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F1: Beyond The Grid

F1: Beyond The Grid

Beyond The Grid, delivers great stories, fresh insight and amazing anecdotes from the world of F1. Each week Tom Clarkson brings you in-depth, personal conversations with the biggest names in the sport, from current superstar drivers and leading team bosses to legendary figures from history.


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153: Daniel Ricciardo on Winning with McLaren

New team, new trophies, new targets: a lot?s changed in Daniel Ricciardo?s mind since his first Beyond The Grid interview in 2019. But one thing has stayed the same: his will to win. Daniel relives the ?relief and happiness? brought by his Monza victory and explains why it meant so much to him and his McLaren teammates. The ?bitter? feelings of the past are gone, he says, and his mindset has shifted; he?s now driving for much more than just World Championship points. He?s also determined to enjoy himself away from the track, and tells Tom Clarkson why he loves dirt biking, surfing (despite a fear of sharks), the Buffalo Bills NFL team and life on his farm in Australia. 

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152: Lawrence Stroll?s Aston Masterplan

Aston Martin is ?the next big thing to happen in Formula 1?. So says Lawrence Stroll, who?s brought the historic brand back into the sport. Stroll first entered the F1 world as a clothing sponsor for Lotus in the 90s before teaming up with Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. A life-long lover of beautiful cars, he tells Tom Clarkson what two things convinced him to buy the Force India team and transform it into Aston Martin. Now ? with son Lance and Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of the dark green cars - Stroll?s aiming to win in Formula 1. He explains his masterplan for a talented team and a state-of-the-art factory that he believes will change the face of Grand Prix racing.
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151: Emanuele Pirro on racing for Benetton, developing McLaren?s MP4/4, and work as a Driver Steward

In his long career, Emanuele Pirro has experienced everything motorsport can throw at a driver. The Italian raced for Benetton while also helping to develop Prost and Senna?s mighty McLaren Honda MP4/4 in the 1980s. Later, he battled soaking conditions at the infamous 1991 Australian GP and won Le Mans five times. Emanuele has enjoyed an incredible career, and has great stories to tell. Why did he reject Ferrari? Why did Riccardo Patrese hit him on the helmet after his final Grand Prix? Emanuele also tells Tom Clarkson about his current role as an FIA Driver Steward.
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150: Race Strategy Secrets with Ruth Buscombe

She's the unseen hand that helps guide Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi's race fortunes - Ruth Buscombe, head of race strategy at Alfa Romeo, joins Beyond the Grid this week to dissect how race strategists operate, how they try and plan and react to wild races like Sochi, what a race-turning strategy call feels like - and also on championing diversity and how her own journey into F1 began in the first place.

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149: Nikita Mazepin on his debut F1 season, racing Mick Schumacher and learning with Haas

Nikita Mazepin has spent his first year in Formula 1 fighting at the back of the field. He has big ambitions, and is determined to get to the front. Ahead of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix, he tells Tom Clarkson how he?s finding the ?huge step? from Formula 2 to Formula 1, and what he?s learning on and off track. Plus, Mazepin explains his long competitive relationship with Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, and remembers how he left Russia to pursue his driving career, with his father by his side since his very first race.

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148: Jackie Oliver on going from F1 driver to F1 team boss with Arrows

This week?s guest is that rarest of creatures: a man who was both a Formula One driver and a team owner. Jackie Oliver?s F1 journey started in the worst possible circumstances when he had the unenviable task of replacing Jim Clark at Lotus in 1968, after the Scotsman had been killed at Hockenheim. He went on to start 50 GPs for Lotus, BRM, McLaren and Shadow, scoring two podiums, before hanging up his helmet to start his own team: Arrows. He gives a fascinating insight into life as a driver in the 60s, what he learnt from Colin Chapman that he would apply to life as a team boss, the incredible dramas that beset Arrows in the early days, and that ?almost victory? with Damon Hill in 1997?

