REVEALED: Inside Line F1 Podcast Awards

Kunal Shah 11/01/2017
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Who won a prestigious award?

Ladies and Gentlemen, Formula One’s BIGGEST moment of 2017 is already here as we proudly announce our 2017 Inside Line F1 Podcast Awards.

Our fifth edition of the awards has taken us a full season of research and as you tune in, do remember that ‘the winner is never who you think it is!’!

We requested the FIA to issue a ‘dress code’ for the evening – tuxedoS for the men and a little black dress for Mithila. And while we allowed Niki and Jackie to wear their caps and Kimi to wear his glares, we ensured that Daniel wore no boots. As for Massa, he claimed that he was busy in the gym. Preparing for his comeback perhaps?

And no, Fernando didn’t get to play cameraman, but we did get a deck chair for his comfort. We also kept a few blue flags ready for Esteban, just in case he held back those taking the seats at the front. As for Pastor, we got him a cockpit to sit in – he’s been eyeing one for a few months now!

For one of the categories, we actually had a certain Jenson text Kunal expressing his discontentment with being nominated for a certain category. No prizes for guessing which one though! But overall, we had a lot of fun recording this episode and hope you’ll enjoy it as much too while listening. drinks are on us.

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Mercedes officially confirm Lowe exit

F1i 11/01/2017
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Paddy Lowe.

The world championship outfit has announced that Lowe has now begun a period of gardening leave, the duration of which is still not known.

In the short term, the teams technical organisation will continue to operate under the leadership of senior directors Also Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).

“Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes’ motorsport history,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

“Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation.

“We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond.”

Outgoing Executive Director (Technical) of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Paddy Lowe commented:

“I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people.

“I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes.”

It is expected that Lowe will join Williams although when will likely depend on ongoing negotiations between Mercedes and Williams, with Valtteri Bottas’ move to the German squad as a backdrop.

It’s also anticipated that Mercedes will hire former Ferrari tech boss James Allison to join its engineering staff.

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Hulkenberg happy despite missing Mercedes seat

F1i 10/01/2017
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Hulkenberg neared the move.

Timing and opportunity are often everything in Formula 1, and had Nico Hulkenberg still been on the driver’s market when Nico Rosberg retired, he could have been heading to Mercedes.

But the Renault driver says he is unfazed by missing out on a hypothetical chance to race for world championship outfit.

“Mercedes is the long-time engine partner of Force India and we did joint promotional activities for Hockenheim in the summer.

“Rosberg could have quietly told me that he would quit if he won the title,” Hulkenberg jokingly told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

At the end of the day, the German says he is perfectly happy with his current prospects at Renault and the chance to help the French manufacturer fulfill its long-term ambitions.

“My goal was to drive for a manufacturer. That’s what I’ve achieved with Renault. We both have unfulfilled goals.”

“If you don’t drive for Ferrari or Mercedes, there is no coverage and the driver performance is not as linked with the car performance. Nevertheless, I feel a lot of respect for my performance, especially internationally.”

Hulkenberg is rumored to be receiving a mega retainer at Renault, estimated to be in the $20 million region although Hulk is mum on the subject.

“You said the number, not me,” Hulkenberg insisted.

“But in financial matters, I am typically German, watching every penny and only spending what I won’t regret later. I’d rather take my risks on the track.”

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