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October 15, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

Grand Prix Review: Rd 15, Japan

It's been a tough week in world motor sport, the team of Chris Balfe, Glen Crompton and Mat Coch dedicating the latest Pitpass podcast to Maria de Villota.
The trio once again butt heads over the Japanese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel's fifth consecutive victory – a point none of the three are willing to mention. Instead they focus on the fans, the die-hard, respectful and at times down-right whacky Japanese fans who make Suzuka the amphitheatre of world motor sport it is.
Crompo and Coch argue over the fate of Lewis Hamilton, forcing a reluctant Balfe to play mediator, who also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the decision making process in Mercedes technical department.
The team as admits it longs for the characters of yesteryear, lamenting the Twitter generation and their media handlers, yearning for a simpler time when drivers would settle their differences behind the tyre barriers after the race (or during it, if your name is Nelson) rather than a sharply worded post-race interview.
Running at almost fifteen minutes it's a wrap up of the Japanese Grand Prix which artfully dodges the subject for most of it.

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