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

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

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In the Fast Lane Season 2

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.


Episode 47: Laurence Edmondson

ESPN Formula 1® editor Laurence Edmondson joins us to recap a typically crazy Azerbaijan Grand Prix, debate why the Baku circuit always throws up chaotic races, assess the ramifications of Lewis Hamilton's braking blunder and review a Sunday of both pleasure and pain for Red Bull Racing.


Episode 46: Neil Hodgson

Former World Superbikes champion, MotoGP™ racer and BT Sport commentator Neil Hodgson joins us to wrap up Fabio Quartararo's dominant display at the Italian Grand Prix, discuss the retirement rumours surrounding Valentino Rossi, remember his own career and reflect on a tragic Mugello weekend.


Episode 45: Lawrence Barretto

Lawrence Barretto, senior writer at formula1.com, takes us inside the paddock to discuss the growing tension between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, whether Red Bull still needs more from its second driver to fight Mercedes, and if McLaren has genuine concerns about Daniel Ricciardo's form.


Episode 44: Ben Spies

MotoGP™ race-winner and former World Superbikes champion Ben Spies joins us to talk about his Grand Prix career, remember the challenges of having Jorge Lorenzo as a teammate, debate whether American racers can return to the top and reveals which rider on the MotoGP™ grid impresses him the most.


Episode 43: Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli remembers his career-defining victory at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, reflects on his time spent at Renault and Toyota, relives the controversial 2005 US Grand Prix when he was on pole position, and offers his view on why there are so few Italian drivers making it to F1®.


Episode 42: Jack Miller

Jack Miller joins us after his back-to-back MotoGP™ wins in Spain and France to discuss Sunday's chaotic race at Le Mans, how he coped with the pressure after a slow start to 2021 and why this year's Ducati is the best he has ridden and his future with the team.



Episode 41: Daniel Ricciardo

Episode 41 presented by St Hugo, features McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo ahead of this week's Monaco Grand Prix, joining us to remember his memorable Monte Carlo win in 2018 and the despair of missing out in 2016, discuss what makes Monaco such a challenge and explain why it has been his most successful Formula 1® circuit.


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Episode 40: Kevin Magee

Grand Prix race-winner turned Fox Sports TV analyst Kevin Magee joins us to discuss the trends from the opening four races of the season, consider Valentino Rossi’s future and look ahead to Jack Miller's chances of back-to-back wins at this weekend's French Grand Prix.



Episode 39: George Russell

George Russell remembers his 2019 F1® debut for Williams in Australia, reflects on the lessons learned from his memorable stand-in appearance at Mercedes, talks about his rivalries with peers like Lando Norris and reveals why he wanted a director role in the Grand Prix Drivers' Association alongside Sebastian Vettel.



Episode 38: Loris Capirossi

Three-time world champion and nine-time MotoGP™ race-winner Loris Capirossi talks about Jack Miller dramatically ending Ducati's dry spell at Jerez, reflects on his 22 seasons in the world championship, talks about the numerous Australian teammates he had over his career, and offers his views on Valentino Rossi's short-term future.



Episode 37: Oscar Piastri

Australia's reigning Formula 3® World Champion and Formula 2® racer Oscar Piastri discusses how soon he could graduate to Formula 1®, the influence compatriot Mark Webber has had on his career, winning on his first weekend in F2® in Bahrain and the strongest memories from his first taste of F1® machinery in 2020.



Episode 36: Fabio Quartararo 

MotoGP™ World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo talks about what he learned from his rollercoaster 2020 season, how working with a psychologist has helped his career, the pressure of being compared to Marc Marquez at age 15 and his dream of driving a Formula 1® car.



Episode 35: Guenther Steiner

Haas F1® team principal Guenther Steiner reflects on the American team's debut in Australia in 2016, explains why he's looking ahead to the 2022 Formula 1® regulation changes, assesses rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, and talks about his increased profile from the 'Formula 1: Drive To Survive' Netflix series.



Episode 34: Pol Espargaro

Repsol Honda rider Pol Espargaro talks about his early days at one of the most famous teams in MotoGP™, the challenge of having Marc Marquez as a teammate, why modern-day MotoGP™ is so competitive and how his four-year stint at KTM was so important for his career.



Episode 33: Lando Norris

Episode 33 presented by Gulf Oil features Imola GP podium finisher Lando Norris who joins us to discuss McLaren's return towards the front of the grid, reminisces on his 2019 F1® debut in Australia, talks about his connection to the fans through streaming and tests his knowledge of new teammate Daniel Ricciardo.



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Episode 32: Colin Edwards

Twelve-time MotoGP™ podium finisher and two-time World Superbikes Champion, Colin Edwards shares his memories of being Valentino Rossi's teammate at Yamaha, compares the riding style of Rossi to Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez, and discusses Marquez's return from a long injury layoff at the Portuguese Grand Prix.


Episode 31: Martin Brundle

Former F1® racer and esteemed TV commentator Martin Brundle reflects on the lessons learned working with Murray Walker, discusses Lewis Hamilton's future, weighs in on the planned rule changes for 2022 and assesses whether Daniel Ricciardo's switch to McLaren is the right move.



Episode 30: Troy Bayliss

Three-time World Superbike Champion and MotoGP™ race-winner Troy Bayliss joins us to discuss the pressures of riding for Ducati, Jack Miller's start to the season, his son Oli's racing career and reminisces about his extraordinary Valencia 2006 victory in a one-off final MotoGP™ appearance.



Episode 29: James Gay-Rees

James Gay-Rees, award-winning executive producer of the 'Formula 1: Drive To Survive' Netflix series, joins us to discuss Season 3 of the acclaimed documentary, the challenges of filming in 2020 during a pandemic, the future of the series and what happens behind the scenes.



In the Fast Lane Season 1

Listen to Season 1 of In the Fast Lane here.