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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
Carlos Sainz produced a tactical masterclass to stop Mercedes snatching victory from him in a gripping finale to the Singapore Grand Prix. From the heart of the Marina Bay paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by former McLaren driver, Pedro de la Rosa, and German Formula 1 reporter, Silja Rulle, to dissect Sainz’s sensational strategy and what this win means for Ferrari. Should McLaren or Mercedes have been on the top step of the podium? Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton share their thoughts on a dramatic final few laps and whether they really had any chance of overtaking the Spaniard. Red Bull’s 100% record in 2023 is over. Why did they struggle so much in Singapore? Max Verstappen drops by to let us know how he’s feeling after missing out on a podium for the first time this year and the Dutchman sends a powerful warning to his rivals ahead of Suzuka. You'll also hear from George Russell, Oscar Piastri, and Liam Lawson after securing his first ever points in Formula 1. This episode is sponsored by Shopify: sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation
Will Red Bull struggle round the streets of Singapore? Or are Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both playing mind games by saying they’ll find the Marina Bay circuit more difficult than previous races? Does Charles Leclerc need to reassert himself at Ferrari after being outperformed by teammate Carlos Sainz in Monza? Will Fernando Alonso be back on the podium for the eighth time this season? Can McLaren and Mercedes get back to the front after losing some momentum? Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham dissect all the big talking points ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. Plus, 10-time Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger tells Tom why Max Verstappen reminds him of his former McLaren teammate and close friend, Ayrton Senna, and the Austrian answers your questions in Ask The Nation. To have your question answered on a future episode, send a voice note or an email to F1Nation@f1.com
From the heart of the Monza paddock, Tom Clarkson is joined by Italian F1 journalist, Roberto Chinchero, and Spanish F1 writer for Diario AS, Jesús Balseiro, to reflect on Max Verstappen’s record-breaking 10th Grand Prix victory in a row. Verstappen and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner react to another triumphant weekend for the reigning World Champions, whilst Ferrari duo Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc share their thoughts on an epic battle for the final podium place in front of the adoring Tifosi. Will Lewis Hamilton still be on Oscar Piastri’s Christmas card list after their collision? The Australian gives his verdict on the incident that cost him a points finish and whether he can still take positives from the weekend. Plus, you’ll also hear from Sergio Perez, McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella, Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, and Williams Team Principal James Vowles. This episode is sponsored by: AG1: If a comprehensive solution is what you need from your supplement routine, then try AG1 and get a FREE 1-year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free AG1 Travel Packs with your first purchase. Go to drinkAG1.com/F1NATION. BetterHelp: get a break from your thoughts, with BetterHelp. Visit betterhelp.com/f1nation today to get 10% off your first month.
Torrential rain at the start, a safety car, more torrential rain, a red flag… Nothing was going to stop Max Verstappen winning his home race for the third year in a row and equalling the all-time record of nine consecutive wins in a season, set by Sebastian Vettel in 2013. So how many more is the pending triple World Champion going to add to his streak in 2023? Tom Clarkson is joined by Christian Menath, from Motorsport Magazin in Germany, and Brazilian F1 journalist, Julianne Cerasoli, to dissect how the Dutchman overcame so many obstacles on his way to victory. Who got their strategy right and who made mistakes at Zandvoort? We reflect on huge results for Aston Martin and Alpine, with Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly on the podium, and we assess the decision-making of McLaren and Mercedes. As well as the top three, you’ll hear reaction from Max’s manager, Raymond Vermeulen, and the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. This episode is sponsored by: Philips OneBlade: if you live life at F1 speeds, you need the Philips OneBlade. Available at bol.com and Kruidvat.
