Inside Line F1 Podcast: What's with Apple and McLaren?

In the pre-Malaysian Grand Prix Inside Line F1 Podcast, Kunal Shah and Mithila Shah talk about the Apple-McLaren saga and preview the race weekend.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: What's with Apple and McLaren?
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Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid with Martin Brundle
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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
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Disclaimer: Before we start with our podcast, we just want to say we are only having fun and we hope you do so too.

In the Apple-Mclaren story, we wonder if Tim Cook could be the man to turn Mclaren around. And how is it that despite attracting iconic brands such as Honda, Fernando Alonso and now Apple (possibly), Mclaren isn’t able to repeat its iconic performances.

However, if Apple do get involved, let’s hope that their creative team comes up with something better than iMclaren - eek! Also, is Apple’s main interest Alonso’s radio messages being available for download via iTunes?

Alonso - is he penning an autobiography? We love the Alonso 2.0 at Mclaren and let’s hope he publishes his funny radio messages, if nothing.

As for Honda, they’ve expanded operations to supply to a second team in Formula 1 in the near future. Is this the real reason behind their expansion?

Well, our investigative reports indicate otherwise. Oh and they also say that they’re ahead of Toro Rosso. While this claim may defy some logic, we try to prove their point.

A decade since Lewis Hamilton’s first ever F1 test. We talk about his legendary career and hope that we don’t lose his talent to Hollywood or Music!

A Hamilton vs Sebastian Vettel vs Alonso vs Kimi Raikkonen vs Max Verstappen battle would be stuff that dreams are made of. Would Liberty Media have the liberty to engineer such duels in the near future?

We also bring focus to Anthony Hamilton’s views on motorsport and how expensive it already is, how a draft selection policy would be good for F1 but could be too cool for F1 to implement.

But, if drivers had performance targets, Raikkonen would’ve been shown the door this year. Yes, we talk serious stuff too, here’s proof.

F1 plans to exploit their gaming and gambling potential. We tell you who their Chief Gaming Officer could be, but no points for guessing the one man most worthy of the Chief Gambling Officer for the sport.

Have you seen Daniel Ricciardo smile all by himself in pre-podium ceremony? We tell you the secret of his laughs.

Shockingly and boldly enough, Ricciardo has rallied his support behind Nico Rosberg for the Drivers’ Championship title. We’ve a short piece of advice for the Honey Badger - beware of the trolls this week!

Is Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the Pastor Maldonado of Grand Prix circuits? With Malaysia coming up this weekend, will Rosberg's ‘FOMO' drive him to yet another ‘first ever’ win?

But before you pick your winner, remember: Hamilton has always finished ahead of Rosberg at Sepang, will it be any different this Sunday?

[Note: McLaren has denied any takeover involvement from Apple into the F1 team] 

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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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