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F1: Beyond The Grid

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Formula 1's extraordinary stars slow down and open up, sharing untold stories and unrivalled insight. Tom Clarkson brings you revealing, feature-length interviews and amazing anecdotes from superstar drivers, team bosses, tech geniuses and racing legends. Hit the follow button for the fastest way to get new episodes. Watch episodes exclusively on the F1 YouTube channel. For race reviews + previews, listen to F1 Nation. To learn more about how F1 works, listen to F1 Explains

356 Episodes

Karl Wendlinger: 30 years since career-defining Monaco GP

30 years ago, Karl Wendlinger’s Formula 1 career was just beginning to rise after a strong start to 1994 with Sauber. But that all changed in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, when the Austrian lost control of his car as he approached the Nouvelle chicane and crashed into the barriers. After a long recovery to regain racing fitness, Wendlinger returned a year later at the Spanish Grand Prix. He wasn’t the same driver though, and at the end of 1995, his time in F1 was up. Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Karl talks in great detail about the crash; why he still doesn’t know the cause, how it affected him physically and mentally, what motivated him to race again, and how he processed leaving the sport. Plus, Karl remembers coming through the Mercedes junior programme with Michael Schumacher and the warm welcome Ayrton Senna gave him when he first arrived on the grid. This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid Indochino: go to Indochino.com today and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more.

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

LEGENDS: Martin Brundle’s debut with Senna

In 1984, Martin Brundle and Ayrton Senna made their Formula 1 debuts. They had just fought each other in an epic battle for the 1983 British Formula 3 title. But while there was little to separate the duo in junior racing, their F1 careers panned out very differently. As Senna went on to achieve hero status as a triple World Champion, Brundle’s 12-year career was significantly shaped by very serious injuries he suffered in just his ninth Grand Prix. Speaking to Tom Clarkson in the latest of F1 Beyond The Grid’s LEGENDS episodes, Martin describes in great detail the crash that caused his injuries, how close he came to losing his foot, and what impact that had on the rest of his time in F1. Brundle also talks about why he and Tyrrell Racing were disqualified in his first season, what it was like being a rookie back then, how Schumacher was different to Senna, where he thinks Adrian Newey’s future might lie, his thoughts on F1’s global standing, and much more. Related Episodes Listen to our first LEGENDS episode of 2024 with Juan Pablo Montoya, who reflects on how he lost the 2003 World Championship. This episode is sponsored by: Factor: head to factormeals.com/grid50 and use code grid50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next month

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Zak Brown: McLaren’s winning mastermind

McLaren are back on top of the Formula 1 podium, but their mission is far from accomplished yet. Since taking charge in 2018, CEO Zak Brown has overseen a huge transformation on and off the track and the team’s progress has accelerated astronomically over the last 12 months. Lando Norris’s long-awaited maiden Grand Prix victory in Miami is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work to turn their fortunes around after an awful start last season left them right at the back of the grid. So how do they take the next steps to become serial winners and World Championship contenders? Speaking in Miami, Zak tells Tom Clarkson how he’s instilling a winning mentality at McLaren, what Norris’s victory means for his and the team’s future, why he thinks Oscar Piastri is a match for Lando, whether he’d like his close friend Adrian Newey to join the team, and much more. Related Episodes Lando Norris Oscar Piastri Andrea Stella For more in-depth reaction to Lando Norris’s first Grand Prix victory, listen to the latest episode of F1 Nation from the Miami Grand Prix paddock This episode is sponsored by: Indeed: listeners of this show will get a seventy-five dollar sponsored job credit to get your jobs more visibility at indeed.com/GRID Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Ayrton Senna remembered by Bruno Senna

30 years since his death at Imola on 1st May 1994, Ayrton Senna’s legacy is still felt around the world. Brazil’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion continues to inspire today’s generation of racing drivers and fans. To Bruno Senna, Ayrton is still both his uncle and his hero. Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Bruno shares his childhood memories of Ayrton away from the track, the ‘racing relationship’ they built together, how his life changed after Imola 1994, and the pressure Ayrton’s success put on his own F1 career. Hear more stories about Ayrton Senna on F1 Beyond The Grid from his former teammates and rivals: Alain Prost Damon Hill Gerhard Berger Martin Brundle

