Autosport F1 & Motorsport

Autosport F1 & Motorsport

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The podcast for fans of Formula 1, Formula E, Sportscars, Touring Cars and Rally. The Autosport Podcast is the official podcast of Autosport, the world’s leading authority on motorsport. Subscribe to Autosport Plus for more expert opinion, analysis and technical insight from the world's best motorsport journalists. Subscribe at http://www.autosport.com/plus

Episodes

702: How We Find Britain's Next Great Driver

When Jenson Button won the 2009 F1 title he became the first of our Young Driver Award winners to do so. Zak O’Sullivan was the 2021 winner and was recently at Silverstone to get his first taste of F1 machinery with Aston Martin as part of his prize. This Sunday night, at the Autosport Awards,  the winner of the 2022 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year will be announced.  On today’s podcast, Martyn Lee is joined by chief editor Kevin Turner to reveal exactly how to win the prestigious competition.
02/12/22·26m 10s

701: The Decisions Which Cost Binotto His Ferrari Job

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed he’s leaving the team at the end of the year, after much speculation in recent weeks. Ferrari issued a statement earlier today confirming that it had accepted Binotto’s decision to leave. Today's podcast will ask:  •         was he ultimately pushed, or did he walk to enable him to go elsewhere? •         what does this mean for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in 2023? •         and why are observers saying management is Ferrari's Achilles heel? Let's get up to speed with Motorsport.com's F1 Editor Jonathan Noble.
29/11/22·19m 46s

700: What Happened At F1's Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test

Autosport's Luke Smith is at the Yas Marina circuit for Formula's post-season Pirelli tyre test. As well as fielding potential future F1 stars with their young drivers, teams were also allowed to use their 2023 contracted drivers to get them acquainted with their new cars, ahead of the single pre-season test next year.
22/11/22·23m 33s

699: Abu Dhabi GP Review

F1 2022 is over! Whilst Abu Dhabi wasn't the nailbiter we saw last year, there were still battles to be decided in the drivers and teams championships.    This weekend Sebastian Vettel ended his 299-race career with a celebration from everyone in the paddock, including a track run yesterday with Seb and the Autosport team (trying to keep up). Joining us from Abu Dhabi is Luke Smith and Jess McFadyen, alongside Kevin Turner and your host Martyn Lee.
20/11/22·1h 1m

698: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying

Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are heading home from the circuit after watching Saturday’s qualifying action, here to analyse how tomorrow’s grid came together. They were also joined by Matt Kew for a track run alongside Sebastien Vettel as the Aston Martin driver bids farewell to Formula 1.
19/11/22·14m 22s

697: Brazilian GP Review

It was a Sprint weekend in Brazil, so the grid lined up today as they finished (mostly, notwithstanding penalties) on Saturday.  Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith, Alex Kalinauckas and Haydn Cobb to analyse how the race was won, and the team orders controversy which blew up as the drivers crossed the line.
13/11/22·59m 57s

696: Brazil Sprint Review

Luke Smith and Matt Kew analyse Saturday's Sprint and what it means for the Grand Prix tomorrow.
12/11/22·19m 32s

695: Our Lewis Hamilton Interview: The Story Behind It

“You're stuck with me for quite a bit longer”    That's the headline on the front cover of this week's Autosport magazine, and today we’re bringing you the story behind that interview special.    It was an interview where Lewis Hamilton opened up about recent challenges and his Formula 1 future. Unlike a short television recording or a quote for social media, we sat down with him in Austin without the pressure of the cameras or microphones for a rare extended chat about his life and career.    On the podcast today we find out:    • how his family helped him come back from Abu Dhabi disappointment  • what really happened at Mercedes with the 2022 car  • and why Hamilton hasn't had enough of F1 for quite some time Let’s get up to speed with Autosport’s Matt Kew.
11/11/22·23m 6s

694: We Need YOU! Autosport Awards Voting Now Open

Go to: awardsvoting.autosport.com Voting for the 2022 Autosport Awards is open, giving you the chance to have your say on the best motorsport performers of the season. The Awards, which date back to 1982, celebrate the top drivers and competition machines each year. The nominees in the eight categories open to public vote in 2022 have now been revealed. On today's podcast, Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner takes you through the categories and drivers, to help you decide which ones to vote on.
07/11/22·29m 33s

693: "Brilliant and insane!": How NASCAR Reacted To Ross Chastain's Move

NASCAR's Ross Chastain stunned the motorsport world last weekend, as he took the decision to nail the throttle and deliberately drove into the SAFER barrier to ride his way around outside, at a 50mph overspeed than anyone else. Duly setting a new lap record and hitting 5G from the force. It was a wild, last gasp move that guaranteed his place at Phoenix this weekend. We're joined by Nick Degroot to analyse the reaction from NASCAR, and whether we'll see that move again.
06/11/22·20m 53s

692: Mexican GP Review

Luke Smith and Stuart Codling are both in Mexico City this weekend to review the Mexican Grand Prix, with your host Martyn Lee. With both titles wrapped up there is still plenty to race for. Can Max Verstappen break the record and take 14 wins in a single season? Will Sergio Perez make it a perfect season for Red Bull and leapfrog Charles Leclerc to snatch second in the drivers championship? And can Alpine hold off McLaren over the final grand prix? Let’s find out!
31/10/22·58m 44s

691: Mexican GP Qualifying, Wrestling and Fancy Dress Prize-Winning

Luke Smith, Alex Kalinauckas and Stuart Codling are fresh from watching qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, and here to analyse the grid for Sunday’s main event. 
29/10/22·16m 52s

690: “Hugely draconian”: Red Bull's Punishment Explained

The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has handed Red Bull Racing a $7 million fine and an aerodynamic testing reduction after striking an agreement over its breach of Formula 1's $145m budget cap in 2021. The FIA revealed after the Japanese Grand Prix that both Red Bull and Aston Martin were in breach of F1’s financial regulations for 2021, putting them at risk of sanctions. Red Bull fiercely denied it had broken the budget cap, but entered talks with the FIA over an Accepted Breach Agreement to reach a settlement. Today we find out: ·      what are the financial and sporting penalties dished out ·      how it will impact Red Bull on track ·      what this means for team who breach the cost cap in the future Let's get up to speed with Autosport.com Editor Haydn Cobb
28/10/22·27m 0s

689: The Questions Raised By Audi's Sauber Takeover

It has been one of F1’s worst kept secrets, but Audi has finally named Sauber as its "strategic partner" to enter Formula 1 in 2026. Sauber has confirmed that Audi will buy a stake in the company, but we don’t know how much We know they will begin increasing their stake, but we don’t know when. Ferrari have a Sauber engine supply deal until the end of 2025, but that means supplying a competing road car manufacturer, and the potential for Audi to gain knowledge of the Ferrari program. Will that be an issue for the team at Maranello?  Again, so many unanswered questions. Today we ask: ·       Why has F1 been so keen on getting VW Group into the sport? ·       What does this mean for Audi, Sauber and Alfa Romeo? ·       And can Audi be competitive when they arrive? Let’s get up to speed with Autosport’s Matt Kew.
27/10/22·29m 24s

688: United States GP Review

Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith and Mandy Curi, who were both at Circuit Of The Americas this weekend, to look back at the United States Grand Prix.
24/10/22·59m 25s

687: United States GP Qualifying

Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas analyse the grid for United States GP, which differs slightly from the order they crossed the line because of various power unit penalties. We pay tribute to  Dietrich Mateschitz, as it was announced shortly before qualifying that he had sadly passed away following an illness. Luke and Alex also reflect on the current resurgence of Formula 1 in the United States, as Austin hosts another fan-packed grand prix.
23/10/22·16m 49s

686: “From First to Worst”: Vandoorne’s Formula E Team Switch Gamble

It’s not unheard of in Motorsport, but certainly not common, for a newly crowned champion driver to up sticks and move to a back-of-the-grid team. But that’s exactly what is happening in Formula E next season. Stoffel Vandoorne will move to the Dragon Penske squad as drivers champion and join a team with two points to their name in 2021-2022. Today we ask: How will the grid look different next season as the reigning champ heads from Mercedes to Dragon? Why one of the most successful teams might not be on the grid? And can the new Gen3 cars provide the entertainment needed to forget about the manufacturers who have recently left the sport? Let's get up to speed with Autosport’s Jake Boxall-Legge
20/10/22·23m 48s

685: F1 vs Extreme Weather

Extreme weather is nothing new to Formula 1. But it seems more recently, it is becoming an issue for the cars. Seven sessions up to the 2022 mid-season break required wet or intermediate tyres: the events in Imola, Monaco, Montreal and Budapest. Since then, add Singapore and Suzuka. We hear a lot about how rain levels the performance, how it throws the form book out of the window, how it shakes up the grid. According to F1 legend Pat Symonds, the opposite is the case. We’re going to look at two things today. Firstly, Pat’s argument that Formula 1’s recent adventures in the rain show that far from levelling the performance, it’s the best who do better. And then we’ll look at specifically this generation of cars and wet weather tyres. Today we ask: ·      Do downpours really level the playing field? ·      Why do the best teams and drivers always rise to the top? ·      And why we can’t think of the rain as having an equal effect on machine vs driver. Let's get up to speed with GP Racing magazine editor Stuart Codling.
18/10/22·24m 46s

684: What Next For Ferrari?

Formula 1 2022 could have been Ferrari’s triumphant return to the top. Both world championships were in play as Ferrari stole an early lead. Three races in, Charles Leclerc was 46 points clear of Max Verstappen and more importantly Ferrari looked to have pace in their pocket. Fast forward, and in Suzuka just over a week ago Verstappen’s title was a formality with a margin of 113 points over Leclerc, and in Austin this weekend Red Bull could clinch the team battle too. Ferrari weren’t just bested; they were well and truly beaten.  With four races to go, and no major rules change into next year, what next for Ferrari? Today we ask: How much of a missed opportunity was 2022?          How far away are they from beating Red Bull? And what the drivers can take forward to do battle in 2023? Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Luke Smith
17/10/22·22m 58s

683: 'It Was Chaotic!': Reviewing A Thrilling F2 Season

Every Formula 1 driver has to fight for their place on the grid, and they only need to glance across to the Formula 2 paddock to see 22 drivers all with an eye of putting you on the unemployment line. For example, take the next F2 race at Yas Marina in November. Last year’s F2 races were won by Zhou Guanyu and Oscar Piastri, two names which have displaced legends Kimi Räikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo from Alfa Romeo and McLaren respectively. With a 14 round, 28 race season following F1 around the world, it’s the perfect chance to see legends on their way up, just as GP2 was and to a lesser extent it’s predecessor Formula 3000. Today we ask: •          How was the 2022 season was dominated by the champion? •          Is this the ultimate open-wheeled spec series? •          And what happens next after you win Formula 2? Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Megan White and Martyn Lee 
14/10/22·18m 53s

682: How F1's Own Goals Caused A Suzuka Shambles

“When I crossed the line, I didn't know that I was World Champion, there was a lot of confusion but I thought it was quite funny“.  Those are the words of Max Verstappen. At the Japanese Grand Prix, the 25 year old Dutchman won his second World Championship with a dominant performance in the wet. But it wasn’t just his supremacy in Suzuka, his 32nd GP win, which led to his title coronation. After all, he has won 12 Grand Prix this year, plus the Sprints in Italy and Austria. But over the weekend, Verstappen was denied his moment of elation when taking the chequered flag. Whether it’s tears, screams or the perfect soundbite from a team boss, those few seconds after crossing the line are edited for a prime time spot in news bulletins around the world. In many ways, it’s Formula 1’s shop window. So what went wrong last weekend? •          Why wasn’t Verstappen told he was world champion? •          Why were some teams unsure of when to stop racing? •          And how did a new rulebook, a shortened race and a last corner penalty cause a perfect storm of confusion? Let's get up to speed with Motorsport.com’s Jonathan Noble and Martyn Lee.
13/10/22·22m 47s

681: 10 Defining Moments For Verstappen's Championship

As the 2022 Formula 1 season played out, particularly Max Verstappen's battles with Charles Leclerc, we naturally focussed on performances race by race. Now that Verstappen has secured his second drivers title, we think it's time to reflect on the sheer scale of his dominance.  Verstappen won 12 Grand Prix this season plus the sprints in Italy and Austria.  Consider we've only had 18 race meetings (with four remaining) and Verstappen didn’t score any points in two of the first three, Bahrain and Australia.   • What were the key moments this year? • Was it a season Max won, or one Ferrari lost? • And what does it mean for the future?   Let's get up to speed with Autosport’s Matt Kew and Martyn Lee.
12/10/22·27m 36s

680: Red Bull's Cost Cap Breach Explained

Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin have both been found to be in breach of Formula 1’s cost cap rules. We're going to tell you exactly what they’ve done, and what it means.   We’ll find out:   • Everything we know so far about Red Bull’s overspend • How the teams are policed, and why we’re still talking about 2021 • What this mean for the teams who complied, and potential punishment for Red Bull  Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Luke Smith and Martyn Lee
10/10/22·16m 22s

679: Japanese Grand Prix Review

Martyn Lee is joined by Dutch F1 journalist Erwin Jaeggi, Autosport’s Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas to review a wet afternoon at Suzuka, where once again confusion from the sport's decision makers became an unnecessary talking point.
09/10/22·1h 3m

678: Japanese GP Qualifying

Luke Smith is joined by Matt Kew to look at a busy day on and off track in Japan. The polesitter was lucky not to have been penalised, after veering in front of another car in Q3.
08/10/22·21m 51s

677: How Kalle Rovanperä just became WRC's youngest champ

Today we're talking about one of the motorsport stories of the year. If you’re not following this one, prepare to be amazed. Colin McRae’s previous record of being the youngest champion at 27 hasn’t just been beaten, it has been smashed, by 22 year old Finnish driver Kalle Rovanperä. · How did Kalle break the mould and dominate WRC so young? · What similarities do the Rovanperä's have to other racing dynasties? · And what can such a young champion do for the future of the sport? Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Tom Howard.
06/10/22·21m 59s

676: How Nyck de Vries earned his 2023 F1 drive

Today we're going to tell you the story behind Nyck de Vries’s crazy 24 hours in Monza. It was the ultimate job interview for a 2023 Formula 1 contract. At last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix we were delighted to see Alex Albon return after an emergency appendectomy and serious complications, ultimately requiring him to be put on a ventilator.    It was because Albon couldn’t drive at Monza that Nyck de Vries was thrust into the limelight, scoring points with a stunning debut drive.  And now Autosport sources expect him to partner Yuki Tsunoda at Alpha Tauri next season.   Today:       • Find out about the 60 minute warning he had to ‘suit up’   • His circuitous route to F1, and whether that was looking likely before his Monza performance   • After scoring points on his debut, which other F1 drivers have done the same?   Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Jake Boxall-Legge.
04/10/22·26m 27s

675: Singapore GP Review

Martyn Lee is joined by Matt Kew and Jess McFadyen to analyse the Singapore GP. Confirmation of the result took over two hours following an investigation by the stewards. Whilst the provisional result was ultimately confirmed, once again Formula 1 fans were switching off their TV not knowing who the winner was. On the podcast today we look at the damage caused by such delays and what Formula 1 can do to fix it.
02/10/22·1h 1m

674: Singapore Qualifying and Alex's Travel Diary Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of Alex's special travel diary. This is a format we haven't tried before, so we hope you enjoy it. We asked Alex to record a short update at the end of each day to talk about the life of a travelling Formula 1 journalist.  Today we hear from Alex getting up close to the cars on Friday morning, and the why he thinks it's important to watch the action from various corners to bring Autosport readers a greatest level of insight.  Alex also explains how teams and reporters are staying on UK time, which means a 2pm alarm call and a 6am bed time. Plus Alex gives a full run down of today's qualifying action and who he tips for a good Sunday afternoon.
01/10/22·22m 5s

673: [Upadated Audio] Singapore Practice and Alex's Travel Diary

Sorry to listeners who already downloaded this podcast. Some of Alex's audio needed to be re-uploaded, in this fixed version. Today, we're talking about the Singapore GP practice times, some breaking news about two teams possibly exceeding the budget cap, and finally something we’ve never done before. So we’d love your feedback. First up Martyn will run you through the practice results and news, then our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas who has been recording his week since leaving the UK. The life of a travelling F1 journalist has highs and lows – in return for getting to see cars and drivers up close, they travel the world.   Surely it’s all first class flights and large expense accounts?   The reality is - our team members Alex, Luke, Jonathan and Adam - live a somewhat nomadic life. And when there are double headers or triple headers, they often won’t get home to their family for weeks on end, flying from race to race.   So we asked Alex to record his experiences each day, and tell us about the life of an F1 journalist.
30/09/22·22m 40s

673: Singapore Practice and Alex's Travel Diary [Part 1]

Today, we're talking about the Singapore GP practice times, some breaking news about two teams possibly exceeding the budget cap and finally something we’ve never done before. So we’d love your feedback. First up Martyn will run you through the practice results and news, then our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas has been recording his week since leaving the UK.   The life of a travelling F1 journalist has highs and lows – in return for getting to see cars and drivers up close, they travel the world.   Surely it’s all first class flights and large expense accounts?   The reality is - our team members Alex, Luke, Jonathan and Adam Cooper - live a somewhat nomadic life. And when there are double headers or triple headers, they often won’t get home to their family for weeks on end, flying from race to race.   So we asked Alex to record his experiences each day, and tell us about the life of an F1 journalist.
30/09/22·17m 52s

672: How F1’s rules revamp shook up the pitstop arms race

Today, we're taking you into the world of Formula 1 pit stops.  Why are they harder on the teams than ever?  How have the mechanics had to change because of 2022's rules?  And can the fastest pit stop record ever be beaten?  Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Luke Smith. 
29/09/22·22m 0s

671: Reviewing The 2022 Formula 3 Championship

Today we're going from Formula 1 and taking two steps down the single-seater ladder. With the championship wrapped up at Monza, we’re taking a look at FIA Formula 3  • Why is F3 a series every F1 should have their eye on? • Who had a standout season this year? • And which names we might just be seeing a lot more of in the future Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Megan White.
28/09/22·27m 10s

670: How Lewis Hamilton is turbocharging Mercedes' revival [Flat Chat]

On today's podcast, we're featuring something from out sister channel, GP Racing's Flat Chat with Codders. If you like it, please consider subscribing to that podcast for future episodes. Published monthly to coincide with the magazine, Stuart Codling is joined by Mark Gallagher and Matt Kew to discuss the biggest talking points in Grand Prix racing.
26/09/22·1h 11m

669: Top 10... Tyrrell Drivers

Kevin Turner and Stefan Mackley join Martyn Lee for the final part of our current series of "Top 10..." drivers.  We're ending with Tyrrell. Already a successful entrant of other people’s cars, Ken Tyrrell became a Formula 1 constructor at the end of 1970. By the time his team closed its doors at the end of 1998, after being bought by British American Tobacco, Tyrrell had racked up 23 world championship grand prix victories, two drivers’ titles and a constructors’ crown. While much of that success came in the team’s early days, the well-organised squad was highly respected throughout its three decades and ran some great drivers, including up-and-coming talents. Despite its financial problems in the second half of its life, Tyrrell is 10th on the all-time world championship wins list, behind Benetton and ahead of BRM. For this top 10, we considered the amount of success the drivers scored with Tyrrell, the impact they had on the team and the circumstances of their time there. We didn’t include their achievements elsewhere and have excluded the period during which the team ran Matra and March chassis, though that would have made no difference to the final ranking…
15/09/22·1h 4m

668: WRC team orders fallout: How Hyundai orchestrated historic 1-2-3 podium

Martyn Lee is joined by Tom Howard to analyse a fairy tale weekend for Hyundai at WRC's Acropolis Rally Greece. As other teams fell by the wayside, Hyundai picked up a remarkable 1-2-3 result for the first time in history, and a 1-1-1 result marking their third win in a row (Finland, Belgium and Greece). What makes this story more remarkable is from how far back Hyundai came in 2022, with a Rally1 challenger developed and built far too late.  From the lows of Monte Carlo and Kenya, the team were forced to build reliability whilst watching rivals run away with an early lead. However, a controversial decision to impose team order to 'bring the cars home' on Sunday called off a duel between Neuville and Tänak, much to the annoyance of the Estonian former champ and his supporters.
13/09/22·27m 34s

667: Italian GP Review

There's much to discuss on the podcast today as Formula 1 wraps up it's European races for 2022. Why were we waiting hours for the final grid last night?  Could Max Verstappen deliver another recovery drive caused by engine penalties? Or would the Italian fans see their polesitting hero Charles Leclerc stand on top of the infamous Monza podium? To answer all that and more, Martyn Lee is joined by Alex Kalinauckas and Haydn Cobb.
11/09/22·53m 15s

666: ‘Different DNA’: Why Porsche’s Red Bull F1 deal collapsed

Before practice got underway for the Italian Grand Prix, a one paragraph press release from Porsche blew a hole in Formula 1's plan for a raft of new engine names to join the sport. Porsche has officially called OFF its plans for a Formula 1 partnership with Red Bull, just weeks after the deal was all but signed. Now, it's dead in the water. How did we get here? How has Red Bull has reacted? And does this leave either Red Bull or Porsche high & dry? Martyn Lee is joined by Autosport's F1 Reporter Luke Smith, to explain.
09/09/22·23m 49s

665: Top 10...Minardi Drivers

The latest in our special mini-series looking back at the greatest Grand Prix drivers arrives at Minardi, Martyn Lee is joined by list writer James Newbold, and Autosport's chief editor Kevin Turner. 
08/09/22·53m 19s

664: Dutch GP Review

Matt Kew looks back at the Dutch GP with the help of Jess McFadyen and Jake Boxall-Legge, with Luke Smith live from the Netherlands.
05/09/22·1h 9m

663: Dutch GP Qualifying - Verstappen condemns “silly, stupid” fans

Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are at Zandvoort this weekend and witnessed another thrilling qualifying session where the top two were separated by the smallest of margins. The race pace of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari has all been strong on various tyres during practice so we might be set for an unpredictable grand prix tomorrow. Luke and Alex also tackle to issue of flares being set off by Verstappen fans, with one being thrown as Lewis Hamilton exited pit lane, and a flare which was thrown onto the track causing a red flag during qualifying. Both organisers and Max Verstappen have condemned the actions.
03/09/22·17m 37s

662: Top 10...Ligier Drivers

The latest in our special mini-series looking back at the greatest Grand Prix drivers arrives at Ligier, as we go back to the1970s and 80s. Kevin Turner is joined by Marcus Simmons and your host Martyn Lee.
01/09/22·52m 17s

661: How Porsche built the world's greatest sportscar

It won Le Mans seven times, six of those consecutively. It finished Le Mans 1-2-3 the second time it was on track. It raced at the top level for 15 years with more chassis built than any other racecar. It made careers and F1 drivers queued up to compete in one. This is the Porsche 956/962.   Today on the Autosport podcast we tell the story of why it's the greatest sportscar ever raced. We're joined by Serge Vanbockryck, the world’s foremost expert on the car. Serge launched his second book last weekend at Silverstone. It’s a three-volume, 1400-page magnum opus called the Ultimate Works Porsche 962, published by Porter Press. Later in the podcast we're joined by team owner and driver John Fitzpatrick who was on hand at Silverstone to tell us about his memories of racing the Porsche. Alongside Serge and John are Autosport's sportscar authority Gary Watkins, and your host Martyn Lee. Find out more about Serge's books here: https://porterpress.co.uk/collections/serge-vanbockryck 
30/08/22·1h 13m

660: Belgian GP Review

A mixed up grid, with championship leaders starting from the back due to power unit penalties, meant today's Belgian Grand Prix had the potential to be an almighty battle through the field for Verstappen and Leclerc. To discuss today's GP we're joined by Luke Smith, Jess McFadyen and Haydn Cobb talking to Martyn Lee.
28/08/22·58m 45s

659: Belgian GP Qualifying Analysis

Luke Smith and Matt Kew were at Spa today to watch a delayed qualifying, which we knew ahead of time would be impacted by seven drivers taking some form of penalty because of changing power unit parts.  Even if Verstappen or Leclerc grabbed pole they knew another driver would inherit the front row spot. 
27/08/22·17m 52s

658: Belgian GP Practice, Driver and Team News

Martyn Lee is joined by Haydn Cobb to discuss all the action on track as Formula 1 returns! Plus there's so much driver news to discuss as Alonso spills the beans on how quickly he did the Aston Martin deal, what Daniel Ricciardo has been saying about his departure from McLaren, and the breaking news that Audi will join F1 as a full manufacturer from 2026.
26/08/22·39m 9s

657: Top 10...BRM Drivers

The latest in our special mini-series looking back at the greatest Grand Prix drivers arrives at BRM, as we go back to the early years of GP racing. Kevin Turner is joined by Ian Titchmarsh and your host Alex Kalinauckas.
25/08/22·1h 6m

656: Ricciardo Leaves McLaren - what went wrong, what next?

Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren have agreed to part ways at the end of the current Formula 1 season, bringing a premature end to his tenure at the Woking-based squad. In the wake of the Australian’s ongoing difficulties to get on terms with team-mate Lando Norris during their two years alongside each other, McLaren began a process several weeks ago to agree a separation. With McLaren hoping to sign Oscar Piastri for 2023, who is currently in a contract dispute with the Alpine squad where he is its reserve driver, it began discussions with Ricciardo about a termination of his current deal so it could open a slot for the youngster. Those talks have now reached a conclusion with McLaren and Ricciardo agreeing that this will be his final season with the team. The news was announced first by the Australian driver on Wednesday, ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. On today's Autosport podcast we bring you today's episode of Flat Chat, the monthly podcast to accompany each edition of GP Racing magazine. If you like it, you can subscribe to Flat Chat here: https://audioboom.com/channels/5047859
24/08/22·1h 11m

655: WRC Ypres Rally Belgium Review

Tom Howard and Michael Haffenden are back from WRC Ypres Rally Belgium where Ott Tänak secured his second rally win on the bounce, as a high rate of attrition saw multiple crashes. 
22/08/22·51m 1s

654: F1 Half Term Report - The Winners & Losers So Far

Over the first 13 races of Formula 1's new ground effects era, Max Verstappen has surged into the lead in the world championship over Charles Leclerc. But as the 2022 season prepares to roar back into life, who stacks up as the top of the class, and who must do better? We graded every driver based on their performances so far. Matt Kew, Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith join Martyn Lee to assess every performance on the grid so far.
19/08/22·1h 16m

653: Top 10...Brabham Drivers

This week marks 30 years since Brabham made its last world championship F1 start. If you haven't heard it yet, listen to David Brabham talking about how he has brought the famous name back to the track on our previous podcast. Plus in this week's Autosport magazine, Damien Smith delves under the skin of the BT19 in which Jack Brabham scored his third F1 crown. Damien is our special guest on today's podcast as our chief editor  Kevin Turner picks his top ten Brabham drivers of all time, with Alex Kalinauckas your host. 
18/08/22·42m 19s

652: How one of F1’s greatest names was revived

It's 30 years since one of motorsports most famous names made its last Formula 1 world championship start. During its three decades in F1, Brabham won 35 world championship races (still good enough for eighth on the all time constructors list), scored 39 pole positions, took 4 drivers championships and 2 constructors titles as well. Today Kevin Turner is joined by by David Brabham to talk all things Brabham past, present and future.
16/08/22·26m 36s

651: Top 10... Arrows Drivers

Autosport's 'Top 10...' podcasts are back for a second series. This time around, our Chief Editor Kevin Turner is gamekeeper-turned poacher! After writing the Top 10 lists for our first series, now the Autosport editors have their say with Kevin coming on to question their reasoning. To kick off the series, Jake Boxall-Legge presents the top ten Arrows/Footwork grand prix drivers. They're joined by Alex Kalinauckas.
12/08/22·53m 43s

650: Rally Finland Review + Tom's Toyota Co-Drive

Last weekend witnessed a truly incredible Rally Finland with WRC's best battling it out for the win. Today on Gravel Notes with Tom Howard he talks to all three podium teams - Tanak, Rovanpera and Lappi. We also hear how Hyundai ended Toyota's winning streak in Finland, and how the land of 1000 lakes was able to keep Lappi's car topped up with water after a massive shunt. Stick around to the end of the podcast because Tom talks about an experience no mere mortal has any business doing - co-driving a top tier rally car alongside one of the worlds best drivers, as he calls the pace notes over 6 kilometres for Takamoto Katsuta in the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 car.
09/08/22·39m 12s

649: Alonso, Piastri, Aston and Alpine - Making Sense Of Driver Market Madness

Since Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement the driver market has moved at breakneck pace. Fernando Alonso was confirmed for a place at Aston Martin in 2023, which should have opened the door for an Alpine race seat for Formula 2 champ Oscar Piastri. However a bizarre set of public announcements saw the team confirm Piastri for '23, only for the driver to respond on social media saying he will not race at Alpine. Joining Martyn Lee to discuss all news and possible implications are Matt Kew, Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith.
03/08/22·17m 46s

648: Hungarian GP Review

Formula 1 heads into the Summer break with it’s reigning champ and title favourite eighty points ahead of his main rival. Max Verstappen started tenth, carved his way through the field, Red Bull strategists made bold calls and the RFB18 was the class of the pack. Once again we saw both Mercedes on the podium, in a boost to the team before the summer break. And once again, we saw the Ferrari pit wall make questionable calls which put their drivers on the back foot. Joining Martyn Lee to discuss today’s grand prix are Luke Smith, Jess McFadyen and Kevin Turner.
31/07/22·1h 3m

647: Russell On Pole! Hungarian GP Qualifying

Luke Smith and Matt Kew are back from watching an exciting qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Mercedes driver George Russell pulled off a shock result to head the pack into Sunday's grand prix.
30/07/22·19m 43s

646: Vettel: Why He Retired and Who Might Replace Him

Alex Kalinauckas and Kevin Turner join Martyn Lee to talk about yesterday's shock retirement announcement from Sebastian Vettel. We discuss why he chose now to call it a day, and what role Aston Martin's current performance played, if at all. We also talk about who might replace him, whether that be a star name or a rookie, and we end with a look back at Vettel's career and the impact he made on Formula 1.
29/07/22·37m 2s

645: French GP Review

Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith in France, plus Jess McFadyen and Matt Kew to review the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, and ask if we were denied a championship fight at the front.
25/07/22·53m 11s

644: French GP Qualifying

Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are at Paul Ricard and witnessed a thrilling qualifying session where the fastest laps swapped between this years title protagonists. Red Bull’s race pace was a step behind Ferrari last time out in Austria, but can they set up the RB18 to fight back and win again here in France?
23/07/22·13m 13s

643: French GP Practice

Martyn Lee and Jake Boxall-Legge look back at both practice sessions for the 2022 French Grand Prix, as Ferrari and Red Bull resume battle. Max Verstappen excelled in qualifying in 2021 to take pole and executed a bold two-stop strategy to beat Lewis Hamilton at this event last year, but can he repeat that feat over a resurgent Ferrari team?
22/07/22·25m 1s

642: Rally Estonia Review - with Rovanpera, Evans and Tanak

Kalle Rovanpera clinched a fifth win from seven World Rally Championship rounds with a masterclass display to defeat Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans at Rally Estonia. The WRC championship leader produced yet another stunning performance, despite starting first on the road in changeable weather conditions, to beat Evans by 1m00.9s on Estonia’s fast gravel roads.  Martyn Lee is joined by Tom Howard to discuss all the action, and we hear from the top three of Rovanpera, Evans and Tanak.
18/07/22·33m 23s

641: Rally Estonia Preview

Round 7 of the World Rally Championship in Estonia kicks off tomorrow just after 6:30pm UK, and Martyn Lee is joined by Tom Howard to preview the action. Safari Rally Kenya was a car-breaker with harsh conditions hurting many teams and drivers, whilst 2022's sensation Kalle Rovanpera dominated from first on the road. Can home hero Ott Tanak fight back at an event he has won multiple times, and will Toyota's upgrade package be another blow for the teams playing catch up? On the podcast today, Tom is joined by M-Sport Team principal Richard Millener, reflecting on Safari and looking to Estonia. We'll hear about their solutions to reliability issues and how he is expecting Craig Breen to deliver in Estonia.  Tom has also spoken with Hyundai Deputy team director Julien Moncet about the parts shortages causing a supply "nightmare".
13/07/22·25m 38s

640: Austrian GP Review

Martyn Lee is joined by Alex Kalinauckas, Jess McFadyen and Megan White to analyse how the Ferrari pace was different between the Sprint and the Grand Prix. Max Verstappen came home second as Charles Leclerc ended his barron run of races to win from second on the grid. Carlos Sainz escaped unharmed from a fast-spreading fire as he pulled off the track but couldn’t jump out until help arrived because of the pitch of the service road. And we talk about Mick Schumacher who won driver of the day for his best finish in Formula 1 so far with sixth place, behind Lewis Hamilton (3rd) , George Russell (4th) and Esteban Ocon (5th).
10/07/22·1h 11m

639: Austrian GP Sprint Review

Luke Smith and Matt Kew are fresh (or perhaps, no SO fresh) from running the track this evening, having witnessed a frantic Sprint in Austria. We hear about their conversations with Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz and how today’s finishing order will impact how teams attack the Grand Prix tomorrow. The Mercedes garage had to rebuild both cars after qualifying shunts and Toto Wolff talks about the effort required. Plus both Haas drivers continue to impress our hosts with the pace they’re extracting from a car which hasn’t been updated as much as it’s rivals.
09/07/22·20m 46s

638: Austrian GP Qualifying

It’s a sprint race weekend! That means today was Free Practice 1 and then the teams were straight into qualifying for the 24-lap sprint race on Saturday afternoon (3:30pm BST). With track limits once again being a controversial topic, and a double shunt for the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Russell, there’s plenty to unpick on the podcast today with Martyn Lee and Haydn Cobb.
08/07/22·33m 18s

637: British GP Review

Kevin Turner and Haydn Cobb join Martyn Lee for a look back at a thrilling British Grand Prix.
03/07/22·1h 11m

636: British GP Qualifying - Live from the Fan Village

Between dodging the heavy rain which blessed Silverstone qualifying today, our editors Alex Kalinauckas and Stuart Codling join Martyn Lee in the GP Racing Fan  Village to look back at a wet and wild session which saw Carlos Sainz achieve his maiden grand prix pole.
02/07/22·31m 18s

635: British GP Practice - Live from the Fan Village

The Autosport Podcast is coming live from our temporary studio in the GP Racing Fan Village. OK, we'll admit it, we're in a marquee which looks like it's normally used for wedding receptions! Situated on the outside of the Maggotts/Becketts complex, Stuart Codling and Matt Kew have hot-footed it from the paddock to join Martyn Lee for a special edition of the show.
01/07/22·30m 55s

634: Safari Rally Kenya Review

Kalle Rovanpera enhanced his World Rally Championship title credentials with victory at a gruelling Safari Rally Kenya, as Toyota locked out the top four positions. Tom Howard is back on the podcast to review a weekend of attrition and superb performances. Your host is Martyn Lee
27/06/22·26m 33s

633: Safari Rally Kenya Preview

Tom Howard is live from Africa as he previews all the action for this weekend's Safari Rally Kenya 
22/06/22·15m 26s

632: Canadian GP Review - with Luke, Jess and Matt

Round 9 of the Formula 1 World Championship saw Max Verstappen extend his championship lead as his main rivals faltered – teammate Sergio Perez retired with mechanical failure and Charles Leclerc managed fifth from a back row grid slot due to engine penalties.  Verstappen led home Carlos Sainz by just 0.993 seconds, who pushed him all the way to the line for the final 16 laps following a late safety car caused by Yuki Tsunoda hitting the wall on pit exit. Lewis Hamilton said he feels ‘young again’ after his third place finish and a visit to the podium for the first time since Bahrain. Host Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith, Jess McFadyen and Matt Kew to discuss whether Ferrari had any chance of ending Red Bull’s 6-race winning streak in Canada.  Could Sainz have made a one-stop strategy work for their first win since Australia? And with rivals talking up Mercedes’ pace today, did they finally unlock some secrets of the W13, or is that just mind games from the others amid the FIA’s potential regulation change to stop the cars bouncing.
20/06/22·1h 0m

631: Canadian GP Qualifying - with Luke and Alex

Luke Smith is joined by Alex Kalinauckas, fresh watching trackside at a wet Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, to analyse how the weather shook up the expected running order.
19/06/22·17m 33s

630: Canadian GP Practice - with Matt Kew

Matt Kew joins Martyn Lee to analyse the first two practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix. Formula 1 is back in Montreal for the first time since 2019, with a severe weather warning arriving shortly after the teams arrived in the paddock. With the ever present threat of rain, the first practice session was busier than usual with teams and drivers maximising track time to try different setups and scenarios. However the rain stayed away throughout the second session, which saw both Ferrari and Red Bull quick on the low fuel runs. The long race pace was good for the Red Bull of Verstappen, whilst his teammate Perez was a second off the pace, something which Christian Horner put down to setup differences between driving styles. Grid penalties are already becoming a topic after just 8 full weekends of running, as the Alpha Tauri of Tsunoda will start from the back of the grid due to taking a complete set of Red Bull powertrain components. The big question remains over Ferrari, and whether Leclerc will take the pain of a grid penalty here, at a track where passing is possible if you have the pace.
17/06/22·27m 24s

628: Azerbaijan GP Review - with Alex, Jess & Haydn

We're back to analyse all the action from today's action in Baku which saw a double DNF for Ferrari, more woe for Ferrari customer teams, and a dominant display from the Red Bull pair. Max Verstappen led home Sergio Perez for a 1-2 well clear of third placed George Russell. Martyn Lee is joined by Alex Kalinauckas, Jess McFadyen and Haydn Cobb to discuss if Ferrari could have won today, were they not to have lost both cars to reliability issues.
12/06/22·57m 43s

627: Azerbaijan GP Qualifying Analysis

Matt Kew hosts Jon Noble to look back at all the qualifying action from today in Baku.
11/06/22·22m 52s

625: Azerbaijan GP Practice - with Jake Boxall-Legge

The Formula 1 cars back on the streets of Baku for the first time with these new generation cars. Sporting their low drag setups, the battle between Red Bull and Ferrari resumes for round eight. This was the venue for Sergio Perez's first win in Red Bull colours twelve months ago but can he repeat the feat? Can Ferrari overcome their bouncing issues on the long start/finish straight? And will any of their midfield teams be able to join the battle at the front? Martyn Lee is joined by Jake Boxall-Legge to discuss.
10/06/22·25m 13s

626: Le Mans Preview - with Gary Watkins

Gary Watkins and James Newbold look ahead to this week's 24 hours of Le Mans and tell us some of the key drivers, teams and battles we should be watching for.
07/06/22·31m 44s

624: WRC Rally Sardinia Review - Gravel Notes

Tanak is back on top of the podium after 462 days, Rovanpera extends his championship lead and Craig Breen has technical trouble with his giggling pin. Martyn Lee is joined by Tom Howard to look back at WRC Rally Sardinia.
05/06/22·37m 5s

623: Monaco GP Review

How did Sergio Perez win Monaco? How did Leclerc lose from a controlling position?  And could Sainz have won with his daring straight-to-slicks strategy? To discuss those topics and a lot more tonight are Luke Smith and Stuart Codling. Your host is Martyn Lee.
30/05/22·1h 2m

622: Monaco GP Qualifying with Luke, Alex, and Codders

Formula 1 is in fabulous Monaco this week. With Qualifying completed, Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are leaving the track with Stuart Codling behind the wheel.  Enjoy as they analyse all of today's action.
28/05/22·20m 44s

621: Monaco GP Preview - with Jessica and Luke

Jessica McFadyen and Luke Smith talk about Monaco GP FP2 results and a disappointing crash.
27/05/22·14m 39s

619: Part 2 - The Stars of Tomorrow Racing In TOCA Support Series

Part 2 of our look at the British Touring Car Championship, and the support series which race alongside it. 
25/05/22·37m 36s

618: Part 1 - The State of BTCC with David Addison

The 2022 British Touring Car Championship is ba ck this weekend for the third round at Thruxton. We talk through the first two rounds of the champsionship and which drivers have started to make their bid for a championship run. We also talk about the new hybrid cars and how the BTCC adapting to the technical changes. Tom Ingram leads the field into Thruxton ahead of Josh Cook, Ash Sutton and Jake Hill.
24/05/22·49m 46s

620: Spanish GP Review - with Alex, Luke, Megan, and Jess

Thanks to Surfshark VPN for bringing you today's podast. Try Surfshark today totally risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Get Surfshark VPN at https://surfshark.deals/autosport Enter promo code AUTOSPORT for 83% off and three extra months free! Luke and Megan join Alex and Jess live from Spain to discuss a surprisingly eventful Spanish GP. Was Red Bull right to use team orders? Can Charles banish his demons going into Monaco and Baku? And is Mercedes really back in the title fight? Alex Kalinauckas is your host.
23/05/22·1h 18m

616: Spanish GP Qualifying with Luke and Matt

Formula 1 returns to Barcelona, a good bit warmer than the last time we were here to watch these 2022 cars take to the track for the first time. Luke Smith and Matt Kew are in the Barcelona paddock this weekend and here to analyse all the action from today's Qualifying.
21/05/22·20m 39s

615: Spanish GP Practice - Upgrades Analysis with Jake Boxall-Legge

Many of the teams have brought major upgrades to Barcelona this weekend. From a new floor for Mercedes to solve their bouncing issues, to Aston Martin turning up with a highly similar car to Red Bull. Plus we discuss all of today's on track action. Jake Boxall-Legge takes us through the aero changes with your host Martyn Lee.
20/05/22·28m 42s

614: Indy 500 Preview with Double Winner Takuma Sato

33 drivers. 200 laps. 500 miles. And just 10 days to go until the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the 106th running of the Indy 500.   Looking ahead to qualifying and the race itself is two-time Indy 500 winner, and former Formula 1 driver, Takuma Sato.   He’s joined by Charles Bradley and David Malsher-Lopez. Martyn Lee is your host. 
19/05/22·29m 9s

613: Miami GP Review - with Luke, Jess and Codders

Thanks to Harrys.com for bringing you today's podcast. You can claim your free Harry's Trial Set and Face Wash, just pay £3.95 for delivery. Click here now -> https://www.harrys.com/autosport Jess, Luke and Codders are all in Miami this weekend to bring us analysis of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. How did the track action match up to the attention paid to the glitz and glamour?  How did this 'car park track' suit the Red Bull vs Ferrari cars? And how does Miami stack up against the other events on the calendar?  Martyn Lee is your host.
08/05/22·1h 2m

612: Miami GP - Qualifying Analysis with Alex and Codders

Alex Kalinauckas and Stuart Codling are in Miami to cover the grand prix for Autosport and GP Racing magazine. Fresh from watching qualifying, they're here to analyse ker performances and discuss how Sunday afternoon could develop at the inaugural Miami GP.
08/05/22·16m 49s

611: Miami GP Practice - Who Was Fast On Day 1?

