Formula 1 podcast: McLaren go from being the joke of the paddock to cracking jokes

If you were the power that controlled Formula 1, what would be your one resolution for the sport? In the first podcast episode of 2017, Mithila and Kunal share their resolutions and found it difficult to limit themselves to just one.

We love it when Formula 1 teams add humour to the sport. This time around, we loved McLaren's prank on the Day of the Innocent Saints, which is the April Fools' Day in Sapin. The British manufacturer said that given Fernando Alonso's love for Le Mans, they were considering entering their car for the Double World Championships. They've gone from being the joke of the paddock to cracking jokes. Well, we call that progress — something that McLaren-Honda haven't experienced since a few seasons.

McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso. Reuters

McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso. Reuters

With the Sauber-Wehrlein rumours, Felipe Massa's workout pictures and Valtteri Bottas' reported visit to Mercedes factory, we wonder if Mercedes need to make an official announcement at all. This is turning out to be the worst kept secret in the sport. Anyway, if we were Sauber, we would ask for Mercedes engines over a Mercedes junior driver. Tune in to know why.

Meanwhile, we wonder if Lewis Hamilton is upset about Serena Williams' engagement to Reddit CEO Alexis Ohanian. It was only a few weeks ago that the tennis star was a guest at Hamilton's race and they were plenty of rumours flying around suggesting that they were dating. In fact, even Venus had gone down to see one of his races and we thought that may have been a "meet-the-family" opportunity for Hamilton. The Brit racer may not be engaged but he did share a very cool shot of him on Instagram on top of his jet. Check it out.

Lastly, there's talk about Formula 1 cars racing at 450 kmph and Ferrari's exploring of a new livery and new engine technology. All in all, let's hope for a happy new season as we also wish all our listeners a Happy New Year!

Oh and before we forget, former MotoGP world champion said the smartest thing about Formula 1 and MotoGP. Can someone make him the CEO of Formula 1 already?

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2017 19:18 PM

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