It’s race week again! The 2023 Formula 1 season returns after the summer break with a trip to Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix. Will Max Verstappen match Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine consecutive wins in front of his home fans? What other history can he and Red Bull still create this season? Tom Clarkson is joined by 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill, and former McLaren driver and current Aston Martin Team Ambassador, Pedro de la Rosa, to discuss Max’s homecoming and which drivers have a point to prove in the second half of the season. Plus, Damon and Pedro explain how they individually “revolutionised” pit stops in Ask The Nation. To have your question answered on a future episode, send a voice note or an email to F1Nation@F1.com. Check out F1 Nation’s 2023 summer specials… Quiz of the season so far Ask The Nation This episode is sponsored by: AG1: if a comprehensive solution is what you need from your supplement routine, then try AG1 and get a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free AG1 Travel Packs with your first purchase. Go to drinkAG1.com/F1NATION. NordVPN: get your Exclusive NordVPN deal at nordvpn.com/f1nation. It’s risk-free with Nord’s 30-day money-back guarantee
F1 teams and drivers may be taking a summer break but fear not, F1 Nation is still here for your weekly Formula 1 fix. In this episode, Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill, answer your questions about F1. Will Red Bull complete a clean sweep this season? Who can stop their record-breaking winning streak? Which team has made the most progress in 2023? Who will be Brazil’s next Formula 1 star? What’s it like to work at the pinnacle of motorsport? All those questions are put to the team, plus a few to test Damon’s memory of his career… To have your question answered on a future episode, send a voice note or an email to F1Nation@F1.com. Don’t forget to check out F1 Beyond The Grid – where Formula 1's fastest stars slow down and open up to Tom Clarkson, sharing untold stories and unrivalled insight. Got a question about how F1 works? Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill might have the answer… This episode is sponsored by: Shopify: sign up for a one-pound-per-month trial period at shopify.co.uk/nation Factor: head to factormeals.com/nation50 and use code nation50 to get 50% off
Mystery Team Radio messages. Drivers, slowed-down. Big numbers. Big drama. Natalie Pinkham and 1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill go head-to-head in the first F1 Nation quiz. Question master Tom Clarkson tests Natalie and Damon's memories of 2023, their F1 knowledge and skills they never knew they had. You can play along too! Who will be crowned F1 Nation Quiz Champion? This episode is sponsored by: BetterHelp: visit BetterHelp dot com slash f1nation today to get 10% off your first month. NordVPN: get your Exclusive NordVPN deal at nordvpn.com/f1nation. It’s risk-free with Nord’s 30-day money-back guarantee
F1 is witnessing greatness. ‘Max has got this burning desire’, says Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner after another emphatic Verstappen victory in Belgium. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Erik van Haren reflect on Red Bull winning the first 12 races of 2023 and explore Verstappen’s ‘must-win’ mentality. ‘Being 2nd behind Max is like a win’ says the team’s Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko as he hails Sergio Perez. After a great weekend for Oscar Piastri and a remarkable recovery drive from Lando Norris, we reflect on McLaren’s season so far and get a few words from Lando’s dad. Interim Team Principal of Alpine, Bruno Famin, explains the big leadership changes at the team and celebrates a good weekend on-track for Gasly and Ocon. Plus, we debrief with Ferrari’s Fred Vasseur after Charles Leclerc’s return to the podium, Aston Martin’s Mike Krack tells us how he’s feeling after a double points finish, and Yuki Tsunoda reveals his cocktail of choice after scoring points with AlphaTauri.
A broken record. A broken trophy. An unbreakable winning streak? Red Bull won their 12th consecutive Grand Prix in Budapest. Tom Clarkson, Lee McKenzie and Juan Fossaroli dive into the post-race celebrations to round up the Hungarian Grand Prix. At Red Bull, Jos Verstappen, Max’s father, explains why ‘focus’ is the key to his son’s ‘unbelievable’ season. Team Principal Christian Horner reflects on Max v Lewis at the race start and reveals how much damage was done to Verstappen’s winners’ trophy during the podium celebrations. Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey talks about beating the all-time consecutive win record. After an important podium for Sergio Perez, we talk about his future at Red Bull. There’s reaction from a happy McLaren CEO Zak Brown after another Lando Norris podium and top 5 finish for Oscar Piastri. Could Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton have made the podium after his stunning pole position? How costly is a double retirement for Alpine? Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur says the team ‘made mistakes’ in Budapest. Plus, what’s behind Aston Martin’s drop in performance? Play F1 Fantasy with F1 Nation for free. Search for the game, pick your team, then join the F1 Nation World Championship. Send your emails and questions about the 2023 F1 season to F1Nation@F1.com
How did Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 comeback happen? When and where was the decision made? Who called Nyck De Vries to tell him he’d lost his seat at AlphaTauri? What are Daniel’s long-term goals in F1? Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner joins F1 Nation to give us the full inside story. Tom Clarkson and two Hungarian Grand Prix experts – two-time winner Damon Hill and podium finisher Pedro de la Rosa – discuss Ricciardo’s return and what it means for him, the outgoing Nyck De Vries, Red Bull driver Sergio Perez and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda. Plus, after Lando Norris’ stunning Silverstone podium, the team ask if McLaren can challenge Red Bull again. Will Ferrari, Aston Martin or Mercedes have a better chance around the twisting, technical Hungaroring? Hear more from Daniel Ricciardo on F1.com and the F1 app. For more F1 podcasts, search for F1 Beyond The Grid and Formula Why. This episode is sponsored by Factor: head to factormeals.com/nation50 and use code nation50 to get 50% off