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147: America?s first F1 champion Phil Hill, as remembered by his son

Exactly sixty years ago, Phil Hill became the first American to win the Formula 1 World Championship after triumphing for Ferrari in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. But that moment of monumental personal achievement was extraordinarily bittersweet, with team mate and title rival Wolfgang von Trips losing his life, along with scores of spectators, in the very same race. In this special episode of Beyond The Grid, Phil?s son Derek Hill tells Tom Clarkson how his father coped with both the win and the loss. He also describes in vivid detail his father?s beginnings as a mechanic and hot rod enthusiast in California, and how that led, via sportscar racing in the US, to an invitation to race in Europe for Enzo Ferrari. With fascinating insights into his father?s unique character, struggles with self-esteem and driving style, this is Phil Hill?s extraordinary F1 story.
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146: Mick Schumacher on improving as a driver, duelling with Verstappen and his F1 mentors

His father is a tough act to follow, but Mick Schumacher is loving writing his own Formula 1 story. In his debut season he?s often out of the spotlight at the back of the grid, but he?s proving he?s got what it takes to compete with the front-runners. Mick tells Tom Clarkson about adjusting to life in F1, the lessons he?s still learning from his father?s career, and drops some hints about his future. Plus he takes us inside his F1 support system: he?s got Haas, Ferrari Driver Academy, Sebastian Vettel, his family - and his dog, Angie - cheering him on every lap of the way.

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145: Bertrand Gachot ? The driver whose prison sentence handed Schumacher his F1 debut

The story of how Michael Schumacher made his debut, 30 years ago this week in Belgium, could have been lifted from a Hollywood movie. The German rookie got his chance when Jordan?s regular driver Bertrand Gachot was dramatically sent to prison on the eve of the race ? the rest, as they say, is history. But what of Gachot himself? This week the Luxembourg-born racer joins Tom to tell his incredible story ? including the full, incredible story of how he ended up in prison, what life was like for an F1 driver behind bars, how he feels about Schumacher now, and how he got his career back on track after his release.

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144: Sir Patrick Head looks back on a life at Williams

This week we welcome F1 royalty onto the show: Sir Patrick Head, co-founder of Williams and an engineering legend. After going into business with Frank Williams in the late 70s, Patrick helped build one of the greatest teams in history, his engineering acumen leading to world championships aplenty. He speaks about that journey, including what it was like to work with Frank, how he responded to Frank?s life-changing car accident, what he looked for in the drivers that shaped Williams and much more. And as you might expect, there are plenty of brilliant anecdotes!

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143: Jock Clear on engineering Villeneuve and Schumacher, coaching Leclerc and developing Ferrari?s next generation

This week?s guest has spent 30 years in F1, working with some of the sport?s greatest drivers. As Driver Coach of Ferrari?s vaunted academy, Jock Clear?s job is to help the likes of Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher perform to the best of their ability ? a role he?s performed with others before. Clear became widely known to many F1 fans as race engineer to Jacques Villeneuve at Williams in the late Nineties and then ? surprisingly ? as engineer to the man who famously ran into the Canadian in 1997, Michael Schumacher, when the German ace was at Mercedes. He also worked with and alongside the likes Rubens Barrichello, Nico Rosberg, and Jenson Button ? and as a result has great stories and insight to offer about all of them!
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142: Nicholas Latifi on chasing his childhood F1 dream, racing with Russell and more

Nicholas Latifi always thought he?d follow his father into the world of business ? but childhood karting and trips to the Canadian Grand Prix made him dream of racing in Formula 1. Chasing that dream meant leaving home to compete in Europe, and it?s a home he still misses at times. He earned his stripes in Formula 2 alongside Esteban Ocon and Alex Albon. His second season of Formula 1 has brought improved performances and his first World Championship points. He?s also closing in on Williams teammate George Russell in qualifying. Nicholas tells Tom Clarkson about his journey to F1, the importance of good team radio communication and why he can?t eat too much of his favourite chocolate spread?

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141: Ex-Ferrari manager Daniele Audetto remembers Niki Lauda?s fiery crash and famous comeback

Daniele Audetto was a key figure in arguably one of the most tumultuous and exciting seasons in F1 history: 1976. As team manager at Ferrari, he reported directly back to Enzo Ferrari from each race ? and that included giving him the bad news when Niki Lauda was critically injured at the German Grand Prix. In this week?s show, 45 years on from that dreadful moment, Audetto recounts that weekend in detail, as well as Lauda?s heroic comeback and that tense title finale with James Hunt in Fuji. He also discusses life after Ferrari, and in particular his stints at Lamborghini ? when Senna tested and nearly raced a Lambo-powered McLaren ? and everyone?s favourite minnows, Super Aguri.
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140: Peter Collins on working under Colin Chapman, living with Hakkinen and running Benetton

