Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Colour Wheel - The world's favourite car colours, by Select Car Leasing

Picking the colour of your next car is a tough decision. Do you go for your favourite colour? But it's not only if you like the colour that's the issue. Some colours can cause your car to depreciate over 33.5% more than others and research has found that UK Car buyers pay over £500 just to get their car in the right colour.

Select Car Leasing has looked into the history of car colours; which has been the most popular over the years, as well as seeing which new colours are set to emerge in the car world.

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The Colour Wheel by SELECT CAR LEASING.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Vijay Mallya exclusive interview: by Kunal Shah for Firstpost

Friend of Talking about F1 Kunal Shah - of Inside Line F1 Podcast fame - has made a major coup of interviewing Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya for Firstpost. And Kunal's very kindly agreed to share it with us.

The full interview is below, and Mallya discusses his team's growth to by common consent to be the sport's best pound-for-pound performer, the challenges facing the team now and many other matters besides. 

The original interview can be accessed here:

Photo: Octane Photography
The world of sport offers a unique irony - the passion for sport unites fans and followers all over the world, only to have rivalries split us apart instantly. However, one story that still unites fans despite having different favourites is the story of the underdog.

This column is a celebration of a decade of the Force India Formula 1 Team - the team that has consistently scored points, occasionally ended up on to the podium, but has always won hearts and applauses from the fans for their spirited performances.

In Formula 1's sporting context, Force India is now considered as a benchmark – by pundits, commentators, drivers and even rival teams. However, the journey has definitely not been an easy one for the team given the preferential treatment that was shamelessly meted out (under Bernie Ecclestone's era) for the top teams the sport.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

New Motorsport Week article: Fourth or bust – McLaren's 2018 tightrope

Photo: Octane Photography
In a season where not a great deal's expected to change in the competitive order we at least can expect one high climber - McLaren for the first time in a while having a power unit that should get it into the game.

But precisely how high they climb will be crucial, and not just for the team's 2018 fate.

In my latest for Motorsport Week I look at McLaren's prospects for the year:

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Inside Line F1 Podcast - The Power of Fernando Alonso

Toyota and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) have done the unthinkable. They successfully lobbied to move the date of the Japanese round of the WEC to accommodate Fernando Alonso's Formula 1 commitments. Clearly, it isn't Mclaren alone who are swayed by Alonso's talent, power and fandom!

Fernando Alonso's racing calendar for 2018 has gone viral. It seems that the Spaniard is trying to make up for all the racing laps he missed thanks to the Honda at the back of the McLaren! Also, would we ever get to see an Alonso-Hamilton pairing at McLaren? The sport and McLaren are known to take u-turns at their own will.

Finally, Hot Wheels' signing of Nico Rosberg as their 'Global Brand Ambassador' has come two years too late. They would have definitely benefited more when Rosberg went hot-wheelin' his Mercedes against Lewis Hamilton. Tune in!

(Season 2018, Episode 4)

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Inside Line F1 Podcast - The Felix Rosenqvist Interview

Felix Rosenqvist, the Mahindra Racing driver and the current Formula E Drivers' Championship leader, joins us on the Inside Line F1 Podcast. Yes, we are a Formula 1 podcast and this is exactly why we have Rosenqvist on the podcast - he deserves every bit of an opportunity in Formula 1 and our podcast is a good place to have him start from!

In this episode, Rosenqvist shares his title aspirations in this year's Formula E season, his title rivals and how Mahindra Racing is working with him to remain ahead of the competition. Also, Rosenqvist shares his ambitions of becoming a Formula 1 driver and how he is attempting the reverse of what most professional drivers have done previously - go from Formula E to Formula 1.

The Swede also shares his secret about mastering street circuits, how different it is to race a combustion engine car to an ell-electric car and lastly, he tells us why he dislikes Kimi Raikkonen since the last few months. Tune in!

(Season 2018, Episode 3)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Inside Line F1 Podcast - Not Just Sponsors, Fans Want F1 Bodywork Changes Too

Come 2019, Formula 1 cars will adapt existing bodywork to better the visibility of sponsor logos. Whatever happened to fans calling for bodywork changes to increase the racing spectacle! Formula 1, a business first and a sport later?

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we discuss how fans pay to access Formula 1 too but how our wants have been long ignored. We also talk about Formula 1's plans to launch live streaming, Mercedes' flawed PR strategy in the off-season, Romain Grosjean's desire to race till the age of 40, the absence of Fernando Alonso in McLaren's newly formed Business Advisory Board and anomalies in the report that announced the driver salaries for the 2018 Formula 1 Season. Tune in!