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to 'tough' exit

A multiple title winner at junior level and a point-scorer on his unexpected F1 debut in 2016, Stoffel Vandoorne seemed on track for a long and prosperous career in Formula 1. But his big break at McLaren in 2017 arrived during one of the team’s most challenging periods. They finished second-last in the standings during Vandoorne’s first season, endured a difficult transition from Honda to Renault engines the following year, and there was huge organisational change at the top as Zak Brown came in as CEO. After just seven points-finishes in two years, with a best result of P7, Stoffel was replaced by Lando Norris for 2019 and he hasn’t raced in F1 since. Now a Test and Reserve driver for Aston Martin, the Belgian tells Tom Clarkson how he prepared for his first race in F1 at such short notice, the drama of signing his first McLaren contract, where it all went wrong during his two seasons on the grid, and what impact those struggles had on his mental wellbeing, motivation and enjoyment of racing. This episode is sponsored by: Indochino: go to Indochino.com today and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to tough exit

A multiple title winner at junior level and a point-scorer on his unexpected F1 debut in 2016, Stoffel Vandoorne seemed on track for a long and prosperous career in Formula 1. But his big break at McLaren in 2017 arrived during one of the team’s most challenging periods. They finished second-last in the standings during Vandoorne’s first season, endured a difficult transition from Honda to Renault engines the following year, and there was huge organisational change at the top as Zak Brown came in as CEO. After just seven points-finishes in two years, with a best result of P7, Stoffel was replaced by Lando Norris for 2019 and he hasn’t raced in F1 since. Now a Test and Reserve driver for Aston Martin, the Belgian tells Tom Clarkson how he prepared for his first race in F1 at such short notice, the drama of signing his first McLaren contract, where it all went wrong during his two seasons on the grid, and what impact those struggles had on his mental wellbeing, motivation and enjoyment of racing. This episode is sponsored by: Indochino: go to Indochino.com today and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Zhou Guanyu: China’s F1 hero making history at home

20 years since his infatuation with Formula 1 began at China’s first race in 2004, Zhou Guanyu will race in front of his home fans for the first time as an F1 driver at the Chinese Grand Prix. Zhou tells Tom Clarkson what racing in Shanghai will look like through his eyes; from his helmet design and sold-out grandstand, to the reaction he’s expecting on his first lap of the track and what it would mean to score his first points of the season in the city he was born in. The Sauber driver also talks about what impact his success has had on motorsport culture in China, his crash at Silverstone in 2022, the documentary being made about his journey to F1, his passion for fashion, uncertainty over his future in the sport with no seat confirmed for 2025 yet, and much more. Related Episodes Zhou’s first BTG appearance This episode is sponsored by: Bitdefender: visit Bitdefender.com to learn more about why Ferrari chose Bitdefender to stay ahead of cyber threats and how you can make your digital life safer BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Zhou Guanyu: China’s hero making history at home

20 years since his infatuation with Formula 1 began at China’s first race in 2004, Zhou Guanyu will race in front of his home fans for the first time as an F1 driver at the Chinese Grand Prix. Zhou tells Tom Clarkson what racing in Shanghai will look like through his eyes; from his helmet design and sold-out grandstand, to the reaction he’s expecting on his first lap of the track and what it would mean to score his first points of the season in the city he was born in. The Sauber driver also talks about what impact his success has had on motorsport culture in China, his crash at Silverstone in 2022, the documentary being made about his journey to F1, his passion for fashion, uncertainty over his future in the sport with no seat confirmed for 2025 yet, and much more. Related Episodes Zhou’s first BTG appearance This episode is sponsored by: Bitdefender: visit Bitdefender.com to learn more about why Ferrari chose Bitdefender to stay ahead of cyber threats and how you can make your digital life safer BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

