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June 26, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

Rd8, Austria

The Austrian Grand Prix may boast the shortest lap time of the season thus far but the same can't be said for the latest episode of the podcast.

Chris Balfe, Glen Crompton and Mat Coch have headed back in to the Pitpass studio to record the post-Austrian Grand Prix episode in which, as usual, they spend little time actually talking about the race.

Indeed, feeding off one another, Balfe and Crompo come up with some exciting new job descriptions for Tabloid Newspaper Editors after drawing inspiration from the World Cup and motivation from the track limits debacle in qualifying.

There is growing frustration among the trio as they watch what they feel is the sport shooting itself in the foot, repeatedly, laying the blame equally at the teams and organisers. It's alienating fans, argues Balfe who goes on to suggest the ridiculous new rule propositions that appear almost every day show a lack of insight and intelligence and do the sport far more harm than good.

Red Bull is also on the receiving end following Christian Horner's comments about the Renault engines, Coch out-numbered when he suggests that the very public complaining has a motive beyond a simple whinge. A deal with Mercedes is perhaps on the cards, suggests Coch, with Williams demonstrating just how good the German engines are.

Williams' performance was a point not lost on the Pitpass team who are universally pleased to see the Grove-based squad, and Felipe Massa, back on the front row of a Grand Prix.

There is clear animosity between Crompo and Coch who fail to see eye to eye over Sergio Perez. While Crompo believes his race in Austria is proof of his ability Coch refuses to concede, suggesting the Mexican still has work to reverse the reputation he gained in 2013.

Running at almost 25 minutes the shortest race of the year has generated the longest podcast, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave any more of the teams unique perspective on the cutting room floor.

June 11, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

Rd7, Canada

Crompo gets his crackpot theory more than a little wrong following his suggestion Bernie Ecclestone was about to step down before hastily changing the subject to what was actually an entertaining Canadian Grand Prix.

Once again Crompo and Mat Coch fail to agree, this time over the penalty dished out to Sergio Perez following his final lap clash with Felipe Massa. With Coch on one side and Crompo firmly on the other the pair duke it out before Balfe is forced to calm the debate.

On the whole it was a race which rejuvenates the championship according to Chris Balfe while Crompo likened the race to a well written Hollywood blockbuster. With racing up and down the field, and a breakthrough win for Daniel Ricciardo, it was a fine advertisement for Formula One and proof nice guys don't always finish last.

What really gets the trio riled up however are the proposed changes to Friday practice sessions. As a collective the team pans the idea, labelling it bad value for fans and poor decision making from the Strategy Group underpinned by ineffective marketing from the sport.

The slightly longer show also gives Crompo opportunity to draw comparisons between Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and the current driver pairing. Crompo sees a degree of Alain Prost in Rosberg's drive to second spot, a view shared by Balfe, as he lauds a triumph for an underrated analytical drive from Rosberg.

But the Mercedes advantage is not quite what it seems the team suggests as the championship moves in to the middle third of the season. A retirement in Canada gave a glimmer of hope to Mercedes rivals while injecting renewed interest in the drivers' championship, leaving things nicely poised heading in to the Austrian Grand Prix next time out.

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