The Inside Line chronicles the drivers and teams, past and present, celebrating the greatest of Formula 1.
Spain’s Fernando Alonso went where so many had failed before him, taking down the great Michael Schumacher to become the youngest world champion in history. It was the start of a rollercoaster journey to Formula One greatness.
It was the rivalry which gripped the Formula One world, the calculated and consistent Austrian Niki Lauda versus the wild Brit James Hunt. Both world champions and both legends of the sport.
They were the key players in a golden era of Formula One, the fascinatingly flawed Brazilian genius Ayrton Senna and his great rival, the meticulous Frenchman Alain Prost.
By virtue of his record seven Formula One world drivers championships, German Michael Schumacher is rightly regarded by many as the best of all time. But his run wasn’t without controversy, Schumacher earning the ire of fellow drivers and the FIA along the journey, before a tragic accident on the ski slopes of France shocked the sporting world.
On this week’s episode, we focus on one of Formula 1’s former powerhouses, McLaren. The former British giant has won a string of World Championships - with some of the most biggest names in the business, but has recently fallen to its knees, in terms of results. The road ahead is long and winding, but the right people are being brought in turn things around.
Sebastian Vettel was going to be a Formula One gun from the time he stood out in the junior ranks. Four world titles at Red Bull made him the hottest property in the sport but he has not achieved everything he set out to do at Ferrari. Can Vettel recapture the spark and emulate his hero Michael Schumacher. His story on The Inside Line.
Max Verstappen is a future Grand Prix superstar, having established himself in top team Red Bull Racing. The Dutchman is a protege of his father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, whose advice has given him a sixth sense for grip - an advantage out on track. We put the young lion under the microscope in this in-depth profile episode.
Five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is an undisputed megastar. One whose fame transcends sport as a global household name. We look back at the Brit’s rise to success, from karting to McLaren, and his switch in 2013 to the almighty Mercedes squad. Plus, we look ahead to what he might achieve before hanging up his helmet.
Enzo Ferrari was a driver in the dangerous early years of motor racing but developed an even greater passion for making engines. Autocratic, aloof and demanding, Ferrari built an empire that would attract the greatest drivers like Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda and many more inspired by the red cars and their charismatic prancing horse icon. This is the story of Ferrari.