This week?s guest may not be a household name, but for 20 years he was at the epicentre of Formula 1. Between the late 70s to early 90s, Peter Collins worked for Lotus under Colin Chapman, then Williams under Sir Frank, then Benetton alongside Flavio Briatore, before returning to run Lotus. In various managerial roles during that period he worked with some great drivers too: Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Gerhard Berger, Mika Hakkinen and Johnny Herbert. And the great news for us is that Peter has great anecdotes about all of them! So settle in for fabulous insight into a golden era of the sport ? including the time he dispatched Hakkinen to do the school run?

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139: Charles Leclerc on growing as a driver, committing to Ferrari and more

Charles Leclerc returns to Beyond The Grid for a second time ? and hasn?t a lot happened since his last visit? Charles last came on the show in 2018, when he was in his rookie season with Alfa Romeo Sauber but had just signed to race for Ferrari. Since then he?s become a superstar of the sport, winning races and taking brilliant poles, but also having to endure heart-breaking loss and team mate tension, amongst other things. He chats to Tom about all of the above and more, including what he likes to get up to away from the track, his relationships with new and former team mates Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel, and how it has felt to race for Ferrari, in good times and bad?

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138: Norbert Haug on bringing Mercedes back into F1, buying Brawn GP and more

This week?s guest, Norbert Haug, held one of the most influential jobs in motorsport for more than 20 years. As the boss of Mercedes-Benz motorsport, he oversaw all of the company?s racing activities ? indeed it was him who decided to return the Silver Arrows to F1 as an engine supplier in 1993. Once back, Mercedes enjoyed great success in partnership with McLaren ? and Haug has great anecdotes to tell about Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. He also opens up on his role in Michael Schumacher?s career, and Mercedes? decision to buy Brawn GP at the end of 2009, setting them on the path to their recent glory as a fully-fledged works team?

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137: Christian Horner on Verstappen's evolution, Red Bull's bold ambitions and Vettel v Webber

On this week?s show Tom welcomes back Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who was one of the first guests on the pod back in 2018. Since then the team have re-emerged as title protagonists, with a real chance of taking both titles in 2021. Horner discusses their turnaround in fortunes, plus the journey they?ve been on to reach this point. There?s talk about the key staff in the team, the new power unit department, the most influential drivers in squad?s history, and of course the team?s dynamic driver duo of Max Verstappen and Checo Perez. Oh, and they also reveal the things that had to be cut out of Horner?s original episode in 2018?

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136: Jacques Laffite on 12 years in F1, winning with Ligier and missed championship chances

Jacques Laffite was part of a wave of fast French F1 drivers who hit the grid in the 1970s and 80s. His 12-year F1 career brought six race victories and he had more than one shot at the World Championship. It?s a record he?s pleased with, but as he reveals, his career is tinged with regret. Jacques tells Tom Clarkson about his eye-opening debut at the original Nürburgring, his championship chances, and admits he wishes he?d worked harder. He tells great stories about turning up to practice in his pyjamas, how wearing big shoes made him faster and the eyedrop mix-up that once stopped him racing. Jacques also remembers the 1986 crash which ended his career and his emotional return to an F1 cockpit at the age of 64.
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135: Ivan Capelli on performing heroics as an underdog and living a Ferrari nightmare

Ivan Capelli is probably most familiar to F1 fans for driving that iconic ?Miami blue? Leyton House March car in the late 1980s. It was for that underdog team that he scored three podiums, worked with a young and innovative designer by the name of Adrian Newey and caught the eye of Ferrari. As an Italian, a move to Maranello was a dream come true, but it soon turned into a nightmare that lasted less than a year. In a feature-length and highly engaging conversation, Ivan discusses all of the above and more ? with wonderful anecdotes on Newey, Ken Tyrrell, Jean Alesi and more?
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134: NASCAR icon Jeff Gordon on his famous F1 test and love of Grand Prix racing

Our guest this week is a driver who never actually raced in F1 ? but he did test an F1 car and very nearly raced one: Jeff Gordon. The Californian is a four-time NASCAR champion and global motorsport icon, who in 2003 enjoyed a life-changing F1 test with Williams. He tells us all about that outing, how close he came to a switch to F1 afterwards, why he loves Grand Prix racing, the differences between NASCAR and F1, his friendship with Lewis Hamilton, and whether an F1 driver would succeed in stock cars?  
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133: Roberto Moreno on fighting his way into F1, life as a super sub, and being replaced by Schumacher

