Podcasts and videos

Podcasts and videos

Look out for our new podcast each month, bringing you the latest in the fascinating world of Formula 1®  thanks to our UBS Race Strategy Expert James Allen *.

This month we’ll be speaking to the reigning world champions, as well as a former world champion and his team boss under pressure to rediscover the winning formula.

And we’ll be asking whether it’s possible for a driver to do a Perfect Lap in F1.

Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel looks back on the season, explains his run of form since the summer and pays an unlikely tribute to his team mate.

Red Bull design ace Adrian Newey explains how his group made the car unbeatable in the second half of the season

Holly Samos hears Jenson Button talking about how McLaren can be better competitors next season with the massive rule changes coming in.

And, staying at Woking, Holly gets down to brass tacks with McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh on why this has been McLaren’s most disappointing season since 1980

And JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan is on hand to give us his insights into Vettel’s success and whether he, as an experienced F1 engineer, has ever seen a Perfect Lap.

Running order

00.00 Introduction
01.27 Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey on their 2013 season
10.47 Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Team Principal on his team’s performance this year
23.01 Jenson Button, McLaren driver on looking ahead to 2014
33.09 JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan on the Perfect Lap – Does it exist?
38.33 Wrap up

Duration 39.15

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for October. This month we have two F1 legends, a team owner, the man who would be FIA president and a glimpse into the future with 2014 technology.

Murray Walker needs no introduction, the legendary commentator celebrates his 90th birthday this month and, as a colleague of his for many years, I went for a frank and personal chat with the great man.

Alain Prost is currently F1’s only four times world champion, but he’ll soon be joined on that number by Sebastian Vettel. His in house rivalry at McLaren with Ayrton Senna in the 1980s is part of F1 folklore – so who better to analyse Ferrari’s decision to pair Fernando Alonso with Kimi Raikkonen?

Caterham team owner Tony Fernandes , a business man in the worlds of airlines and football clubs, brings a real world perspective to F1 and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks about the failure of teams to control costs.

David Ward has worked at the FIA for over a decade and has decided to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA presidency, on a ticket of reform of governance and financial transparency.

And we get a closer understanding of how F1 will change next year with the advent of the new small capacity hybrid turbo engines – Holly Samos speaks to Andy Cowell, boss of Mercedes engine division, which is tipped to have the best powertrain and former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan gives his take on what fans will see in 2014.

Running order:

00.00 Introduction
01.50 Murray Walker reflects on his career as he turns 90
14.02 Alain Prost on Vettel and two top drivers in one team
18.23 Caterham owner Tony Fernandes on cost control in F1
23.00 FIA Presidential candidate David Ward
28.25 Holly Samos speaks to Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell
34.36 Mark Gillan on the 2014 engine changes
40.50 Wrap up

Duration 41.23

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for September.

This month with the announcement that Red Bull are giving the big break at their championship winning team to 24 year old Daniel Ricciardo, we are going to look at opportunity
in F1.

In this edition we will hear from a woman making moves in F1 – Claire Williams has been given the opportunity to progress to the highest levels of team management and is now deputy team principal at Williams. She opens up to Holly Samos.

Making moves on the track recently has been Caterham’s Guido van der Garde, who was given a chance this year by Caterham – after a difficult start to the season Guido had a breakthough result in Hungary and in qualifying at Spa. We’ll find out what F1 looks like from his cockpit and how he sees Caterham’s progress.

And we have insight from two of our regular luminaries – former Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan runs the rule over the Ricciardo move and looks at how the teams are gearing up for the challenge of all new technology in 2014, while Zak Brown founder of Just Marketing International, F1’s pre-eminent sponsor finder and business expert, explains why there aren’t enough sponsors to go around all the teams and what impact Russia is having on the business side of F1.

Running Order:

00.00 Introduction
01.39 Holly Samos speaks to Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal at Williams F1
14.11 Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde talks about the opportunity F1 has given him
23.30 Sponsor finder Zak Brown of JMI with the latest on F1 business
29.16 Wrap up

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for August. It’s the Summer Shutdown in F1, so what better way to while away the days than to listen to this insightful half hour about all things F1? And share it with your friends?

In this edition I speak to Lotus boss Eric Boullier and hear about how his team is able to punch above its weight budget-wise, his chances of retaining star driver Kimi Raikonnen for 2014 and how the team has coped with the loss of Technical Director James Allison to Ferrari

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn has overseen a resurgence of the team this season as he weighs up his own future in the sport. In a fascinating in-depth interview, exclusive to JA on F1 he gives us a unique insight into his life and work. Holly Samos draws some great answers from him, including the revelation of what he considers his greatest achievement to date.

We’ve got the latest on this year’s official Formula 1 video game, which has a new feature giving users a chance to race as the heroes of the 1970s and 80s. We speak to Codemasters Creative Director Stephen Hood.

And I get driven around the Nordschleife – the terrifying 14 mile old version of the Nurburgring- by Caterham F1 test driver Alexander Rossi

Running Order

00.00 Introduction
01.34 Lotus boss Eric Boullier
05.12 Codemasters’ F1 producer Stephen Hood on F1 2013
13.39 Holly Samos speaks exclusively to Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn
30.17 A lap of the Nordschleife with Caterham test driver Alexander Rossi
35.00 Wrap up

Total: 35.30

This month we have a very special edition coming from behind the scenes at the FIA Sport Conference week in Goodwood. The three day event, in the days leading up to the British Grand Prix weekend, featured a wide cast of characters and was focussed on the challenges facing the sport, as well as the work that has been done in key areas.

