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September 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am

Italy 2016

There's just something special about Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix, that gives the team goose bumps as they dissect the latest round of the championship.

Chris Balfe, Mat Coch and Max Noble can't hide their enthusiasm for the fabled Italian circuit, suggesting it goes a long way to make up for what tend to be fair predictable races. The question is however, for how much longer given the suggested fate of the parkland circuit.

The race, or moreover Nico Rosberg's performance, had Balfe thinking. Perhaps there really are two Nico's and the evil twin Max Noble has previously suggested does actually exist. Does that mean there are two Lewis' too, and the one who can start races well had the weekend off?

Nothing tough gets the team's motors running quite like Jenson Button's sabbatical, an announcement Balfe in particular takes great exception to. There's business sense there of course, and Balfe concedes that on McLaren's part, but doesn't hold back on voicing his opinion on how the situation was handled.

That however proves only to be the curtain raiser for discussion on Ferrari. While it may have nabbed third place on home ground there are confusing and concerning messages coming from the squad's top brass. For Balfe and Noble they fear a return to the dark ages – the period from 1980 to 1999.

The possible sale of the sport is also discussed briefly, with suggestions there is far more to any buy out than meets the eye. A date clash with Le Mans is considered a Bad Move while Balfe saves some late praise, and even more bad puns, for late on.

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