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Formula 1's extraordinary stars slow down and open up, sharing untold stories and unrivalled insight. Tom Clarkson brings you revealing, feature-length interviews and amazing anecdotes from superstar drivers, team bosses, tech geniuses and racing legends.

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For race reviews + previews, listen to F1 Nation. To learn more about how F1 works, listen to F1 Explains

    Antti Kontsas: how to coach an F1 World Champion

    Antti Kontsas: how to coach an F1 World Champion

    At the end of his glittering career, four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel said he was in the ‘best shape possible’ thanks to his performance coach Antti Kontsas.

    So how do you physically and mentally prepare a Formula 1 driver for a season of racing around the world?

    With over 10 years of experience working in the paddock, coaching the likes of Sebastian Buemi, Jean Eric Vergne and Vettel, Kontsas tells Tom Clarkson his secrets to training these extraordinary humans for the pinnacle of motorsport.

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    • 52 min
    Karl Wendlinger: 30 years since career-defining Monaco GP

    Karl Wendlinger: 30 years since career-defining Monaco GP

    30 years ago, Karl Wendlinger’s Formula 1 career was just beginning to rise after a strong start to 1994 with Sauber.


    But that all changed in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, when the Austrian lost control of his car as he approached the Nouvelle chicane and crashed into the barriers.

    After a long recovery to regain racing fitness, Wendlinger returned a year later at the Spanish Grand Prix. He wasn’t the same driver though, and at the end of 1995, his time in F1 was up.


    Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Karl talks in great detail about the crash; why he still doesn’t know the cause, how it affected him physically and mentally, what motivated him to race again, and how he processed leaving the sport.


    Plus, Karl remembers coming through the Mercedes junior programme with Michael Schumacher and the warm welcome Ayrton Senna gave him when he first arrived on the grid.

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    • 1 hr
    LEGENDS: Martin Brundle’s debut with Senna

    LEGENDS: Martin Brundle’s debut with Senna

    In 1984, Martin Brundle and Ayrton Senna made their Formula 1 debuts.


    They had just fought each other in an epic battle for the 1983 British Formula 3 title. But while there was little to separate the duo in junior racing, their F1 careers panned out very differently.


    As Senna went on to achieve hero status as a triple World Champion, Brundle’s 12-year career was significantly shaped by very serious injuries he suffered in just his ninth Grand Prix.


    Speaking to Tom Clarkson in the latest of F1 Beyond The Grid’s LEGENDS episodes, Martin describes in great detail the crash that caused his injuries, how close he came to losing his foot, and what impact that had on the rest of his time in F1.


    Brundle also talks about why he and Tyrrell Racing were disqualified in his first season, what it was like being a rookie back then, how Schumacher was different to Senna, where he thinks Adrian Newey’s future might lie, his thoughts on F1’s global standing, and much more.

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    • 40 min
    Zak Brown: McLaren’s winning mastermind

    Zak Brown: McLaren’s winning mastermind

    McLaren are back on top of the Formula 1 podium, but their mission is far from accomplished yet.


    Since taking charge in 2018, CEO Zak Brown has overseen a huge transformation on and off the track and the team’s progress has accelerated astronomically over the last 12 months.


    Lando Norris’s long-awaited maiden Grand Prix victory in Miami is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work to turn their fortunes around, after an awful start last season left them right at the back of the grid.


    So how do they take the next steps to become serial winners and World Championship contenders?


    Speaking in Miami, Zak tells Tom Clarkson how he’s instilling a winning mentality at McLaren, what Norris’s victory means for his and the team’s future, why he thinks Oscar Piastri is a match for Lando, whether he’d like his close friend Adrian Newey to join the team, and much more.


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    • 52 min
    Ayrton Senna remembered by Bruno Senna

    Ayrton Senna remembered by Bruno Senna

    30 years since his death at Imola on 1st May 1994, Ayrton Senna’s legacy is still felt around the world.


    Brazil’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion continues to inspire today’s generation of racing drivers and fans.


    To Bruno Senna, Ayrton is still both his uncle and his hero.


    Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Bruno shares his childhood memories of Ayrton away from the track, the ‘racing relationship’ they built together, how his life changed after Imola 1994, and the pressure Ayrton’s success put on his own F1 career.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to 'tough' exit

    Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to 'tough' exit

    A multiple title winner at junior level and a point-scorer on his unexpected F1 debut in 2016, Stoffel Vandoorne seemed on track for a long and prosperous career in Formula 1.


    But his big break at McLaren in 2017 arrived during one of the team’s most challenging periods.


    They finished second-last in the standings during Vandoorne’s first season, endured a difficult transition from Honda to Renault engines the following year, and there was huge organisational change at the top as Zak Brown came in as CEO.


    After just seven points-finishes in two years, with a best result of P7, Stoffel was replaced by Lando Norris for 2019 and he hasn’t raced in F1 since.


    Now a Test and Reserve driver for Aston Martin, the Belgian tells Tom Clarkson how he prepared for his first race in F1 at such short notice, the drama of signing his first McLaren contract, where it all went wrong during his two seasons on the grid, and what impact those struggles had on his mental wellbeing, motivation and enjoyment of racing.
     

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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First of all I want to thank you for these gorgeous insights we can all enjoy in your interviews. The way you interact with the drivers really brings their human side in the light.

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