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F1 stars slow down and open up, sharing untold stories and unrivalled insight. Tom Clarkson brings you revealing, feature-length interviews and amazing anecdotes from superstar drivers, team bosses, tech geniuses and racing legends.

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    Paul Monaghan: Red Bull's race for more records

    Paul Monaghan: Red Bull's race for more records

    Paul Monaghan, Red Bull Racing’s chief engineer, has been with the team from the very beginning of their Formula 1 venture in 2005.

    He’s experienced the highs and lows of the team’s evolution from racing rookies into serial winners. 

    How does the their first era of dominance with Sebastian Vettel compare to their current success with Max Verstappen? What’s the secret to the Dutchman’s speed? And, with the competition getting closer, Adrian Newey leaving and Red Bull making their own engines for 2026, what does their future hold? 

    Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Paul shares fascinating insight from nearly two decades with the team and tells some very entertaining anecdotes from working with Ayrton Senna at McLaren and Fernando Alonso at Renault earlier on in his career.

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    LEGENDS: Why World Championships eluded David Coulthard

    LEGENDS: Why World Championships eluded David Coulthard

    What’s the difference between winning races and winning World Championships?


    David Coulthard enjoyed multiple Grand Prix wins and podiums, but titles were out of reach during his 15-year career in Formula 1.


    So why was he unable to achieve success that the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have all experienced?


    Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Coulthard analyses everything he tried to maximise his ability when competing against ‘exceptional’ drivers and why he ultimately fell short of becoming World Champion.



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    Lando Norris: winning means more

    Lando Norris: winning means more

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    Lando Norris’ first F1 victory has changed everything. Speaking to Tom Clarkson before the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix, the McLaren driver explains why winning means so much more, and why racing for the lead feels so different.


    Lando looks back at races in Canada and Spain he feels he could have won, and gives a detailed breakdown of what he could have done differently. He also talks about racing Max Verstappen, and why he feels he still has to prove himself against champion drivers.


    Plus, Lando looks ahead to this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He remembers his first experience of a Formula 1 Grand Prix, how it felt to lead the 2023 race, and imagines taking victory in front of his home fans.

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    Luciano Burti: why Brazilian’s racing risks went unrewarded

    Luciano Burti: why Brazilian’s racing risks went unrewarded

    Just 14 races into his debut Formula 1 season in 2001, Luciano Burti suffered a huge crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.


    He walked away but it proved to be his last action as an F1 driver.


    Speaking to Tom Clarkson in his home city of Sao Paolo, Burti reflects vividly on the crash; what he was thinking about as it was happening, the physical injuries he suffered, why he wasn’t able to return to racing, and how the accident led to improved safety in the sport.


    The Brazilian also discusses why he changed teams just four races into that season, the reasons he was unable to showcase his full potential, what it was like being a Ferrari test driver during Michael Schumacher’s era of dominance, and much more.

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    James Allison: confident of a Mercedes comeback

    James Allison: confident of a Mercedes comeback

    From 2014 to 2021, Mercedes dominated Formula 1 with a record eight Constructor World Championships in a row.


    Since 2022 though, they have struggled to fully grasp the current ground effect cars and, as a result, have dramatically fallen down the pecking order, behind their rivals Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.


    Merc’s struggles continued at the start of 2024, but they have made progress in the last few races. George Russell’s P3 and Lewis Hamilton’s P4 in Canada secured the team’s best result of the season thus far.


    So, where were they going wrong? What have they changed on the car? And are they going to be competitive for the rest of the year? Speaking to Tom Clarkson in Montreal, Mercedes Technical Director James Allison answers all those questions.


    He also talks about the personal impact of the team’s struggles, why he thinks Russell is faster than Hamilton in qualifying this season, what he’ll miss about Lewis, whether 17-year-old Kimi Antonelli is ready for F1, and much more.



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    • 46 min
    Nikolas Tombazis: the championship-winner shaping F1’s next generation

    Nikolas Tombazis: the championship-winner shaping F1’s next generation

    He’s an engineer who won Formula 1 World Championships with Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. Now he’s working on the rules of the sport for 2026 and beyond.


    Nikolas Tombazis is the Director of Single Seaters for the FIA. He is overseeing the regulations for the 2026 season, when F1 cars will be lighter, smaller and sustainably fuelled, with greater battery power and revolutionary active aerodynamics. He tells Tom Clarkson how the new rules have been designed to create close, competitive racing which is thrilling to watch.


    Nikolas also looks back at his career in F1, when he enjoyed domination and experienced disappointment. Championships with Michael Schumacher at Benneton were followed by more success at Ferrari, with Schumi and Kimi Raikkonen. A move to McLaren during a difficult period brought challenges. His return to Ferrari brought agony as Fernando Alonso missed out on the 2010 title, in a showdown which still plays on Tombazis’ mind.



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    • 49 min

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skullysblues ,

Terrific Listen

WOW!! I’m I glad I found this Podcast👌👌
Not an avid user of Podcasts but will listen to the 300 odd Tom has here. I love F1 and it’s great to get to know the People behind the Car.
Komatsu was a total revelation and inspiration and I wish him all the Best in his F1 Career!! I am in Australia and heading to Silverstone this year.. I might have to Support Komatsu and Haas 😂😂😂

I wish I was Chris ,

The guide to F1

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple of years now and what I love are the episodes of the people behind the drivers. Mechanics, CEOs, Team Principals etc. It really does show how an F1 team is like the car. Any faults in the car it shows, just like an F1 team. Everything and everyone has a purpose. Also, since you had Mick Doohan on as a guest could an option for the Melbourne Grand Prix be Jamie Wincup. He’s australias equivalent or Schumacher and Hamilton. 7 drivers championships in the Supercars.

Keep up the awesome work

Alex in Kewdale WA ,

Great Show but no pay driver interviews from Seargent/Lattifi level of drivers

Guys when the show came out, excellent interviews from ex-champs and F1 greats. But when its quiet, and content hard to come by, go back and interview the ex champs a second time, about certain seasons. Don't give us drivers that can’t provide any substance like pay drivers without a win, or a podium, that weakens the podcast and tunes people out. Seargent, Lattifi, Zhou etc = boring and not up to brand. Thanks

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