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July 8, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

Rd9, Great Britain

It's taken until almost the midway point of the season, but finally Glen 'Crompo' Crompton has given us his first real crack-pot conspiracy theory of the year. And it came about almost by accident.

Crompo is once again in the Pitpass studio with editor Chris Balfe and fellow antipodean Mat Coch to discuss the British Grand Prix as the team stray in to oncoming traffic in the form of Formula Kart Star, the new FOM backed karting series. But its very existence has the guys all agreeing that it is a confusing move for a brand which has been so aggressive in protecting its exclusivity, leading to the inevitable cynicism.

But Crompo sees through the foggy press release to look at the very atypical announcement with a typically unique perspective to suggest it's perhaps the early salvos of a company looking beyond Bernie Ecclestone.

Speaking of which there is also speculation over Kimi Raikkonen's future in Formula One. Following his large opening lap shunt in Silverstone, and the fact the Iceman has carried a back injury for much of his career, they wonder if it might just provide an easy opportunity for the former world champion to bow out of the sport. That leads to a discussion over just who might replace him at Maranello, prompting Balfe to suggest one driver from left field (or is it Leafield?).

Jenson Button's future is also discussed following a performance Crompo in particular rated highly as the trio looks to get inside Ron Dennis' head as he looks to firm up McLaren's 2015 driver lineup.

Notable mentions go to Valtteri Bottas and the battle between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, which Balfe admits left him yelling at the television with excitement. Coch meanwhile is busy suggesting the only people capable of beating Mercedes to this year's championship is Mercedes itself following yet another retirement and more lost points.

Running to 23 minutes a huge range of topics is covered in the teams' trademark oblique fashion.

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