 60s? What about the race in Dallas ('84) when the tarmac came loose? Do you remember the Parking Lot Grand Prix that was hosted by the Caesar Palace hotel in Las Vegas? And of course, the Grand Prix in 2005 at Indianapolis - the race that everyone wants to forget! The race that almost no one will forget - the 2018 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas? Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 61) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Ferrari

Oct 18

28 min 47 sec

Whoever founded the 'World Porridge Day' couldn't have asked for a better tribute than Valtteri Bottas scoring his first win of the season at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix. The Finn inherited pole position on Saturday & then drove a controlled race to finish ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez.  In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss the damp-but-boring race at the Istanbul Park Circuit. (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode - why was the circuit not drying up despite no rainfall for most of the race? Is the Pirelli intermediate a racing tyre? Should Mercedes have taken Lewis Hamilton's power unit-induced grid penalty at another race? And of course, should Mercedes have opted for the '0-stopper' strategy for their reigning World Champion? Should Red Bull Racing be pleased with a double podium finish? Mclaren lost a bit of ground to Ferrari - Leclerc's missed podium and Sainz's brilliant recovery drive. The surprising part was that the race saw now SC / VSC despite being held in damp conditions and despite an on-track battle between the two Haas drivers. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 60) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Oct 10

36 min 31 sec

Yes, you read that correct. In our view, Lando Norris made the correct call. He decided to back his gut & stay out. But of course, it was the wrong call but let's not slay the driver for doing what we all inevitably do - back our gut. 😎  Lewis Hamilton finally won his 100th - and did so in epic style. He drove to the strategy Mercedes had for him, one of his inane talents. Now whether you like Hamilton & his records or not, you witnessed history in the making at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal re-live the epic, entertaining and Shakespearean race that was - the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz Jr.'s attacking opening laps, Norris' early race lead, the late-race rain, the gambles that worked - and ones that didn't, Verstappen's surprise P2, Mercedes' tactical penalty for Bottas, Alonso-magic and more. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 59) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mclaren

Sep 26

45 min 31 sec

Max Verstappen's 4th power unit-inflicted penalty might rob us of a wheel-to-wheel battle (or another crash!) between him & Lewis Hamilton in Sochi, but there's still a lot to look forward to in the Russian Grand Prix.  For starters, it's Nikita Mazepin's first-ever home Grand Prix. Let's see what he makes of it here! (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Did you know that this is the first time in 2021 when both Formula 2 and Formula 3 are held on the same weekend as Formula 1? You need to tune in to hear why it's kind-of a big deal!  Will VTB dominate the VTB Russian Grand Prix?🤣 Can Mclaren-Ricciardo do good with their momentum from Monza? Will Perez play a larger role this weekend than giving a tow to Verstappen? Lots of stories to look forward to this weekend, tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 58) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes  

Sep 24

24 min 18 sec

We're always up for discussing Michael Schumacher - and in this episode, Soumil and Kunal review the Michael Schumacher documentary that Netflix released a few days ago. We're probably a bit late with our review of the documentary, but then again, we had a slew of emotions to deal with before we sat to record.  (Episode description follows below) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Did you watch the Michael Schumacher documentary on Netflix? What's your take on the stories they narrated? What part touched you the most and what part(s) left you wanting more? Tune in to hear our review!  (Season 2021, Episode 57) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Ferrari 

Sep 21

12 min

'If F1 Teams Were Stocks, Buy, Sell or Hold?' was a series of episodes Soumil and Kunal hosted before the start of the 2021 Formula 1 season. So how did the duo fare in their 'investment advice' for each of the ten teams? Two-thirds into the 2021 Formula 1 season, the duo review their own advice in this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.  Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. And of course, how did your investments fare after our pre-season advice? Write to us via our Facebook page. (Season 2021, Episode 56) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Image courtesy: Mercedes

