Waking up to Le Mans

Confession time. I have always been a bit sceptical about the Le Mans 24 Hours. There is nothing to doubt about its prestige, or the special challenge it presents. It clearly is one of the most important races on the planet. But as a spectacle to watch on television, I have always been a bit […]

Trouble brewing at both Red Bull and McLaren?

I was absolutely buzzing after the Turkish Grand Prix, a race that had almost everything you could ask for. Even though superficially all the pre-race hype had Red Bull easily in the lead, it turned out that McLaren have turned up the wick and give them a really hard fight. Red Bull hung on to […]

The toughest job in F1: being Luca Badoer

In my review of the European Grand Prix, I didn’t mention Luca Badoer, who made his high-profile Ferrari d├ębut at the race. It was always going to be a tough ask, because the odds were so heavily stacked against him. For one thing, he had to get used to the car, which he had never […]

Michael Schumacher returns to race for Ferrari

Wow, a day certainly is a long time in F1. I am not sure when I will get round to actually writing about the Hungarian GP, though at least there is a long break until the next race. But the big news this evening is that the next race will feature Michael Schumacher on the […]

BBC F1 coverage: radio

Practice coverage This is another aspect of the BBC’s coverage which is a massive improvement on ITV’s offering. Last year, practice was just covered online, on some infrastructure which was clearly pretty shaky. This year, practice is covered on the red button. Even if you opt to watch it online (which I often do), the […]

BBC F1 coverage: Television commentary

Commentary The BBC’s lead commentator Jonathan Legard has come in for a lot of stick on the internet. In my view, most of it is wholly unwarranted. Indeed, I am quite confused at the negative reaction he has been getting. I used to listen to him from time to time when he was on Radio […]

BBC F1 coverage: Red Button stuff and the pitlane

The interactive forum The BBC have a lot of great points to their coverage, but this is possibly the greatest innovation they have come up with. For an hour or so after the BBC One programme has finished, they continue analysing the race on the Red Button. This is something that simply would never have […]

BBC F1 coverage: Pre- and post-race

Earlier this year I wrote about the great job the BBC were doing covering Formula 1. It was the Corporation’s first time broadcasting Formula 1 since the sport left for ITV in 1997. When ITV got the rights, it was widely accepted that they raised the bar of F1 coverage. The challenge for the BBC […]

F1 on the BBC: A new era of F1 coverage

Even in this most interesting of races, at the most interesting of times, with all sorts of interesting rule changes and an interesting off-season, one of the most fascinating things about the weekend was the television coverage. After a gap of 12 years, F1 returned to BBC television. Although ITV undoubtedly raised the bar, F1 […]

The testing ban: another botched rule change?

It has to be said, unintended consequences are never far away in the world of F1 rule changes. For just one example, take a look at how quickly aerodynamic flick-ups have resurfaced, despite their supposed banning. Skate fins? What on earth? Now we are presented with a number of oddities that have come about as […]