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F1: Beyond The Grid

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. Hit the follow button for the fastest way to get new episodes. For race reviews + previews, listen to F1 Nation. To learn more about how F1 works, listen to F1 Explains

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Sergio Perez: stronger in 2024
Sergio Perez secured a career-best P2 in the Drivers’ World Championship in 2023. But in one of the most dominant Formula 1 cars in history, Checo spent much of the year stuck in the shadow of his unstoppable teammate Max Verstappen. Despite one of Sergio’s most mentally challenging seasons, in which he faced serious questions about his future at Red Bull Racing, the Mexican is in fighting spirits for 2024. Chatting to Tom Clarkson during pre-season testing, Perez talks about where it all went wrong last year, why it’s so difficult to beat Max, how he switched off during the off-season, what he’s changing in his approach for the new campaign, and much more. Plus, hear how Checo Jr could be following in Sergio’s footsteps - and which F1 driver he’d want to be stuck in a lift with! Follow, rate and review F1 Beyond The Grid and share this episode using #F1BeyondTheGrid. Check out F1 Nation’s 2024 season preview with Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham and Pedro de la Rosa. Related Episodes Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s legendary designer This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at shopify.com/beyondthegrid Indochino: go to indochino.com and use code GRID to get 10% off any purchase of $399 or more. Babbel: right now, Babbel is offering our listeners six months free with a purchase of a 6-month subscription with promo code GRID24.
57:17 28/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 30 – 2024's first guest revealed
F1 is full of extraordinary humans, but who is Tom Clarkson's first guest in 2024? Find out here, then join F1 Beyond The Grid for in-depth conversations with the sport's fastest stars every Wednesday. Discover new official F1 podcasts in 2024: F1 Nation - 2024 Season Preview out now F1 Explains - your questions about F1, answered by the experts
02:07 27/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 29 – James Allison’s hilarious first encounter with Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Technical Director, James Allison, is Tom Clarkson’s pick for the penultimate day of our countdown to the new series of F1 Beyond The Grid. James tells the very funny and emotional story of how his rather awkward first interaction with Lewis Hamilton formed the foundations of a strong and successful relationship between them. For James’ full conversation with Tom from 2019, listen here.
11:24 26/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 28 – Zhou Guanyu on idolising Alonso + Chinese Grand Prix dreams
On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 28, Zhou Guanyu tells Tom Clarkson why Fernando Alonso is his idol, what it means to be the first Formula 1 driver from China, and how excited he’ll be to race in front of his home fans at the Chinese Grand Prix. For Zhou’s full conversation with Tom from 2022, listen here.
11:10 25/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 27 – Martin Brundle’s iconic battles with Ayrton Senna
Martin Brundle is best known today for his infamous pre-race gridwalks and his expert analysis on television. But did you know he had a very impressive and dramatic racing career before moving into the commentary box? On Day 27 of our countdown to the new season, Martin tells Tom Clarkson about beating the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen, before they all went on to become multiple Formula 1 World Champions.  For Martin’s full interview with Tom in 2018, listen here.
13:41 24/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 26 – Ralf Schumacher talks teammate rivalries and making history with Michael
Six-time Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher joins Tom Clarkson on 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 26.  Ralf explains why he never became friendly with teammates and also tells Tom whether he would have made it to Formula 1 without his seven-time World Champion brother, Michael Schumacher. For Ralf’s full interview with Tom in 2019, listen here.
10:25 23/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 25 – How Alex Albon bounced back from Red Bull exit
On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 25, Alex Albon talks about the impact of being dropped by Red Bull at the end of 2020 and how he fought his way back into Formula 1 with Williams. Listen to Alex’s full chat with Tom Clarkson in 2022 here.
12:38 22/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 24 – Ross Brawn tells the inside story of Brawn GP’s fairytale in 2009
In 2019, Tom Clarkson sat down with Ross Brawn to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Brawn GP becoming the first team to win both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships in their debut year. On Day 24 of our countdown to the new season, listen to their conversation in full - as Ross shares fascinating insight into how the team emerged from Honda’s ashes and went on to dominate the 2009 season. This episode is sponsored by:  Indeed: get a seventy-five dollar sponsored job credit to get your jobs more visibility at indeed.com/GRID. BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/GRID
48:10 21/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 23 – Inside Senna and Prost’s McLaren rivalry, with Neil Oatley
On Day 23 of our pre-season countdown, World Champion designer Neil Oatley shares what it was like to have a front row seat for the fierce rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at McLaren in the late 1980’s. For Neil’s full chat with Tom in 2023, listen here.
