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As Lewis Hamilton makes his record-breaking debut, the 2007 season serves as backdrop for a story of power, sabotage, spying, and toxic rivalry, narrated by Pete Tong.

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As Lewis Hamilton makes his record-breaking debut, the 2007 season serves as backdrop for a story of power, sabotage, spying, and toxic rivalry, narrated by Pete Tong.

    8. The Winner Takes It All

    8. The Winner Takes It All

    The 2007 season reaches a nail-biting climax. McLaren and Ferrari are neck-and-neck down the final straight – but Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are at each other’s throats. The World Championship is decided by a single point in a thriller that will go down in F1 history. But even as the season officially ends, the Spygate scandal leaves a lasting legacy: reputations are wrecked, relationships are broken and tragedy strikes.

    Co-host and script consultant: Sarah Holt

    Producers: Matt Nielson and Rosie Stopher

    Sound design: Alex Portfelix

    Showrunner: Sarah Stolarz

    Any questions about this podcast: spygate@bbc.co.uk

    • 31 min
    7. Seeing Red

    7. Seeing Red

    If the 2007 F1 season is a game of chess, then we’re just one move away from checkmate. But whose piece will fall? Following Alonso’s revelations in Hungary, McLaren is dancing on the ledge - and the FIA know it. With new evidence and new allegations, they summon the team back to Paris for a second hearing, and this time, the risks are even bigger than before – and their rivals Ferrari are ready to strike. Is this the end of the championship for McLaren?

    Co-host and script consultant: Sarah Holt

    Producers: Matt Nielson and Rosie Stopher

    Sound design: Alex Portfelix

    Showrunner: Sarah Stolarz

    Any questions about this podcast: spygate@bbc.co.uk

    • 33 min
    6. Piranha Club Rules

    6. Piranha Club Rules

    Long: It’s all quiet on track and in the garages during Formula 1’s summer shutdown, but F1’s halls of power are very much open for business. And if you want a seat at the table then you need to know the rules of the game or you won’t survive. McLaren’s prodigal son has returned with his tails between his legs, but the damage has already been done. Concerned that his personal honour is on the line, team principal Ron Dennis must make one of the most painful decisions of his life. But is his agony all in vain? Three of the biggest fish in F1 have been circling in the background and they’ve got the taste of blood in their mouths.

    Co-host and script consultant: Sarah Holt

    Producers: Matt Nielson and Rosie Stopher

    Sound design: Alex Portfelix

    Showrunner: Sarah Stolarz

    Any questions about this podcast: spygate@bbc.co.uk

    • 39 min
    Bad People present True Crime Crackers 2022 ft. Spygate

    Bad People present True Crime Crackers 2022 ft. Spygate

    Dr Julia Shaw unwraps Bad People’s choice of true crime podcasts in 2022.

    She talks to Formula One expert Sarah Holt about the Spygate podcast which tells the story behind industrial espionage and bitter rivalries in motor racing.
    Julia also meets BBC social media and disinformation correspondent Marianna Spring to discuss her series Disaster Trolls, which investigates the trolling of victims of terror attacks by people who claim they never happened

    We hear from Audrey Gillan, the acclaimed journalist whose podcast Bible John: Creation of a Serial Killer reinvestigates horrific murders that
    shocked Glasgow over fifty years ago. And Rachel Monroe discusses her story of lawlessness on the high-seas, BBC podcast Lost at Sea.

    CREDITS
    Presenter: Dr Julia Shaw
    Producer: Laura Northedge
    Assistant Producer: Hannah Ward
    Editor: Anna Lacey
    Music: Matt Chandler

    • 44 min
    5. Drivers Behaving Badly

    5. Drivers Behaving Badly

    Violent g-force, cockpit temperatures over 40C, and the constant threat of a crash: Formula 1 drivers are under intense physical pressure on the track. But what happens when emotional pressures boil over? At the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, McLaren is about to find out…and how. An extraordinary incident in the pitstop seems to suggest Fernando Alonso is playing tricks on Lewis Hamilton - but as is often the case in Formula 1 things are not always as they seem. Tensions boil over, culminating in a season-changing ultimatum for Ron Dennis.

    Co-host and script consultant: Sarah Holt

    Producers: Matt Nielson and Rosie Stopher

    Sound design: Alex Portfelix

    Showrunner: Sarah Stolarz

    Any questions about this podcast: spygate@bbc.co.uk

    • 36 min
    4. The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove

    4. The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove

    The 2007 Formula 1 season is hotting up, but it’s the action off the track that is really starting to burn. While Hamilton, Raikonnen and Alonso battle it out in Germany, It’s time for McLaren to face the guard dogs of Formula 1 - or, as they’re better known, the FIA. The team is off to Paris to defend themselves against charges of misconduct. But this isn’t any old trial. It’s one not only of rights and wrongs, but also of personal wills, big egos, and power struggles. Strap in, because Spygate is going on trial… F1 style.

    Co-host and script consultant: Sarah Holt

    Producers: Matt Nielson and Rosie Stopher

    Sound design: Alex Portfelix

    Showrunner: Sarah Stolarz

    Any questions about this podcast: spygate@bbc.co.uk

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

Willy•Wilson ,

Skip season 1

I listened to this in reverse order so latest season first. At that point I wondered it had a relatively low rating. Then I got to the Vanilla Ice season and I wondered why it had even managed a single star from anyone, the endless puns including the music had me struggling to finish it. Every other season is excellent hence the 5 stars given. Lesson learnt I guess from the producers.

michaeljconroy27 ,

Spygate is excellent

Excellent series proper crime mystery style podcast, it’ll have you reaching for the next episode.

KL5321 ,

Painful Pete Tong

Would probably have made an interesting 1 hour show but the strreeeetttccchhinnng of material re Mclaren/ Ferrari into multiple episodes is painful as is Tong’s absolutely dire delivery of a poor script.

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