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Episode 24: Monaco GP Debrief with Sebastien Buemi & Keith Collantine
June 1, 2011
Duration: 1:11:36
We are thrilled to have Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi join us online today from Switzerland. Buemi took the F1 world by storm by driving from 16th to seventh in his Grand Prix debut (Melbourne, 2009) and since then has finished top-ten on a further ten occasions, culminating in an excellent race in last Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix (tenth from 16th on the grid). Born in Aigle, Switzerland, 23-year-old Sebastien made his name with some dramatic GP2 drives in adverse conditions. He led an F1 race for the first time in Canada, 2010, and has made it through to Q3 twice so far this year. In addition, returning to join us in the studio will be F1 Fanatic's Keith Collantine, fresh off his numerous Monaco updates from his well viewed blog. With drama, shunts, controversy and glamour, the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix was definitely one for the ages.

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Episode 26: Sam Michael Interview; Season Review
June 23, 2011
Duration: 1:18:11
We are pleased to show an extended interview completed recently with AT&T Williams F1 Technical Director Sam Michael. In what could be considered an F1 state of address discussion, we talk about DRS, KERS, fuel loads, aerodynamics, brakes and much more. We will also focus on the 2011 season performances of the teams and drivers so far and see where we're headed before the August break.

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Episode 27 Preview: European GP; James Allen
June 27, 2011
Duration: 5:37

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Episode 27: European GP; James Allen & FOTA Fans' Forum
July 1, 2011
Duration: 1:06:32
Today, in-studio, we are pleased to welcome James Allen to the show. A prolific author, TV presenter and observer of all aspects of F1, James has been an integral part of the sport since the early 1990s. The son of former racing driver, Bill Allen, James is today at the forefront of the FOTA Fans' Forum. After the first Forum launched in Montreal earlier this month, James will monitor the next Forum in Woking, UK, tomorrow on June 30th. In addition, we will also delve into this past weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia.

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Episode 28 Preview: British GP Preview; Pirelli's Paul Hembery
July 5, 2011
Duration: 8:41

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Episode 28: Silverstone; Pirelli's Paul Hembery
July 6, 2011
Duration: 57:23
The 2011 F1 season has been all about the tyres, and we have just the person to discuss how that has been progressing. Paul Hembery, Director of Motorsport for Pirelli will join us in the studio today to talk about their first season in formula one, feedback they've received and how he sees the upcoming British GP from a tyre point-of-view.

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Episode 29 Preview: British Grand Prix review and live interview with Nico Hülkenberg
July 12, 2011
Duration: 6:07

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Episode 29: Nico Hülkenberg Interview
July 13, 2011
Duration: 1:02:35
Fresh from Fernando Alonso's and Ferrari's first win of the season at Silverstone and the hot topic of Red Bull Racing's team orders, we welcome back to the studio, technical F1 analyst Craig Scarborough, from ScarbsF1's Blog. In addition, speaking to us live online from Switzerland will be Force India's test & reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg, who will offer his views on Silverstone and update us on his progress in the competitive world of F1.

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Episode 30 Preview: German GP Preview; Lotus Renault's James Allison Interview
July 19, 2011
Duration: 3:27

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Episode 30: James Allison; Germany GP Preview
July 20, 2011
Duration: 1:10:34
James Allison is the Technical Director of Lotus Renault Grand Prix and the recently-appointed head of FOTA's Technical Regulations Group. We will show our interview with James in three 10-minute segments. The son of Air Chief Marshal Sir John Allison, KCB, CBE, a Gulf War veteran and noted test and aerobatic pilot, James graduated in mechanical engineering (aerodynamics) and worked for Benetton F1 during the championship-winning years with Michael Schumacher. Allison's success story continued at Ferrari, where he was a key part of Schumacher's additional championship wins - and then he returned to Renault F1 in 2005, working under Bob Bell in the victorious Fernando Alonso era. In addition, we will discuss the upcoming German GP and which teams and drivers are best suited at the Nürburgring.

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Episode 31 Preview: German GP de-brief and 2014 F1 regs with Craig Scarborough
July 25, 2011
Duration: 5:49

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Episode 31: German GP Debrief, 2014 Regulations
July 28, 2011
Duration: 1:23:50
Peter discusses the sensational German GP with the inimitable Craig Scarborough and looks ahead to this weekend's Hungarian GP. Can Lewis Hamilton and McLaren-Mercedes win again? Will Red Bull Racing bounce back? Can Ferrari win another? Peter and Craig also examine the new 2014 F1 technical regulations - both chassis and engines. Are they all step forwards? And what will the new cars look like? All this and more on Episode 31.

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Episode 32 Preview: Hungarian GP Debrief with Keith Collantine & F1 Statistician Sean Kelly
August 1, 2011
Duration: 2:10

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Episode 32: Hungarian GP Debrief with F1 Fanatic & F1 Statistician Sean Kelly
August 3, 2011
Duration: 1:13:25
In Episode 32, Peter is joined in the studio by Keith Collantine, the editor and founder of one of the world's most successful F1 websites - F1 Fanatic. A passionate and knowledgable F1 enthusiast who embraced the new-media generation well ahead of his time, Keith is respected up and down the F1 pit-lane. He is joined by Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman), who is unquestionably F1's leading statistician as well as a budding author of detailed F1 books. An Englishman by birth, Sean is now based in San Diego, California. As the supplier of detailed statistics to several major TV networks, including SpeedTV and the BBC, Sean regularly attends races and joins us on The Flying Lap fresh from the Hungaroring. We look back at Jenson Button's phenomenal win in Hungary; we discuss the storm created by the news that British F1 fans will see only 50 per cent of the races live next year on the BBC; we look at the potential for Sky's F1 coverage; and we talk, too, about the ongoing Lotus litigation - something that was again in full view of the public in London's High Court last week.

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Episode 33 Preview
August 16, 2011
Duration: 8:15

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Episode 33: Belgian GP Preview; McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo & @virtualstatman
August 23, 2011
Duration: 1:20:00
With back-to-back wins for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in Germany and Hungary, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes went into the August break on a high. Can the two British stars continue the momentum as the F1 world re-ignites at the Belgian GP at Spa? McLaren Racing's MD, Jonathan Neale, joins us live from the McLaren Technology Centre, in Woking, England, to talk us through the team's preparation for Spa and their chances of winning still more races in this 19-round championship. And, two days after his brace of podium finishes at Silverstone WSR - and only four before he returns to F1 to race for HRT at Spa - F1's most talked-about star of the future, Daniel Ricciardo, joins us live to talk about his meteoric career, his hopes and his goals. F1's favourite stats man, Sean Kelly, also returns to The Flying Lap to look ahead at the Belgian GP. Any questions about this great circuit and equally famous race? Sean will be with us to share his unique blend of knowledge and raw passion.

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Episode 34 Preview
August 30, 2011
Duration: 4:58

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Episode 34: Belgian GP Debrief with Adrian Sutil
September 2, 2011
Duration: 1:03:12
A classic Belgian GP resulted in yet another one-two finish for Red Bull Racing - the team's tenth. This, though, was a race with a difference. A small window of dry-weather running on Saturday placed a premium on Pirelli tyre management on Sunday; there were eight lead changes in the first 18 laps. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Jenson Button carved his way through the field from 13th to the podium; Michael Schumacher, celebrating the 20th anniversary in F1, became the sixth successive driver to score points after being eliminated in Q1; and Force India's Adrian Sutil was in the points again, this time climbing from 15th to an excellent seventh. Live from Switzerland, Adrian joins us to talk about this amazing race - the usual first-corner dramatics, the tyre situation, his battles with Schumacher and Lotus Renault's Vitaly Petrov - and about his love for this most historic of F1 venues.

