Fast & Loose is the F1 podcast every new race fan needs

Michelle Beadle and Will Arnett interview Haas' Gunther Steiner.  Not pictured: Kid Mero.

Michelle Beadle and Will Arnett interview Haas’ Gunther Steiner. Not pictured: Kid Mero.
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The growth of Formula 1 in America has brought with it huge interest from individuals who may not have paid much attention to the European spectacle in the past – and also led to the involvement of big names in the sport. For this you need look no further than Fast and free podcast on Amazon’s Amp. Host: Will Arnett (Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Smartless), Michelle Beadle (ESPN, What did I miss?), and Kid Mero (Desus and Mero) together with F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen, Fast and free is already carving out a new, exciting niche in the world of motorsports podcasting.

I had a chance to talk to Beadle and the Mero Kid from Fast and free podcast on Saturday morning at the United States Grand Prix, and the two new fans were visibly excited to participate in the international spectacle that is the sport.

When I asked how the two got into the sport of F1, Beadle responded with typical humor Fast and free: “Well, here’s our basic answer: Drive to survive.”

Mero added that his longtime manager Victor Lopez is a master of international sports, which encouraged him to get involved DTS for the first time. From there, the magnetic star power of drivers like Daniel Ricciardo sucked him in.

“The producers of the show got in touch and asked if I knew Michelle Beadle,” Mero said of starting the podcast. “I thought, ‘Do I know the hell Michelle Beadle?’ I’m watching TV! I’ve had cable for decades! I know who she is!’”

The two were interested from the start, with producers noting that they would be joined by “Will”.

“I didn’t have the details of who ‘Will’ was when I joined,” Beadle said, waving her hand to indicate that it didn’t matter because she was already sold on the concept. “When I saw it was Will Arnett … It’s the weirdest group of people, but for some reason it just works.”

Fast and free is unique in that it caters to American audiences in a way that most other international F1 programs do not — and is also unique in that it is massively interactive. It’s basically the podcast equivalent of watching a race with a group of friends. Tune in live and you’ll have the chance to call in or express your thoughts via a chat feature, something you can experience for yourself this weekend at the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Fast & Loose Sidecast starts during the race and Post show it starts right when the race ends. Pre-event interviews and previews are included, all of which are designed to cater to newer racing fans who may have just discovered the sport.

“The good thing about it is we can have fun,” Beadle said. “Other podcasts will be like, ‘Wait, what do you think about Ferrari’s tire strategy this week?’ Whereas we might be like, ‘How are Ferrari going to shoot today?’

“That’s the important thing,” Mero added. “That’s the thing people need to know.”

Even in the chat I had with Beadle and Mero, the charisma was infectious and our conversation was full of laughter. This translates directly into the podcast itself, which is ready to welcome new fans with open arms. If you’re looking for an immersive racing experience for the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, download Amazon’s Amp app to join the live chat.

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