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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. Watch episodes exclusively on the F1 YouTube channel. For race reviews + previews, listen to F1 Nation. To learn more about how F1 works, listen to F1 Explains

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Recent Episodes of F1: Beyond The Grid


Nikolas Tombazis: the championship-winner shaping F1’s next generation

Nikolas Tombazis: the championship-winner shaping F1’s next generation

He’s an engineer who won Formula 1 World Championships with Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. Now he’s working on the rules of the sport for 2026 and beyond.
Nikolas Tombazis is the Director of Single Seaters for the FIA. He is overseeing the regulations for the 2026 season, when F1 cars will be lighter, smaller and sustainably fuelled, with greater battery power and revolutionary active aerodynamics. He tells Tom Clarkson how the new rules have been designed to create close, competitive racing which is thrilling to watch.
Nikolas also looks back at his career in F1, when he enjoyed domi...

Episode 11 June 2024 49m and 10s


Greg Maffei: accelerating F1's future

Greg Maffei: accelerating F1's future

As President and CEO of Liberty Media, Formula 1's parent company, Greg Maffei is at the very top of the sport. Together, he and F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, are setting the strategy for the sport’s future.  

Since Liberty Media took ownership of the Formula 1 in 2017, we’ve seen thrilling races from the Las Vegas Strip to Silverstone, new fans around the world have fallen in love with the sport, and new stars have been given their chance to shine in F1 Academy.  

Maffei tells Tom Clarkson how he’s pushing to make F1 more com...

Episode 4 June 2024 35m and 52s


Antti Kontsas: how to coach an F1 World Champion

Antti Kontsas: how to coach an F1 World Champion

At the end of his glittering career, four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel said he was in the ‘best shape possible’ thanks to his performance coach Antti Kontsas.

So how do you physically and mentally prepare a Formula 1 driver for a season of racing around the world?

With over 10 years of experience working in the paddock, coaching the likes of Sebastian Buemi, Jean Eric Vergne and Vettel, Kontsas tells Tom Clarkson his secrets to training these extraordinary humans for the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Episode 28 May 2024 52m and 35s


Karl Wendlinger: 30 years since career-defining Monaco GP

Karl Wendlinger: 30 years since career-defining Monaco GP

30 years ago, Karl Wendlinger’s Formula 1 career was just beginning to rise after a strong start to 1994 with Sauber.
But that all changed in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, when the Austrian lost control of his car as he approached the Nouvelle chicane and crashed into the barriers.

After a long recovery to regain racing fitness, Wendlinger returned a year later at the Spanish Grand Prix. He wasn’t the same driver though, and at the end of 1995, his time in F1 was up.
Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Karl talks in great detail about the...

Episode 21 May 2024 1h, 31s


LEGENDS: Martin Brundle’s debut with Senna

LEGENDS: Martin Brundle’s debut with Senna

In 1984, Martin Brundle and Ayrton Senna made their Formula 1 debuts.
They had just fought each other in an epic battle for the 1983 British Formula 3 title. But while there was little to separate the duo in junior racing, their F1 careers panned out very differently.
As Senna went on to achieve hero status as a triple World Champion, Brundle’s 12-year career was significantly shaped by very serious injuries he suffered in just his ninth Grand Prix.
Speaking to Tom Clarkson in the latest of F1 Beyond The Grid’s LEGENDS episodes, Martin describes in great detail the cras...

Episode 14 May 2024 40m and 16s


Zak Brown: McLaren’s winning mastermind

Zak Brown: McLaren’s winning mastermind

McLaren are back on top of the Formula 1 podium, but their mission is far from accomplished yet.
Since taking charge in 2018, CEO Zak Brown has overseen a huge transformation on and off the track and the team’s progress has accelerated astronomically over the last 12 months.
Lando Norris’s long-awaited maiden Grand Prix victory in Miami is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work to turn their fortunes around, after an awful start last season left them right at the back of the grid.
So how do they take the next steps to become serial winn...

Episode 7 May 2024 52m and 37s


Ayrton Senna remembered by Bruno Senna

Ayrton Senna remembered by Bruno Senna

30 years since his death at Imola on 1st May 1994, Ayrton Senna’s legacy is still felt around the world.
Brazil’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion continues to inspire today’s generation of racing drivers and fans.
To Bruno Senna, Ayrton is still both his uncle and his hero.
Speaking to Tom Clarkson, Bruno shares his childhood memories of Ayrton away from the track, the ‘racing relationship’ they built together, how his life changed after Imola 1994, and the pressure Ayrton’s success put on his own F1 career.
Hear more stories about Ayrton Senna on F1 Beyond The Grid fro...

Episode 30 April 2024 1h, 3m and 35s


Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to 'tough' exit

Stoffel Vandoorne: dramatic debut to 'tough' exit

A multiple title winner at junior level and a point-scorer on his unexpected F1 debut in 2016, Stoffel Vandoorne seemed on track for a long and prosperous career in Formula 1.
But his big break at McLaren in 2017 arrived during one of the team’s most challenging periods.
They finished second-last in the standings during Vandoorne’s first season, endured a difficult transition from Honda to Renault engines the following year, and there was huge organisational change at the top as Zak Brown came in as CEO.
After just seven points-finishes in two years, with a best result of P7...

Episode 23 April 2024 51m and 42s


Zhou Guanyu: China’s F1 hero making history at home

Zhou Guanyu: China’s F1 hero making history at home

20 years since his infatuation with Formula 1 began at China’s first race in 2004, Zhou Guanyu will race in front of his home fans for the first time as an F1 driver at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Zhou tells Tom Clarkson what racing in Shanghai will look like through his eyes; from his helmet design and sold-out grandstand, to the reaction he’s expecting on his first lap of the track and what it would mean to score his first points of the season in the city he was born in.
The Sauber driver also talks about what impact his...

Episode 16 April 2024 53m and 41s


F1 Nation: Why Alonso's staying at Aston

F1 Nation: Why Alonso's staying at Aston

Fernando Alonso is 'here to stay' in Formula 1 with Aston Martin. What made the double World Champion decide to continue racing with his current team?

In a special episode of the F1 Nation podcast, Aston Martin Ambassador Pedro de la Rosa and 1996 World Champion Damon Hill join Tom Clarkson to analyse Alonso's announcement, what it means for him, the team and the rest of the drivers searching for a 2025 race seat.

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Episode 12 April 2024 25m and 32s

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