41 episodes

Your questions about Formula 1, answered by the experts. Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill explore our favourite sport with F1 drivers, engineers and the people who make the sport work.

You can send us a question! Record it as a voice note or write it in an email, then send it to F1Explains@F1.com

For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid. For race reviews and previews, listen to F1 Nation.

F1 Explains Formula 1

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    • 4.7 • 111 Ratings

Your questions about Formula 1, answered by the experts. Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill explore our favourite sport with F1 drivers, engineers and the people who make the sport work.

You can send us a question! Record it as a voice note or write it in an email, then send it to F1Explains@F1.com

For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid. For race reviews and previews, listen to F1 Nation.

    Brakes - with Brembo + Alpine's Jack Doohan

    Brakes - with Brembo + Alpine's Jack Doohan

    Taming the insane speed of an F1 car takes extraordinary skill and incredible technology. The brakes glow red hot. The drivers feel extreme G-forces. How do F1 braking systems work, and how do drivers cope every time they slam their left foot into the pedal?

    Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill break down F1 brakes with:


    Andrea Algeri, engineer from Brembo, which produces brakes for the entire F1 grid
    Jack Doohan, Alpine Reserve Driver



    F1 EXPLAINS: LIVE IN MIAMI - FRIDAY 3RD MAY
    Join us and Guenther Steiner for a live show at the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix 2024
    Friday May 3rd, 1:40pm - North 300 Level, Hard Rock Stadium
    Free to all Grand Prix ticket holders
    Send a question for Guenther and you can be part of the show! Email it to F1Explains@F1.com

    Catch up with our other episodes




    The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack

    Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu

    How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More Official F1 Podcasts


    For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid 
    For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation

    • 47 min
    Team Principals - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack

    Team Principals - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack

    The boss of a Formula 1 team has a lot to do. They have to manage the drivers, engineers, mechanics, designers and hundreds of other employees at the racetrack and in the factory. Team Principals lead them all through wins, podiums and retirements. If things don't go well, they sometimes pay with their jobs.

    Aston Martin's Team Principal Mike Krack tells Katie and Christian about his job and how it differs from his fellow bosses. Plus, how he manages drivers, keeps on top of the rulebook and why he chooses to watch races from the pit wall, not the garage.

    Got a question? We can answer it!
    We love answering your F1 questions. Write them in an email or record them as a voice note and send them to F1Explains@F1.com

    Catch up with our other episodes




    Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu

    How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More Official F1 Podcasts


    For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid 
    For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation

    • 39 min
    Teammates - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu

    Teammates - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu

    In Formula 1, a driver's teammate is their biggest rival. Each wants to beat the other, but they also need to score maximum points for their teams. When teammates work together, big rewards can follow. When they clash, it can get messy.

    Kick Sauber F1 Team duo Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu have been teammates since 2022. They tell Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne the secrets of their relationship, how they help each other, how they race each other on track, how they balance teamwork and rivalry and how they decide who gets which side of the garage...

    Get in touch
    We love answering your F1 questions. Write them in an email or record them as a voice note and send them to F1Explains@F1.com

    Catch up with our other episodes




    How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More Official F1 Podcasts


    For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid 
    For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation

    • 29 min
    Driving styles, pit stop problems + 2 decades of F1 rules in 2 minutes - Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques answer more questions

    Driving styles, pit stop problems + 2 decades of F1 rules in 2 minutes - Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques answer more questions

    'Please can you summarise how F1 rules have changed since Fernando Alonso's F1 debut?', asks Richard in Dallas, Texas. 23 years of engines, tyres and points systems? No problem for Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne!

    That's just one of the questions tackled in this episode, featuring F1TV commentator Alex Jacques and former Renault F1 racer Jolyon Palmer. Also answered: 


    What's the difference between F1, FOM and the FIA?  
    What happens in a team after a bad pit stop?
    Why did Jolyon Palmer never wear a cap when he raced in F1?


    Ask us a question!
    Want to be on the next episode of F1 Explains? If you've got an F1 question, send it to us and we'll find an expert to answer it. Send your email or voice note to F1Explains@F1.com

    Previously on F1 Explains




    Points, pronunciation + the 'pit' lane - with Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques

    How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with McLaren's Oscar Piastri

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More Official F1 Podcasts


    In-depth interviews with the sport's biggest stars: F1 Beyond The Grid with Tom Clarkson

    Listen to race previews and reviews from the F1 paddock on F1 Nation

    • 38 min
    Formula 2 + Formula 3: the path to F1 - with Oscar Piastri + Alex Jacques

    Formula 2 + Formula 3: the path to F1 - with Oscar Piastri + Alex Jacques

    F1 stars of the future show their speed in Formula 2 and Formula 3. The categories immediately below Formula 1 in the motorsport ladder are the perfect place for a driver to sharpen their skills and prove they're ready to move up. 

    How do F2 and F3 work? How are the cars different? How do they prepare drivers for Formula 1? To answer those questions and many more, Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne speak to:





    Oscar Piastri - 2020 F3 champion, 2021 F2 champion, McLaren F1 driver
    Alex Jacques - commentator covering F3, F2 and F1

    For the latest on F2 and F3 visit
    The official F2 website
    The online home of F3

    Curious about cars? Quizzical about qualifying? Wondering about wheelspin? If you've got an F1 question, send it to us and we'll find an expert to answer it. Send your email or voice note to F1Explains@F1.com

    Catch up with our other episodes




    Points, pronunciation + the 'pit' lane - with Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with McLaren's Oscar Piastri

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More Official F1 Podcasts


    Hear how Oscar Piastri is approaching his second F1 season on F1 Beyond The Grid with Tom Clarkson

    Listen to race previews and reviews from the F1 paddock on F1 Nation

    • 40 min
    Points, pronunciations + pit lane history - Alex Jacques + Jolyon Palmer answer your questions

    Points, pronunciations + pit lane history - Alex Jacques + Jolyon Palmer answer your questions

    Why is finishing outside the points still important? How do you really say 'Charles Leclerc?' How did the pit lane get its name? Christian and Katie put these listener questions and more to F1TV commentator Alex Jacques and former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer.

    Ask us a question!
    We love answering your F1 Qs. Write them in an email or record them as a voice note and send them to F1Explains@F1.com

    Catch up with our other episodes




    How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri

    F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block

    The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins

    Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees

    Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine

    How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows

    More podcasts from Formula 1


    For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid

    For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

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As a new f1 fan, this podcast helps understand f1 really good. I recommend this for beginners and I think I won’t have as many questions during a race. Thank you soooooooo much!!! Also, how does the drs button open the wing during drs. And one more thing…. 🎵 Max Max Max Super Max Max Super Super Max. And du du du DU, Max Verstapen 🎵

Less tappy, more money ,

I learn so much from this show!

I LOVE this show! Katie and Christian are delightful! They bring on guests that you know, and others that you SHOULD know, from the world of Formula 1!

They definitely care about what their listeners have to say, and try to answer our questions - I submitted a question about name pronunciations, and they asked THE Jolyon Palmer and THE Alex Jacques (sorry, Christian, I also love your "The Fast and the Curious" podcast). They even played a clip of Will Buxton asking a driver the same question!!!

This is a great podcast for newer fans (like me), and for lifelong for fans! I frequently hear episodes where their guests, who are often experts in their fields, have exclaimed about something they've learned, too!

Give it a try!

ktshan ,

Love this podcast!

I’ve been an F1 fan for about 10 years now and this podcast is such a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies and history of the sport! Great hosts, great guests, an easy listen and highly educational. Love you guys!!

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