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Inside Line F1 Podcast: Can Verstappen score maiden podium in Spain?

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Inside Line F1 Podcast: Can Verstappen score maiden podium in Spain?
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May 12, 2016, 7:04 AM

In the pre-Spanish Grand Prix episode, Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta ponders if Max Verstappen can get his first podium in his Red Bull Racing debut at Barcelona.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing visits the factory
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB12
Press conference: third place Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team during the drivers parade
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso with his father Carlos Sainz

It is a big weekend in Verstappen's short career but will the Dutch driver manage to get on the podium on his debut, and maybe hope for a race win?

After his Maldonado-like movie in Russia, can Danii Kvyat pull off a 'Maldonado' again in Spain? That would mean winning the race as the Venezuelan took his maiden win, back in 2012 - that would be a sweet revenge!

Of course, Verstappen faces a host of challenges on his debut - but his biggest test is when he & Kvyat face the media together on Thursday.

Moving on, if Renault had a sense of humour, maybe they would give Kevin Magnusen one of their new Renault trucks instead of a regular road car.

While McLaren is doing their bit of social service for F1 - they've an exclusive agreement with Honda, so thank God none else suffers with a Honda engine like them.

Carlos Sainz is patiently waiting for his turn for a promotion to Red Bull. It's likely that Sainz's shot at a promotion will come only when Ricciardo or Verstappen move to Ferrari.

Where would that leave Kimi Raikkonon? Perhaps he is well suited to act as F1's relationship manager with Vladamir Putin.

Lewis Hamilton has been racing against young karting drivers at the Barbados Festival of Speed - is he gearing up to take on a young Verstappen?

And finally, we tell you why MotoGP is cooler than F1.

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Series Formula 1
Event Spanish GP
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Author Kunal Shah