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The 2016 Spanish GP Podcast

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21/05/2016

Following another thrilling grand prix, the third in a row if you believe Mat Coch, the Pitpass crew is back to make sense of it all.

Max Noble joins Coch in the studio as editor Chris Balfe takes time off, the duo sharing their thoughts and opinions on everything from the mud-slinging at Ferrari to the warm fuzzy feeling Noble gets while reading headlines about Max Verstappen.

The Spanish Grand Prix was a sensation for the young Dutchman, and while he receives his fair share of praise the attentions of both Noble and Coch were elsewhere.

According to Noble the Barcelona encounter was proof that the old Kimi Raikkonen has returned, while, in editor Balfe’s absence, Coch insists the Finn's performance should have resulted in a stern warning to the man who finished second best.

Proving he'd be a harsh task master, Coch then sets his sights on Ricciardo, for the second time in as many shows, suggesting the Australian's time at Red Bull has come to an end. The arrival and immediate success of Verstappen is Ricciardo's death knell he reasons, and while understanding his perspective, Noble plants himself firmly on the fence.

And it's from that vantage point he draws his conclusions over the first lap incident involving Lewis and Nico. But while he isn't willing to apportion blame, Noble does admit he'd be giving both drivers a stern talking to, going so far as to threaten them both with the sack if they don't lift their games.

Predictably, Coch has a different view and lays the blame entirely on one of the two Mercedes men in a passionate rant that ultimately ends up with him questioning current driving standards in Formula One.

There's a half-baked conspiracy theory and some words of encouragement for Romain Grosjean before Coch and Noble just about come to blows over their opinion of the worth of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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1. Posted by father guido, 26/05/2016 20:15

"Dear Matt, just when i thought you had nothing worth agreeing with. You make the stellar point that other forms of racing don't tolerate the driving we are seeing in F1 today. I think Ralph was probably the worst. Although Grojean's debut was pretty bad too. And, then there was Sato. Nico's block in Spain was an insult to the sport. I had always considered F1 a gentleman's sport. I mean really isn't that the reputation we want for are sport. I open wheeled raced for years. And the last thing I ever would have wanted to do to my fellow competitor was harm them. Or, put them in harms way. Blocking is not racing or driving. Its hack. Real racing and driving is allowing your competition the opportunity. Which gives you the opportunity to out drive them! Or, be out driven. It shows you are a gentleman, with some class. At the end of the day everyone wins. The media, the fans, and the drivers. And, above all the sport. We are setting an example here. I coached kids in karting for years. The drivers meeting covered this every week. If they still didn't get it right. We had a talk. Of course if I was under minded by a win at all costs parent. It was to no avail. This mentality is barbaric. It shows that we are a mere step from the cave. No class. Are education means nothing. I say bring back what made F1 great in the first place. Driving with style and class."

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