Sep 19

36 min 2 sec

Daniel Ricciardo's first win with Mclaren or Verstappen-Hamilton's crash? What's your highlight of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix?  For us, there's nothing that can overshadow Ricciardo's first win. You know well just what the Australian has been through post-Red Bull & with Mclaren to get to the top step in Monza. Congratulations, Daniel!😎 Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal celebrate Ricciardo's win (without a shoey, sadly!), analyse the Verstappen-Hamilton crash and the subsequent FIA's penalty for Verstappen. What side of the fence are you on? Is it a Hamilton's fault, Verstappen's fault or a racing incident? For us, it's clear that the FIA needs to hit refresh and treat racing incidents as exactly that - racing incidents. First Silverstone, now Monza - will the title rivals come together again. And if they do, will the FIA be trigger happy with penalties as they've been yet? @F1StatsGuru (Sundaram) delivers a mighty stats review - one that is bolstered by Mclaren's performance - one that saw them win and finish 1-2 in the 2021 Italian Grand Prix on merit. Also - overtaking in Monza was almost impossible unless you were Valtteri Bottas. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 55) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mclaren  

Sep 12

41 min 42 sec

The tow is worth about 0.7s per lap - so that's our pick for the buzzword for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. But of course, 'slipstreaming' and 'drafting' come a very close second. The 2021 Italian Grand Prix also sees a return of the F1 Sprint - a second chance to like (or dislike!?) the format a bit more, we guess.  Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. There's also the not-to-miss stats review from Sundaram in this episode. At the moment, it seems that Monza is most-suited to host the F1 Sprint - can we expect a lot of overtakes this time around? Also, watch-out for Friday evening traffic in Monza - all drivers waiting for the tow!  It's Round 14 in the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Who's car will hold the edge around the 'Temple of Speed'? Can Lando Norris get his points-scoring rhythm back? Mclaren need to strike back in their battle with Ferrari for P3. Who else is the wild card? Pierre Gasly arrives this weekend as the last winner of the Italian Grand Prix. Yes, 2020 saw a crazy result. Let's see what 2021 throws at us. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 54) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Sep 9

30 min 26 sec

OMG, Zandvoort just delivered the most-perfect Formula 1 Grand Prix since a long long time. Here's the best to describe how we saw it - is that a music festival? is that a Formula 1? It's the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix!  Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Max Mania, Super Max, Magic Verstappen and several other terms were used for Red Bull Racing's winning driver this weekend. He was calm, composed and measured as he went about picking up pole position and race win to reclaim the lead in the Drivers' Championship. But could Mercedes-Hamilton have done any different? Remember, there's only so far you can go on race strategy...if you don't have the fastest car.  In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss Valtteri Bottas' act of defiance, did Sergio Perez really deserve the Driver of the Day or was it Fernando Alonso or maybe even Pierre Gasly? While applauding Perez's recovery drives, let's remember that this isn't what the doctor (Marko) ordered for.  Ferrari pulled away from Mclaren in the Constructors' Championship - and it's linked to Lando Norris not weaving his magic on track like he did in the first half of the season. There's a lot more in this episode, tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 53)  Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Sep 5

32 min 3 sec

Could Lewis Hamilton score his 100th Formula 1 win in front of Max Verstappen's 'Orange Army' at Zandvoort? Will Zandvoort offer us good racing this Sunday? It's certain that the qualifying hour will be fun to watch - drivers finding the limit of their cars on a narrow, fast-flowing and banked circuit.  P.S.: For all our Dutch listeners attending the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, please refrain from booing Hamilton this weekend.😎 (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the upcoming 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. A mix of Monaco, Hungary, Suzuka and maybe even Portimao - the duo is certain that Zandvoort's unique characteristics will make it stand out. The buzzword for this weekend's race? Tarzan, not the jungle boy, but the final banked corner of the circuit.  After 4 weeks no racing (yes, Spa included), we're hoping that racing resumes at Zandvoort. And then of course, the title rivalry to resume as well. The W12 or RB16B, which car will be the faster package around Zandvoort? Also in this episode - the wildcard performances to look forward to - Lando Norris, George Russell and maybe even the Ferrari drivers? Also, watch out for the Safety Car(s) and Red Flags, we do think they'll make a few appearances this weekend. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 52) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Sep 2

24 min 33 sec

The Formula 1 teams-drivers had half points awarded for no race. So of course, you are now served a full Grand Prix length episode for no race. There are no team-driver performances to talk about - but Soumil and Kunal wonder if the FIA could have acted differently during the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. Believe it or not, the alternate title for this episode was 'Michael Messy...'. Yes, we know that one man isn't to blame at all.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, the duo discuss if 'money talks' was the reason why we had a four-hour long wait for two farcical laps under the Safety Car. Why could the race have not been postponed to Monday? Of course, not the best optics for the sport and rule book of Formula 1.  But there is much to celebrate from the weekend of the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix for George Russell and Williams. Similarly, in the could've-would've-should've scenarios, maybe Lando Norris would've scored pole position and race win in this race. Sundaram 'F1 Stats Guru' Ramaswami shares some of the most-surprising stats from the race - yes, this race was a treat for stat lovers! And finally, this episode offers entertainment options for Formula 1 in case we have a similarly long delay next time around - a Formula 1 boy band, anyone? This one's a fun one, tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 51) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Aug 29

