Formula 1 podcast: From Daniel Ricciardo's 'luck' at Azerbaijan GP to Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash

Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta discuss Daniel Ricciardo's 'curse of the No 3' that actually worked, the much-debated Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash and Valtteri Bottas' recovery drive to P2.

Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah June 28, 2017 18:58:59 IST
Formula 1 podcast: From Daniel Ricciardo's 'luck' at Azerbaijan GP to Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash

The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix did test the usage of the words 'lose' and 'loose'. In this week's episode of the Formula 1 podcast, Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah wonder if Pirelli will soon run out adjectives for their 'soft' tyres and whether they will debut a "mega ultra super soft" tyre someday soon. And mind you, a single set of this compound might last the entire race duration too.

The Azerbaijan GP had all the ingredients for a very dramatic race — we saw fantastic overtaking, the grid was completely mixed up, there was controversy, and a literal battle on the track — what more could we ask for?

Formula 1 podcast From Daniel Ricciardos luck at Azerbaijan GP to Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel clash

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo holds the trophy after winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. AP

We look back at Daniel Ricciardo's 'curse of the No 3' that actually worked, the much-debated Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash, Valtteri Bottas' recovery drive to P2 and more. Has Lance Stroll proved his critics (including us) wrong already with his first-podium finish?

Twitter users were quick to point out that ‘Car No 3 crashed in Q3 when the countdown clock read 3:33’. Ricciardo needed luck to win the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from P10 and he did get lucky, but not before he worked hard for it. He overtook the faster Mercedes-powered cars — both the Force Indias and Felipe Massa’s Williams.

Were the safety car periods a tad too many at Baku? Maybe, they were. The FIA would have certainly learned a thing or two about clearing cars and debris more effectively when we go racing next time. However, we didn’t mind the multiple safety car periods — especially the restarts they induced with a bunched-up field on a track where the tow worked so well. Maybe the FIA should have a regulation where the safety car is brought in to neutralise a boring and processional race! Formula 1 is entertainment too, after all.

Had the safety car not intervened at the intervals that it did, Hamilton would have probably bored us by winning by a mile, or more.

A triple-header Formula 1 weekend in 2018 will be a treat for the fans, but if you're a die-hard fan, you can forget about planning a holiday in June/July 2018!

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