We had a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk with some of the big names.

In a rare interview, FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting explains his role and talks about the new rules on Driver Penalty points and the 2014 engines. In a fascinating insight, he estimates that the 2014 cars will be around three seconds per lap slower than today’s cars.

Maria de Villota was injured a year ago in a horrific accident while testing the Marussia F1 car at Duxford. She talks about her recovery and why it has made her a passionate ambassador for safety.

FIA President Jean Todt talks about his vision for the sport and particularly the new generation 2014 F1 turbo engines. He also speaks about the International Tribunal hearing.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag gives us an update on progress with the new series due to kick off in September 2014.

Former Williams chief engineer and JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan looks at the fiasco at Silverstone with tyre failures.

And in a reflective interview Jenson Button talks about revising his expectations in the face of a disappointing car this year and advises his team mate Sergio Perez to learn from Fernando Alonso.

It’s a must for all F1 fans looking to get closer to the sport.

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for June. 

This month we have a great mix of personalities, intrigue and insights into the money flow in F1. We talk to a Hollywood legend, the world champion team boss, a former F1 driver and we get right to the heart of the stories of the moment, with analysis of the secret Mercedes Pirelli test. Also, JA on F1 technical adviser and former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan tells us what potential benefit Mercedes may have got from the test.

F1 Business expert Zak Brown looks at where the money is coming from these days, why the Concorde Agreement still isn’t signed six months after the last one expired and why CVC is talking about postponing the flotation of F1.

With the British Grand Prix taking place later this month, BRDC president Derek Warwick gives us a very frank appraisal of how the circuit has learned lessons from last year’s washout.

And we catch up with Oscar winning movie director Ron Howard after the first preview screenings of Rush – his film about James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Welcome to the third JA on F1 podcast in our 2013 series. This month we speak to a driver and a team boss, a technical director and the man at the centre of F1′s hottest debate of the moment.

Mercedes F1 CEO Toto Wolff tells us how many marks out of 10 he gives his team for their start to 2013, talks about Lewis Hamilton’s impact on the team and whether Ross Brawn is staying; we ask rising Toro Rosso star Daniel Ricciardo about his standout drive in China and his chances of getting a Red Bull seat; we explain and analyse the changes to the Pirelli tyre range with Paul Hembery in discussion with former Williams chief engineer and JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan. We ask whether things have gone too far on the tyres’ effect on the racing. Gillan also looks ahead to the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona and talks about what updates we are likely to see on the F1 cars.

And when will one of F1′s new team score a point? We look at the challenges facing with Marussia technical director Pat Symonds in conversation with Holly Samos. He also looks ahead to what engine the team will use in 2014.

  • In a packed edition we hear from the ever-popular Kimi Raikkonen, winner of the first race of the season, on what he thinks of his fans, what he does on his days off and that infamous radio call to “leave me alone” in Abu Dhabi.
  • We get the inside track on Lotus’s sensational start to the season from to the man behind that famous win in Melbourne, Lotus technical director James Allison. He also explains what it is like to deal with the 2013 Pirelli tyres.
  • We get the thoughts of Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa on what lies ahead in 2013 and Massa explains why he is right back on the pace.
  • JA on F1 Technical adviser and Former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan explains why McLaren’s problems may take some time to fix and gives us an expert opinion on the Red Bull spat as well as analysis of which teams are looking good this year.
  • And we speak to the man behind F1 in Schools – an engineering challenge endorsed by Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 teams which is now reaching millions of children around the world.

Welcome to the first JA on F1 podcast of 2013. In this season build-up edition we have a packed podcast, as we head towards Melbourne:

  • Mercedes set the pace as testing came to a close. But are they genuine contenders? And who is looking good? Former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan, now JA on F1 Technical Adviser, analyses what we learned from the winter tests and runs the rule over the leading car and driver combinations.
  • We’ll hear how Lewis Hamilton is settling into his new home at Mercedes
  • And we catch up with the man who replaced Hamilton at McLaren, Sergio Perez. He tells us what his approach to the season will be.
  • We pair up Mercedes’ Nick Fry with a top banking analyst in the automotive sector to discuss manufacturers in F1 and whether this is the right moment for Honda to re-enter F1. Fry also talks about the changes in the Mercedes F1 team.
  • The tyres were the big talking point of last season – so what surprises will the 2013 models throw up this time? We speak to company president Marco Provera and to motorsport director Paul Hembery.
  • Five major companies have come into F1 as sponsors this winter, what does this trend mean? Leading sponsor finder Zak Brown has the answers.

* James Allen has worked in Formula 1 since 1990, and his résumé portfolio includes a range of online, print and television work. He is also the author of the 2012 UBS Race Strategy Briefings and Reports for Formula 1, written in cooperation with strategists from the F1 teams.

Race strategy

There is a huge amount of strategic work that goes on behind the scenes at every race and strategy calls often prove the decisive factor in winning or losing races -a bad decision can cost a race victory, whereas a bold gamble can sometimes steal one from the jaws of defeat.