28 min 44 sec

Yeah, it's been a week of the 'Spa for him & spa for her' memes. But really, we think that Spa is for everyone. It is one of the most-iconic circuits in the world of Motorsport. But what makes Spa so special? What is the challenge of Spa for the teams-drivers come the weekend of the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix? And of course,  Soumil and Kunal share the ONE thing they both think you should watch for at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. (Read: F1 History & Stats, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgian GP) (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix to be held at the mystic and historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. After suffering from first lap mishaps in the last two races, Max Verstappen would be itching to have a clean race and take the battle to Lewis Hamilton. Yes, there are 12 races remaining in this championship fight, but the races will come and go at a faster rate in the second half of the season. Momentum will be key and that's the ONE thing that Verstappen would be eager to resume. And of course, there's Ferrari vs. Mclaren + the uber-competitive mid-field battle, Fernando Alonso's extension with Alpine and the announcement of the 'Overtake Award'. Frankly, given Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez's grid penalties, the chance for an outsider to score a podium in the Belgian Grand Prix is fairly high.  Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 50) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes   

Aug 26

28 min 48 sec

Did you know that for the first time in history, the second half of the 2021 Formula 1  season has more races than the first? Did you know that Max Verstappen has led 4x the number of laps in the races than Lewis Hamilton this season? Yes, and he still trails him by 8 points in the Drivers' Championship.  If you're a fan of Formula 1 stats (quite frankly, who isn't?), we've got Sundaram 'statman' Ramaswami joining Soumil and Kunal in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. The trio share at least one mind-boggling stat from the first eleven races of the season that has had them in awe.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. There's still a fortnight to go before Formula 1 sets its circus at the Spa Francorchamps - but this episode and the stats discussed will offer a lot of perspective on the 2021 Formula 1 season, the title battle and of course, the mid-field mayhem. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 49) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Alpine F1 Team

Aug 13

31 min 45 sec

HOLY WOW! That was an epic race on all counts. The start, opening lap, one-car restart, the 'what's actually happening in the race?' phase, Lewis Hamliton's undercuts-overtakes & then Fernando Alonso's brilliant defensive driving and team play. Was there a moment from the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix that you did not enjoy?  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal re-live Esteban Ocon's win - something that we didn't see much of apart from a few onboard shots and the final celebrations. They also discuss - why did Hamilton not pit during the restart? Were teams-drivers permitted to discuss tyre changes during the restart? What if Carlos Sainz Jr. had pitted when Ferrari actually wanted him to pit? And of course, why could Sainz Jr. not pit despite knowing that Hamilton would pit?  News of Sebastian Vettel's disqualification & Aston Martin Racing's appeal came through while recording this episode - so why exactly was Vettel disqualified? Why does the FIA require a fuel sample from all the competitors? There are several questions answered in this episode. And of course, Sundaram delivers his classic stats review. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 48) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Alpine F1 Team

Aug 1

47 min 4 sec

The Hungaroring is the perfect venue for the battle between Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton to resume. The circuit places emphasis on track position, has just about one overtaking spot & offers diverse race strategy options. Adding to Mercedes-Hamilton's momentum is the FIA's rejection of Red Bull Racing's request to review the infamous crash from the British GP.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this race preview episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal look forward to the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. Red Bull Racing-Verstappen's fight back starts from Friday Free Practice given Honda's evaluation of VER's power unit that survived the crash at Copse in Silverstone.  Apart from the VER-HAM battle, there's the mid-field battle between Ferrari & Mclaren to look forward to. Could 'Monaco without the walls', as the Hungaroring has been labeled over the years, bring Ferrari in the mix? And of course, this is the last race before the summer break and both Red Bull Racing & Mercedes have a vacant cockpit for 2022. There's a lot to look forward to in Hungary, tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 47) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jul 29

