F1 Nation is a weekly podcast uniting fans from around the world. Join Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill and Natalie Pinkham as they bring you a slice of light-hearted F1 chat, with guests, debates and plenty of laughs…
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Wolff and Horner on F1’s Abu Dhabi duel
Emotions ran high in the F1 Paddock after a stunning, breathless and chaotic Saudi Grand Prix. TC, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill went behind the scenes with Red Bull and Mercedes in the hours after the chequered flag. Team Principals Christian Horner and Toto Wolff look back at the race and explain how they’re going to lead their drivers and teams in 2021’s winner-takes-all season finale. Plus, George Russell stops by to relive his race-ending crash and tell us about a message Toto left for him on the visor of his crash helmet. This episode is sponsored by Manscaped - get 20% off with free shipping at manscaped.com and use code F1NATION
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Damon Hill remembers Sir Frank Williams + Saudi GP Preview
‘I was in awe of Sir Frank’, says Damon Hill, who won the 1996 Formula 1 World Championship with Williams. ‘There’ll be so many people who were touched by his organisation, his determination to succeed and his love of motor racing’. Damon, TC and Natalie reflect on Sir Frank’s incredible passion and spirit. With his passing at the age of 79 he leaves behind a remarkable legacy, and the team he drove forwards for 40 years races onwards this weekend in Saudi Arabia. CEO of the Saudi Grand Prix, Martin Whitaker, gives us a detailed look at the Jeddah Corniche circuit, and reveals its insane top speeds. Plus, we go inside the minds of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton with a world-leading expert in driver psychology - Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli of Formula Medicine. He tells us how the two title rivals differ mentally, and which one is better suited to the immense pressure building at the end of this nail-biting season. This episode is sponsored by Mission Tea: For an extra 20% off your next order with Mission, type NATION20 at checkout at missionuk.com
Who’s the 2021 F1 title favourite now? Qatar GP review
They were lightyears ahead of the rest in Qatar. As F1 heads for hyper-speed Saudi, just 8 points split Verstappen and Hamilton. Max can land the knock-out punch in this astonishing title fight in Jeddah, but as Tom Clarkson and Damon Hill explore, it looks like we’re heading for a breathless, brilliant final-race showdown. The pair analyse how each title challenger got the most out of the Qatar GP, how Verstappen can win the title in Saudi Arabia, and whether he or Lewis Hamilton will be feeling more confident heading into the final two races. Elsewhere, what was the secret to Fernando Alonso’s joyous return to the podium, and have Ferrari struck the decisive blow in their P3 fight with McLaren? TC and Damon are joined by MBC Action F1 TV presenter and host of the official Saudi GP podcast, Sabine Sassine, who tells us why there’s no room for any mistakes at the unforgiving Jeddah Corniche Circuit, especially if a December rain shower blows by. This episode is sponsored by: LinkedIn Jobs - visit linkedin.com/F1NATION to post a job for free. Terms and conditions apply. Manscaped - get 20% off with free shipping at manscaped.com and use code F1NATION
How Lewis lit up Brazil + Qatar GP Preview
"This is what a World Championship battle should look like", Lewis Hamilton said after he and Max Verstappen staged an all-time classic in Sao Paulo. Grid penalties, a disqualification from qualifying and a magnificent Verstappen drive couldn’t stop Hamilton from taking win 101. TC and Pinks dive into how he did it with Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin, who explains the driving skills and secrets Hamilton used to chase down Max Verstappen and take the win. Plus, the inside story of Lewis’ DRS infringement, and why the race win has transformed the team’s championship hopes. Also on the show: Felipe Massa tells us why he thinks Max Verstappen is ‘ready to win’ the 2021 world title, and - after hours of driving it in the simulator - Red Bull’s Alex Albon gives his take on Qatar’s Losail International Circuit, and whether it will suit his team or the Silver Arrows best. This episode is sponsored by: manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION missionuk.com - get 20% off your next order with the code NATION20 at checkout
Come join Red Bull’s Mexico party!
