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In the Fast Lane

The official podcast of the Australian Grand Prix

In the Fast Lane is the official podcast of the Australian Grand Prix.

Dedicated to Formula 1® and MotoGP™, host Matt Clayton is joined by Michael Lamonato (F1®) and Chris Vermeulen (MotoGP™) to interview some of the biggest names in world motorsport and update you on all the latest racing news and talking points.


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In the Fast Lane Season 2

Episode 78: Johann Zarco

Pramac Racing's Johann Zarco talks about his strongest MotoGP™ season to date for Ducati, the impact of Aki Ajo on his Moto2™ titles, the similarities he sees between his own career and Remy Gardner's, his decision to walk away from KTM and the French revolution in MotoGP™ spearheaded by Fabio Quartararo, while we review last Sunday's race at Misano won by Pecco Bagnaia.


Episode 77: Marcus Ericsson

Former F1® driver and current IndyCar race winner Marcus Ericsson remembers racing Daniel Ricciardo as a junior in Macau, reflects on his five F1® seasons with Caterham, Sauber and Alfa Romeo, and talks about his transition to American open-wheel racing and the mental challenge of ovals.


Episode 76: Herve Poncharal

Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing team principal Herve Poncharal discusses Remy Gardner's graduation to his MotoGP™ outfit for 2022 and reflects on the emotional first premier-class win for his team in Austria last year, while we wrap up Sunday's thrilling Aragon Grand Prix won by Pecco Bagnaia.


Episode 75: Vanessa Nöcker

Vanessa Nöcker, producer and director of the much-anticipated 'Schumacher' documentary premiering on Netflix this week, takes us behind the scenes on the creation of the film and working with Michael Schumacher's family from concept to completion, while we wrap up Daniel Ricciardo's brilliant win for McLaren in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.


Episode 74: John Hopkins

Former Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha MotoGP™ rider John Hopkins talks about his life in racing, the multiple injuries that curtailed his riding career, the release of his new autobiography 'Leathered: A Life Taken To Extremes On And Off The Bike', and his current role as team director for the American Racing Moto2™ outfit.


Episode 73: Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi reflects on his unusual career path to F1®, remembers his last-minute debut for Sauber in Australia in 2017 and talks about his relationship with teammate Kimi Raikkonen, while we wrap up Max Verstappen's win in the first Dutch GP for 36 years held at Zandvoort last Sunday.


Episode 72: Jake Dixon

British rider Jake Dixon reflects on his out of the blue call-up to MotoGP™ at last weekend's British Grand Prix talks about debuting in the premier class as a teammate to Valentino Rossi and discusses the scale of the jump from Moto2™ to MotoGP™, while we wrap up Fabio Quartararo's crushing win for Yamaha at Silverstone.


Episode 71: Natalie Pinkham

Sky Sports F1 host and presenter Natalie Pinkham talks about diversity and inclusion in Formula 1®, remembers some awkward moments in her early days as a pit lane reporter and discusses the intensity of this year's title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, while we wrap up the resumption of the season last Sunday in Belgium.


Episode 70: Lewis Duncan

Autosport international editor Lewis Duncan joins us ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone to catch up on the biggest news stories in MotoGP™, debate Maverick Vinales' messy departure from Yamaha to Aprilia and assess the state of play with seven races remaining in 2021.


Episode 69: Daniel Ricciardo

Ahead of his 200th Formula 1® start at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo reflects on his career by taking a trip down memory lane to discuss five important races on the way to his milestone.


Episode 68: Pecco Bagnaia

Ducati Lenovo Team rider Pecco Bagnaia talks about his first season at the factory outfit alongside Jack Miller, explains why Australia 2019 was such an important race in his career and shares his memories of his idol and mentor Valentino Rossi, while we review last weekend's crazy Austrian Grand Prix won by KTM's Brad Binder.


Episode 67: Ben Edwards

Long-time Formula 1® TV commentator Ben Edwards joins us to issue a mid-season F1® report card, where we discuss the standout drivers of 2021 so far, who has improved, who has surprised and who has disappointed after the first half of the year.


Episode 66: Alvaro Bautista

Long-time MotoGP™ rider, 125cc World Champion and current World Superbikes racer Alvaro Bautista reflects on his early days as part of a golden generation of Spanish teenagers, remembers the dominant 2006 Australian Grand Prix win that secured his world title and talks about making the step up to MotoGP™ with Suzuki, while we review Jorge Martin's maiden MotoGP™ victory at the Styrian Grand Prix.


Episode 65: Takuma Sato

Former F1® racer and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato remembers his 2002 debut for Jordan in Australia, racing against Michael Schumacher at Indianapolis and the impact of his Indy 500 wins in his native Japan, and assesses the 2021 F1® rookie season of compatriot Yuki Tsunoda with AlphaTauri.


Episode 64: Garry McCoy

Three-time 500cc Grand Prix winner Garry McCoy joins us to discuss his meteoric rise from speedway in his native New South Wales to road racing and the 125cc world championship reflects on racing at the front of the premier class in 2000, remembers the impact of a rookie named Valentino Rossi and explains the sideways riding style that became his trademark.


