Episodes
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 [email protected] More from F1...
Published 04/12/24
Published 04/12/24
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...
Published 04/08/24
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...
Published 03/31/24
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,...
Published 03/25/24
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...
Published 03/18/24
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,...
Published 03/11/24
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,...
Published 03/04/24
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...
Published 02/27/24
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...
Published 02/02/24
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...
Published 11/27/23
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...
Published 11/20/23
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...
Published 11/13/23
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...
Published 11/06/23
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...
Published 10/30/23
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...
Published 10/23/23
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...
Published 10/16/23
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...
Published 10/09/23
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...
Published 10/02/23
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...
Published 09/25/23
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...
Published 09/18/23
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...
Published 09/11/23
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...
Published 09/04/23
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...
Published 08/28/23
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...
Published 08/21/23