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Was it worth it? April 22, 2012

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You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t blogged or tweeted much about Bahrain, this is because I am not a political person! I feel for human suffering of course but I don’t understand the complexities of the political situation there so don’t feel qualified to pass judgement on what is going on. I was however concerned for all the personnel who would be in Bahrain and their personal safety so I am now relieved it is over.

There were a few worrying moments over the course of the weekend and I think we were all shocked to hear of the couple of Force India guys who had to go home. What was more shocking though was to hear of the protestor who died over the weekend!

I don’t want to put a dampener on the race or anything but now the race is completed though I’m left wondering if it was all worth it? I’m sure many fans will have enjoyed the race and for Vettel and Red Bull some valuable points were won. I take nothing away from these guys, I know they deserve these points and worked hard for them but was it worth the worry and anguish of family members? Was it worth the danger these personnel were in? Was it worth the panic that the Force India guys must have gone through? Was it worth a life? I can’t answer these questions, I’m just an outsider looking in but I can’t help but wonder!

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How does he do it? April 5, 2012

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The new F1 season has started and the race for the championship has begun. At this point in time Alonso is top of the leaderboard and despite being a fan I am left wondering how?

Everything in pre-season testing pointed to Ferrari having a really bad car this season, it seemed to be slow, aerodynamically wrong and almost undrivable. As a Ferrari fan I had almost resigned myself to another unspectacular season from Ferrari and was going to enjoy what I could of it. But something amazing has happened that allows me to almost dream! I’m no expert but I put this early lead down to 3 things, you may agree or you may not.

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1. There seems to be no clear front runner. – Unlike the last 2 years where clearly the Red Bulls were considerably faster, this year the front runners seem much more evenly matched. The McLaren has shown great promise early on and it’s qualifying pace is immense but race pace not quite as much. All the other top (and some midfield) teams all seem to have similar pace which means that no one is running away with a lead at this point.

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2. Luck – I will admit that Alonso has had an element of luck so far, particularly in Malaysia. The weather conditions threw in an unknown element that could have made the race go any way and Lewis getting held up in his pit stop certainly helped Alonso on his way to victory. Sauber were fantastic in the wet with Perez coming close to taking the win, I think he would have challenged in the last few laps if he hadn’t had that short spin (I don’t subscribe to the conspiracy theorists who claim Perez spun on purpose, after seeing how shaken he was by his accident in Monaco last year I don’t think he would ever spin on purpose).

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3. Fernando’s driving – I am surprised at how much Alonso is getting out of that car. We can see from Massa’s pace just how bad that car is. Massa is a good driver so is a good benchmark to see the real pace of the car has and middle to rear of the pack seems to be the pace that exists but Alonso has taken that car to 5th and 1st in the first two races – that takes something unique. This is where the difference between a good and a great driver is defined, even if you don’t like Alonso you have to admit his driving is beyond average! A good driver can lead or even win a championship in a great car, it takes a great driver to lead it in a bad car!

So at this moment in time Alonso is leading the F1 World Championship, do I believe he will still be at the end of the season? With the car Ferrari have produced this year I doubt it unless they make some serious alterations but with Alonso behind the wheel I can almost dare to dream!

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Information overload March 17, 2012

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It’s the first race of the F1 season, I dutifully got up at 5am to watch the Sky F1 coverage then tuned in again at 1pm for the BBC F1 coverage.

Normally on a race weekend I am quite an active tweeter and enjoy conversations with people about the races but today I felt like my brain was getting well and truly boggled! I wondered why? Why was this different to the other qualifying sessions I have tweeted through? Have I really aged that much over the winter that I can’t handle it? I can only put it down to one thing – information overload and I blame 3 things for this!

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1. Twitter – Last year I had a different twitter account and on that account I didn’t follow very many people and had a smaller group of people I talked to, as a result it was easier to follow while still keeping up to date on the race. Since last year I changed my account and now follow nearly 700 people, as you can imagine this now makes my timeline pretty full. I was still trying to follow my twitter account in the way I did the old account ie reading every tweet but I soon discovered this is not possible. I also found that when I tweet things now I have a lot more people who respond, which is fantastic and I love that but can also be distracting.

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2. The amount of ipad F1 apps I have – I will admit I barely looked at the apps I have this morning but I have numerous ones I could refer to and it was playing on my mind during qualifying, wondering what these apps had to offer. There would be no way I could have followed the apps, Twitter and the race so this weekend the apps are getting ignored.