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Episode 35 Preview
September 6, 2011
Duration: 5:07

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Episode 35: Italian GP Preview with Romain Grosjean and ScarbsF1
September 6, 2011
Duration: 1:06:22
Romain Grosjean, the newly-crowned GP2 Champion and Reserve Driver for Lotus Renault GP, is our guest on Ep 35 of The Flying Lap. A driver of enormous talent at the forefront of the new French resurgence in top-line motor sport, Romain won in Formula Renault before clinching the 2007 F3 Euroseries with the legendary ASM team. Instantly quick in GP2, winning the 2008 Asia series for ART (ASM) and two rounds of the GP2 Main Series, he switched to the Spanish Barwa Addax team for 2009. Romain won the feature races at Barcelona and Monaco before being invited to replace Nelson Piquet in the Renault F1 team, debuting in the European Grand Prix at Valencia. Romain's graduation was not easy and for 2010 he found himself in a position of having to re-invent his career in lower-profile GT and AutoGP events. These were difficult times, but the Frenchman showed enormous strength of character - so much so that DAMS invited him to stand-in for Jerome d'Ambrosio at Hockenheim. Romain quickly demonstrated his customary pace - but combined that with an altogether different, more worldly-wise attitude. He continued with DAMS in 2011, winning both the Asia and Main Series and now again finds himself on the crest of the F1 wave. As we look ahead to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, we are also joined in the studio by the inimitable Craig Scarborough. Can Red Bull Racing continue to dominate as they did at Spa? Craig will talk us through the technical pros and cons.

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Episode 36: Italian GP Debrief with Derek & Conor Daly
September 15, 2011
Duration: 1:18:47
The 2011 Santander Italian Grand Prix at Monza was kaleidoscope of accidents, high-speed passes and contentious defence. No-one is better qualified to reflect on the weekend's events than Derek Daly, the FIA F1 Driver Steward for the weekend. We look in detail at the first corner accident triggered by HRT's Vitantonio Liuzzi; Derek gives us his views on the Michael Schumacher/Lewis Hamilton battle; and we re-examine the brilliance of the World Champion, RBR's Sebastian Vettel. Conor Daly, fresh from an amazing run to sixth place in the GP3 on Saturday (from 17th on the grid) talks about his season with Carlin Motorsport, his success in the US this year in Indy Lights - and what life is like for a young American driver on the F1 trail.

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Episode 37 Preview
September 19, 2011
Duration: 5:34

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Episode 38: Singapore Debrief with ScabsF1 & Timo Glock
September 29, 2011
Duration: 1:04:59
The SingTel Singapore GP was another Seb Vettel classic. Jenson Button set fastest lap towards the end of the race in his McLaren-Mercedes but Red Bull's World Champion otherwise stole all the stats. He won the pole, he quickly disappeared from the pack and he led every lap. Behind, other races-within-races were taking place. Jenson Button won the battle for second place and Mark Webber beat Fernando Alonso into the lower podium position. What was it like, though, for the drivers in less competitive cars? Timo Glock, lead driver for Marussia Virgin F1, joins us live from Germany to discuss his weekend in Singapore, his season to date - and the team's new technical partnership with McLaren. We also discuss technical developments with the excellent Craig Scarborough, a familiar face on The Flying Lap and an engineer-journalist respected the full length of the F1 pit-lane for his attention to detail, constant creativity and lucid descriptions of the complicated.

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Episode 39 Preview
October 3, 2011
Duration: 6:59

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Episode 40: Japanese GP Debrief; Korean GP Preview
October 12, 2011
Duration: 1:07:12
In Ep 40 of The Flying Lap this week we'll be covering a lot of ground as we look back at the Japanese GP and ahead to Korea with two F1 experts from very different parts of the world. Live from Melbourne, Australia, where he will have just stepped off the flight from Nagoya, the highly-acclaimed Australian journalist, Matthew Clayton, will be giving us his personal view of events in Suzuka. Matt has worked for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation for several years, is close to Mark Webber and happens also to be a tennis and cricket writer/author in his spare time. Then, live from the SpeedTV studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sean Kelly will be looking back, as a statistician, at the achievements of the 2010/11 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, and his formidable Red Bull Racing team. A closet Aussie V8 fan, we're sure Sean will also have something to say about the Bathurst race that took place just before (and into, time-wise!) the Japanese GP. As a special bonus, we will also be meeting Al Gibson at the ArtLondon Fair, where recently he exhibted his amazing, F1-inspired carbon sculptures. Chief Mechanic at BAR-Honda when Jenson Button won his first F1 race, Al also has plenty to say about Jenson's most recent of Grand Prix victories.

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Episode 41 Preview
October 17, 2011
Duration: 6:07

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Episode 41: Sir Jackie Stewart
October 19, 2011
Duration: 1:07:05
In this special episode we talk to Sir Jackie Stewart, three-times World Champion and the winner of 27 Grands Prix for BRM and Tyrrell. A tireless campaigner for safety and charitable causes throughout his racing career, and in the years that followed his retirement in 1973, Sir Jackie is today acclaimed globally as one of the most significant figures in the history of our sport. In the aftermath of the shocking accident in Las Vegas that cost the life of Dan Wheldon, he talks about lessons that can be learned in all disciplines of the sport - and about the F1 politics over the years that, astonishingly, have led to Sir Jackie never being asked to take a formal role (in the area of safety) within the sport. Despite that omission, there is no doubt that no single individual has done more for the safety of drivers, pit crew and spectators. We talk about his favourite cars, his most "harmonious" races, his own mental approach to racing, about the current F1 stars, about Red Bull Racing - a team he originated in Milton Keynes - and about the searching question he asked of Ayrton Senna early in 1990, now made famous by the "Senna" movie . Candid and open, Sir Jackie also talks about his battle with dyslexia and his spiritual beliefs.

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Episode 42: Nigel Mansell, OBE
October 26, 2011
Duration: 1:11:57
Our guest in Episode 42 is Nigel Mansell, the 1992 F1 World Champion and the winner of 31 Grands Prix. A hero still amongst F1 fans all over the world, Nigel rose to F1 the hard way - without sponsorship and without the early support of inner-circle British decision-makers. He had, though, a God-given talent and a cast iron determination to succeed; and, as such, he stands today as a model for all those with even a glint of ambition in their eyes. His season in 1980 was pivotal: he was quick in F3 but he was replaced in the March team mid-season when they hired a driver with money. He tested and raced occasionally for the new Ralt-Honda F2 team; and he worked long hours as a truck-driver/test driver at Team Lotus. Colin Chapman gave him an F1 chance first in Austria and then at Zandvoort. He drove the skin off those Lotus cars - and was rewarded with a full-time race drive for 1981. The rest is history. He switched to Williams in 1985, won his first race at Brands that year, joined Ferrari in 1989-90 and then returned to Williams in 1991. In 1992, setting records that still stand today, Mansell dominated the World Championship.
As if that was not enough, Nigel went on to win the 1993 IndyCar World Series for Newman-Haas and almost to take the Indy 500 at his first attempt. A driver who didn't know the meaning of giving up - or of finishing second - Nigel in retirement has devoted much of his life to charitable causes, to his family - and to his second sporting love (golf).