Some drivers seem destined to race in F1. Others have to fight for it. Roberto Moreno was in the latter camp. He arrived in Europe from Brazil with no money, yet he managed to climb the racing ladder on talent alone. An F3000 champion, he got test roles with Lotus and Ferrari, yet the bulk of his career - for one reason or another - was spent with teams at the very back of the grid. In this week?s show he tells us his inspirational story, from performing heroics to make the cut in Monaco with Andrea Moda (described by some as F1?s worst team), his dream debut podium with Benetton in Japan in 1990, his childhood friendship with Nelson Piquet, and how his frontline F1 career was abruptly ended by the sudden emergence of one Michael Schumacher?
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132: Yuki Tsunoda on his journey to F1, swearing on the radio, and more

On-track he?s been audacious, daring and fast; off-track he?s been witty, animated? and has occasionally used very colourful language. Yuki Tsunoda is a very welcome addition to Formula One this year and on this week?s show he discusses the start to his Grand Prix career, his infamous radio mannerisms, his love of food, his relationship with Red Bull supremo Helmut Marko, and much more?
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131: Olivier Panis on his ?crazy? Monaco win, 25 years on

Olivier Panis was a very fine Formula 1 driver, but if there?s one thing he?ll be remembered for, it?s his remarkable victory in an utterly crazy Monaco Grand Prix in 1996. On this week?s show, the Frenchman talks us through what it was like to win on that day, for a French team, and how his life changed afterwards. He also discusses the other big moments in his career, including the leg-breaking shunt in Canada from which he was lucky to recover, his departure from Prost, driving for McLaren, BAR and Toyota ? but turning down Williams?

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130: Romain Grosjean on dealing with flashbacks to his Bahrain crash and his Mercedes test chance

Romain Grosjean returns to the show for the first time since September 2018 to discuss a life changing last six months for him. The Frenchman, of course, made headline news around the world for his miraculous escape from THAT dreadful fiery crash in Bahrain ? and as he tells Tom, the episode has had a profound effect on him. He discusses the aftermath, the flashbacks and his recovery, plus his subsequent decision to continue racing in Indycars. Grosjean also talks about how his upcoming F1 test chance with Mercedes came about, why he can?t wait to jump behind the wheel of a world title winner, and why he?s loving watching F1 2021 from afar?
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129: Monisha Kaltenborn on her journey to being F1?s first female team principal

Monisha Kaltenborn is an F1 trailblazer. After growing up in India, she moved to Europe with her family and went on to study law, and it was as a lawyer that she first came into contact with F1. Over the years that followed she?d go on to become an integral part of the Sauber F1 team, first as CEO and then as the sport?s first ever female team principal. She discusses that incredible journey, plus her experiences of being a high-profile woman in a male-dominated environment ? and what the sport needs to do to have more women follow in her footsteps.
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128: Paddy Lowe on leaving Williams, winning with Mercedes and working with Hamilton

Paddy Lowe?s career in F1 took him from Williams to McLaren to Mercedes and then back to Williams. Over the course of that journey Paddy developed some of the biggest tech innovations the sport has seen ? including active suspension - as well as working with the likes of Senna, Prost, Hakkinen, Mansell and current superstar Lewis Hamilton. On this week?s show he?s open and honest about it all ? including his departure from Williams in 2019 and the new mission he?s on?  
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127: Jost Capito on reviving Williams? fortunes, learning on the Dakar, and Jenson Button?s role

Jost Capito has as good a motorsport pedigree as you?re likely to find. His most recent successes on the world championship stage have come in rallying, when he oversaw Ford and Volkswagen?s world title successes ? and now he charged with bringing Williams back to the front of the grid. On this week?s show the Grove team?s CEO opens up on what the Williams family made of his appointment, how his background on the Dakar rally will help him in the role, what Jenson Button will bring to the table, and why George Russell reminds him of the young man he signed for Sauber in 2001 ? Kimi Raikkonen?
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126: Jarno Trulli on winning Monaco, acing qualifying and why Alonso is so quick

This week?s guest was a brilliantly fast racing driver ? in pure pace terms, arguably one of the best over his years in the sport. Jarno Trulli won only the one race, at Monaco in 2004, but he put in many sensational qualifying performances - often seemingly out-performing his machinery. We spoke to him about all of the above, as well as what it was like to be Fernando Alonso?s team mate, how much he enjoyed driving for Alain Prost, why he never won for Toyota (despite some close calls) and much more?