F1 Nation: Why Alonso's staying at Aston

Fernando Alonso is 'here to stay' in Formula 1 with Aston Martin. What made the double World Champion decide to continue racing with his current team? In a special episode of the F1 Nation podcast, Aston Martin Ambassador Pedro de la Rosa and 1996 World Champion Damon Hill join Tom Clarkson to analyse Alonso's announcement, what it means for him, the team and the rest of the drivers searching for a 2025 race seat. Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send an email to [email protected] More from F1 Nation Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Daniel? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 Podcasts F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

LEGENDS: Juan Pablo Montoya’s race for the 2003 championship

Seven-time Grand Prix winner Juan Pablo Montoya joins Tom Clarkson for the first episode of F1 Beyond The Grid’s LEGENDS episodes. Going into the final two races of 2003, Montoya was only three points behind World Championship leader Michael Schumacher in a three-way fight for the title, with Kimi Raikkonen just behind them. But by the season finale, the Colombian was out of contention – so where did it all go wrong? Juan Pablo reflects on the highs of his wins at Monaco and Hockenheim that year, the lows of his championship-ending collision with Rubens Barrichello, and whether there was anything he could have done differently to become World Champion. Montoya also discusses whether he treated Michael differently to other drivers on track and addresses their famous incident at Imola in 2004. He explains how he got the better of teammate Ralf Schumacher, why he couldn’t be friends with his rivals, and much more. Plus, Juan’s son Sebastian drops by to talk about his Formula 3 ambitions this year, what it’s like having an ex-F1 driver as his dad, and the best piece of advice JPM has given him. This episode is sponsored by: Indeed: listeners of this show will get a seventy five dollar sponsored job credit to get your jobs more visibility at indeed.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

Ayao Komatsu: from Tokyo to Team Principal

The journey that has taken Ayao Komatsu from a teenager in Tokyo, dreaming of working in Formula 1, to the new Haas Team Principal is a gripping tale. Featuring fascinating anecdotes of his father’s experiences as a political prisoner, the challenges Ayao faced when he left Japan for England, and how he engineered his way through university to a career in F1, this is a compelling conversation between Komatsu and Tom Clarkson. Komatsu talks about his relationship with his family, the influence Japanese F1 hero Takuma Sato has had on his career, why he once wanted to be a journalist, how he’s transforming Haas, and much more. Related Episodes Nico Hulkenberg Kevin Magnussen Takuma Sato

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

Pat Symonds: racing into F1's future

He’s a World Championship-winning engineer with nearly 50 years in Formula 1, but Pat Symonds’ focus is new innovation and F1’s next generation. Pat scored title wins with Michael Schumacher in the 90s and Fernando Alonso in the 2000s. In the 80s, he helped a rookie Ayrton Senna get up to speed and take a stunning Monaco podium. Today, as Formula 1’s Chief Technical Officer, his task is producing spectacular racing - now and for years to come. Pat tells Tom Clarkson about his past successes, his memories of working with great drivers and his future projects, including the sustainable fuel which will power a new breed of F1 car from 2026. Book your seat at a Grand Prix Tickets for the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix 2024 are now on sale along with Japan, Miami, Imola and every other race this season. Head to tickets.formula1.com to buy now More official F1 Podcasts F1 Nation - race previews, reviews and analysis from the F1 Paddock F1 Explains - your questions answered by the experts This episode is sponsored by: Salesforce: visit Salesforce.com/F1 to learn more about how Formula 1 wins fans and grows its global fanbase with Salesforce Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid OneSkin: get 15% off OneSkin with the code GRID at https://www.oneskin.co/ #oneskinpod Factor: head to factormeals.com/grid50 and use code grid50 to get 50% off

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

Oscar Piastri: building up to more wins

A Formula 1 winner in his first season, Oscar Piastri has his sights set on more success. At McLaren, alongside Lando Norris, guided by Team Principal Andrea Stella and manager Mark Webber, he’s right where he needs to be. Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Oscar reflects on his rookie year in F1, his Sprint victory ahead of Max Verstappen, on-track clashes and off-track discussions with Lewis Hamilton, and why at his home race in Melbourne he’ll be fuelled by his Grandma’s baking as well as the Australian crowd. You can now watch full episodes of F1 Beyond The Grid on the F1 YouTube channel. For more Oscar, listen to the next episode of F1 Explains – the podcast which answers your questions about Formula 1. Oscar explains how his time in Formula 3 and Formula 2 prepared him for the pinnacle of motorsport. This episode is sponsored by: Indochino: go to indochino.com and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

