New episodes of our Bring Back V10s classic F1 podcast are released early and ad-free to The Race Members’ Club.
Every time a new episode is uploaded, you’ll be able to find it at the top of this page in advance of the usual Thursday release date.
Thank you for being part of our Members’ Club. We really appreciate your support. Keep an eye on your email inbox later in the series, as we’ll be offering members the chance to submit your questions for a special episode devoted to the things you want to know from the V10 era of F1.
S5 E3: The Walrus Williams
Williams’s slide down the F1 pecking order in the 2000s began with the infamous ‘Walrus’ nose design it started the year with in 2004. Jonathan Williams and Karun Chandhok join Glenn Freeman to reflect on the memorable but ultimately unsuccessful design, which was ditched mid-season. We look into why the team tried it, why it didn’t work, and the upheaval Williams was going through behind the scenes, with both drivers moving on for 2005, a major technical shake-up inside the team, and growing tension with BMW.
S5 E2: Spanish GP 2001
The 2001 Spanish Grand Prix was a day to forget for McLaren. Not only did Mika Hakkinen lose victory by breaking down on the final lap, but team boss Ron Dennis landed himself in hot water with David Coulthard by incorrectly suggesting the Scot suffered ‘brain fade’ when his car stalled on the grid. Mark Hughes and Matt Beer join Glenn Freeman to reflect on those stories plus everything else that was going on in F1 at the time, including the return of driver aids, Jaguar’s struggles, Flavio Briatore vs Jenson Button, and BAR’s first podium.
S5 E1: British GP 1998
As a special festive present to our members, we’ve released episode one of series five THREE WEEKS early! For the first time in Bring Back V10s history we’re heading to 1998, and the controversial finish to the British Grand Prix. Edd Straw and Gary Anderson join Glenn Freeman to discuss the shambles that led to Michael Schumacher claiming victory while entering the pits to serve a penalty, as well as all the other major talking points from the race and what was going on in F1 at the time.
Bonus: More of your questions answered
In our latest exclusive bonus episode of Bring Back V10s for The Race Members’ Club, we’re tackling more of your questions that we didn’t get to at the end of series four. Edd Straw joins Glenn Freeman to talk about subjects including Jordan vs Vodafone, the worst drivers and cars of the era, giantkilling performances, controversial former FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre, and Alex Wurz’s F1 career. We also revisit our discussion with Jonathan Williams about how his family’s F1 team approached looking for a new driver line-up for 2005. We heard from Jonathan briefly in our Monaco 2004 episode, but now our members can hear the uncut interview!
Bonus: A Williams insider on Mansell’s 1994 return
In this special bonus episode, former Williams commercial chief Richard West recalls what it was like to be one of the key figures involved in bringing Nigel Mansell back for four races in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna. We heard from Richard a couple of times in our Mansell 1994 episode earlier in the series, but now our members can listen to his full interview uncut!
S4 E12: Ask us anything – part two
Series four of Bring Back V10s ends with us taking more questions from our audience. Edd Straw and Matt Beer join Glenn Freeman to tackle topics including Montoya vs Villeneuve if they’d been team-mates at Williams, which Hockenheim layout was best, how Michael Andretti would have got on at Ferrari rather than McLaren, Senna and Schumacher as team-mates, the 107% rule, how good Luca Badoer really was, McLaren vs Williams in 1991, plus the best and worst seasons of the V10 era and much much more.
S4 E11: Ask us anything – part one
Gary Anderson and Mark Hughes join Glenn Freeman for the first of our two-part Bring Back V10s series finale, where we’re taking questions submitted on Twitter, via email, from podcast reviews, and of course those submitted by The Race Members’ Club. Topics for this episode include: Mika Hakkinen vs Michael Schumacher, the loophole Williams and Jordan exploited in the 1996 head protection regulations, grooved tyres, why V10s took over in F1, Ferrari’s brief disqualification from the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix, Flavio Briatore’s impact on F1, and why Mark doesn’t rank Alain Prost as one of his top F1 drivers of all time.
S4 E10: BAR 1999
BAR burst onto the F1 scene in 1999 with sky high expectations… then finished bottom of the championship in its first season without scoring a single point. Edd Straw and Sam Smith join host Glenn Freeman to revisit how this big-budget team got things so wrong at the first attempt – featuring insight from Adrian Reynard, who was one of the team’s founders and became mired in the politics that ran riot in a season where BAR was unreliable on the track and controversial off of it.
