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Old 10th Apr 2008, 01:04
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Irritating Commentary F1

Unfortunately I have to watch F1 with a british commentary.

This is most irritating, because the commentators seem to focus on the British drivers as opposed to the best drivers.

While drivers like Massa, Raikkonen, Alonso, Kubiza, Heidfeld seem to be topping the tables all we seem to here about are Button, Coulthard, Hamilton and Davidson.

It would probably be better if the commentators realise they are broadcasting to an international audience and commentate on what is really happening as opposed to their own wishes (I have to say I was most annoyed about how much they harped on about Lewis driving into the back of Alonso and trying to blame Alonso for it! It was like the commentators could not even bare to imagine that Lewis had cocked up.)

Please guys, give us fare commentary. You know Lewis is NOT the world champion, and is most likely not to be in the future, so let us have a decent couple of hours of entertainment, and not your personal opinions.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 01:55
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Agreed, it is tedious. Hamilton this, Hamilton that. Before that it was Button this and Button that and before that Coulthard (the useless ****). At least Hamilton is the real thing.

But it's better than the Irish commentary. Oh God, what a bunch of plonkers. I believe the BBC got F1 back next year. Thank God for that. Bring back Murray Walker, I say. Say what you like about the man. But he knew his racing and he knew his drivers, British or not. He was the real thing.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 02:22
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Ha! You are lucky. We get "Star Sports" and a clown called Steve Slater does the commentary. Every time a driver's pit radio is on, he blabbers over it for half the time, then clearly someone nudges him and he says "Oh, let's listen in to Massa's radio", and we hear Massa, for it is he, says "OK then" and cut the connection. Slater consistently gets the drivers wrong, the teams wrong, he talks utter b*ll*cks and has an annoying whiney voice. How on earth he got the job I don't know. The only thing that is worse are the constant interruptions for ads. Oh, and the brainless bimbo that co-hosts the pre-race build up show, who knows less about F1 than a mollusc. However, she has nice , so that may explain how she got the job...

I fully agree with corsair, MW was far and away the best. OK, he got a bit carried away at times but his enthusiasm and knowledge far outweighed the odd slip.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 03:14
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Ah yes, Murray Walker - and let's not forget James Hunt.

I'm told that there's a channel in Dixey that has no commentary. Just mikes stuck everywhere, including in the pits.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 09:16
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Ever watched in German? Spanish? Portuguese? I have been forced to watch in all three languages (which fortunately I am able to speak). When I was forced to watch it on RTL (German) it was all about the Schuhmacher brothers. On Spanish TV it's all Alonso, and of course on Brazilian TV it's all Massa and Barrichello. It's called national pride.
Another side to this is that the Brits are always willing to talk to the TV commentators (of whatever nationaility). Raikkonen and the Japanese drivers (amongst others) famously aren't.
Personally, I think that the UK commentary is reasonably balanced. Most Brits usually complain that our commentators don't support our sportsmen enough!
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 10:46
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It could be worse, it could be that screaming female commentator on Match Of The Day....101 uses of the Mute button.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 11:30
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Fare commentary? You want them to talk about the food...?

On a less jovial note, it could have been worse - I once watched coverage of the Olympics while I was in the US.

The American guy came third.

And at NO POINT during the race did the camera even show the gold and silver medal winners, let alone the commentators mention them!!!

I love the US attitude!
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 12:56
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Do you really need the commentary?

You can see what's going on - use that mute button.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 15:40
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Someone else who might soon be losing their job...

Now with all the recent press allegations about Max Moseley and his personal habits a bit more information is coming out about the F1 pit lane. You have always wondered why the pit lane has so many TV screens and what's on them. And maybe why the occasional cock-up in strategy occurs?

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Old 10th Apr 2008, 16:21
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Max Moseley, well wasn't his Father is uniforms and Nazis and all that?

I don't personally mind commentators taking an interest in their fellow countrymen. That's expected but when it gets like the situation waldopepper describes it really is stupid.

Previously when Irish televison showed F1. The commentator, whose name I've deliberately forgotten, was truly appalling. He would make ludicrous statements completely at odds with what was happening on the screen. Currently he's banished to covering Moto GPs. Thank goodness.

But indeed James Allan is the source of irritation on ITV. I hope the beeb doesn't consider him. No problem with Martin Brundle though.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 17:56
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I used to like Tony Jardine - dropped by ITV.

Mainly on the basis that he didn't have a lot to say and what he did say was usually interesting.
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 18:14
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Ah yes, Murray Walker - and let's not forget James Hunt.

I think you can forget James Hunt, he's been dead for years.

The Hamster from Top Gear is going to front BBC coverage in 2009
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 18:26
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Whilst I believe that the sins of the father shouldn't be heaped upon the son (and many have acted differently to their parents), it does seem that being the product of a mother who was an acolyte of the Führer and a father who modelled himself on Mussolini seems to have had some influence on the child . . .
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 18:48
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If you want to hear lame commentry, try the 2 pr**ks that ruined last Sunday's World Superbike Race. Boring, half arsed and weak.

Bring back Whitham and Burnicle.
Old 10th Apr 2008, 20:20
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GPMG - Damn right, I turned the sound down. Jack knows his stuff and Jamie is an ace bloke, especially when he makes the odd less than subtle (but often fair and invariably funny) comment as they always seem to come straight from the heart and from an ex-racer's (& a good one too) point of view.

(JW is also a PPL and has his own airstrip too).

I'm not into F1 anymore, but think most miss old Muddly Talker, worked with the man a few years back, top bloke, very down to earth but professional and genuine. Tony Jardine, the same applies, although I think I jinxed his race car at Goodwood by putting cameras on-board, both times I did it, he broke down!! Sorry. (Had the same effect on Alan McNeish's Ferrari too - whoops).
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 21:04
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Unless I'm Very Much Mistaken...

I always liked James Hunt and Barry "control tyre" Sheen, God bless them.

I luuuved them classic OZ Channel 7 Racecam commentaries with Mike Raymond and Doug Mulray, especially with Dicky Johnson: "This car is such a dog I should have left it tied to the fence" or "It's the Queen Mary with an outboard motor" referring to his car.

Another Hardee 1000 commentary from a guy that had just rolled his car big time answering what it was like: "well...it was like green...blue...green...blue...
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 22:12
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Agreed, it is tedious
Yes ... and then there's the commentary
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Old 10th Apr 2008, 22:57
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Is it my imagination or does James Allen just repeat word for word what Martin Brundle says about 15 seconds beforehand, for the full hour and a half?

Once you've noticed it.....grrrrr.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 02:39
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Does Gary Bloom still do football?

He nearly killed me during the '94 World Cup.
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 03:08
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It's not only them on tv but their website as well.I've given the itv site a miss now and look at other f1 sites to get info and the latest.
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