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Beyond The Grid, presented by Bose, 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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From the rock ‘em, sock ‘em world of stock car racing to the pinnacle of motorsport, Derek Warwick’s career was one hell of a rollercoaster ride. In an F1 career spanning 146 Grand Prix starts, the tough Brit raced for the likes of Renault and Lotus, and stood on the podium four times, albeit always missing out on the top spot. But he’s perhaps best remembered for the bravery he exhibited: not just behind the wheel of some of the most ferocious F1 cars of all time, but for the way he kept going, especially after his beloved younger brother was killed while racing. So get ready for a thrilling and at times deeply moving look back through the career of one of motor racing’s good guys, from the time Senna stepped in to stop him becoming his team mate to negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone; surviving that big crash at Monza to nearly punching Michael Schumacher…
The history of F1 is littered with great stories and improbable comebacks, and Brawn GP’s title-winning season in 2009 is right up there with the best of them. It was late 2008 when Honda surprisingly pulled the plug on its F1 project, leaving a team hundreds strong with a bleak future. That the team not only survived but emerged with a grid-blitzing machine is the stuff of legend, and on the tenth anniversary of that success Tom Clarkson sat down with the man at the centre of the story – current F1 motorsports chief Ross Brawn – for the inside story on a true sporting fairy-tale…
His F1 career began with a bang, with a podium finish on debut with McLaren in Australia in 2014. Though he hasn't hit those heights since, in the intervening period Kevin Magnussen has established himself as a hard-edged, no-nonsense racer who, after losing his McLaren drive and then spending a year with Renault, is now really hitting his stride with the American team Haas. Tom Clarkson sat down with the Dane during a quiet period at the Austrian Grand Prix for a candid and honest talk about the highs and lows of his career to-date, including his racing origins, his growth as a driver, and - of course - that famous withering put-down of Nico Hulkenberg...
He raced for some of Formula One’s top teams, including McLaren and Renault, but Patrick Tambay is probably best remembered as a Ferrari driver. Having arrived in F1 via the circuitous route of downhill skiing, the US college system and the North American CanAm series, Tambay ended up driving for the Prancing Horse after the death of close friend Gilles Villeneuve. He then helped carry the team through one of its most tumultuous periods, famously providing spirit-lifting victories in Germany and San Marino. This week on Beyond The Grid the amiable Frenchman talks us through his memorable career, regaling Tom with anecdotes of partying with former team mate James Hunt, Villeneuve’s madcap antics off-track and that turbulent Ferrari period…
Jody Scheckter’s life has been anything but conventional. Having arrived in Britain from South Africa in 1970, Jody broke into Grand Prix racing in 1972 with McLaren where he caused a stir with his great speed and somewhat wild race craft. Rough edges polished, he’d go on to win the sport’s ultimate prize - the world title - in 1979 while driving for Ferrari, though in some ways that was just the beginning. Less than a year later he’d announce his retirement from F1, turning his attention instead to the world of business, where he went on to have great success, first with his firearms training company and then with his ground-breaking organic farming business. On this week’s show, host Tom Clarkson is treated to a trip down memory lane, with stories of Jody’s 70s rivals and the danger of the era, his relationship with Enzo Ferrari and team mate Gilles Villeneuve, how he applied F1 processes to the business world, and much, much more…
He arrived in F1 in 2010 as one of the hottest properties in motorsport, and showed his promise by scoring a sensational pole position before his rookie season was out. Today, Nico Hulkenberg is still regarded as one of the most talented drivers on the grid, despite the fact he's surprisingly yet to make it to the podium. On this week's show, the driver known affectionately at ‘The Hulk’ talks Tom Clarkson through his career to date, from his early days at Williams, to his time at Force India and Sauber when Ferrari rumours swirled, to the present day at Renault, where he’s tasked with taking the French marque back to the front. There's also fascinating insight into his Le Mans win, thoughts on his fellow drivers, and revealing information about his life and interests away from the track...
This week’s guest on Beyond The Grid is renowned as one of F1’s great innovators and technical brains – perhaps the best. In a 20-year Grand Prix racing career this blue-sky thinker was responsible for introducing such things as tyre warmers, mid-race fuel stops and the ingenious Brabham fan car – not to mention a host of championship-winning machines and the acclaimed McLaren F1 road car. It’s an amazing resume – especially given Gordon Murray arrived in the UK from his native South Africa in the late Sixties with not much more than a dream to work in motor racing. So sit back and enjoy hearing the back stories behind some of the best cars in F1 history, anecdotes about working with Bernie Ecclestone at Brabham, fascinating insight into the design process, and what it was like to engineer some of the quickest drivers ever…
On the inaugural episode of Road To F1, join Alex Jacques and Rosanna Tennant as they profile BWT Arden’s Tatiana Calderon, the first ever female driver to race in Formula 2. The Colombian driver tells her fascinating career story; one that began on the roads of Bogota and she passionately hopes will lead to a seat in Formula 1...Make sure you search for F2: The Road To F1 and subscribe to their channel via your favourite podcast app so you don't miss out on new episodes.
He may not be as well-known as James Hunt or Nigel Mansell, but for a good period in the late Seventies and early Eighties, after the former had retired and before the latter became a household name, John Watson was Britain’s Grand Prix hero. Over the course of 152 starts, Watson reached the podium 20 times, winning five races – including one from 22nd on the grid! But it wasn’t all roses for the Northern Irishman – over the course of his career he saw many colleagues killed or badly injured, and that’s one of the topics that’s discussed on this fascinating episode of Beyond The Grid, supported by Bose. There are also stories about his recently departed former team mate Niki Lauda, what it felt like to drive the infamous Brabham fan car, winning in F1’s first carbon fibre chassis and much more…
As a driver Felipe Massa experienced every emotion under the sun: The joy of winning races for Ferrari; the utter despair of losing a world title at the final race of the year; and the huge uncertainty of recovery from life-threatening injuries. This week on Beyond The Grid, supported by Bose, the popular Brazilian bares his soul on all three subjects - and much more besides. Recorded in Massa’s Monaco home, there are stories on his F1 beginnings with Sauber, his relationships with team mates Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, revelations about his 2008 title near miss, and fascinating insight about former team Williams’ current plight...
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Mike Addison