Oscar Piastri: building up to more wins with McLaren

A Formula 1 winner in his first season, Oscar Piastri has his sights set on more success. At McLaren, alongside Lando Norris, guided by Team Principal Andrea Stella and manager Mark Webber, he’s right where he needs to be. Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Oscar reflects on his rookie year in F1, his Sprint victory ahead of Max Verstappen, on-track clashes and off-track discussions with Lewis Hamilton, and why at his home race in Melbourne he’ll be fuelled by his Grandma’s baking as well as the Australian crowd. You can now watch full episodes of F1 Beyond The Grid on the F1 YouTube channel. More Official F1 Podcasts For more Oscar, listen to the next episode of F1 Explains – the podcast which answers your questions about Formula 1. Oscar explains how his time in Formula 3 and Formula 2 prepared him for the pinnacle of motorsport. Listen to F1 Nation's preview of Oscar's home race This episode is sponsored by: Indochino: go to indochino.com and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

Alex Albon: thriving with Williams

What does 2025 hold for Alex Albon? How has golf changed his approach to Formula 1? Would he like more competition from his teammate? The Williams driver answers all those questions and more in his first proper catch-up with Tom Clarkson on F1 Beyond The Grid since 2022. Albon explains the mindset of being a number two driver at Red Bull Racing compared to being team leader at Williams, how his fitness varies so much throughout the season, and why self-care is the most important part of his preparation. Plus, Alex tells me why he has 13 cats and who the most competitive Padel player in the paddock is. Related Episodes James Vowles, Williams Team Principal Logan Sargeant This episode is sponsored by: Indeed: listeners of our show get a seventy-five dollar sponsored job credit to get your yob more visibility at indeed.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

Laurent Mekies: redefining RB’s racing mission

Brand new name. Brand new leader. Brand new mission? As RB enter the next era of their Formula 1 venture, is their remit still to develop young drivers for Red Bull Racing? Outlining his vision to Tom Clarkson, new Team Principal Laurent Mekies talks about making RB more competitive in all areas, transforming the team’s culture and mentality, and how the combination of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will drive them further up the grid. Mekies also discusses how much the team has changed since he was an engineer in the Toro Rosso days, how he helped persuade drivers to introduce the life-saving halo during his time with the FIA, and what working for Ferrari meant to him. Follow, rate and review F1 Beyond The Grid and share this podcast using #F1BeyondTheGrid. Related Episodes Daniel Ricciardo Yuki Tsunoda Liam Lawson Franz Tost, RB’s previous Team Principal This episode is sponsored by: Factor: head to factormeals.com/grid50 and use code grid50 to get 50% off F1 Experiences: visit f1experiences.com/2024 to book your official ticket package today Babbel: get six months free with a purchase of a 6-month subscription at babbel.com/play with the promo code GRID24.

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

Laurent Mekies: Ricciardo, Tsunoda + RB’s mission

Brand new name. Brand new leader. Brand new ambition? As RB enter the next era of their Formula 1 venture, is their purpose still to develop young drivers for Red Bull Racing? Outlining his vision to Tom Clarkson, new Team Principal Laurent Mekies talks about making RB more competitive in all areas, transforming the team’s culture and mentality, and how the combination of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will drive them further up the grid. Mekies also discusses how much the team has changed since he was an engineer in the Toro Rosso days, how he helped persuade drivers to introduce the life-saving halo during his time with the FIA, and what working for Ferrari meant to him. Follow, rate and review F1 Beyond The Grid and share this podcast using #F1BeyondTheGrid. Related Episodes Daniel Ricciardo Yuki Tsunoda Liam Lawson Franz Tost, RB’s previous Team Principal This episode is sponsored by: Factor: head to factormeals.com/grid50 and use code grid50 to get 50% off F1 Experiences: visit f1experiences.com/2024 to book your official ticket package today Babbel: get six months free with a purchase of a 6-month subscription at babbel.com/play with the promo code GRID24.

