93 episodes

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.

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

    93: 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
    92: Mika Salo on giving up certain victory, racing through injury and more

    92: 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...

     

    • 40 min
    91: Stefan Johansson on racing 80s monsters, almost winning for Ferrari and tangling with wildlife

    91: Stefan Johansson on racing 80s monsters, almost winning for Ferrari and tangling with wildlife

    This week we welcome blonde-haired 80s Super Swede Stefan Johansson onto the show. Stefan was a 12-time podium finisher, and he would have been a race winner too were it not for team orders or Lady Luck intervening. A terrific raconteur, Stefan regales Tom with some incredible stories from his career, including fascinating insight into what made Alain Prost so good, his heartbreaking near miss at Imola ’85, his barely conceivable weekend to forget in Austria in 1987, and much, much more…

    • 1 hr 19 min
    90: Alex Zanardi on his rollercoaster F1 career – and his extraordinary life since

    90: Alex Zanardi on his rollercoaster F1 career – and his extraordinary life since

    Alex Zanardi only raced in F1 41 times, never finishing higher than sixth. But for millions of fans around the world, he remains both a hero and an inspiration. A dazzling racer, who only really showed his true talent in IndyCars, Zanardi’s career story took an unexpected turn in 2001 when he was gravely injured in a Champ Car race and had both legs amputated. But remarkably, Zanardi would battle back. Battle back to race again at the top level in touring cars, but perhaps even more remarkably, battle to the top of the Olympic rostrum, having taken up and then completely dominated in paracycling. On this week’s show, he tells the full, incredible tale…

     

    • 1 hr 52 min
    89: Riccardo Patrese on the wins, pranks and fallouts from his epic 17-season F1 career

    89: Riccardo Patrese on the wins, pranks and fallouts from his epic 17-season F1 career

    Riccardo Patrese’s career began in the era of Hunt, Lauda and Andretti and ended 256 races later in the era of Senna and Schumacher, by which time he’d become the most successful Italian racer since double world champion Alberto Ascari. 
    On this week’s show he talks us through that incredible 17-season career – the team mates, the rivals, the cars, the victories. Expert wonderful anecdotes on that famous Monaco win in 1982 (the race nobody wanted to win!), the time he was pranked by Nelson Piquet, the inside story on his falling out with James Hunt, and much more.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    88: Heikki Kovalainen on making bets with Hamilton, his sole F1 win and the ups and downs of his GP career

    88: Heikki Kovalainen on making bets with Hamilton, his sole F1 win and the ups and downs of his GP career

    This week Tom welcomes one-time Grand Prix winner Heikki Kovalainen onto the show to discuss his rollercoaster Grand Prix career, which began with Renault in 2007 and took in 111 starts, with stops at McLaren, Caterham and Lotus. The amiable Finn discusses the challenges of going up against an all-time great in Hamilton – their sporting bets and what separated them on the race track – and looks back on his only F1 win in Hungary in 2008. There are also stories on his breakout defeat of Michael Schumacher at the Race of Champions, that massive crash at Barcelona in 2008, the struggles that saw him end up at the back of the grid and much, much more…

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

capio78 ,

Best f1 podcast of all time

Absolutely brilliant show. Thanks for all the content

pilotparker ,

PilotParker

This is a most wonderful podcast for those who have any form of interest in motorsport, and the dynamics of working in an international sporting arena where drive, determination, competitiveness and “dirty tricks” are all there. The TC interviews are engaging, having an inquisitive style that gets the best from each of those being interviewed. I discovered the podcast a few weeks ago, and when I have that quiet hour or more, sit back with my Bose QC headset and just absorb all that is said. I don’t want it to end. Thank you TC and all the F1 stars who are participating.

Carnon66 ,

How did I miss this?

I stumbled across Beyond the Grid in the aftermath of Stirling Moss’s death and have found a massive bank of 90 odd interviews with top F1 people, past and present - revealing, fascinating interviews, giving an insight into the sport like no other. TC is a brilliant interviewer and the length of each gives time to really get an understanding of the subject, unlike the scripted and all too brief snippets we get on the race weekend coverage.
The only problem is finding the time to listen - this is not something to have on in the back ground but requires a quiet corner, headphones and an hour or more’s free time.
I have listened to 18 episodes and have 72 to go with a new one coming every week. Sheer petrol head’s bliss!

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