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Podium trio: Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas.

In this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal dissect the opening race of the season.

They pick the funniest moments, which includes Rosberg’s tweets and Verstappen’s radio messages. By the way, do you know which Formula 1 driver is nicknamed ‘Chilli’?

They also talk about Portugal’s interest in hosting a non-championship race for Formula 1, the McLaren-Honda-Alonso saga (obviously), thank Pirelli for getting their Formula 1 tyre right and about the Vettel-Webber bromance on the podium in Melbourne.

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Hamilton goes sandboarding and surfing in the UAE

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Hamilton: F1 ace enjoying short break in UAE.

After the disappointment of finishing second at the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton stopped off in the UAE to try some surfing and sandboarding.

The 32-year-old shared pictures and videos on his Instagram story just a day after Ferrari stormed to victory at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

Hamilton is expected to return to his base in Monte Carlo after a few days in the UAE, before travelling to China for the second round of the Formula One championship on April 9.

Hamilton at Wadi Adventure Park in Al Ain.

Hamilton sandboarding in the UAE.

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Verstappen patient while Red Bull plays catch-up

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Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen was frustrated with his Red Bull’s relative lack of speed in the opening race of the 2017 season, but has vowed to be patient.

At the conclusion of pre-season testing, there were suggestions that Red Bull was perhaps keeping its true speed under wraps but Sunday’s performance clearly demonstrated that its gap to Ferrari and Mercedes is real.

While an upgrade package to the RB13 is on its way for China, Max Verstappen patiently waits, aware that catching up with the duo ahead will require time and hard work.

“The most positive thing about the weekend? The weather,” Verstappen joked when speaking to Holland’s The Telegraph.

“If it’s frustrating to have to wait so long? That’s how it is. I can’t change anything about it. The gap is big, so we’ll have to work hard.

“But I’m not really frustrated because already during the winter I noticed that the car is not quite perfect.

On the bright side, Verstappen insisted on the exhilarating thrill derived from driving the new-spec cars. He did however join the chorus of voices claiming that overtaking has indeed become very difficult.

“The cars have become more fun to drive,” he said.

“But it (Melbourne) wasn’t very exciting. I could have made two extra pitstops without endangering my position.”

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