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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…

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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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…




How Max earned his crown - Abu Dhabi GP Review

At the end of a blockbuster season, Formula 1 has a new champion. Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill get together for one last time in 2021 to discuss the electrifying Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Max Verstappen’s dramatic title-winning overtake and Lewis Hamilton’s dignity in defeat. Damon explains what sets Verstappen and Hamilton apart from the rest of the grid, Natalie remembers an early encounter with Max and his sister, and Tom tries to solve a big F1 issue… using diggers. The trio...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...