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
S2 E12: More of your #BringBackV10s F1 questions answered
Series two of Bring Back V10s ends with us taking more of your questions about anything to do with F1 from 1989-2005. Edd Straw and Karun Chandhok return to tackle subjects including Damon Hill's prospects if he'd signed for McLaren in 1998, memorable backmarker drivers and teams, the fortunes of Ferrari and Benetton before and after Michael Schumacher's switch for 1996, what would have happened if Nigel Mansell stayed at Williams for 1993, Eddie Irvine's 1999 title push, over- and under-achievers in the era, the heyday of CART/Indycar racing in the 1990s, why Alain Prost didn't come back to replace Ayrton Senna in 1994, and most importantly to host Glenn Freeman, there's a debate about Jacques Villeneuve's best season in F1!
S2 E11: Your #BringBackV10s F1 questions answered! (part 1)
It's nearly the end of our second series, and once again we were overloaded with questions for our final episode... so we've split it into two parts! Gary Anderson and Mark Hughes join Glenn Freeman to get stuck into subjects ranging from Dario Franchitti's doomed Jaguar test, what convinced Ferrari to ditch V12s for V10s (yay!), why Michael Schumacher rejected a bigger offer from McLaren to sign for Ferrari, McLaren's brilliant-but-fragile MP4-20, Ayrton Senna being offered 49% of Jordan, Heinz-Harald Frentzen at Williams, the demise of Arrows and much more.
S2 E10: Inside the chaos of F1's Indianapolis 2005 farce
For the final regular episode of series 2 of Bring Back V10s we're revisiting the most-requested topic we've had since the show started: The shambolic six-car US GP of 2005.
Special guest Dieter Gass - currently head of Audi Motorsport but previously Toyota's chief race and test engineer - joins Glenn Freeman and Mark Hughes to explain what was going on behind the scenes at the race, and how Toyota's problems and a big crash for Ralf Schumacher were the first signs that something serious was going wrong.
We also hear from podium finisher Tiago Monteiro on why he celebrated when Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello didn't, and get ready to hear how a swearing Kimi Raikkonen reacted when Ron Dennis told him he wouldn't be racing - all overheard by former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley as he strapped Kimi in on the grid!
We also look at why the various solutions put forward to salvage the event didn't work out, why Jordan and Minardi broke ranks after initially standing alongside the Michelin teams, why the tyre problems hadn't struck in previous years at Indy, plus the fallout after the event and why the FIA eventually decided not to take matters any further.
S2 E9: Spa 2000 - with Mika Hakkinen!
Mika Hakkinen joins us to look back at one of his most famous battles with Michael Schumacher, which was decided by an iconic overtake in the closing stages. Mika joins Glenn Freeman and Edd Straw to discuss the whole race in great detail, from starting on pole position behind the safety car, to McLaren's cautious strategy that worked against David Coulthard, Hakkinen's spin that handed Schumacher the lead, and how he set about catching the Ferrari. Mika then describes in incredible detail how he felt when Schumacher chopped him on the run to Les Combes, how his run through Eau Rouge on the following lap was key to making the pass for the win, the role of backmarker Ricardo Zonta, and how it felt to see Schumacher's Ferrari in his mirrors after he'd pulled off one of F1's most memorable passes. Mika then explains his post-race conversation with Schumacher, and why declined to share details in public at the time or even discuss the block that left him "pissed off".
Away from Hakkinen's heroics, Glenn and Edd look back at all the other big stories from the Spa weekend, including pre-race crisis talks at Ferrari, Jenson Button's move from Williams to Benetton, Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve falling out (again), the idea of Juan Pablo Montoya signing for Toyota, Jarno Trulli emerging as a qualifying specialist, and the breakdown of Prost's all-French relationship with Peugeot.
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S2 E8: Toyota's controversial year on the F1 sidelines
SPECIAL GUEST: ALLAN McNISH. Toyota managed to fall out with its rival teams and the FIA before it even started racing in F1 in 2002. In this episode we look back at the year Toyota spent testing in 2001 before it joined the grid, and the decision from the FIA that led to that and cost the Japanese manufacturer millions before it had even turned a wheel. Allan McNish joins us to give the inside story on how Toyota progressed with its off-the-pace test car. There's stories of technical shake-ups, fall-outs with various teams, not feeling welcome in F1 and the tug-of-war between managing expectations and trying to show some ambition for what would become one of the most expensive F1 teams ever.
ASK US ANYTHING: Get your questions in about anything to do with F1 from 1989-2005 for our series finale. Use #BringBackV10s on Twitter to submit your question now!
S2 E7: How Benetton snatched Schumacher from Jordan
Michael Schumacher's F1 debut lasted only a few seconds, yet he made a huge impression and by the time of his second appearance he'd already switched teams. In this episode Glenn Freeman is joined by Jordan designer Gary Anderson and Edd Straw to revisit what happened in 1991 around Schumacher's famous debut, from how he got the Jordan drive for Spa, to why the team didn't have him under a secure enough contract to stop Benetton snapping him up for the next race at Monza. We also look at how Jordan's other car could have won the Belgian GP that year, how Roberto Moreno almost stopped the Benetton switch happening, why Flavio Briatore ordered Alex Zanardi to walk around the Monza paddock in Benetton overalls, and what led Ayrton Senna to weigh in on the saga in public. There's also the second contract controversy of Schumacher's career that happened just a few months later when he was preparing for his first full season in F1.
ASK US ANYTHING: Get your questions in for our series finale, where you can ask us whatever you like about F1 from 1989-2005. Use #BringBackV10s on Twitter to submit your question!
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Prost ep 2
Ed is good. But for the love of god let Karun speak.
Extremely well researched show about F1’s golden era.
As a new F1 fan, this show is a great show to learn more about the history of the sport. Awesome job!