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Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 Live presents a round-up of the race weekend.

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Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 Live presents a round-up of the race weekend.

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English


Episodes
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Chinese Grand Prix Review

4/21/2024
Jennie Gow, Harry Benjamin, Formula E driver Sam Bird, and BBC F1 correspondent Andrew Benson reflect on the Chinese Grand Prix. We hear from race winner Max Verstappen, as well as Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso.

Duration:00:39:30

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Chinese Grand Prix Sprint & Qualifying Review

4/20/2024
Harry Benjamin, McLaren Formula E driver Sam Bird, and BBC F1 correspondent Andrew Benson reflect on the Chinese Grand Prix sprint, as well as qualifying for Sunday’s race. We talk about Max Verstappen’s imperious form, Lewis Hamilton’s contrasting day, plus ask if Lando Norris will ever win a race.

Duration:00:36:13

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Chinese Grand Prix Preview

4/18/2024
Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer, Bec Clancy & Andrew Benson look ahead to the Chinese Grand Prix. We discuss the return to China after five years away, Fernando Alonso’s new deal at Aston Martin, and whether Max Verstappen can be challenged this weekend. We also hear from the three-time world champion, as well as Alonso.

Duration:00:44:22

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Japanese Grand Prix Review

4/7/2024
Jennie Gow, Harry Benjamin & Alice Powell react to the Japanese Grand Prix. We hear from Max Verstappen after his third win of the season. Plus, discuss the battle at Ferrari hearing from both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. The team also discuss Yuki Tsunoda after yet another impressive drive, hearing from the home hero.

Duration:00:37:57

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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Review

4/6/2024
Harry Benjamin, Alice Powell & Andrew Benson reflect on qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix. We hear from polesitter Max Verstappen, plus Sergio Perez and Lando Norris.

Duration:00:31:18

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Japanese Grand Prix Preview

4/4/2024
Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer, Bec Clancy & Andrew Benson look ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix. We discuss whether Red Bull will have more reliability issues, and how Carlos Sainz’s victory in Australia changes the dynamic at Ferrari. Plus, should Alonso have received a penalty in Melbourne? And could Sebastian Vettel make a comeback to the sport?

Duration:00:46:09

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Australian Grand Prix Review

3/24/2024
Rosanna Tennant, Harry Benjamin and former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley look back on an entertaining Australian Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz took victory as Max Verstappen retired. We hear from both Sainz and Verstappen, as well as Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris.

Duration:00:37:42

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Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Review

3/23/2024
Rosanna Tennant, Harry Benjamin and former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley reflect on qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix. We hear from polesitter Max Verstappen, as well as Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Alex Albon and Daniel Ricciardo.

Duration:00:41:02

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Australian Grand Prix Preview

3/20/2024
Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer, Harry Benjamin and Bec Clancy look ahead to the Australian Grand Prix. They hear from Ferrari’s Saudi super sub Oliver Bearman, analyse Mercedes’ poor start to the season and discuss whether the local fans will be seeing a home favourite on the podium at Albert Park.

Duration:00:58:40

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Saudi Arabian GP Review

3/9/2024
Jennie Gow is joined by Harry Benjamin, former Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken and F1 strategist Ruth Buscombe to reflect on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen claimed victory, and we hear from the three-time world champion. Plus, the team discuss Oliver Bearman’s debut for Ferrari, hearing from the 18-year-old.

Duration:00:42:02

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Saudi Arabian GP Qualifying Review

3/8/2024
Harry Benjamin and Jack Aitken reflect on qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP. They hear from Max Verstappen, as well as Oliver Bearman, who made his F1 debut for Ferrari replacing Carlos Sainz, who has been diagnosed with appendicitis.

Duration:00:36:32

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Bahrain Grand Prix review

3/2/2024
Rosanna and team look back at the first race of the season. They reflect on Max Verstappen’s lights to flag victory and hear from the Dutchman. Checo Perez and Carlos Sainz are also one the pod after finishing 2nd and 3rd.

Duration:00:37:06

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Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying review

3/1/2024
Rosanna and the team look back at the first qualifying session of the season. They hear from the top three as well as Lewis Hamilton who starts back in 9th.

Duration:00:38:27

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Bahrain Grand Prix preview

3/1/2024
Rosanna and the team discuss the latest developments regarding Red Bull boss Christian Horner. We hear from Lewis Hamilton, Zak Brown and Toto Wolff. And they discuss what we can expect from the season having watched the first two practice sessions.