Martyn Lee and Haydn Cobb look back at a heavily disrupted Friday in Miami, as drivers and teams took to the track for the first time. Both Ferrari and Red Bull would miss significant amounts of running, whilst Mercedes were able to test their updated W13, and have a positive result in both sessions.
06/05/22·26m 22s

610: Miami GP Preview

Charles Bradley (Global Editor-in-Chief, motorsport.com) is an ex-pat who has long made Miami his home. He tells us what it has been like to watch Formula 1 come to his doorstep, the journey over the last five years to bring F1 to Miami, and why some of the locals were trying to block the race up the eleventh hour in the courts.  Charles also gives us the lowdown on how the track has been built around the existing infrastructure, and some of the engineering in place to cope with the extreme weather events seen in Florida. Jonathan Noble has been at the track already this week and brings us his perspective on the best sections of track to watch, and what kind of action this hybrid permanent circuit might bring.  Jon also ranks Miami in terms of previous visits F1 has paid to the U.S. and the place it could occupy on the newly-enlarged calendar. Martyn Lee is your host today.
05/05/22·26m 55s

609: Kev's Top 10... U.S. F1 Drivers

Following our recent series of podcasts based on our Chief Editor's love of lists, Kevin Turner is back with a bonus Top 10! As Formula 1 heads to Miami next week, he's joined by legendary commentator Ian Titchmarsh to look back at the most successful U.S. F1 drivers. Alex Kalinauckas is your host.
28/04/22·53m 15s

608: WRC Rally Croatia Review

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26/04/22·30m 38s

607: Emilia Romagna GP Review

We're in Italy this weekend with Luke Smith and Matt Kew trackside to bring you all the action first hand for Autosport Magazine, autosport.com, video and social channels. On the podcast we're also joined by Alex Kalinauckas and Jess McFadyen. Martyn Lee is your host.
24/04/22·58m 17s

606: Emilia Romagna GP - Sprint Analysis with Luke and Matt

It’s a hire car special! Whilst waiting to leave the track car park in The Mighty Lancia Ypsilon, Luke Smith and Matt Kew get the podcast mics out to run through their analysis of the sprint race at Imola, and how the pecking order is looking for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
23/04/22·20m 25s

605: Emilia Romagna GP - Qualifying Analysis with Haydn Cobb

Martyn Lee and Haydn Cobb look back at a chaotic Friday for Formula 1’s 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The grid is set for the 21-lap sprint race on Saturday, but the cars line up in an order very few fans would have predicted. Changeable conditions brought out five red flags in a highly disrupted qualifying session.
22/04/22·35m 1s

604: Gravel Notes: Inside The World Of A WRC Mechanic

20Mechanics are an integral part of motorsport regardless of discipline and those that work in the World Rally Championship mechanics are regarded among elite. These unsung heroes are expected to perform miracles against the clock to prepare and repair WRC cars during events. Unlike other forms of motorsport, rallying’s version of the circuit racing pitstop is known as a service and these occur after a series or loop of special stages held on closed roads. Drivers and co-drivers will return to the service park, where teams deploy a group of mechanics to repair any damage or change items on the cars in an allotted time period before the next set of stages. To better understand the life of a mechanic Autosport WRC reporter Tom Howard was invited to become part of the M-Sport Ford WRC team to work on Pierre-Louis Loubet’s Ford Puma Rally1 WRC car at the South Belgian Rally.
20/04/22·25m 4s

603: British GT Returns! Oulton Park Opener This Weekend

Easter traditionally marks the first round of British GT and the latest edition of the Autosport Podcast previews this weekend's season opener. After two years where the coronavirus pandemic has prevented the series getting under way at Oulton Park over Easter, this staple of the national racing schedules is back for 2022. With the reigning GT3 champions absent, we explore some of the likely contenders as well as the raft of changes for this year, including new teams, new drivers and new tyres. It's not just British GT that begins in Cheshire but also some of its supporting categories, including the GB3 Championship. The single-seater contest has a new car for this year and has attracted a strong line-up of over 20 drivers despite the difficult economic climate. Autosport's Group National Editor Stephen Lickorish is joined by Plus Editor James Newbold and Deputy National Editor Stefan Mackley to discuss who to keep an eye on in each series this weekend.
14/04/22·39m 13s

602: Australian GP Review

Editor of motorsport.com Australia, Andrew van Leeuwen, joins Luke Smith and Matt Kew to discuss the Australian Grand Prix. Martyn Lee is your host.
10/04/22·55m 19s

601: Australian GP - Qualifying Analysis

Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are in the Albert Park paddock for the Australian Grand Prix, and here to dig into the details of a highly dramatic (and disrupted) qualifying session.
09/04/22·21m 38s

600: Australian GP - Practice Analysis with Jonathan Noble

Formula One is back down under after a two year break, and the cars were on track today for the two Free Practice sessions. The Ferrari vs Red Bull battle looks to have picked up where it left off in Saudi Arabia, with both teams running at the front. Alpine saw stronger pace in FP2 and McLaren were both in the top ten, but how much of that will translate to qualifying? Jonathan Noble is here to analyse the lap times around a newly remodelled Albert Park.
08/04/22·23m 57s

599: Kev's Top 10...Lotus Drivers Rated

Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner loves a list and this is the final part of our podcast mini-series, ranking the top ten drivers from another F1 team. Today we rank the greatest Lotus drivers. This time we’re doing it with the help of Matt Kew, and Alex Kalinauckas is your host.
07/04/22·41m 39s

598: Kev's Top 10...Mercedes Drivers Rated

Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner loves a list and in Part 5 (of 6) of our new podcast series we're ranking another ten drivers. This time we’re doing it with the help of Matt Kew, and Alex Kalinauckas is your host.
31/03/22·45m 52s

597: Saudi Arabian GP Review

Jess McFadyen and Alex Kalinauckas join Martyn Lee to analyse the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Red Bull started first and fourth, and finished in the same positions, but it wasn't the dream pole-to-flag victory Sergio Perez dreamed of. Perez was unfortunate to pit from the lead just before a safety car, which gifted his opponents a cheap stop and the chance to leapfrog him. Max Verstappen's late race battle with Charles Leclerc gave him a first win of the new season, and it gave F1 fans plenty of hope these new regulations will allow cars to more closely follow one another.
27/03/22·1h 8m

596: Saudi Arabian GP - Qualifying Analysis

A polesitter who has waited 215 race starts to lead the pack away on a Sunday, and a massive accident for Mick Schumacher. Saturday in Saudi Arabia was memorable for many reasons, but one to forget for Lewis Hamilton, who could opt to start from the pitlane on Sunday.
26/03/22·21m 2s

595: Saudi Arabian GP - Practice Analysis

A missile attack on an Aramco distribution facility, around 10 miles from the track, was the main talking point today. Thick black smoke was seen filling the air during Free Practice 1, which delayed Free Practice 2 as Formula 1 and the FIA met with teams to discuss the situation. Martyn Lee and Haydn Cobb talk about the implications of today's events, and analyse the pace we saw on track heading into qualifying tomorrow.
25/03/22·21m 53s

594: Kev's Top 10...McLaren Drivers Rated

Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner loves a list and in Part 4 of our new podcast series we're ranking another ten drivers. This time we’re doing it with the help of Karun Chandhok, and Alex Kalinauckas is your host.
24/03/22·50m 56s

593: Bahrain GP Review

Luke Smith, Matt Kew and Haydn Cobb join Martyn Lee to look back at the Bahrain Grand Prix, and how three late retirements gave many of the points scorers a better finish on paper than they might have deserved.
20/03/22·59m 45s

592: Bahrain GP Qualifying + FIA Abu Dhabi Report Analysis

From the Bahrain International Circuit, Luke Smith (F1 Reporter) is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to analyse a thrilling qualifying session. It's still far too early to say if the established order from the hybrid era is ancient history, but there's certainly a different look to the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. Shortly before Qualifying, and 97 days after the controversy of Abu Dhabi, the FIA released their report into how those final laps played out. The full report can be seen on autosport.com, but our team thinks there are still some questions which need answered.
19/03/22·19m 0s

591: F1 Bahrain GP - FP1/FP2 Practice Analysis

Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) was watching both Free Practice sessions from trackside today, and spoke to the drivers and team bosses afterwards. He's speaking to Martyn Lee (Head of Podcasts, Motorsport Network) to analyse the form guide as the fuel came out and the soft tyres went on, for some quick laps. Arguably more interesting was to come, when the teams fuelled up and gave us a clue to their long run pace. Are Red Bull and Ferrari REALLY favourites for pole, and how bad are things for Mercedes?
18/03/22·28m 59s

590: Kev's Top 10... Williams Drivers Ranked

Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner loves a list and in Part 3 of our new podcast series we're ranking another ten drivers.     This time we’re doing it with the help of someone who has unique insight into the cars these drivers piloted, because we’re joined by Williams Heritage Driver Karun Chandhok. In fact every driver on today’s list drove a car in which Karun has experienced behind the wheel. Alex Kalinauckas is your host. Join us next Thursday when Kevin attempts to put the Top 10 McLaren Drivers in order. 
17/03/22·49m 6s

589: F1 Bahrain GP Preview - A New Era Begins

The countdown is on until a new breed of Formula 1 cars hit the track for the Bahrain Grand Prix.  Just days after the final test, the teams are ready to do battle for real at the Bahrain International Circuit. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) stayed out in Bahrain and will be back in the paddock this weekend.  They're joined by our latest recruit to the Autosport F1 team, Matt Kew. We get to know Matt on the podcast today and find out his favourite motorsport moments. With time over the last few days to crunch the numbers, we discuss why Mercedes might genuinely be struggling to dial in the setup of their new car, and not just talking themselves down (here's looking at you 2019, 2020 and 2021!). We discuss why Red Bull and Ferrari were looking strong based on what we witnessed trackside in Barcelona and Bahrain.  The predictable midfield battle, as we have come to know it, looks ripe for a shakeup. The difference from the top to bottom of the timesheets is likely closer than we've seen in recent years, as demonstrated by moments of stronger pace from Haas and Williams during testing. Finally, we discuss some of the news of the week, including today's FIA clarification of the Safety Car rule, and that "ALL CARS that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap" (our caps) rather than "any cars", the source of so much Abu Dhabi controversy.
16/03/22·49m 16s

588: F1 Testing - Bahrain Day 3

Matt Kew and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) recount their experience of watching the cars over the three days in Bahrain. They talk about how the Mercedes looked like it was struggling to dial-in the handling, how Red Bull grabbed a last minute glory run, and how Ferrari were not-so-quietly confident. With the final day of pre-season testing complete, is porpoising still a thing? What happened to the McLaren brake ducts? Why did Lewis Hamilton say Mercedes are not in contention for a win in Bahrain? And if Mercedes turn up next weekend and put the cars 5th and 6th on the grid, would be we surprised? All of those questions answered on today's podcast.
12/03/22·21m 44s

587: F1 Testing - Bahrain Day 2

The second day of the final 2022 Formula 1 pre-season test is in the books, with Carlos Sainz Jr leading the way for Ferrari. It was a day that was blustery and blowy, meant the many red flags that flew were streaming strongly.  Alex Kalinauckas is hosting the podcast today, summarising and understanding the day. To look ahead of the final day of the test here in Bahrain on Saturday, he's joined by Matt Kew and Luke Smith. 
11/03/22·14m 27s

586: Drive To Survive Season 4 Review - Warning: CONTAINS SPOILERS!

WARNING: This podcast discusses specific events and moments in the new Netflix series. If you don't want to spoil any of those surprises,  make sure you bookmark this episode and come back after you've watched the show. Jess McFadyen is joined by Luke Smith to discuss the fourth season of Drive To Survive, having been given access to the series some time ago. The series is out now and keenly anticipated amongst Formula 1 fans. Some of their highlights include Lewis Hamilton letting viewers into his Covid experience and worries about staying healthy. The 2021 rookies are all represented too, with Tsunoda, Schumacher and Mazepin given decent airtime. Once again there is an inflated sense of antagonism between some of the rivalries which does not please those looking for a ‘pure’ telling of the story. The largest omission is the lack of Max Verstappen, the Formula 1 World Champion, who finally provided Drive To Survive a title fight. Max has said he doesn't like the way some rivalries, such as the Norris vs Sainz in a previous series, are painted as more contentious than they really are. Without his direct involvement it's left to Christian Horner to talk about the Red Bull perspective on the title fight. The elephant in the room is the inclusion of Nikita Mazepin and discussions around Uralkali funding of the Haas team, given the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine and international sanctions against the Mazepin family.
11/03/22·31m 26s

585: F1 Testing - Bahrain Day 1

Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) joins Martyn Lee to explain THOSE Mercedes sidepods, or rather lack of them, and what it means for the development race in 2022.
10/03/22·33m 7s

584: Kevin's Top 10...Red Bull Drivers Ranked

Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner loves a list and in Part 2 of our new podcast series we're ranking another ten drivers. Just like the first which counted down the Top 10 Ferrari drivers, you'll no doubt have an opinion on this one too. This week it's the youngest team on our mini-series, Red Bull Racing.  Kevin is joined by Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and F1 Reporter Luke Smith. Thanks to the Autosport Podcast sponsor, BetterHelp online therapy.  We talk about BetterHelp a lot on this show, and this month we’re discussing some of the stigmas around mental health. Many people think therapy’s for so-called crazy people. But, therapy doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you. It means you recognize that all humans have emotions, and we need to learn to control them, not avoid them. And we’ve been taught that mental health shouldn’t be a part of normal life. But that’s wrong too. We take care of our bodies with the gym, the doctor and nutrition. We should be focusing on our minds just as much. BetterHelp is customized online therapy that offers video, phone and even live chat sessions with your therapist, so you don’t have to see anyone on camera if you don’t want to. ● It’s much more affordable than in-person therapy and you can be matched with a therapist in under 48 hours. ● Give it a try and see why over 2 million people have used BetterHelp online therapy Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/autosport
10/03/22·51m 21s

583: F1 2022 with Karun Chandhok

Today we're joined by professional racing driver, TV commentator and MotorsportUK board member Karun Chandhok. We're looking ahead to the Bahrain test this week and discussing what was learned from Barcelona. Should the teams have foreseen the porpoising issue? And can teams fix any issues completely within the timescale and the budget restrictions? Karun also talks about how international sporting bodies have taken a stance against Russian and Belarusian athletes. He discusses, from his perspective as a driver, the role of professional sportspeople as influencers and role models. Finally we look at the driver line-ups following Max Verstappen's long term commitment to Red Bull Racing, and which driver pairings he thinks are the ones to watch this year. Karun is joined by GP Racing magazine editor Ben Anderson and your host, Alex Kalinauckas.
09/03/22·51m 38s

582: Kevin's Top 10...Ferrari Drivers Ranked

As the most successful constructor in Formula 1 history, and its only ever-present force since 1950, Ferrari has had its fair share of top-line drivers during its world championship history. Autosport takes on the task of ranking its very best from the past 71 years. Alex Kalinauckas is joined by Matt Kew and, of course, Kevin Turner to argue about which drivers deserve their place in the Top 10. Thank you to today's podcast sponsor BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month by using this link, which also let's the know you heard about BetterHelp on the Autosport Podcast: www.betterhelp.com/autosport
03/03/22·1h 10m

581: Rally Sweden Review - Why you need to follow WRC this year

Tom Howard is fresh off the plane from Sweden with his full review of how Kalle Rovanperä took an emphatic victory to take charge of the championship. The 21 year old decided on muted celebrations, after giving his support to the people of Ukraine currently under Russian invasion, exactly 21 years after his father Harri took his only World Rally Championship victory at the same event.    In contrast, Elfyn Evans had a weekend to forget. A 10 second time penalty caused by him leaving the designated course, whilst recovering from crashing over a snow back on the final corner, would just be the start of his pain. To discuss that and a lot more, Martyn Lee joins Tom Howard to look back at memorable weekend of motorsport.
01/03/22·34m 18s

580: F1 testing - Day 3 - What We Learned In Barcelona

Mercedes put in some quick laps to top morning and afternoon sessions, with drivers running two by two, and both Red Bulls not far behind.    For anyone hoping the new regulations might mean the competitive order was thrown up in the air will be disappointed. But for followers of Formula 1, you won't be surpirsed that the status quo is a good place to start when decoding the timesheets from testing.    Maybe it's a sign that many of the teams are talking up Ferrari, or are they trying some smoke-and-mirrors to divert attention off their own cars.    Joining Martyn Lee to discuss all the action from the final day of the first pre-season test is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Haydn Cobb (Editor, Autosport.com).   Formula 1 says it will not hold the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for 25 September "in the current circumstances" following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: “On Thursday evening Formula 1, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is, including the view of all relevant stakeholders, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.”   The promoter of the Russian Grand Prix confirmed the contract to hold the race had been suspended, but also asl fans not to seek refunds for tickets as "it is still possible that the round will take place and will be held as previously scheduled".    
25/02/22·36m 31s

579: IndyCar Returns! We talk to Al Unser Jr about his life, career and new book

AL UNSER JR has lived a double life - supreme racing talent and self-inflicted personal turmoil. He won two CART championships and won the Indianapolis 500 twice. It's rare for someone so successful in their motorsport career to open up on struggles with addiction, depression and abuse. His new book "Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past" is a brutally honest look at some of the stories which racing fans will know, and some which he has never talked about before. Growing up in Indycar with a famous surname he was put on a pedestal. Nephew to Bobby, son of Al. The story of 'Little Al' would too often leave the pages of Autosport for the tabloids to chart the fall from grace of an American darling. JAMES NEWBOLD asks about how he was able to supress his anger at Emerson Fittipaldi after his crash in the 1989 Indy 500, and win an award for sportsmanship, when he had to fight every natural urge not to retaliate. He says what he thinks of the current crop of teams and drivers, and who impresses him the most. He also talks about the process of writing his book alongside noted author JADE GURSS and how he had to stop several times because he was in tears.
25/02/22·47m 30s

578: F1 Testing - Day 2 - The Stories Behind The Laptimes

Day 2 of F1 pre-season testing saw global events overtake what was happening on track, with drivers and teams speaking out against the Russia/Ukraine conflict.  Meetings between organisers will soon communicate Formula 1's stance on the planned race in Sochi. Martyn Lee is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to dig into the timesheets and work out what's really going on. We've been trackside again today and observing how some of the cars are suffering with high speed instability,  in a throwback to the 1980's ground effect cars.
24/02/22·26m 36s

577: The secrets revealed in Red Bull's RB18 unveiling - Autosport Plus

Welcome to a bonus episode of the show featuring some exclusive content from the subscriber area of Autosport.com. Autosport Plus  Red Bull was the first Formula 1 team to launch its 2022 season, but is the last to actually show off its new car. Finally unveiling its RB18 to the world on the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, here's what can be seen from the radical new challenger Max Verstappen will defend his 2021 title with. For a 50% discount on your first payment to the exclusive Autosport Plus subscriber area, using the code PODCAST at checkout.
24/02/22·10m 55s

576: F1 Testing - Day 1 + Red Bull's Dramatic RB18 Revealed

The Autosport Podcast will bring you coverage of Formula 1 testing at the end of every day of track action. On today's podcast we're looking at the first day of testing (officially a shakedown) and how any fears about early reliability were quickly dispelled. Eight teams achieved over 100 laps as they executed their individual run plans with little drama and no red flags to interrupt sessions. Martyn Lee is joined by Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) and Haydn Cobb (Autosport.com Editor) to talk about what it was like trackside, and also analyse some of the technical aspects of the Red Bull RB18 which made it's first real appearance today.
23/02/22·32m 2s

575: Top 10 Drivers To Watch in BTCC and TOCA Support Series

Today we're using the build up to the 2022 season to look back at who excelled last year, and therefore who we should be watching this year.  Settle in because this is a long one, with both Top 10 drivers argued out for British Touring Cars and the TOCA support series (Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Ginetta Junior, Mini Challenge and British Formula 4). We didn't rush this one out at the end of 2021 because so much of our time was spent with the incredibly late running F1 calendar, plus we knew that we had a healthy gap before these series started again. It's still around a month before we'll even see some F4 or Ginetta testing. And a couple of months before the opening round at Donington Park. Hosting todays podcast is Autosport's Chief Editor, Kevin Turner. He's joined by Marcus Simmons and Stephen Lickorish.
17/02/22·1h 19m

574: Autosport Awards Highlights

Later than originally planned, the Autosport Awards 2021 were presented on Sunday 6th February at London's Grosvenor House. On the podcast today we bring you highlights of the winners speeches and some of the stars we met on the red carpet. The categories, voted on by readers of Autosport magazine and autosport.com, are below:  Racing Driver of the Year presented by Pirelli Race Car of the Year presented by Blink Experience Rally Driver of the Year Rally Car of the Year Rookie of the Year British Racing Driver of the Year UK Racer of the Year Esports Driver of the Year presented by Motorsport Games Esports Team of the Year presented by Motorsport Games Pioneering and Innovation Award presented by Mahindra Gold Medal Award Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award
07/02/22·18m 45s

573: F1 Launch - Haas

Haas has become the first Formula 1 team to unveil its car livery and design for the 2022 season after releasing a series of renders on Friday. The Haas VF-22 car is the first produced by the American team out of its new design office in Maranello, and offers a sign of what the new cars will look like this year following the overhaul of the technical regulations. On the podcast today, Alex Kalinauckas is joined by Luke Smith and Jonathan Noble to discuss first impressions on the renders, and how Haas is changing the organisation to be more competitive in 2022.
04/02/22·14m 2s

572: Formula E - Can Season 8 Deliver?

