Jutta Kleinschmidt has always had smarts, but did she have skills? At age 30 she decided she had to know, and she traded her high-flying engineering job at BMW for the dust and sand of the Dakar. The rest is history: she smashed through the glass ceiling of the male-dominated off-road scene to become the first and so far only woman to win the Dakar Rally.

Cross-country had its first queen, so when Extreme E appeared on the horizon, the German national couldn’t help but get herself involved as an advisor, championship driver and, unexpectedly, a full-timer for Abt Cupra.

James and Michael sat down for a chat with Jutta to discuss her switch from the factory to the track, her historic Dakar victory and getting thrown in the Extreme E deep end in her happy place in Senegal.

And with one round to go in the inaugural Extreme E season, we check in with the Count Us In challenge to learn how we can all make practical commitments to fight climate change.

The title goes down to the wire at all-time classic F1 venue Abu Dhabi, everyone forgets about Esteban Ocon and Rob’s patron saint of trucking finally delivers him a win.

Michael Lamonato joined Matt Grubelich on Sports Drive to share his analysis on all the thrills and spills from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen leads by eight points, but Lewis Hamilton has all the momentum. With two rounds to go, who will claim the 2021 world championship? Featuring Nate Saunders from ESPN.

Lewis Hamilton wins easily in the first-ever Qatar Grand Prix to slice Max Verstappen lead to just eight points with two races to go. Featuring ESPN’s Nate Saunders.

Four-time Formula 1 world champion and current Alpine F1 non-executive director Alain Prost talk about Alpine’s race-winning 2021 season, Oscar Piastri’s role as Alpine’s test driver next year, Daniel Ricciardo’s time with the team under the Renault name and the Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton championship fight, while we wrap up Sunday’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

Christian Horner gets told off for his spam text messages promising fast rail from Melbourne to Sydney, we get a prediction right for probably the first time this season. And who would be the first modern F1 driver to grow a mullet?

Formula 1 expert Michael Lamonato joined the show to recap the latest round in Qatar, which saw Lewis Hamilton close in on Max Verstappen’s championship lead.

Sports Drive, 15 November — Sao Paulo Grand Prix

Michael Lamonato caught up with Matt Grubelich on Sports Drive to review all the action from the Qatar Grand Prix this morning.

If you had to pick Alejandro Agag’s spirit animal, you probably wouldn’t choose the donkey, yet it’s to the attitude of this humble farmyard animal that the Extreme E CEO credits his success: don’t get distracted and keep your eyes on the prize.

But no common donkey could have made itself the youngest person elected to European Parliament, and a lack of opposable thumbs would have made launching two pioneering electric racing series unmanageably complex.

But Alejandro has done all those things and much more, and on the eve of the finale of Extreme E’s inaugural championship James and Michael caught up with the man who set it all up to talk about what’s motivated him to dominate the electric racing scene, his hopes for the future of the planet and what it’s like to buy a massive ship.

We also hear the final part of our chat with Professor Lucy Woodall from the Extreme E scientific committee about the importance of uniting people from different walks of life in the fight against climate change.

Hamilton hits back: Lewis makes 24 passes in one race weekend to beat Max Verstappen in Brazil and keep his championship hopes alive. Featuring BBC pit lane reporter Jennie Gow

Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn joins us to talk about the third and final instalment of the F1 sprint for 2021 in Brazil last weekend, the future of the concept for next season, the ferocious title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and the impact of the regulation changes for 2022.

Rob unearths a treasure from the national podcasting archives, Michael makes an Indian restaurant recommendation and we conduct a live rights-free viewing of the highlights of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Michael Lamonato caught up with Matt Grubelich on Sports Drive to review all the action from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix this morning.

Absolute domination. Max Verstappen trashes Lewis Hamilton on his way to victory in Mexico City to put one hand on the 2021 drivers championship. Featuring Thomas Maher from RacingNews365.com.

FIA Formula 1 race director and safety delegate Michael Masi joins us to reflect on a chaotic three years in the job, discuss the biggest misconceptions about his role and talk about the revamped Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit set to host the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2022, while we review Sunday’s Mexico City Grand Prix won by Max Verstappen.

We agree to investigate the viability of a chicken parma NFT, Rob worries about insulting Daryl Somers and Michael concludes 20 seconds is enough time to talk about all the action in the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Michael Lamonato caught up with Matt Grubelich on Sports Drive to share his analysis on the Formula 1 Mexico GP from this morning.