So, I was bored and wanted to do something for this fine website as I have been neglecting my duties of late. This is mostly because there was very little to talk about F1 wise. Below is a blueprint of what I believe Bernie has Continue reading
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I don’t know who came up with this idea, but it is ridiculous.
This morning, BBC and Sky teamed up in a deal to both show F1 with Sky getting all the races and the BBC getting only 10.
I am really struggling here to put this in words. Say I want to keep watching F1 on the Beeb, I will now have to buy Sky just to watch 10 races that the BBC aren’t showing! I would have much preferred Sky having every race and then I know what I’ll be getting.
And just what will we be getting with Sky?
If you look at their football coverage, it seems we will get the following:
- SUPER DUPER FORD SUPER WANKY SUNDAY FORMULA ONE
- CRAP COMMENTATORS
- STUDIO ANALYSIS
- POINTLESS SLOW MOTION FOOTAGE
- RUBBISH ANALYSIS
- BRITISH IMPARTIALITY (ahem)
I would rather they gave the bloody thing back to ITV. I would rather James Allen was back commentating on his own. I would rather he was commentating while wanking himself into oblivion as he shouts over and over “Lewis Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton, OOOOOHHH.”.
I am not happy.
Oh and there’s a race this weekend. Meh.
*Listening to Kings of Leon – Radioactive*
Next season’s F1 grid is going to a young one.
His name? Sergio Perez. His rep? Second in this season’s GP2 behind the unlucky-in-F1 Maldonado and has been team-mate to Petrov in earlier years.
For a change we can firmly say F1 has a bright future. New teams are growing some adult teeth, and some testing their bite, this season’s title is not going anywhere yet and the next generation are getting their chances. The rumours of Villeneuve’s return feels like a distant memory.
But then there is the second announcement made by Sauber on Monday. This is a team, lest we forget, with nothing on their car but for a discreet Burger King bumper sticker. But that’s about to change, Mexican telecom giant Telmex will be lead sponsor next season.
Oh, I forgot to tell you all Perez’s nationality. Unsurprisingly, he’s Mexican.
How big a factor was this in Perez making the leap into the highest form of motorsport? It would be naïve to believe it to be none. This is nothing new, and it won’t be the last such appointment. Talent should outweigh any other factor in this game. But if Driver A is competent with a big sponsor or two then he will get the vacant seat ahead of Driver B who is more talented but can’t get a sponsor other than his local chippy and second-hand garage.
I don’t doubt Perez’s ability but there are many a-driver being overlooked for no other reason than money. There are only so many seats at Le Mans for those overlooked to make their name in.
But if Sauber bring back the blue on blue colour scheme I’ll forget all about this whole thing.
*Listening To Death Of Death of Dicotheque – Forcefield*
I feel to describe a race report as the addendum for the weekend seems bizarre, but reminded that it is Barcelona that we are observing- or an extended test session- it’s apt.
And after the first quarter that provided a few thrills in the first lap but little else of note led to the initial round of pit-stops. This resulted in a few jolts of interest – Schumacher overtaking Button, which would shape the rest of his afternoon; and a minor scrap- as in one corner scrap- between Vettel and Hamilton where a Virgin made it’s only meaningful contribution to the season by hampering Hamilton’s exit into turn one, almost allowing Vettel through.
Unfortunately, with the slower teams not apparently gaining any pace, excepting Lotus- with the excellent Mike Gascoyne directing their technical team- and with the rain-laden first few races a mere memory, it is becoming all too clear how their presence is becoming a hindrance to the faster cars.
The cynical among us might attribute that to his tyre-management abilities.