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Race previews and reviews from the heart of the F1 Paddock. Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham, Pedro de la Rosa and big guests bring you expert F1 insight and behind-the-scenes stories.

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F1 is back in China for the first time since 2019, Zhou Guanyu is ready to make history in front of his home fans and it's the first F1 Sprint weekend of the season. Could the Shanghai International Circuit give Ferrari an advantage over Red Bull and McLaren? Can Mercedes recover after a challenging race in Japan? Can home hero Zhou score for Sauber? Tom Clarkson, 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and Aston Martin Ambassador Pedro de la Rosa debate all that and much more. Plus, the 2025 F1 calendar is out, and Pedro faces Damon in Quiz The Nation. This episode is brought to you by: Shopify: to take your business to the next level today, sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send an email to f1nation@f1.com More from F1 Nation Why Fernando Alonso is staying with Aston Martin Where will race-winner Carlos Sainz be in 2025? Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Daniel? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts See the 2025 F1 calendar here Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com
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? 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. Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send an email to f1nation@f1.com More from F1 Nation Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Daniel? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 Podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com
Max Verstappen returned to winning ways with a dominant performance at the Japanese Grand Prix, leading home Sergio Perez for Red Bull’s third 1-2 finish of the season. Why did Max’s race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase tell Max ‘I told you so?’ Was Checo closer to his teammate than expected? And how did Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc get the better of McLaren? From the Suzuka paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by F1TV commentator Alex Jacques and nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen to answer all the key questions after a gripping contest at one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. The trio also discuss how Yuki Tsunoda became the first Japanese F1 driver to score at their home race since Kamui Kobayashi in 2012 and Daniel Ricciardo’s first-lap collision with Alex Albon. Plus, McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella tells us why wins are within reach and RB reserve driver Liam Lawson answers questions about his future. This episode is sponsored by Factor - delicious, ready-to-eat meals. Go to factormeals.com/nation50 and use the code NATION50 to get 50% off your first box, plus 20% off your next box while your subscription is active Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send an email to f1nation@f1.com More from F1 Nation Where will race-winner Carlos Sainz be in 2025? Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Daniel? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 Podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com
After Ferrari’s 1-2 in Australia, can Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz race for the win again in Japan? Will Max Verstappen bounce back in Suzuka like he did last year? Have McLaren got the pace to beat Ferrari this season? 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and Spanish journalist Jesús Balseiro join Tom Clarkson on F1 Nation to answer all the big questions ahead of the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix.  Are simulator issues potentially causing Mercedes’ worst start to a season since 2012? And what does Daniel Ricciardo need to change after being outperformed by teammate Yuki Tsunoda in the first three races? Plus, Damon and Jesús go head-to-head in Quiz The Nation. Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send us an email via f1nation@f1.com and we'll do our best to answer in an upcoming show. More from F1 Nation Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Carlos? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 Podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com This episode is brought to you by: Shopify: to take your business to the next level today, sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation Betterhelp: With over 1,000 therapists in the UK, Betterhelp can provide access to mental health professionals with a wide variety of expertise in mental health. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/f1nation
No appendix. No problem. Carlos Sainz capitalised on Max Verstappen’s first DNF in two years to win the Australian Grand Prix in his first race back since having surgery for appendicitis. In the Melbourne paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and Australia’s Channel 10 Grand Prix broadcast team - Scott MacKinnon, Richard Craill, Sam Power and Tim McDonald – to discuss how Sainz made such a remarkable comeback and whether he now has the edge on Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc. Lando Norris claimed McLaren’s first podium of 2024 but could he have pipped Leclerc to P2? Is Daniel Ricciardo stuck in a rut after being outperformed by Yuki Tsunoda again? And were Williams right or wrong to give Logan Sargeant’s car to Alex Albon after the latter crashed his in practice? As well as the top three, you’ll hear reaction from Max Verstappen and RB Team Principal, Laurent Mekies. Plus, we discuss a double points finish for Haas and that dramatic last-lap crash for George Russell, which saw Fernando Alonso demoted to P8 with a 20-second penalty. Get in touch If you have a question for our F1 Nation experts, then send us an email via f1nation@f1.com and we'll do our best to answer in an upcoming show. More from F1 Nation Adrian Newey on Red Bull's 2024 car Inside Ollie Bearman's F1 debut Max? Carlos? Fernando? 2025 F1 grid predictions More official F1 Podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com This episode is brought to you by: LinkedIn: Post your job for free at linkedin.com/F1NATION. Terms and conditions apply. 
What will the 2025 F1 grid look like? Who’ll be driving for Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin?  Tom Clarkson, Sky Sports’ Natalie Pinkham and L’Equipe’s Fred Ferret predict next year’s driver line-up, debating where Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Alex Albon, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Ollie Bearman, and Carlos Sainz will end up. Plus, who will challenge for the win and the podium this week in Melbourne, and we find out who knows the most about the Australian Grand Prix in Quiz the Nation. Hear how Oscar Piastri's feeling ahead of his home race in the latest F1 Beyond The Grid Book your seat at a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year at tickets.formula1.com More official F1 Podcasts F1 Beyond The Grid - in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars F1 Explains - your F1 questions answered by the experts