It’s an F1 Nation fiesta, recorded at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Tom Clarkson, Damon Hill and Ziggo TV’s Jack Plooij crash Red Bull’s post-race party. Sergio Perez and his father Antonio, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey and Alex Albon all stop by to celebrate a fantastic weekend for the team, which saw Max Verstappen extend his championship lead and Checo take a podium in front of his delirious home crowd. It’s not all Red Bull, though. The gang pick through the race start, Pierre Gasly’s sensational P4, Ferrari’s great weekend and ask whether Mercedes can do anything to close the gap in the final four races of the season. Speaking of which, F1’s Rosanna Tennant returns to the podcast to tell us about her sneak peek at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Corniche Circuit. If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask the 96 World Champ, record it as a voice memo and send it to email@example.com This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. Post a job for free at linkedin.com/f1nation
Advantage Max in Mexico? Mexico GP Preview with Rob Smedley
Max Verstappen heads for Mexico’s cauldron of noise leading the championship. Will he extend his points lead, or can Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton hit back? Joining TC and Natalie to debate that and much more is former Jordan, Ferrari and Williams engineer, Rob Smedley. Rob’s an F1 data expert and can tell us whether Red Bull or Mercedes will be quicker at the high-altitude Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. As a championship battle veteran and former race engineer, which title contender’s pitwall would Rob rather be sitting on in the final races of the season? Plus, might Red Bull ask Sergio Perez to play the team game, and give up a chance of victory at his home race? This episode is sponsored by Manscaped - visit manscaped.com and get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION
Max’s Title To Lose? US Grand Prix Review
After F1’s pulsating return to the USA, Max Verstappen has a 12 point lead in the title race. Damon Hill says Verstappen now has ‘two fingers on the trophy’, but as the 1996 champ knows, it’s not over until it’s over! Damon, Natalie Pinkham and Tom Clarkson give their take on a tense tussle in Texas and answer F1’s burning questions: why did Mercedes' apparent Friday pace not win them the race on Sunday, what was the key to Red Bull’s aggressive race-winning strategy, and how thirsty would Sergio Perez have been after a Grand Prix with no drink system? Plus reaction to the amazing Austin atmosphere, Ferrari’s tight fight with McLaren, Alonso’s dice with Kimi, the finale of W Series and the amazing sight of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal towering above the F1 podium. This episode is sponsored by: sons.co.uk - use the code F1NATION30 to get £30 off your first order Linkedin Jobs - go to linkedin.com/f1nation to post a job for free
Andretti and Hill preview the US Grand Prix
Mario Andretti -1978 Formula 1 World Champion and motorsport legend - joins Tom Clarkson and Damon Hill to look ahead to the 2021 United States Grand Prix. Who better than two title-winners to debate whether Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton are better equipped to win in Austin and take command in the championship fight? Mario picks his stars of the 2021 F1 grid and explains why he thinks IndyCar sensation Colton Herta has what it takes to join them one day. Plus, memories of Andretti’s championship win, how he raced Damon’s father Graham at the Indy 500 and what it was like to race against the F1 titans of the 1970s. Calling all F1 fans from Austin to Auckland to Abu Dhabi! If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask the 96 World Champ, record it as a voice memo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org This episode is sponsored by: sons.co.uk use the code F1NATION30 to get £30 off your first order manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION
Mark Webber on Turkey’s Winners and Spinners
Mark Webber joins TC and Natalie for a deep dive into the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix. Webber won nine times with Red Bull during his career, but he thinks his old team will have to pull out all the stops if Max Verstappen is to beat Lewis Hamilton to this year’s World Championship. Webber’s here for the big questions from the race: why did Hamilton stay out so long on his worn tyres, have Ferrari hit back against McLaren, what was Mark’s former teammate Sebastian Vettel thinking when he gambled on slicks, and how does the Fernando Alonso of 2021 compare to the driver Webber went wheel-to-wheel with? Plus Mark puts his ‘driver representative’ hat on to reveal how he’s trying to help Formula 2 championship leader Oscar Piastri make the jump to F1. This episode is sponsored by: sons.co.uk use the code F1NATION30 to get £30 off your first order manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION
Alex Albon joins our Turkish GP preview
He’ll be back on the grid with Williams in 2022 – but until then Alex Albon is flat out trying to help Red Bull prevail not only in the Turkish Grand Prix but the 2021 World Championship fight too. Alex joins TC and Damon for an in-depth chat about his Red Bull sim work, what he’s learned in his year away from F1 racing, how it feels to be replacing his mate George Russell at Williams, how the 2022 cars feel in the sim and his championship predictions. Plus, how lost passport drama struck Alex as he headed to sign his new F1 deal… This episode is sponsored by: sons.co.uk use the code F1NATION25 to get £25 off your first order manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION
Russian GP Review: History for Hamilton, heartbreak for Norris
Joy, despair, and everything in-between - Sochi served up a true classic as late rain produced a breathtaking finish. Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham and Tom Clarkson walk through how it all unfolded - from the late drama and Lando Norris's agony at missing a first Grand Prix triumph to Lewis Hamilton's record 100th, and of course Max Verstappen's spellbinding surge to second. Plus all the behind the scenes details from the paddock AND a helping of Ask Damon, with listener questions on 2022 and how to handle the most awkward media questions... To ask your questions to the 1996 F1 champ, send a voicenote to AskDamonHill@gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: sons.co.uk use the code F1NATION25 to get £25 off your first order manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION
Russian GP Preview: Can Bottas win again in Sochi?
Valtteri Bottas drops by for a chat as F1 prepares to return to the Sochi Autodrom. The track holds happy memories for the Finn: it’s where he took his first F1 victory, and he won there in 2020 as well. Valtteri is always super strong in Russia, but he thinks three teams will be fighting for the win this year. He also reveals what he’ll miss about Mercedes, why he’s excited about leading Alfa Romeo, and the tough choice of company car he’ll have at his new team. Plus, Tom’s skydiving cameo in the Netflix Schumacher documentary, Natalie’s top-secret mission with Aston Martin and we debate who’s going to get the final unconfirmed seat on the 2022 Formula 1 grid. This episode is sponsored by: LinkedIn Jobs - visit LinkedIn.com/F1NATION to post a job for free Manscaped - get 20% off and free shipping with code F1NATION
Italian GP Review: Ricciardo cashes in as Max and Lewis clash again
Phew, what a race! Once again the Italian Grand Prix at Monza delivered another humdinger of an event, full of action and incident. Here to discuss it all are Damon Hill, Natalie Pinkham and Tom Clarkson, who begin by talking about race winner Daniel Ricciardo’s remarkable weekend and recent uptick in form. Then they get into the thorny subject of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s latest clash and whether it sets a precedent moving forwards. Plus there’s all the usual behind-the-scenes stories from the paddock AND another helping of Ask Damon, with listener questions on legends racing in a sprint series and team orders. To ask your question to the 1996 F1 champ, send a voicenote to AskDamonHill@gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: LinkedIn Jobs - visit LinkedIn.com/F1NATION to post a job for free
Dutch GP review: Ross Brawn on Verstappen’s sensational home win
Max Verstappen’s orange army invaded Zandvoort at the weekend and they got just what they wanted - a sensational home win for the hard-charging Dutchman. Fresh from the circuit, Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham share their thoughts and behind-the-scenes stories from a sensational first race back at the seaside venue since the 80s. Then F1’s Managing Director of Motorsport jumps on to share his thoughts on what made the race great (and what the sport has learned for the future), what to expect at the upcoming second F1 Sprint weekend in Monza, and why he’s so enthusiastic about the latest generation of driving talent. Plus Natalie spills the beans on THAT conversation that sent Lando Norris into a fit of giggles! This episode is sponsored by: Manscaped - get 20% off and free shipping with code F1NATION
Belgian GP review: Wet wet wet