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125: Mercedes? fabulous ?Brackley Boys? on 20 years of racing with Button, Schumacher, Rosberg and Hamilton

We?ve done something a little different this week, because we haven?t got one special guest, but four! And the glue that links the fab four is that not only do they all work at Mercedes, they?ve all been with the Brackley-based team since the beginning ? back when they were BAR, then Honda, then Brawn GP and finally Mercedes. Join Tom as he shares the stories of Ron Meadows, Andrew Shovlin, Simon Cole and James Vowles and the collective highs and lows that bond them together like brothers.

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124: Kamui Kobayashi on Suzuka, Tsunoda and fights with world champions

Yuki Tsunoda may be the latest Japanese racing hero, but he?s got a way to go to match the achievements of Tom?s guest this week: Kamui Kobayashi. In 75 races in F1 for Sauber and Caterham, Kobayashi earned himself a podium on home soil at Suzuka, more points than any other Japanese driver in history and cult hero status among fans. He?s also the man Sergio Perez credits for teaching him the dark art of tyre management. 

Kobayashi discusses all of the above and more, including the famous first impression he made on Jenson Button in 2009 and what he thinks of his successor, Mr Tsunoda?
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123: McLaren boss Andreas Seidl on leading the team back to the top and living his F1 dream

Having joined McLaren in May 2019, Team Principal Andreas Seidl has been a key cog in the Woking team?s recent renaissance. But get to know him and it?s easy to see why. 

On this week?s show the German discusses his hopes and aspirations for 2021 and why he couldn?t be happier with his driver line-up of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. He also opens up on his management style, what he learned on the way up with BMW in F1 and with Porsche at Le Mans, and why standing on the grid at Monaco will always be such a special feeling?
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122: Sergio Perez on his Red Bull chance, going up against Verstappen and more

Beyond The Grid is back for a new season, and for our first episode we?re proud to bring you a driver who is firmly in the spotlight in 2021: Sergio Perez. No one on the grid has experienced as many ups and downs as the Mexican over the last 12 months, from being the first driver to catch Covid-19 to losing his race seat, to winning his first race to landing a last-minute dream move to Red Bull.

Checo speaks about all of the above and much more, as well as giving us some fascinating insight into his new working relationships with Max Verstappen, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey and Helmut Marko?

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121: REVISITED: Murray Walker ? An incredible life, in his own words

To millions of F1 fans around the world, Murray Walker was much more than an F1 commentator. He was the man that brought their passion to life, with his unmistakable voice sound-tracking ? and enhancing ? some of the greatest moments in the sport?s history. 

As the world mourns his sad passing, at the age of 97, we bring you Tom?s conversation with Murray from early 2019, as he looked back on his incredible life story, from the battlefields of World War Two to F1 commentary boxes across the globe.
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120: Beyond The Grid Returns March 17!

Mark your diaries ? Beyond The Grid is back Wednesday March 17 with more raw, open and honest conversations with the biggest names in F1, from world champions to new-gen sensations, engineering gods to mighty team managers. Don?t miss it!  
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119: REVISITED: Kimi Raikkonen on racing, partying and becoming a family man

In the third of our Beyond The Grid Revisited episodes, where we delve into the show?s archives, we look back on Tom?s conversation with F1?s resident Iceman: Kimi Raikkonen.

At the time of recording, Kimi was just about to embark on his first season with Alfa Romeo, after departing Ferrari. He was in extremely good spirits and, in a rare feature-length interview, was happy to open up on everything from his party boy past to the joys of fatherhood.  