Was Oliver Bearman's F1 debut the best ever? Max Verstappen claimed his ninth win in a row – so would he really ever consider leaving such a dominant team? How has Sergio Perez changed his mindset?  In the Jeddah paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by Alpine reserve driver Jack Doohan, Fox Sports Mexico journalist Diego Mejia, and Aston Martin driver ambassador Pedro de la Rosa to answer all the big questions from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.  Jock Clear, head of the Ferrari Driver Academy, tells F1 Nation why he’s not surprised by Bearman’s performance, Pedro discusses whether Aston Martin have closed the gap to Red Bull, and Jack explains why Alpine were expecting such a slow start to the season.  Plus, F1 Academy Managing Director Susie Wolff shares her verdict on a dramatic opening round of 2024. This episode is sponsored by Factor - delicious, ready-to-eat meals. Go to factormeals.com/nation50 and use the code NATION50 to get 50% off 
After Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez completed a Red Bull 1-2 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the team's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey drops by to talk about the RB20’s strengths and how it compares to last year’s record-breaking car. From the heart of the Bahrain paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill, and ESPN's Juan Fossaroli, to discuss what they think the competitive order of the grid is after 2024’s season-opener. You’ll hear reaction from Verstappen, Perez and third-place finisher Carlos Sainz. Also on the agenda: does Charles Leclerc need to be more ruthless with his team? Why did Mercedes’ race pace fall below expectations? Are Aston Martin and McLaren stronger now than at the end of 2023? And what's behind Alpine's slow start? This episode is brought to you by: Betterhelp: Get access to mental health professionals with a wide variety of expertise in mental health. For 10% off your first month, go to betterhelp.com/f1nation
Another extraordinary F1 season is here!  F1 Nation returns to preview the new campaign and the Bahrain Grand Prix with Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham and Pedro de la Rosa. The team discuss who looked strong in pre-season testing and who still has work to do.  Can Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren take the fight to reigning champions Red Bull and win races in 2024? What impact will the driver market have? We answer all those questions and more. Plus, which of Tom's F1 Nation teammates knows the most about the Bahrain Grand Prix? We'll find out in Quiz The Nation! Have a question you'd like our F1 Nation experts to answer on the show? Email us via F1Nation@f1.com Visit tickets.formula1.com so you can watch the unmissable start to the 2024 season live – including the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix and other races throughout the year. This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: Go to shopify.co.uk/nation to sign up for a one-pound per month trial period and take your business to the next level today. 
It's the biggest driver move in F1 history: Lewis Hamilton will wear Ferrari red from 2025. How did it happen, and what does Lewis' move mean for Mercedes, Ferrari and the driver market? In a special episode of F1 Nation, Tom Clarkson gets the inside story of Ferrari's long pursuit of Hamilton from F1 Correspondent and Presenter Lawrence Barretto, who explains why the Scuderia succeeded this time. Journalist Roberto Chinchero gives us reaction from Italy. Former Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley explains what awaits the 7-time World Champion when he arrives in Maranello. Head to F1.com for more features and analysis of Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari
He’s driven some incredible races and broken records in an amazing car this year, but ask Max Verstappen what he’ll remember most about 2023 and he says something different. The triple World Champion made more history in Abu Dhabi. He and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner reflect on a dominant weekend and their stunning season. Tom Clarkson has 1996 champ Damon Hill and Aston Martin ambassador Pedro de la Rosa alongside him in the Yas Marina Paddock to review a race where crucial championship positions were decided for teams and drivers. After securing P2 in the Constructor’s Championship, Toto Wolff explains how Mercedes are remembering history as they plan to improve in 2024. Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll looks forward to a safer winter than he had last year. Lando Norris tells us what McLaren need to change about their car for 2024. Williams’ Alex Albon opens up on why 2023 was so important for him personally, and the team’s new Chief Technical Officer Pat Fry assesses if Williams have what they need to take another step forward. Plus, we say farewell to Franz Tost at AlphaTauri, and congratulations to the winner of our F1 Fantasy league This episode is sponsored by:  Shopify: sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/ nation Uncommon Goods: to get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/NATION
High-speed overtakes, three different leaders, two safety cars, but only one winner. The streets of Las Vegas gave us one of the most thrilling races of 2023, as Max Verstappen overcame a five-second penalty to take his 18th win of the season.   From the heart of the Vegas paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by Damon Hill and Natalie Pinkham to discuss Verstappen's victory, why polesitter Charles Leclerc missed out on the win and what the future holds for Sergio Perez after securing P2 in the Drivers' Championship.   Just four points now separate Mercedes and Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship battle for P2, so Ferrari ambassador Marc Gené and Mercedes’ Technical Director James Allison drop by to share their thoughts on who will come out on top at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.   Plus, you’ll hear from Esteban Ocon after his mega drive from P16 to P4, and Aston Martin Performance Director, Tom McCullough, on Lance Stroll’s incredible comeback from P19 to P5. This episode is sponsored by:  Uncommon Goods: to get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/NATION. Don’t miss out on this limited time offer! 