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

Sergio Perez: stronger in 2024

Sergio Perez secured a career-best P2 in the Drivers’ World Championship in 2023. But in one of the most dominant Formula 1 cars in history, Checo spent much of the year stuck in the shadow of his unstoppable teammate Max Verstappen. Despite one of Sergio’s most mentally challenging seasons, in which he faced serious questions about his future at Red Bull Racing, the Mexican is in fighting spirits for 2024. Chatting to Tom Clarkson in the first episode of F1 Beyond The Grid’s new series, Perez talks about where it all went wrong last year, why it’s so difficult to beat Max, how he switched off during the off-season, what he’s changing in his approach for the new campaign, and much more. Plus, hear how Checo Jr could be following in Sergio’s footsteps - and which F1 driver he’d want to be stuck in a lift with! Follow, rate and review F1 Beyond The Grid and share this episode using #F1BeyondTheGrid. Check out F1 Nation’s 2024 season preview with Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham and Pedro de la Rosa. Related Episodes Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s legendary designer This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid Indochino: go to indochino.com and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more. Babbel: right now, Babbel is offering our listeners six months free with a purchase of a 6-month subscription with promo code GRID24.

Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 30 – 2024's first guest revealed

F1 is full of extraordinary humans, but who is Tom Clarkson's first guest in 2024? Find out here, then join F1 Beyond The Grid for in-depth conversations with the sport's fastest stars every Wednesday. Discover new official F1 podcasts in 2024: F1 Nation - 2024 Season Preview out now F1 Explains - your questions about F1, answered by the experts

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 29 – James Allison’s hilarious first encounter with Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes Technical Director, James Allison, is Tom Clarkson’s pick for the penultimate day of our countdown to the new series of F1 Beyond The Grid. James tells the very funny and emotional story of how his rather awkward first interaction with Lewis Hamilton formed the foundations of a strong and successful relationship between them. For James’ full conversation with Tom from 2019, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 28 – Zhou Guanyu on idolising Alonso + Chinese Grand Prix dreams

On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 28, Zhou Guanyu tells Tom Clarkson why Fernando Alonso is his idol, what it means to be the first Formula 1 driver from China, and how excited he’ll be to race in front of his home fans at the Chinese Grand Prix. For Zhou’s full conversation with Tom from 2022, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 25 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 27 – Martin Brundle’s iconic battles with Ayrton Senna

Martin Brundle is best known today for his infamous pre-race gridwalks and his expert analysis on television. But did you know he had a very impressive and dramatic racing career before moving into the commentary box? On Day 27 of our countdown to the new season, Martin tells Tom Clarkson about beating the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen, before they all went on to become multiple Formula 1 World Champions. For Martin’s full interview with Tom in 2018, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 26 – Ralf Schumacher talks teammate rivalries and making history with Michael

Six-time Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher joins Tom Clarkson on 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 26. Ralf explains why he never became friendly with teammates and also tells Tom whether he would have made it to Formula 1 without his seven-time World Champion brother, Michael Schumacher. For Ralf’s full interview with Tom in 2019, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 25 – How Alex Albon bounced back from Red Bull exit

On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 25, Alex Albon talks about the impact of being dropped by Red Bull at the end of 2020 and how he fought his way back into Formula 1 with Williams. Listen to Alex’s full chat with Tom Clarkson in 2022 here.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 24 – Ross Brawn tells the inside story of Brawn GP’s fairytale in 2009

In 2019, Tom Clarkson sat down with Ross Brawn to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Brawn GP becoming the first team to win both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships in their debut year. On Day 24 of our countdown to the new season, listen to their conversation in full - as Ross shares fascinating insight into how the team emerged from Honda’s ashes and went on to dominate the 2009 season. This episode is sponsored by: Indeed: get a seventy-five dollar sponsored job credit to get your jobs more visibility at indeed.com/GRID. BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 23 – Inside Senna and Prost’s McLaren rivalry, with Neil Oatley