Jake Boxall-Legge takes over the reins of our Formula E coverage for Season 8. Martyn Lee hosts alongside Matt Kew as we look at the action this weekend and Season 8 as a whole. How will qualifying changes affect the action? Which teams and drivers are the ones to watch? And we ask how Formula E can reach a wider audience as it heads towards the Gen3 era.
28/01/22·39m 10s

571: F1 2022 - Discussing the new technical regulations

It's one month until Formula 1 reconvenes in Barcelona to run new cars for the first time, and we’re reconvening on the Autosport podcast to start our F1 technical coverage for the new season. After a short winter break, attention has turned from a controversial title-decider to how teams will have interpreted a new rule book. This year we’ll be talking about the Venturi effect, listed parts and wheel covers. The rule-makers have even mandated some open source parts which forces teams to upload their designs for anyone to see (because sharing is caring?). Our man who scours the technical regulations is Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) and he tells us what fans should be looking for when cars roll out of the garage. GP Racing’s Ben Anderson looks at what the extra year of development time could mean and, whilst people assume we’ll see a convergence of performance, it might actually mean the top teams stretch their advantage. Any new set of rules have the potential to throw the form book out of the window. But what is the chance of that happening this year? The last team to surprise everyone was BrawnGP in 2009 but, as Ben points out, the Honda team had written off two years of development to put all the might of a works team into that moment. 
24/01/22·48m 42s

570: WRC Monte Carlo Preview + Driver Interviews

Tom Howard is back on the Gravel Notes podcast for a new season of WRC. Joining him on the shows is Martyn Lee to talk about the new Rally1 cars and championship battle with Ogier running a limited season. We also hear from Sebastien Ogier, Craig Breen, Oliver Solberg, Ott Tanak, Kalle Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans ahead of action starting later today.
20/01/22·34m 30s

569: Monsters of Motorsport - with Mark Blundell

This week's Autosport celebrates many of motorsport’s wild and spectacular machines. We’ve selected some of the most outrageous and, in a few cases, ridiculous cars ever to go into competition for our Monsters of Motorsport special. It is a look at some of the cars that can impress and entertain even if they are going around a circuit (or rally stage) all on their own. We're joined today by a special guest too, as Mark Blundell recalls his monster pole lap at Le Mans, and some of the other machinery he's driven to the limit. Martyn Lee hosts alongside Marcus Simmons (Deputy Editor, Autosport) and Gary Watkins.
18/01/22·1h 4m

568: Autosport Plus - Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Between now and F1 pre-season testing, and for the first time ever, we've decided to bring you something different on the Autosport podcast.  Access to our subscriber only sction Autosport Plus. Autosport Plus give you access to enjoy exclusive long-reads, in depth analysis, technical insight and expert opinion.  Each week our editors will be hand picking some of the subscriber content for you to sample via the podcast. If you like it, I'll tell you how to get a massive 50% discount on membership at the end of the podcast, so stay tuned in to the end. Later, we'll talk about Juan Manuel Fangio, as Nigel Roebuck writes about what made him such a gentleman. But first, our Chief Editor Kevin Turner has picked out this article our subscribers first read last week - rating the best drivers of the century so far.
10/01/22·23m 51s

567: Part 2 - F1 2021 Review with Alex and Luke

The second part of Autosport’s annual podcast review of the Formula 1 season is here.    In the second part of our season review, we tackle the races after the summer break and how we’re feeling about the events of Abu Dhabi, as the dust begins to settle. Martyn Lee (Head of Podcasts, Motorsport Network) is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport).
29/12/21·1h 8m

566: Part 1 - F1 2021 Review with Alex and Luke

Autosport’s annual podcast review of the year is finally here! Whilst recent headlines have been dominated by the drama in Abu Dhabi, the balance of power between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton shifted many times throughout the season, and it was a year filled with storylines which deserve to be remembered. Today we go back to pre-season testing to remember what we learned even before the cars would race in Bahrain. With Ariana enjoying a well-earned break, Martyn Lee (Head of Podcasts, Motorsport Network) is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport). In the first part of our retrospective we take you from early Mercedes dominance to a 32 point lead for Verstappen by the time teams left Austria, finishing with the first shoots of a Hamilton recovery heading into the summer break. With so much to discuss we split our season review podcasts into two parts. Look out for the concluding part on Monday 27th December.
23/12/21·56m 20s

565: Top 50 Drivers of 2021

Autosport’s Top 50 drivers of the year is our traditional list picking out the great and the good from the motorsport season just gone.    The 2021 Top 50 is the 20th edition and we’ve had the usual tough task of selecting the best performers across Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, Formula E, sportcar and GT racing, touring car series and many other categories.    The list appears in the 16 December issue of Autosport magazine and on Autosport.com, and the latest edition of the Autosport Podcast delves into how it was put together and covers the most controversial decisions.     The Top 50 always stirs debate among fans, drivers and even within the Autosport team itself.    How do you rate drivers in different cars, different series and at different points in their careers? Should standout moments mean more than consistency? And how far should controversial on-track moments count against a driver? All this and more are covered in this podcast special.    Chief Editor Kevin Turner hosts and is joined – happily in person for once during these strange times – by Haydn Cobb (Autosport.com Editor), Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor) and sportscar guru Gary Watkins to discuss the final selection and the drivers who missed out. The debate gets quite dramatic at times, which seems apt given the motorsport season just gone. 
16/12/21·1h 21m

564: The Future of Junior Single Seaters - Part 2 with Jonathan Palmer

The UK's junior single-seater landscape is set to change for 2022, with new cars being introduced and even a new series launching next year. The GB3 Championship – which was previously known as British F3 until a mid-season name change enforced by the FIA – has bridged the gap between British F4 and FIA F3 for several years. It will introduce a new machine for its upcoming campaign, the Tatuus MSV-022, which will offer more power and downforce as well as the inclusion of a halo head-protection device. MotorSport Vision which runs the series has also announced a new championship for 2022 – the GB4 Championship – has been created as an entry-level into single-seaters and is open 15-year-olds. Autosport Deputy National Editor Stefan Mackley and Autosport National Editor Stephen Lickorish discuss the changes with the second part of a UK single-seater podcast special. They are joined by MSV CEO and ex-Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer to discuss both the new car and championship, as well as what it could mean for the future of young drivers working their way up the motorsport ladder.
14/12/21·54m 45s

563: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

Our team were all in the paddock to witness the wild ending to an unforgettable 2021 season. Shortly after the FIA gave their verdict on the two protests which were lodged after the race, we tried to make sense of what happened, and congratulate our drivers championship winner. Ariana Bravo is joined by Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) 
12/12/21·49m 27s

562: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Report

Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is at the track alongside our host Ariana Bravo, as they reflect on a qualifying session which surprised many in the paddock, and look at some of the various scenarios which could play out on Sunday afternoon.
11/12/21·17m 59s

561: Abu Dhabi GP Practice Report

Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) is at the track alongside our host Ariana Bravo, to bring you a flavour of the atmosphere in the paddock and how the excitement is building for the championship battle.
10/12/21·19m 40s

560: Saudi Arabia GP Review

* No Spoilers* Ariana is already on her way to Abu Dhabi with the rest of the F1 team, so Jess McFadyen steps up to host today’s podcast alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Haydn Cobb (Editor, Autosport.com). Luke is fresh from the drivers interviews and tells us who-said-what after the chequered flag, whilst Haydn was on live commentary duty today and had to make sense of today’s chaotic scenes for those following along.  But can we make sense of it on the Autosport podcast?
06/12/21·59m 3s

559: Saudi Arabia GP Qualifying Report

Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is at the track with our host Ariana Bravo, and they’re taking stock of a thrilling qualifying session today, which threw another curveball at the championship battle.
04/12/21·16m 58s

558: Saudi Arabia GP Practice Report

Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) is at the track alongside our host Ariana Bravo, who are both experiencing the first running at the Jeddah Street Circuit. 
03/12/21·16m 55s

557: Young Driver Finalist - Zak O'Sullivan

The four finalists who will contest the 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award have been selected. Ollie Bearman, Jonny Edgar, Louis Foster and Zak O’Sullivan are the finalists. None have been in the Award before.   This week on the podcast we're talking to each driver individually, and hearing about their story so far.    Previous winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson.   Today we're talking to Zak O'Sullivan. O’Sullivan has been the driver to beat in GB3 this year. The 16-year-old continued the impressive form from his first single-seater campaign last season, when he came oh-so-close to securing the British F4 crown. He seems set to make up for that disappointment this year, as he comfortably tops the points ahead of the finale.
02/12/21·24m 32s

556: Young Driver Finalist - Louis Foster

The four finalists who will contest the 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award have been selected. Ollie Bearman, Jonny Edgar, Louis Foster and Zak O’Sullivan are the finalists. None have been in the Award before.   This week on the podcast we're talking to each driver individually, and hearing about their story so far.    Previous winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson.   Today we're talking to Louis Foster. After a winning cameo outing last year, Foster has been racing full-time in Euroformula Open this season on his graduation from British F3, and is embroiled in a close title fight. The 18-year-old Hampshireman has won three races with the Motopark-run CryptoTower Racing Team – all of them on one incredible weekend at Spa.
01/12/21·22m 54s

555: Young Driver Finalist - Jonny Edgar

The four finalists who will contest the 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award have been selected. Ollie Bearman, Jonny Edgar, Louis Foster and Zak O’Sullivan are the finalists. None have been in the Award before.   This week on the podcast we're talking to each driver individually, and hearing about their story so far.    Previous winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson.   Today we're talking to Jonny Edgar. This 17-year-old, from Cumbrian karting royalty, won a thrilling German F4 title battle in 2020. He had a tough time this year in FIA Formula 3, with a best result of fifth with Carlin, and finished 18th in the points. But bear in mind that 2021 champion Dennis Hauger was 17th last year on his step up from F4…
30/11/21·21m 48s

554: Sir Frank Williams Tribute - with Juan Pablo Montoya and Maurice Hamilton

Former Formula 1 team boss Sir Frank Williams, whose squad became one of the most successful in grand prix racing’s history, has passed away. He was 79. A short statement from the Williams team said he had been admitted to hospital on Friday and passed away peacefully on Sunday morning surrounded by his family. The Williams team earned 114 F1 victories, along with seven drivers’ titles and nine constructors’ crowns, to became one of the best-known teams on the grid. Frank Williams had originally founded Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, having previously run cars in Formula 2 and Formula 3. Today we speak with two people who knew Frank well and worked with him in different capacities. First we hear from motorsport writer and broadcaster Maurice Hamilton. We also speak with Juan Pablo Montoya who drove for four seasons of Formula 1 with Williams.  They were in conversation with Diana Binks on Motorsport TV Live. Watch here: https://uk.motorsport.tv/
29/11/21·22m 9s

553: Young Driver Finalist - Ollie Bearman

The four finalists who will contest the 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award have been selected. Ollie Bearman, Jonny Edgar, Louis Foster and Zak O’Sullivan are the finalists. None have been in the Award before.   This week on the podcast we're talking to each driver individually, and hearing about their story so far.    Previous winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson.    Today we're talking to Ollie Bearman. The 16-year-old Essex driver has been the class of the ferociously competitive Italian and German Formula 4 championships in 2021. Bearman has won 13 races with Van Amersfoort Racing and leads the points in both series. Has also been a race winner in selected GB3 outings, despite limited mileage compared to his rivals.
29/11/21·21m 25s

552: Formula E Drivers Ranked with Jack Nicholls

Tom Howard is joined by Matt Kew and commentator Jack Nicholls to look back at the seventh season of Formula E and rank the drivers based on their performance this year.
27/11/21·1h 10m

551: Remembering Richard Burns with Petter Solberg

November 25th is a date any rally fan will remember for two reasons. Two decades ago today, the formidable pairing of Richard Burns and Robert Reid clinched the world rally championship with third place on Rally GB. Four years later, to the day, Burns lost his two-year battle with a brain tumour.  We’re joined by Petter Solberg who remembers his time as Richard’s teammate.
25/11/21·18m 2s

550: W Series Review with Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell

Jamie Chadwick is a double champion. The winner of W Series in 2019 repeated her achievement in 2021 after a dominant win at the Circuit of the Americas. Today on the podcast we'll talk to Jamie, and her season-long title rival Alice Powell. They went into the final round level on 109 points each, but it was the Williams development driver Chadwick who won both rounds on Saturday and Sunday in Austin. Championship victory hands her 15 FIA Superlicence points, but does that mean we'll see her in a Friday practice session in Formula 1 sometime soon? What are her plans for next year? How does this championship compare to her first? And will she compete in W Series again or will she look towards Formula 3 or WEC? Let's find out. 
25/11/21·31m 39s

549: Qatar Grand Prix Review

Ariana Bravo is back in the paddock in Qatar, along with Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), and they're joined by Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing) to review today's action at the Losail International Circuit.
22/11/21·55m 54s

548: Qatar GP Qualifying Reportv

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to analyse the Saturday pace and how the drivers line up for tomorrow’s Grand Prix.
21/11/21·18m 26s

547: Qatar GP Practice Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonanthan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to look at the pace on Friday in Qatar.
19/11/21·16m 44s

546: Brazilian GP Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network)and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to analyse the big talking points from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
14/11/21·1h 6m

545: Brazilian Sprint Race Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas  (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to look at some of the overnight penalties and punishments dished out by the stewards, and also a thrilling drive from Lewis Hamilton in today’s sprint race. 
13/11/21·24m 43s

544: Brazilian GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to analyse today’s qualifying action, in the third Sprint Race weekend of the year.
12/11/21·22m 4s

543: Learning To Be A Motorsport Engineer

 Sponsored Content. Today we hear from students from the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton. They have been learning in the classroom AND on the race track. Where does the next generation of motorsport engineers come from? How can you gain experience whilst also studying? At the University of Bolton their £13million state of the art facility is equipping graduates with the skills they need for a career in motorsport engineering. Find out more about the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton online at bolton.ac.uk
10/11/21·24m 11s

542: Mexican GP Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network)and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse the big talking points from the Mexico City Grand Prix. 
07/11/21·56m 0s

541: Mexican GP Qualifying Report

06Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to look at the qualifying results from Saturday in Mexico.
07/11/21·19m 17s

540: Mexican GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonanthan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to look at the pace on Friday in Mexico. 
06/11/21·22m 42s

539: Jo Siffert Remembered

Tom Howard is joined by Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner for a special episode. Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalled the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time. And to hear more from the writer of that piece, Kevin Turner, Tom it's over to you. And stay tuned because also in today show we'll take a short break to thank today's sponsor, the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton, where their £13million state of the art facility is equipping graduates with the skills they need for a career in motorsport engineering. Find out more about the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton online at bolton.ac.uk .
04/11/21·57m 26s

538: Formula Ford Festival at 50 - Why you should go this weekend

This weekend marks the 50th running of the illustrious Formula Ford Festival, first held in 1972, which has been won by some of motorsport's biggest names down the years. Stefan Mackley is joined by Marcus Simmons and Gary Watkins to preview the event, and tell you why a trip to Brands Hatch this weekend won't disappoint.
28/10/21·49m 0s

537: United States Grand Prix Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Charles Bradley (Editor in chief, motorsport.com) and Sef Harding (F1 writer and podcaster) to look back at how the US Grand Prix was won.
25/10/21·53m 59s

536: United States GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to analyse the results of qualifying at Circuit Of The Americas.
24/10/21·21m 49s

535: United States GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to look at the pace on Friday in Austin. 
23/10/21·22m 27s

534: W Series Finale Weekend - Inside The World Of Driver Coaching

As we head into the final round of the season, today's guests are W-Series driver coaches Jonny Kane and Warren Hughes. Both professional racing drivers, they began working with the championship this year, but have a long standing partnership dating back to their days competing together at Le Mans in the early noughties. Megan White spoke to them ahead of the season finale doubleheader in Austin this weekend.
22/10/21·25m 56s

533: BTCC Championship Weekend Preview

It's all at stake this weekend when any one of five drivers could win the championship. We take a look at everything you need to know before the BTCC action this weekend with Tom Howard, Marcus Simmons, and special guest David Addison (ITV BTCC Commentator).
21/10/21·1h 6m

533: BTCC Championship Weekend Preview

It's all at stake this weekend when any one of five drivers could win the championship. We take a look at everything you need to know before the BTCC action this weekend with Tom Howard, Marcus Simmons, and special guest David Addison (ITV BTCC Commentator).
21/10/21·1h 4m

532: 2021 F1 Global Fan Survey Results Revealed

Formula 1 and Motorsport Network today announced the results of the 2021 F1 Global Fan Survey. Conducted in 15 languages across the Motorsport.com platform, and receiving feedback from 167,000 fans in 187 countries, the 2021 survey is the largest single sports survey ever analysed by Nielsen Sports. Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) is here to discuss fan favourite teams, drivers and the overall state of the sport. He's joined by James Allen (President, Motorsport Network) and Charles Bradley (Editor-in-chief, motorsport.com)
21/10/21·24m 20s

531: 10 Years On: Remembering Dan Wheldon with Scott Dixon

Today (Saturday October 16) is a sad day for motorsport fans everywhere because it's the 10th anniversary of the tragic accident which claimed the life of Dan Wheldon, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IndyCar Champion. Dan died on October 16, 2011 at the Las Vegas Motorspeedway. Charles Bradley (Editor-in-chief, motorsport.com) and David Malsher (US Editor, motorsport.com) are joined by six-time IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon. 
16/10/21·45m 6s

530: Turkish GP Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to analyse who mastered the wet conditions of Istanbul Park.
10/10/21·1h 1m

529: Turkish GP Qualifying

Ariana Bravo is joined by Haydn Cobb (Editor, Autosport.com) to analyse today's qualifying action and what it means for tomorrow's action.
09/10/21·23m 16s

528: Turkish GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to analyse the action from the first day at Istanbul Park. Recent form has seen McLaren win in Italy and come close to winning in Russia but, as Jon explained on the podcast recently, the form book hasn’t changed dramatically and the Mercedes/Red Bull are the faster cars in normal conditions. But was that the case today? Listen to find out.
08/10/21·23m 8s

527: 60 Years of Team Lotus Winning In F1 - Clive Chapman's Top 10 Cars

This week It's sixty years since one of the greatest grand prix teams took its first victory when Team Lotus won the 1961 United States Grand Prix with Innes Ireland driving the Lotus 21. It was the first win for Team Lotus as a works outfit although privateer cars had won races previously. What better excuse to talk about one of the great grand prix teams and we're delighted to be joined by Clive Chapman today. Clive is the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Managing Director of Classic Team Lotus. Clive joins us from their Norfolk HQ where many of their iconic grand prix cars are kept running. Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Clive chat about the history of the team, and the Top 10 cars they raced.
06/10/21·58m 6s

526: The Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award Finalists

The four finalists who will contest the 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award have been selected. Aston Martin joined the Award in 2019. Previous winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson. Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) is joined by Marcus Simmons and Ian Titchmarsh to discuss why these are four finalists. German and Italian Formula 4 points leader Ollie Bearman, FIA F3 racer Jonny Edgar, Euroformula Open title contender Louis Foster and GB3 championship favourite Zak O’Sullivan are the finalists. None have been in the Award before. The winner will be announced at the Autosport Awards on 19th December. 
05/10/21·36m 53s

525: Lewis Hamilton 100: We Rank His Greatest Victories

Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is joined by Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to discuss Lewis Hamilton’s achievement of 100 Grand Prix victories. We talk about Schumacher’s 91 wins and at what point Hamilton looked able to beat it, where this ranks in his list of achievements and how crucial the move from McLaren to Mercedes was. We also explore how Hamilton has kept himself motivated, his greatest rivals and how Hamilton navigated regulation changes to stay at the very top.
30/09/21·1h 9m

524: Russian Grand Prix Review

Ariana is battling with a cold which means she’s lost her voice, so her producer Martyn Lee is off the bench to host the show today with Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to look back at a race which will ultimately be remembered for a major milestone for the record books but, in the immediate aftermath, is more about the broken heart of one driver who was looking good for a maiden F1 win.
26/09/21·1h 2m

523: Russian GP Qualifying Report

*No spoilers* 2021 really is the season which keeps on giving! With a top three nobody could have predicted before qualifying. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) describes the pole position result as a ‘shock’ and has good reasons why.  In the press conference after qualifying, Alex says the pole sitter admitted this is the one circuit he wouldn’t want to be on the front row for, especially if there is a headwind. However we’re set up for an unmissable race tomorrow. 
25/09/21·24m 17s

522: Russian GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing) to look at the two practice sessions earlier today, with Saturday’s running looking increasingly like it will face disruption from rain. Red Bull has confirmed Max Verstappen will take a new power unit and therefore start from the back of the grid, so they focused on long run pace. In the past Verstappen has driven from 19th to 5th at this circuit. The same power unit change also applies to Ferrari with Charles Leclerc.  Whilst the front of the grid might be easy to forecast this weekend, it was as tight as ever in the midfield today. Overtaking is possible in Sochi if drivers can get a good slipstream and have a decent speed offset from the car they’re following, so we could see plenty of moves up the field on Sunday.
24/09/21·18m 47s

521: The Future of Junior Single Seaters - Part 1 with Karun Chandhok

We're entering a period of change for the top level junior single seater categories in the UK.  British Formula 4 has launched the careers of Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri and Colton Herta since its creation in 2015. But next year there's a new car, new engine and new organiser. Stephen Lickorish and Stefan Mackley present a two-part special about the future of young drivers working their way up the motorsport ladder. Our very special guest Karun Chandhok explains why it's so important for junior single seaters to thrive, and why he took up the offer of Motorsport UK to help guide the new era of Formula 4.
23/09/21·40m 16s

520: Goodwood Revival: Your ultimate guide to enjoy the best action

This weekend (17-19 September) the Goodwood Revival returns to Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex.  But this isn’t just a day out in period dress, you can watch the greatest cars and drivers recreate the glamour or motor racing as it used to be.  Jenson Button will make his historic racing debut on Friday and Sunday. Expect wheel-to-wheel racing around this classic circuit, which is now more famous for hosting classic events than it was when used for contemporary racing or testing. Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) is joined by Goodwood legend Marcus Pye to discuss the confirmed races and biggest battles you’ll want to know about before this weekend. Marcus also gives us his circuit guide, corner by corner, and the best spots to watch the action 
16/09/21·56m 42s

519: Review: Schumacher Netflix Movie

A new Netflix documentary on Michael Schumacher that offers an intimate portrait of the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is released today.  You can read Jonathan Noble's review online here, and listen to today's podcast for a discussion about the documentary. Martyn Lee is joined by Jon and James Allen (Motorsport Network President, F1 Journalist and Schumacher biographer) to look at why the Schumacher family gave their blessing to this project. The movie features plenty of Formula 1 footage but stands out for how many home movies are used to show the human being rather than the character created by the media at the time. Netflix not only obtains rare footage of interviews throughout his career but also new interviews with his family, as they talk about how life has changed following Michael's accident in 2013.
15/09/21·26m 40s

518: Italian Grand Prix Review

Ariana Bravo is joined as usual by Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) and two new voices to the Autosport podcast. Haydn Cobb (Editor, Autosport.com) stands in for Luke this week, and we have a special guest with Harry Benjamin. Harry is a motorsport commentator for multiple series, including those on the F1 support calendar in 2021, and also host of the Motormouth Podcast.  No spoilers here, but once again Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen wanted the same piece of race track, but how did it turn out this time? And which team will be partying long into the night after a long-awaited return to the top step of the podium? 
12/09/21·57m 10s

517: Italian GP Sprint Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) as they're both in the Monza paddock to talk to the drivers and team bosses following today's Sprint Qualifying. Find out why a 2mm clutch error caused Lewis Hamilton a major headache, why the winner isn't technically a winner, and how the McLaren drivers could be the wildcard in the championship battle between Max and Lewis tomorrow.
11/09/21·23m 37s

516: Italian GP Qualifying Report

This weekend at Monza sees the second sprint race format, so Friday afternoon was all about setting the grid for Saturday’s sprint qualifying.  The pole sitter tomorrow isn’t officially on pole, instead he earns the title of ‘speed king’. Ariana Bravo is in the paddock in Italy and she’s talking to Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motosport.com) about the action.
10/09/21·19m 25s