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3. The Sky F1 style of coverage itself – This is not a criticism but the new Sky F1 coverage is much more technical than the BBC coverage. Anyone who follows me will know that I love the BBC coverage but even I find they do ‘dumb down’ F1 too much sometimes. Sky cannot be accused of this and this will take a bit of getting used to! I don’t really have a technical mind, unfortunately, and this, combined with the fact that it was a 5am start, made it a bit hard for me to follow everything that was being covered! I wonder if I might find this easier at races which are held later in the day? At the moment Virgin TV have not got the red button facilities up and running, in some ways I’m glad because it will mean even more information when they do! I definitely felt that the BBC coverage is more designed for the masses wheras the Sky coverage is aimed at the crazed F1 fan. Where I would call myself a crazed F1 fan, at 5am in the morning it was a little too much for me. (Oh and I know you were excited but did you have to shout quite that loud Crofty? I went back to bed with a headache after it.)

So what can I do to stop feeling this overloaded during the race tomorrow and even at the subsequent races? My style of following twitter will have to change, I’m afraid I won’t be able to read every tweet but I’ll do my best to find the edited highlights! The apps will have to wait until a later race to be used, or maybe I will peruse them after the race but during the race, this weekend anyway – no way. As for the Sky coverage, there is not a lot I can do about that other than try to have an early night and pick up as much as I can.

So tomorrow, during the race if I suddenly go quiet, spare a thought for me as my brain may have exploded!

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What if… March 12, 2012

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The F1 season is about to start in a matter of days, and days that can be counted on one hand! I have been excited for the new season starting ever since last season finished in November.

I don’t know if anyone else gets this but at this time, just before the season starts, I start to get a little bit of panic and my ‘What ifs’ appear!

What if … the season is not as good as I think it’s gonna be? What if … someone (probably Vettel) just runs off and wins all the races without real competition? What if … unreliability rears it’s ugly head, especially with the teams I support? What if … the Sky F1 coverage for the first 2 races actually sucks? What if …………..

I know it’s stupid and irrational but I get this every year. I have built F1 up in my mind so much and my expectations are so high that I actually then start worrying it will let me down. But I know it won’t! As soon as those engines start, those red lights turn off and the commentator utters whichever catchphrase he’ll probably use for the whole season I no longer worry. F1 is back! Who cares if it’s a ‘boring’ season, who cares if Vettel wins every race, who cares if half the cars break down and the Sky coverage is the worst ever? The fact is F1 is back and I’m gonna love it!

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First impressions March 10, 2012

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Last night was the launch of the dedicated Sky F1 channel and, since I have the Sky Sports package now, I was as keen as anyone to watch the show. I tuned in at 8pm and was greeted by a stirring intro and the new Sky F1 title music. I love the song ‘Just Drive’ but I am unsure whether it really works as an introduction music, it is an emotional song but I don’t find it stirring. I want my title music to excite me!

The Sky F1 show started and was very slick, very professional and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the parts where Ted talked us through the technical elements. As always, for me, Ted didn’t disappoint. I also particularly enjoyed the section where Natalie Pinkham interviewed Mark Webber, top girl meets top guy in my opinion so it was always gonna be a winner for me.

Maybe my unfamiliarity with the new presenters got in the way but I was not so keen on Georgie Thompson and Simon Lazenby. I found Simon slightly stiff and it resulted in a lack of rapport between him, Martin and Damon. When we are so used to the amazing rapport between Jake, DC and EJ I found it slightly uncomfortable to watch. I hope as the season goes on they can build this rapport and it will become easier to watch.

Georgie was a whole different story though! I found her choice of outfits bemusing to say the least. Her leather outfit while interviewing Jenson and her Glitzy gold outfit while using the SkyPad seemed like odd choices to me, as one of my Twitter friends said ‘Georgie you are presenting a sports program not going to a party.’ I am sure she is a very nice person and I’m sure it’s just my own personal jealousy talking but I wasn’t keen on her.

What has amazed me though is the complete split of opinion on Twitter over the new channel. I looked through the @SkySportsF1 @ mentions and the contrast in opinions is staggering! There are many, many tweets of congratulations and positive feed back but there seems to be an equal amount of people finding small faults in the coverage to ‘slag off’ Sky or just blatantly calling it rubbish.

