Inside Line F1 Podcast: What can Mercedes do after Hamilton's defiance?

What should Mercedes do with Lewis Hamilton after his public act of disobedience in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP asks Inside Line F1 Podcast's Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: What can Mercedes do after Hamilton's defiance?
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads at the start of the race
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Jenson Button, McLaren walks to the garage to the cheers of his team
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 in parc ferme
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates his World Championship with wife Vivian Rosberg and the team

To us, all of it seems to be extra PR that Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and even Formula 1 are enjoying. But seriously, what will Mercedes do?

As for Nico Rosberg, he settled the 'worthy World Champion' debate by successfully overtaking Max Verstappen.

In this episode, we also speak about Jenson Button's farewell race and how a retirement before his sabbatical makes perfect sense. Irony of life, maybe. Although, we believe he'll be perfect as a TV host, with or without his bubbly.

We were the first ones to point out that Sebastian Vettel acted on purpose when he held station and not overtake Rosberg in the race.

Was this a calculated move by Vettel to ensure that Hamilton's title tally remains at three and not add up to his tally of four? Cheeky!

And thank God Verstappen ran into the other Nico [Hulkenberg], but given his pace, strategy and Hamilton's disinterest in winning the race, could he have won in Abu Dhabi?

Also, Rosberg's title-winning party featured Daniel Ricciarodo, but did his shoey make an appearance too?

Keke believes that Hamilton got lucky twice and we're still scratching our heads about the second instance. Lastly, we welcome Zak Brown to F1 in our own little ways.

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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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