11:04 20/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 22 – Damon Hill recalls his World Champion teammates and 1994 title-decider drama
Damon Hill is Tom Clarkson’s guest for 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 22. The 1996 World Champion explains why his fellow title-winning teammates - Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna - were in a class of their own. And Damon also shares his perspective on losing the 1994 championship to Michael Schumacher in controversial circumstances. Listen to Damon’s full interview with Tom from 2019 here. 
09:37 19/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 21 – Has Lance Stroll had an ‘easy ride’ into Formula 1?
He's a three-time podium finisher and a regular points-scorer, with a fantastic pole position to his name, but Lance Stroll's place in Formula 1 is sometimes still questioned. His father, Lawrence, owns the Aston Martin team he drives for - the latest stage in what he calls a 'father-son journey' to the top of motorsport.  On 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 21, Lance tells Tom Clarkson why he deserves to be in F1, the sacrifices he’s made and what his relationship with Lawrence is like. For Lance’s full conversation with Tom in 2020, listen here.
10:11 18/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 20 – Why Scott Speed didn’t succeed
On Day 20 of our countdown to the new season, former Toro Rosso driver Scott Speed tells Tom Clarkson how his ego and a fiery clash with team boss Franz Tost cut his Formula 1 career short. For Scott’s full conversation with Tom last year, listen here.
09:34 17/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 19 – Why Juan Pablo Montoya ‘didn’t fit in’
Juan Pablo Montoya is Tom Clarkson’s pick for 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Day 19.  Speaking in 2018, Montoya tells Tom why he left Formula 1 halfway through the 2006 season and how he reflects on his five and a half years in the sport.  For the full interview with Juan Pablo, listen here. 
09:29 16/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 18 – Paul Stoddart’s memories of Minardi’s miracle in 2002
On Day 18 of our pre-season countdown, an emotional Paul Stoddart tells the story of what he calls ‘the most famous two points in Formula 1 history’ - as his Minardi team secured a shock result at the Australian Grand Prix in 2002. For Paul’s full conversation with Tom Clarkson in 2023, listen here.
11:16 15/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 17 – Oscar Piastri’s journey to Formula 1
Tom Clarkson has chosen his full chat with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri from last season for Day 17 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid.  Oscar talks to Tom about leaving home at a young age, how his career in motorsport began with remote control racing, looking up to fellow Australians Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and much more.
48:47 14/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 16 - Carlos Sainz Jr's relationship with Carlos Sainz Sr
On Day 16 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Carlos Sainz Jr tells Tom Clarkson about his incredible connection with two-time World Rally Champion father, Carlos Sainz Sr. For Sainz Jr's first BTG interview with Tom in full, tap here
10:12 13/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 15 – Mike Krack on taking charge of Aston + working for Lawrence Stroll
Aston Martin reveal their challenger for the 2024 season today. So, on Day 15 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, their Team Principal, Mike Krack, tells Tom Clarkson what it’s like to be in charge of a Constructor and how he works with team owner Lawrence Stroll. Listen to Mike’s full conversation with Tom in 2022 here. 
06:56 12/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 14 – Stefano Domenicali explains why 24 is the ‘right’ number of races
Formula 1 will break new ground this year, with 24 races on the calendar. That’s more than any other season in the sport’s history. On Day 14 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, tells Tom Clarkson why 24 Grands Prix makes sense. To learn more about F1’s future, listen to Stefano’s full conversation with Tom here. 
05:48 11/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 13 – Finding F1’s future stars with Gwen Lagrue
On Day 13 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, F1 talent guru Gwen Lagrue, the man in charge of Mercedes’ junior driver programme, reveals what he looks for in potential F1 drivers and future World Champions. Listen to Gwen’s full conversation with Tom Clarkson from 2023 here. 
09:29 10/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 12 – Why Franz Tost defied doubters to launch Verstappen’s career
Franz Tost retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2023, after 18 years as Team Principal of Toro Rosso and AlphaTauri. On Day 12 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Franz tells Tom Clarkson why he ignored naysayers and made a 17-year-old Max Verstappen the youngest debutant in F1 history. To hear Franz reflect on his remarkable career in full, tap here. 
06:50 09/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 11 – Did Mark Webber’s intensity hold him back?
