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The Monaco GP Podcast

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27/05/2014

Despite a mostly processional race that left little to talk about the Pitpass team had to be forcibly removed from the studio this week as they dissected all the other latest happenings in Formula One.

Editor Chris Balfe is back to share his thoughts on the situation at Mercedes while Glen Crompton and Mat Coch continue to bicker amongst themselves… seemingly the in-thing these days.

Crompo, like Balfe, wonders just how far things at Mercedes could deteriorate after a weekend that saw the relationship between its drivers strained like never before, while the ever cynical Coch suggests it's rather more hot air than substance.

The debate between the trio rages, with Coch suggesting that any publicity is good publicity while Balfe believes the negative headlines will end up damaging the sport, the team and the drivers.

Crompo, who makes no secret of his resentment at Coch who grew up in a house with a couch whilst he was forced to live in a dumpster, once again finds an excuse to laud the efforts of Daniel Ricciardo, though he insists it's not patriotism. In fact he suggests that while Monaco featured another strong drive the young Australian is possibly more important to the sport than it yet realises.

It's an opinion shared by Balfe, who clearly envies Crompo for the fact he was lucky enough to have a dumpster to live in, who agrees that, following a week in which Australia lost one of its greatest sportsman, the youngster might just help everyone remember what a true sportsman is.

There is even a passing comment on the situation at Ferrari with questions being asked about how sustainable it is in its current form. Sadly, they're questions that suggest nobody has an answer to, including Marco Mattiacci.

Running slightly longer this time at almost twenty minutes, the trio once again voice their differing opinions over the sport and debate it amongst themselves. With Coch being wrong about pretty much all of it and Balfe getting so worked up at Bernie Ecclestone's 'selfie' with Justin Bieber he gets confused as to when his beloved Tottenham Hotspur last won the FA Cup.

Indeed, whilst Balfe can forgive Ecclestone his callousness in terms of some of the teams and circuits F1 has lost over the years, double points, trackside sprinklers, Chelsea/QPR, Putin and much more, the 'selfie' (and that of his wife) with Bieber was the last straw.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 28/05/2014 20:04

"Your bit about living in houses and dumpsters reminds me of an old Monty Python bit. Anyway Monaco wasn't quite as dull as the Bridgestone tire test Bernie palmed off as the 2005 USGP. Is Justin Bieber even old enough to drink in Monaco? I guess most of the other celebs were too tall for Bernie to do a selfie.
Bravo to Daniel Ricciardo. "

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