Whether it’s the impact of cold temperatures on tyres, the challenges of racing round a completely new track, or which teams are likely to be setting the pace, our expert analyst, Pedro de la Rosa, tells you everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix. The former McLaren driver and Aston Martin Ambassador joins Tom Clarkson on F1 Nation to discuss all the big talking points as Formula 1 makes an eagerly-anticipated return to the city for the first time in 41 years. Plus, from a star-studded opening ceremony to a wedding chapel in the paddock, Las Vegas GP CEO, Renee Wilm, talks about the mesmerising sights and sounds fans can expect to experience away from the racing. This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation eBay Motors: keep your ride alive at ebaymotors.com
Max Verstappen dominated the weekend in Sao Paulo, winning Saturday's F1 Sprint and taking a 17th Grand Prix victory of the season. Lando Norris took his seventh podium of 2023, and Fernando Alonso edged Sergio Perez to P3 by 53 thousandths of a second in a nail-biting finish across the line. From the heart of the Interlagos paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by L’Equipe journalist, Fred Ferret, and newly-crowned Formula 3 champion, Gabriel Bortoletto, to discuss the São Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil. You’ll hear reaction from both Alonso and Norris, while Aston Martin Team Principal, Mike Krack, Mercedes’ Technical Director, James Allison, and Carlos Sainz all drop by for a post-race debrief. For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid. To hear F1 experts explore how the sport really works, check out F1 Explains. This episode is sponsored by:  BetterHelp: our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com /f1nation. Uncommon Goods: to get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/NATION
Max Verstappen claimed a record-breaking 16th victory of the season, Sergio Perez crashed out, Lewis Hamilton produced a tyre management masterclass to take second, Lando Norris completed a mega comeback from P17 to P5, and Daniel Ricciardo secured his first points since returning to F1. The Mexico City Grand Prix certainly lived up to expectations. Tom Clarkson is joined by Natalie Pinkham and former Sauber and Haas driver, and current Mercedes Ambassador, Esteban Gutiérrez, to dissect the main talking points from inside the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez paddock. You’ll also hear reaction from Verstappen, Perez, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella and Aston Martin Performance Director, Tom McCullough. Play F1 Fantasy and join the F1 Nation World Championship to compete against us and other listeners. Go to F1.com/fantasy to sign up for free.
Max Verstappen reached a half century of victories in Formula 1, both Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified due to a technical infringement on their cars, and Marta García became the inaugural F1 Academy champion. Austin had it all. Tom Clarkson is joined by Damon Hill and Tim Mayer, Chairman of the FIA stewards, to reflect on a thrilling weekend of action at the United States Grand Prix. The trio assess one of Max’s most hard-fought victories, what positives Mercedes can take from their improvements despite Hamilton losing his P2, another McLaren podium and an eventful race for Aston Martin. As well as Verstappen, you’ll hear from George Russell, Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Valtteri Bottas and Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner. Plus, Tom speaks to Marta García to find out what the Spaniard’s F1 Academy success means for her future. Play F1 Fantasy and join the F1 Nation World Championship to compete against us and other listeners. Go to F1.com/fantasy to sign up for free.
Max Verstappen’s best win? His most satisfying qualifying? The race he felt most pressure in? Ahead of the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend, Tom Clarkson and Damon Hill discuss the standout moments from the triple World Champion’s record-breaking season so far. Mercedes Technical Director, James Allison, joins the pod to share how the team are bouncing back from the collision between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in Qatar. Also on the agenda: Daniel Ricciardo’s return for AlphaTauri at the Circuit of the Americas, the title-deciding final round of F1 Academy, and we hear from US Grand Prix race promoter Bobby Epstein. Play F1 Fantasy and join the F1 Nation World Championship to compete against us and other listeners. Go to F1.com/fantasy to sign up for free. This episode is sponsored by:  Shopify: sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation eBay Motors: keep your ride alive at ebaymotors.com
Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, and now, Max Verstappen. The Dutchman joins an elite club of triple Formula 1 World Champions after wrapping up his third title in a row at the Qatar Grand Prix. From the heart of the paddock at the Lusail International Circuit, Tom Clarkson is joined by Sam Power, from Channel 10 in Australia, and Aston Martin Driver Ambassador, Jessica Hawkins, to reflect on the standout moments from Max’s latest triumph. Verstappen tells Tom where this title ranks among his others, whilst we also hear from his manager Raymond Vermeulen and Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner. F1 Sprint winner Oscar Piastri joins the pod after McLaren’s best weekend of the season and we discuss the first-corner collision between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Max Verstappen has the chance to make even more history in Qatar, by becoming the first driver to be crowned World Champion in an F1 Sprint race. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Pedro de la Rosa explain how the Dutchman can wrap up his third title this weekend. The trio also discuss whether Max will help his teammate Sergio Perez finish second in the driver standings, the competition between George Russell and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, and which teams can take the fight to Red Bull in 2024. This episode is sponsored by:  BetterHelp: visit betterhelp.com/f1nation today to get 10% off your first month
Last week, Max Verstappen told F1 Nation he wanted to win the Japanese Grand Prix by 20 seconds after his struggles in Singapore. He may have been a few tenths off that target but the Dutchman was back to his very best in Suzuka and dominated the whole weekend as Red Bull became World Champions again. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill are joined by Team Principal, Christian Horner, and Sporting Director, Jonathan Wheatley, to reflect on their sixth Constructors’ title. “We’re coming for Red Bull.” Those were the words of Lando Norris in P2, after McLaren secured their best result of the season with Oscar Piastri claiming his first podium in Formula 1. Team Principal Andrea Stella joins the pod to discuss their remarkable progress this year. As well as the top three, you’ll also hear from Aston Martin boss, Mike Krack, Mercedes’ Communications Director, Bradley Lord, and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon. This episode is sponsored by:  BetterHelp: visit betterhelp.com/f1nation today to get 10% off your first month
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Comments (15)

