F1 NATION: Aston on the march and rivalry at Red Bull – it's our Australian GP preview


Aston Martin have been the surprise package of the season so far with Fernando Alonso making the podium at the opening two races of the year – and boss Mike Krack says there's plenty more to come from the team in green.

The German joins the F1 Nation podcast gang Tom Clarkson, Natalie Pinkham and Damon Hill to explain how the Silverstone-based squad have vaulted up the competitive order this year, and how they plan to take the next step in their development and start challenging for wins.

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He also explains what two-time champ Alonso has brought to the team, how Lance Stroll has produced "incredible" drives despite a serious pre-season injury – and gives his forecast for the team’s ability to race Red Bull in Melbourne this weekend, and for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, with Max Verstappen just one point ahead of Sergio Perez, Tom and Damon discuss the rivalry at Red Bull and why team mate championship battles can produce amazing F1 action.

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Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix, also joins the team to look forward to a special weekend of racing at Albert Park which could, he says, be spiced up with a Sunday rain shower.

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Plus, the gang assess Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, and ask if Valtteri Bottas can be considered an honorary Australian yet...

Tune into our Australian Grand Prix preview episode of F1 Nation by hitting go on the audio player above – or by clicking here to listen via your preferred podcasting provider.


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