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Your questions about Formula 1, answered by the experts. Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill explore our favourite sport with F1 drivers, engineers and the people who make the sport work. You can send us a question! Record it as a voice note or write it in an email, then send it to F1Explains@F1.com For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid. For race reviews and previews, listen to F1 Nation. read less
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High-speed tracks + driver contract chats - LIVE at the British GP with Mika Hakkinen
5d ago
High-speed tracks + driver contract chats - LIVE at the British GP with Mika Hakkinen
A double F1 World Champion and three F1 Explains listeners joined Christian Hewgill live on stage at the 2024 British Grand Prix. F1 Explains listeners Sophie from Rugby, Ryan from London and Alex from Atlanta Georgia asked Mika Hakkinen about how Formula 1 has changed since his final season in 2001 and how it feels to drive high-speed corners. The 1998 and 1999 World Champion also explains what is involved in contract negotiations between drivers and teams. Special thanks to Ella Clarke, Jordan Henley and Tham Islam at F1, Nicki Seifert at Silverstone and the team at The Driver's Inn Stage. Watch F1 live in 2024 Tickets for the US Grand Prix in Austin, the Las Vegas Grand Prix and the rest of the 2024 F1 season are available now at tickets.formula1.com F1 Explains will be coming to the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in October 2024, and the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November 2024. More details coming soon. Find the answer in our previous episodes How F1 lap times are recorded - with an official F1 timekeeper What F1 drivers eat - with Oscar Piastri's nutritionist, Dr Dan Martin How F1 helmets are made - with Bell Racing Ask a Formula 1 Driver – Liam Lawson answers your questions Inside the FIA Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer  How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows Listen to more official F1 podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation
How F1 lap times are recorded
Jul 4 2024
How F1 lap times are recorded
In F1, every thousandth of a second is crucial. Drivers' performances are often separated by less than the blink of an eye, so how are F1 cars timed so accurately? To find out, Christian and Katie speak to James Clarke, a highly-trained F1 timekeeper. James explains the technology on cars and at circuits which make the timing system work, how lap times and race positions are accurately recorded, and what happens if two drivers set identical times. Get your question answered by an F1 expert Record a voice note, write an email and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Find the answer in our previous episodes What F1 drivers eat - with Oscar Piastri's nutritionist, Dr Dan Martin How F1 helmets are made - with Bell Racing Ask a Formula 1 Driver – Liam Lawson answers your questions Inside the FIA Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer  How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows Listen to more official F1 podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation See Formula 1 live this season Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com to book your seats
What F1 drivers eat - with Oscar Piastri's nutritionist, Dr Dan Martin
Jun 27 2024
What F1 drivers eat - with Oscar Piastri's nutritionist, Dr Dan Martin
As high-performance athletes, F1 drivers have to eat the right things at the right times. Everything they eat and drink, plus the timing of their meals, is carefully planned by expert nutritionists like Dr Dan Martin from Combine Performance. Dan works with McLaren's Oscar Piastri. Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne find out what an F1 driver's diet is and how it helps them perform at their best. We also get the story behind the banana smoothie which interrupted a previous F1 Explains interview with Piastri... Get your F1 question answered by an expert Record it as a voice note or write it in an email and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: How F1 helmets are made - with Bell Racing Ask a Formula 1 Driver – Liam Lawson answers your questions Inside the FIA Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer  How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation Experience Formula 1 live this season Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com to book your seats
How F1 helmets are made – with Bell Racing
Jun 20 2024
How F1 helmets are made – with Bell Racing
They’re essential pieces of safety kit, made from specialised materials. But F1 helmets do far more than just protect the driver. F1 Explains explores helmet design, testing and technology with Stephane Cohen, co-CEO of Bell Racing – the company which makes helmets for 13 current F1 drivers.  Stephane tells Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill how Bell make helmets that are strong and light, visors that don’t fog up and why a car update can require helmets to be modified.  Plus, hear how F1 helmets differ from those worn by the stars of the NFL. Send us your question and we'll find the F1 expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: Ask a Formula 1 Driver – with Liam Lawson Inside the FIA Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer  How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation Experience Formula 1 live this season Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com to book your seats
Ask a Formula 1 driver! Your questions answered by Liam Lawson
Jun 13 2024
Ask a Formula 1 driver! Your questions answered by Liam Lawson