I think Sky were very clever with their launch of the F1 channel the week before F1 starts. We have all been starved of F1 for months and are desperate to see anything new around our favourite sport. I feel that a lot of the ‘wow’ factor from last night was purely because we all needed F1 so much after being starved of it for so long. I may be wrong, maybe the style of presenting really did hit the note for some people but I just wonder if a show of that level shown mid season would have had as much of an impact.

I am of the opinion that many of the people ridiculing it are people who do not have the channel and there is either an element of ‘Sky hating’ preventing them getting it so no matter what Sky did it would never be good enough or for those who cannot afford the channel there is an element of jealousy that they cannot watch the coverage. I can understand the latter much more easily than the former, it was only recently that I discovered that we would be able to have the channel and I know if I hadn’t I would possibly be slagging off the Sky coverage as well! As for the ‘Sky Haters’ I understand why you hate BSkyB and Rupert Murdoch but we just want to watch F1 races live, it was the BBC who sold it to Sky not us so I won’t feel guilty about watching the sport I love, sorry!

Someone made a comment this morning which I read as meaning that since Sky have a dedicated F1 channel they therefore have more dedicated staff so therefore their coverage will be better. I completely disagree with this. I don’t think anyone can doubt the dedication of the presenters and crew who bring us our BBC F1 coverage, you can tell that F1 passion runs through them but also I need to point out that the coverage ie camera angles and shots during the race will be identical. This all comes from a common feed which goes to every country so the really important part (the actual race itself) will only be unique in it’s commentating and personally I’m tempted to listen to James Allen on 5 live for this as I am a big fan of both him and Jaime!

I have mixed feelings about last nights show. I didn’t get the WOW effect that some people seem to have got, I enjoyed the show immensely, I hated the adverts with a passion but I look forward very much to watching more. They say first impressions last, I’m hoping with me my opinion grows, I really don’t want to be left feeling ‘Sky F1 – Meh’

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Why do people always say that? March 6, 2012

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I was in hospital last week for a small operation which involved a General Anaesthetic. I had been told that I had to be in the hospital at 7.30am even though my operation wasn’t until the afternoon and that I would be kept in overnight so I did what any self respecting F1 fan would do and took in a copy of F1 racing magazine and a copy of Autosports magazine to keep me entertained.

Nothing unusual there you may be thinking but I am female and this seems to make a difference to people. I am used to the producing of these magazines causing a few raised eyebrows but the comments people make still astonish me and it was brought to my attention again on that hospital ward. Comments of ‘what on earth is that you are looking at?’ and ‘you’re not a car fan are you?’ are bad enough but the one that really gets on my wick is the ‘I don’t know how you can watch that racing, all it is is cars going round and round in circles!’ comment. It makes me so mad.

Generally the people who make these comments know nothing about F1 and have never actually tried to watch a race. These people have seen one or two laps around about the middle of the race (you know that bit where there is a little bit of a lull with not much happening) and they have made a snap decision on the sport based on those 5 minutes or so. They then feel, having made this snap decision, that they can make comments on the sport in an educated manner. I’m afraid not!

I am not a fan of football but I have watched many full matches (and I even understand the offside rule) but I would never criticise someone who wanted to watch a match, I don’t like skiing due to Ski Sunday being inflicted on me for many years by my sister and mum but if anyone chooses to watch it I am not offended – feel free. Something about a woman watching a motorsport though really seems to offend people and I cannot for the life of me understand why!

As for cars just going round and round in circles, well yes there is an element of that, but there is so much more going on that, obviously to the untrained eye, seems to go unnoticed. The strategies involved, the timings on when to make the perfect move, the team orders (unpopular as they are), the messages coming back and forwards between team and driver, the pitstops and the battles within battles going on all over the racetrack are what make F1 and many other motorsports great! I understand that if you have only ever watched a dull 2 laps of a race you will not have seen all of these aspects but if you have only seen a dull 2 laps of a race then don’t make a judgement on it! There are millions of F1 fans worldwide, do you really think we would all watch race after race if it was really just all ‘cars going round and round in circles’?

I am an F1 fan, I am female and I am proud of it, if you want to know more about the sport ask me -I’m happy to answer but please don’t say those words again!

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Why I love F1 February 26, 2012

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I class myself as being a F1 fan all my life, the reason I do this is because my mum and dad were fans so for my whole life F1 races have been on the TV and I have always watched them. I’m guessing there must have been some point though when I changed from being a child who just watched the races to an actual fan but I’m unsure exactly when that was. I know that I supported various drivers when I was younger but only settled on a team in 1996, the team I have stuck with since – Ferrari.