33 min 13 sec

How did you fall in love with Formula 1? Was it a controversy or a crash? Or was it the automobile brands that have been competing ever since? Or was it a driver or two or three that made you a fan of the sport?  In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, RJ Rishi Kapoor joins Soumil and Kunal as we narrate the stories that made us fall in love with the sport of Formula 1. And of course, for our old timers, this episode is Rishi's homecoming of sorts.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. 1997 European GP, 2007 Brazilian GP, 1999 Malaysian GP, 2009 Formula 1 season and several more historical references as we discuss our best memories and stories that brought us closer to Formula 1.  And of course, apart from the sporting reasons, there's the politics, technology and even the business of Formula 1 that has our interest. What piece of Formula 1 merchandise do you possess? And what about video games? Oh, this one's a fun episode. Tune in!  We'd love to hear what made you fall in love with Formula 1. Write to us via our Facebook page.  (Season 2021, Episode 46) Follow our hosts on Twitter: RJ Rishi Kapoor, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jul 24

1 hr 3 min

Boy, oh, boy! It finally happened - a coming together of title rivals, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton! Undeniably, one of the questions that's split the world of Formula 1 is - who was at fault? Was Verstappen too aggressive or was Hamilton too optimistic? Did Hamilton get carried away with the emotion of racing at home in front of the passionate British fans?  But why can't we just classify it as a racing incident? Soumil and Kunal ponder further in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Sundaram chips in with his awe-inducing post-race stats review.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Frankly, we would've loved to move on after terming the Verstappen-Hamilton clash as a racing incident. But since the FIA found Hamilton guilty, were they too lenient with their penalty? Or are we just reacting to the outcome of the crash (VER had a heavy one that led to no points) and then the outcome of the penalty (HAM still won!)? Needless to say, but both drivers will battle smarter (or so we assume!) the next time the meet on-track & let's hope that happens for several seasons to come. And before we move on, a great race by Hamilton to overcome the penalty and still score a win.  The VER-HAM incident showcased another very strong aspect of the sport - the teams lobbying the FIA to turn situations in their favour. Incredible behind-the-scenes radio exchanges between the FIA, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari.  Lest we forget, there were 18 other races too. This episodes reviews the 2021 British Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso shining on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Was Ferrari and Charles Leclerc's pace genuine? They led more laps of the race than Hamilton! Was heat the factor behind the slow pit-stops? Could Lando Norris have finished on the podium had it not been for a slow stop? What's with Valtteri Bottas' starts? And finally, when last did Sergio Perez make so many driver errors? Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 45) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jul 18

37 min 3 sec

Was Formula 1's first-ever F1 Sprint a success? If you're Fernando Alonso, it definitely was. But not so much if you're Sergio Perez or Carlos Sainz Jr. The 17-lap dash had it's ups-and-downs, just like a regular Grand Prix.  Tell us if you were entertained by the F1 Sprint via our Facebook page.  (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this 'sprint episode' of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal review the first-ever F1 Sprint at the 2021 British Grand Prix. Max Verstappen's blazing brakes and rocket start, Lewis Hamilton's chase, Mclarens vs. Alonso, George Russell in the top-10 and more. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 44) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Alpine 

Jul 17

16 min 30 sec

Yes, the buzz for the 2021 British GP is the 'F1 Sprint' that will be hosted for the first time ever in the history of Formula 1. But let's not forget that in the Verstappen-Hamilton title battle, all eyes are now on Mercedes & the 'exciting' upgrade that they will bring to Hamilton's home race at Silverstone.  So of course, can Mercedes bring it home for Lewis? 😎 (The episode description follows below) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 British GP - Hamilton needs to strike back & what better place to do that than at home and in front of the passionate British fans. This race might also be the last of the sub-two second pit stops, so enjoy them as they come. As for the mid-field, does Lando Norris have as much support among the British fans as Hamilton, if not more? And what about George Russell!?  As for 'F1 Sprint', Soumil hosts a solo session - explaining the schematics of the 'sprint qualifying race' that will be trialed this weekend. Look forward to that segment from 26:30. More than the sporting aspect, the F1 Sprint puts different sorts of pressures on teams for the 2021 British GP. For once, we will watch history being made!  Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 43) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mclaren 