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Episode 44: Abu Dhabi GP Preview; Jaimie Alguersuari
November 11, 2011
Duration: 1:13:35
2011 was always going to be a big year in the life of Jaime Alguersuari - and he has stepped up to the plate with some superb drives into the points. The youngest driver ever to start a World Championship Grand Prix (Jaime was 19yrs, 125 days when he made his debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Hungary, 2009), Jaime has evolved into a consistent and fast racer. He qualified a brilliant seventh in China this year and then backed that up with a P6 in the changing conditions at Spa and then P10 in India. Jaime has also scored points in seven races so far this year, most recently in India, where he finished an excellent eighth. We spoke to Jaime at his home in Barcelona just prior to his departure for Abu Dhabi. He talks about his early days, the pressures that came with his F1 debut, his performances this year - and his love of music (specifically the music he mixes as one of Europe's most acclaimed house DJs). We are also joined live by the very experienced F1 composites engineer, Ian Thomson. With successful spells at Williams, Ferrari, Sauber and Super Aguri behind him, Ian is playing a major role in the new Moldex composites facility in India. Ian will be talking about the engineering styles and approaches of the various F1 teams and about India as a major new racing manufacturing base.

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Episode 45: Abu Dhabi Debrief with David Tremayne
November 17, 2011
Duration: 1:10:21
Our guest in the studio this week is David Tremayne, the noted F1 author and journalist. "DJT" during the golden days of "Motoring News", David has been covering all aspects and disciplines of motor sport for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, race programmes and special editions throughout the world and his books include "Nigel Mansell" and "The Lost Generation" (which chronicled the too-brief lives of Roger Williamson, Tony Brise and Tom Pryce). A world authority on land speed records, David has also written the definitive work on Donald Campbell. With David, we will be dissecting the Abu Dhabi GP, the 2011 F1 season - and much more besides. Also joining us live will be the very talented young English driver, James Calado. Having finished runner-up in this year's GP3 series, James made his mark on the world stage last Sunday not only by winning the GP2 sprint race in Abu Dhabi but also Pirelli's Eu 15,000 bonus for the best result by a GP2 rookie.

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Episode 46: Macau GP Debrief; Brazilian GP Preview
November 25, 2011
Duration: 1:11:10
In the midst of a busy week for motor sport, we talk to two key men of the moment - AT&T Williams Reserve Driver, Valtteri Bottas, and Daniel Juncadella, winner of last Sunday's Macau Grand Prix. A protege of Mika Hakkinen, the 1998-99 F1 World Champion, Finland's Valtteri Bottas excelled in karts before graduating to single-seaters. Although Valtteri is the only driver ever to win two F3 Masters events, his Euro F3 season in 2010 was nonetheless difficult. He more than made up for that in 2011, however, with a brilliant win in the GP3 Championship. Valtteri also tested for Williams after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, matching the times of regular drivers Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello, before flying off to Macau to drive for the Galaxy Double-R team. Despite a late arrival, he was right on the pace and looking at a win when he make a small mistake and touched the wall. Daniel Juncadella went on to score a momentous victory in Macau, immediately elevating his standing not only in Spain but also on the world stage. Daniel is the product of a Spanish racing dynasty - two of his uncles (Alex Soler-Roig and Luis Perez-Sala) raced in F1 and a third - Jose Juncadella - was very fast in the 1970s with a Ferrari 512M (amongst other quick machinery) - but is very much his own man.

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Episode 47: Damon Hill, OBE
December 1, 2011
Duration: 1:05:54
With the 2011 F1 season finally at an end, we talk live in the studio with the 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill. The son of Graham Hill, OBE, the double World Champion who also won the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Damon began his motor racing career relatively late and far from Prevailing Wisdom. Eschewing karts, Damon excelled on motor bikes before switching to Formula Ford and then Formula 3. It took a while for the establishment to recognize Damon as a great talent in his own right but the chance came with Sir Frank Williams in 1993, when Damon parlayed a Williams test contract into a full-time race drive. He was instantly on the pace of his esteemed team-mate, Alain Prost, and that year not only won his first Grand Prix but also the two that followed, giving him an amazing, opening hat-trick. Damon helped to steer the Rothmans Williams Renault team through the loss of Ayrton Senna in 1994 and thereafter fought closely with Michael Schumacher's Benetton, culminating in the infamy of Adelaide, 1994, when Schumacher drove into Hill when the World Championship was at stake. Damon received full payback in 1996, when he not only started every race from the front row but also won eight Grands Prix and the World Championship. Damon should have won in Hungary for Arrows in 1997 but did score one final victory for Jordan - in the wet at Spa, 1998, giving him a total of 22 wins, 20 poles and 19 fastest laps. Now recently retired as President of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), and from playing a pivotal role in the status of Silverstone as the British GP venue, Damon is now actively behind the career of the third generation of Racing Hills - his son, Josh. Fast in Formula Ford and Formula Renault, Josh, like Damon in the late 1980s, is at that time in his career when nothing is certain but everything seems there for the taking.

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Episode 48: Ferrari's Luca Baldisserri
December 7, 2011
Duration: 1:10:34
A familiar face on the Ferrari pit wall - and the podii of the world - during the epic reign of Michael Schumacher, Luca Baldisserri is an engineer with a difference. Now the guiding force behind the Ferrari Driver Academy - the F1 "university" of which every young driver with red blood in his veins would love to be a part, "Baldi" has by default become one of the most influential men in motor sport. Such promising stars as Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi comprise the public face of the FDA - but there are younger, less-known drivers under Luca's supervision. What does it take be a part of the FDA? What does it mean to associated with one of the most widely-recognized brands in the world? And how does Luca view Michael these days - and the two current Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa? We talk about all this and more on Episode 48.

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Episode 49: Season's Finale
December 14, 2011
Duration: 1:04:05
In our season 2011 finale, The Flying Lap welcomes back to the London studio two of its favourite people - Manish Pandey, Executive Producer and scriptwriter for the multi-award-winning movie, Senna, and the highly-acclaimed journalist/writer/broadcaster, James Allen. It'll be an episode for looking back at the year past - at the runaway success of Senna and also at an F1 season dominated by the brilliance of Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing-Renault. Driver rankings for the season? The best race? The most impressive rookie? The greatest moment? We will be discussing all this - and much more - on Episode 49, to be aired on Friday, December 9, prior to download release on December 14.

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Episode 50: Welcome to 2012
January 4, 2012
Duration: 1:09:18
Our first Episode of 2012 provides an opportunity to look at the Formula One season ahead - at the way the teams are adapting to the new technical regulations, at the new driver line-ups and at changes to the Sporting Rules. We'll endeavour to answer all your questions and more - and we will be doing so with the invaluable input of Craig Scarborough, one of F1's leading technical analysts. No stranger to The Flying Lap, Craig's highly-acclaimed website, http://ScarbsF1.wordpress.com, has become a focal point for both F1 team people and fans alike. Episode 50, just short of our first anniversary, also marks another first for The Flying Lap: we will be airing live, on-location, from South America.

