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


  • Vettel leaves Ferrari and F1’s restart

    May 15 2020

    Jennie and the team reflect on a busy week for F1 as Sebastian Vettel’s departure from Ferrari leads to a flurry of departures and signings across the paddock. We also learn about plans to restart the season in July.

  • What coronavirus means for the F1 season

    Mar 20 2020

    Jennie Gow is joined by Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson to discuss what’s been a busy week of announcements regarding the future of Formula One. We hear which races have been postponed or cancelled and how the teams are planning to help the NHS. Plus, the team reflect on the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix weekend just hours before it was scheduled to start.

  • The Big F1 Quiz of the Year

    Dec 24 2019

    Steve Rider hosts a special end of year quiz as the 5 Live F1 team battle it out to show who has the best knowledge of the 2019 Formula 1 Season.

  • Jenson Button: A ten year anniversary special

    Oct 18 2019

    Ten years ago today, Jenson Button was crowned the Formula 1 world champion. In this special episode he sits down with Victoria Turner to reminisce about that fairy-tale season in 2009 and the many highs and some lows that came with it.

  • Italian Grand Prix Qualifying Review

    Sep 07 2019

    Claire and the team reflect on a farcical end to qualifying at Monza where only two drivers managed to start their final lap. It was Charles Leclerc that took pole, from Lewis Hamilton in second. We hear from both drivers.

  • 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.