Somehow, both Rob and Michael decide to have a “rostered show off” - so Peter is running the good ship Box of Neutrals - without any form of driver’s or boat licence. Meanwhile, Michael plays foreign correspondent and catches up with crash.net’s Luke Smith from a park in Mexico City.
The European season ends with Sebastian Vettel losing the championship initiative after Italian GP organisers used the wrong anthem on the starting grid before the race. McLaren chooses to field its first winless full-time driver line-up since 1995. Peter McGinley doesn't turn up for the show.
Just when you thought our timing couldn't get any worse after a chaotic midseason break, we miss the announcement of F1's (technically) newest team to enter the championship. But we do ask Dieter what he Renckens about the (formerly) Force India situation and other political goings-on, and Peter does his best Rob James impression.
Another week, another badly timed episode of Box of Neutrals. We talk to Ben Edwards about everything up to Fernando Alonso's F1 retirement – and his weird retirement video – and Carlos Sainz's move to McLaren. Peter McGinley confuses 'Holden' for 'beer'.
Daniel Ricciardo goes to Renault, Force India goes to Lance Stroll, Williams goes to Centrelink and Olav Mol goes so far as to say Romain Grosjean should've stayed Swiss. Hopefully this podcast dates more gracefully than last week's show.
We try to buy Force India with Peter McGinley's credit card points but it turns administrators don't take American Express. We channel our inner consumer affairs commissioner and talk low-level scams and frauds that we've become caught up in and discuss the definition of 'mincemeat'.