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Episode 51: 1st anniversary, celebrating with Rubens Barrichello
January 12, 2012
Duration: 1:02:00
As The Flying Lap marks its first anniversary, we are delighted to welcome as our guest Rubens Barrichello, live from Orlando, Florida. A gentleman, a passionate racer and above all a remarkable Grand Prix driver, Rubens is as hungry today as he was when he began with karts and then Formula Vauxhall Lotus in the late 1980s early 90s. He scored his first pole and podium finish when driving for Jordan in 1994; he finished a brilliant second at Monaco for Stewart in 1997 - and he scored his first Grand Prix win in a gloriously skilful display for Ferrari at Hockenheim in 2000. He has won three Italian Grands Prix at Monza - two for Ferrari, one for Brawn - and he scored a sensational British Grand Prix victory at Silvestone for Ferrari in 2003. In addition, Rubens is the driver who gave Michael Schumacher a win in Austria, 2002 - and who then won the US Grand Prix that same year in compensation. In total, Rubens has won 11 F1 races, finished on the podium 68 times, taken 14 poles, set 17 fastest laps and scored 658 points. More than that, Rubens Goncalves Barrichello has started 322 Grands Prix - (excluding the four weekends in which he never got to race). That makes him the most experienced F1 driver in the history of the sport (ahead of Michael Schumacher, 285, and Riccardo Patrese, 256) - and the second-highest points finisher of all time.

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Episode 52: Scuderia Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne & Williams F1's Dr Mark Gillan
January 20, 2012
Duration: 1:03:59
France is in the F1 spotlight again! Three French drivers (Jean-Eric Vergne, Romain Grosjean and Charles Pic) will be racing in 2012; and there is talk, too, of a return of the French GP. At the forefront of the Renaissance, shoulder-to-shoulder with Grosjean, is the precociously-talented Vergne, a 21-year-old whose path to F1, backed by Red Bull from an early stage, has been straight and true: a successful karting career led to FRenault Campus, FRenault Eurocup, British F3 and, last year, World Series by Renault. Jean-Eric won that British F3 Championship in 2010 (driving for Trevor Carlin) and he finished runner-up in the 2011 WSR Championship, again racing for Carlin. After some late 2011 season Friday morning outings with Scuderia Toro Rosso and then a sparkling test for both STR and Red Bull Racing at Abu Dhabi, Jean-Eric (known by the diminutive "JEV") clinched the STR race drive for 2012. We spoke to him at STR's headquarters in Faenza, Italy. Also joining us on Episode 52 is the new Williams Chief Operations Engineer, Dr Mark Gillan. Highly-rated in the industry after successful careers at McLaren, Jaguar,Toyota and at the University of Surrey, where he was a Professor of Vehicle Engineering, Mark is a key part of the new face of WilliamsF1 - one that includes Mike Coughlin's style of engineering, Jason Somerville's aero department, Renault engines and Bruno Senna.

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Episode 53: The new McLaren MP4-27-Mercedes
February 2, 2012
Duration: 1:04:56
The arrival of any new McLaren F1 car is always a big occasion - but never more so than right now, on the eve of the 2012 World Championship. Will Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have the equipment they need to wrest the title from Red Bull Racing? We'll have our first look at the new challenger when it is launched to the world's media at the stunning McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England, on the morning of Wednesday, February 1; and later that day, in Episode 53 of The Flying Lap, we'll be giving you our verdict, together with a report from the day's festivities. Joining Peter Windsor in The Flying Lap studio will be our regular F1 technical expert, Craig Scarborough. We'll be discussing all aspects of the car and the team and taking live questions from F1 fans all over the globe.

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Episode 54: The Sahara Force India VJM05, live from Silverstone
February 3, 2012
Duration: 55:06
Episode 54 represents a milestone in the short life of The Flying Lap, for on this occasion we will be airing the show live from what will undoubtedly be a very chilly Silverstone - from the launch of the new Sahara Force India VJM05. We'll be talking to some key SFI team members; examining the car with Craig Scarborough; and generally soaking-up the atmosphere of an F1 Team Launch, with plenty of questions to be answered from live viewers all over the world. As well as procuring the biggest F1 sponsorship/investment deal of the past 12 months (thanks to their new association with Sahara, the massive Indian holding company until now best-known for its support of the national Indian cricket team) Force India made huge strides in 2011 against such opponents as AMG Mercedes, LotusF1 and WilliamsF1. Paul di Resta raced sensationally through his debut season and in 2012 will be joined by the last man to put a Williams on the pole - Nico Hulkenberg. And into the Third Driver slot steps one of the hottest young stars from the Ferrari Driver Academy - Jules Bianchi.

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55 Episode 55: Day 1 - F1 Testing in Jerez, Spain
February 7, 2012
Duration: 58:30
The Flying Lap reports live from Jerez, Spain, where the F1 teams are undergoing their first tests in 2012. We spoke on Monday with Kimi Raikkonen, who is making is F1 return with the Lotus F1 Team - and we've also recorded the thoughts of Craig Scarborough as he analyses the new Red Bull RB8, the Torro Rosso STR7 and the Lotus E20. With live guests also joining us for the show, Ep 55 takes you into the heart of F1's preparations for the season ahead.

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Episode 56: Looking Back at the Jerez Tests
February 11, 2012
Duration: 1:11:47
As the dusk falls at Jerez, Spain, bringing to an end the first F1 test session of the new season, Episode 56 looks back at the past four days of intense development work by the major teams. Craig Scarborough will be giving us his impressions of the new Ferrari F2012, Sauber C31, Torro Rosso STR7 and Williams FW34 and will also be talking about a hot technical topic of 2012 - roll-hoops. We also recorded the thoughts of Renault's Rob White on how the Championship-winning engine builders are facing the task of supplying four teams. We reported live from Jerez at the start of the week, on Episode 55; today's show brings the Jerez test to a conclusion.

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Episode 57: F1 Photographer Darren Heath
February 16, 2012
Duration: 1:08:29
Like mechanics, F1 photographers are a breed apart. They are both artists and artisans; they live in the motor sport background, blending into a scenery that they themselves create; and, most of the time, they must be so passionate about their world that they are prepared to work for nothing. One such is Darren Heath, a genius I was fortunate to meet in the late 1990s, when we were all working at Haymarket's new monthly magazine, F1 Racing. It was easy, teaming with Darren - just as I'd always had a smooth time with such snappers as Nigel Snowdon, David Phipps, Peter Cramer, Keith Sutton, Michael Cooper and Maurice Rowe: my mediocre copy, I knew, would inevitably be carried by the creativity of Darren Heath. Today a freelance, with both editorial and commercial clients, Darren is roundly acknowledged as the....Fernando....of his industry. Or, perhaps, the Lewis. We shall see when we meet him in Episode 57. Fresh from his head-turning exhibition in London, Darren will be talking us through some of his best works, his life, his loves and his taste for what is right in the world of Formula One - and, yes, for what is not so right.

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Episode 58: Barcelona F1 Testing
February 22, 2012
Duration: 1:15:13
As the 2012 season gathers pace, so The Flying Lap focuses again on the new cars and team/driver combinations. Peter Windsor, fresh from attending the opening day of F1 testing at Barcelona, will be talking about all this and more with our regular technical expert, Craig Scarborough. There's the new Mercedes to analyse and questions to answer about the new Lotus F1. Quick in Jerez, the car was withdrawn from the Barcelona tests after only a few laps of running. How quick is the new Red Bull RB8? And does the new McLaren have the pace to win? Find out on Episode 58 of The Flying Lap.

