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Formula 1 fans from every nation, welcome to F1 Nation! 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and globe-trotting racing reporters Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham bring you weekly F1 chat with big guests, expert racing insight and behind-the-scenes stories. Hit the follow button for the fastest way to get new episodes.

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November 28, 2022 1 min
You’ll hear the 60 minute interview on the Beyond The Grid feed Wednesday 30th of November. Hit the follow button and share the episode using #F1BeyondTheGrid
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A dominant Max Verstappen win – in Abu Dhabi and in 2022 as a whole. The World Champion signed off in style, and behind him there’s plenty to talk about. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill round up the season finale and Verstappen’s victory. Ferrari sealed 2nd in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship, and test driver Marc Gene sets out the team’s targets during the off-season. Otmar Szafnauer celebrates Alpine secur...
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An amazing first F1 win for Russell. Drama at Red Bull. Clashes at Alpine. History for Haas. The Sao Paulo GP weekend had everything! Tom Clarkson gets reaction from George and hears how staying calm kept him ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Then Tom, Damon Hill and Lawrence Barretto ask Mercedes engineering chief Andrew Shovlin the secrets of George Russell’s first victory and whether the Silver Arrows can win again in Abu Dhabi? What’s b...
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Listen on the F1 Beyond The Grid podcast feed Wednesday 16th November. Follow the podcast and share it with your fellow F1 fans using #F1BeyondTheGrid
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November 7, 2022 55 min
It's an F1 Sprint weekend which could shake up the championship order. Perez v Leclerc, Ferrari v Mercedes and McLaren v Alpine are just some of the battles being fought in Brazil. Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill and Jolyon Palmer discuss them all. Plus, Jolyon's take on Max Verstappen's dominant season, a possible re-union for his former teammates Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg at Haas in 2023 and Lewis Hamilton's re...
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With his record-breaking 14th race win of the 2022 season, Max Verstappen hit new heights in Mexico City. One crucial on-track move and a brilliant strategy call were the keys to his victory, but could Mercedes have done anything differently to beat Red Bull? Tom Clarkson, Australian broadcaster Sam Power and F1’s expert tech illustrator Giorgio Piola explore why Verstappen won so dominantly, why Mercedes’ wait for a win in 2022 co...
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On an emotional weekend, Red Bull Racing added the 2022 F1 Constructors’ Championship to Max Verstappen’s Drivers’ crown. 

Team Principal Christian Horner tells Tom Clarkson about one of Verstappen’s most impressive victories, and explains why this win means so much to the team as they mourn the loss of the team’s co-founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz. Then on a walk through the paddock, Tom, Formula 2 champion and Aston Martin...
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Close fights between drivers. Team battles with millions of dollars at stake. More records for Max Verstappen. There’s still lots to race for in 2022. Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill and Natalie Pinkham are back together ahead of the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Max Verstappen can match F1's all-time single season wins record, and Red Bull can clinch the Constructor's Championship in Austin. Elsewhere, Ferrari nee...
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Tom’s got news of this week’s in-depth interview. Hear it exclusively on the F1 Beyond The Grid feed on Wednesday 19th October
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 As Max Verstappen celebrates sealing his second F1 World Championship, Tom Clarkson braves the champagne spray to speak to some of those closest to him. Verstappen’s manager, Red Bull’s Chief Engineering Officer and Chief Engineer all share what they think has been most impressive about Max, his race craft and his car in 2022. Former Red Bull driver Christian Klien, Juan Fossaroli of ESPN in Latin America and Dutch journalist Rona...
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Baku. Monaco. Singapore. Sergio Perez made it a trio of street circuit wins in Singapore. How is he so good on tight, bumpy tracks, and why is this win especially important for his F1 career? Natalie Pinkham, Tom Clarkson, and Erik van Haren from De Telegraaf in the Netherlands unpick Perez’s winning performance. Plus Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo and Zak Brown of McLaren talk re-taking P4 in their tight Constructor’s Championship...
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After two years off the calendar, the Singapore Grand Prix is back this weekend as Formula 1 returns to the Marina Bay Circuit for the first time since 2019. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill explain the unique challenges of F1’s original night race when the drivers will be forced to cope with hot and humid conditions, a tight track and frustration in the cockpit, if they are to come out on top. Touring Car star Rickard ...
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After a breathless spell of three dramatic races back-to-back, Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill take a moment to look back at three very different Grands Prix – even if all of them were won by the same driver – and look at how Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pulled away from Ferrari since the summer break. Plus they chat about the mounting pressure on the Scuderia, and ask whether Mercedes will be able to break their d...
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September 12, 2022 45 min
Tom Clarkson is joined in the paddock by Fred Ferret from L’Equipe and F1's Technical Illustrator, Giorgio Piola, as they debrief the highs and lows from a weekend racing at Monza which saw Max Verstappen seal his 11th victory of the 2022 season. The trio are joined by McLaren's Lando Norris, Ferrari's Marc Gené, legendary F1 engine designer Mario Illien, Williams' Team Principal Jost Capito, and Nyck de Vries, fres...
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A pulsating Dutch Grand Prix showed the ice-cool thinking and red-hot pace of Max Verstappen and the pressure the F1 pitwall. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Max Verstappen’s father Jos reflect on a fourth successive victory for the 2022 F1 World Championship Leader, whose lead is now 109 points. If Mercedes or Ferrari had made different strategy calls, could the race have ended differently? Tom Clarkson, Auto Hebdo’s ...
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August 29, 2022 43 min
What a win! From 14th on the grid, Max Verstappen blew the competition away to win in Belgium. How did driving an intelligent first lap set up his incredible victory, and how was he so much faster than his teammate and title rivals? Tom Clarkson, Michael Schmidt from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and Swiss F1 racer Marc Surer discuss Verstappen’s dominance, and what it means for this F1 season and beyond. 10th place finisher Alex ...
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…and ‘what’s the weather forecast?’ is just one of them. Can Charles Leclerc cut Max Verstappen’s 80-point championship lead?  What’s next in the fast-moving 2023 driver market? Natalie Pinkham, Tom Clarkson and Damon Hill are back after the summer break for an in-depth chat about how to go fast on the Spa Francorchamps circuit, what the future may hold for Daniel Ricciardo, and the new F1 rule change which might shake up the order...
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1996 F1 World Champion (and as we learned in the previous episode, guitar hero) Damon ‘Demon’ Hill answers your questions in the second of two Ask Damon specials. Which F1 figures would Damon invite to his dream dinner party, and why wouldn’t Tom or Natalie get an invite? There’s advice for going to watch F1 live for the first time, a small argument over how to say the name of a famous racetrack, and memories of an ‘ugly’ but creat...
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You ask, Damon answers! The 1996 F1 World Champion takes your questions in the first of two Ask Damon specials. What would Damon’s ideal racetrack be like? Which F1 paddock took Natalie’s breath away? How do F1 drivers decide when to retire? Which race is Damon still ‘kicking himself’ about? And why is ‘Demon Hill’ credited on a 1999 rock album? Damon, Natalie Pinkham and Tom Clarkson answer all these questions and more…
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After a weekend of shocks, on and off-track, Spanish F1 writer Jesus Balseiro of Diario AS and Fred Ferret from French newspaper L’Equipe join Tom Clarkson to review all the action from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner unpicks a magnificent - and unexpected - Max Verstappen victory. Mercedes’ Director of Trackside Engineering  Andrew Shovlin reflects on the team’s pre-summer surge in performance. G...
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