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January 12, 2022 Alex Albon | My big break

Alex Albon | My big break

Alex Albon has a second shot at Formula 1 with Williams this year, continuing his rocky journey from karting champion to the grand prix paddock.
In our latest My Big Break podcast, he tells Chris Medland how he rose through the ranks of F3 and F2, battling for race wins and championships with Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Lando Norris.
Albon recounts losing Red Bull backing after a tricky first year in Formula Renault, before picking himself up, graduating to GP3 and challenging Leclerc for the 2015 title. He explains why his friendship with George Russell resulted in a broken collarbone that wrecked his debut F2 season; the goodwill that brought him a second year in the championship; and the bold move — combined with a timely win — that brought him back into the Red Bull fold and into an F1 seat just before a switch to Formula E.
Ahead of the 2022 F1 season, the upbeat, grounded Albon shows since again why he’s one of racing’s most popular figures.

December 24, 2021 2021 F1 season review with Mark Hughes, Chris Medland and Damien Smith

2021 F1 season review with Mark Hughes, Chris Medland and Damien Smith

Formula 1 produced a season like no other in 2021: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battled for the championship from the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix to the very final lap in Abu Dhabi. To look over the excitement, the drama, the many controversies and the occasional mistake, Chris Medland is joined by Motor Sport F1 Editor Mark Hughes and Contributing Editor Damien Smith

July 22, 2021 Podcast: Tim Schenken | Porsche’s winning formula

Podcast: Tim Schenken | Porsche’s winning formula

Tim Schenken left Australia as national hillclimb champion at the age of 22 and returned 20 years later, having competed in F1, raced the Porsche 917/10 to victory at Zandvoort, Nürburgring and Hockenheim, and found himself detained in a Florida police station alongside Ronnie Peterson.

Now Clerk of the Course for the Australian Grand Prix (when it returns), Schenken focuses on his career with Porsche in the latest Motor Sport podcast from our Porsche’s winning formula series.

He describes his early sacrifices, including at a wet Spa where his tea couldn’t afford wet tyres; the “easy to drive” 917/10; and his endless disappointment at Le Mans.

There’s also time to reflect on the challenge of getting to F1 and that story from Daytona, 1972, where he and Peterson found themselves on the wrong side of the law, and without their passports, just hours before a race.

July 15, 2021 Podcast: Brian Redman | Porsche’s winning formula

Podcast: Brian Redman | Porsche’s winning formula

Much of Brian Redman’s endurance legend was forged at the wheel of Porsche’s greatest machines.

The self-effacing Lancastrian won the Spa 1000Km four times, took three victories at the Daytona 24 Hours and has a brace of Sebring and Nürburgring overall winner trophies.

Redman joins us to give more insight into Porsche’s winning formula, recalling how his impressive early privateer appearances got him a seat at the works team, his experience of being a team-mate to Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez and what it was like to drive for a brand in relentless pursuit of performance.

He also compares Stuttgart with his other famous employer – Ferrari – and explains why Porsche engineers told him he was their “favourite driver”.

July 8, 2021 Podcast: Romain Dumas | Porsche’s winning formula

Podcast: Romain Dumas | Porsche’s winning formula

Le Mans veteran Romain Dumas joins the Motor Sport podcast to discuss all things Porsche, from his early beginnings, a learned love for Porsche and his conquering of multiple disciplines.

From Pikes Peak to fighting with Audi across Europe and the US to a Dakar ambition, Dumas’ enthusiasm for racing makes for a compelling listen.

Plus, he gives his thoughts on the future of the World Endurance Championship and why Formula E might not be the way forward many make it out to be.

July 1, 2021 Podcast: Jochen Mass | Porsche’s winning formula

Podcast: Jochen Mass | Porsche’s winning formula

If anyone knows Porsche’s winning formula, it’s Jochen Mass.

For more than a decade, he raced sports cars with the factory team, competing in seven Le Mans 24 Hour races and winning multiple world championship races.

Mass joins us for the first in our new podcast series, recalling his early days with the outfit, when the Porsche Development Centre consisted mainly of wooden sheds; and the development of the 956 and 962 with the legendary engineer, Norbert Singer.

He describes the fearsome concentration needed to drive the Nürburgring in a Group C sports car; working with team-mates including Stefan Bellof and Bobby Rahal, and explains why Porsche’s IndyCar never achieved its potential.

He’s frank, funny and doesn’t pull his punches. Sit back and enjoy.

December 29, 2020 Podcast: Martin Brundle | Motor Sport Hall of Fame 2020

Podcast: Martin Brundle | Motor Sport Hall of Fame 2020

A World Sportscar Champion; Le Mans 24 Hours winner; Formula 1 driver and now a trusted voice to millions in the Sky F1 commentary box. Martin Brundle is inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame this year, in recognition of his exceptional career behind the wheel and the microphone.

In this podcast, Brundle looks back at his racing career; his commentary break filling in for a missing James Hunt, and learning the ropes from fellow Hall of Fame inductee, Murray Walker, whose advice he follows to this day. He talks about the struggle to keep up to date with F1 in the digital age and why he’s secretly pleased that Covid put a temporary halt to his trademark grid walk.

December 4, 2020 Felipe Massa | Driving for Ferrari

Felipe Massa | Driving for Ferrari

He joined Ferrari as a test driver, partnered Michael Schumacher in his final year with the team and went on to win the 2008 F1 championship… for a few seconds.
Felipe Massa is our latest Motor Sport podcast guest, bringing tales of being part of the Maranello machine; of challenging for the title, then becoming the unmistakable number 2 driver, with the famous radio message, “Fernando is faster than you”.
It’s the inside story of a rollercoaster career at Ferrari from one of the most popular Formula 1 drivers in recent times.

November 27, 2020 Derek Bell | Driving for Ferrari

Derek Bell | Driving for Ferrari

Derek Bell shares his vivid memories of his time at Ferrari, which began when he caught the eye of Enzo Ferrari as a young F2 driver in 1968 and soon found himself touring Maranello and having lunch with the Commendatore.

But in a case of being in the right place at the wrong time, Bell describes being the victim of a pared-back Ferrari race programme.

He turned to sports cars, where once more he was seen by Enzo, in a privately-entered Ferrari 512. Another call from Maranello saw him line up for his first Le Mans race in 1970. And the rest is glorious history.