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Episode 59: Mario Andretti
February 29, 2012
Duration: 1:13:44
It is very difficult to sum-up the man and the racing driver that is Mario Gabriele Andretti. For now, then, let's just adhere to the statistics: he is the only driver ever to have won the F1 World Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. (True: he never won Le Mans - but he finished second there in 1995 and he was third at the Circuit of the Sarthe, sharing a Porsche with his son, Michael, in 1983. He also helped Ferrari secure the 1972 World Sports Car Championship; and, in 1970, at the Sebring 12 Hours, drove one of the greatest races in sports car history to win in the closing stages.) He was won four IndyCar Championships from 52 race victories, countless more sprint and midget events, the Pikes Peak hill-climb and even a drag race. He is one of only three drivers ever to have taken the pole for his first F1 race - and his 12 Grand Prix victories and 18 poles came with two of the biggest names in the sport - Scuderia Ferrari and Team Lotus. Mario was as competitive in his 40s as he was in his 20s and raced at Le Mans as recently as 2000, when he was 60. He remains one of only two Americans ever to win the World Championship. And he is today the fully-active, passionate head of a family racing dynasty that has produced Michael, Jeff, John, Marco - and also, in the early years, twin brother Aldo. Mario, who turned 72 yesterday, is also a man of the times: he is on Twitter (@MarioAndretti); his website (http://marioandretti.com) is a feast of Italian operatic scores, images and stats; and he is the new face of Go Daddy.com, the domain name company. Very appropriately, a huge Mario Andretti billboard recently dominated Times Square in New York City.

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Episode 60: John Watson, MBE
March 7, 2012
Duration: 1:13:14
With Peter Windsor this week marking his 40th year in F1, The Flying Lap is delighted to invite John Watson into the London studio to share with us some of the highs and lows of the past four decades - and also to bring his own, inimitable twist to the F1 race prospects for 2012. A beautifully clean and fast racing driver, John is perhaps best-known for winning the 1981 British GP at Silverstone. This was McLaren's first win with the pioneering carbon-fibre chassis - and also the team's first since October, 1977. He also scored an emotional debut victory for Penske in Austria, 1976, exactly one year after the team lost their American star, Mark Donohue, and became a big name in the USA thanks to his two stunning victories for McLaren on the Detroit and Long Beach street courses in 1982 and 1983. On both occasions he sliced through the field not only to win but also to beat his brilliant team-mate, Niki Lauda. In retirement, John has been highly-acclaimed globally for his F1 analysis and commentary on all media platforms, including TSN in Canada, BBC Radio 5 Live, Eurosport and Sky Digital Plus.

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Episode 61: Qantas Australian GP preview
March 14, 2012
Duration: 1:03:42
As the new F1 season bursts into life in Melbourne, we preview the race - and the season ahead - with a detailed look at the teams, cars and variables that may come into play. The very talented Craig Scarborough has in previous episodes talked us through the new cars and the developments we have seen during testing - but what will be the final, race specifications we'll see in Melbourne? Can Red Bull Racing begin where they left off in 2011? Or have the new regulations opened the door to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Scuderia Ferrari or perhaps to LotusF1 or Mercedes AMG Petronas? In addition, and in the first of regular updates we'll have throughout the year, WilliamsF1 Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, will be guiding us through the key, specific, elements of F1 racing on the Melbourne circuit.

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Episode 62: QAGP debrief; Petronas Malaysian GP Preview
March 22, 2012
Duration: 1:14:58
The 2012 F1 season is now firmly under way, with two, demanding double-header race weekends stretching human resources and logistics to the limit. To this backdrop, we catch up with an ebullient Romain Grosjean while the memory of his stunning Albert Park qualifying lap is still fresh in his mind. What corners in Melbourne did he particularly enjoy? How does the LotusE20 feel in general? Romain spoke to us about these subjects and more on-line from Malaysia, where the temperatures and the humidity provide a whole new challenge; in addition, Williams F1's Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, talks us through the variables that will affect the race on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia; and, live from the SpeedTV studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Sean Kelly - statistician to many of the world's top TV networks and race series - will be taking your questions and providing some thought-provoking new graphics as he joins our analysis of Melbourne and our preview of Malaysia.

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Episode 63: Petronas Malaysian GP debrief
March 28, 2012
Duration: 1:06:24
We look at Ferrari's first Grand Prix win since Silverstone last year - and at some of the elements that produced an F1 day to remember. We talk to Bruno Senna and reflect on his brilliant sixth place for WilliamsF1. Jonanthan Neale, Managing Director of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, explains why McLaren's front row starting positions netted only a podium finish. Plus other special guests and your questions and more.

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Episode 64: Rubens Barrichello 2012
April 5, 2012
Duration: 59:28
By (very) popular request, Rubens Barrichello returns to The Flying Lap to talk about his new life in the US and racing career in IndyCar. What does the 11-times GP winner think of the cars, the circuits, the racing and the people? How did he react to the news that WilliamsF1 had signed Bruno Senna? And, looking back, how does he view his F1 career and the path he took? Rubens joins us live on-line from his home in Brazil to take questions from our viewers and from our host, Peter Windsor.

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Episode 65: Chinese GP Preview
April 12, 2012
Duration: 1:12:06
As we head into Round Three of the 2012 FIA F1 World Championship, we take a detailed look at the major players: in what ways does Jenson Button's driving differ from Lewis Hamilton's? Can Felipe Massa raise his game? What makes Fernando Alonso so good? How does Kimi Raikkonen manipulate an F1 car? And can Red Bull Racing regain their momentum? We discuss all these issues - and more - with F1's leading driver coach, Rob Wilson. We will also have a precise Chinese GP strategy analysis with WilliamsF1 engineer, Mark Barnett, who will be talking about the "fuel effect" of the Shanghai lap, the "pit stop delta" of the relatively short pit lane and much more besides.

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Episode 66: Chinese de-brief, Bahrain preview
April 19, 2012
Duration: 1:34:17
With Nico Rosberg scoring his maiden career win in Shanghai, we look back at the events that defined his stunning weekend in China - at the speed of the Mercedes F1 W03 and at Nico's advantage in qualifying over his famous team-mate, Michael Schumacher. Craig Scarborough will talk us through the technicalities of Mercedes' "double-DRS" system plus many of the other significant technical developments seen on the McLarens, Red Bulls and Ferraris - and Rob Wilson will be returning to the show to give us his view of Nico's driving style (and a few other comments besides!). We also look forward to this Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix with the help of Williams F1 Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, and, courtesy of Hilton Honors, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. There will be lots to talk about and to ponder - and so, for the first time, we will be making this a 90-minute show.

