Inside Line F1 Podcast: Ricciardo vs Verstappen battle to watch out for?

In the final Inside Line F1 Podcast episode as summer breaks sets in, Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta wonder over Max Verstappen obeying team orders in the German Grand Prix and the brewing in-team battle at Red Bull.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Ricciardo vs Verstappen battle to watch out for?
Third place Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and second place Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing in parc ferme
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 at the start of the race
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Mick Schumacher, Prema Powerteam

The Daniel Ricciardo vs Max Verstappen seems more fun than the battle of the Mercedes drivers at the moment. It will seem so until Red Bull decides to play favourites.

Since the flavour of the season is ‘Verstappen’, did Nico Rosberg get penalised for pulling a Verstappen on Verstappen? He learned it the hard way that NO ONE overtakes Verstappen!

On that note, we tell you why Verstappen obeying a team order isn’t too bad (for him) after all.

Elsewhere, Rosberg might need a sports psychologist, but he’s got Niki Lauda by his side till he gets one helping him cope with the 62 points swing in his Drivers’ Championship battle.

The Formula 1 bromance continues over free ice-cream! While Mercedes’ pit-stop blunder added to Rosberg’s disaster, we wonder if fans would’ve cried ‘controversy’ had the same happened to their ever-favourite Lewis Hamilton.

With ‘wet starts’ being reinstated in F1, Rosberg might not entirely be pleased. On a more serious note, we’ve seriously got to look at and support Daniil Kvyat. Are we caring too much about his racing career over his mental well being?

Are Sergio Perez and his sponsors being foolish in looking for options outside of Force India? Would Williams or Renault actually be a better bet for him?

After thousand of quotes from the drivers and management, Ferrari admitted their car was just ‘slow’! Meanwhile Williams are publicly pursuing Jenson Button.

We talk about the polygamous ways of our sport. Will they have a Button-Massa, Button-Bottas or Button-Perez combination?

Bernie Ecclestone’s job, now weren’t we the first ones to say it had to be an insider’s job? Ecclestone’s helicopter pilot was of course upset.

After all, it is known that the CEO of the sport takes off in his helicopter and leaves the circuit way before the race ends. Imagine going to the races, but not getting to see the action till the end.

Finally, Mick Schumacher. He’s enjoying attention from Ferrari and Mercedes at the same time. We can’t recollect which other driver has enjoyed attention from these rivals teams publicly.

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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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