New BBC Formula One podcast tells the history of Silverstone circuit

Podcast premiers ahead of 2023 British Grand Prix

BBC Sport has launched a new podcast series on the history of the Silverstone circuit, ahead of the Formula One 2023 British Grand Prix taking place 9 July. 

The series, created in partnership between the BBC and Silverstone and appearing under The Total Sports Podcast, is titled Corner by Corner: Silverstone and is hosted by BBC senior content producer and host of The Modern Mann podcast Ollie Peart and automotive lifestyle influencer Becky Evans.

“We’ve worked with Silverstone to bring F1 and motorsport fans a unique perspective on this circuit which they probably haven’t heard before,” said Peart. “From what it’s like to be in the biggest pile up in F1 history to how it feels to be team principal on the pit wall making big decisions, we have uncovered some special stories.

“This is a celebration of an iconic racetrack, 75 years on from its inception, and the people who’ve helped make it what it is today.”

Each episode looks back at the past 75 years since the circuit opened and features a number of interviews with experts including Silverstone archivist Stephanie Sykes-Dugmore, Claire Williams, former deputy team principal for Williams, Formula One super-fan Toby Nixon, and many more. 

The five-episode podcast series launched 2 July and is available to listen to as a boxset on BBC Sounds and will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Northampton from Monday to Friday at 6.30 pm.

“Some of the greatest Formula One stories have taken place at Silverstone right in the heart of Northamptonshire,” said executive editor Shahid Hussain. “Telling these tales from the tarmac where they actually happened adds an extra dimension to this podcast. BBC Radio Northampton has worked extremely closely with Silverstone and each episode is a visceral experience, bringing iconic moments on the track to life.”

Other series that are part of The Total Sports Podcast and available to listen to on BBC Sounds include Brown Gal Can't Swim, featuring Olympic legends Rebecca Adlington and Alice Dearing, and Inside the Grand National on Rachael Blackmore, the first woman to win the Grand National.