On Day 23 of our pre-season countdown, World Champion designer Neil Oatley shares what it was like to have a front row seat for the fierce rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at McLaren in the late 1980’s. For Neil’s full chat with Tom in 2023, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 22 – Damon Hill recalls his World Champion teammates and 1994 title-decider drama

Damon Hill is Tom Clarkson’s guest for 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 22. The 1996 World Champion explains why his fellow title-winning teammates - Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna - were in a class of their own. And Damon also shares his perspective on losing the 1994 championship to Michael Schumacher in controversial circumstances. Listen to Damon’s full interview with Tom from 2019 here.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 21 – Has Lance Stroll had an ‘easy ride’ into Formula 1?

He's a three-time podium finisher and a regular points-scorer, with a fantastic pole position to his name, but Lance Stroll's place in Formula 1 is sometimes still questioned. His father, Lawrence, owns the Aston Martin team he drives for - the latest stage in what he calls a 'father-son journey' to the top of motorsport. On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 21, Lance tells Tom Clarkson why he deserves to be in F1, the sacrifices he’s made and what his relationship with Lawrence is like. For Lance’s full conversation with Tom in 2020, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 18 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 20 – Why Scott Speed didn’t succeed

On Day 20 of our countdown to the new season, former Toro Rosso driver Scott Speed tells Tom Clarkson how his ego and a fiery clash with team boss Franz Tost cut his Formula 1 career short. For Scott’s full conversation with Tom last year, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 19 – Why Juan Pablo Montoya ‘didn’t fit in’

Juan Pablo Montoya is Tom Clarkson’s pick for 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 19. Speaking in 2018, Montoya tells Tom why he left Formula 1 halfway through the 2006 season and how he reflects on his five and a half years in the sport. For the full interview with Juan Pablo, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 18 – Paul Stoddart’s memories of Minardi’s miracle in 2002

On Day 18 of our pre-season countdown, an emotional Paul Stoddart tells the story of what he calls ‘the most famous two points in Formula 1 history’ - as his Minardi team secured a shock result at the Australian Grand Prix in 2002. For Paul’s full conversation with Tom Clarkson in 2023, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 17 – Oscar Piastri’s journey to Formula 1

Tom Clarkson has chosen his full chat with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri from last season for Day 17 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. Oscar talks to Tom about leaving home at a young age, how his career in motorsport began with remote control racing, looking up to fellow Australians Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and much more.

Transcribed - Published: 14 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 16 - Carlos Sainz Jr's relationship with Carlos Sainz Sr

On Day 16 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Carlos Sainz Jr tells Tom Clarkson about his incredible connection with two-time World Rally Champion father, Carlos Sainz Sr. For Sainz Jr's first BTG interview with Tom in full, tap here

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 15 – Mike Krack on taking charge of Aston + working for Lawrence Stroll

Aston Martin reveal their challenger for the 2024 season today. So, on Day 15 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, their Team Principal, Mike Krack, tells Tom Clarkson what it’s like to be in charge of a Constructor and how he works with team owner Lawrence Stroll. Listen to Mike’s full conversation with Tom in 2022 here.

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 14 – Stefano Domenicali explains why 24 is the ‘right’ number of races

Formula 1 will break new ground this year, with 24 races on the calendar. That’s more than any other season in the sport’s history. On Day 14 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, tells Tom Clarkson why 24 Grands Prix makes sense. To learn more about F1’s future, listen to Stefano’s full conversation with Tom here.

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 13 – Finding F1’s future stars with Gwen Lagrue

On Day 13 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, F1 talent guru Gwen Lagrue, the man in charge of Mercedes’ junior driver programme, reveals what he looks for in potential F1 drivers and future World Champions. Listen to Gwen’s full conversation with Tom Clarkson from 2023 here.

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 12 – Why Franz Tost defied doubters to launch Verstappen’s career

Franz Tost retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2023, after 18 years as Team Principal of Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri. On Day 12 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Franz tells Tom Clarkson why he ignored naysayers and made a 17-year-old Max Verstappen the youngest debutant in F1 history. To hear Franz reflect on his remarkable career in full, tap here.