515: Tonio Liuzzi On His F1 Career and Monza Preview

What better way to get in the mood for an Italian Grand Prix at Monza, than an Italian who has driven the track. We’re joined by Vitantonio Liuzzi. Enjoying drives for the newly birthed Red Bull Racing team, Toro Rosso, Force India and HRT, on the podcast today he looks back at a Formula 1 career which he says was often defined as being in the right place at the wrong time. Tonio talks about what it's like to race at Monza with the passion of the fans behind you, his best lap around Monza, why he credits Michael Schumacher as the key to his early success, the events which stopped him from rising up to be a team leader in a main Red Bull seat and remembering the famous Turn 1 crash which took out Nico Rosberg.   Finally he tells us why 2010 was the year he drove most of the season with just one hand on the wheel, and his duties this weekend as an FIA steward.
09/09/21·1h 1m

514: Gravel Notes: Molly Taylor on Extreme E and WRC Acropolis Rally Greece

On today's Autosport podcast, we're bringing you something from our sister podcast channel Gravel Notes. Tom Howard talks to Molly Taylor who is currently competing in Extreme E and this weekend's WRC Acropolis Rally Greece. Molly reveals how a facetime call from Nico Rosberg got her interested in Extreme E, how successful female drivers can inspire a generation of young girls who see them as role models, and she previews this the WRC action this weekend.
09/09/21·27m 31s

513: #ThinkingFoward: Mattia Binotto on why sustainable fuels are “a big deal”

Formula One will have new power units from 2025 that will run on 100% sustainable fuels.  So how big a change is that going to be? As great as the shift from V8s to hybrids? And while many governments around the world seem to speak today only of electric cars as the future, how powerful a message will Formula One be sending that the future of cars and mobility doesn't have to be all-electric? To help us answer this, we spoke to Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto and his F1 fuel partner István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice president for mobility. Your host as always on #ThinkingFoward is James Allen.
08/09/21·19m 2s

512: Russell To Mercedes, Bottas To Alfa Romeo Confirmed - 2022 Driver Market Analysed

It's Monday 6th September and a breaking news episode on today’s podcast. Ariana is currently flying from the Netherlands to Italy to prepare for hosting this weekend's TV coverage, so you've got Martyn to introduce the news today. Well it's the announcement we thought was coming but you never know until it's a done deal. George Russell will be driving the Mercedes-Benz next to Lewis Hamiton and Valtteri Bottas will join the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team in 2022 at the start of what the Swiss outfit says is a multi-year deal. The Finn's departure from Mercedes has been expected for some weeks, and a return to Williams was also a potential option before it became clear that his destination was Alfa Romeo. Kimi Raikkonen's retirement announcement on Wednesday was the first in a series of pieces of the driver market puzzle fall into place. Confirmation from Mercedes that George Russell is to join the world champion team as replacement for Bottas will follow this week. Bottas is reunited at Alfa Romeo with team principal Fred Vasseur, with whom he worked at ART in F3 in 2009 and 2010, and in GP3 in 2011, when he won the championship. Despite the strong contribution of Bottas over the years, the prospect of promoting Russell from Williams ultimately proved irresistible for Mercedes and team boss Toto Wolff. The Austrian was involved in Bottas's management before a conflict of interest obliged him to step back. Wolff has long stressed that he wanted to ensure that his former protege found a new seat should Russell be given the nod for the Mercedes drive, and said after Bottas's move to Alfa was announced that "he would absolutely have deserved to stay" in 2022. The news that Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will join Alfa Romeo next year is the first key move in Formula 1's 2022 driver market. In an exclusive interview with Autosport, team boss Fred Vasseur explains why the Finn he last worked with a decade ago has the traits his team needs for 2022, as F1 enters its brave new era. You can read all of that in the Plus section of Autosport.com. We think it's the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.  Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon. Read more: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/valtteri-bottas-to-drive-for-alfa-romeo-f1-team-in-2022/6661658/ Wolff: Bottas would have deserved 2022 Mercedes F1 drive https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/wolff-says-bottas-would-have-deserved-2022-mercedes-f1-drive/6661703/ Why Alfa Romeo has picked Bottas to be its 2022 F1 "leader" https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/why-alfa-romeo-has-picked-bottas-to-be-its-2022-f1-leader/6661657/
07/09/21·17m 20s

511: Dutch GP Review

Formula 1’s return to Circuit Zandvoort is all thanks to the Max Verstappen fever from his home fans, but did they go home delighted or despondent? Ariana Bravo is joined for our review podcast by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network)  to analyse all the action down the grid. 
05/09/21·55m 9s

510: Dutch GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo and Matt Kew are both at Circuit Zandvoort to witness the action and passion from Verstappen’s orange army. No spoilers here, but it was a tight fight for pole, although Matt argues why a technical issue and driver error robbed one of the Top 3 of a large chunk of time. 
04/09/21·20m 50s

509: Dutch GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble  (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to look back at F1's return to Zandvoort. Friday was regularly interrupted by red flags due to car failures and driver error, which will add to the tension of the weekend as teams try to gather data ahead of qualifying.
03/09/21·20m 17s

508: Belgian GP Race Review

Calling Sunday’s track action a ‘race’ is stretching the definition according to many of those who sat through hours of delays, only to see the absolute minimum done to achieve a result. However, an official classification and podium ceremony was held after the shortest race in the history of Formula 1®. Despite that, there’s a surprising amount of questions our readers and listeners want answered. Listen to today’s podcast as Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to discuss a controversial day.
29/08/21·33m 15s

507: Belgian GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to look back at how the grid came together on an eventful Saturday at Spa
28/08/21·27m 56s

506: Belgian GP Practice Report

Formula 1 teams are back in action after the summer break and today was two practice sessions which told us quite a lot about the possible form. Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com).  There’s good news for drivers who have been able to announce contract extensions, and bad news for teams who are facing the prospect of grid penalties as they exceed their allocation of three power units for the season.  The midfield battle looks tight once again, and can Alpine keep their momentum of a victory last time out? 
27/08/21·25m 28s

505: Le Mans Review - How Toyota avoided another "game over" moment

15A fourth consecutive Toyota victory was by no means certain as, with hours to spare, the #7 car was secretly hiding a potential show stopping issue. Tom Howard talks to our man at the track, Gary Watkins, to find out how Toyota avoided a repeat of previous fuel pickup issues. A podium for Alpine sets them up well for the future, and some strong times for the Glickenhaus cars showed they were on the pace when the track conditions suited them. All that and a lot more on today's Autosport podcast. You can read all our coverage of Le Mans here: https://www.autosport.com/le-mans/
24/08/21·46m 25s

504: Le Mans Is Back! What You Need To Know Before This Weekend

James Newbold is joined by sportscar legend Gary Watkins to preview the 89th running of the world's most famous endurance event. The 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours marks the dawn of a new era for the world's oldest and most famous endurance race, as the Hypercar class replaces LMP1 as the top of the endurance racing pyramid. Toyota goes into the event aiming to take a fourth straight victory, having been the dominant force at Le Mans since the withdrawal of Porsche in 2017.  Whilst they might be favourites, Gary explains why you shouldn't be surprised if Glickenhaus pull off an unlikely victory. When is the Le Mans 24 Hours? Date: Saturday 21st August 2021 – Sunday 22nd August 2021 Start time: 3:00pm BST, 4:00pm local time
18/08/21·49m 40s

503: Three Motorsport Stories You Need To Know

This week's edition of Autosport magazine is now on the shelves (and the doormats of subscribers) so Tom Howard picked out three of his favourite pieces to discuss on the podcast today. Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) examines British F1 team BRM and their last hurrah. Marcus Simmons (Deputy Editor, Autosport) talks to BTCC title contender Jake Hill on his passion for all things motorsport. And Tom looks at WRC and the hybrid Ford Puma they hope will get them back at the front of rallying.
13/08/21·48m 9s

502: F1's Half Term Report Card - We rate the drivers & teams

Half way through the 2021 Formula 1 season (pedants would like it known that exact moment is sometime during practice at Spa) we're using the Summer break to reflect on a breathless start to the season. Ariana Bravo is fresh off the plane from Budapest and joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing). All three have spent time back at racetracks this year and give us their inside scoop on life in the paddock.   On today's podcast we discuss: How Max Verstappen has lost too many points If Lewis Hamilton is as challenged as 2016’s Nico Rosberg defeat How their teammates have played the support roles Which team is winning the midfield battle Where Autosport readers have ranked the drivers after 11 races Who will be racing alongside Hamilton at Mercedes in 2022 ...and a lot more!
06/08/21·1h 2m

501: Hungarian GP Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Editor, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to make sense of the chaos & carnage from a first lap crash which would give us a totally unpredictable podium.
01/08/21·1h 7m

500: Hungarian GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to talk about today's action. It resulted in a relatively predictable top 3 positions but we won't say what order - no spoilers! Alex thinks that some teams underperformed today, including one of the front runners not being able to switch on their front tyres  in the heat of Hungary. There was also a flashpoint in the post-qualifying press conference with Max Verstappen getting angry with the moderator for asking about the potential for a first lap incident.
31/07/21·23m 27s

499: Hungarian GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to look at the on-track action in Hungary, but also the war of words which continues between Red Bull and Mercedes Benz following the Silverstone crash.
30/07/21·21m 22s

498: Silverstone Classic Preview - The cars we've raced there

This weekend is the largest historic motorsport of the year, as we prepare for three days of track action at the Silverstone Classic.  Before he travelled to the event Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) was joined by two guests who have raced there in previous years - Marcus Pye and Ben Anderson.  Ben shares his memories of racing a Chevron B37 around Silverstone, and all compare their favourite circuit layouts over the years.  Also as it's the 60th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, we recently put Ben in two examples at Brands Hatch to tell us about the experience.
29/07/21·49m 18s

497: Remembering Carlos Reutemann with John Watson

12-times F1 race winner Carlos Reutemann died at the age of 79 earlier this month. Carlos Reutemann raced in Formula 1 for Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. He won 12 grands prix and, although he came within touching distance of the title, he was never crowned world champion.  On today's podcast he is remembered by two people who knew him well. Marcus Simmons (Deputy Editor, Autosport) is joined by five-time Grand Prix winner John Watson, and Argentinian journalist Tony Watson. Read:  Race of my life: Carlos Reutemann on the 1974 South African GP
27/07/21·1h 6m

496: Sam Bird's Formula E London E-Prix Preview

Alex Kalinauckas and Matt Kew are joined by Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird to preview the London E-Prix double-header this weekend. Rounds 12 and 13 take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July at the EcXeL exhibition centre. Bird is racing on home soil for the first time since Formula E visited Battersea Park in 2016 and goes into the event leading the drivers championship with 81 points.  
23/07/21·33m 31s

495: Susie Wolff: "One Wolff in Formula One is enough!"

For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with leading figures from motorsport, Venturi Formula E team principal Susie Wolff comes home for this weekend’s London ePrix and looks into big decisions needed around the future of Formula E, the progress of women in motorsport, and her own plans for the future.
22/07/21·14m 15s

494: Learn About Motorsport Regulation Changes with AVL RACING

What opportunities and challenges lay in the evolution of regulations in the global motorsport landscape? What are the required tools and methodologies to address these? Listen into the newest episode of the Autosport Podcast with our AVL RACING experts to find out. Martyn Lee is joined by Michael Peinsitt, Skill Team Leader Racing and Martin Monschein, Global Business Segment Manager Racing. Find out more at: www.avl.com/racing #ad
21/07/21·43m 40s

493: British GP Review - Analysis from the UK and Netherlands

The fallout from the frantic first lap, which saw Max Verstappen hit the tyre wall in a 51G impact at Copse corner and Lewis Hamilton receive a 10 second penalty, has continued for hours after the race. We wanted to understand some different perspectives on the podcast today, so first up we talk to Ben Anderson (Editor, GP Racing). Ben has driven many laps of Silverstone and competed in races where overtaking at Copse did not end up the same as we saw in Formula 1. Ben provides an insight into what it’s like behind the wheel when going into battle at that corner. Then we talk to Mike Mulder (Editor, motorsport.com Netherlands) to hear the Dutch perspective, and how they viewed the incident.  Ariana Bravo is fresh from interviewing the divers in the paddock and joined by Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse the rest of the action at the British Grand Prix.
19/07/21·57m 24s

492: Live From Silverstone - F1's First Sprint Race

LIve from the GP Racing Campsite, Stuart Codling is your host today alongside Jess McFadyen and Alex Kalinauckas. Formula 1's first sprint-race-which-wasn't-a-race took place in front of a packed Silverstone, and provided plenty to talk about on today's podcast.
17/07/21·45m 56s

491: British GP Qualifying Report

The crowds filled the Silverstone grandstands at the British Grand Prix as part of a trial project to re-open sporting events, and they saw plenty of action. That's because this weekend sees qualifying move to a Friday evening, which dictates the starting grid for Saturday's Sprint qualifying race. Whilst today wasn’t an official pole position (that honour goes to the winner of tomorrow’s race) it certainly had all the tension of a typical shootout. Ariana Bravo is back in the paddock hosting coverage for our colleagues at Formula 1, and she is joined today by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to discuss if this new format was a success.
16/07/21·22m 18s

490: British GP Preview with Derek Warwick

Today we're joined be ex-F1 driver, Le Mans winner and long-time BRDC President Derek Warwick. Derek joins Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) to preview the British Grand Prix this weekend. They look at the three British hopes in Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell.  Derek also talks about his experiences as a steward and in particular the recent time penalties awarded at the Austrian GP.
15/07/21·54m 30s

489: Remembering Mexico's greatest F1 driver

Thanks to our podcast sponsors this week, Beer52.com.  There’s a free case of 8 Craft Beers waiting for you at the end of our offer code of beer52.com/autosport Pedro Rodriguez was killed 50 years ago this week, robbing Mexico of its brightest motor racing talent. A master of the Porsche 917, he had become one of the world’s top drivers, widely respected for his wet-weather ability and versatility across Formula 1 and sportscars. Dicussing his talent and career today are Autosport and Motorsport.com's Tom Howard, with our Chief Editor Kevin Turner.
11/07/21·56m 2s

488: Austrian GP Review

A massive thanks to today's Autosport Podcast sponsor Freetrade.io for helping bring you the show.   Our friends at Freetrade want to remind you about the importance of growing wealth over the long term. Go to freetrade.io/autosport and get a randomly allocated free share worth between £3 and £200 when you register, and fund your account. Remember when you invest, your capital is at risk. Other charges may apply. Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith and Jess McFadyen to review the Austrian Grand Prix.
04/07/21·1h 9m

487: Austrian GP Qualifying Report

To get your free case of 10 Beer52 craft beers, just paying the postage, check out this link: https://www.beer52.com/autosport Fresh from talking to the drivers in the paddock, Ariana Bravo is in Austria and joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) as they celebrate some fantastic stories all the way down the grid. 
03/07/21·27m 11s

486: Austrian GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to delve into the timesheets for Free Practice 1 & 2 to uncover what it means for the weekend. After the session, both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas said the Mercedes had improved from last weekend, but will it be enough to topple Red Bull and Max Verstappen?
02/07/21·22m 33s

485: BTCC Review with Tim Harvey

Tom Howard is joined by touring car legend Tim Harvey and Autosport's BTCC reporter Marcus Simmons to look at why the series is delivering plenty of action after three events.
30/06/21·31m 14s

484: Styrian Grand Prix Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to analyse the key moments from the Styrian Grand Prix.  
27/06/21·57m 13s

483: Styrian GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo was at the Red Bull Ring for Autosport and F1 TV, and she's joined on the podcast today by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) to talk about the action from Saturday in Austria.
26/06/21·25m 39s

482: Styrian GP Practice Report

Your host Ariana Bravo travelled to Austria this weekend to get up close to the cars and drivers for the first time this year.  She’s joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Edtior, motorsport.com) to look back at an eventful Friday, which included an incident which already earned one driver a three place grid penalty on Sunday.
25/06/21·25m 11s

481: Our First Dad Pod! Chief Editor Kevin Turner Talks Motorsport With John Turner

Last weekend was Father's Day so our Chief Editor, Kevin Turner, sat down with his dad John to talk about their shared love of motorsport. They talk about why Lewis Hamilton is a complete driver, how John would drive Kevin to race meetings when he was breaking into journalism, and even how he almost lost his son in a crowd of spectators.
25/06/21·1h 3m

480: W Series Returns! DC and Jamie Chadwick Join Us

Megan White is joined by David Coulthard and 2019 W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. They talk about the return of the series this weekend, how Formula 1 will raise the profile of female drivers and if we'll see W Series racing on iconic tracks such as Monaco.
24/06/21·25m 50s

479: French GP Review

The 2021 French GP at Circuit Paul Ricard provided a far more exciting event than many fans anticipated. There was action throughout the field and some of the best drives were barely covered by the TV coverage, but we’ve got all the stories you need to know.  Ariana Bravo is joined by Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing), Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to discuss.
20/06/21·1h 4m

478: French GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo talks to Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) who was at Circuit Paul Ricard to witness qualifying for the French GP. Although the front of the grid might not surprise you, there were stories all the way down the grid and a red flag stoppage to discuss.
19/06/21·27m 22s

477: French GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) to see what conclusions we can draw from Friday's running. Today was dominated by talk about tyres, pressures and driver safety.
18/06/21·30m 28s

476: The Changes Ferrari Is Making To Bring 2022 Glory

The cover feature for this week’s Autosport magazine is all about Ferrari. After recording their worst F1 campaign in 40 years, 2020 is firmly in their rear view mirror. But is it too early to say Ferrari is back?    On the podcast today Alex Kalinauckas charts the Ferrari resurgence with Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport).
16/06/21·1h 5m

475: National Racing: Why The Return Of Spectators Really Matters

On this month’s National Racing podcast, Stefan Mackley is joined by Stephen Lickorish and Marcus Pye to talk about spectators being allowed back to motor racing. And why it’s not just good for the fans, but for everyone from the drivers, team members and the circuits.
14/06/21·52m 42s

474: Rally Sardinia Review and WRC Chat

It's a Gravel Notes takeover! Tom Howard is joined by Nick Garton to look back at Rally Sardinia, assess the current state of WRC, and look forward to an incredibly special event - a return to the wild African savannah in Safari Rally Kenya from 24th June 2021. 
10/06/21·53m 37s

473: Azerbaijan GP Review

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, motorsport.com) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) to analyse the key moments from the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
06/06/21·1h 6m

472: Azerbaijan GP Qualifying - What Alex Saw Trackside

Red was definitely the colour of Saturday in Baku, for quite a few reasons!  Autosport’s Grand Prix Editor, Alex Kalinauckas, is in Azerbaijan to witness the action. Ariana Bravo and Alex look back at a memorable day to analyse the big stories from Saturday.
05/06/21·27m 22s

471: Azerbaijan GP Practice - Tech Analysis with JBL

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to look at why Red Bull and Ferrari were strong in Friday Practice, and what Mercedes needs to change to be in contention this weekend.
04/06/21·30m 19s

470: George Russell's F1 Future

Alex Kalinauckas recently sat down with one of Formula One's up-and-coming drivers, Williams racer and Mercedes junior driver George Russell. On the podcast today we're going through that interview and picking out some of the highlights from George about the season so far, and also his wider ambitions in Formula 1.  Will he be at Mercedes in 2022? Would he spend another year in the Williams? And does his future rest in the hands of whether Lewis chooses to stop racing?  If he does race for the team next year, could he beat Lewis in a fight across a whole season? The Autosport magazine cover feature theme this week also looks at how George coped with jumping in to Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in Bahrain last year, and of course his infamous crash with Valteri Bottas earlier this season. Joining Alex on the podcast today is Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport).
03/06/21·54m 27s

469: Indy 500 Review

Charles Bradley (Editor-in-Chief, motorsport.com) and David Malsher (U.S. Editor, motorsport.com) were at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to see Helio Castroneves became the fourth four-time winner. On the Autosport Podcast they look back at yesterday’s action and how the story of the Indy 500 unfolded.
31/05/21·13m 32s

468: Indy 500 Preview with race winner Will Power

Much has been made of the fact that there are nine former winners in the 33 cars qualified for this weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. They are Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, who between them have 13 victories at the iconic 2.5-mile superspeedway. Today we talk to one of those on the Autosport Podcast.   Charles Bradley (Editor-in-Chief, motorsport.com) and David Malsher (U.S. Editor, motorsport.com) are joined by 2018 champ Will Power to preview the 200 miles and 500 laps of action this weekend.
27/05/21·33m 18s

467: Interview: Graham Stoker launches FIA president bid

Graham Stoker, the FIA’s deputy president for sport, will stand for election as FIA president later this year on a ticket alongside nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. On the latest edition of our #ThinkingForward series, he talks to James Allen about his bid.
25/05/21·16m 48s

466: Monaco GP Review

For a look back at how the Monaco GP unfolded, including drama before the cars lined up on the grid, Ariana Bravo is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) and Jake Boxall-Legge (TechnicaL Editor, Autosport).
24/05/21·1h 4m

465: Monaco GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to talk about the most important Saturday of the Championship calendar.
22/05/21·22m 7s

464: Monaco GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand PRix Editor, Autosport), who is finally back in the paddock and reporting on all the stories coming out of Thursday in Monaco.
21/05/21·29m 59s

463: Can Alonso Win A Third Title?

