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October 28, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

2015 United States Grand Prix

Subaru is on the verge of entering Formula One. Okay, it's not, but we bet that got your attention… It's just one of the wild fancies the Pitpass trio throw about in the latest podcast instead of dissecting what was a hugely entertaining race.

To be fair Chris Balfe, Max Noble and Mat Coch do touch on the topic but much prefer to talk about the important matters, like how many clowns could fit in Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, or why Coch has suddenly gone all Forrest Gump.

As an extra incentive this week Balfe came armed, launching second place caps at either Noble or Coch when the said something particularly silly. Noble earned one for branding himself an excellent Number 2 speaker, a point neither Balfe nor Coch argued with.

There are serious moments too as they question whether democracy really is the answer and whether installing sprinklers around the world's circuits is actually feasible. It probably isn't, though Balfe doesn't seem too upset by that.

He is upset at Ferrari after Maurizio Arrivabene criticised the sideshow put on by rival teams on Saturday afternoon during the (exceedingly) long rain delay. He was probably just upset Daniel Ricciardo agreed to dance with team-mate Daniil Kvyat and not him.

Fourth placed Max Verstappen gets a wrap, which almost certainly means he'll stick it in the hedge at the first corner in Mexico, but the trio universally urge caution over his future. It's so bright you can only look at it while wearing a welding mask, but the concern is he'll be rushed into a leading team before he's ready and not be afforded the time he needs to develop.

Like the race itself, the podcast has more twists and turns than Pastor Maldonado (and Coch has a theory there…) in a bumper car and covers more ground than the carnage left in its wake.

October 14, 2015 @ 1:59 pm

2015 Russian Grand Prix

Anyone would think we've let Basil Fawlty into the Pitpass studio this week as Chris Balfe, Max Noble and Mat Coch do their best not to mention the war. Instead the trio actually manages to do the rarest of things in the Russian Grand Prix podcast, which is actually talk about the Russian Grand Prix.

Mostly it's admiration of the local officials who seemed capable of fixing anything with a bit of duct tape, though someone the foolishly brave chap who played chicken with Sebastian Vettel mid-race escaped their attention. That's because they were too busy trying to remember who the head of the FIA was, before agreeing it was a short Frenchman which almost certainly meant it must be Alain Prost.

There were serious moments though, notably as the team discussed Carlos Sainz's practice crash while the Spaniard won fans with his single minded determination to get straight back on the horse after being bucked off. For Balfe the whole weekend had an eerie overtone with just hints of a weekend in May 21 years ago. Coch though wasn't so concerned, suggesting crashing is just part of the game and while Sainz and Romain Grosjean both had big'uns it wasn't really cause for alarm – though perhaps a rethink over how barriers are installed.

At one point the usual calm and reasonable Noble transforms into Mad Max as he goes on a rant about the current engine formula and even suggests Bernie is playing games with the media on the sale of the sport. It's his third conspiracy theory in a row, which is a better strike rate than Glen 'Conspiracy Theory' Crompton could ever manage.

It makes for a lively discussion between the trio who vent their frustration, anger and spleens all the while working really hard not to mention the war. Balfe mentioned it once, but we think he got away with it.

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