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 11 – Did Mark Webber’s intensity hold him back?

On Day 11 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Tom Clarkson asks nine-time Grand Prix winner, Mark Webber, whether he was too intense during his career and how he’s changed since leaving F1. Listen to Mark’s full chat with Tom from 2018 here

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 10 – Susie Wolff on women in racing and the F1 dream

Tom Clarkson has chosen his full chat with Susie Wolff in 2022 for Day 10 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. Susie talks about her thrilling racing career, the experience of driving an F1 car for Williams, competing with and against her husband Toto, and her ambitions to create more opportunities for women in motorsport. Susie is now Managing Director of F1 Academy. The 2024 championship starts in Jeddah this March. Follow @f1academy on social media to find out more.

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 9 – Heikki Kovalainen on bets with Hamilton and winning in Hungary

Heikki Kovalainen was Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at McLaren when he became World Champion for the first time in 2008. On Day 9 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Heikki tells Tom Clarkson how Lewis tried to spice up their rivalry and what it was like to win the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, his first and only win in Formula 1. For Heikki’s full conversation with Tom, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 8 – Why Romain Grosjean refused to quit racing after Bahrain crash

Romain Grosjean escaped from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020. It proved to be his last action in Formula 1 but, on Day 8 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Romain tells Tom Clarkson why he wasn’t going to let that be the end of his career in motorsport. To hear Romain’s chat with Tom from 2021 in full, tap here.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 7 – Jarno Trulli’s memories of maiden Monaco win

20 years on from his first and only victory in Formula 1, Jarno Trulli shares his memories of winning the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix with Tom Clarkson, on Day 7 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. F1 Beyond The Grid returns with another stellar guest from the world of Formula 1 on Wednesday 28th February. Every day until then, you can hear the best bits from the last five years, so make sure you follow the podcast to join our countdown. To hear Jarno’s full conversation with Tom from 2021, tap here.

Transcribed - Published: 4 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 6 – Bernie Collins on masterminding Perez’s first victory

Aston Martin’s former Head of Race Strategy, Bernie Collins, is the featured guest on Day 6 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. Bernie tells Tom Clarkson how and why the strategy she chose guided Sergio Perez to his first Formula 1 win at a very entertaining Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid to join our countdown to the new series, starting on Wednesday 28th February. To hear Bernie’s chat with Tom from the last series in full, tap here.

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2024

F1 Nation - Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari: the inside story

A special episode of the F1 Nation podcast on the biggest driver move in F1 history. Lewis Hamilton will wear Ferrari red from 2025. How did it happen, and what does Lewis' move mean for Mercedes, Ferrari and the driver market? Tom Clarkson gets the inside story of Ferrari's long pursuit of Hamilton from F1 Correspondent and Presenter Lawrence Barretto, who explains why the Scuderia succeeded this time. Journalist Roberto Chinchero gives us reaction from Italy. Former Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley explains what awaits the 7-time World Champion when he arrives in Maranello. F1 Nation is the official F1 podcast which takes you inside the Paddock. Race previews and reviews featuring interviews with drivers, Team Principals and F1 experts from around the world. Search your podcast app for F1 Nation for new episodes on Mondays. Head to F1.com for more features and analysis of Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 5 – Zak Brown’s dreams of becoming an F1 driver

30 Days of Beyond The Grid continues with a Brazilian Formula 1 legend in the shape of Rubens Barrichello. In this clip, Rubens tells Tom why he followed Ferrari team orders to let Michael Schumacher take victory from him at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid and check in again on Day 5 to hear from another special guest in our countdown to the new series, which starts Wednesday 28th February. For Rubens’ full conversation with Tom back in 2019, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 4 – Why Rubens Barrichello let Schumacher win 2002 Austrian GP

