Inside Line F1 Podcast: Can Rosberg get his eighth first-ever win of 2016?

In the pre-United States Grand Prix episode of Inside Line F1 Podcast, Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta discuss the weekend's race.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Can Rosberg get his eighth first-ever win of 2016?
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads at the start of the race
Podium: race winner Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, third place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 and Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes AMG F1 Engineer
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38, Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Ron Dennis, McLaren Executive Chairman with Tetsuya Shoji, Chief Executive Officer and President of NTT Communications Corporation
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 and team mate Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate the Constructors' title with Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman; Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director; and the team

Is the US GP Lewis Hamilton's new home race? Going purely by his Instagram feed, we'd like to believe so. How many of Hamilton's reported girlfriends would cheer him in the paddock?

Would 'Joey' [Matt LeBlanc] be visiting too? If so, they should broadcast a live car-to-television radio chat between Joey and Hamilton. We actually try simulate what this conversation could be like.

In the 'Race to the White House', who would Hamilton vote for - Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Also, would Bernie Ecclestone's pal, Trump, attend the Austin race?

Formula 1 is a perfect sport for Trump to invest in and we tell you why. All-in-all, we hope that being in the United States of America does motivate Hamilton to race as Hamilton - he's been Nico Rosberg-like in the last few races.

Rosberg's best psychological attack on Hamilton would be to invite Nicole Sherzinger to the US GP. It would also be yet another battle that Rosberg would win off-track - since beating Hamilton on-track seems unlikely this season.

But Hamilton has always beaten Rosberg in the USA and Rosberg has never won here, will his 'fear of missing out' propel Rosberg to win his eighth first-ever win of the season? Surprisingly, Hamilton copied everything but Rosberg's clutch settings in Suzuka!

Let's hope that Hamilton skipped the Pirelli test due to a sore foot and not a sore thumb - after all, that's what people obsessed with social media suffer from!

Moving on from Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg's move to Renault would mean that he would at least go the Fernando Alonso and not the Adrian Sutil way.

If Valtteri Bottas partners Hulkenberg at Renault, should Williams request Felipe Massa to stay back for yet another season? Renault said that they would need five years to be World Champion.

Given Renault's commitment phobia to F1, will they be around for that long? It is interesting how Sebastian Vettel and Hulkenberg have cited Michael Schumacher as an inspiration in their career moves. Should Jenson Button seek some inspiration too?

Finally, we tell you why Ron Dennis' 5 on 10 rating is terrible for Mclaren-Honda and how Mark Webber's retirement automatically increases his chances of being subject to Daniel Ricciardo's famous shoey!

Seeing how Ricciardo's 'shoe' has suddenly become so popular, will Red Bull Racing hike their sponsorship rates for 'official shoe supplier'?

Season 2016, Episode 34:

 

Kunal Shah is a former racer who works in the sports business industry. He pens his view on Formula 1 on his personal blog: kunalsf1blog.

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