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April 5, 2017 @ 7:14 am

Australia 2017

The 2017 Formula 1 season has begun, with victory for Sebastian Vettel (spoiler!) over Lewis Hamilton in Australia. Together to discuss all the important events of the weekend, the Pitpass trio of Chris Balfe, Mat Coch and Max Noble jump in the studio to do what they do best.

Strangely, Vettel's drive to victory barely gets a mention. Not for that matter does Hamilton's battle with Max Verstappen. Even Daniel Ricciardo's weekend, as if a pair of week old socks, only gets aired briefly at the very end. Instead what got the guys excited about the Australian Grand Prix was the glimpse it gave us into the shape Formula 1 will take in 2017 and, if Coch is to believed, until 2019 at the earliest.

The big question is; do the guys like what they saw? There wasn't a lot of passing, but there never is in Melbourne, though that in itself leaves the team trying to work out if that made the race good or bad.

The other big question of the weekend was always going to be how much faster are these aggressive new cars? We were promised lots, but there are compelling arguments to suggest they've no delivered on that front.

There are a few other fronts Noble suggests the sport's new owners, Liberty Media, have also failed to deliver in what really was their first real day on the job.

What has the guys really worked up though is what's bubbling away behind the scenes; the talk and posturing from the sports players and rule makers, and the path that is leading it all down. Has Liberty Media transformed the sport, and we sit on the precipice of a new golden era for Formula 1, or, like the chippie up the road, is it just the same business under new management?


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