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Episode 67: Bahrain debrief with Karun Chandhok
April 25, 2012
Duration: 1:09:32
Four races and four different winners! On this occasion it was the World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, who rose to the top to win the Gulf Air Grand Prix of Bahrain. It was no walkover for Red Bull Racing, however. Kimi Raikkonen qualified only 11th but my mid-distance was pushing Seb hard, looking for a way past. Backed up by his young team-mate, Romain Grosjean, Kimi showed that LotusF1, too, are key players in this closest of F1 World Championships. Joining us in the studio to discuss all this and more, we are delighted to welcome back to the show Karun Chandhok, an F1 race/test driver since 2010 and also an astute observer of the sport from many unique angles. On-line from the LotusF1 base in Oxfordshire, England, Trackside Operations Director, Alan Permayne, also talks us through the Bahrain weekend and the qualities of James Allison's 2012 car, the E20; and, again joining us on-line from his "second home" - the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground north of Silverstone - Rob Wilson gives us his own, very eloquent views of the Seb-Kimi battle (and a little bit more besides!).

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Episode 68: Mugello Testing
May 3, 2012
Duration: 1:11:58
As Formula 1 runs its first in-season test in the Pirelli era, we are delighted to be joined live on-line by Paul Hembery, Director of Motorsport for Pirelli. No stranger to The Flying Lap - or to New Media - Paul is respected up and down the pit lane not only for his knowledge and managerial skill but also for his obvious passion for the sport. We'll be talking to Paul about the season so far and about one of the key characteristics of the first four races - the relatively small "operating window" of the Pirelli compound combinations; and we'll be looking at all the latest trends from the Mugello test, where most of the F1 teams and top drivers are running. We also spoke to Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg shortly before he left home for Day Three in Mugello. Nico reflects on his first four races with the team, the current standing of the VJM05-Mercedes and his prospects in the upcoming Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Our third guest, also joining us on-line, is Davide Valsecchi, the talented young Italian driver who has just made history by winning three GP2 races in a row.

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Episode 70: Spanish GP debrief
May 16, 2012
Duration: 1:38:55
As consistently reported on The Flying Lap, Pastor Maldonado has been showing great promise ever since he made his F1 debut in Melbourne last year; we were also very enthusiastic about the Williams FW34-Renault's grip and downforce levels when we first saw the car at the first Jerez test in early February, 2012. In Barcelona - on a circuit that all the teams and drivers know intimately, the combination stunned the F1 world with a conclusive, brilliant victory. We are delighted on today's show to be able to celebrate live on-line with Pastor - to talk about his electrifying laps in both Q2 and Q3 and about the pressure he withstood in the closing laps of the race, when he was pushed to the limit by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. We'll also be taking a close look at all the latest F1 technicalities with our resident guest, Craig Scarborough; Rob Wilson, who began coaching Pastor 15 months ago, will be giving us his thoughts on the Williams win; and America's Conor Daly will be talking not only about his GP3 win at Barcelona but also his upcoming aero test day with the Sahara Force India F1 team

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Episode 71: Monaco GP Preview with Patrick "Paddy" Lowe
May 22, 2012
Duration: 1:09:02
Patrick "Paddy" Lowe is a no-nonsense engineer who loves his motor racing...and who also happens to be Technical Director of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. I was privileged to work with Paddy when we were both at Williams in the early 1990s and was struck then by his disarmingly objective view of life. After I complained yet again about the steam pouring from the enormous cooling towers from a nearby (coal-to-electricity) energy station that dwarfed the Williams factory at Didcot, Paddy rebuked me with the simple words: "Why complain? That energy station is the most efficient in England. I admire it every morning as I drive into the car park..." The simple elegance of the 2012 McLaren MP4-27 echoes that philosophy. On a grid crammed full of strange, oddly-angled cars, the McLaren stands out as a victory for curves over (apparent) stark necessity. We'll be talking about Paddy's design criteria - and about life in general - in the build-up to F1's must-win, "Marquee" race - the 70th running of the Grand Prix de Monaco. On paper, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button head into the Principality as clear, obvious favourites....but then 2012 is turning out to be no ordinary F1 year. In addition - and fresh from the team's brilliant victory in the Spanish GP - Williams F1 Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, will be talking us through the Monaco GP from his perspective; and, courtesy of Hilton Honors, Lewis Hamilton will be introducing us to the driver's side of the most glamorous race of them all - PDW

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Episode 72: Monaco GP Debrief
May 30, 2012
Duration: 1:21:01
We had our sixth winner from six races at Monaco last weekend - and Craig Scarborough, our technical expert, will be joining us in the studio to discuss how and why Mark Webber was able to win his second race for Red Bull Racing at the Principality. We'll be talking about the controversial "holes" in the floor of the RBR7, together with other technical developments seen at Ferrari and Force India. And joining us live on-line will be the Third Driver for Mercedes Grand Prix - Sam Bird. Not only did Sam score a brilliant win in Sunday's World Series by Renault 3.5 race at Monaco: he was also there, in the Mercedes pit, when Michael Schumacher took the pole. Conor Daly, recovering nicely from his horrific accident in the Monaco GP3 race, will also be talking to us live about his weekend - and about his recent straight-line test with Force India.

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Episode 73: Canadian GP Preview with Rob Wilson
June 6, 2012
Duration: 1:08:39
By popular demand, Rob Wilson, the world's pre-eminent driver coach, joins us in the studio this week. The brief: to discuss the driving styles of all the leading contenders as we head towards the Canadian GP. There'll be plenty of insight and lots of talk about what being a great racing driver is all about. WilliamsF1's strategy engineer, Mark Barnett, will also be directing us to Montreal from his perspective. And, as part of our study of driving talent and how it can be honed, we'll be hearing live on line from two, young talented drivers of the future who shone in two important categories last weekend - Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who continued his domination of the AutoGP series with two stunning wins in Portugal; and from William Buller, who scored a win and and a P2 in the Euro F3 races in Austria.

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Episode 74: Canadian GP Debrief
June 16, 2012
Duration: 1:18:05
It happened! Defying precedent, Formula 1 created its seventh winner from seven races when Lewis Hamilton swept to victory in Canada for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. For team-mate Jenson Button, however, Montreal was a race weekend to forget. With acerbic insight from Rob Wilson, driver coach to several F1 stars, we'll be analysing the difference in style between Lewis and Jenson, together with other features of the race - Fernando Alonso's driving, for example, and that amazing pole lap of Sebastian Vettel. In addition, Sahara Force India's Paul di Resta talks to us about his weekend (and his brilliant P8 qualifying lap); and Pedro de la Rosa, having out-qualified his nearest opposition for the first time, will be telling us all about life at HRT. Small the Spanish-based team may be; lacking in excellence they are not.

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Episode 75: European GP Preview with Alastair Gibson and Steve Matchett
June 19, 2012
Duration: 1:17:03
As we look ahead to this weekend's European GP in Valencia, we are joined by two of the most creative - and knowledgeable - men in the F1 business. Steve Matchett needs no introduction to our US viewers. Rated by many as the most astute technical commentator on network television, Steve is an integral part of the brilliant SpeedTV F1 commentary team. A former championship-winning mechanic at Benetton, Steve is also a highly-acclaimed writer and author in his own right. He has to date published three books; he writes regularly for F1 magazines around the world; and his autobiography, The Mechanic's Tale, now in its 14th reprint, is rated as the most successful motor racing book ever produced by Orion Publishing. Al Gibson worked with Steve at Benetton in 1996-97 and went on to become Chief Mechanic at BAR-Honda. Then, suddenly, he switched career path to pursue his dream of sculpting used F1 car parts into dramatic shapes. His Carbon Art, exhibited by the Drang Gallery, can today be seen in all parts of the globe while commissions for Alastair flow regularly from some of the biggest names in the industry. WilliamsF1's Mark Barnett guides us towards Valencia from the point of view of a strategy engineer; and we'll be sizing up the European GP with all the usual comment and insight. Will we have an eighth winner this weekend? Both Steve and Al will have their views....

