The Bring Back V10s Podcast series has been one of The Race team’s favourite things to be involved with in our first year – and it’s clearly been a hit with listeners and readers too.
The exhaustively-researched brainchild of The Race’s editor-in-chief Glenn Freeman, it celebrates Formula 1’s 1989-2005 V10 era by reliving the biggest storylines of those years and bringing new insight to them.
“The BBV10s podcast has been a joy to listen to and even more tremendous to be occasionally involved in,” says Sam Smith.
“Glenn’s research is remarkable and the structure of the episodes is first class.
“The one I really loved was the 1993 Portuguese GP episode. I can’t recall a more dramatic time in F1 in terms of what was going on off the track.
“Edd Straw, Karun Chandhok and Glenn perfectly encapsulated the drama and spectacle of a pivotal time for the sport.”
Bring Back V10s – which is back for its third series early in the new year – doesn’t just feature us journalists talking about that era. The actual stars of those storylines have also been getting involved, headlined by Mika Hakkinen joining us to talk through his 2000 Belgian Grand Prix battle with Michael Schumacher with remarkable depth.
How Montoya burst onto the F1 scene
Sir Frank Williams’ son Jonathan joined us to share the full inside story of Juan Pablo Montoya’s arrival in F1 and his wildly up-and-down first season.
Mansell’s McLaren disaster
Two names that had been bitter rivals for so long finally got together for 1995… and after just two embarrassing races it was all over. We looked back at the full story behind Nigel Mansell’s McLaren deal and why it went so wrong.
How Benetton snatched Schumacher from Jordan
Jordan brought Michael Schumacher into F1, but after just one (very brief) race he was dramatically grabbed by the Benetton team with which he’d begin his domination of the era. Gary Anderson shared the inside story.
Inside the chaos of Indy 2005
Dieter Gass – now Audi motorsport chief but then Toyota’s chief engineer – took us through what the build-up to the infamous 2005 United States GP six-car farce was like on the ground, and we were joined by opportunistic podium finisher Tiago Monteiro too.
How Jordan nearly won the 1999 world championship
For a few weeks in 1999, it really did look like everyone’s favourite underdog team might upstage McLaren and Ferrari. We looked back at the rapid rise and equally rapid demise of Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jordan’s title tilt.