Inside Line F1 Podcast: Decoding the drama of Mexico GP

Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta reflect back on the Mexico Grand Prix and the various battles the race witnessed.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Decoding the drama of Mexico GP
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
The podium (L to R): Tony Walton, Mercedes AMG F1 Mechanic; Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, second; Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, race winner; Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, third
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Podium: third place Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing with Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari on the grid
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Charlie Whiting, FIA Delegate
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38

FIA was sneaky in its ways to keep the shoey off the podium. We had an instance where three drivers were classified third at least once.

Daniel Ricciardo's shoey was missed in Mexico, but is it time for a new party trick? We're excited to know what it could be and how he's going to up that game.

The Mexico GP will be remembered for the FIA's inconsistent stewardship. One that saw Max Verstappen get penalty for doing a 'Lewis Hamilton', even when Hamilton himself didn't get one.

And of course, Sebastian Vettel realised that the only driver who gets away by doing 'The Verstappen' is Verstappen himself.

What else did this episode teach us? Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have friends in the FIA, but Vettel certainly doesn't. In fact, after his tirade of abusive, there's little doubt there.

Should Hamilton have received a penalty? Probably, yes. Verstappen too? If Hamilton did, then yes, if not, then no. But Vettel? We think not.

Are they over-regulating the sport by trying to curb natural instincts of a racing car driver? But, we expect further sanctions towards Vettel for dropping the F-bomb. A race ban? Or something far worse?

Eventually, we hope that Liberty Media realise how bunching the teams up and making them compete impacts the sport. A Verstappen vs. Vettel vs. Ricciardo is exactly what the sport needs, minus the swearing, of course.

Are Hamilton's start issues a thing of the past? We'll be glad, if they are. After all, blaming a clutch for losing the Drivers' Championships sounds very lame.

We've been talking about Nico Rosberg and his 'match points' as we near the end of the 2016 season. But since when did we start calling it a 'match point'? This isn't tennis!

Is Verstappen a threat to Hamilton or Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship? Are we the only ones fearing that he could crash into either driver in the remaining two races? He almost knocked Rosberg out of the race in Mexico.

After witnessing the Mexico GP, we are forced to agree with Bernie Ecclestone's idea on building walls to ensure drivers race within track limits.

And, Fernando Alonso was rated as 'the best Formula 1 driver' in an impromptu vote between 9 journalists. 8 out of those 9 voted for Alonso, barring one. We investigate who this journalist could be.

And finally, will Ross Brawn return to save F1? We certainly hope that he does. Because given the movements in Formula E, we definitely should be considering an Inside Line Formula E Podcast!

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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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