Bring Back V10s celebrates a classic era when Formula 1 was loud on the track and off it. Join us for a series of deep-dive episodes revisiting memorable stories where we recall information from the time and previously-unknown details about some fascinating tales from F1's history
S4 E11: Your questions answered - part one
Gary Anderson and Mark Hughes join Glenn Freeman for the first of our two-part Bring Back V10s series finale, where we’re taking questions submitted by our audience.
Topics for this episode include: Mika Hakkinen vs Michael Schumacher, the loophole Williams and Jordan exploited in the 1996 head protection regulations, grooved tyres, why V10s took over in F1, Ferrari’s brief disqualification from the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix, Flavio Briatore’s impact on F1, and why Mark doesn’t rank Alain Prost as one of his top F1 drivers of all time.
S4 E10: BAR's dreadful debut season in 1999
British American Racing arrived in F1 talking of fighting for wins and championships... then it finished bottom of the standings with no points in its first season. So how did a team with a huge budget, a star driver and a famous technical partner get it so wrong?
Edd Straw and Sam Smith join host Glenn Freeman to look back on the entire story of BAR's miserable first season, starting with the team's controversial attempt to race with two separate liveries for its cars, which resulted in an immediate falling out with the FIA. With insight from technical guru Adrian Reynard, we delve into why the car was so unreliable, the politics behind the scenes that threatened to tear the team apart, why its massive budget still wasn't big enough, landing Honda engines for 2000, how its mechanics earned respect after both cars were destroyed in qualifying at Spa, more internal politics, how boss Craig Pollock tried to incentivise team members to help the team score just a single point, and the fallout that occurred in the boardroom when that mission failed.
S4 E9: Multi 21 - Malaysian GP 2013
Bring Back V10s takes a detour into the V8 era to look back at the 'Multi 21' controversy between Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Edd Straw and Karun Chandhok join host Glenn Freeman to revisit the last big falling out between Vettel and Webber, and analyse how all the key parties involved handled it.
Beyond the Red Bull controversy, we also look at all the other stories from F1 in early 2013, from Kimi Raikkonen's brief championship lead with Lotus, to Pirelli's fragile tyres, the start of McLaren's downturn with its disappointing new car, Williams's struggles, Lewis Hamilton's start to life at Mercedes, plus rumours that he wanted to sign for Red Bull in 2013.
We also look back at the other team orders situation that developed late in the race and was overshadowed by events at Red Bull, with Mercedes chief Ross Brawn issuing strict orders to Nico Rosberg to stay behind Hamilton, which the German reluctantly agreed to.
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S4 E8: The ridiculous story of Andrea Moda
Special guest Perry McCarthy joins host Glenn Freeman and Edd Straw to recall what it was like being part of the shambolic Andrea Moda F1 team that appeared in 1992.
We revisit how the team ended up joining F1, why it was thrown out of the first race it turned up to, having to change cars for just its second race, failing to get to that event in time to take part, sacking its first two drivers, signing McCarthy and Roberto Moreno as its new line-up, how Moreno miraculously qualified for the Monaco Grand Prix, why Andrea Moda then missed the following two races, how it got in more trouble with the authorities as the season wore on, before its tale came to an abrupt end when team owner Andrea Sassetti was arrested in the paddock in Belgium and the team was banned from F1 a week later.
McCarthy gives his account of several haphazard moments from his time with the team, including losing his licence seven hours after he'd been given it, how Bernie Ecclestone helped him get it back, arriving for his first pre-qualifying session after a mad dash out of the centre of Barcelona, nearly being set on fire, then breaking down as soon as he crossed the pit exit line, barely running at most GP weekends as the team focused on Moreno, the team failing to tell him it hadn't made it to the French Grand Prix, being made to run used wets on a dry track at his home race, having to be held back from attacking Sassetti after the team sent him out too late to complete a lap in Hungary, how that cost him an opportunity with Footwork-Arrows, nearly crashing into Nigel Mansell at Spa, and a terrifying experience when he realised there was something wrong with his car as he got to Eau Rouge - which it turned out the team knew about in advance...
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S4 E7: Brazil 2003 - The crazy F1 race with the wrong winner
The 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix will forever be remembered as a race of chaos where the wrong driver was declared the winner straight after the race.
Mark Hughes and Gary Anderson join host Glenn Freeman to revisit their memories of being at Interlagos that day, including Gary's first-hand account of how Jordan pulled off its shock victory with Giancarlo Fisichella in one of the slowest cars on the grid.
We also look at Ferrari's rocky start to 2003, how McLaren was leading the championship with an updated 2002 car, why Williams hadn't hit the ground running yet, the debate around F1's sweeping rule changes for the new season including one-shot qualifying, the FIA getting tough with implementing the HANS device, Jordan's 200th race, why Michael Schumacher was a fan of driver aids, how Gary upset Ross Brawn with a suggestion made to Charlie Whiting before the delayed start to the race, the difference between Michelin and Bridgestone's intermediate tyres, why no teams had full wets for the awful conditions, what caused the car park of crashed cars at Turn 3, where Jordan's clever strategy might have put Fisichella without the huge accidents that ended the race early, and why there was so much confusion over which driver had won the race - which didn't become official until five days later!
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S4 E6: Mansell's 1994 Williams comeback
Nigel Mansell made a shock return to Formula 1 with Williams in 1994, appearing at four races following the death of Ayrton Senna.
Ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok and Edd Straw join host Glenn Freeman to look back on everything that happened on and off-track around Mansell's cameo, from the challenge presented by Mansell's Newman/Haas Indycar contract, Bernie Ecclestone's involvement, the role of Renault and title sponsor Rothmans in Mansell coming back, how his return was viewed inside the team, what lead driver and title contender Damon Hill thought of it, tension between Mansell and David Coulthard as they battled over a seat for 1995, and why Williams eventually chose to stick with Coulthard, despite having an option in its contract to retain Mansell full-time.
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