Inside Line F1 Podcast: Verstappen steals limelight from Hamilton/Rosberg battle

Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta say Max Verstappen has taken the focus away from the title battle brewing between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the latest Inside Line F1 Podcast.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Verstappen steals limelight from Hamilton/Rosberg battle
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 out of the pits
Felipe Massa, Williams, waves to his home fans after retiring from the race
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Felipe Massa, Williams, and son Felipinho, with fans and the Brazilian flag
(L to R): Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31 battle for position
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Podium: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, second; Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, race winner; Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, third

The 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix could have given Formula 1 a new World Champion, but it didn't. However, it confirmed a fact that didn't need much confirming - that Verstappen is absolute champion material.

Irrespective of the outcome of the drivers' championship, 2016 will be remembered for the brilliance of the young Dutch driver.

Hamilton won his first-ever race in Ayrton Senna's land ensuring that Abu Dhabi hosts the title decider yet again. We guess that Bernie Ecclestone and the Sheikhs would be very pleased given the amount of money they pay as hosting fees!

We also laugh over Fernando Alonso’s sense of humour. He was a horrible cameraman, but hey, at least he gave us a good laugh. Alonso also said that F1 should pay fans to watch the sport.

Though ironically, thanks to all his engine woes, Alonso has been the sports highest paid viewer for the better part of the last two seasons.

The success of the wet race in Brazil makes us wonder whether Ecclestone’s sprinkler idea is all that bad after all. Pirelli’s extreme wet tyres are so bad, but then we guess that’s true of all their tyres.

Felipe Massa had an emotional farewell in Brazil, and we are sure that Jenson Button was slightly jealous – though that’s the price you pay for not making up your mind. And a gutsy Sergio Perez dumped his new sponsor on Twitter for a joke that clearly wasn’t funny.

Finally, the big question: As we head to the title decider in Abu Dhabi, who is going to emerge as World Champion?

Season 2016, Episode 38:

 

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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