As Spa-Francorchamps delivers a washout, Tom and Natalie wring out their socks to join Damon in discussing one of the weirder weekends in F1 history. And despite the lack of race action there’s much to chat about, including whether it was right not to start the race, Lando Norris’s big crash at Eau Rouge, George Russell’s qualifying heroics - and just what this weekend means for the title race. And the gang also look ahead to the upcoming Dutch Grand Prix, where the weather forecast thankfully looks clear… And if that wasn’t enough, Damon also answers a couple more of your questions in Ask Damon. To have your question answered on the show, send a voice note to AskDamonHill@gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: manscaped.com - 20% off + free shipping with the code F1NATION LinkedIn Jobs - post a job for free at linkedIn.com/F1NATION
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Belgian GP preview with Eddie Jordan
It’s race week! After what feels like an eternity, F1 is almost back, with the teams and drivers heading to the awesome Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the Belgian Grand Prix. And who better to look forward to the action than three-time Belgian GP winner Damon Hill and Tom Clarkson, who this week are joined by Eddie Jordan, Damon’s former boss who enjoyed his first F1 win with the 1996 world champ in Spa in 1998! They discuss the unique challenge of the circuit, who the track is likely to favour, and of course look back on some moments from the past, including Schumacher’s debut in ‘91 and of course that famous first Jordan win in the wet in ‘98…
Ask Damon Special P.2 - On engine noise, UFOs, favourite smells and more!
It’s STILL the F1 summer break, so for the second and final time Damon, Tom and Natalie are back for another boredom-busting Ask Damon special. This week the 1996 F1 world champion answers your questions on his favourite sounding engine, extra-terrestrial goings on in a racing car, his favourite music, his most evocative smell and more! And don’t forget to tune in next week when normal service resumes with our Belgian Grand Prix preview episode!
Ask Damon Special Pt.1: On helmet swaps, pre-race food and doing a TV advert with Murray Walker!
It’s the F1 summer break, and that means it’s time for something different on The Nation. As the gang enjoy a well-earned rest, we’ve got a couple of special Ask Damon episodes to keep you entertained. On this week’s show 1996 world champion Damon Hill is joined by Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham as he answers YOUR questions on who he swapped helmets with, what he used to eat before a Grand Prix, who his ideal team mate is, and what it was like to film a Pizza Hut commercial with Murray Walker back in the day… This episode is sponsored by: Post a job for free at LinkedIn.com/F1Nation
Hungarian GP Review: Ocon takes his chance
Damon and Tom look back on another thrilling, crash-affected race that produced a brand-new winner: Esteban Ocon! They discuss how the Frenchman was able to hit the jackpot, unpick the opening lap crashes that proved catastrophic for Red Bull and Ferrari, discuss Lewis Hamilton’s exhausting fight back from a questionable strategy call, and why Sebastian Vettel impressed, despite his disqualification. Tom also shares some behind the scenes perspective on THAT spiky press conference answer from Max Verstappen, before former Toyota driver Allan McNish joins to discuss the top performers of the season so far. And finally there’s another edition of Ask Damon, where the champ answers YOUR questions. To ask your question to Damon, send a voice note to AskDamonHill@gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: Manscaped.com - get 20% off + free shipping with code F1NATION sons.co.uk use code F1NATION25 to get £25 off your first order
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Hungarian GP Preview: Will we see more Hamilton and Verstappen fireworks in Budapest?
After the thrills and spills of Silverstone, Damon and Tom return to preview the final race before the summer break, in Hungary. First up they discuss the continuing fallout from Hamilton and Verstappen’s clash in Britain, including that 1.8m dollar damage bill that Red Bull have revealed. Then F1 Nation’s Dutch correspondent - Jack Plooij from broadcaster Ziggo - joins the boys to discuss the view from the Netherlands, plus to offer some insight on how Verstappen might approach the Hungarian race. And finally, after a discussion on who are the favourites for silverware in Budapest, there’s another edition of Ask Damon. To ask your question to the 1996 world champ, send a voice note to AskDamonHill@gmail.com