F1 Fireside Chat

Episode 6

This is a special episode in which we have a guest, Anirudh Mendiratta, on the podcast. We discuss various controversies surrounding F1 and other stories from around the motorsporting world.

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Topics that we discuss in this episode:

  1. F1 getting some Non-Fungible Token action
  2. Controversies surrounding Saudi Arabia GP
  3. Extreme E
  4. Electric Humvee
  5. Mazepin being a prick on and off the track
  6. Haas’s shady sponsorships
  7. Haas – American car in Russian livery
  9. Jelle’s marble runs
  10. Drive to Survive drama
  11. Cyril Abiteboul’s tattoo bet
  12. Race limits
  13. Sprint races

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2021 Bahrain GP Driver Ratings

It was a great season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit with a banger of a race which was nail biting till the very last lap. We discuss the race in detail in our Episode 4 of our podcast. Give it a listen and join us as we discuss all the interesting events that went down in the Bahrain GP. We discuss our driver of the day as well as the “L” of the day in the podcast.

Since we do not discuss each driver in detail, here are our ratings for each driver and team for the 2021 Bahrain GP.

Driver Ratings

Rating scale:
0 – Poor
5 – Average
10 – Outstanding

DriverTeamSarang’s RatingAkash’s Rating
Lewis HamiltonMercedes9/108/10
Max VerstappenRed Bull9/109/10
Valtteri BottasMercedes 5/107/10
Lando NorrisMcLaren8/108/10
Sergio Perez Red Bull8/109/10
Charles LeclercFerrari7/107/10
Daniel RicciardoMcLaren7/107/10
Carlos SainzFerrari6/107.5/10
Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri8/108/10
Lance StrollAston Martin6/106/10
Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo7/106/10
Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo7/106/10
Esteban OconAlpine5/105/10
George RussellWilliams7/106.5/10
Sebastian VettelAston Martin4/106/10
Mick SchumacherHaas6/104/10
Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri6/10 – DNF7/10 – DNF
Nicholas LatifiWiliams5/10 – DNF5/10 – DNF
Fernando AlonsoAlpine6/10 – DNF6/10 – DNF
Nikita MazepinHaas0/10 – DNF3/10 – DNF

Episode 4: 2021 Bahrain GP Post-Race Discussions

In this episode we discuss all the happenings of the season opener for 2021 season of F1 at Bahrain.

Topics included in this podcast:

  1. New Website! www.f1fanfiction.com
  2. Qualification elevator pitch
  3. Drama even before the race
  4. Race start
  5. #Mazespin
  6. Re-start after Safety-Car
  7. The undercut train
  8.  Alonso vs Sainz Vs Vettel
  9. Pitstop #2
  10. Main event – VER vs HAM
  11. Driver of the day
  12. Team of the day
  13. “L” of the day

2021 Bahrain GP Preview

26 March – 28 March 2021

Session NameDate/Time (Track local time)
Free Practice 126 March 14:30 – 15:30
Free Practice 226 March 18:00 – 19:00
Free Practice 327 March 15:00 – 16:00
Qualification27 March 18:00 – 19:00
Race28 March 18:00 – 20:00

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Until Bahrain GP


Track Map

Credits: Will Pittenger

Track Facts

Number of Laps: 57
Track Length: 5.412km
Race Distance: 308.238 km
Best Laptime: 1:31.447 by Pedro de la Rosa (2005)
2020 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
2020 Race winner: Lewis Hamilton

Bahrain International Circuit has hosted its first Grand Prix in 2004. This circuit has been a staple in the F1 calendar since. Bahrain usually hosts the Grand Prix in the first half of the season. Due to the extra-ordinary circumstances posed by Coronavirus, it was decided that the Bahrain will replace Australia as the Season Opener. The Pre-Season testing was conducted here as well this year. Bahrain International circuit has many configurations and F1 itself has used 3 of them. Due to the shortened calendar of 2020 and Coronavirus raging through the world, Bahrain hosted 2 GPs in 2020. The 2nd GP was called the Sakhir GP and used the outer oval configuration. Bahrain’s highlight is the night races where the entire circuit is illuminated with floodlights. It’s a spectacle to watch these F1 cars racing under these floodlights. Lets see what the circuit has in store for us for the 2021 Bahrain GP.

Episode 3: Pre-Season Testing and 2021 Predictions

In this episode, we talk discuss about Pre-Season testing that was held on March 12-14 in Bahrain at The Bahrain International Circuit and share our predictions for F1 2021 Season.

Check out the Preview for Bahrain GP which is on March 28 2021.

Topics included in this episode:

  1. What is Pre-Season Testing?
  2. Day 1
    • Mercedes stay in garage
    • Max Speed!
    • Ferrari engine Issues continue..
    • Alpha Tauri charging through the field
  3. Day 2
    1. Mercedes #1
    2. Red Flags Everywhere!
    3. Mick and Nikita playing dashing cars
    4. Vettle sits in the garage
    5. All teams riddled with issues
    6. Williams not being Williams
    7. Hamilton pulls a Vettle
  4. Day 3
    1. Max Speed!!
    2. Yuki
    3. Smooth Operator smooth operating
  5. Eye catching Technical innovations
  6. Predictions for 2021
  7. Wildcard Prediction

Episode 1: Reracing through the 2020 Season of F1

In this very first episode, we talk through the constructor’s championship table for the F1 calendar year 2020. We talk about our memories, opinions on the unusual year that 2020 was or wasn’t.

Topics included in this podcast:

  1. Hopes from the Year 2020
  2. Thoughts when the season wasn’t/was going to happen
  3. The (so called) title fight between Mercedes and Redbull Racing
  4. The surprising Mclaren
  5. (T)Racing point aka Pink Mercedes
  6. Renault’s Comeback
  7. Troubles at Ferrari
  8. AlphaTauri – Peirre Gasly’s redemption
  9. AlfaRomeo’s Woes
  10. Unfortunate Haas
  11. Williams bring Williams
  12. Outro