Why F1 though, what makes F1 so special? Some might say in my case that it is because of my parents influence but I know many people who have been brought up with a particular sport and have grown to hate it by adulthood but for me the love has grown stronger the older I get. Having given it some thought I put it down to 4 reasons:

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1. Accessibility – F1 has been free to view either on BBC or on ITV for my whole life. As a result it has been easy for me to watch and enjoy races. If F1 had been on paid TV when I was growing up we would never have been able to watch it as my parents would not have paid for the channel. Would I still have been a fan? Who knows, maybe I would have still discovered it as an adult and have fallen in love with it but I have never had a lot of dispensable money so I probably would not have been in a position to pay for a sports channel anyway.
This year half the races are on the BBC and all the races are on Sky, because I am now such a F1 addict I have subscribed to the Sky Sports channels – please see my blog “best of both worlds” here . It does slightly concern me that the sport will become less popular due to this split on coverage, it also concerns me that the next generation of F1 fans may not discover and fall in love with the sport the way I did. My parents (who are still F1 fans) will be watching all the coverage on the BBC so will watch the extended highlights for half of the races, maybe as a youngster this may not have been an issue but for me now as an adult and F1 nut it is not an option.

2. The noise that the engines make. Any F1 fan will tell you that there is nothing like the sound of a F1 engine. Probably if you listen to other motor sports there may be engines that sound similar but this again links in with accessibility as none of these other races were available on free TV. For me there is nothing better than the screaming sound of a F1 car racing round the track on a Sunday afternoon (or morning or evening for that matter). For me the sound is both comforting and exciting at the same time, I find the noise almost addictive and I’m sure many F1 fans would agree.

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3. The look of the cars. F1 cars are a thing of beauty in my eyes (well they do say beauty is in the eye of the beholder) and it doesn’t matter what alterations they make I still find the cars beautiful. Even with the introduction of the so called ‘Ugly Noses’ this year – please see my blog “what’s in a nose” here , to me the cars still look amazing. It is the skill, technicalities, shape, craftsmanship and intricacies that fascinate me. I find the cars so beautiful that I have a poster of the F150 (last years Ferrari) on my bedroom wall and some framed pictures of Ferrari, Force India, Caterham and Mercedes F1 cars on my living room wall.

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4. The familiarity and charisma of the drivers. Since I grew up with F1 I have pretty much always known who the latest drivers are and which teams they drive for. Recently I tried to start watching other forms of motorsport to see if it was as exciting as F1. I found it very difficult to start following because I didn’t know who anyone was. The only one I managed to enjoy was DTM and this was due to them having a few ex-F1 drivers who I recognised. I am determined this year to try again with sports like BTCC and will be watching GP2 and GP3 because I have the Sky Channel but I discovered that it is difficult to become interested in a sport if you are unfamiliar with the players. I am sure that this is the same no matter what sport you watch. I think, therefore, that one reason I like F1 so much is purely down to the fact that I know who everyone is!
Most F1 drivers are pretty charismatic (with some exceptions- sorry Kimi) and this makes the interviews with the drivers both fun and interesting. For me as a fan there are few things better than seeing a bit of banter going back and forwards between the drivers and presenters of the F1 show, this is one main reason why, when a race is shown on BBC, I will watch it on BBC because I feel the BBC presenters have a great rapport going with the drivers and would hate to miss it. These days we have much more than just the TV coverage though, with the invent of Twitter and Facebook we have much more access to F1 drivers than we ever did before – please see my blog “F1 drivers on twitter” here, this gives us a day to day insight in to the drivers lives in a way that we never had before and I for one love it!

Will I be a fan all my life, I certainly believe so. Having watched F1 all my life so far I cannot see this changing unless something very drastic happens. I’m hoping one day to be able to say that I’ve been a F1 fan for over 80 years, now that will be something to brag about!

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Pay Drivers the future of F1? February 19, 2012

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With the recent events of Senna getting the seat at Williams rather than Barrichello and Petrov getting Trulli’s seat at Caterham a number of F1 people have spoken out about ‘Pay Drivers’ and whether this is the way F1 should be run.

