Formula 1 podcast: From Ferrari's snub of Formula E to McLaren dropping iconic 'MP4' prefix

Ferrari's 'historic bonus' from Formula 1 has made much news, but given how the Italian manufacturer is ignoring Formula E, there's little chance that they'll ever get one from the all-electric series. Are quit Formula 1 threats around the corner for Ferrari?

Liberty Media is reportedly considering chopping the Italian marque's guaranteed annual prize payment of around $100 million according to the Forbes. On one hand, they're talking of reconsidering the involvement in Formula 1 because of the dwindling viewership, but on the other hand, they are considering purchasing shares in the sport. Seems like tyre strategy isn't the only thing Ferrari is confused about. Strange are your ways, Ferrari!

Ferrari's Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during a practice. Reuters

Ferrari's Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during a practice. Reuters

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and Kunal wonder if McLaren's decision to drop the 'MP4' prefix is an outcome of a visit with a numerologist and what will McLaren achieve first — a win or a title sponsor?

Of all of Ross Brawn's interesting views, we're not sure if doing away with 'blue flags' makes sense and would Mika Hakkinen be upset if the Finnish Formula 1 Grand Prix was held at a circuit called — Kymi Ring?

Nico Hulkenberg's training video that he posted on Twitter had a surprisingly "inspiring" end. It appeared to be just another boring snippet of routine winter training but it turns out Renault's new recruit was running for an incentive: chocolate.

Lewis Hamilton's helmet design competition apparently got 8,000 entries. We wonder how many entries Max Verstappen could get if he had a similar competition.

Lastly, Nico Rosberg might not be the perfect Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion, but he for sure is the perfect Formula 1 fan. Tune in and know why!

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Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017 12:05:10 IST

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