What do reserve drivers do? Why are F1 stars weighed after every race? What is the racing line (and how can it help you when doing grocery shopping)? Cindy from California, Ana in India, Pierre from France and lots more F1 Explains listeners sent in questions about the life of an F1 driver. Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne get the answers from Red Bull Reserve Driver, Liam Lawson. Liam explains how drivers change approach between an all-out qualifying lap and a long race stint. He tells us about understeer and oversteer, and why drivers hit some trackside kerbs but avoid others. Send us your question and we'll find the F1 expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: Inside the FIA Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer  How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation Experience Formula 1 live this season Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com to book your seats
Inside the Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer
Jun 6 2024
Inside the Safety Car - with driver, Bernd Mayländer
It's there to keep F1 safe, and it can transform a race. The FIA Safety Car is sent out in poor weather or after a crash to protect marshals, drivers and fans. But there's more to it than meets the eye... Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne explore the secrets of the safety car: how the decision to use it is made, its purpose on-track and how drivers and strategists can gain an advantage when the SC is deployed. Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer tells F1 Explains about his job and the incredible AMG-Mercedes and Aston Martin he drives. Then, Christian climbs into the driver's seat to see the amazing kit the car has on-board. Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation Experience Formula 1 live this season Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com to book your seats
How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124
May 30 2024
How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124
Cars that feel F1-fast. Racetracks that look real. Drivers in detail. EA SPORTS F124, the latest official Formula 1 game, is out on 31 May and it's more lifelike than ever. How do game designers bring the world of F1 to life on your console? Katie and Christian speak to two of F124's creators to find out: Lee Mather - Senior Creative DesignerCasey Ringley - Senior Game Designer + Vehicle Handling Lead Lee explains how photos and radar are used to make sure racetracks look like the real thing. Casey reveals how the brand new Dynamic Handling on F124 and input from Max Verstappen makes the cars better than ever to drive. Plus, Christian tries to put himself in the game... EA SPORTS F124 is out on 31 May PEGI: 3 • ESRB: E • Mild Language. In-Game Purchases. Users Interact. Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest stars, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews from inside the F1 paddock, listen to F1 Nation Played the game? Now see F1 for real Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas, across Europe and around the world are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com
When strategy goes wrong, upgrades explained + how to work in F1 - with Ruth Buscombe + Bernie Collins
May 23 2024
When strategy goes wrong, upgrades explained + how to work in F1 - with Ruth Buscombe + Bernie Collins
Grand Prix-winning strategists Ruth Buscombe and Bernie Collins are back with Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill to answer another batch of your Formula 1 questions. On the list this week:  Why do teams sometimes get their race strategies wrong?How are car upgrades planned?How do you become an F1 race strategist?What do drivers do to look after their tyres?What are the T-bars on top of F1 cars, and why are they different colours? Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation Experience Formula 1 live in 2024 Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas and across Europe are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com
Strategy secrets, crazy races + radio riddles: Bernie Collins + Ruth Buscombe answer your questions
May 16 2024
Strategy secrets, crazy races + radio riddles: Bernie Collins + Ruth Buscombe answer your questions
Two race-winning F1 strategists answer your questions on how teams plan their pit stops, what happens if fewer than 10 cars finish a Grand Prix and how teams hide their secrets when they speak to drivers on the radio. Bernie Collins and Ruth Buscombe join Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill for a quickfire episode of F1 Explains. Why do some teams hope they'll finish a lap behind the leader? What happens when a driver is told to 'keep their head down'? What words did Ruth struggle with when she moved from an Italian team to a British one? Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation Experience F1 live in 2024 Tickets for races in Texas, Las Vegas and across Europe are available now. Go to tickets.formula1.com
The hardest decision + the biggest gossip? LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner
May 9 2024
The hardest decision + the biggest gossip? LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner
At the Miami Grand Prix, F1 Explains went live on-stage with former Haas Team Principal and Miami GP Ambassador, Guenther Steiner. F1 Explains listeners Joan from Florida, Amanda from Tennessee and Nick from Washington D.C. asked Guenther questions about the life of an F1 Team Principal and whether Steiner's office door survived being smashed by Kevin Magnussen. Special thanks to Sam Rose, Carla Corbet, Lyndsey Fairburn, Lindsay Krushner, Jamil Russell-Lewis + Jason Gol Watch F1 live in 2024 Tickets for the US Grand Prix in Austin, the Las Vegas Grand Prix and the rest of the 2024 F1 season are available now at tickets.formula1.com Catch up with our other episodes F1 car setup - with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Race suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation
How to make an F1 car as fast as possible - with Fernando Alonso, Pedro de la Rosa + Tom McCullough in Miami
May 3 2024
How to make an F1 car as fast as possible - with Fernando Alonso, Pedro de la Rosa + Tom McCullough in Miami
A Formula 1 car is like a musical instrument: to perform at its best, it has to be tuned. Aerodynamics, suspension, tyres, and transmission can all be changed to suit the racetrack, the driver and the weather. In Miami, Christian Hewgill joins Aston Martin to explore car setup, with driver Fernando Alonso, Ambassador and former F1 racer Pedro de la Rosa, and Performance Director Tom McCullough. Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner and F1 Explains listeners F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation
F1 race suits, boots + gloves: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA
Apr 25 2024
F1 race suits, boots + gloves: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA
When F1 drivers get dressed for a race, safety is the number one priority. Their gloves, balaclavas, boots, suits and underwear protect them from fire and heat. But race kit can't slow them down. It needs to be light, comfortable and breathable, with a few special features built-in to help them perform at their best.  Maurizio Sicco, Consultant at PUMA Motorsport and racewear expert tells Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill all about F1 race kit, how it's designed and tested, and the special requests drivers make for their customised gear.  Leading sportswear brand PUMA make race suits for Mercedes, Sauber, Ferrari and Williams, and the PUMA x F1 collection, available now Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation
F1 brakes - with Brembo + Alpine's Jack Doohan
Apr 18 2024
F1 brakes - with Brembo + Alpine's Jack Doohan
Taming the insane speed of an F1 car takes extraordinary skill and incredible technology. The brakes glow red hot. The drivers feel extreme G-forces. How do F1 braking systems work, and how do drivers cope every time they slam their left foot into the pedal? Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill break down F1 brakes with: Andrea Algeri, engineer from Brembo, which produces brakes for the entire F1 gridJack Doohan, Alpine Reserve Driver Send us your F1 question and we'll find the expert to answer it Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Learn more about F1 with our previous episodes: How F1 video games are so realistic - with EA SPORTS F124 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner + F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin F1 race suits, boots, gloves + underwear - with PUMA The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation
Friends and foes: F1 teammates - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu
Apr 4 2024
Friends and foes: F1 teammates - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu
In Formula 1, a driver's teammate is their biggest rival. Each wants to beat the other, but they also need to score maximum points for their teams. When teammates work together, big rewards can follow. When they clash, it can get messy. Kick Sauber F1 Team duo Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu have been teammates since 2022. They tell Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne the secrets of their relationship, how they help each other, how they race each other on track, how they balance teamwork and rivalry and how they decide who gets which side of the garage... Get in touch We love answering your F1 questions. Write an email or record a voice note and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Catch up with our other episodes LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner and F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation
Driving styles, pit stop problems + 2 decades of F1 rules in 2 minutes - Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques answer more questions
Mar 29 2024
Driving styles, pit stop problems + 2 decades of F1 rules in 2 minutes - Jolyon Palmer + Alex Jacques answer more questions
'Please can you summarise how F1 rules have changed since Fernando Alonso's F1 debut?', asks Richard in Dallas, Texas. 23 years of engines, tyres and points systems? No problem for Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne! That's just one of the questions tackled in this episode, featuring F1TV commentator Alex Jacques and former Renault F1 racer Jolyon Palmer. Also answered:  What's the difference between F1, FOM and the FIA?  What happens in a team after a bad pit stop?Why did Jolyon Palmer never wear a cap when he raced in F1? Ask us a question! Want to be on the next episode of F1 Explains? If you've got an F1 question, send it to us and we'll find an expert to answer it. Send your email or voice note to F1Explains@F1.com Check out our other episodes F1 car setup - with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Race suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA F1 brakes - technology + technique - with Brembo + Jack Doohan The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts In-depth interviews with the sport's biggest stars: F1 Beyond The Grid with Tom Clarkson Listen to race previews and reviews from the F1 paddock on F1 Nation
Formula 2 + Formula 3: the path to F1 - with Oscar Piastri + Alex Jacques
Mar 22 2024
Formula 2 + Formula 3: the path to F1 - with Oscar Piastri + Alex Jacques
