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F1 Paddock Pass

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At the start of the 1982 season, a Formula 1 crisis erupted. Angered by changes to the Super Licenses which drivers need to compete in the sport, world champion Niki Lauda rallied his fellow racers to stand together and take dramatic action in
It's the 1999 Belgian Grand Prix and rookies BAR (the team we now call Mercedes) are having a nightmare. In the space of a couple of minutes both of their cars - worth a combined six million dollars - have been smashed to pieces. The drivers ha
‘I felt that little shiver… I could have died today’. In May 2000, David Coulthard survived a tragic private jet crash in which two pilots lost their lives. Just five days later Coulthard not only raced again, but finished on the Formula 1 podi
F1 icon Ayrton Senna is livid. The three-time World Champion has been enraged by a rookie, Eddie Irvine. The 1993 Japanese Grand Prix is won, but Senna hasn’t finished fighting. He’s determined to teach Irvine a lesson. The Brazilian’s furious
It’s 1997. McLaren, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard are hiding something. It’s a genius - totally legal - invention, which gives them huge extra performance. No-one outside the team knows it exists. Then, an eagle-eyed photographer and magazi
On the eve of the tragic 1958 Cuban Grand Prix, Formula 1’s biggest star is kidnapped by armed revolutionaries. The great Juan Manuel Fangio - a five-time World Champion - is in mortal danger. What do the kidnappers want? What will they do to F
In a crash at the glamourous 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, a stunning $300,000 diamond disappears. Lost? Stolen? Real? Fake? The jewel’s fate has been a mystery for 17 years. Through new, exclusive interviews with the F1 driver, publicity genius, tea
McLaren have done it! After a season-long fight with Renault and Racing Point, it’s the papaya team that take P3 in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship - and the millions of dollars in extra prize money which come with it. F1 Paddock Pass
The 2020 F1 season ended with a statement of speed from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. Why weren’t Mercedes weren’t able to keep up with their closest rivals in Abu Dhabi? Max says victory will fuel his title challenge in 2021. Also flying high i
It all comes down to this. 55 intense laps of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will decide whether Max Verstappen steals second in the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship from Valtteri Bottas. Lando Norris has given McLaren the advantage in thei
One race left: a race for George Russell to bounce back, a race for second between Valtteri or Max, and a race for a returning Lewis Hamilton to cap a remarkable season. There are still fights to be decided, farewells to be said, and futures ha
… well, one certainly did. Sergio Perez is a Grand Prix winner, and no-one can deny he deserves it. We relive Checo’s wonderful drive from last to first and hear from the man himself. At the other end of the emotional spectrum we find George Ru
From last on the first lap, to first on the last lap: Sergio Perez finally has the Grand Prix victory his talent deserves. His drive in Sakhir was sensational. He recovered from a crash on the opening lap, overtook car after car, and held his n
Valtteri Bottas’ qualifying lap was unbeatable… but only just. George Russell was 0.026 slower. With 87 high-speed circuits to come on Sunday, which of the Mercedes will come out on top. One Red Bull driver has the black cars in his sights. Fer
A young star in the fastest car. A famous surname back on the grid. Debutants with points to prove under huge pressure. The Sakhir GP weekend has been mixed up massively due to Lewis Hamilton’s unfortunate absence. Will Buxton speaks to George
With his car in flames after a terrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, trackside teams of marshals, doctors and firefighters raced to Romain Grosjean’s aid. F1 Paddock Pass hears from the medical crew who helped extinguish Grosjean’s burnin
Romain Grosjean is ok, and that’s the most important result from the Bahrain Grand Prix. We hear from some of the heroes who ran towards his burning car to help him, and FIA Race Director Michael Masi explains how the crash and the resulting fi
0.048 between 4th and 5th. 0.002 between 6th and 7th. The grid in Bahrain was decided by margins as fine as grains of desert sand. Will Buxton talks to Alex Albon, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon about their super-close qualifying battles. Plus -
Three races left, and still so much to be decided. Drivers and teams up and down the F1 grid are still racing flat-out for points, pride and piles of prize money. Will Buxton zooms in on the fights yet to be settled between Ricciardo and Lecler
Lewis Hamilton clinched an incredible record-equalling seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix. He’s now level with Michael Schumacher in the all-time list. He did it in champion’s style with a race victory in the most challenging conditi
How did he do that? How did Lewis Hamilton win by half a minute - in a car that wasn’t the best, on a treacherous track, on tyres with no grip? Lewis and his Team Principal Toto Wolff answer those questions and more in this special edition of F
It’s Stroll on pole... definitely! Lance’s P1 was in doubt for hours after the end of qualifying, but he’s been cleared by the FIA stewards and will have clear track ahead of him at the start of the race in Istanbul. What a race it promises to
Turkey = awesome racing, everytime. It’s where Schumacher chased Alonso, where Vettel and Webber collided and where Hamilton diced with Button. A new generation of cars and drivers will take on the mighty Turn 8 and go wheel-to-wheel on the lon
F1 is an unforgiving sport. Mistakes are punished cruelly and quickly. At Imola, George Russell was on the way to his first ever career points. There were only a handful of laps to go. Then, suddenly, his chances were smashed. The Williams driv
Racing is all about risk and reward. At Imola, track position was key. Giving that up behind the safety proved costly for Sergio Perez. He explains that crucial strategy call. Daniel Ricciardo chose to stick rather than twist, and walks away wi
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