S4 E9: Multi 21 – Malaysia 2013
Bring Back V10s ventures into the V8 era of F1 to revisit the famous ‘Multi 21’ dispute between Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. Karun Chandhok and Edd Straw join Glenn Freeman to discuss the fall-out in great detail, as well as looking at everything else that was going on in F1 around that time, from complaints about Pirelli’s tyres, McLaren and Williams battling poor new cars, and the other team orders incident that took place at Mercedes
S4 E8: Andrea Moda
Perry McCarthy joins Edd Straw and host Glenn Freeman to recall what it was like being a part of the infamous Andrea Moda backmarker team in 1992. We revisit how the team ended up in F1, why it was thrown out of the first race it turned up to, battling to get its new cars ready to even run, how it somehow qualified for a race, the bizarre reasons it ended up missing some grands prix entirely, and just how bad things got before it was kicked out of F1 a week after its team boss had been arrested in the paddock.
S4 E7: Brazil 2003
The 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix will forever be remembered as a day of chaos for F1, and the race where the correct winner wasn’t declared until five days after the race. Mark Hughes and Gary Anderson join Glenn Freeman to recall their memories of being at Interlagos that day, and Gary gives his first-hand account of how Jordan pulled off a shock victory with one of the slowest cars on the 2003 grid – plus what went on behind the scenes when McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen was mistakenly given the victory. We also discuss Ferrari’s rocky start to 2003, that season’s controversial rule changes, why Michael Schumacher was such a fan of driver aids, and the infamous Turn 3 car park of crashed cars caused by the track flooding during the race.
S4 E6: Mansell’s 1994 comeback
Nigel Mansell made a shock return to Formula 1 for four races with Williams in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna. Karun Chandhok and Edd Straw join Glenn Freeman to look back in detail at how Mansell ended up combining a part-time F1 schedule with his unsuccessful Indycar title defence, what was going on behind the scenes around the deal, and why Williams didn’t keep him for 1995.
S4 E5: Monaco 2004
Mark Hughes and Scott Mitchell join Glenn to revisit the only win of Jarno Trulli’s F1 career, which came in commanding fashion on the streets of Monte Carlo in 2004. It was an eventful weekend for F1 on and off track, with Ferrari’s dominance of the season being broken, controversial incidents involving Takuma Sato, Giancarlo Fisichella, Fernando Alonso, Ralf Schumacher, and of course Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher colliding in the tunnel… behind the safety car. We also look at the driver market, McLaren’s B-spec car development, and even Jaguar’s lost diamond.
S4 E4: Imola 1989
Edd Straw and Sam Smith are on hand with Glenn to go all the way back to the second race of the V10 era: the 1989 San Marino Grand Prix. Among the many talking points from F1 at that time, the two unforgettable moments from that Imola weekend were the fireball accident that Gerhard Berger survived, and the huge falling out between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost that became the true beginning of one of F1’s most famous rivalries spiralling out of control.
S4 E3: France 2002
Mark Hughes and Gary Anderson join Glenn to look back on an eventful weekend at Magny-Cours, where Michael Schumacher claimed his fifth world championship, denying Kimi Raikkonen a maiden F1 win with a late pass after the McLaren slid wide on oil. We also discuss the demise of Arrows, and Jordan’s bid to draft in Heinz-Harald Frentzen as a last-minute replacement for the injured Giancarlo Fisichella – one year after the team fired the German.
S4 E2: When Schumacher moved to Ferrari
Ex-F1 driver and Sky Sports F1 expert Karun Chandhok and Matt Beer join Glenn to reflect on how Michael Schumacher’s switch from Benetton to Ferrari for 1996 rocked the F1 driver market. We look at why Schumacher turned down offers from Williams and McLaren, how much Ferrari was paying him, the moves that happened elsewhere on the grid once his deal was signed, the long list of drivers that turned down the chance to be his team-mate, and his rocky first winter spent in the red of Ferrari.
S4 E1: Alonso’s rookie year with Minardi
Series four of Bring Back V10s begins with an in-depth look at Fernando Alonso’s rookie year in F1, spent at the back of the grid with Minardi. Mark Hughes and Edd Straw join Glenn to discuss how Alonso ended up being placed in the slowest car on the grid by Flavio Briatore, the ownership change on the eve of the season that saved the team, Alonso’s heroics that embarrassed some midfield teams he had no business battling with or qualifying ahead of, and why Renault chose to have him test full-time in 2002 rather than carry on racing.