Alonso’s tricky start to the 2021 campaign with Alpine has raised some question marks but, as the Spaniard tells Alex Kalinauckas in our cover interview for Autosport Magazine, it’s far too early to know where Alonso really stands. Even drivers that have just changed teams have found it hard to adapt and Alonso has had two years out of F1.    As Alonso points out, it seems only fair and sensible to give him more time. It’s quite possible that Alpine’s progress and the state of F1 following the rule changes for 2022 will have a bigger impact on how realistic his aim is. 
20/05/21·38m 35s

462: Preview: British GT and BRDC British F3

Today we're looking ahead to the start of two categories at the top level of British national racing - British GP and BRDC British F3. Both championships are due to start at Brands Hatch this weekend. Joining Stephen Lickorish is James Newbold (Plus Editor, Autosport) and Stefan Mackley (Deputy National Editor, Autosport).
18/05/21·44m 8s

461: Interview: Sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen

Sportscar racing legend Tom Kristensen is a special guest in the latest episode of the Autosport podcast, discussing the Dane's remarkable career across multiple categories. The most successful driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours, Kristensen won Formula 3 titles in Germany and Japan in his early days and also won races in the domestic touring car championships of Britain, Germany and Japan. Retired since 2014, Kristensen has now released his memoirs in English, with contributing chapters from esteemed journalists including Autosport's sportscar correspondent Gary Watkins - who reported on each of Kristensen's Le Mans victories and was part of his pit crew during a British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone in 2000. Joining Watkins and Autosport Plus editor James Newbold, Kristensen discusses a range of topics including how his 'Big 9' manifesto shaped his team interactions, his determination to race at the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours after a violent DTM shunt at Hockenheim, why he's at peace with missing out on Formula 1 and his thoughts on the future of sportscar racing
13/05/21·44m 24s

460: Spanish GP Review

Don't miss out! Get half price access to our extensive and exclusive coverage of motorsport from around the world, join Autosport Plus today. Details below.   Formula 1’s return to Barcelona can elicit a few groans from the fans who think it’s a race which doesn’t provide any action. But the winner of today’s Grand Prix executed a bold strategy and had the ability to turn in a series of hot laps on fresh tyres. It might not be voted the race of the season, but we thoroughly enjoyed the battle up front and plenty more down the grid.   On the podcast today Ariana Bravo is joined by Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing), Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digtial Strategy, Motorsport Network).    We think Autosport Plus is the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.     Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon.  
09/05/21·1h 2m

459: Spanish GP Qualifying Report

Ariana Bravo and Alex Kalinauckas look back at Saturday in Barcelona, and another Formula 1 record  for the history books.
08/05/21·25m 19s

458: Spanish GP Practice Report

Ariana Bravo and Jon Noble look back on FP1 and FP2 for the Spanish GP.
07/05/21·26m 5s

457: Your Complete Guide To BTCC and FIA F3 This Weekend

As the 2021 motorsport seasons ramps up, and resembles something more conventional compared to the disruption last year, there are two exciting series getting underway with racing this weekend. Thruxton hosts the start of the British Touring Car Championship. Whilst the FIA Formula 3 Championship returns to Barcelona for the first of seven events this year. Tom Howard is your host today as Marcus Simmons (Deputy Editor, Autosport) and Megan White (News Editor, Autosport) run through everything you need to know to enjoy this weekend's action.
06/05/21·40m 48s

456: Portuguese GP Review

Don't miss out! Get half price access to our extensive and exclusive coverage of motorsport from around the world, join Autosport Plus today. Details below. The third episode of the 2021 Championship soap opera was certainly on script, even if it wasn't full of dramatic performances. The battle at the front saw the lead change several times and continued the Mercedes vs Red Bull storyline. Further down the midfield we saw plenty of DRS-assisted overtakes and impressive drives. On the podcast today Ariana Bravo is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com), Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport). Here's what you can see right now on Autosport Plus … * Gary Watkins writes about what to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era * Jonathan Noble looks at the biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments * And how the Valencia E-Prix farce left Formula E with an image problem   We think it's the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.     Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon.
02/05/21·53m 8s

455: Portuguese GP Qualifying Report

As we predicted, track limits and tyres ended up being two of the biggest talking points of today's action. Hear what happened with Ariana Bravo and Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport).
01/05/21·22m 47s

454: Portuguese GP Practice Report

Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen were trading blows through the day, on a tricky day to read performances. Tyre choice was key last year and a freshly-laid track surface has complicated matters further. Once again F1 in 2021 is shaping up to deliver another great battle on Sunday afternoon. Ariana Bravo is joined by Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing).  
30/04/21·22m 58s

453: World Endurance Championship Preview - The Start Of A New Era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner.  Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) is joined by James Newbold and Gary Watkins to discuss.
29/04/21·49m 34s

452: Extreme E: Alejandro Agag says the world is now ready to listen

Alejandro Agag is celebrated as a pioneer of sustainable motorsport having created not one, but two electric racing series from scratch. Earlier this month he staged the inaugural Extreme E event, while Formula E is thriving in its seventh season. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with motorsport’s leaders, we ask Agag how he sees Extreme E evolving and whether he believes that motorsport has successfully taken the opportunity of the coronavirus crisis to reshape itself for the future?
29/04/21·16m 8s

451: Autosport Rally - Catie Munnings on Extreme E and her rally career

Don't miss out! Get half price access to our extensive and exclusive coverage of motorsport from around the world, join Autosport Plus today. Details below. Today we're taking a look at some of the early action at WRC Croatia Rally 2021 including Friday morning drama after just a few kilometres. But first up we're joined by former European Rally Champion, Extreme E driver for Andretti United and Red Bull athlete, Catie Munnings. She talks about how the world or rallying coped with the pandemic, how her move to Extreme E happened and also her family background in rallying. Here's what you can see right now on Autosport Plus … In Formula E, Matt Kew writes about the silver bullet signing that has launched Jaguar into title contention   Jonathan Noble writes about why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash   And looking at FIA F2, Tom Howard on the F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive We think it's the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.     Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon.
23/04/21·30m 26s

450: Autosport National - Ben Drives The McLaren 720S GT3

Don't miss out! Get half price access to our extensive and exclusive coverage of motorsport from around the world, join Autosport Plus today. Details below. Today we’re bringing you another edition of the Autosport National Podcast. Stefan Mackley (National Deputy Editor, Autosport) is joined by Ben Anderson (Editor, GP Racing) who is fresh from track testing the McLaren 720S GT3. Also on the show today is Stephen Lickorish (National Editor, Autosport) to talk about Knockhill Motor Sports Club's Super Lap Scotland series, bringing trackday drivers into the world of competition. Plus, Stefan speaks to Caterham ace Danny Winstanley and we hear from Nadine Lewis from British Motorsports Marshals Club about how the pandemic is affecting the work of the orange army. Here's what you can see right now on Autosport Plus …   James Newbold writes about the lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing, as he looks back in detail at the Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, and compares that situation to what happened when the six Premier League clubs all pulled out of the proposed Super League.   Oriol Puigdemont asks what Marc Marquez has to do to get back to his best?   And our sister title GP Racing on how an “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve   We think it's the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.     Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon.
21/04/21·34m 51s

449: Emilia Romagna GP Review

Don't miss out! Get half price access to our extensive and exclusive coverage of motorsport from around the world, join Autosport Plus today. Details below. The Italian weather did its best to throw all sensible predictions out of the window, and bring chaos to today's action.  Looking at the unsurprising finishing order on paper belies the action-packed 63 laps which involved two safety car periods, one red flag and the 'bleep machine' working overtime on the team radio before it could be broadcast Today's podcast is presented by Ariana Bravo with Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing), Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport). Here's what you can see right now on Autosport Plus … •Alex Kalinauckas writes about What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track •Adam Cooper on why Ferrari's significant step isn't enough for Leclerc •And David Malsher asks if Penske can redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?   We think it's the best motorsport writing out there, but judge for yourself with half price access. New subscribers who sign up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment.     Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Thanks for listening today, we’ll be back soon.
18/04/21·1h 0m

447: Emilia Romagna GP Practice Report

Formula 1 is back in Italy! Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in second practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen missed most of the session after stopping on-track. We discuss all of that and more. The Autosport Podcast is presented by Ariana Bravo alongside Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com)
16/04/21·17m 53s

446: The winning debut of Jaguar’s E-type

We mark 60 years since the Jaguar E-type made its first racing appearance.
15/04/21·57m 19s

445: Max Verstappen Interview - This Week's Autosport Magazine

Formula 1 fans have known for a long time that Verstappen has the speed to challenge for world titles. Now he seems to have the car with Red Bull’s RB16B, the one question that remains is: can he rein himself in to avoid throwing crucial points away in a championship fight? Verstappen has never won a title in car racing but, as he tells Alex Kalinauckas, he has done so in karting. Knowing when to go for a gap and when not, a balance Lewis Hamilton regularly finds, could be vital in a season-long fight against the reigning champion. But it’s clearly something the Dutchman has thought about and he believes it will be easier to fight for a crown in a competitive car than sniping for wins in a slower one. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) spoke to Max, and discusses his chat with Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Ben Anderson (Editor, GP Racing).
12/04/21·50m 2s

444: How race teams unlock 'free' lap time with AVL RACING

How can you gain 'free' horsepower? How can you reduce friction to go faster? And how does motorsport bring technology from the racetrack to the road? On the podcast today we reveal the secrets to how race teams find hidden lap time with our partners at AVL RACING.. Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) talks to Daniel Blaindorfer (Application Manager, AVL RACING) to understand bearing friction optimisation. AVL RACING works across multiple racing series with the biggest name in motorsport. Once again AVL is partnering with Autosport to bring our listeners, and readers of Autosport Magazine, insight into what really happens in the quest for extra speed. Sponsored content.
02/04/21·27m 14s

443: Ferrari's Top 10 Le Mans Cars Ranked - Did We Get It Right?

Ferrari’s long-awaited return to the top echelon of sportscar racing – and the Le Mans 24 Hours in particular – will finally happen in 2023. Despite its half-century away from the front, the Italian marque is still the third-most successful constructor in the history of the famous French enduro, with nine overall victories, behind only Porsche and Audi On today's podcast, Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport), Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and special guest Ian Titchmarsh put Ferrari's greatest Le Mans cars into a Top 10. But will any of them agree?
01/04/21·49m 45s

442: Bahrain GP Review - "The Season Start We Needed"

This was the battle that every F1 fan hoped for. A straight fight between the champion and the challenger. A mix of performance and strategy that could have gone in any direction. Lewis Hamilton narrowly held onto the win by 0.7secs ahead of Max Verstappen. On the podcast today we explain the two sets of rules which allowed Hamilton to run wide at Turn 4 almost thirty times during he race, but which caused Max Verstappen to hand back first place after doing the same. Other standout performances we discuss are Lando Norris putting in a solid drive to fourth, and Sergio Perez who charged from a pit lane start to finish fifth. Does this mean we are set for a championship battle which could go down to the wire? Was it a five-lap thriller at the end or do you agree with JBL who thinks it was an anti-climax?
28/03/21·55m 6s

441: Bahrain Qualifying Report

Max Verstappen clinched the clean sweep of winning every session of the weekend by beating Lewis Hamilton to pole by over 0.3s. Christian Horner later told Sky Sports that damage to Verstappen's floor held him back by a tenth of a second. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) joins Ariana Bravo to look at standout performances at AlphaTauri and Ferrari. However Sebastian Vettel failed to make it out of Q1 due to two yellow flag incidents which wrecked his chance of progressing.
27/03/21·18m 26s

Bahrain Practice Report

Formula 1 is back! This morning the cars rolled out of the pitlane, with Fernando Alonso waiting at the lights to be the first on track for the first competitive session of the season. Today was a new look to F1 weekends. Free Practice 1 and 2 are now 60 minutes, losing 30 minutes each, and the reduced running did give both sessions more energy. Red Bull continue the strength seen in pre-season testing, whilst Toto Wolff says Mercedes know what they need to fix. Further down the grid McLaren did well but both drivers complained about the car. Is it a bluff? Or has McLaren made a fast car which is difficult to dive on the limit? We discuss all of that and more. The Autosport Podcast is presented by Ariana Bravo alongside Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com)
26/03/21·19m 40s

Autosport's Podcast Plans for 2021

Autosport is delighted to reveal our plans for expanded coverage from the Autosport Podcast, and a new voice joining the team of presenters. Formula 1 race weekends will now be hosted by motorsport broadcaster Ariana Bravo. Ariana has been a long-time F1 fan and is an experienced motorsport podcaster. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) takes a break from hosting duties but will still be part of the Autosport Podcast team contributing his expert analysis from the paddock, as soon as international travel resumes. Each weekend we're also increasing the roster of journalists offering you their unique insight of Formula 1, not only from Autosport but also our sister title Motorsport.com. 2021 also sees the addition of a weekly topical podcast looking at the major motorsport stories from the various series we cover in Autosport Magazine and on autosport.com. Whilst the majority of our listeners tune in for our Grand Prix analysis, many also tell us they want to hear about everything from Touring Cars to NASCAR, MotoGP to Sports Cars.
25/03/21·19m 59s

Rewind: 2001 Formula 1 Season - All The Reasons It Should Be Remembered

The 2001 Formula 1 season unveiled three shining lights who would take the challenge to Michael Schumacher – but also delivered a harsh lesson in F1’s cut-throat nature to the fourth member, Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi. It’s a year which should be remembered for many reasons apart from exciting rookies, and today we look back. Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) is joined by former Lola and McLaren designer and engineer Mark Williams, and James Newbold (Plus & Engineering Editor, Autosport)
24/03/21·1h 8m

Can Sebastian Vettel Win Races With Aston Martin?

As F1 teams assemble in Bahrain, the countdown to the 2021 season is now being measured in hours, rather than days and weeks. Whilst much has been carried over from 2020 there are still plenty of unknowns. And one of those is how Aston Martin will go this year. They recently unveiled their new branding, livery and a 4-time world champion driver in Sebastian Vettel, at a glitzy launch event. The major talking points from today’s podcast: •With Vettel coming into the team to replace Sergio Perez, can he get podiums this year? And can he win a race? •We look at the car and ask if they have what it takes to overhaul other midfield teams to finish 3rd this year •And if Lawrence Stroll is serious about his goal to be a championship contender, how will the team get there? Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner is joined by Autosport’s F1 Reporter Luke Smith, alongside Autosport’s Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas.
23/03/21·45m 51s

Gerhard Berger on racing's future: "Fans want to see a car that's a challenge"

It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a team-mate in Formula 1 to Ayrton Senna at McLaren and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of the DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious programme to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future. For this edition of #ThinkingForward, we spoke to the 10-time grand prix winner about his vision for the DTM and what he thinks of the direction of Formula 1.
23/03/21·27m 6s

Bahrain Testing Day 3 - Why Red Bull's Pace Is The Real Deal

Formula 1's 2021 pre-season testing was a fast and furious three days in the desert. Unlike recent years with three different tests, or going back to further to unlimited testing, the last three days required an intense plan from the teams. Tyres, fuel loads and new aero parts all had to be evaluated in a vastly compressed time.. For McLaren, the only team moving engine partner, they had to assess their winter efforts to integrate a new Mercedes power unit. So who were the winners and losers? We think Red Bull are a credible threat from the very start of the season unlike recent campaigns. Mercedes are not in dire straits but they never looked comfortable, whether that was a car which wasn't dialed in, to Hamilton making unforced errors. Aston Martin had a tricky test and, whilst Vettel and Stroll are both upbeat, they would have loved more miles to understand the car. Surely Vettel's vast experience means he will have a good idea about the potential of the car, even if they couldn't deliver an ultimate lap time this week. Your host Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network).
14/03/21·36m 15s

Murray Walker - A Personal Tribute From James Allen

Former broadcast colleague and now Motorsport Network president JAMES ALLEN explains what made Murray so special. Murray Walker’s was a life extremely well-lived. He brought joy to tens of millions from Southend to Sydney and popularised the sport of motor racing for many generations. But what made Murray Walker the person and the broadcasting legend that he was? Fittingly for a man who was unique it was an exceptional combination of factors. First his heritage in the sport and passion for it. Like me, he was drawn in by a father who raced, in his case on motorbikes, and worked in the sport. He is known as the voice of F1, but Murray had a boundless enthusiasm for many racing categories and was equally at home providing the soundtrack to all of them. You have to be committed to travel the world and put yourself out there, race after race, year after year and Murray was still properly into his late 70s, when the relentless travelling inevitably began to catch up with him. Next was his ability to know what the audience wanted. That came from his long advertising career, where he made millions of consumers believe that ‘Trill makes budgies bounce with health’, or that ‘a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play’ among other slogans he either invented himself or oversaw as the account manager. Broadcasters are, by definition, on ‘transmit’ all the time, but the best ones listen too. They know what messages and delivery styles cut through and resonate with the audience and Murray’s was as thorough and well curated an approach as you will find. His notes were meticulous; tiny, tidy writing on a pad he rested on top of a camera tripod case he placed directly between him and the TV Monitor. The product of hours of walking the pitlane and paddock, chatting to people. He understood exactly what the British public loved about Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill and layered that into his commentary. He understood the mystique of Ferrari and how to express its triumphs and its failures. He knew what made Juan Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark great because he’d seen them race with his own eyes and so he knew greatness when Michael Schumacher burst onto the scene. Schumacher had immense fondness for Murray and appreciated how he handled the narrative of the German duelling with the plucky Brit. He brought to his commentary huge energy and emotion; he not only stood up to commentate, but was on the balls of his feet the whole time. He’s known for his ‘gaffes’ but they were an inevitable consequence of being permanently on the ragged edge, leaving no margin for error. If he’d been a driver he’d have spun off frequently, like Mika Hakkinen at Monza that time, where Murray brilliantly channelled the drama and empathy of the moment and found the perfect words, as he so often did. He was always ‘in the moment’ and that is what you can hear in any of the clips you see on YouTube or Sky F1’s Classic Race re-runs. We have heard since his sad passing at the age of 97 many stories of how he was so well respected. He could walk into any team garage or motorhome whenever he wanted, a privilege afforded to very few in F1. And this is true. But less well known is that he was just as much at home on the shop floor, with the mechanics and truckies, with whom he always spent time. his came from his experiences in World War II when he was called up to serve in the Tank Regiment and became part of the force that swept through mainland Europe and brought the war to an end in 1945. Britain was very class ridden and hierarchical in those days and Murray didn’t care for people with aristocratic airs and graces. Life in the barracks threw everyone in together and made everyone the same and Murray loved that. It also made him the man he was; he treated everyone the same whether you were Ayrton Senna or his gearbox man. We could fill volumes with the stories about him and the anecdotes that he told. We travelled the world together for five years, I drove him from airport to hotel to race track and heard his countless stories, shared many great moments on air and was privileged to have had so much time with a man whose unique appeal you are seeing reflected now in the tributes to him. He loved being Murray Walker and all that came with it and he would be pleased and proud with the send-off he is receiving. A gentleman, a pioneer, an Everyman and an exceptional man. That was Murray Walker.
14/03/21·4m 32s

Bahrain Testing Day 2 - Secrets Of A Grand Prix Photographer

For extended articles and analysis from the world of motorsport, become a Plus member and enjoy the very best we have to offer. New subscribers signing up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment. Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Mercedes Benz returned to the top of the time sheets but not without some drama for Lewis Hamilton. McLaren and Red Bull continue to look like they're having a strong test, despite the RB16B shedding its engine cover in a spectacular moment on the start/finish straight. Plus today we're joined by a special guest from LAT Images . Steven Tee is LAT’s MD and Chief Photographer has attended well over 500 F1 Grands Prix since 1984, working with a multitude of publications, teams, drivers and sponsors along the way. Steven joins us live from Bahrain for an inside look at what it's like being in the pits for testing. Your host Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) is joined by Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport)
13/03/21·18m 58s

Bahrain Testing Day 1 - Autosport's Guide To The Winners and Losers

For extended articles and analysis from the world of motorsport, become a Plus member and enjoy the very best we have to offer. New subscribers signing up today can use the promo code PODCAST during checkout to save 50% off their first payment. Go to Autosport.com/plus and click ‘Sign In’ at the top of the page, then use promo code PODCAST for that 50% discount. Today was the first day of Pre Season Testing for the 2021 Formula 1 season. And it was a very sandy day in the desert at the Bahrain International Circuit. Red Bull and McLaren will be going back to their hotels the happiest, whilst Mercedes suffered a blow to their bulletproof image. Your host is Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to analyse today's running.
12/03/21·21m 40s

How Ferrari Will Recover From Its Nightmare Season

Welcome to our latest episode, a dedicated look at the cover feature topic for this week's Autosport magazine, Ferrari's quest to recover from its nightmare 2020 season. This time 12 months ago, Ferrari was preparing to leave the soon-to-be abandoned Australian Grand Prix under a considerable cloud. Its F1000 car had an extreme aerodynamic design to try and increase the number of places where its package was competitive. When winter testing got underway, it was quickly evident that there was something seriously wrong. The Ferrari powered cars languished in the speed trap classification at Barcelona, and in the final minutes of preseason testing, it became clear why the FIA communicated its famous settlement agreement regarding the controversial 2019 power unit. Ferrari suddenly lacked power and its new era philosophy created large amounts of drag. So even when the delayed 2020 season finally got underway, Ferrari knew it was in for a tough campaign. However the 2021 season has started with positivity as Ferrari held its team launch introducing new hire Carlos Sainz, Jr, who replaces Sebastian Vettel, and its new SF21 machine will be unveiled later this week. To discuss how Ferrari hopes to do better with that car in 2021, what challenges it still faces and also have a look back at some of the best cars that he has produced in Formula One, we're joined by two special guests, Kevin Turner (Chief Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport). Your host is Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport)
09/03/21·1h 5m

F1 2021 - Karun Chandhok Answers The Big Questions

Karun Chandhok is your guide to the key issues this season. He answers your questions like: Can anyone stop the Mercedes steamroller? Should Hamilton retire at the end of 2021? Why was Perez the right choice for Red Bull? What does the future hold for Alex Albon? Can Carlos Sainz Jr thrive at Ferrari? What's the ideal amount of races in a Formula 1 season?
01/03/21·1h 14m

Red Bull RB16 Car Launch

Red Bull has become the latest Formula 1 team to show off its 2021 car, which is the RB16B. It’s an updated version of the car that won twice last year, but had various problems that prevented it getting closer to Mercedes overall. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is joined by Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com), Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to go over what we learned from the Red Bull reveal today.
23/02/21·28m 40s

The Greatest Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Cars

This week we assess the greatest Mercedes grand prix cars, including a rare entry which has a 100% win record! First, a caveat, the cars we're talking about include those which pre-date the F1 championship. As a full works entry in Formula One, Mercedes-Benz might have only entered for two stints, but has dominated both times. Plus we take on two more topics covered in the 11th Feb issue of Autosport magazine.
18/02/21·1h 8m

Analysis of McLaren's MCL35M Car Launch

Earlier today McLaren Racing unveiled the MCL35M, their 2021 challenger which will be driven by Lando Norris and new signing Daniel Ricciardo. After finishing third in the 2020 constructors championship, the team move to a Mercedes power unit. Alex Kalinauckas hears from Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) about his first impressions and key areas on the car to look at. Before the car launch, Autosport's Luke Smith and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) sat down for a virtual chat with both drivers and team management, and they join us on the podcast to talk about McLaren's chances of moving up the grid in 2021
15/02/21·32m 41s

