Podcast: The Brawn GP fairytale’s overlooked consequences


The Race is delighted to introduce a new podcast: And Colossally That’s History!

Named in reference to a famous line of Murray Walker commentary, the podcast takes an unadulterated look at the earth-shattering events, epic sagas and huge characters that have shaped motor racing history.

From grand prix racing as a tool of the Nazi war machine to how Ayrton Senna’s death shaped modern F1, hosts Matt Bishop and Richard Williams will discuss and dissect these topics as only they can, bringing new insight and fresh perspectives that help explain how motor racing moved from niche pastime to the multi-billion-dollar sporting spectacle of today.

On the first episode of the podcast, they look back on arguably the greatest fairy tale in motor racing history: Brawn GP’s miraculous 2009 F1 season, when the team rose from near oblivion to claim both drivers’ and constructors’ titles. But what’s fascinating, with hindsight, is the chain of events set in motion by the then-Honda team’s survival…

Listen in as Bishop, then head of communications for McLaren, explains with some incredible anecdotes what happened behind the scenes at his team, and how in gallantly helping to save a rival, McLaren gave away a key performance advantage that would hurt it for years to come, and also pave the way not only for Michael Schumacher’s F1 return, but for the Mercedes team’s future dominance.

– Listen on Apple Podcasts

– Listen on Spotify



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