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26 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
702: How We Find Britain's Next Great Driver
When Jenson Button won the 2009 F1 title he became the first of our Young Driver Award winners to do so. Zak O’Sullivan was the 2021 winner and was recently at Silverstone to get his first taste of F1 machinery with Aston Martin as part of his prize. This Sunday night, at the Autosport Awards, the winner of the 2022 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year will be announced. On today’s podcast, Martyn Lee is joined by chief editor Kevin Turner to reveal exactly how to win the prestigious competition.
20 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
701: The Decisions Which Cost Binotto His Ferrari Job
Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed he’s leaving the team at the end of the year, after much speculation in recent weeks. Ferrari issued a statement earlier today confirming that it had accepted Binotto’s decision to leave. Today's podcast will ask: • was he ultimately pushed, or did he walk to enable him to go elsewhere? • what does this mean for Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in 2023? • and why are observers saying management is Ferrari's Achilles heel? Let's get up to speed with Motorsport.com's F1 Editor Jonathan Noble.
24 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
700: What Happened At F1's Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test
Autosport's Luke Smith is at the Yas Marina circuit for Formula's post-season Pirelli tyre test. As well as fielding potential future F1 stars with their young drivers, teams were also allowed to use their 2023 contracted drivers to get them acquainted with their new cars, ahead of the single pre-season test next year.
62 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
699: Abu Dhabi GP Review
F1 2022 is over! Whilst Abu Dhabi wasn't the nailbiter we saw last year, there were still battles to be decided in the drivers and teams championships. This weekend Sebastian Vettel ended his 299-race career with a celebration from everyone in the paddock, including a track run yesterday with Seb and the Autosport team (trying to keep up). Joining us from Abu Dhabi is Luke Smith and Jess McFadyen, alongside Kevin Turner and your host Martyn Lee.
14 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
698: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying
Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas are heading home from the circuit after watching Saturday’s qualifying action, here to analyse how tomorrow’s grid came together. They were also joined by Matt Kew for a track run alongside Sebastien Vettel as the Aston Martin driver bids farewell to Formula 1.
60 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
697: Brazilian GP Review
It was a Sprint weekend in Brazil, so the grid lined up today as they finished (mostly, notwithstanding penalties) on Saturday. Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith, Alex Kalinauckas and Haydn Cobb to analyse how the race was won, and the team orders controversy which blew up as the drivers crossed the line.
20 minutes | Nov 12, 2022
696: Brazil Sprint Review
Luke Smith and Matt Kew analyse Saturday's Sprint and what it means for the Grand Prix tomorrow.
23 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
695: Our Lewis Hamilton Interview: The Story Behind It
“You're stuck with me for quite a bit longer” That's the headline on the front cover of this week's Autosport magazine, and today we’re bringing you the story behind that interview special. It was an interview where Lewis Hamilton opened up about recent challenges and his Formula 1 future. Unlike a short television recording or a quote for social media, we sat down with him in Austin without the pressure of the cameras or microphones for a rare extended chat about his life and career. On the podcast today we find out: • how his family helped him come back from Abu Dhabi disappointment • what really happened at Mercedes with the 2022 car • and why Hamilton hasn't had enough of F1 for quite some time Let’s get up to speed with Autosport’s Matt Kew.
30 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
694: We Need YOU! Autosport Awards Voting Now Open
Go to: awardsvoting.autosport.com Voting for the 2022 Autosport Awards is open, giving you the chance to have your say on the best motorsport performers of the season. The Awards, which date back to 1982, celebrate the top drivers and competition machines each year. The nominees in the eight categories open to public vote in 2022 have now been revealed. On today's podcast, Autosport's Chief Editor Kevin Turner takes you through the categories and drivers, to help you decide which ones to vote on.
21 minutes | Nov 6, 2022
693: "Brilliant and insane!": How NASCAR Reacted To Ross Chastain's Move
NASCAR's Ross Chastain stunned the motorsport world last weekend, as he took the decision to nail the throttle and deliberately drove into the SAFER barrier to ride his way around outside, at a 50mph overspeed than anyone else. Duly setting a new lap record and hitting 5G from the force. It was a wild, last gasp move that guaranteed his place at Phoenix this weekend. We're joined by Nick Degroot to analyse the reaction from NASCAR, and whether we'll see that move again.
59 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
692: Mexican GP Review
Luke Smith and Stuart Codling are both in Mexico City this weekend to review the Mexican Grand Prix, with your host Martyn Lee. With both titles wrapped up there is still plenty to race for. Can Max Verstappen break the record and take 14 wins in a single season? Will Sergio Perez make it a perfect season for Red Bull and leapfrog Charles Leclerc to snatch second in the drivers championship? And can Alpine hold off McLaren over the final grand prix? Let’s find out!
17 minutes | Oct 29, 2022
691: Mexican GP Qualifying, Wrestling and Fancy Dress Prize-Winning
Luke Smith, Alex Kalinauckas and Stuart Codling are fresh from watching qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, and here to analyse the grid for Sunday’s main event.
