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Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 live presents a round-up of the race weekend.


  • China Review

    Apr 14 2019

    Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson look back at what turned out to be a comfortable victory for Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese Grand Prix. We also discuss team orders at Ferrari and whether it was fair Daniil Kvyat received a penalty.

  • China Qualifying Review

    Apr 13 2019

    Alex Jacques, Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson review a busy qualifying session from Shanghai which saw Valtteri Bottas fend off team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position ahead of tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix. We hear from both Mercedes drivers and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel and also discuss Red Bull’s huge error.

  • Bernie Ecclestone Special

    Apr 11 2019

    As Formula One celebrates its 1000th race this weekend, the 5 live F1 team sit down with the former boss of the sport Bernie Ecclestone. We hear his views and memories on a wide variety of topics from attending that first race in 1950, to what he now misses about the sport and why Ferrari need to return to winning ways.

  • Bahrain Review

    Mar 31 2019

    After a busy race under the lights in the desert, Jack and Jolyon reflect on Lewis Hamilton’s surprise victory in Bahrain after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was denied a first F1 win due to an engine failure. Mercedes ended up with another maximum points finish but the young Ferrari driver did manage to hold on for third.

  • Bahrain Qualifying Review

    Mar 30 2019

    Jack and Jolyon look back at a busy qualifying session after Charles Leclerc took his first F1 pole in only his second weekend in a Ferrari. The pair ask what this means for both the team and Sebastien Vettel. They also ask how worried should Red Bull and Renault after both teams look short on pace.

  • Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

    Mar 28 2019

    Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer and Jack Nicholls preview the second race of the Formula One season in Bahrain. The team ask if Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas can follow up his opening victory in Melbourne, or if teammate Lewis Hamilton can strike back. And after a slow start in Melbourne, the panel assess if we'll see any improvement from Ferrari this time around. The team also hear from Mick Schumacher, son of German legend Michael, who is to make his F1 testing debut for Ferrari.

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

    Nov 25 2018

    Jennie Gow, Jack Nicholls and former Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer discuss a thrilling final race of the season in the desert as Lewis Hamilton wrapped a championship winning season in style with victory in Abu Dhabi.

  • Fernando Alonso Special

    Aug 31 2018

    We sit down with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso who reflects on his career and explains why he is leaving the sport. Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer and the BBC's chief F1 sports writer Andrew Benson also look Alonso's legacy and discuss what the future holds for the Spaniard.

  • Hungarian Grand Prix Review

    Jul 29 2018

    Lewis Hamilton signs off the first half of the F1 season with a win in Hungary and now holds a 24 point lead over title rival Sebastian Vettel. Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer and Jack Nicholls discuss.

  • Grid Girls

    Dec 14 2017

    As the popularity, participation and coverage of women’s sport continue to grow – Jennie Gow investigates whether the use of grid girls is a sexist, outdated relic in 2017. Hear the thoughts of the models themselves alongside F1 drivers, team and circuit bosses. Plus find out how the issue is being considered in boxing, cycling and darts.

  • P1: Lewis, Mercedes and the art of qualifying

    Oct 12 2017

    Jennie Gow presents a Formula One special looking at why Lewis Hamilton has recorded more pole positions than any other driver. Hear from Hamilton himself, his former team-mate Jenson Button, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Allan McNish on what sets Hamilton apart on a single lap shoot-out.

  • Monaco Grand Prix Review

    May 28 2017

    The 5 live F1 team look back at the Monaco Grand Prix which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

  • Bottas joins the Spanish Grand Prix Preview

    May 10 2017

    Fresh from winning the Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas joins our podcast looking ahead to the Spanish Grand Prix. We ask him; can he beat Hamilton again?

  • Australian Grand Prix Review

    Mar 27 2017

    Jack Nicholls and the 5 live F1 team review the opening race of the 2017 season which saw Sebastian Vettel take victory in Australia.

  • F1 is back: New cars, drivers, regulations and owners

    Mar 21 2017

    The 5 live Formula 1 team bring you up to speed with the latest F1 news and interviews. Plus a preview of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

  • Season Preview with Toto Wolff

    Feb 16 2017

    Jennie Gow is joined by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, deputy team principal of Williams Claire Williams, Mark Gallagher and Andrew Benson to look ahead to the 2017 Formula One season.

  • Abu Dhabi GP Preview

    Nov 24 2016

    The 5 live F1 team look ahead to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the season comes to a climax. Will Rosberg or Hamilton win the World Championship? Long Synopsis

  • Brazilian GP Preview

    Nov 10 2016

    The 5 live Formula One team look ahead to what could be a pivotal Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

  • American Grand Prix Preview

    Oct 20 2016

    Tom Clarkson and the team are in Austin to preview the American Grand Prix - can Lewis Hamilton put pressure on Nico Rosberg in the race for the World Championship?

  • Belgian Grand Prix Preview

    Aug 25 2016

    Tom Clarkson presents a preview of the Belgian Grand Prix with the 5 live F1 team.

  • Max Verstappen: Mercedes and Ferrari are great, but I'm happy with Red Bull

    Mar 03 2016

    Jennie Gow and Jack Nicholls look ahead to the 2016 Formula 1 season, with the latest from pre-season testing. You'll hear from rising star Max Verstappen, who outlines his hopes for the new campaign.