F1's Two Most Useless Debates

Jan 31, 01:54 PM

No one: Media to Sebastian Vettel: how many cylinders do you want in your F1 car? In this episode, we debate two of the most useless questions - cylinders and free-to-air vs. pay tv broadcast.

In this week's episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we debate two of Formula 1's most-useless topics. First, free-to-air vs. pay television broadcast where our choice is quality over quantity. Second, how many cylinders should a Formula 1 engine have? The current solutions to both these questions reflect how the business of Formula 1 has evolved over time.

We also discuss 'The Baku Way' - a model for new markets of Formula 1 to follow. But for the existing markets, there's a lesson or three from Zandvoort's approach to the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso is now a free agent - how embarrassing will it be if no Formula 1 team picks him for 2021? Let's hope Liberty Media is working hard to bring him back to the sport. Finally, would Helmut Marko ever hire two Max Verstappens for Red Bull Racing? Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 03)

Here's what's in store for you in this episode:
0:00-3:00 - Formula 1 is primarily a European business, the official reports prove that. Do the possibility of boring races make pay-tv a more compelling business proposition for Formula 1 than free-to-air broadcast?

3:00-6:00 - Free-to air vs. pay television, what side of the debate are you on? Btw, why are the reported 31 million Indians fans not tuning in to the television broadcast?

6:00-9:00 - Do you still care how many cylinders exist in a Formula 1 car? Almost 10% of Formula 1's seasons have been powered by the hybrid-turbo power unit and we still keep questioning if we have the right engines in the sport

9:00-12:00 - Is 'The Baku Way' an inspiration for new Formula 1 markets? It was Romain Grosjean who was the first to point out that circuit layout changes are easier and cheaper to undertake for Formula 1 than overhauling car designs time and again

12:00-15:00 - Are big-ticket car launches back in Formula 1? Will any other Formula 1 team pick up Fernando Alonso now that he's a free agent?

15:00-18:00 - Carlos Ghosn, a missed opportunity for Renault and Formula 1? Ghosn's wizardry is what Renault need in Formula 1, not Cyril Abiteboul's long list of excuses

18:00-21:00 - How soon before Formula 1 fills up TATA's vacant slot? Could Renault and Mercedes downgrade their Formula 1 involvement to being only power unit manufacturers?

21:00-end - Would Helmut Marko ever dare to hire two Max Verstappens at Red Bull Racing?

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