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Hungarian Grand Prix Podcast

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04/08/2015

Almost a week later than planned, thanks largely to editor Chris Balfe finding himself trapped in a the newly-built (for 2015) 'Facility for the Management of Vexation and Exasperation Resultant of Continued Deficiency of High End Partner' somewhere in the McLaren Technology Centre, the Pitpass team delivers its report on the Hungarian Grand Prix.

And Max Noble, Mat Coch and Balfe have a lot to say, from the positives of the race and the touching tribute to Jules Bianchi to what exactly is Red Bull going to do about its engine problem.

The trio agree the minute's silence, and subsequent national anthem, before the race was a powerful and emotive tribute to Bianchi and the race a fitting way to celebrate the fallen Frenchman.

It was a race that had everything, like a Hollywood script, which did much to bely predictions that the narrow, twisty Hungaroring circuit would produce a tedious procession.

Wandering slightly off topic Noble and Balfe sing Kimi Raikkonen's praises, urging the Ferrari top brass to sign him for another year. Coch though is less convinced, suggesting his Ferrari dream team would include Romain Grosjean for a year before he looked at one of this year's superstar rookies.

While the team cannot agree on Raikkonen's future they do accept that it's a clear signal of the quality on the grid right now and the depth pf talent it currently boasts. Well, aside from Pastor Maldonado.

McLaren gets a thumbs-up for its performance, with a special mention for Fernando Alonso who, according to Balfe, is emerging as a genuine leader at Woking for the first time in his career. Our editor is also impressed by Sebastian Vettel's linguistic skills.

Noble asks whether Mercedes is really all it's made out to be after a performance that saw it wilt rather alarmingly under pressure.

And there's also no fooling the guys who agree that Red Bull getting both drivers on to the podium was a fine result, but doesn't change the fact that its engine is producing rather more donkeys than stallions.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 06/08/2015 15:12

"Three comments:
- Your comments about Pastor Maldonado brought to mind the awful Tom Cruise racing movie Days of Thunder. After banging and bashing his way to the front in one race his crew chief says, " Go ahead and hit the pace car"
"Why?" says Cruise. The answer, "You might as well be complete. It's the only car you haven't hit."
- If Red Bull needs a working racing engine, why not the current Chevy Indy Car engine? Haas isn't using it and it would be a relatively proven item. Wasn't McLaren's first F1 engine a modified Indy engine?
- Is the MTC so closed that they didn't Chris moving around in the building? Even remote security systems in grocery stores can do that.
Otherwise an awesome race. "

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2. Posted by stoney, 04/08/2015 9:47 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 04/08/2015 10:14)

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