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Beyond The Grid, delivers great stories, fresh insight and amazing anecdotes from the world of F1. Each week Tom Clarkson brings you in-depth, personal conversations with the biggest names in the sport, from current superstar drivers and leading team bosses to legendary figures from history.

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Beyond The Grid, delivers great stories, fresh insight and amazing anecdotes from the world of F1. Each week Tom Clarkson brings you in-depth, personal conversations with the biggest names in the sport, from current superstar drivers and leading team bosses to legendary figures from history.

    America’s most-experienced GP racer Eddie Cheever on living his F1 dream after walking away from Ferrari

    America’s most-experienced GP racer Eddie Cheever on living his F1 dream after walking away from Ferrari

    No American has started more Grands Prix than Eddie Cheever, the Phoenix-born, Rome raised racer, who took nine excellent podium finishes in the 1980s. In his long stay at the pinnacle of motor sport Cheever drove for eight teams (including Renault, Ligier, Tyrrell and Alfa Romeo), experiencing the highs of reaching the rostrum and the lows of losing fellow drivers. What’s more remarkable is that he achieved all this after walking away from a Ferrari test contract, so determined was he as a youngster to make it - right away - in the sport he loved. 

    On this week’s show he discusses all of the above, plus his lifelong admiration of his former boss, McLaren legend Ron Dennis, his admiration of team mates Alain Prost and Derek Warwick, the loss of Gilles Villeneuve, and his post-F1 success at the Indy 500…

     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    George Russell on racing close friends, getting Toto Wolff’s attention and more

    George Russell on racing close friends, getting Toto Wolff’s attention and more

    This week we welcome one of the bright young stars of Formula 1 to the show: Williams driver George Russell. The British racer has been making waves this season, dragging his car far higher up the grid than many thought possible, and giving us a glimpse of the talent that made Mercedes sign him as a young driver. So listen in for some great stories as he describes the unusual way he approached Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff, how Alex Albon’s family used to cook him dinner, why he’s flattered by comparisons to Williams greats, and much more…

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Willy T Ribbs on his pioneering F1 test and the push for diversity in motor sport

    Willy T Ribbs on his pioneering F1 test and the push for diversity in motor sport

    This week’s guest is a man many of you may not have heard of. But Willy T Ribbs’ story needs to be heard. In 1985 Ribbs became the first black man to drive an F1 car, when he tested for Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team. But despite that milestone moment, he’d never crack F1 full-time, returning instead to his native US to pursue his racing dreams against an undercurrent of racism and discrimination. 

    Those who opposed him called him ‘Uppity’- a term Willy would wear as a badge of honour as he fought for inclusion, and the also the name of the fantastic recent documentary about his life. Listen as Willy discusses racism, diversity and inclusion in motor sport, his friendship with and admiration of Lewis Hamilton, the advice he was given by Muhammed Ali, and much more…

    • 58 min
    Pat Symonds on Fernando Alonso’s F1 return with Renault

    Pat Symonds on Fernando Alonso’s F1 return with Renault

    Fernando Alonso is back! Well, almost. In 2021 the Spaniard will return to the F1 grid with Renault, the team with which he won two world titles in 2005 and 2006. On this week’s show, the man who engineered him to those championships – Formula 1’s current Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds – gives us the inside line on all things Alonso. With fantastic anecdotes, Symonds discusses what made Alonso such a great racer in the past, his areas of weakness, the things he’ll have learnt away from F1, and just why he thinks the 32-time Grand Prix winner will succeed again.

    • 46 min
    FIA Race Director Michael Masi on mentor Charlie Whiting, driver penalties and more

    FIA Race Director Michael Masi on mentor Charlie Whiting, driver penalties and more

    As the FIA’s Race Director and Safety Delegate, Michael Masi’s job is to run F1 races – to keep an eye on everything that happens on track, and plenty of stuff off it too – including running driver briefings and dealing with protests. On this week’s show the Australian gives TC the inside line on one of the most interesting and pressurized roles in F1, discussing – amongst other things – his interpretation of the ‘let them race’ philosophy, his re-introduction of the black and white ‘warning’ flag, and what it’s like trying to fill the boots of his late mentor Charlie Whiting.

    • 57 min
    Mika Salo on giving up certain victory, racing through injury and more

    Mika Salo on giving up certain victory, racing through injury and more

    Winning in F1 is incredibly hard - giving up a certain victory is even harder. Many people will remember Mika Salo from his time as a super sub for Ferrari, when Michael Schumacher broke his leg in 1999. Racing alongside title contender Eddie Irvine, Salo starred, most memorably in Germany where he was faster than his team mate, but asked to move over while leading. That was just one of the topics on the list when TC sat down with the Finn, who also frankly discussed his stints with Toyota, Lotus and BAR, his secret trip to Ferrari HQ, his life as an FIA driver steward, plus – of all things – racing with a hole in his lungs...

     

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4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Johnnynohat ,

Fantastic

Huge fan of TC and amazin guests and insight! Keep up the great work all!

Happy.Writer ,

Long time listener

Hi TC,

Love the podcast and have been listening from the beginning. When I can’t watch a race, either live or a re-run I’m listening (and often re-listening) to Beyond the Grid.

The technical and strategic insights combined with stories from the behind the scenes are fascinating. As someone who enjoys a race weekend but doesn’t know a lot about the sport I feel like I’ve learned a great deal about it’s history and development as well as being very entertained along the way.

I’ve also really enjoyed how the range of guests has expanded from drivers and team principles to include key figures from the technical and business side of the sport.

As I was reflecting back on the podcast earlier today I found myself wondering what it would be like to hear from a pit crew member. It’s always fascinating to watch their reaction to on track events during a race and obviously their skills in servicing the car are the best in the world.

I know this may a curve ball compared to other guests but I can’t help thinking there’d be some amazing stories, maybe you could even interview a group of them? The Red Bull crew always look to be wearing their hearts on their sleeves during a race and who wouldn’t be the tempted by the possibility of hearing their take on the rivalry between Max and Daniel.

Thanks again for a great show and I’ll just sign off by asking you the same question I always ask myself after listening....

‘I wonder when they’ll interview Fernando or Sebastian?’

davethailand ,

Keep up the good work

Love listening to ‘ Beyond The Grid ’, I’ve listened every episode since you began some more than once ! was so nice to an escape for an hour or so during lockdown , my on,y complete is there not long enough, I’m sure there’s so many interesting , funny stories we don’t have time for !
Looking forward to listening to more great podcasts for many years to come !

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