On Day 11 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Tom Clarkson asks nine-time Grand Prix winner, Mark Webber, whether he was too intense during his career and how he’s changed since leaving F1. Listen to Mark’s full chat with Tom from 2018 here
09:09 08/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 10 – Susie Wolff on women in racing and the F1 dream
Tom Clarkson has chosen his full chat with Susie Wolff in 2022 for Day 10 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. Susie talks about her thrilling racing career, the experience of driving an F1 car for Williams, competing with and against her husband Toto, and her ambitions to create more opportunities for women in motorsport. Susie is now Managing Director of F1 Academy. The 2024 championship starts in Jeddah this March. Follow @f1academy on social media to find out more.
51:08 07/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 9 – Heikki Kovalainen on bets with Hamilton and winning in Hungary
Heikki Kovalainen was Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at McLaren when he became World Champion for the first time in 2008. On Day 9 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Heikki tells Tom Clarkson how Lewis tried to spice up their rivalry and what it was like to win the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, his first and only win in Formula 1. For Heikki’s full conversation with Tom, listen here.
09:44 06/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 8 – Why Romain Grosjean refused to quit racing after Bahrain crash
Romain Grosjean escaped from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020. It proved to be his last action in Formula 1 but, on Day 8 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, Romain tells Tom Clarkson why he wasn’t going to let that be the end of his career in motorsport. To hear Romain’s chat with Tom from 2021 in full, tap here. 
08:29 05/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 7 – Jarno Trulli’s memories of maiden Monaco win
20 years on from his first and only victory in Formula 1, Jarno Trulli shares his memories of winning the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix with Tom Clarkson, on Day 7 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. F1 Beyond The Grid returns with another stellar guest from the world of Formula 1 on Wednesday 28th February. Every day until then, you can hear the best bits from the last five years, so make sure you follow the podcast to join our countdown. To hear Jarno’s full conversation with Tom from 2021, tap here. 
08:55 04/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 6 – Bernie Collins on masterminding Perez’s first victory
Aston Martin’s former Head of Race Strategy, Bernie Collins, is the featured guest on Day 6 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid. Bernie tells Tom Clarkson how and why the strategy she chose guided Sergio Perez to his first Formula 1 win at a very entertaining Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid to join our countdown to the new series, starting on Wednesday 28th February. To hear Bernie’s chat with Tom from the last series in full, tap here. 
06:15 03/02/2024
F1 Nation - Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari: the inside story
A special episode of the F1 Nation podcast on the biggest driver move in F1 history. Lewis Hamilton will wear Ferrari red from 2025. How did it happen, and what does Lewis' move mean for Mercedes, Ferrari and the driver market? Tom Clarkson gets the inside story of Ferrari's long pursuit of Hamilton from F1 Correspondent and Presenter Lawrence Barretto, who explains why the Scuderia succeeded this time. Journalist Roberto Chinchero gives us reaction from Italy. Former Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley explains what awaits the 7-time World Champion when he arrives in Maranello. F1 Nation is the official F1 podcast which takes you inside the Paddock. Race previews and reviews featuring interviews with drivers, Team Principals and F1 experts from around the world. Search your podcast app for F1 Nation for new episodes on Mondays. Head to F1.com for more features and analysis of Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari
43:30 02/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 5 – Zak Brown’s dreams of becoming an F1 driver
30 Days of Beyond The Grid continues with a Brazilian Formula 1 legend in the shape of Rubens Barrichello. In this clip, Rubens tells Tom why he followed Ferrari team orders to let Michael Schumacher take victory from him at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid and check in again on Day 5 to hear from another special guest in our countdown to the new series, which starts Wednesday 28th February. For Rubens’ full conversation with Tom back in 2019, listen here. 
09:55 02/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 4 – Why Rubens Barrichello let Schumacher win 2002 Austrian GP
30 Days of Beyond The Grid continues with a Brazilian Formula 1 legend in the shape of Rubens Barrichello. In this clip, Rubens tells Tom why he followed Ferrari team orders to let Michael Schumacher take victory from him at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid and check in again on Day 5 to hear from another special guest in our countdown to the new series, which starts Wednesday 28th February. For Rubens’ full conversation with Tom back in 2019, listen here. 
09:38 01/02/2024
30 Days of BTG: Day 3 – Sebastian Vettel’s F1 farewell
On Day 3 of 30 Days of Beyond The Grid, listen to Tom Clarkson’s full conversation with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel from 2022, when the German said goodbye to Formula 1. Hear Vettel reflect candidly on his glory years with Red Bull, the impact his wife Hanna had on his F1 career, why he didn’t win a title with Ferrari, his relationships with Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, and much more. Follow F1 Beyond The Grid to continue our countdown to the first episode of the new season on Wednesday 28th February.
65:19 31/01/2024

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