Formula 1 podcast: From Lewis Hamilton's penalty to Ferrari's bold winning strategies

Lewis Hamilton has used 'driving slow' as a tactic in the past. Yes, it was at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he won the race, but lost the Drivers' Championship to Nico Rosberg. However, at the epic 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton was penalised for driving slow ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. The karma of the motorsport world coming to bite Hamilton back?

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Bahrain Grand Prix. AP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the Bahrain Grand Prix. AP

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila Mehta and Kunal Shah discuss the Bahrain Grand Prix and how Mercedes were outclassed by Ferrari in every department, tyre strategy being the most evident one. In fact, Mercedes had lost out to Red Bull Racing too. The reigning World Champions need to sharpen themselves to fight external competition after years of intra-team battles. As for Ferrari, someone needs to remind them that they've a second car too.

Sebastian Vettel's start and his restart showed exactly the kind of talent that we have been missing in Formula 1 over the past few seasons. Bahrain was the German driver's second victory in three races and Vettel is chasing his fifth world title and is seven points ahead of three-time champion Hamilton in the drivers' standings, while Ferrari is three points in front of Mercedes in the Constructors' race.

After the first three races, it is appearing that positions first, second, third, sixth and 10th are already blocked for a few drivers. This means there are fewer positions to fight for in the top 10. But for McLaren-Honda, after being bored of DNFs (Did Not Finish), they decided to lodge a DNS (Did Not Start).

Finally, we welcome Turkey and their Turn 8 back to Formula 1, let's hope they get onto the calendar soon enough. We would also like to welcome back Jenson Button for his one-off appearance for McLaren at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. He's either bold or dumb to race in Monaco without any testing whatsoever. And of course, our best wishes and prayers to Billy Monger and his family.

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 16:59:22 IST

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