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 2017/04 — Australian GP Preview with Andrew Westacott  

With Andrew Westacott, Rodney Gordon, Trent Price, and Abhishek Takle. We set unreasonable expectations for the 2017 season to preview the Australian Grand Prix, Peter McGinley discovers a new sound effect, and we dip our toes into coverage of US politics.

BoN 2017/03 — Second Preseason Test  

Peter McGinley is tickled pink by the upcoming Australian Grand Prix and Andre Rieu but not by McLaren-Honda's performance or the ABC's pronunciation of his name. We also talk about acid reflux and the South Pacific nation of Tokelau.

BoN 2017/02 — Whadaya Rencken with Dieter Rencken  

We consider just how cooked the McLaren-Honda project is, the ABC flirts with the idea of replacing Peter McGinley with CGI, and Dieter Rencken tells us what he Renckened about the F1 offseason.

BoN 2017/01 — First Preseason Test  

Box of Neutrals returns for 2017 with a slightly new cast in vaguely different outfits, but what hasn’t changed is McLaren-Honda, Felipe Massa, or Peter McGinley's love of the letter 'K'.

BoN 2016/44 — Christmas Special with Superlicense Podcast  

Box of Neutrals is joined by Superlicense Podcast's Rodney Gordon and Zach Priest to celebrate Peter McGinley's ability to make his own sound effects and other developments from the 2016 Formula One season.

BoN 2016/43 — Season Review with Olav Mol  

With Olav Mol. Ziggo Sport's Olav Mol talks about Max Verstappen fans, *that* Brazilian Grand Prix commentary, and his enthusiasm (ahem) for the French Grand Prix.

BoN 2016/42 — Season Review with Ben Edwards  

With Ben Edwards. Peter McGinley begrudgingly continues to fulfil his contractual obligations. Some world champion retires. Channel 4 F1 commentator Ben Edwards reflects on the 2016 season, though doesn't mention Placido Domingo.

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.

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