F1 stars of the future show their speed in Formula 2 and Formula 3. The categories immediately below Formula 1 in the motorsport ladder are the perfect place for a driver to sharpen their skills and prove they're ready to move up.  How do F2 and F3 work? How are the cars different? How do they prepare drivers for Formula 1? To answer those questions and many more, Christian Hewgill and Katie Osborne speak to: Oscar Piastri - 2020 F3 champion, 2021 F2 champion, McLaren F1 driverAlex Jacques - commentator covering F3, F2 and F1 For the latest on F2 and F3 visit The official F2 website The online home of F3 Curious about cars? Quizzical about qualifying? Wondering about wheelspin? If you've got an F1 question, send it to us and we'll find an expert to answer it. Send your email or voice note to F1Explains@F1.com Catch up with our other episodes LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner and F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows More Official F1 Podcasts Hear how Oscar Piastri is approaching his second F1 season on F1 Beyond The Grid with Tom Clarkson Listen to race previews and reviews from the F1 paddock on F1 Nation
F1 Academy: 'rocket fuel' for women in motorsport - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block
Mar 8 2024
F1 Academy: 'rocket fuel' for women in motorsport - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block
The game-changing, trailblazing, all-female racing series is back for 2024 with new drivers, top teams and wheel-to-wheel action. The second season of F1 Academy starts this weekend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Katie Osborne and Christian Hewgill find out everything there is to know ahead of the first race. Susie Wolff, who's driving F1 Academy forwards as Managing Director, tells Katie and Christian about the series' mission in 2024 and how it will inspire young women to pursue careers in motorsport. Driver Lia Block is fully focused on making her F1 Academy debut. She tells Christian and Katie why racing with ART Grand Prix and Williams is such a huge opportunity. How will Lia make the switch from winning on rally circuits to racing on Grand Prix tracks, and how will F1 Academy change her career? Here's how to follow F1 Academy in 2024 Watch F1 Academy races live on YouTube Get the latest news on f1academy.com  Follow the series on Instagram and X 2024 LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner and F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri The F1 race start - with Mick Schumacher + strategist Bernie Collins Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows F1 Explains episodes for International Womens' Day Pit stops - with performance expert, Gemma Fisher DRS - with F1 strategist Ruth Buscombe + aerodynamicist Emel Cankaya The incredible logistics of F1 - with Giorgia Tirabassi from DHL The 2024 F1 calendar - with Ellen Jones, F1 Head of Sustainability Simulators with Dr Diandra Leslie Pelecky Street circuits with F1 strategist Bernie Collins F1 driver fitness with Dr Diandra Leslie Pelecky + Sebastian Vettel's former trainer For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid. For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation.
The start of a Grand Prix - with Mick Schumacher + Bernie Collins
Mar 1 2024
The start of a Grand Prix - with Mick Schumacher + Bernie Collins
20 F1 cars. 5 red lights. 0.2 seconds to react. 5 seconds to 120 mph. The start of a Formula 1 Grand Prix demands extraordinary skill from the drivers and quick decisions from the team strategists. Katie and Christian explore the start of a race with Mercedes reserve driver and former Haas racer Mick Schumacher, who explains what happens in the cockpit in the moments before the start, and the intense run to turn 1. Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy Bernie Collins tells us how the race start affects the team's plan for tyres and pit stops. Get in touch! Send your question to F1 Explains. We'll find the experts to answer it! Record your question as a voice note or write it in an email and send it to F1Explains@F1.com Catch up with our other episodes LIVE in Miami with Guenther Steiner and F1 Explains listenersCar setup with Fernando Alonso + Aston Martin Suits, boots + underwear: what F1 drivers wear - with PUMA The job of an F1 Team Principal - with Aston Martin's Mike Krack Why F1 teammates are friends + foes - with Valtteri Bottas + Zhou Guanyu How Formula 2 + Formula 3 prepare drivers for F1 - with Oscar Piastri F1 Academy - with Susie Wolff + Lia Block Behind the scenes on Drive to Survive - with Exec Producer James Gay-Rees Why F1 pre-season testing matters - with Mercedes, McLaren + Alpine How F1 teams build their new cars - with Aston Martin Technical Director Dan Fallows 2023 What we learned in 2023 - the best bits of F1 Explains in 2023 Why you need to see F1 live - trackside at a Grand PrixRacing lines, driver drinks + 'number 1 drivers' LIVE at the US Grand Prix - with F1 Explains listeners + David Coulthard The incredible logistics of F1 - with DHL + Alfa Romeo How F1 racetracks are designed - with the masterminds behind Miami How car liveries are created - with Alfa Romeo + McLaren The mental pressure of F1 - with David Coulthard Steering wheels - how they're designed + what the buttons do DRS - how F1's overtaking aid works and why it matters Tyres - an engineer, a driver and a designer explains why they matter The 2024 F1 calendar - why it helps make F1 more sustainable Wind Tunnels - the top secret tools where cars are created Race engineers - the voices on F1 Team Radio, with Zhou Guanyu Pit stops - how to do them perfectly Simulators with Aston Martin's Stoffel Vandoorne Racing in the rain with Mika Hakkinen + Haas race engineer Mark Slade Street circuits with Mika Hakkinen + Bernie Collins F1 driver fitness with Alexander Rossi + Sebastian Vettel's former trainer F1 in the USA - why the US has 3 races in 2023 F1 Sprint weekends with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen More Official F1 Podcasts For in-depth interviews with F1's biggest names, listen to F1 Beyond The Grid For race previews and reviews, head over to F1 Nation