Jul 14

39 min 22 sec

Audi or Porsche - which one of the VW brands could we expect to see in F1 2025? Will the units have more electric over ICE power? Will we see more teams joining the sport? Will Formula 1 continue to be 'road relevant'? Will we continue to see new experiments in the sporting format - reverse grids, maybe?  And no, it's not early to talk about F1 2025 and there's a reason why!  Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, automotive journalist Rahul Kapoor joins Soumil and Kunal to discuss what 'formula' to expect in F1 2025. A merger between Formula E and Formula 1 might not be in the offing...not just yet!  This episode has four parts - technical, sporting, talent & teams being the four areas of focus for F1 2025. will LAT, MAZ and STR continue racing in F1 2025? What about ALO - will he retire after he's swapped helmets with all drivers? The next generation of racers could include - Dennis Hauger, Theo Pourchaire & who else?  Will the Mazepins have finally bought Haas? Might not be as works teams, but could new car manufacturers join Formula 1 as a power unit supplier? Will technology transfer between leading Motorsport championships be the decisive factor? And finally, we expect track limits and time penalties to still be around. Tune in as we try peep into the not-so-distant future!  (Season 2021, Episode 42) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jul 10

1 hr 3 min

Of course, we HAD to call this episode as the 'Outside Line F1 Podcast', given the overtaking line of choice for several drivers in the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. And of course, we received a 5-second time penalty from the FIA for our transgressions as well! C'mon along and join the fun in this race review episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast with Soumil and Kunal.  And also, the F1 App was hacked - was it someone called Bernie?  Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Max Verstappen's first-ever Formula 1 career Grand Slam came a month or so after meeting Serena Williams. Lewis Hamilton's bodywork damage due to end of life cycle for parts - HAM's not been on the podium for 4 out of the last 6 races. He's now trailing VER by 32 points in the Drivers' Championship. After an epic start to the title battle, is this now a one-horse race?  Also, BOT's second place was his best-finish of the season. But did you also cheer RUS a bit more this weekend? RUS vs. ALO was epic to watch - so close yet so far! Is Carlos Sainz Jr. overshadowing LEC at Ferrari? The Spaniard executed the reverse strategy to great effect. And finally, did the FIA find themselves in a black hole after adjudicating the NOR-PER incident at the restart? Would having a run-off area rather than a gravel trap have changed their penalty decision? PER and TSU were the FIAs favourites as they received 2 x 5 second time penalties.  Lastly, RAI-VET's clash - how on earth did RAI misjudge that!? The cooler temps + softer compound made for an interesting race even though VER won it by a mile and more! Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 41) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Jul 4

41 min 55 sec

Should we pin our hopes on Pirelli's C5 tyre? A compound that's never been raced before at the Red Bull Ring? And of course, do your rain dance before you tune in - because if nothing else, the weather might just make the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix an entertaining one.  Remember the low expectations before the 2021 French Grand Prix? It might just make sense to follow the same strategy this weekend, too.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Soumil and Kunal preview the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Formula 1 teams would've raced at the Red Bull Ring four times in the last twelve months - each race having it's own distinct identity. The duo discuss what to expect this weekend! If George Russel is Mr. Saturday, is Sergio Perez Formula 1's Mr. Sunday? Perez's improvement in qualifying will be the one to watch for this weekend.  Also, how will Mercedes-Hamilton retaliate? Would they have found the missing two tenths in their package? Let's hope they don't find one more reason to 'blame' Red Bull Racing for being the class of the field. Then of course, there's the ever-competitive mid-field battle - Mclaren, Ferrari and you know the other players. Finally, above all else, the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix will be remembered for welcoming fans in full capacity - a great sign of things to come, one hopes. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 40) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Jul 1

29 min 1 sec

P.S.: We picked up some unexpected noise in our audio signal during this recording. Please bear with our quality. We hope that the quality of content more than makes up for the lack of audio quality.  Key points discussed: Why the 2021 Styrian GP wasn't all that exciting - and how soon before fans start complaining about Red Bull Racing's dominance?  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal spoke about - VER's most-dominant win, BOT-PER's duel - but who performed better, BOT or RUS? Can Mercedes-HAM bounce back? Is it a question of IF or how soon?  How Ferrari recovered from the debacle in France to the double points in Austria. What was RIC's primary struggle? Why VET couldn't mirror SAI's strategy to finish higher up the order? Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 39) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Jun 27