one of the best interviews I've ever heard. new to this podcast but I've been so addicted.

Jul 19th
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Hugo Stiglitz

16m in and I already love this guy lol haven't heard much about him before this but what a good guy. I thought I was the only person who thinks this way , but When he mentioned he'd rather crash a car then run over bird I was glad I'm not the only one!

Jul 18th
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Hugo Stiglitz

Drew Brid ive heard his name but not much else but he seems like such a.good guy. lol I responded to the wrong comment a sec ago so hopefully you never saw it .

Jul 18th
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Drew Brid

Hugo Stiglitz yes, I haven't heard much about him before

Jul 18th
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Josh Foley

Yes! I've been wanting to hear from Ross about that legendary season on this pod for so long...thank you Tom! 👌

Jul 11th
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Kevin Barry

Anyone called Kevin is great in my eyes. What a great interview. Thanks I can't wait to see who is next. Kevin in Australia.

Jul 7th
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Steven G

Wow!

Jun 27th
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Hugo Stiglitz

great guy. much respect for calling ayrton the best despite being French and no doubt a great fan of Alain. that's a genuine dude

Jun 27th
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Inver Darroch

Great interview; Jody is successful in every area. The similarities between Jody, Jackie and Niki in going from sports success to business success are amazing.

Jun 26th
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Jason Fahy

Hi TC.. I googled Genius and look what comes up.... Genius 1. See also Gordon Murray 2. exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. synonyms:brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, erudition, wisdom, sagacity, fine mind, wit, artistry, flair, creative power,  3. an exceptionally intelligent person or one with exceptional skill in a particular area synonyms:brilliant person, mental giant, mastermind, Einstein, intellectual, intellect, brain, highbrow, expert, master, artist absolutely fascinating listen.. nice work Jason from Brisbane

Jun 12th
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Arian Nemati

I like him. He is one of the fastest guy on track but with racing point he can't go faster than that👍

Jun 7th
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Inver Darroch

Another straight talking F1 driver with great stories elicited by a premier interviewer. The anodyne PR robots of today simply cannot match those who knew true danger and all too often death. They’ve truly earned the right to speak without restraint.

Jun 4th
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Inver Darroch

Legend is often bandied about but a man who was world champion with two teams, survived and recovered from a crash to become an airline owner and F1 team chairman surely qualifies. Niki Lauda was also straight talking in a way most of us would never dare. St Peter is in for an ear bashing!

May 21st
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Ron Diprose

brilliant.

May 20th
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Inver Darroch

I’ve listened to comedy that didn’t make me laugh as much as Jean. I loved his passion for Ferrari and racing. 1 win and 32 podiums was scant return for such a prodigious talent. Merci, Jean.

May 17th
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Gabriel Capistrano

I love Montoya! Great podcast.

May 15th
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Inver Darroch

My first F1 hero. Straight talking hard case who was always good for a laugh. What a contrast to anodyne PR drivers of today; perhaps because the risks were higher, driver’s characters were more likely to come out. Great interview but an easy one because AJ is so open. He’s spot on about Tilke; his circuits are race preventers!

May 15th
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Ernesto Jimenez

Perez is just a great guy.

May 10th
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Hugo Stiglitz

28:18 my inner child started giggling at that bit lol my outer one too

May 9th
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Chris Foster

Have only recently discovered this podcast series and have binge listened, they are so addictive, entertaining and genuinely interesting. Keep up the good work.

May 8th
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David Braebaum

Thank you for the Damon Hill interview. Of all the drivers I've been a fan of, Damon stands out. He wasn't a Prost, Schumacher, or Senna, he was more human than that, less superhuman, and all the better for it. Marvellous interview, about one of Formula One's great characters.

May 7th
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Joao Marques

Once again, great interview with a great character! great podcast with a very nice view into the world that we love so much...

May 6th
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