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Episode 76: European GP De-brief
July 1, 2012
Duration: 1:12:15
Just when we thought that the 2012 F1 season couldn't get any better, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso defied all odds to win the Grand Prix of Europe in front of his home crowd in Valencia. Fernando qualified merely 11th in Spain; victory for Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel seemed a foregone conclusion. This is 2012, however. This is the year in which anything is possible. To reflect on the events in Valencia, and to analyse the results in detail, I'm joined in the studio by two of our regular guests - our technical expert, Craig Scarborough, and the acclaimed driver coach, Rob Wilson. There will be lots of talk about the technical changes seen on the cars in Spain - and about that sensational drive by Fernando. We hope to talk also to another, less obvious, star in Valencia - Brazil's Luiz Razia. Luiz was lying sixth in Sunday's F1 support GP2 race, eight seconds behind the leader, with just a few laps remaining. And yet he won...

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Episode 77: British GP Preview
July 5, 2012
Duration: 1:07:59
The inaugural round of the FIA World Championship in 1950, the British GP has evolved into one of the most prestigious on the F1 calendar. All eyes therefore turn to Silverstone this weekend, where Ferrari will be hoping to sustain their momentum. They won at Silverstone in 2011 - and Fernando Alonso has won twice in 2012, in China and, most recently, in Valencia, two weeks ago. For another team, though, Silverstone also has special significance. The quintessentially British team, WilliamsF1, could list Silverstone as its second home. It was there, in 1958, that a young Frank Williams squeezed through a hole in the fence to watch his first motor race - to watch Peter Collins win for Ferrari; and it was at Silverstone, in 1979, that Williams scored their first F1 victory. Three of Nigel Mansell's famous British GP wins - 1987, 1991, 1992 - were scored at Silverstone. And now WilliamsF1 is again on the rise. In the hands of Pastor Maldonado, the 2012 Williams FW34-Renault won the Spanish GP and, with Bruno Senna in the other car, has shown sparkling speed at other races. In this special, Williams-themed, edition of The Flying Lap, we therefore look ahead to the British GP live with Dr Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer for Williams F1, and, in an exclusive interview recorded at the factory on July 3, with Pastor Maldonado.

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Episode 78: Santander British GP Debrief
July 12, 2012
Duration: 1:18:14
The Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone was another 2012 classic: Fernando Alonso took the pole for Ferrari on a semi-wet track and for a while out there - until three-quarter distance - looked to be heading for his third win of the season. Mark Webber loves Silverstone, though, and on this occasion was going to maximise every opportunity he was given. Having qualified second, he nursed his soft-compound Pirellis through the early stages. By the end, with Fenando's soft tyres beginning to fade, Mark was able to choose his moment. He crossed the line to win again on the circuit he loves; Fernando, disappointed, could at least reflect that Ferrari had been there, fighting - and that he still managed to beat Sebastian Vettel and both McLaren drivers. We look back at this battle with our resident technical expert, Craig Scarborough. Why is the Ferrari F2012 now so quick? Why was the McLaren unable to maximise either the Pirelli intermediate or the Pirelli soft slick? And just how big is Red Bull's advantage right now? In addition, we will be screening an exclusive interview with Ferrari's Chief Designer, Nikolas Tombazis.

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Episode 79: Santander German GP Preview
July 20, 2012
Duration: 1:02:07
Nothing stays still in F1, particularly when a young team is finding its character and building its future . And so it is with Caterham F1. Hopes are high for Hockenheim as the team puts in more mileage with promising new aero updates on the CT01. Back in the UK, meanwhile, Caterham are now in the process of switching base from Hingham, Norfolk, to the Leafield Technical Centre in Oxfordshire. We'll be talking about all this and more with Caterham F1's Heikki Kovalainen as he joins us live from Germany in preparation for the season's third double-header race sequence. It was in 2008 that Heikki finished fifth in Germany and then won in Hungary for Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes. His challenges this year are different but in many ways every bit as enthralling. Travel schedules permitting - Caterham's aero test this week was moved at the last minute from Kemble in the UK to France due to weather conditions - we also hope to spend some time with John Iley, the former Jordan/Renault/Ferrari/McLaren aerodynamicist who joined Caterham F1 early this year as Performance Director.

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Episode 80: German GP Debrief; Hungarian GP Preview
July 27, 2012
Duration: 1:11:13
In our last show before the August summer shut-down, we look back at last Sunday's Santander German GP and ahead to this weekend's Hungarian GP. Craig Scarborough will be talking us through all the key technical developments on the leading cars and in the studio Rob Wilson will be looking at the drivers in detail and at the way the season is panning-out. Are Ferrari and Fernando Alonso now set fair for the 2012 World Championship? Can McLaren rebound with a win in Hungary? And where is the prodigious speed shown by Red Bull in Valencia? We'll be talking about all this and more with two of the best-informed people in the F1 business.

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Episode 81: Belgian GP Preview
August 30, 2012
Duration: 1:04:05
After a much-needed summer break, the F1 season bursts into life this weekend at one of the greatest races of them all - the Belgian GP at Spa. Our resident Technical Expert, Craig Scarborough, will be joining us live in the London studio to examine all the latest updates we can expect to see on the cars at this fast and demanding circuit - and joining us live on line will be Sahara Force India's Third Driver, the very talented Jules Bianchi. Fresh from a sensational World Series by Renault win at Silverstone last Sunday, Jules will be bringing us up to date with all aspects of his diverse 2012 season. WilliamsF1's Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, completes our Belgian GP preview line-up - aside, that is, from our usual overload of live questions, comments and original ideas from F1 fans around the world.

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Episode 82: Belgian GP Debrief; Italian GP Preview
September 4, 2012
Duration: 1:07:17
There's lots to talk about in Episode 82 of The Flying Lap as we look back at a sensational Shell Belgian GP and ahead to another of the great races - to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend. To take your questions live - and to delve further into the heart of the World Championship as it is poised, pre-Monza - we welcome back to The Flying Lap the Director of Motorsport for Pirelli, Paul Hembery. As Pirelli prepares for it's all-important home race, Paul joins us live from the company headquarters (in Milan, Italy) - and fresh from McLaren's superb one-stop win at Spa. Our resident driver coach, Rob Wilson, will also be on-line from the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in England, and will no doubt have plenty to say about that first corner accident at Spa, and we'll have all our usual race preview features, including the HiltonHonors guide to Monza with Spa winner, Jenson Button, and a look at the strategic side of the Italian GP with WilliamsF1's Mark Barnett.

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Episode 83: Singapore GP Preview
September 21, 2012
Duration: 1:03:29
Run under lights in the exotic "Jewel of the Orient", the Singapore Grand Prix has in its short, five-year life quickly established new standards in terms of race presentation, logistics and global approbation. In order to capture some of the flavour of this exotic event, we will be airing this week's show live from Singapore. We'll be talking about the atmosphere in the F1 paddock as the 2012 F1 World Championship approaches its increasingly tension-filled final phase and discussing possible outcomes. And, to accommodate the time difference between Singapore and Europe/the USA, we'll be doing so in a later time slot this week: the show airs on Thursday, rather than the usual Wednesday, and will do so at 11:00 ET (16:00 UK and 23:00 Singapore time).

