“What’s the point of Formula One?” – Radio 4 programme featuring me today

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A pointless endeavour?
A pointless endeavour?

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was being interviewed for a Radio 4 programme called “What?s the point of Formula 1?”. The finished show airs today.

You can catch the half-hour show on Radio 4 at 9am and 9.30pm, and after that it should be available on BBC iPlayer for a week. As far as I’m aware you don’t have to be within the UK to listen to it.

The programme also includes contributions from Frank Williams, Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, The Times F1 correspondent Ed Gorman, FIA technical advisor (and former Jaguar F1 team principal) Tony Purnell and motor racing correspondent Doug Nye.

Update: Listen to the show here in iPlayer

I recorded my interview over six weeks ago with host Quentin Letts, a journalist for the Daily Mail. Obviously there have been many developments in F1’s political sphere since then and I’ve had several conversations with the programme makers who’ve been striving not to get caught out by the unfolding events of the past few weeks. I should point out, however, that I’ve had no input into the editorial direction of the show.

As you can guess from the title the programme is intended to be light-hearted but a bit provocative. It’s part of a series that asks “What’s the point” of various things – last week it was the Privy Council and they previously did Michelin Stars.

It’s not intended to be taken terribly seriously, but I hope you feel I give a fair and accurate representation of what F1 fans think of the sport and the people involved in it. Look forward to hearing what you make of it!

See the official site for “What’s the point of Formula 1?” here.