40 min 12 sec

"The hills are alive to the sounds of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid engines," said Soumil in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast as he looks forward to the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix along with Kunal. Is Red Bull Ring the most-picturesque circuit on the Formula 1 calendar? Kunal calls it the 'Wimbledon of Formula 1'!  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. 'Fine margins' & 'rain' will be the buzzwords this weekend. As will be the intense title battle between Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton that will resume. Can VER score the first consecutive pole positions of his career? Red Bull Racing & Mercedes have fared well in the past - as long as they've stayed away from the kerbs! Can HAM strike back & stop VER's juggernaut? Get ready for rain to be the additional layer in their epic battle.  Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, will Mclaren retain their edge over Ferrari? Or will the circuit characteristics mask Ferrari's woes? Can Vettel-Aston Martin continue their fine run? Will Gasly-AlphaTauri join the battle, too? There's a lot of stories to look forward to this weekend. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 38) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Jun 24

35 min 5 sec

OMG! Almost no one saw that coming. The French Grand Prix actually entertained Formula 1 fans! As Kunal said, "The 2021 French Grand Prix has raised bar and how for all the French Grands Prix to follow in the next century." But WHAT IF Max Verstappen had not made the opening lap error at Turn 1 and kept the lead, would the 2021 French Grand Prix have been less entertaining?  In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil joins Kunal to review the epic race at Circuit Paul Ricard. A race that saw all 20 drivers finish AND not a single yellow flag!  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Could Mercedes have done different strategy-wise? Could they have switched to the two-stopper mid-race? Why did Red Bull Racing-Verstappen stop twice despite having the lead & track position? Also, how did VER undercut HAM in the race? Oh, just how powerful was the undercut AND of course, Mercedes desperately need to sharpen their race strategy skills. For the third race in a row, HAM's lost track position in the pit-stops.  Also in this episode - the racy Mclarens, Lando Norris' race to fifth, the RIC-NOR swap that we missed on the world feed, Sergio Perez's play as VER's wingman & taking points off Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship, Valtteri Bottas' expletive-laden radio, Aston Martin Racing's alternate strategy & Ferrari's tyre degradation. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 37) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Stats Review by Sundaram Ramaswami Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

Jun 20

34 min 50 sec

The French Grand Prix is the ONE race that almost every fan fears. Okay, maybe Abu Dhabi as well. For all the history associated with France and Grand Prix racing, the Circuit Paul Ricard almost always fails to deliver a worthy race. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal preview the upcoming 2021 French Grand Prix.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Circuit Paul Ricard is a bit of a standout in many ways - the sheer number of circuit configurations, sprinkler systems, red-blue run-off areas and so on. While the circuit is great for testing, is it really worth going to for a Formula 1 race? Well, now that we're here for the third time in this era, let's look at some of the stories that could light up the weekend.  Mercedes-Hamilton will be itching to bounce back & regain momentum in the title battle against Red Bull Racing-Verstappen. Will the FIA's new Technical Directive with regards to using the Pirelli tyres impact the intense title battle we have witnessed yet? Can Perez score back-to-back wins for RBR before Verstappen? As for Aston Martin Racing, they made their Grand Prix debut 99 years ago at the French Grand Prix. Will they be able to drive the momentum built in Monaco & Baku to further heights in France? And of course, there's the Mclaren vs. Ferrari battle in the mid-field along with Alpine, AlphaTauri and maybe even Alfa Romeo. There's a lot of narratives to look forward to this weekend but nothing will replace a classic race on-track. May the Racing Gods bless us all. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 36) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Stats Review by Sundaram Ramaswami Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jun 17

29 min 2 sec

The question on everyone's minds - will the 2021 Formula 1 season be less than 23 races? It's supposed to be the longest season in the history of the sport, but will we actually have those many races? For starters, Singapore has been cancelled and several other venues may be forced to do so due to the ongoing pandemic. In which case, what would be the impact of a shortened season on Formula 1 and its stakeholders?  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal are joined by Dipak Ragav - an FIA-accredited journalist for leading Indian publication, The Hindu. The trio discuss the sporting, commercial and technical impact of the shortened 2021 Formula 1 season.  How will it impact the title battle between Hamilton and Verstappen? What about the development race between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes? Which driver would actually be hoping for a full season to resurrect form? How will a shortened season impact the commercials between Liberty Media-Formula 1 teams and the teams and their sponsors. And finally, how many races do you think will Formula 1 manage to host in 2021? Write to us via our Facebook page.  Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 35) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Dipak Ragav, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes  