Kevin Barry

When are you back in 2023?

Jan 15th
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Richard White

jeez, wtf was that beginning? cringe

Jul 19th
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Jonathan Townend

Normally enjoy these podcasts, but to not even mention why the safety car / only in lapping some cars was controversial seems daft and only telling half the story. I guess on official podcasts you can't say the FIA possible got it wrong, while also say Max is a worthy winner.

Dec 15th
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Kevin Barry

What's a grower Damon? I don't get it.

Dec 15th
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gary fowler

Don't talk about the war! -Basil Fawlty Courage is the resistance of fear Mastery of fear Not the absence of fear -Mark Twain

Dec 15th
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Hugo Stiglitz

Karen Horner is a cunt

Dec 7th
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InverDarr

I remember the story of Ralf Schumacher being told Williams he could watch the World Cup with his brother because Williams would only be having England games on in the garage!

Dec 2nd
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Jan Bernhard

love your podcast. Jack behaves like a clown

Nov 10th
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Pam J

Missed you, Pinks and Damon, at COTA!

Oct 27th
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Pam J

VB is free!

Oct 19th
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ID21624314

Sorry, but defending Lewis a little bit to much. I understand British pride but not this much.

Jul 20th
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InverDarr

Is it likely that Sergio Perez will be a championship contender once he gets comfortable with the car?

Jun 9th
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Mike White

Those Manscaped breaks ~ Clearly showing Tom and Damon are at the pinnacle of the advertising game. Well done!

Apr 6th
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Superslim J

Excellent pod guys. Know it's very much a personal thing, but for me, soooo much better with Damon than with Alex Jacques. More informative, less fuss. "Pinks" good too, and Tom dependable as always.

Mar 30th
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