30 Days of Beyond The Grid continues with a Brazilian Formula 1 legend in the shape of Rubens Barrichello. In this clip, Rubens tells Tom why he followed Ferrari team orders to let Michael Schumacher take victory from him at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid and check in again on Day 5 to hear from another special guest in our countdown to the new series, which starts Wednesday 28th February. For Rubens’ full conversation with Tom back in 2019, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 3 – Sebastian Vettel’s F1 farewell

On Day 3 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, listen to Tom Clarkson’s full conversation with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel from 2022, when the German said goodbye to Formula 1. Hear Vettel reflect candidly on his glory years with Red Bull, the impact his wife Hanna had on his F1 career, why he didn’t win a title with Ferrari, his relationships with Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, and much more. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid to continue our countdown to the first episode of the new season on Wednesday 28th February.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 2 – Logan Sargeant on proving people wrong

Tom Clarkson is counting down to the new season of F1 Beyond The Grid by bringing you the best bits from our extensive archive of interviews with Formula 1 icons. On Day 2 of 30 Days of BTG, Williams driver Logan Sargeant looks back at his nomadic karting career and explains why the biggest hurdle to success is himself, not his fellow competitors. Follow the podcast to join Tom’s countdown to the new series, which starts Wednesday 28th February. To hear the full interview with Logan Sargeant from 2023, tap here.

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

30 Days of BTG: Day 1 – How Christian Horner became Red Bull Team Principal

The 2024 Formula 1 season will soon be upon us, which means we’re bringing you a brand new series of F1 Beyond The Grid. Season 7 starts Wednesday 28th February so get ready for more in-depth conversations with Formula 1’s biggest stars. In the build-up, Tom Clarkson takes you on a tour of the best bits of his huge BTG archive in 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. On Day 1, we’re taking you back to Christian Horner’s first interview on the podcast in 2018, when he told Tom how buying a trailer from Helmut Marko in the mid-nineties led to him becoming Team Principal of Red Bull Racing in 2005. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid and check back tomorrow for Day 2. Click here to hear Christian’s first BTG interview in full. And for the highlights of our 2023 series, including Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, listen here.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

Piastri’s pathway, Leclerc’s piano passion, Pierre’s new perspective + more best bits of 2023

Red Bull’s revolutionary race car, McLaren’s miraculous transformation and Aston Martin’s sensational rise. On F1 Beyond The Grid in 2023, the stars behind the biggest stories of the season have sat down with Tom Clarkson to reveal the secrets behind their success and share fascinating insight into what life is like as a Formula 1 driver, Team Principal, engineer, designer, and more. In this end-of year special, Tom picks his favourite moments from a long list of stellar guests. Oscar Piastri underlined his credentials as a future Grand Prix winner with arguably the most impressive rookie season since Lewis Hamilton in 2007, but did you know the Australian’s route to F1 began in the same way as Lewis? Hear how Adrian Newey, the genius behind Red Bull’s record-breaking RB19, began designing at the age of 11. And listen to Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur explain how he handles the pressure of making the most successful Constructor in the sport’s history champions again. Also featured are some F1 heroes from the past – including multiple World Champions Alain Prost and Sir Jackie Stewart. The clips in this episode come from the full episodes listed below. Thank you for listening in 2023. F1 Beyond The Grid will return in 2024. Adrian Newey, legendary F1 designer Andrea Stella, transforming McLaren Lando Norris, driving McLaren’s revival Oscar Piastri, remote control racing to F1 rookie Daniel Ricciardo, dreaming of a ‘perfect’ Red Bull return Liam Lawson, thrilled but ‘unfulfilled’ by F1 debut Pierre Gasly, wanting to win again in 2024 Sir Jackie Stewart, 50 years a triple World Champion Alain Prost, 30 years since the ‘most difficult’ season Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Germany’s F1 cult hero Sam Michael, engineering his rise to the top of F1 James Vowles, aiming to win with Williams Fred Vasseur, pursuing the ‘pinnacle’ with Ferrari Charles Leclerc, 2nd isn’t enough Giancarlo Fisichella, history with Ferrari, Force India and Fernando Alonso Dan Fallows, directing Aston’s rise George Russell, happier, hungrier + ‘holding his own’ with Hamilton

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

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