Duration:00:57:45

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Horner cleared by Red Bull

2/28/2024
Rosanna and the team react to the news that Christian Horner is cleared of inappropriate behaviour. They discuss what Red Bull has said, what this means for the team and whether this will be the last we hear of it.

Duration:00:16:07

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Back At Base: Episode 8 - The Final Piece in the Puzzle

2/28/2024
For the last three months, we have followed the Williams and Mercedes teams as they prepared and built their cars for the 2024 season. Holly Samos and Sarah Holt have been our guides as we’ve gone with them inside the factories - but now it’s almost time to return to the track. First, the teams have to launch their race cars and reveal them to the rest of the world. Williams have travelled to New York to present their car in front of their American fans and partners. For homegrown driver Logan Sargeant this is a chance to mix business and pleasure. Even on the brink of a new season, Formula 1 is already looking ahead. On the horizon in 2026 is a major new set of technical regulations. The next generation of F1 cars will use less energy - and run on sustainable fuels with net zero CO2 exhaust emissions, as the sport’s CEO Stefano Domenicali explains. The teams are also looking to the future. Mercedes are introducing sustainability initiatives close to home and Williams are on the path to transforming their organisation. It’s the 14th of February, 2024. Valentine’s Day - and Mercedes are hoping it will be love at first sight, as their new race car makes its bow. The team have travelled just eight miles from Brackley for their pre-season launch at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. It’s time for the wraps to come off the 2024 car. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton get their first drive in the car the team has lovingly built just for them. Now, as our series comes to a close, just one question remains. How will the Williams and Mercedes cars fair in the season to come? F1: Back at Base is an IMG Production for the BBC Hosted by me, Joseph Fiennes Co-hosts & Executive Producers are Holly Samos and Sarah Holt The Producers are Alasdair Cresswell, Joe Aldridge and Jack Winstanley. The Senior Producer is Ollie Kneen The Executive Producer for IMG is Steve Tebb The Showrunner is Holly Samos The Story Editor and Scriptwriter is Sarah Holt The Commissioning Editor at the BBC is Stevie Middleton

Duration:00:39:32

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Back At Base: Episode 7 - The Bombshell

2/27/2024
Lewis Hamilton has returned from the Christmas break with some shocking news for his Mercedes team. His bombshell makes headlines around the world - with some calling it the biggest story in Formula 1 this century. Even if that’s a little far-fetched, there is no doubt that his decision has sent shockwaves through the F1 community. At Mercedes, team principal Toto Wolff is used to having to react quickly - almost as quickly as his drivers on track. The Austrian has to face a barrage of media questions about the driver who has won six World titles with his team - and who has also become a friend. Holly Samos has exclusive interviews with the key protagonists. While Mercedes take just a moment to reflect on Hamilton’s news, Williams are making their final preparations for the 2024 season. Logan Sargeant is back at Grove for his seat fitting along with his race engineer Gaetan Jego. Making sure the driver is comfortable in the cockpit is crucial, especially when racing on bumpy tracks at high speed. The Mercedes factory at Brackley is also now getting back to the tick-list of preparations. The car needs a new paint job and the team has to be kitted out. With the 2024 season coming ever closer, the anticipation is building. And none more so than for the drivers, who get to drive these magnificent machines in the heat of competition. F1:Back at Base was created and produced by Holly Samos and Sarah Holt and is an IMG Production for the BBC.

Duration:00:36:07

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Back At Base: Episode 6 - Two Seconds to Shine

2/26/2024
Inside their high-tech Formula 1 factories, Mercedes and Williams are in a constant cycle of pushing the boundaries in the car build. And the clock is ticking. With just a few weeks to go until the start of the 2024 season, Williams are working overtime as the final components of the car go into manufacture. Team principal James Vowles says these crucial weeks towards the end of January are the busiest time for the workforce at his Oxfordshire facility, bar none. But what will be the very last piece of the car to be made? Sarah Holt and Holly Samos are going inside the factories to find out. At the Mercedes factory in Brackley, COO Rob Thomas is aware time is now at a premium. The wind tunnel is still hard at work trialling aerodynamic upgrades that hold the promise of more performance on track. They then need to be put into production - but can the factory afford to leave it as late as possible to give the wind tunnel team more time? There are still some important milestones to go in the car build and for Mercedes’ technical director James Allison, that’s a cause for sleepless nights. Both factories are working as one to deliver the 2024 race cars for their star drivers in time to go racing at the opening Bahrain Grand Prix on 2nd March. The race team, who travel to the races around the world, are also honing in on their preparations. For the pit crews at Williams and Mercedes, it’s time to rehearse the quicksilver pit-stops that can make - or break - a race weekend. F1:Back at Base was created and produced by Holly Samos and Sarah Holt and is an IMG Production for the BBC.