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Episode 84: Singtel Singapore GP Debrief
September 28, 2012
Duration: 1:09:40
Already rated as one of the "classic" F1 races (despite its relatively short, five-year life), last Sunday's Singtel Singapore GP was memorable for a multitude of reasons. Lewis Hamilton was leading from the pole when his McLaren-Mercedes ground to a halt with an unusual gearbox failure. Despite recent reliability worries, Sebastian Vettel went on to score a decisive victory for Red Bull Racing-Renault - his first since Bahrain, back in April. Fernando Alonso earned more healthy points with a third place finish for Ferrari - but of course benefitted from the retirement of Lewis. Jenson Button upheld McLaren honour with a clean second-place finish; and Sahara Force India's Paul di Resta drove beautifully to finish fourth. We'll be talking about all this - and more - on Episode 84 with a variety of guests from different backgrounds. Otmar Szafnauer, CEO of Sahara Force India, fills in the details of his team's excellent weekend; from RenaultSport, Remi Taffin, Head of Track Operations, will be telling us how recent alternator problems were overcome in the build-up to Sev Vettel's win - and about that engine-melting retirement of Williams' Bruno Senna! I'll be talking, too, to Luiz Razia, the rapid Brazilian who has been winning races this year in GP2 and who recently tested for Sahara Force India. Like many young drivers out there, Luiz has F1 in the cross-hairs, and he'll be explaining how the young driver market works, 2012-style - and what it was like to race GP2 in Singapore.

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Episode 85: Japanese GP Preview
October 4, 2012
Duration: 1:17:26
How will Lewis Hamilton's driving compare with that of Nico Rosberg at Mercedes Grand Prix next year? And how will Mexico's Sergio Perez stack up against the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes incumbent, Jenson Button in 2013? In the week following the news that shook the F1 world, we analyse with our resident expert, Rob Wilson, the relevant driving styles and attributes of all the key players in the recent shake-up. Recognized widely as the world's pre-eminent race driver coach, and with a client lists that includes a currently-active former World Champion and four F1 race winners, Rob will be analysing the recent driver shake-up from all angles. WilliamsF1's lucid Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, will be talking us through the idiosyncrasies of John Hugenholtz's amazing Suzuka Circuit in Japan; and we'll be checking-in to a Nagoya hotel with the up-front Australian journalist and "Keeping Track" podcast host, Matt Clayton.

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Episode 86: Japanese GP Debrief; Korean GP Preview
October 11, 2012
Duration: 1:08:36
Why were McLaren strangely off the pace in Japan? Can LotusF1 make the big breakthrough? And - probably most important of all - can Ferrari squeeze a little bit of extra pace from the F2012 and thus keep Fernando Alonso on top of the World Drivers' Championship? All these questions and more will be answered by our special guest this week - the inimitable Craig Scarborough, fresh from his recent trip to the Singapore GP and brimful of all the latest technical developments and trends. Craig will be joining me live in the studio as we go through the F1 teams in detail - pausing regularly, of course, to take viewers' questions. We'll also be featuring our regular pre-race analysis from WilliamsF1's Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett. Fresh from two reliable runs in Japan, and a points finish for Pastor Maldonado, Mark will be talking us through the very different circuit characteristics in Korea.

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Episode 87: Korean GP Debrief, live from Silverstone
October 18, 2012
Duration: 1:07:36
We'll be bringing you a special edition of The Flying Lap this week - live from Silverstone, where WilliamsF1 will be staging a day for team Partners, the media and other lucky invitees. Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas will be on hand to drive "hot laps" with guests in Renault road cars - and there will be plenty of Williams F1 cars on active service, too, including an FW08, an FW18 and last year's FW33. Susie Wolff will also be having her first taste of F1 power; and there'll be plenty of chat - you can be sure - about Sunday's Korean GP. It wasn't a great one for Williams but the energy of that race - of the title fight between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso; of Felipe Massa's contract renewal; and of Ferrari's driver line-up from 2014 onwards - will be there for us to savour. Join us, then, on the F1 fan's Ultimate Day Out. Not everyone will be fortunate enough to be present but on The Flying Lap we'll be endeavouring to take you as close as possible to the heart of the day (at the slightly earlier start time of 5:30UK).

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Episode 88: Indian GP Preview
October 24, 2012
Duration: 1:07:53
The 2012 F1 season now reaches perhaps its toughest phase: two double-headers, on four different continents, pose not only an immense logistical challenge but also a true test of human stamina and endeavour. To introduce us to this Sunday's Indian Grand Prix, Karun Chandhok joins us on line from Shanghai, China, where he is preparing for this Sunday's World Endurance Six-Hour race with the JMR team. Karun has spent the past week in India, promoting the race, meeting the press and working with sponsors, and has high hopes for the future of F1 in his home country. We'll also be talking to WilliamsF1 Strategy Engineer, Mark Barnett, about the challenges of the Buddh circuit - and to Lotus F1 Third Driver, Jerome d'Ambrosio. Jerome joins us from Delhi, where he has just arrived after a long trip from Austin, Texas, so there will also be lots of talk about the Circuit of the Americas, too - about the brand new circuit that forms the first part of the year's final double-header. Jerome last weekend became the first F1 driver to lap the Texas circuit in an almost-current car (the Renault R30); and he spent some time in downtown Austin, too, looking up old friends.

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Episode 89: Abu Dhabi GP Debrief
November 9, 2012
Duration: 1:12:08
No-one has a better understanding of Kimi Raikkonen's driving technique than Rob Wilson, the British-based coach who appears regularly on The Flying Lap. Rob has worked extensively with Kimi at various stages of his career and predicted months ago on the show that Kimi would win again before season's end. Join Rob Wilson live from Bruntingthorpe, therefore, as we celebrate Kimi's brilliant win in Abu Dhabi with a close-up view of what makes Kimi so sublimely special. Championship contenders Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso also had big races on the Yas Marina circuit and to discuss those events - and more - we're delighted to welcome to the studio Nigel Roebuck, the pre-eminent F1 journalist, columnist and author. Nigel's encyclopaedic knowledge of Grand Prix racing and down-to-earth witticisms have left their mark on F1 fans around the globe for the past 41 years via numerous books, columns and feature articles. Today he is Editor-in-Chief of the world-famous motor racing monthly magazine, Motor Sport.

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Episode 90: US GP Preview with Bob Varsha
November 15, 2012
Duration: 59:43
To celebrate the first US Grand Prix at the brand new Circuit of the Americas, we will be airing Episode 90 live from downtown Austin, Texas. Our special guest will be Bob Varsha, anchorman and analyst of SpeedTV's high-acclaimed F1 coverage since 1999 and a gentleman steeped in the F1 tradition from the Speedvision and ESPN days. Articulate, intelligent and a passionate motor racing enthusiast, Bob, like the rest of the SpeedTV team, sees this US GP as part of his network's F1 swansong. We'll be looking back, therefore, at some of the highlights of the past 12 years as well as forward to this stellar new race.

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Episode 91: 2012 Wrapup
December 2, 2012
Duration: 1:11:51

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