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The United States & Brazil GPs Podcast

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13/11/2014

Making up for lost time, the Pitpass team rants its way through all the issues currently facing Formula One. With back-to-back races in the United States and Brazil and a seemingly imploding sport, Glen Crompton, Mat Coch and Editor Chris Balfe waste little time cutting to the core of the problem with impassioned debate and heckling aplenty.

The trio are in the Pitpass studio once again and after wasting ninety-or-so seconds reflecting on the aforementioned races quickly turn their attention to the underlying problems within the sport, questioning whether some of the proposal currently being talked about will actually solve them or are merely a sticking plaster.

Coch is of the opinion that giving the teams more money will only exacerbate the problem, while Crompo (pictured with Balfe) questions what it is that Formula One is, or at least trying to be. Concerns are raised over the reliance on drinks companies in the sport, one in particular, and whether the structure of the F1 is complicit in its current predicament.

There are positive words for Williams from Crompo which really sets things off as Balfe compares their season to Red Bull's.

Sadly, it's all downhill from there with Ferrari, Marussia, Caterham and Toro Rosso all finding themselves like deer in the headlights.

As the ranting continues, one is put in mind of those numerous 'Downfall' spoofs… F1 is currently ripe for one... still, at least nobody mentions double points.

Then again, according to Coch's final edit, nobody mentions Nelson Piquet's (car crash) podium interview either. And we're sure it was discussed.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 18/11/2014 4:44

"The USGP and Brazil GP a continuation of the Drive of the Valkyries. Dull in front but better in the middle seems to be the order of the day. The best battle I saw was the Ferrari fight in Brazil.
F1 really needs simplification. How about a 2 liter engine limit (any configuration), maximum turbo size (any number of them) and DRS without outside control? Eliminate the hybrid gadgets and DRS zones.
Now how do we keep enough cars on the grid to avoid looking like a cheesy Nintendo F1 game? Keep the still barely solvent mid and back field teams with cash from the big teams and other sources. Sell Gene Haas Marussia lock, stock and barrel. Sell Caterham to the Roumanians who want to get into F1 so badly. Finally allow 10 engines per car before penalties are accrued.
Now, GO RACING! "

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2. Posted by Canuck, 13/11/2014 15:01

"I disagree with you saying that Brazil was a boring race. I found the racing great and the battles really good. I think the US GP was not as good as expected, but generally the racing this year has been quite good. Of course it would be better if the pack was tighter, but considering the new technology used this year, it shows promise as the technology matures.

I do find sad that the larger teams don't have their eye on the sport and you are bang on when you say - how long will red bull be in this or Mercedes or Honda etc. Only the true racers are in it for the long run and they are the ones being punished by the "money mongrels". Only Mclaren & Ferrari as true racers are capable of staying on in this atmosphere of big spenders. And Red Bull as admitted it cannot afford a 3rd car and McLaren said it cant get one ready for the start of the year. What is cheaper for them to do -- subsidize the smaller teams or produce a 3rd or 4th car that can't score points? "

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