Inside Line F1 Podcast: Will Hamilton back Verstappen's aggressive moves?

Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta in the latest Inside Line F1 Podcast talk about the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Will Hamilton back Verstappen's aggressive moves?
Felipe Massa, Williams FW38
Podium: third place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 and team mate Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate the Constructors title with Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman; Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and the team
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Fans in the grandstand
FIA Press Conference: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, second; Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, race winner; Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, third
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 and team mate Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate the Constructors' title with Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman; Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director; and the team
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H

Verstappen pulled off a 'Verstappen' on Hamilton at Suzuka. This made us wonder, will Hamilton still back Verstappen's aggressive moves? The Hamilton vs Verstappen battle was our highlight moment.

The FIA had a chat with Verstappen and told him that they're 'watching' him. Well, if not for Verstappen, who have the FIA been watching all of 2016?

This lad has had our eyes glued on him. Maybe, Baby Sebastian Vettel is now 'THE Vettel' for Red Bull.

The Nico Rosberg vs Hamilton battle - we're hoping for at least one on-track battle between the two title rivals before this year's championship is concluded.

However, it seems that Hamilton is hell bent on picking battles on and off track. We discuss the various avoidable episodes for the Hamilton camp from the last week. By the way, some of it reminded us of the prank played on Juan Pablo Montoya in 2004.

Will Rosberg be a worthy Formula 1 champion? That's the latest debate on social media and while we're not taking sides, we do add our perspectives from this season.

At the same time, we should be thankful that we've a fight on our hands (and on the tele) as we witness the 2016 Drivers' Championship being fought tooth-and-nail between two teammates, driving for a team that's been very fair and just in their approach towards both contenders.

Mercedes to Formula E? We tell you why they're eyeing another single-seater championship and if Red Bull and Ferrari could follow suit too.

Are Mercedes too bored of dominating F1 and now have their sights on Formula E? Also, if Formula E's prowess grows in the coming years, will F1 lose its relevance? And could F1 go all-electric to remain relevant? The next few years will define the future of this category of racing.

Ferrari and Mclaren - two of F1's most-iconic teams seem unable to find an answer to their struggles.

As for Ferrari and Vettel, is the 'Michael Schumacher' dream going to remain a dream after all? And it seems that curse of the 'Number 2' got to Vettel in Suzuka, after all.

Would a 16th and 18th place finish at Suzuka please Honda? Well, so long as Fernando Alonso didn't compare their F1 engine to a GP2 engine!

We tell you why Nico Hulkenberg should hedge his bets and go off to Renault and how GP3 is trying all it can to make sure their drivers are F1 ready from 2017 onwards.

The one line we had fun reading in this episode was 'Jan wonders if his son will have a contract come Jan'! And finally, we scoop out some inside information to tell you why the revolutionary 'car-to-television' interview was deferred from Malaysia to Japan.

[Note: The podcast was recorded before Hulkenberg's announcement to leave Force India and join Renault in 2017.]

Season 2016, Episode 33

 

 

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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