“Today there are only four teams who can afford to operate without drivers that bring money. It’s an absurd situation and I don’t think it’s good for F1 and especially young drivers. Even if you get good results in the formulas below, you either have to be lucky or have money in order to get a seat.” – Felipe Massa

“If you’ve got a big sponsor behind you then you are an F1 driver and that’s not the way it should be from my point of view. There may be some people who think different, but Formula One is the top of the sport and should be full of talent that have got the results during their career and have been kicking arse since they were kids, not people that just have the money. I’m sick of it being like this at the moment, but I have to just accept it and hopefully I will get another chance.” – Tonio Liuzzi

“There is no rule, but it is true that those who pay are less accustomed to suffering. They are less committed. Hiring them is a business decision but in my opinion it’s not worth it” – Jarno Trulli

I always thought, growing up, that a Pay Driver was someone whose family had a lot of money and they would pay at each race for their son to drive the car, almost like a fairground attraction and while in some cases this is pretty close to being true in other cases there is a lot more to it. These days it is more to do with sponsorships that the drivers bring with them to the team.

We are all aware of Petrov, Senna and Maldonado as Pay Drivers but when you look at it further it is surprising to see which other drivers bring large sponsorship with them to their respective teams. Names like Di Resta who has financial backing from Mercedes and Perez who has sponsorship money from Carlos Slim along with less surprising names like Karthikeyan and Pic who are at the two extremes of age but still bring in large sponsorships.

I am in no way downgrading any of these drivers (although an argument could be made for Karthikeyan’s drive) as these drivers are very talented but with the sponsorship behind them does this make them Pay Drivers as well? If so where does it end? Could we say that Alonso is a Pay Driver since Santander now favour Ferrari in sponsorship due to the Spaniard? It is very difficult to draw a line to say which drivers are Pay Drivers and which are picked due to talent as every driver wins sponsorship for the team in some way or another (and no I would not pick Alonso as a Pay Driver, he has obviously been picked on talent but it illustrates a point).

The argument could also be made that some of the best drivers in the world started out as Pay Drivers so being in this category does not necessarily mean that a driver will not go on to greatness. Both Schumacher and Alonso paid for their first drive in F1 and no one could doubt their talent or commitment!

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In this financial climate though I feel it was inevitable that F1 would end up this way! F1 is an expensive sport and has to be funded somehow and while the larger teams have sponsorships due to the prestige of the team and prize funds to use smaller teams need to find money in order to compete and improve. This is not easy to do in this kind of climate and for a team that is not regularly winning is even harder, if a large sponsor is given the choice between giving money to a team which is winning or a team which is further down the track then they are more likely to pick the winning team (well I would). Teams are therefore having to use another asset to bring in sponsorship, their drivers. If they can use that driver to gain sponsors from the country they represent then why not and if that driver can come to their door with a list of sponsors already recruited then even better, from their point of view.

I would hope that amongst the selection process for a driver, even a Pay Driver, their driving history and previous achievements would be considered along with the money they can bring to the team. It would be pointless for a team to have the money to improve the car to the point of being a potential race winner but not have the driver there to finish the task so a balance must be struck. This is where we have to trust the teams to do the right thing. A great car without a great driver is nothing and likewise a great driver without a great car is nothing, there has to be balance!

So what do I think about Pay Drivers? I think they are a necessity in this climate and I think they can have great potential but in an ideal world I would still prefer my F1 drivers to be picked on talent alone!

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F1 Drivers on Twitter February 13, 2012

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I am a fan of Twitter and I use it every day. Like most F1 fans I follow F1 drivers along with the teams and other F1 fans/bloggers but I started to wonder what we really get from following these drivers, especially with the speculation that Alonso may soon join Twitter and the recent addition of Kamui Kabayashi to the Twitter scene. For those who are unaware Alonso’s ex-wife recently tweeted that Alonso is a ‘future tweeter’, see tweet pictured above!

Drivers are bombarded with tweets from fans as soon as they are online! It must be challenging to read all the comments, not least of all when some of them are negative. I think we should bear in mind that these drivers are opening up their lives to us and always be respectful if we tweet them. Remember they don’t have to be on twitter and as fans we don’t have to follow them so respect should run both ways!

Below is a brief summary table of the drivers for this year and their respective Twitter accounts:

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As I have summarised in the table all of the drivers include personal and team based tweets on their accounts but it surprised me to see just how different each if the accounts are! Some are more serious and tweet mostly team stuff eg @BSenna and @NicoHulkenberg whereas others seem to do more personal tweets like @H_Kovalainen and @realTimoGlock.

Some drivers tweet quite regularly which gives us a sense that we know them, especially when they talk to each other (who can forget @JensonButton talking to @AussieGrit about eating fish sperm) or when the drivers talk to their wives or girlfriends (remember Heikki asking @KataHyde how to work the washing machine). These tweets give no end of amusement to the fans and show that, many times, these drivers are just like us!

