Box of Neutrals

Box of Neutrals


Michael Lamonato, Rob James, and Peter McGinley valiantly attempt to create 30 minutes of approximately F1 radio that is both vaguely informative and mildly amusing, often failing spectacularly on both counts. Heard on ABC Grandstand and Phuket LIVE 89.5.


BoN 2016/41 — Abu Dhabi GP Review feat. Dieter Rencken  

With Dieter Rencken. We eulogise Lewis Hamilton's excruciatingly slow loss of his world championship, Peter McGinley attempts to make his own sound effects, and Dieter Renckens he has the flu.

BoN 2016/40 — Abu Dhabi GP Preview  

We preview the last race of the season to honour the drivers who are retiring and/or being forced out of Formula One against their will, McLaren is disappointed with Fernando Alonso's progress as an actor since 2014, and some championship is up for grabs.

BoN 2016/39 — Brazilian GP Review  

Max Verstappen's racing was inspired, but the Olav Mol's 'Dutch' commentary was better. Peter McGinley refuses to apologise for not satisfying his fans. We shortlist our impromptu should-have-been champions awards.

BoN 2016/38 — Brazilian GP Preview feat. Dieter Rencken  

With Dieter Rencken. All the teams make their 2017 driver line-up announcements after we record, which makes our references to Home Improvement sound embarrassingly out of date. Plus Dieter renckens Ross Brawn might be the man to make F1 great again.

BoN 2016/37 — Mexican GP Review  

We reference Burgo's Catch Phrase and Gardening Australia to balance Sebastian Vettel's Peter McGinley-eque language and keep the show family friendly on average. Also, a race happens in Mexico.

BoN 2016/36 — United States GP Review & Mexican GP Preview  

McLaren prepares to thaw Martin Whitmarsh from his cryogenically suspended state, and Rob didn't manage to see the United States Grand Prix, so we talk about his sewerage problem instead.

BoN 2016/35 — United States GP Preview & Murray Walker  

With Murray Walker. This episode requires no further description.

Hear the full Murray Walker interview by subscribing to ABC's Motor Mouth podcast, featuring Box of Neutrals's own Michael Lamonato alongside Yassmin Abdel-Magied —

BoN 2016/34 — Japanese GP Review feat. Dieter Rencken  

With Dieter Rencken. Mercedes wins the world championship, Lewis Hamilton escalates his Snapchat addiction, and staff members at Dieter Rencken's hotel are forced to listen to a conversation about Formula One in the lobby.

BoN 2016/33 — Malaysian GP Preview & Japanese GP Review  

Peter McGinley delivers Lewis Hamilton a championship pep talk, Michael consider the advertising value of tattoos on Formula One drivers, and Rob makes branding changes to the programme without ABC consultation.

BoN 2016/32 — Malaysian GP Preview  

Not much happens ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, so Formula One gets excited about slight changes to the camber of a racetrack and Peter McGinley tells a slanderous story to liven the mood.

BoN 2016/31 — Singapore GP Review  

Peter McGinley rediscovers his love for the not-V8 Supercars while Michael and Rob engage in some Small Conversation™. Formula One is referenced on several occasions in this episode.

BoN 2016/30 — Singapore GP Preview  

We display our embarrassing lack of music knowledge, Peter McGinley writes off his chances of earning a superlicence, and the ABC inaugurates the exciting new radio game 'Moustache or nose hair?'.

BoN 2016/29 — Italian GP Review & Commercial Rights Sale feat. Dieter Rencken  

With Dieter Rencken. In order of importance: Peter McGinley is back; CVC Capital Partners sells Formula One's commercial rights to Liberty Media, about which we ask Dieter what he Renckens.

BoN 2016/28 — Belgian GP Review & Italian GP Preview  

Peter McGinley goes on his midseason break, bankrupting Felipe Massa of confidence and sending him into retirement. Michael and Rob discuss the effect of football hooliganism on motor racing, but the Herald Sun doesn't buy it. 

BoN 2016/27 — Belgian GP Preview  

With the return of racing for the Belgian Grand Prix upon us after the F1 midseason break, we ask the question no-one else will: is Lewis Hamilton a weather god?

BoN 2016/26 — Midseason Break Pt II  

Michael returns from his trip to find Peter has become a QC and Rob has forgotten the names of some Formula One drivers despite Box of Neutrals being a largely F1-based programme. Nothing else of interest happens.

BoN 2016/25 — Midseason Break Pt I feat. Dieter Rencken  

With Dieter Rencken. Peter McGinley finds a new theme, Rob James talks about his dry lips, and Michael Lamonato asks Dieter what he Renckens about European trucking logistics.

BoN 2016/24 — German GP Review  

Rob is accused of hijacking his own show, Peter is accused of panelling without a licence, and Michael is accused of disrespecting the boot.

BoN 2016/23 — Hungarian GP Review & German GP Preview feat. Craig Scarborough  

With Craig Scarborough. Michael interviews respected technical expert Craig Scarborough to Budapest's most glamorous F1 hot spot, Peter talks about soiled pants, and Rob reminisces about radio news themes of eras past.

BoN 2016/22 — Hungarian GP Preview  

Rob makes more references to radio personalities from other stations than is probably reasonable, Peter McGinley makes more references to Neighbours, and Michael makes reference to Fernando Alonso's marital status.

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