Episode 63: Stuart Codling

GP Racing magazine executive editor Stuart Codling joins us to recap a madcap Hungarian Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon's incredible maiden F1® victory for Alpine, another flashpoint in the war on and off track between Mercedes and Red Bull Racing, and Sebastian Vettel's disqualification after finishing second in Budapest for Aston Martin.


Episode 62: Wayne Gardner

1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner discusses the evolution of his son Remy, how Remy has used the momentum of a maiden Moto2™ victory last year to lead this year's championship, and his MotoGP™ move with KTM for 2022. Wayne also weighs in on Jack Miller's progress and the state of play in this year's MotoGP™ championship.


Episode 61: Caitlin Wood

Caitlin Wood joins us to discuss the breaking news of her return to the W Series grid for this weekend's race in Hungary, details her motorsport journey since moving to Europe, discusses the W Series being on the Formula 1® undercard at eight Grands Prix this year and talks about being a role model for aspiring young Australian female racers.


Episode 60: Brent Stephens

Brent Stephens joins us to reflect on a journey that saw him go from motocross mechanic in his native New Zealand to more than 400 races in 500cc/MotoGP™, shares his favourite memories of working with Valentino Rossi for 17 seasons, and remembers Rossi's most famous battles with the likes of Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez. Photography: Russell Colvin


Episode 59: Calan Williams

Australian Formula 3 driver Calan Williams talks about stepping up his performances in his second World Championship season, his maiden podium finishes in France and following the trail blazed by fellow West Australian Daniel Ricciardo, while we debate the controversial flashpoint between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Sunday's British Grand Prix.


Episode 58: Marco Melandri

Former MotoGP™ race-winner, 250cc world champion and World Superbikes star Marco Melandri gives us his take on the 2021 MotoGP™ world championship, looks back at his own career and remembers his successes in Australia and THAT memorable power slide when he won at Phillip Island in 2006.


Episode 57: Andreas Seidl

McLaren Racing team principal Andreas Seidl remembers being inspired by Michael Schumacher as a teenager in Germany in the 1990s, makes sense of Lando Norris' rapid rise in 2021, talks about his confidence in Daniel Ricciardo and reveals the one meal he can't do without on race weekends


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Episode 56: Matt Birt

TV commentator Matt Birt joins us to deliver a mid-season MotoGP™ report card, where we discuss the biggest surprises, most improved riders, who has disappointed and which rider stands out as the dux of the 2021 class after the first half of the year.


Episode 55: Anthony Davidson

Episode 55 presented by Pagnian Imports, features former F1® racer, World Endurance Championship winner and Sky Sports TV analyst Anthony Davidson joins us to dissect the Austrian Grand Prix, assess whether Red Bull and Max Verstappen can be stopped for this year's title, ponder Lewis Hamilton's two-year contract renewal and talk about the differences between modern F1® machinery and state-of-the-art simulators.


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Episode 54: Davide Tardozzi

Davide Tardozzi, team manager of the Ducati Lenovo Team, discusses Jack Miller's first season in the factory outfit, Ducati's shift to younger riders after Andrea Dovizioso's departure and his surprise social media fame after the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, while we wrap up Fabio Quartararo's commanding display as part of a Yamaha 1-2 at Assen last weekend.


Episode 53: Jack Doohan

Australian Formula 3® driver Jack Doohan talks about growing up as the son of a motorsport legend, his breakthrough F3® win in France earlier this month and his F1® aspirations for the future, while we wrap up a convincing win for Max Verstappen and Red Bull at the Styrian Grand Prix.


Episode 52: Miguel Oliveira

Miguel Oliveira looks at his early MotoGP™ successes with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, talks about being a trailblazer for motorcycle racing in Portugal and discusses the impact made by test rider Dani Pedrosa, while we wrap up Marc Marquez's emotional win at last weekend's German Grand Prix.


Episode 51: David Brabham

Former F1® driver, three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and sports car ace David Brabham talks about being part of a global motor racing dynasty, his F1® racing days with Brabham and Simtek, his success all around the world in tin-tops and the emotions of developing the Brabham BT62 in Australia.


Episode 50: Sylvain Guintoli

Former World Superbikes champion, MotoGP™ racer and current Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli looks at the rise of French compatriots Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco, reflects on his own career, talks about his YouTube channel and discusses his role in Suzuki winning the riders' and teams' championships for the first time in 20 years.


Episode 49: David Croft

Sky Sports F1® commentator David Croft joins us to talk about his favourite rivalries in Formula 1®, the drivers set to star in the future, the impact Australia has made on the sport, the best races to attend as a fan and reflect on his career in broadcasting.


Episode 48: Steve Day

MotoGP™ commentator Steve Day joins us to discuss the Grand Prix of Catalunya, Fabio Quartararo's bizarre wardrobe malfunction, Jack Miller's latest podium, Remy Gardner's evolution, Valentino Rossi's barren run of results and whether Honda has hit rock-bottom.


In the Fast Lane Season 1

Listen to Season 1 of In the Fast Lane here.