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July 15, 2016 @ 10:11 am

2016 British GP

Is Lewis Hamilton good or bad for Formula One? That's the question the Pitpass team grapples with in the British Grand Prix podcast following his stunning win in Silverstone.

There are positives and negatives in the sport's reigning world champion, with Chris Balfe, Max Noble and Mat Coch looking at where he adds value and where there's room for improvement. The consensus is that it's not Lewis who needs to pull up his socks but Mercedes, which has created a runaway train following its denial of comments made by Niki Lauda.

Nico Rosberg doesn't escape without feeling the wrath of the team either, with his Austrian Grand Prix misdemeanor leaving all scratching their heads. In theory the Pitpass trio like the aggression and intent from the German, though if it were an Olympic diving even would have given him particularly low scores for execution.

They reason however that it's a glimpse into the mentality of the world championship leader, with his performance at Silverstone – and more the point the fact he was second fiddle to Hamilton all weekend – is cause for concern.

Mercedes dominates the episode with plenty being said on the radio, unlike in modern F1, and a debate on just where to draw the line. Noble suggests regulation size chalk boards and strict rules over the colour of the chalk itself be used as the sole means of contact mid-race.

Away from Mercedes, Ferrari has its decision to offer Kimi Raikkonen another contract analysed. It's a statement of ambition Coch, Balfe and Noble agree, but is that ambition ambitious enough for the Scuderia?

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