Beyond The Grid will be back with a new series in March.
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118: REVISITED: Charles Leclerc on overcoming tragedy to race for Ferrari

In the second of our Beyond The Grid Revisited episodes, where we delve into the archives, we look back on Tom?s conversation with a fresh-faced Charles Leclerc in October 2018.   At the time, Leclerc was still enjoying a first season of F1 with Alfa Romeo Sauber, but with one eye on Ferrari after signing a deal to race for the Scuderia in 2019. Listen to him discuss his hopes and emotions about racing in red, and about overcoming hardships in his emotional journey to the top of world motorsport.     Beyond The Grid will be back with a new series in March.
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117: REVISITED: Lewis Hamilton opens up on his F1 journey in 2018

In the first of our Beyond The Grid Revisited episodes, where we delve into the archives, we turn the clock back to our very first episode in 2018 to hear from Lewis Hamilton - then only a four-time champion. 
The Briton discussed how the sport had shaped him, how his interests away from F1 keep him grounded and much, much more. 

Beyond The Grid will be back with a new series in March.
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116: The Best of 2020: Tom picks some of his favourite moments from Season 3

This is our final episode of 2020, and my goodness what a year it?s been, both in F1 itself and on this very podcast.  We?ve had lots of great guests, lots of wonderful anecdotes, lot of laughs and quite a few tears too. And - we hope you agree - some real insights into some of the sport?s high-rollers. On this special episode, Tom has picked some of his favourite stories and anecdotes from the guests he?s spoken to this year, including gems from Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, Lando Norris, Riccardo Patrese and more!
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115: Mattia Binotto on the pride and pressure of leading Ferrari, rebuilding for the future and more

The job of Ferrari team principal is arguably the most prestigious in Formula 1 ? but it?s also the one that undoubtedly carries the most pressure. The man whose task it is to lead the Scuderia right now is Mattia Binotto, who joins us on this week?s show. Binotto is a Ferrari lifer, having joined the team straight out of university and worked numerous roles over his 25 years stay. He tells us all about that journey, which included working as an engineer for Michael Schumacher, as well as the joyous highs and intense lows of managing Ferrari over recent years. There?s also plenty of chat about Leclerc, Sainz and Vettel, plus discussion on how he intends to guide the team back to the front in the years to come?
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114: Lance Stroll on answering his critics, his love-hate relationship with F1, and the journey he?s shared with his Dad

He?s one of the most exciting young drivers on the grid, with two podiums and one stunning pole position to his name, and yet Lance Stroll has had to deal with a minority of critics throughout his time in the sport. On this week?s show, the Canadian explains how he deals with those voices, how he?s evolved as a driver and person since his debut in 2017, how he was forced to learn from his mistakes on the road to F1, and his relationship with father - and boss! - Lawrence Stroll, the owner of Racing Point...
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113: Lord Hesketh on James Hunt and the authenticity behind F1?s original party team

When Hesketh Racing burst onto the F1 grid in the 1970s, they took everyone by surprise. They appeared to be playboys, having fun on and off track. But away from the yachts and the parties, was a small, well-organised group of passionate racers who were determined to win. With James Hunt at the wheel, they did. Lord Alexander Hesketh, who bankrolled and ran the team, tells Tom Clarkson how he ?accidentally? got into motor racing, rose to the top, and challenged the old guard of Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren. Lord Hesketh explains the unique quality behind his team?s success and reputation, what made James Hunt a great driver, and why F1 will never see a team like his ever again.
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112: Renault stalwart Alan Permane on 30 years of stars, success and struggles at Enstone

He joined Benetton in the late 1980s as a bottom-rung mechanic and he?s been with the team ever since, as it morphed into Renault then Lotus and now back to Renault. Alan Permane, Renault?s Sporting Director, has seen and done it all in his time at the Enstone factory. He was Michael Schumacher?s mechanic, Giancarlo Fisichella?s race engineer, and he stepped up to lead the team after the Crashgate scandal. He also had an expletive-filled team radio exchange with Kimi Raikkonen in India. Alan reveals the secrets of Renault?s success in the mid-2000s, and how they?re planning to take on Mercedes with Fernando Alonso in 2022.
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111: Jochen Mass on a career tinged with tragedy, racing Lauda and Hunt, and mentoring Michael Schumacher

Jochen Mass? F1 career began with a bang and ended more than a decade later in a fiery crash. In the 1970s he shared podiums with the likes of Lauda, Hunt, Fittipaldi and Scheckter. His talent deserved more than a single victory, which came on a dark day in Spain in 1975. Tragedy struck again in 1982, when Jochen played a blameless part in the crash which killed the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. Tom Clarkson uncovers the twists and turns of Jochen?s time in F1: the near-victories, cars, bosses and teammates which shaped his character. Jochen is certainly not afraid to speak his mind ? a quality he put to very good use in later years when advising his Mercedes sportscar team mate, a young Michael Schumacher.
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110: Eric Boullier on managing Raikkonen, dealing with Kubica?s accident and switching from Team Principal to Promoter

