'Seven for Seventy' - Celebrating Formula 1's Anniversary

The 70th anniversary season of Formula 1 might not have got off to the start fans had hoped for, but there’s still 69 years of fierce track-action and driver dramas to look back on.

Over the years the Club has enjoyed chatting to many of the Formula 1 greats for Club podcasts as they talk candidly about their careers and Formula 1 highlights.

From legendary drivers, to standout designers to the owner of the Formula 1 empire, we’ve spoken to several icons who have each contributed to the sport in their own unique way. In celebration of seven decades of Formula 1, we’ve picked out seven of the best below.

Murray WalkerWatch the Video Podcast

To many, Murray Walker was the ‘voice of Formula 1’, delighting fans with his passion, excitement and his fabled ‘Murrayisms’ which he’d occasionally let slip in the heat of the moment. An Honorary member of the Club, in 2019 the refurbished Television Room was reopened bearing his name and featuring some of his donated Formula 1 memorabilia.

We spoke to Murray on the day the ‘Murray Walker Television Room’ opened to talk about his life in the commentator’s box, his unlikely partnership with the late James Hunt and his friendship with drivers like Michael Schumacher.

Ross Brawn and Nick FryWatch the Video Podcast

The current Managing Director of Motorsports at Formula 1, 11 years ago Ross was the force behind the Brawn GP team which dominated the 2009 Formula 1 season, winning the Constructors Championship and steering Jenson Button to Championship success.

We caught up with Ross and his former partner, Nick Fry, at our Woodcote Park clubhouse to discuss their last-ditch decision to revive the Honda team and heard their thoughts on the fascinating season which ensued.

Adrian NeweyWatch the Video Podcast

The fabled Red Bull designer actually started his career across the pond, designing cars which won the 1985 and 1986 CART titles. Returning to Blighty he then began his Formula 1 career at the March/Leyton House team in 1988, before stints at Williams and McLaren in the late nineties and beginning of the noughties, where he worked with drivers such as Senna, Prost, Mansell and Hill. He then moved to Red Bull in 2007 and three years later would win the first of four consecutive Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships for the team. Before an evening celebrating his award-winning book we chatted to Adrian about his relationships with drivers such as Vettel, his favourite cars and answered fan questions.

Emerson FittipaldiWatch the Video Podcast

A regular guest at the Club, we nabbed the two-time Formula 1 Champion on one of his visits to Pall Mall to record a Club podcast. For 33 years Emerson was the youngest-ever Championship winner after his 1972-win driving for Colin Chapman’s Lotus team. Emerson spoke to us about what it was like driving the iconic Lotus 72 car which celebrates 50 years since its first championship win this year.

He also describes the visceral experience of being allowed back in its cockpit on the Bahrain race track a few years ago and chatted about his friendship with Ayrton Senna. He also gave us his views on modern Formula 1 and told a story about a near-miss he had with a certain Mario Andretti at Silverstone in 1974.

Damon HillWatch the Video Podcast

We speak to Damon Hill, who has Formula 1 success running in his veins – son of double-Formula 1 Champion, and the only man to ever hold the Triple Crown of Motorsport, Graham Hill. Damon followed in his father’s footsteps when he clinched the 1996 World Championship for the Rothmans Williams Renault team.

We chatted to him at our Woodcote Park clubhouse, covering his Championship win, the emerging stars of Formula 1 and his father’s influence on him.

Sir Stirling MossWatch the Video Podcast

The greatest driver to never win a World Championship, Sir Stirling Moss was one of the earliest stars to emerge in the Formula 1 era. An Honorary Club member, Sir Stirling talks about his career highlights – Monaco and the Mille Miglia – the latter of which he famously won in 1955. He also enjoyed great success in Monaco, with Grands Prix wins in 1956, 1960 and 1961.

His last win there, when he held off the faster Ferraris behind him, is widely considered one of his greatest races of all time. Other topics covered include Moss’s greatest corners, the delights of the Cooper cars he raced and his retirement.

Bernie EcclestoneWatch the Review of our Dinner with Bernie

For the Club’s 2020 Annual Motoring Dinner we celebrated the career of Formula 1’s former boss, Bernie Ecclestone. Formula 1 may have new owners, but Bernie’s influence in the sport over several decades will not be forgotten quickly. Watch our interview with Bernie recorded on the night and hear from those who worked with him over the years, including driver John Watson and designer Gordon Murray.

The Formula 1 season may be on hold, but there’s plenty to look back on to remind us of how the sport has become the spectacle it is today.

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