Jun 12

1 hr 9 min

The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix delivered on all of its pre-race hype and promise. For starters, the 'no repeat winner' stat remained intact after Sergio Perez scored his first race win for Red Bull Racing. Max Verstappen's retirement meant that Perez still has a better record of points and podiums in Baku! A Safety Car has made an appearance at every single race in Baku till date.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. in this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal discuss the great advertisement the 2021 Azerbaijan GP was for Formula 1 and for the 'sprint qualifying races'. VER-STR's tyre failures, Pirelli taking the thunder away from flexi-wings, VET-GAS-LEC's brilliant scrap for the podium, ALO's spirited drive to 6th, BOT's slipping down the order, HAM's rare mistake & RAI scoring his first point of the season. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 34) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes

Jun 6

37 min 12 sec

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.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. 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

Jun 4

27 min 31 sec

She's back! Mithila returns to join Soumil and Kunal in this blockbuster episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.  It's her homecoming, as Soumil puts it.  For this special episode, the trio discussed a very interesting topic - the future of drivers in Formula 1.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection(exclusive for our listeners in India + offer valid till 31st May, 2021) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. The role of the driver in Formula 1 has diminished in time. '80-20' is the number that is most-often cited when asked about the split in role of the car-driver in modern day Formula 1. With new competitive racing formats (like the spring qualifying from 2021), the growing importance of social media imagery, the talks about driver salaries being capped and the influx of younger drivers every other season, what could be the future of drivers in Formula 1?  Here's a wild prediction that Kunal made - an NBA-style draft in Formula 1. It may be a looong time away, but is the sport heading off in that direction? Do teams need to evolve to cope with 'driver brands' being as big or even bigger than theirs? How agile do the drivers need to be to adapt to newer competitive racing formats? And finally, will they continue to be PR-robots controlled by their teams? Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 32) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Mithila Mehta, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Formula 1   

May 30

1 hr 4 min

After most races at Monaco, the typical question is - should we continue to race on the streets of Monte Carlo? The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix has brought this question back into focus. However, it's time we don't blame the track. In fact, if there's one blame we can lay on the organisers, it would be their shoddy TV direction throughout the 78-lap race.  Of course, even a world-class TV director wouldn't have managed to save us from the boredom the race inflicted, but there were several positive narratives from the weekend.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection(exclusive for our listeners in India + offer valid till 31st May, 2021) For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal review the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. The duo discuss why the cars are more to blame than the tight-twisty and narrow layout of the Circuit de Monaco. Should Ferrari have changed Charles Leclerc's gearbox out of precaution? Isn't starting the race from 6th place better than not starting at all? What would you have done if you were the decision-maker at Ferrari?  Also in this episode: Mercedes' botched pit stop + race strategy, the power of the overcut, Pierre Gasly's 78-lap defence on Lewis Hamilton, the return of vintage Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing's smart race strategy, Carlos Sainz Jr.-Lando Norris' podium bromance, why Hamilton struggled and of course, Sundaram's kick-ass stats from the race. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 31) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Aston Martin Racing  

May 23

37 min 11 sec

No, we're not delusional. We believe that Ferrari could win this weekend's 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. If they get pole, and mind you, they look quick, they could dictate the overall race pace and go for the win. For those naysayers, Mercedes did exactly that with Nico Rosberg in 2013. The lack of overtaking opportunities makes track position even more vital in Monaco. But of course, the key point here is 'if they get pole'.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Predict the pole position time and win vouchers worth INR 3,000 from Puma.  For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal look forward to this weekend's 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. The flexi-wings controversy is another angle to the ongoing Red Bull Racing vs. Mercedes battle. When exactly will Verstappen-Red Bull Racing's championship challenge take off? Monaco hasn't been most-kind to VER. As for Lewis Hamilton, his lowest race-to-pole position ratio (0.15%) is at Monaco. Could someone else snatch the spoils from the two title protagonists?  Sergio 'Checo' Perez has scored a podium before in Monaco - could this weekend be his first with RBR? PER will need to deliver on Saturday. Will BOT struggle from tyre warm-up issues here, too? What are the possible race strategies and the pit lane time loss? What makes Monaco so special? How will the four Monaco virgins (TSU, MAZ, MSC & LAT) fare? Will Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso be able to keep up with their Monaco records? And of course, an unpopular opinion is that at least one of us (Kunal, in this case) doesn't care about the special car-driver liveries in the sport (case in point: Mclaren's Gulf-special livery for Monaco).  Hereon, we will have two special segments in our race preview episodes - first, Sundaram presenting his uber-cool stats. Second, Akaash hosting 'race track 101' to look back to circuit history and memories. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 30) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes AMG Petronas