(Season 2018, Episode 2)

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Monday, 29 January 2018

New Motorsport Week article: Time to start...opening your minds (to later race starts)

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How quickly reputations shift in F1. It seems just like yesterday Liberty Media was the great white hope. These days it seems increasingly like a pariah.

It's flown another kite. This time to shift the starting time of races back by 70 minutes. And the reaction against was immediate and resolute.

In my latest for Motorsport Week I argue that perhaps we should have more of an open mind. I mean, at least let us hear the rationale. Who knows, the idea might have something going for it?

You can read my thinking here:

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Motorsport Week article: When Alfa Romeo set the pace - more recently than you think

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Alfa Romeo is back in F1 for 2018. Sort of.

We know about about Alfa's F1 previous. Again, sort of. As while it bagging the first two F1 world championships in 1950 and '51 comes up readily in a word association test, it's less well known that Alfa in fact was an F1 pace-setter much more recently too.

In my latest for Motorsport Week I look at Alfa and its about as unlikely driver Bruno Giacomelli having its part-season in the sun in late 1980.

You can have a read here:

And somehow I neglected to let you know about my previous Motorsport Week article, which was about the grid girls debate, Bette Hill's sad passing, and how the role of women in F1 in Bette's day was very different to what came next.

That one is available to read here:

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Inside Line F1 Podcast - Alonso, Raikkonen & Kimoa

In the English language dictionary, the word 'kimoa' finds no meaning. While the origins of the word 'kimoa' may be Hawaiian, we believe that the real reason why Fernando Alonso chose the name 'Kimoa' was because of the social love for Kimi and his favourite expression 'BWOAH'.

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we also discuss Kimi Raikkonen's social media entry and the chances that this led to Lewis Hamilton's exit! In the American drivers vs. Haas F1 Team debate, there's no prizes for guessing whose side we are on. And since we're talking of prizes, we'll definitely write to the World Rally Championship to claim ours. Tune in!

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(Season 2018, Episode 1)

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Perfect Pit Stop, by Select Car Leasing

Without a doubt, the pit stop crew are the unsung heroes of Formula 1. We all watch them in amazement of their speed and precision, but do you know what it takes to be a member of the crew?

Select Car Leasing has taken a look at the fastest ever pit stop, the role of each of the crew, how they practice for precision and what it takes to become a member of the team.

We can guarantee that you don't realise the work that goes behind those all-important seconds in the pit lane. You can take a look below:

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The Perfect Pit Stop by SELECT CAR LEASING.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Inside Line F1 Podcast - Bernie Ecclestone - Ferrari's Breakaway Series

Ferrari's breakaway series is no longer news. In fact, apart from grabbing headlines for the last decade, there's never been further movement. But will the out-of-work Bernie Ecclestone take up Ferrari's breakaway series as a project to bring him back into force in the world of Motorsport? Ecclestone's love for Ferrari is public knowledge, but how serious could Ferrari be?

Frankly, if there's any series who can benefit from Ecclestone's administrative experience, it would be Formula E. But that's for another episode.

In this episode, we talk about Robert Kubica's possible comeback and if he would be the fastest pay driver ever. Did Lewis Hamilton take piano lessons from Adrian Sutil? Will Lewis Hamilton skip the F1 Live events planned in 2018, or will Liberty Media make it mandatory for drivers to attend? Finally, instead of the grid girls vs. grid boys debate, let's have grid pets.

Finally, Formula 1 recorded an increase in circuit attendance in 2017. This is when we registered a 22% increase in our listenership. Thank you for your support, listens and comments. Here's wishing you a Happy New Year. We'll see you in 2018! Tune in!

(Season 2017, Episode 38)

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Inside Line F1 Podcast - What's The ONE Change Formula 1 Needs In 2018?

2017 was Liberty Media's first full season as the new owners of Formula 1. How well did they fare? Also, what is the ONE change you would like to see in the sport in 2018? Feel free to share your view(s) with us. Also, let's succumb to our fate that the 'halo' is here to stay, so let that not be your answer.

In this week's episode, we discuss various changes that the sport needs to make to secure its future. The changes we talk about go from circuits and cars to engines and tyres and everything in between. Luckily for us, 2018 will possibly see the best driving talent line up on the grid, will Formula 1 make the most of this and offer us a season-long spectacle? Tune in!

(Season 2017, Episode 38)