BEYOND THE GRID: Franz Tost on his highs and lows in F1, working with Vettel and Verstappen, and retirement plans

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Another week means another instalment of the Beyond The Grid podcast and this time it’s the turn of long-serving team boss Franz Tost, who is preparing for his final weekend on the F1 pit wall at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix…

After a whopping 18 years in charge of AlphaTauri – previously known as Toro Rosso – Tost sits down with pod host Tom Clarkson for a wide-ranging chat about his time in the sport, and picks out some of the standout highs and lows.

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From spectacular victories with Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly at Monza in 2008 and 2020 to a sometimes-challenging relationship with the senior Red Bull team, the typically forthright Tost reveals all over the course of a fascinating episode.

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Meanwhile, the Austrian looks back at how he helped to launch the careers of future world champions Vettel and Max Verstappen, along with which drivers – of the 17 he has worked with over the years – impressed him the most.

There’s also time to discuss Tost’s five key stages of development for young drivers and his plans for the future as he prepares to bid farewell to the sport, amongst much, much more...

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