Nico Rosberg needs to do a lot more than win the Brazilian Grand Prix if he wants to impress Mat Coch it seems, as he is joined in the Pitpass studio once again by editor Chris Balfe and Max Noble.
The trio are on deck to navigate the flat water that was the Interlagos event. For Noble and Balfe it was a race Rosberg should be proud of, a lights-to-flag victory (HMS?) which he steered home without a hint of chop to the ride.
Coch however, is less impressed and suggests Lewis Hamilton was the better of the two Mercedes drivers. He even tries to defend his stance, though Balfe and Noble are having none of that nonsense, our editor salivating at the prospect of a Prost (Rosberg)/Senna (Hamilton) scenario in 2016.
Somehow the team manages to talk for a full nine minutes about Sunday's race, which is remarkable since in reality it only lasted about nine seconds. Nonetheless, the trio found things with which to amuse themselves, which this week seems to be trying to subtly slot in nautical themes throughout the show.
This almost did the trick of distracting them from mentioning 'the war'. OK, they mentioned it once, but we're pretty sure they got away with it as the subject of engines for next season is glossed over with the same speed as Pastor Maldonado's finishing record when it's time to cashing the cheque from PDVSA.
Poor Pastor cops a bit of a pasting this week with Balfe suggesting Lotus hasn't done itself any favours next season by retaining him. It's done even less for Jolyon Palmer who is set to be take course 'Throwing Expensive Automobiles at the Scenery 101' from Professor Maldonado, or Prof Mal as he's known to the cool kids.
There's also talk of the reshuffle at Manor and the problems in Austin, there's even a three thumbs up for Carlos Sainz, who has to be the unluckiest driver in Formula One this season, while Felipe Massa's disqualification gets the crew frothing at the mouth. For light relief Balfe seems on the verge of suggesting Fernando Alonso quit F1 and forge a new career in comedy.
Whilst Coch and Noble claim that Nico Hulkenberg's career is taking on a Marie Celeste appearance, Balfe is thankfully prevented from wrapping up the podcast with a rendition of... 'it was on the good ship Venus'.
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