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F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
4h ago
Rosanna and the team discuss the latest developments regarding Red Bull boss Christian Horner. We hear from Lewis Hamilton, Zak Brown and Toto Wolff. And they discuss what we can expect from the season having watched the first two practice sessions ..read more
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Horner cleared by Red Bull
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
4h ago
Rosanna and the team react to the news that Christian Horner is cleared of inappropriate behaviour. They discuss what Red Bull has said, what this means for the team and whether this will be the last we hear of it ..read more
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Back At Base: Episode 8 - The Final Piece in the Puzzle
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
2d ago
For the last three months, we have followed the Williams and Mercedes teams as they prepared and built their cars for the 2024 season. Holly Samos and Sarah Holt have been our guides as we’ve gone with them inside the factories - but now it’s almost time to return to the track. First, the teams have to launch their race cars and reveal them to the rest of the world. Williams have travelled to New York to present their car in front of their American fans and partners. For homegrown driver Logan Sargeant this is a chance to mix business and pleasure. Even on the brink of a new season, Formula 1 ..read more
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Back At Base: Episode 6 - Two Seconds to Shine
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
4d ago
Inside their high-tech Formula 1 factories, Mercedes and Williams are in a constant cycle of pushing the boundaries in the car build. And the clock is ticking. With just a few weeks to go until the start of the 2024 season, Williams are working overtime as the final components of the car go into manufacture. Team principal James Vowles says these crucial weeks towards the end of January are the busiest time for the workforce at his Oxfordshire facility, bar none. But what will be the very last piece of the car to be made? Sarah Holt and Holly Samos are going inside the factories to find out. A ..read more
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Back At Base: Episode 5 - A New Year Begins
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
4d ago
Back at base, Williams and Mercedes are returning to work after the winter shutdown. Now is the time for new beginnings – and whatever lies ahead for our two teams and the cars they are busy bringing to life inside their high-tech facilities. F1 experts Holly Samos and Sarah Holt are our guides as we catch up with the teams. At Mercedes, there is one very familiar face that everyone is pleased to see - the team’s popular star George Russell. The British racer fell ill at the penultimate race of the 2023 season in Las Vegas and has been recovering ever since. George and his performance coach Al ..read more
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Back at Base: Episode 4 - No Fat in the Plan
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
6d ago
When it comes to designing and building the new Williams and Mercedes Formula 1 cars for the looming 2024 season, there is precision and, most importantly, there is a plan. There has to be because all 10 teams are facing their first winter shutdown - a new ruling by the sport’s governing body, the FIA. But things don’t always go to plan - and the teams face a race against the clock to finish key bits of the car build before the Christmas holidays. Holly Samos and journalist Sarah Holt are going behind the scenes at two of the biggest names in F1, to the heart of their mammoth operations One of ..read more
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Back at Base: Episode 3 - A Shot at Redemption
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
6d ago
Inside the Williams and Mercedes factories, where F1 cars come to life, the workforce is putting its heart and soul into the winter tasks now well underway. There are just 14 weeks between the 2023 season and the first race of 2024 in Bahrain. In this series, we have been allowed rare access into the heart of the operations. And at the Williams facility, in rural Oxfordshire, we are about to go on a VIP tour to learn how to build an F1 car. At Brackley, home to the Mercedes’ F1 team, the factory is united by a common purpose. Mercedes dominated F1 from 2014. But when new technical rules came i ..read more
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Back At Base: Episode 2 - Big Air
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
1w ago
The Williams and Mercedes Formula 1 teams have given us unprecedented access to their top-secret facilities as they work over the winter preparing their cars for the 2024 season. At Mercedes, the team’s superstar driver Lewis Hamilton is going into a restricted area to see how that crucial work is coming along. We follow in his footsteps as F1 experts Holly Samos and Sarah Holt get a VIP tour of one of the most important tools when it comes to designing and building the most complex race cars in the world. From his position at the very top, Mercedes team principal and CEO Toto Wolff is reflect ..read more
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Back at Base: Episode 1 - The Homecoming
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
1w ago
In this series, we have been given unprecedented access to two of the biggest teams in Formula 1 - Mercedes and Williams. It’s a few days after the final race of the 2023 season, and the teams are returning home to their UK factories after an epic year. It’s time to enjoy the year’s hard-fought success with the workforce of hundreds back at base. And we are there with them - our F1 experts Holly Samos and Sarah Holt added to the guest list. After a dramatic season finale in Abu Dhabi, the sport’s seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and team principal, Toto Wolff, are leading the celebra ..read more
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Red Bull, Horner and a lot of questions
F1: Chequered Flag
by BBC Radio 5 Live
2w ago
Eleanor Oldroyd looks at the latest developments regarding Red Bull Racing and their team principal Christian Horner. She is joined by Andrew Benson, Rebecca Clancy and Sam Bird as they hear from Horner himself, who spoke for the first time since allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made against him. And with Lewis Hamilton’s shock decision to leave Mercedes for Ferrari, we hear from Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff ..read more
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