The team based tweets seem a little different though, they seem more planned and deliberate, this is to be expected though since the teams do employ them so they would have to be careful not speak in any way that could be viewed as negative! The Caterham team do set an example though of a team who still keep up some ‘banter’ even on team tweets with Heikki often joking with @MikeGascoyne and @TonyFernandes.

My favourite tweets from the drivers though are the ones that include pictures! If a picture paints 1000 words then each picture is worth a lot of tweets and far more entertaining in most cases. They give us a glimpse through the window in to the drivers lives which previously we would never have had, before the invent of social media we would have to wait for articles to be written about drivers before we could see pictures of the them and these would be contrived, arranged pictures! Now through Social Media we see things as they happen, even down to what the driver is having for breakfast! Here are a few of the pictures that the drivers have posted over the last few weeks:

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I feel we are very lucky these days with the kind of access we get to the drivers and their lives and we should never take it for granted. As for Alonso joining Twitter, I am very excited at the prospect of that happening and will be one of, no doubt, thousands who will follow him as soon as I can!

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Best of both worlds February 9, 2012

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BBC F1 v Sky F1 has been a hotly debated subject of late with people on both sides of the fence. I have been keeping an open mind as much as I could but here are my observation, feel free to agree or disagree!

With the BBC we know what we are getting. I’m sure almost all F1 fans would agree that the BBC have produced some World Class F1 coverage over the last few years so we all know that their coverage will be outstanding! But they only have half of the races live and the rest as extended highlights!

How about Sky? Sky is an unknown commodity as far as F1 goes so it is harder to say. For certain they have invested a lot of money in the new channel and the introduction of the GP2/GP3 coverage is a huge addition but does the investment of money necessarily mean that it will be amazing coverage?

Firstly lets look at their choice of ‘the team’. I personally was slightly disappointed with their choice of commentators. I have never been a fan of Martin Brundle and find Crofty fairly average, I know at this point many people will probably shout at me in disagreement but as I said this is my opinion and I don’t make any apologies for it! The choice of Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz were inspired I feel, although Natalie does not have as much paddock experience as Lee McKenzie she is very enthusiastic which I think helps immensely! Ted is just a genius in my eyes so I am pleased for him to get a more prominent role. The rest I don’t know at all so can’t comment on but since I don’t know them it does make me nervous of what they will bring!

As I said earlier Sky have invested a lot of money in to their coverage but that won’t bring the rapport that the BBC currently have with the drivers/teams and I’m not talking about Martin on his gridwalk here I am talking about Jake, EJ and DC! The kind of relationship you can see between Jake and Jenson or EJ with Christian Horner or DC with Michael (tension is good as well) isn’t built up overnight, it takes time! Personally I love how EJ runs off to find some random person that might give them an insight or how he is quite happy to walk up and turn off someone at Red Bull’s ipod because the music is too loud, he may ramble sometimes but I can forgive him this for the pure entertainment he brings! Also lets not forget it was to Lee McKenzie that Lewis uttered the words “Maybe is because I iz black” and on many occasions has Vettel had a cheeky dig at Lee, she may not be top of everyone’s list but she does catch drivers on a back foot sometimes which is classic TV!

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I have (as of today) subscribed to Sky Sports in order to get the Sky F1 channel so I am not against Sky in any way. My finances allowed me to be in a position where I could purchase the channel and as a F1 fan I could not deny myself half the races. What do I expect from it? I expect excellent coverage, I expect a team working hard to bring us all aspects of F1 and I expect lots of adverts (although Sky have promised none during the race I can guarantee that pre and post race will be full of them).

Some say the BBC have sold out the fans by making this deal with Sky and maybe they have made a deal that is unpopular but at least F1 is still going to be on free TV in some format. If the viewing figures were to dip to an all time low then perhaps the BBC would give up on it altogether and then millions of occasional viewers will be lost along with those who simply cannot or will not get Sky! This is why I feel it is important to continue watching the BBC coverage, we certainly don’t want it to be lost forever and if viewing figures remain high then maybe the BBC will reconsider at the end of this contract with Sky.

So what are my plans for the races this season, simple, when a race is only on Sky then I will watch the races in full on Sky and then the extended highlights show on the BBC, when a race is on both then I will watch the BBC coverage but record the Sky coverage and watch the pre and post-race shows for all the best bits! That way I will be getting the best of both worlds!

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