May 20

40 min 58 sec

The 2021 Formula 1 season has had a brilliant start. The Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton battle seems set to last the full course of the season (no, we're not jinxing it!). But we don't want the title to be decided or be influenced by a controversy - flexi wings, to be more specific. But there are more stories we don't wish to see/hear this season.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail an additional 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Predict the pole position time and win vouchers worth INR 3,000 from Puma.  For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal are joined by Lucien Byfieldt from Australia. The trio discuss 'stories they don't wish to see or hear' in the 2021 Formula 1 season. Sebastian Vettel still struggling to find his mojo. The Yuki Tsunoda hype train - let's give the young Jap a bit of time, c'mon. The trolling of Nikita Mazepin for being a bad human - let's focus on his spinning first? 'It's the car, not the driver', in Hamilton's case. Drive to Survive overusing it's creative license and more. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 29) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Aston Martin F1 Team  

May 17

1 hr 6 min

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!  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Follow our social media profiles to play and win. #F1 #Merchandise  For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free Shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. 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! Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes AMG Petronas  

May 9

31 min 51 sec

The first double header race weekend of the 2021 Formula 1 season is here. After Portugal, it's time for Spain to host its annual Grand Prix. The Circuit de Catalunya doesn't always deliver exciting races, but in this episode, Soumil and Kunal tell you the '5 things to watch for' in the race this weekend.  (The episode description follows after the promotional messages) Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Follow our social media profiles to play and win. #F1 #Merchandise  For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free Shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. In this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, the duo tell you the ONE thing they both are looking forward to in the Mercedes-Hamilton vs. Red Bull Racing-Verstappen battle. Has Alpine successfully joined the mid-field battle or was their pace in Portugal a one-off? How tricky will the tyres be this race weekend? Why is track position and qualifying so critical? What's the pit lane time loss? All this and more in our race preview episode. Tune in! (Season 2021, Episode 27) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool

May 7

25 min 52 sec

Use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection (exclusive for our listeners in India). A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Follow our social media profiles to play and win. #F1 #Merchandise  For our global audiences, get 20% OFF at Manscaped + free Shipping with promo code TRIMINSIDE at MANSCAPED.com! #ad #manscapedpod Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. Lewis Hamilton stole the show in the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. His overtaking moves were decisive and lethal. But is Max Verstappen making too many mistakes? The count is up to 4 from the opening 3 races. Yes, they're marginal errors, but have they cost him the lead in the Drivers' Championship? After Portugal, he trails Hamilton by 8 points.  Also in this Pits to Podium segment of the Inside Line F1 Podcast - why couldn't Bottas convert his pole position to victory? Why did Carlos Sainz Jr. go from 5th at the start to 11th at the finish? We shower affection on our star of the season yet - Lando Norris. Of course, Alpine's double points finish and Mick Schumacher's P17 - ahead of Nicholas Latifi. Tune in!  (Season 2021, Episode 26) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Mercedes   

May 2

31 min 39 sec

Subscribe to our newsletter! It's free, informative, insightful and visually appealing. You can read more and sign up. For our listeners in India, use 'PUMAINSIDELINE' to avail a 5% discount on Puma's Motorsport merchandise collection. A special contest is coming up for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Follow our social media profiles to play and win.  The buzzword for the weekend of the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix has to be 'rollercoaster'. Seemingly, there's no better word to express the joys of racing a Formula 1 car around Algarve. But of course, we're just taking the word of the 20 drivers who get the chance to do so, aren't we?  In the same vein, we hope you take the words of Soumil and Kunal from this episode for the '5 things to watch for' in this weekend's race. Could we see a new podium sitter? Will Lewis Hamilton complete a century of pole positions? Are Ferrari and Alpine genuinely in the fight with Mclaren? What could race strategy look like and will someone finally convert a pole position to victory this season? Tune in!  This is a Pits to Podium exclusive for the Inside Line F1 Podcast.  (Season 2021, Episode 25) Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah Music courtesy: Lucien Byfieldt Image courtesy: Algarve International Circuit / Twitter

Apr 30

25 min 1 sec