F1 News: Engine Freeze, Sprint Races and Alonso Accident Update

It has been another busy week of F1 news as we count down to the 2021 season. On today's podcast we've got news on the F1 Commission proposing an engine freeze from 2022 to 2024. F1 also wants to experiment with sprint races in Canada, Italy and Brazil this year. It would mean qualifying moves to Friday, with Saturday's running being a 100km sprint race, which then defines the starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix. Finally we discuss the latest news of Fernando Alonso's cycling accident and whether surgery this week will impact his return to F1.
13/02/21·26m 20s

Rebuilding McLaren - Autosport talks to Zak Brown

This week we look into the reviving fortunes of a fallen F1 giant - McLaren Racing. But is it still a sleeping giant? They have consistently improved their results since finishing 9th in 2017 (with Honda power) to third in the constructors table in their final year with Renault. In 2021 McLaren will compete again with Mercedes power units and a new driver in Daniel Ricciardo. What do they have to do to get back on the top step of the podium? Can anyone beat Mercedes whilst being a customer? Perhaps, after all McLaren beat their engine supplier Renault in 2020. We sat down with Zak Brown (Chief Executive, McLaren Racing) to talk about how he's rebuilding McLaren.
10/02/21·1h 2m

F1 News: Hamilton Agrees One Year Deal with Mercedes

The development Formula One has long been waiting for finally occurred on Monday morning when Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team announced that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will be staying with the team for 2021. The one year deal was a surprising development and creates a blockbuster driver market for 2022, with all three Mercedes contracted drivers (Hamilton plus Bottas and Russell) coming to the end of their respective 2021 deals. On this edition of the podcast we dissect the details of Hamilton's new deal, as well as asking what it means for his future and the team. Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) today is Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport).
08/02/21·13m 34s

F1 News: CEO Stefano Domenicali Considers Sprint Race Format, Reverse Grids Ruled Out

Shortly after Jonathan Noble finished speaking to Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, he sat down with Alex and Luke around the virtual podcast table to discuss the call. Formula 1's new boss is considering whether a Saturday sprint race could be introduced to freshen up the weekend. He also confirmed that the proposed reverse grids idea is off the table: "Reverse grid is over. That's something I can tell you."
04/02/21·29m 41s

Why Williams' revival in F1 is real

Williams Racing has fallen far from its heights as one of the championship supersquads, and it has regularly pledged its determination to re-tread old ground further up the grid. That tale will be familiar to F1 fans as the team has yet to recapture any of its old gory, but there were signs from the 2020 season that Williams has finally turned the corner and its revival is really on. This week on the podcast we look forward at how they plan to move up the grid, and we look back by ranking the top 10 Williams F1 cars.
02/02/21·1h 13m

F1 News: McLaren's New Chassis, Sainz's Unforgettable First Test and Mercedes Benz Talk Tech

This week James Allison (Technical Director, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team) opened up on why the team fear they could trip up with the rule changes for 2021. Is it a bluff? Or perhaps an insight into mindset of a team so used to winning? Also this week, Carlos Sainz Jr said his first appearance in a Ferrari is "a day I will never forget". What did our own Jonathan Noble make of his first 100 laps in a Ferrari? And finally we hear from McLaren about how the majority of their 2021 chassis is brand new because of their move to Mercedes-Benz power. Production Director Piers Thynne told the McLaren website: "Whereas every other team will carry over most of its car from last year into this year, our switch to the Mercedes power unit means that's not the case for us. It's driven a huge amount of change and, essentially, we've been building a new car. The number of new parts on the MCL35M is about the same as when we built the MCL35."
29/01/21·30m 21s

What 2021 Tech Rules Mean For F1

On the podcast this week we're looking at how 2021's Technical Regulations are impacting the teams. There are plans to cut downforce levels by 10%, change the floor design and the token system where to control development. We look at the driver line-up changes and how smaller teams will benefit from the budget cap. Also this week JBL, as Autosport's punmaster-in-chief, casts verdict on Renault's rebranding of Alpine as part of their 'Renaulution' event.
26/01/21·39m 57s

F1 News: Sainz Gets Early Ferrari Testing, Alpine Racing Director and Perez Arrives At Red Bull

Carlos Sainz will sample a Ferrari F1 car at the Fiorano Circuit next week in a private test, his first time getting real-world experience of the Ferrari systems. Sainz will want to get embedded with the people and team environment. He will be driving the SF71H. Sainz joins the Maranello team at a time of rebuilding and, despite small changes to the 2021 cars, he will be up against a team mate who has a year of experience in the current car. Plus we discuss what the management changes at Alpine F1 mean for their season, and what Perez can do in a Red Bull car which has the potential to win races in 2021.
22/01/21·31m 41s

Why WRC Is Worth Watching: Interview with Peter Thul, WRC Director

For the first #ThinkingForward of 2021 we speak to WRC Director Peter Thul about the qualities needed to excel in rally, why WRC is backing F1’s strategy that hybrid engines and biofuels are the future rather than electric and why so many co-drivers end up running teams and federations.
19/01/21·19m 23s

Senna's Greatest Title? 1991 Autosport Magazine Special

Welcome to our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the 1991 motorsport season, which is also the subject of a special feature in this week's Autosport Magazine. 1991 was a special year for Formula 1 with new races in France and Spain, the arrival of Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen, new points allocations plus the first stop/go penalty. In our 1991 special, we argue that Senna's campaign - both on and off track - make it the greatest of his F1 crowns, while Williams co-founder Patrick Head is brutally honest about his team's failings that season. Want Autosport magazine delivered to your door each week? Subscribe today and never miss your weekly fix of motorsport: www.autosportmedia.com/offer/article
18/01/21·40m 29s

Albon's Path Back To F1, Calendar Changes and Alpine's Interim Livery

Only a month since the end of the season, the Formula 1 world has been busy with news to digest. Alex Albon will be driving in DTM in 2021 whilst also attending F1 races as Red Bull Racing Reserve Driver. We look at how this will impact his F1 ambitions. What's the latest with the 2021 Formula 1 season calendar? Any how did fans react to Alpine unveiling an interim livery? Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com).
15/01/21·34m 51s

Which driver will be Hamilton's F1 heir?

This week's Autosport podcast looks forward at Formula 1's future. There's no doubt Lewis Hamilton is currently F1's dominant force but, when he decides to stop driving, who can take his crown? It will be a tough act for anyone to follow but three of the drivers we've picked in this week's issue of Autosport magazine are discussed on the podcast. In Luke Smith's first cover for the magazine we look at why Sainz, Norris and Russell are our picks of the next generation. Also on this show we review the 2020 Formula 2 season. The title was won by Mick Schumacher but it wasn't a season of domination from the eventual winner, compared to previous years of F2/GP2. However that doesn't mean we shouldn't be excited about the Schumacher name being back on the F1 grid in 2021, and the curious reason why it could be even better for 2022. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Kevin Turner (Editor-in-chief, Autosport).
11/01/21·42m 37s

Major Team News and Calendar Updates - Welcome to 2021!

Earlier this week Autosport revealed that Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio would depart the reigning MotoGP championship squad and move to Renault's Alpine F1 Team. We ask if a change of management can position the newly rebranded team for success. With Marcin Budkowski leading the team, Pat Fry as Chassis Technical Director and Rémi Taffin as Engine Technical Director, could they mount a challenge in 2021? Or is this more about 2022 and the new regulation changes? Also this week, we talk about Williams changing philosophy and sharing more parts with the Mercedes F1 team. Plus with Australia's season-opener being postponed, Alex pitches his plan for why F1 should return to Silverstone much earlier in the season. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is joined by Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com)
08/01/21·32m 30s

F1 2020 Review Part 2 – The Top 50 Drivers

After intensive debate, we have finally ranked drivers from no fewer than 19 disciplines to bring you this order. Our expert championship correspondents have also offered up a host of stats, interviews with key figures and in-depth analysis to argue the strengths and weaknesses of each entry. We know the challenge of scoring drivers is invariably controversial, so if you agree or disagree with our Top 50 ranking, get in touch on social media.
31/12/20·56m 40s

F1 2020 Review Part 1 – The Big Stories

The highs, the lows and everything in between. Autsoport's cast of editorial stars, including Alex Kalinauckas, Luke Smith, Jon Noble, Stuart Codling and Jessica McFadyen look back at the best and worst of 2020, plus look forward to what 2021 will hold ...
24/12/20·1h 38m

Toto Wolff discusses the future of Formula 1, cost caps and more

With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula One. His range of motorsport responsibilities for Mercedes also includes Formula E, where rivals BMW and Audi made shock withdrawal announcements recently. So how does the seven times world champion team boss see the future of both series and what is his view on what the motorsport of tomorrow will look like?
17/12/20·17m 33s

Abu Dhabi GP Review

The Grand Prix season is run and won, and while the race may not have offered the biggest spectacle, there's plenty happening off the track to keep fans' interest high. Join the Autosport team for a detailed look at Abu Dhabi and beyond ...
14/12/20·54m 53s

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

Max Verstappen has upset the Mercedes duo in an interesting qualifying session at the Yas Marina Circuit. Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith take a deep dive into the session
12/12/20·17m 13s

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice

The final practice day for 2020 is done, and there's plenty to talk about as the F1 season draws to a close this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Jake Boxall-Legge and Jon Noble discuss the day's running.
12/12/20·13m 52s

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preview

Lewis Hamilton is cleared to race, George Russell is back to Williams and our weekly take on whether Sergio Perez is a genuine chance of driving for Red Bull Racing in 2021. All that and more with your Autosport hosts Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith
10/12/20·16m 29s

Sakhir GP Review

It will go down as one of the best Grand Prix of 2020, with many ups and downs across the field. Alex Kalinauckas, Luke Smith and Jon Noble review a great night of racing in Bahrain.
07/12/20·31m 16s

Shakir Grand Prix, Qualifying

The Mercedes pair are split by a hair, and Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith review qualifying from Bahrain's outer-loop layout – a unique circuit and some qnique topics to discuss
06/12/20·17m 30s

Sakhir Grand Prix Practice

Ahead of the Sakhir GP, Romain Grosjean has opened up on his terrifying accident in Bahrain last week, and Jonathan Noble details the Frenchman's dramatic recount of the fiery incident. Noble and Jake Boxall-Legge also talk about George Russell's perfect Mercedes debut.
04/12/20·17m 6s

Sakhir Grand Prix Preview - The biggest talking points

In one of the busiest F1 news weeks on record, Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith look at George Russell's maiden Mercedes media call and his big feet, Jack Aitken's fresh approach and the FIA's controversial call to allow Fernando Alonso to drive in the season-ending young driver test
04/12/20·19m 47s

Will George Russell Get A Podium This Weekend?

Jonathan Noble (F1 Reporter, Motorsport.com), Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) and Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing) analyse the key issues around Mercedes' decision What job can Russell do this weekend? Is there only upside for George? What's the impact for Bottas if Russell beats him? Plus driver news for Williams and Haas.
02/12/20·12m 14s

Bahrain Grand Prix Review

Romain Grosjean's dramatic and terrifying crash highlights the race review from Bahrain. Alex Kalinauckas and the team of experts look at the incident and go behind the scenes on a frightening night of F1 action.
30/11/20·45m 55s

Bahrain GP Qualifying

Another pole position for Lewis Hamilton, but there were so many stories to come from qualifying in Bahrain. Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith discuss the day's action.
29/11/20·16m 45s

Bahrain GP Practice

A wild day of practice crashes and circuit invasions by a dog created the headlines on the first day of running in Bahrain ... plus the regular news from the paddock, brought to you by Jonathan Noble and Jake Boxall-Legge
28/11/20·15m 0s

Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Autosport aces Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith preview the big news ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, including the conundrum at Red Bull Racing ....should they keep Alex Albon or snatch Sergio Perez for 2021. Plus, news on Valtteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean and more.
26/11/20·16m 39s

Autosport 70 - Our story from 1950 to today

Autosport has produced a standalone special magazine to celebrate our 70th birthday. All current print subscribers will receive a copy for free. To order your copy of the 196-page Autosport 70th Anniversary issue, please go to: autosport.com/autosport70th
24/11/20·1h 7m

Paddy Lowe's insights on working with Lewis Hamilton

After securing his 7th World Championship in dominant fashion, many now feel Lewis Hamilton is the greatest F1 driver of all time. However, some still argue that his success has only come from being in the best car. Jon Noble and Luke Smith are joined by former Mercedes F1 team Technical Director, Paddy Lowe, to discuss if Hamilton is really the difference-maker.
19/11/20·23m 27s

Turkish GP Review - "Dream The Impossible - You Can Do It Too, Man!"

"Dream the impossible. You can do it too man!" - those were the words of inspiration that Lewis Hamilton gave to his young fans after he crossed the line to take victory in Turkey. Hamilton has wrapped up his seventh Formula 1 world championship in the most entertaining and unpredictable Grand Prix of 2020 . Alex Kalinauckas, Jon Noble, Luke Smith and Stuart Codling look at the wet race, the outstanding drives and Hamilton's record-equalling victory.
15/11/20·1h 8m

Turkish GP Qualifying

Lance Stroll has taken a surprise pole position in the first F1 qualifying session for 2020 that saw the Mercedes drivers off the top spot. Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith detail a remarkable qualifying in Turkey.
14/11/20·18m 38s

Turkish GP Practice

The surface of the Turkish GP track was anything but a delight on the first day of practice at the Istanbul circuit, with cars slipping and sliding through the two sessions. Jonathan Noble and Jake Boxall-Legge discuss the day's track action, plus the news and views from the paddock.
14/11/20·15m 8s

Turkish GP Thursday Media Sessions

On the eve of F1's return to the Istanbul circuit, Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith discuss the news from the track, including Sergio Perez's future, George Russell's response to his Imola error and the introduction of the W Series to the F1 support calendar next year
12/11/20·20m 28s

Michele Mouton Interview: “Why women race drivers will soon win”

Michele Mouton is a true legend of motorsport. Still the only woman to have won world championship rallies, the sight of her wresting the mighty Audi quattro in the 1980s, matching the top male rally drivers of the time, is as iconic as any moment of Formula One or Le Mans history. Today Mouton’s efforts are focussed on getting the next women drivers to the top of the pyramid in her role as head of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission. Girls on Track – Rising Stars is a global talent competition aimed at 14-16 year olds. Motorsport Network President James Allen finds out more in our latest #ThinkingForward episode.
10/11/20·17m 27s

Turkish GP Preview - Everything You Need To Know

Formula 1 returns to Turkey this weekend with 58 laps of the Istanbul Park circuit. Alex Kalinauckas, Luke Smith and Jonathan Noble get you up to speed on all the big talking points. Lewis Hamilton can clinch his seventh world championship this weekend and draw level with Michael Schumacher. If he finishes ahead of Bottas, the title will be his.
09/11/20·34m 40s

Le Mans Winner Launching New eSports Series

The virtual racing world of esports and sim racing has undergone two years worth of growth in a few months this year, thanks to the attention on it during the Covid lockdown. Now, Mike Rockenfeller (Le Mans 24 Hours overall winner, DTM champion and an Audi works driver) is launching RCCO World eX eSports, featuring short head to head races featuring monstrous electric racing cars, technology and story-telling around climate change.
03/11/20·29m 34s

Emilia Romagna GP Review

Formula 1 returned to the historical Imola circuit for the Emilia Romagna GP, and our expert team has every angle covered in an in-depth post-race analysis podcast
01/11/20·1h 9m

Emilia Romagna GP Qualifying

Qualifying has been run and won for the return of F1 to Imola. There is a familiar feel to the front of the grid, but as Jake Boxall-Legge and Jon Noble discuss, an intriguing, old school Emilia Romagna GP is upon us.
31/10/20·16m 40s

Emilia Romagna GP Preview

F1 teams have congregated at the famous Imola circuit and there is news everywhere. Driver signings, potential COVID infections and questions on the 2021 calendar. Alex and Luke discuss all of the news and more ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP
31/10/20·19m 30s

Nico Rosberg Interview: Extreme E unites Lewis Hamilton and I for good cause

Since his shock decision to retire as a driver after winning the 2016 Formula One world championship, Nico Rosberg has remained in the public eye. And much of his activity has been focused on the electric and the sustainability agenda, as a shareholder of the all electric FIA Formula E series and founder of the Greentech Festival. Now as a team owner in the newly launched Extreme E series, he’s going head to head with former team mate and nemesis Lewis Hamilton and a cast of US racing legends. As manufacturers and sponsors increase pressure on the sport to demonstrate a sense of purpose, what is Rosberg’s vision for the future of the sport and does the internal combustion engine still have any part in it?
28/10/20·11m 3s

Portuguese GP Review

The Portuguese GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jonathan Noble and Stuart Codling to analyse the result.
26/10/20·1h 1m

Portuguese GP Qualifying Report

Alex and Luke review qualifying at Portimao, and while the battle at the very front was close yet predictable, there were many interesting stories that played out in Portugal
24/10/20·15m 18s

Portuguese GP Practice Report

Jake Boxall-Legge and Jonathan Noble analyse what we can learn from the first day of running in Portugal. Plus, in a bizarre moment, what caused a high speed crash between Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen during a practice session?
24/10/20·15m 3s

Portuguese GP Preview

Alex and Luke preview F1’s weekend at Portimao, the second new circuit for 2020. Big news greeted us in the media centre of the Algarve track as Haas told us there will be an entirely new driver line-up for 2021. So what next for Romain and Kevin?
23/10/20·17m 3s

Why Kubica won't be the last disabled driver to race in F1 - Nathalie McGloin Interview

Nathalie McGloin is a disabled woman who races on equal terms against able bodied men in Porsches. As a teenager she broke her spine as a passenger in a road accident - but now the car has brought her a new purpose. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview, McGloin tell our own James Allen about her her clear vision: where a disabled child can watch an F1 Grand Prix and say, "I want to do that one day" and for it be possible.
14/10/20·23m 10s

Eifel GP Review

The Eifel GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jonathan Noble and Stuart Codling to analyse the result.
12/10/20·55m 38s

Eifel GP Qualifying

Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith look back at a day which saw a potential upset on the front row, and another surprise call-up for Nico Hülkenberg
10/10/20·15m 58s

Eifel GP Practice

09/10/20·13m 51s

Eifel GP Preview – What To Expect

Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith look ahead to this weekend’s action.
09/10/20·16m 3s

Autosport selects the greatest competition car of all time

Autosport takes on the challenge of picking the greatest competition car of all time in the final episode of the Autosport 70 podcast series. The first issue of Autosport magazine appeared on 25 August 1950 and as part of our celebrations this year we have selected the greatest machines from each of the major international categories. Our panel of experts debated the most successful and important grand prix cars, sportscars, rally machines, touring cars, Indycars and junior single-seaters in the previous episodes. The winner from each episode progressed to the grand finale, which also includes some wildcard entries.
06/10/20·56m 19s

Ex-Renault Boss Bob Bell – Why F1 will soon be the best it’s ever been

Bob Bell has enjoyed a stellar career as a top engineer in Formula One with McLaren, Benetton, Jordan, Renault, and Mercedes, He was Technical Director at Renault during the Alonso title winning years, then team principal after the departure of Flavio Briatore. And more recently was one of the architects of the current Mercedes F1 juggernaut. In the latest #ThinkingForward interview with the sport’s leaders and influential thinkers, Bob explains the Grid4Good mission, explains why he believes F1 is about to enter a golden age and looks ahead to a time when F1 and Formula E could merge.
05/10/20·28m 36s

Autosport@70 – Choosing the greatest junior single-seater racing car of all time

In this podcast, Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner takes on the task alongside junior single-seater racing gurus Marcus Pye and Marcus Simmons, who have decades of experience covering many of the championships that have launched future stars.
30/09/20·1h 37m

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles - The push for a third manufacturer

In the latest of our #ThinkingForward interviews, Indycar CEO Mark Miles talks to James Allen about the push to get a third manufacturer into the series and how the sport will shape its digital future beyond linear television among other topics.
29/09/20·23m 28s

Russian GP Review

[no spoilers] The Russian GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy, Motorsport Network) and Oleg Karpov to analyse the result.
28/09/20·30m 49s

Russian GP Qualifying - One Second To Safety

Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Russian GP.
26/09/20·22m 33s

Russian GP Practice - Vodka and Pringles

Welcome to the land where vodka is cheaper than Pringles. At least according to Jake on today's podcast. As Luke and JBL look back at the two Friday practice sessions they find themselves with an all too familiar question: can anyone catch Mercedes? The battle for the midfield is tight and Renault have the upper hand after the first day of running.
25/09/20·17m 59s

Russian GP Preview - Lewis Set For Schumacher's Record

Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) are back to preview the Russian GP. Lewis Hamilton is set to break the record of most wins but insists he does not obsess over the stats. Sergio Perez says he’s disappointed Racing Point has started to hide things from him, but Jon explains why that’s only necessary when a driver is leaving for a direct rival. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon
24/09/20·18m 40s

Autosport@70 - Choosing the greatest Indycar of all time

Indycar, and the Indianapolis 500 in particular, has a rich history stretching back even further than Formula 1 or the Le Mans 24 Hours, so just selecting the candidates to discuss was a tough challenge. In this podcast, Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner takes on the task alongside Motorsport Network’s US Editor and long-time Indycar correspondent David Malsher-Lopez, and Autosport Technical Editor Jake Boxall-Legge to pick out the highlights from more than a century of Indycar competition.
23/09/20·1h 13m

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir: we’ll see a female F1 driver soon

After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series, the development championship for female race drivers, was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to Covid 19. It wasn’t an easy decision, but many race series that have gone ahead because they felt they had to, have lost significant money. The CEO of W Series, Catherine Bond Muir felt that with a nascent championship, it wasn’t the year to struggle through. For the latest in our #ThinkingForward series of interviews with the sport’s leaders, Bond Muir explains why W Series will build back better and why her heart tells her we wlll see a woman racing in F1 sooner rather than later.
22/09/20·23m 5s

Formula E's Future: Jamie Reigle Interview

James Allen talks to Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle about his plans for electric racing and how eSports will be part of their future, in the latest installment of our #ThinkingForward leadership series.
16/09/20·23m 24s