27 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
690: “Hugely draconian”: Red Bull's Punishment Explained
The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has handed Red Bull Racing a $7 million fine and an aerodynamic testing reduction after striking an agreement over its breach of Formula 1's $145m budget cap in 2021. The FIA revealed after the Japanese Grand Prix that both Red Bull and Aston Martin were in breach of F1’s financial regulations for 2021, putting them at risk of sanctions. Red Bull fiercely denied it had broken the budget cap, but entered talks with the FIA over an Accepted Breach Agreement to reach a settlement. Today we find out: · what are the financial and sporting penalties dished out · how it will impact Red Bull on track · what this means for team who breach the cost cap in the future Let's get up to speed with Autosport.com Editor Haydn Cobb
29 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
689: The Questions Raised By Audi's Sauber Takeover
It has been one of F1’s worst kept secrets, but Audi has finally named Sauber as its "strategic partner" to enter Formula 1 in 2026. Sauber has confirmed that Audi will buy a stake in the company, but we don’t know how much We know they will begin increasing their stake, but we don’t know when. Ferrari have a Sauber engine supply deal until the end of 2025, but that means supplying a competing road car manufacturer, and the potential for Audi to gain knowledge of the Ferrari program. Will that be an issue for the team at Maranello? Again, so many unanswered questions. Today we ask: · Why has F1 been so keen on getting VW Group into the sport? · What does this mean for Audi, Sauber and Alfa Romeo? · And can Audi be competitive when they arrive? Let’s get up to speed with Autosport’s Matt Kew.
59 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
688: United States GP Review
Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith and Mandy Curi, who were both at Circuit Of The Americas this weekend, to look back at the United States Grand Prix.
17 minutes | Oct 23, 2022
687: United States GP Qualifying
Luke Smith and Alex Kalinauckas analyse the grid for United States GP, which differs slightly from the order they crossed the line because of various power unit penalties. We pay tribute to Dietrich Mateschitz, as it was announced shortly before qualifying that he had sadly passed away following an illness. Luke and Alex also reflect on the current resurgence of Formula 1 in the United States, as Austin hosts another fan-packed grand prix.
24 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
686: “From First to Worst”: Vandoorne’s Formula E Team Switch Gamble
It’s not unheard of in Motorsport, but certainly not common, for a newly crowned champion driver to up sticks and move to a back-of-the-grid team. But that’s exactly what is happening in Formula E next season. Stoffel Vandoorne will move to the Dragon Penske squad as drivers champion and join a team with two points to their name in 2021-2022. Today we ask: How will the grid look different next season as the reigning champ heads from Mercedes to Dragon? Why one of the most successful teams might not be on the grid? And can the new Gen3 cars provide the entertainment needed to forget about the manufacturers who have recently left the sport? Let's get up to speed with Autosport’s Jake Boxall-Legge
25 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
685: F1 vs Extreme Weather
Extreme weather is nothing new to Formula 1. But it seems more recently, it is becoming an issue for the cars. Seven sessions up to the 2022 mid-season break required wet or intermediate tyres: the events in Imola, Monaco, Montreal and Budapest. Since then, add Singapore and Suzuka. We hear a lot about how rain levels the performance, how it throws the form book out of the window, how it shakes up the grid. According to F1 legend Pat Symonds, the opposite is the case. We’re going to look at two things today. Firstly, Pat’s argument that Formula 1’s recent adventures in the rain show that far from levelling the performance, it’s the best who do better. And then we’ll look at specifically this generation of cars and wet weather tyres. Today we ask: · Do downpours really level the playing field? · Why do the best teams and drivers always rise to the top? · And why we can’t think of the rain as having an equal effect on machine vs driver. Let's get up to speed with GP Racing magazine editor Stuart Codling.
23 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
684: What Next For Ferrari?
Formula 1 2022 could have been Ferrari’s triumphant return to the top. Both world championships were in play as Ferrari stole an early lead. Three races in, Charles Leclerc was 46 points clear of Max Verstappen and more importantly Ferrari looked to have pace in their pocket. Fast forward, and in Suzuka just over a week ago Verstappen’s title was a formality with a margin of 113 points over Leclerc, and in Austin this weekend Red Bull could clinch the team battle too. Ferrari weren’t just bested; they were well and truly beaten. With four races to go, and no major rules change into next year, what next for Ferrari? Today we ask: How much of a missed opportunity was 2022? How far away are they from beating Red Bull? And what the drivers can take forward to do battle in 2023? Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Luke Smith
19 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
683: 'It Was Chaotic!': Reviewing A Thrilling F2 Season
Every Formula 1 driver has to fight for their place on the grid, and they only need to glance across to the Formula 2 paddock to see 22 drivers all with an eye of putting you on the unemployment line. For example, take the next F2 race at Yas Marina in November. Last year’s F2 races were won by Zhou Guanyu and Oscar Piastri, two names which have displaced legends Kimi Räikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo from Alfa Romeo and McLaren respectively. With a 14 round, 28 race season following F1 around the world, it’s the perfect chance to see legends on their way up, just as GP2 was and to a lesser extent it’s predecessor Formula 3000. Today we ask: • How was the 2022 season was dominated by the champion? • Is this the ultimate open-wheeled spec series? • And what happens next after you win Formula 2? Let's get up to speed with Autosport's Megan White and Martyn Lee
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