Duration:00:33:54

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Back At Base: Episode 5 - A New Year Begins

2/25/2024
Back at base, Williams and Mercedes are returning to work after the winter shutdown. Now is the time for new beginnings – and whatever lies ahead for our two teams and the cars they are busy bringing to life inside their high-tech facilities. F1 experts Holly Samos and Sarah Holt are our guides as we catch up with the teams. At Mercedes, there is one very familiar face that everyone is pleased to see - the team’s popular star George Russell. The British racer fell ill at the penultimate race of the 2023 season in Las Vegas and has been recovering ever since. George and his performance coach Aleix Casanovas have had to adapt their plans over the winter to get ready to go racing again. Williams driver Alex Albon - who reveals he competes against his old friend Russell in other sporting contests - is also building up the strength and conditioning he needs to go racing. January is the most crucial time of the year for the drivers to get race fit. This winter it feels more important than ever, as the 2024 Formula 1 season will place even bigger demands on the drivers with a record 24 races on the calendar. Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali joins the podcast conversation as the sport continues to grow. Lewis Hamilton has been preparing for the new season in America, away from his Mercedes team. But on his last day at Brackley, the seven-time world champion spoke to this podcast about the crucial weeks ahead. It’s not only the drivers who are operating at 100 percent. Williams team principal James Vowles and his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff have come back from their holidays with tales of how they spend their time outside of their demanding day jobs. As our four star drivers do the hard yards to get race fit, it’s important to remember that they rarely drive an F1 car outside of the race season. BUT there is another tool at their disposal - the simulator. This is another top-secret facility closely guarded by the teams but for our podcast Williams driver Logan Sargeant is showing Holly Samos and Sarah Holt around. The drivers are doing all they can to prepare for the new season - but have the cars that they’re getting ready to race been built yet? F1:Back at Base was created and produced by Holly Samos and Sarah Holt and is an IMG Production for the BBC.

Duration:00:36:16

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Back at Base: Episode 4 - No Fat in the Plan

2/24/2024
When it comes to designing and building the new Williams and Mercedes Formula 1 cars for the looming 2024 season, there is precision and, most importantly, there is a plan. There has to be because all 10 teams are facing their first winter shutdown - a new ruling by the sport’s governing body, the FIA. But things don’t always go to plan - and the teams face a race against the clock to finish key bits of the car build before the Christmas holidays. Holly Samos and journalist Sarah Holt are going behind the scenes at two of the biggest names in F1, to the heart of their mammoth operations One of the first hurdles for the teams to clear are the FIA crash tests. This series of tests is designed to ensure the safety of the sport, and crucially the drivers. However, for the teams they present one of their biggest challenges in the car build. At the Mercedes factory in Brackley they are waiting anxiously for news from the sport’s crash-testing facility at Cranfield University. For the all-important drivers and team principals - the faces of Formula 1 - the winter is a chance to step back from the spotlight. For Williams star Alex Albon this is a time to reconnect with family while Lewis Hamilton has some thinking to do on his Christmas break in the U.S. There are also holiday plans on the horizon for team principals Toto Wolff and James Vowles but the responsibility for the workforce back at base is never far from their minds. At Williams, Vowles knows his factory at Grove is preparing to dig deep - but what will he find when his workforce gets back to work in the new year? F1: Back at Base is an IMG Production for the BBC Narrated by Joseph Fiennes Co-hosts & Executive Producers are Holly Samos and Sarah Holt The Producers are Alasdair Cresswell, Joe Aldridge and Jack Winstanley. The Senior Producer is Ollie Kneen The Executive Producer for IMG is Steve Tebb The Showrunner is Holly Samos The Story Editor and Scriptwriter is Sarah Holt The Commissioning Editor at the BBC is Stevie Middleton

Duration:00:34:10