Autosport@70 - Choosing the greatest touring car of all time

In this episode Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner is joined by 1992 British Touring Car champion Tim Harvey and Autosport’s experienced BTCC correspondent Marcus Simmons to select the greatest car from tin-top competitions around the world.
15/09/20·1h 7m

Tuscan GP Review - Three For The Price Of One

[no spoilers] The Tuscan GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing Magazine) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to analyse how we got three races in one afternoon. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
14/09/20·54m 55s

Tuscan GP Qualifying

Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Tuscan GP on their journey back from the circuit.
12/09/20·17m 29s

Tuscan GP Practice - No Room For Error

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2, plus all the off-track action from the Tuscan GP at Mugello.
11/09/20·19m 23s

Tuscan GP Preview - Perez Out, Vettel In

As Alex and Jon drive to the circuit on Thursday morning, they're here to get you up to speed on the big talking points ahead of the Tuscan GP. (Officially: "Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000 2020"). As Ferrari prepare for a weekend of celebrations the headlines were stolen by their departing driver Sebastian Vettel, who confirmed his deal to drive for Aston Martin in 2021.
10/09/20·13m 50s

Autosport@70 - Choosing the greatest rally car of all time

In this episode Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner is joined by rally guru, journalist and author Nick Garton to run through the best and most legendary rally designs. Comparing competitors across different eras is always a tricky task, but the main judging criteria is the level of success each of the cars enjoyed, how far they changed motorsport with their innovations, and how exciting they were on the stage. Do we think they are cool?
08/09/20·1h 15m

Italian GP Review - One For The History Books

[no spoilers] The Italian GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing Magazine) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to analyse how a shock podium happened. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
07/09/20·58m 30s

Italian GP Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Italian GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
05/09/20·15m 46s

Italian GP Practice - Nonsense Awaits

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2, plus all the off-track action from the Italian GP paddock at Monza.
04/09/20·15m 11s

Italian GP Preview - Farewell Frank Williams

It was an emotional day for some in the Formula 1 paddock as the Williams family announced they would be leaving the team this weekend. After 43 years in the sport for Frank Williams, winning 114 grands prix and seven F1 drivers' championships, what was the reaction to the news inside the F1 bubble? Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) are in Italy to bring you the weekend preview.
03/09/20·20m 52s

Autosport@70 - Choosing the greatest sportscar of all time

Autosport has launched a new series of podcasts to celebrate our 70th birthday. The first issue of Autosport magazine appeared on 25 August 1950 and as part of our celebrations we have taken on the challenge of selecting the greatest competition cars from each of the major international categories. Our panel of experts will debate the most successful and important grand prix cars, sportscars, rally machines, touring cars, Indycars and junior single-seaters. The winner from each episode will then progress to a grand final, where we will select Autosport’s greatest competition car of all time. Special articles will also be produced on the winners. In this episode Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner is joined by sportscar guru Gary Watkins, who has been covering Le Mans and international endurance racing for three decades, and Plus Editor James Newbold, who is our British GT correspondent and sportscar enthusiast.
02/09/20·1h 18m

Belgian GP Driver Ratings - Autosport's Official Verdict

The Autosport Driver Ratings have been an integral part of every GP weekend for many years. We give our verdict, according to a strict set of rules we publish, and then you have your say. By the end of every season the drivers get rated by our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and thousands of Autosport fans around the world. Who will come out on top at Spa? Click here to rate the drivers yourself: https://www.autosport.com/f1/driver-ratings/2020/belgium Jess on Twitter: @JessMcF1 Jess on Insta: @nauckas Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
01/09/20·13m 29s

Belgian GP Review

[no spoilers] The Belgian GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing Magazine) and Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to analyse how the race was won and ask how Ferrari will respond heading next to Monza. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
30/08/20·49m 59s

Belgian GP Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Belgian GP. And some top cow chat. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
29/08/20·20m 0s

Belgian GP Practice - Ferrari Stare Into The Abyss

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2, plus all the off-track action from the Belgian GP paddock at Spa-Francorchamps.
28/08/20·14m 2s

Belgian GP Preview - Talking Points From Today's Driver Briefings

Welcome to a handsfree podcast recording as Jon Noble and Alex Kalinauckas drive back to their rented farmhouse near the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Both were fresh from running the track and, before analysing the big talking points of the day, discuss what you can learn from walking or running a racing circuit and experiencing the change of elevation. With questions aimed at Vettel, Perex and Räikkönen regarding which team they may be driving for in 2021, everyone was staying tight-lipped at this stage of the weekend.
27/08/20·16m 24s

Autosport@70 - Our Favourite Grand Prix Cars

Autosport has launched a new series of podcasts to celebrate our 70th birthday. The first issue of Autosport magazine appeared on 25 August 1950 and as part of our celebrations we have taken on the challenge of selecting the greatest competition cars from each of the major international categories. Our panel of experts will debate the most successful and important grand prix cars, sportscars, rally machines, touring cars, Indycars and junior single-seaters. The winner from each episode will then progress to a grand final, where we will select Autosport’s greatest competition car of all time. Special articles will also be produced on the winners. The first episode is on grand prix cars. Chief Editor and host Kevin Turner is joined by Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas, Technical Editor Jake Boxall-Legge and F1 Reporter Luke Smith for a passionate discussion, trying to tread the line between personal favourites and objective game-changers.
25/08/20·1h 8m

Is Takuma Sato's dramatic Indy 500 win legit? (Motorsport.com Podcast takeover)

Today our colleagues at The Motorsport.com Podcast are here to give you a full rundown of the Indy 500 and also look back the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix. You can subscribe to their podcast here: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/feed/id1527648306?at=11lo6V&ct=podnews_podcast Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDUyNjYyMy9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1GKMWIu2DdxtqXHltLzkww
24/08/20·34m 43s

World Rallycross Returns This Weekend - Paul Bellamy Interview

FIA World Rallycross is the latest series to return to racing. It's back this weekend in Sweden, albeit without fans until Round 3 in Latvia. In the latest #ThinkingForward interview, Paul Bellamy (Managing Director of IMG Motorsport) explains the appeal of WRX, why it's the perfect sport to convert non-motorsport fans, why Rallycross is heading towards electric racing and how motorsport leaders have worked together through the pandemic to share best practices to restart racing.
18/08/20·23m 26s

Spanish GP Review - In The Zone

[no spoilers] The Spanish GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Stuart Codling (Executive Editor, GP Racing Magazine) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse how the race was won and lost. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 JBL on Twitter: @JakeyyBL Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
16/08/20·57m 27s

Spanish GP Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Spanish GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
15/08/20·16m 7s

Spanish GP Practice - Bring The Heat

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2, plus all the off-track action from the Barcelona paddock.
14/08/20·18m 40s

Spanish GP Preview - Talking Points From Today's Driver Briefings

Sergio Perez unleashed an expletive-laden rebuttal to the stories regarding what he did in Mexico to contract COVID-19 before the British GP. Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) have everything you need to know before another F1 weekend.
13/08/20·16m 4s

70th Anniversary GP Review - Mate, Did You Hydrate?

[no spoilers] The Autosport 70th Anniversary GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jess McFadyen (Director of Digital Strategy) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse how the race was won and lost. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Jess on Twitter: @JessMcF1 Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 JBL on Twitter: @JakeyyBL Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
09/08/20·48m 40s

70th Anniversary Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the 70th Anniversary GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
09/08/20·21m 50s

Racing Point Breach Sporting Regulations

In a dramatic Friday at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Racing Point were found to have breached the sporting regulations with their copycat brake ducts. Mercedes were found to have been the principle designers of those parts which lead to a points deduction and hefty fine. So why were rival teams left pondering their own appeal of the upheld appeal? And why is a car which has been deemed to be in breach of the regulations allowed to race for the rest of the season with the same parts? Jake Boxall-Legge and Jonathan Noble have the answers!
07/08/20·19m 54s

70th Anniversary GP - Preview From The Pub

Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) and Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) look at the biggest stories they heard in Thursday's media sessions with selected journalists, including Autosport. Sergio Perez received some good news but Hulkenberg remained optimistic about an F1 return. Plus Bottas gets a vote of confidence from the team.
06/08/20·17m 59s

Electric and Hybrid Powertrains Explained by AVL RACING

For today's special insight episode, we talk to AVL RACING which works with the world's leading teams and drivers. We discuss the latest developments in the move towards electrification of your favourite racing series. Whether it's the hybrid systems of Grand Prix cars, the thrill of pure electric racing in Formula E, or how series such as NASCAR can add electric power, in every aspect of motorsport there are exciting conversation happening around batteries and motors. Find out more about AVL RACING here: https://www.avl.com/racing Sponsored content.
05/08/20·40m 32s

British GP Driver Ratings - Autosport's Official Verdict

The Autosport Driver Ratings have been an integral part of every GP weekend for many years. We give our verdict, according to a strict set of rules we publish, and then you have your say. By the end of every season the drivers get rated by our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and thousands of Autosport fans around the world. Who will come out on top at Silverstone? And who would have earned a perfect score if only they hadn't made a costly error? Click here to rate the drivers yourself: https://www.autosport.com/f1/driver-ratings/2020/great-britain Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
03/08/20·28m 9s

British GP Review

[no spoilers] The Autosport British GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Stuart Codling (GP Racing and 80s TV Aficionado) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse how the race was won and lost. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 JBL on Twitter: @JakeyyBL Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
02/08/20·53m 46s

British GP Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the British GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
01/08/20·22m 14s

British GP Practice - Guess Who's Back

Jonathan Noble and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2 with a focus on what we can learn from today's running running in the scorching heat of a July day at Silverstone. Tomorrow the temperatures will be a lot lower. With Perez now isolating in his motor home due to a positive COVID-19 test, Nico Hülkenberg is back in the Force India, sorry, Racing Point.
31/07/20·17m 24s

British GP Preview - Perez Tests Positive

As Alex Kalinauckas and Luke Smith head to Silverstone to report from inside the Formula 1 bubble, we hear about the first big name to test positive for COVID-19. We ask who will replace him from a variety of reserve drivers, but the solution may be complicated by Formula E.
30/07/20·21m 58s

Hungarian GP Driver Ratings: Autosport's Official Verdict

The Autosport Driver Ratings have been an integral part of every GP weekend for many years. We give our verdict, according to a strict set of rules we publish, and then you have your say. By the end of every season the drivers get rated by our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and thousands of Autosport fans around the world. Who will come out on top in Hungary? And who would have earned a perfect score if only they hadn't made a costly error? Click here to rate the drivers yourself: https://www.autosport.com/f1/driver-ratings/2020/hungary Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
20/07/20·24m 9s

Hungarian Grand Prix Review: From Zero To Hero

[no spoilers] The Autosport Hungarian GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) and Stuart Codling (GP Racing and 80s TV Aficionado) to analyse how the race was won and lost. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Codders on Twitter: @CoddersF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
19/07/20·1h 0m

Hungarian GP Qualifying

[no spoilers] Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Hungarian GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
18/07/20·20m 26s

Hungarian GP Practice: The Jury Is Out On Ferrari's Pace

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2 with a focus on what we can learn from the limited dry running. Ferrari drivers said they felt more comfortable in the car despite no added updates from the fast-tracked package we saw last weekend.
17/07/20·17m 8s

Hungarian GP Preview: Jon's View From The Pitlane

As Jonathan Noble made his way from Austria to the Paddock in Hungary, along with the rest of Formula 1, we hear about how the journey has been. Once the teams were set up at the Hungaroring, the first big news story of the weekend was Vettel being linked to a seat at Racing Point. But will it be the seat currently held by Perez or Stroll? Alex Kalinauckas is joined by Jon live from Hungary for the inside story.
16/07/20·22m 31s

Styrian GP Driver Ratings: Autosport's Official Verdict

The Autosport Driver Ratings have been an integral part of every GP weekend for many years. We give our verdict, according to a strict set of rules we publish, and then you have your say. By the end of every season the drivers get rated by our Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and thousands of Autosport fans around the world. Who will come out on top in Styria? And who gets a lowly 3/10? Listen to find out! Click here to rate the drivers yourself: https://www.autosport.com/f1/driver-ratings/2020/styria
13/07/20·23m 7s

Styrian GP Review: Sublime And Ridiculous

[no spoilers] The winner of today’s Styrian GP showed a sublime level of control over the rest of the field and made it look easy. We saw frustration for one driver who worked his way up from the back of the grid only to end the race with a badly damaged front wing, whilst Austria once again delivered a sensational last lap thriller. But what about the ridiculous? That would be teammates taking out both cars before a full tour has been completed. Alex Kalinauckas is joined live from Austria by our reporter Jonathan Noble, along with Stuart Codling and Luke Smith to dig into the key talking points. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon Codders on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoddersF1 Codders on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coddersf1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
12/07/20·57m 44s

Styrian GP Qualifying: "A Lap Not From This World"

[no spoilers] Formula One enjoyed a wet 'n' wild qualifying for the Styrian GP which took place in soaking conditions on the Red Bull Ring. On such a short track, the margin of 1.216 seconds between the pole sitter and second on the grid was staggering. Alex Kalinauckas is joined by Luke Smith to take you through the exceptional performances and more major disappointments from those who couldn't make it out of Q1 an Q2.
11/07/20·23m 8s

Styrian GP Practice: Calm Before The Storm

Luke Smith and Jake Boxall-Legge take you through FP1 and FP2 with a focus on the tech updates various teams added to their cars for this weekend. Ferrari brought forward a new aero package scheduled for Hungary but put it on their car today. We discuss the elephant-sized lack of horsepower in the room, and that's all six Ferrari powered teams being seriously down on power. What is happening and how can they fix it?
10/07/20·16m 8s

Styrian GP Preview: Jon's View From The Pitlane

An Jonathan Noble continues to report from inside the track in Austria, he joins Alex Kalinauckas to look ahead to this weekend and the news that Mercedes seem to have a weak spot to be exploited by their rivals. Also, Leclarc and Bottas flew home between the races which has frustrated those who feel they undermined F1 organisers who are keeping everyone in a social bubble. This weekend 10,000 COVID tests will have been carried out, with zero confirmed cases, and Formula 1 will want to prove to various government that they can stage an event safely. Plus we have the inside story on what we saw at the Fernando Alonso press event.
09/07/20·22m 23s

Alonso Is Back! What It Means For F1 and Renault

Third time lucky? Renault just confirmed that Fernando Alonso has signed to drive for the Enstone F1 team for a third stint. What does this mean for F1? And can a driver who said he'd only return to a team capable of winning the Championship fulfill that ambition? Stuart Codling, Jonathan Noble and Luke Smith discuss the biggest issues around Alonso's return.
08/07/20·29m 42s

Why The Red Bull Ring Delivers Great Racing: Christian Klien Interview

As we're between back-to-back weekends racing in Austria, we wanted to catch up with local legend Christian Klien. Although he never raced at his home GP during his time in F1, with stints for Jaguar, HRT and Red Bull Racing, he has fond memories of racing at the A1 Ring. Alex Kalinauckas and James Newbold ask why his home circuit always delivers so much action. Plus we talk about the standout races in his career so far.
07/07/20·50m 37s

The Challenges Facing BTCC's Return: Alan Gow Interview

Touring Car racing is one of the most popular forms of motorsport, certainly on a domestic level. It is all about entertainment and close racing with less emphasis on technology. As the BTCC gets ready to restart in August James Allen speaks to BTCC head Alan Gow for our #ThinkingForward series about getting fans back into the race tracks this season and more broadly what is the future for touring car racing in the new landscape after the Covid crisis.
06/07/20·26m 1s

Austrian GP Review: Survival Of The Fittest

The Autosport Austrian GP Review is here! No spoilers in the podcast show notes though. So join Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) alongside Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport), Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) and Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse how the race was won and lost. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: @nauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon JBL on Twitter: @JakeyyBL Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
05/07/20·58m 45s

Austrian GP Qualifying: A Mixed Up Grid

Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Luke Smith (F1 Reporter, Autosport) to look back at the key talking points from today's qualifying for the Austrian GP. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Luke on Twitter: @LukeSmithF1 Luke on Insta: @LukeSmithF1 Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
04/07/20·18m 23s

Austrian GP Practice: Mercedes On Top, Red Bull Protest, Racing Point Surprise

Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Jake Boxall-Legge (Technical Editor, Autosport) to analyse the first day of competitive running in 2020. What can we learn from the long-run times today? Is the Racing Point pace real and what could that mean for the midfield battle? And why did Red Bull choose this moment to lodge a protest against the Mercedes DAS system? Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas JBL on Twitter: @JakeyyBL Website: https://www.autosport.com/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AUTOSPORT Twitter: https://twitter.com/autosport Instagram: http://instagram.com/autosport
03/07/20·20m 10s

Austrian GP Preview: Jon's View From The Pitlane

Joining Alex Kalinauckas (Grand Prix Editor, Autosport) is Jonathan Noble (F1 Editor, Motorsport.com) as he arrives in Austria and heads to the track, as part of a small group of global media allowed inside the Media Centre. Jon tells us how F1 is taking no risks with the virus and the common sight of face masks within the F1 bubble. The extra distance from drivers didn’t stop us asking Sebastian Vettel about his bombshell breakup with Ferrari and his admission today that “there was never an offer on the table”. Alex on Twitter: @Nauckas Alex on Insta: Nnauckas Jon on Twitter: @NobleF1 Jon on Insta: @noble__jon
02/07/20·21m 19s

The Future Of F2 and F3: Bruno Michel Interview

As head of Formula 2 and Formula 3 Bruno Michel presides over a vital step in the pipeline of driver talents to Formula One. Recent graduates like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, George Russell, Alex Albon and Lance Stroll highlight the vital role that these two championships play. This weekend they start again, alongside F1 in Austria and we spoke to Michel shortly before he departed for Austria about how close the Covid-19 crisis came to shutting down F2 and F3 teams and drivers and the how the feeder series builds back better.
02/07/20·29m 27s

Ultimate Season Preview: The Biggest Talking Points Before F1 Starts

Four months after the cancelled Australian opener the Formula 1 season is finally getting underway. Before he caught his plane to head to the circuit, Jonathan Noble joined Alex Kalinauckas, Luke Smith and Jessica McFadyen to look at the key talking points ahead of the season-opening Grand Prix.
01/07/20·53m 46s

Race Brakes Explained - How the perfect setup is crucial with AVL RACING

For today's special insight episode, we talk to AVL RACING which works with the world's leading teams and drivers. We discuss the various braking systems used across categories and how getting the brakes working perfectly can win or lose you the battle. How do simulators work with braking? And what are the new motorsport technologies changing the way drivers brake? Find out more about AVL RACING here: https://www.avl.com/racing
30/06/20·38m 10s

Legendary Le Mans 24 Hours Veteran Hugh Chamberlain Interview

In the final podcast for our Le Mans 24 Hours series this month, motorsport legend Hugh Chamberlain joins us to look back on some of his favourite racing moments. Hugh has held team management roles at Le Mans every year from 1987 until 2008, and there are few in motorsport who know more about how to race there. Joining Alex is Gary Watkins to ask Hugh about the highs and lows of winning (and losing) Le Mans 24 Hours.
29/06/20·52m 38s

Mika Häkkinen Presents: My Greatest Races

Two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen joins us live on the podcast to talk about his greatest races.
29/06/20·42m 23s

Why Racing Has A Purpose with Susie Wolff, Alejandro Agag and more

Our sport has a unique ability to reach, unite and empower millions of people globally, and its return is being eagerly awaited worldwide. The world’s top sporting events are some of the world’s most watched, bringing enormous visibility. Athletes and racing drivers like Lewis Hamilton are powerful role models that inspire others and lead by example. The events of recent weeks and the support for Black Lives Matter has shown that motorsport has an opportunity to bring the world together and to raise public awareness of societal issues and solutions. We had already seen signs before the pandemic crisis that sponsors and manufacturers were looking for sport to demonstrate a sense of purpose and it is increasingly clear that in the post Covid world, sport risks looking irrelevant if it does not have a higher purpose than just entertainment. In the FIA eSport Conference MSN president James Allen tackled this subject with a panel featuring Formula E founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag, Susie Wolff, who is team principal of Rokit Venturi Formula E team and the founder of the Dare to be Different initiative to bring more females into the sport; Andrea Adamo team principal of Hyundai motorsport, Bob Bell former CTO of Renault and Mercedes F1 teams and founder of Grid4Good.org and Yath Gangakumaran, Director of Strategy and Business Development, F1
24/06/20·48m 7s

Damon Hill Presents: My Greatest Races

Damon Hill makes a special guest appearance on the latest episode on the Autosport podcast to talk about his favourite drives. He also talks about his admiration for Michael Schumacher, having battled hard against him, and the current state of F1 as we prepare to go racing again.
23/06/20·50m 3s

We Won’t Rush F1 Fans Back To Circuits: Ross Brawn Interview

On the show today, an exclusive conversation with Ross Brawn. Motorsport Network President James Allen spoke to Ross about the plan to go racing again in 2020. There are currently 69 signatures on the FIA F1 world champion’s trophy and whoever adds the 70th at the end of this year will have won in a truly exceptional season. Formula 1 restarts soon and in this latest interview in the #ThinkingForward series, James interviewed Ross at the FIA eConference - they spoke about the challenges of organising the first eight races, the rise of esports during the lockdown, and the complications of filling in the remaining gaps on the calendar with long haul races. Brawn also voiced the hope that this new spirit of collaboration between FIA, F1 and the teams as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, that brought about a remarkable set of rule changes and a budget cap, will continue into the future.
16/06/20·22m 15s

F1 must stay committed to new rules mindset: Günther Steiner Interview

In the latest interview for the #thinkingforward series of thought leadership discussions, Motorsport Network president James Allen and Motorsport.com F1 editor Jonathan Noble speak to Günther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas Formula One Team. Günther tells us why the COVID crisis was the biggest challenge of his career…how he feels about the new budget cap…and why he thinks Formula 1 should be experimenting with reverse grids...”
15/06/20·22m 45s

Jean Alesi Presents: My Greatest Races

Jean Alesi makes a special guest appearance on the latest episode of Autosport's Race of My Life podcast series, on the anniversary of his 1995 Canadian Grand Prix win, to talk about his choice as the best race of his F1 career - that year's Japanese GP.
12/06/20·35m 35s
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