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.
The Best of 2020: Tom picks some of his favourite moments from Season 3
This is our final episode of 2020, and my goodness what a year it’s been, both in F1 itself and on this very podcast. We’ve had lots of great guests, lots of wonderful anecdotes, lot of laughs and quite a few tears too. And - we hope you agree - some real insights into some of the sport’s high-rollers. On this special episode, Tom has picked some of his favourite stories and anecdotes from the guests he’s spoken to this year, including gems from Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, Lando Norris, Riccardo Patrese and more!
Mattia Binotto on the pride and pressure of leading Ferrari, rebuilding for the future and more
The job of Ferrari team principal is arguably the most prestigious in Formula 1 – but it’s also the one that undoubtedly carries the most pressure. The man whose task it is to lead the Scuderia right now is Mattia Binotto, who joins us on this week’s show. Binotto is a Ferrari lifer, having joined the team straight out of university and worked numerous roles over his 25 years stay. He tells us all about that journey, which included working as an engineer for Michael Schumacher, as well as the joyous highs and intense lows of managing Ferrari over recent years. There’s also plenty of chat about Leclerc, Sainz and Vettel, plus discussion on how he intends to guide the team back to the front in the years to come…
Lance Stroll on answering his critics, his love-hate relationship with F1, and the journey he’s shared with his Dad
He’s one of the most exciting young drivers on the grid, with two podiums and one stunning pole position to his name, and yet Lance Stroll has had to deal with a minority of critics throughout his time in the sport. On this week’s show, the Canadian explains how he deals with those voices, how he’s evolved as a driver and person since his debut in 2017, how he was forced to learn from his mistakes on the road to F1, and his relationship with father - and boss! - Lawrence Stroll, the owner of Racing Point...
Lord Hesketh on James Hunt and the authenticity behind F1’s original party team
When Hesketh Racing burst onto the F1 grid in the 1970s, they took everyone by surprise. They appeared to be playboys, having fun on and off track. But away from the yachts and the parties, was a small, well-organised group of passionate racers who were determined to win. With James Hunt at the wheel, they did. Lord Alexander Hesketh, who bankrolled and ran the team, tells Tom Clarkson how he ‘accidentally’ got into motor racing, rose to the top, and challenged the old guard of Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren. Lord Hesketh explains the unique quality behind his team’s success and reputation, what made James Hunt a great driver, and why F1 will never see a team like his ever again.
Renault stalwart Alan Permane on 30 years of stars, success and struggles at Enstone
He joined Benetton in the late 1980s as a bottom-rung mechanic and he’s been with the team ever since, as it morphed into Renault then Lotus and now back to Renault. Alan Permane, Renault’s Sporting Director, has seen and done it all in his time at the Enstone factory. He was Michael Schumacher’s mechanic, Giancarlo Fisichella’s race engineer, and he stepped up to lead the team after the Crashgate scandal. He also had an expletive-filled team radio exchange with Kimi Raikkonen in India. Alan reveals the secrets of Renault’s success in the mid-2000s, and how they’re planning to take on Mercedes with Fernando Alonso in 2022.
Jochen Mass on a career tinged with tragedy, racing Lauda and Hunt, and mentoring Michael Schumacher
Jochen Mass’ F1 career began with a bang and ended more than a decade later in a fiery crash. In the 1970s he shared podiums with the likes of Lauda, Hunt, Fittipaldi and Scheckter. His talent deserved more than a single victory, which came on a dark day in Spain in 1975. Tragedy struck again in 1982, when Jochen played a blameless part in the crash which killed the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. Tom Clarkson uncovers the twists and turns of Jochen’s time in F1: the near-victories, cars, bosses and teammates which shaped his character. Jochen is certainly not afraid to speak his mind – a quality he put to very good use in later years when advising his Mercedes sportscar team mate, a young Michael Schumacher.
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I stumbled across Beyond the Grid in the aftermath of Stirling Moss’s death and 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. Some are really revealing - even the more stilted subjects are revealing in their own way
The only problem has been 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 - but I have finally caught up. 116 episodes, every one a gem - even the Tom’s favourites compilations.
Sheer petrol head’s bliss and top class journalism. Thank you so much Tom and long may these continue.
Another interesting podcast added to my downloads
I have become interested in F1 via the Netflix series, and knew there must be an F1 podcast so was happy to find this one. So far I’ve listened to the Lando Norris, George Russell, Toto Wolff, Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo eps. Really love hearing all their stories. I’ve always thought F1 (or any racing) was boring and noisy but now I have a better understanding the politics, the teams and know who the drivers are it’s actually quite interesting.
What a podcast! Thanks TC.