Many of you will remember Eric Boullier as Team Principal at Renault and Lotus before he became the Racing Director of McLaren. He resigned from that role in 2018 before switching camps to Paul Ricard, where he is now managing director of the French Grand Prix. On this week?s show, Tom probes Eric about his life in the sport, from the challenge of managing Kimi Raikkonen to dealing with the aftermath of Robert Kubica?s accident. There?s also time to chat about McLaren and the drivers he worked with there ? Button, Alonso and Vandoorne ? plus Eric brings us up to speed on all things French GP?
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109: Safety Car driver Bernd Maylander shares the secrets of the job

This week?s guest has led more the 700 laps in F1 ? but you may never have heard of him. That?s because Bernd Maylander is the Safety Car driver, and has been for the last 20 years. When the weather is bad or there?s a serious incident, Bernd takes to the track to lead the field around at a safe speed ? not fast by F1 standards, but still seriously quick. On this week?s show he gives us the inside line on his job, revealing who is the most aggressive behind the Safety Car, the worst conditions he?s ever driven in, how he feels about Lewis Hamilton always giving him the hurry up, and what happened with that massive re-start pile-up in Mugello recently?
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108: Toto Wolff on his love of F1, missing Niki Lauda and disinterest in chasing records

He?s a workaholic, whose team is about to win a record seventh consecutive constructors? championship. Yet his desire for more trophies remains all-consuming. This week we welcome back Mercedes boss Toto Wolff for an intimate and relaxed chat at his home in Oxford. Topics up for discussion include his future, how Niki Lauda remains a big influence in his life, the realities of the Rosberg/Hamilton relationship (and why it makes a future Hamilton/Verstappen duo unlikely), how his relationship with Hamilton has evolved, and why records mean nothing to him...
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107: Chase Carey on his role in shaping F1?s future and guiding the sport through a global pandemic

Chase Carey has been CEO and Executive Chairman of Formula 1 for the last four years, and it?s fair to say he?s been busy in that time. New rules ? including F1?s first ever budget cap - have been crafted, a new governance structure has been negotiated, and new races have joined the calendar ? and that?s before you consider having to navigate through a global pandemic. On this week?s show ? the 100th episode proper ? Chase discusses all of the above, as well as discussing Stefano Domenicali?s impending arrival and what he learned from working alongside Rupert Murdoch?
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106: Sebastian Vettel on life outside F1, changing priorities and leaving Ferrari

He?s a four-time world champion and racing icon, yet Sebastian Vettel?s fiercely private nature means we don?t know as much about him as we do many of his rivals, whose lives are plastered all over social media. On this week?s show, we get to know the German racer a little better, discovering how his attitude to F1 has shifted over his 250 Grand Prix starts, finding out how he likes to spend his time away from the track, getting his thoughts on leaving Ferrari and joining Aston Martin, and learning his views on risk, happiness, the environment, parenthood and much more?
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105: Zak Brown on running McLaren, bringing billions into the sport, and owning classic F1 cars

A sponsorship guru for more than 20 years, Zak Brown landed his dream job in 2016 when he became executive director, and later CEO, of McLaren ? the team he?d supported as an F1-mad kid in California. 

On this week?s show, Brown discusses how he?s guiding McLaren back to the front of the grid and why he made the moves he has in the driver market. He also gives us the lowdown on his own racing career, including going toe-to-toe with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya in F3, discusses his epic F1 car collection, and reveals the mind-blowing amount of sponsorship cash he?s brought into F1?
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104: Racing for Ferrari ? Part 2: Mansell, Prost, Vettel and more on the modern era

In the second of our special episodes chronicling what it?s like to drive for Scuderia Ferrari, F1?s most storied team, we fast forward into the modern era, to hear what it?s like to race for the Prancing Horse without founder Enzo at the helm. There are superb stories from Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, who guided the Maranello team into the Nineties, plus eye-opening insight from fan favourite Rubens Barrichello and current drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc too.
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