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Old 30th Jan 2018, 16:26
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Maybe Williams are planning to leave Sirotkin at home for the US GP and give
Robert a drive.
Its quite possible and Canada as the passed the Magnitsky Act also.

I believe the UK also but not certain. Paddy Lowe should be quite concerned!
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Old 31st Jan 2018, 13:38
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Grid girls are out the window.
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Old 31st Jan 2018, 13:40
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Grid girls are out the window.
Pm your address, I'll be there as soon as I can.
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Old 31st Jan 2018, 13:52
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WRT designating the grid positions, how do they intend to indicate where the cars stand?
Will it be down to the pit crew to fathom out where to set up?

Though I suppose somebody has to work out where the girls have to stand . . .


Whilst they are at it, will they do away with the spraying of champagne on the podium?

and the girls that line up as the drivers climb the stairs and hand out the microphones . . .
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Old 31st Jan 2018, 18:32
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Will the Tour de France follow Formula 1's lead I wonder?

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Old 31st Jan 2018, 18:42
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Apparently Formula E have young boys.

Raymond Mays would have approved . . .
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Old 31st Jan 2018, 21:13
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 01:39
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Next they'll be banning drinking from drivers' sneakers....


PS Let me be very clear about this. I am F1's number one fan, but since it has gone pay-to-view I have sadly been unable to justify paying. Years of pain and disappointment and resentment. How many millions more like me are out there? (And to think of all the potential advertising revenue lost because ordinary people will not watch.)


Tweak the rules this way and that, but that smell is elephant dung.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 05:48
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Much has changed in F1 during my lifetime but one consistent small fun factor throughout which keeps many still focused is its element of glamour. We've largely lost the national fervor that went with cars in national colours, we lost the driver focused element when cars became fully enveloping making it difficult to identify a particular driving style, excessive money drove out a fun element that went with a club atmosphere of a group of tightly knit friends doing something they loved, we lost the ability to watch the entire GP on free uninterrupted BBC broadcasts (Thanks Auntie, all just to pay for 24hr news that no one outside of the Beeb wanted) and now someone is proposing robot driven cars (seriously ?) .. Who would have been fascinated by a moon landing if the landing module had contained robots ? Take away the glamour to appease a whining collection of nonentities and we'll hear another clunk of a nail being driven into the F1 coffin.
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For a hint of what might be to come, look back at the 2017 USA Grand Prix.
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 14:07
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Originally Posted by MungoP View Post
we lost the ability to watch the entire GP on free uninterrupted BBC broadcasts
People have rose-tinted memories! F1 races were only all shown live on BBC from something like 1992 to 1997 (when they lost the contract to ITV). Prior to 1979 BBC might screen 3-5 GPs per year, but only if there was nothing much else on at the time. In 1979 BBC bought exclusive UK TV rights but even then they rarely showed all the races of the season, and even of those that were screened few were shown live until the 90s. The races that were screened non-live were often just editted highlights, and qualifying was NEVER shown by anyone other than Eurosport until the mid/late 90s.

ITV tried to build it up a bit with extra coverage of qualifying, martin's gridwalk and "martin & murrey" background analysis & interviews, but they just couldn't make it pay and had to release it back to BBC in early 2008.

In fact of all the services which have screened F1 in the UK (other than bernie's ill-fated "F1TV" subscription service) the only ones who have offered live coverage of all practice, qualifying, races and lots of background has been Sky, and their coverage has been extremely good (much as it galls to admit it). It's also available "free" to anyone who subscribes to the basic HD package.

I think some of us might have less-than-accurate memories of GPs in times gone by...

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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:17
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There's always Formula E. There's a race on Saturday on 5Spike at 18:30 (UK viewers).
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:54
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Originally Posted by Super VC-10 View Post
There's always Formula E. There's a race on Saturday on 5Spike at 18:30 (UK viewers).
Now that is Scalextric.....................
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 18:56
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Formula E ? Oh yes the drama, the noise the ... er..
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 19:03
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you may well be right.. I was living outside of the UK for most of that time and only occasionally had the opportunity to enjoy the coverage.. I've never forgiven Aunty for sacrificing Test Match cricket, F1 and being able to watch our national rugby side playing at Twickenham all for the sake of 24hr news. What do they offer now ? Darts ! Indoor Bowls, hours of bloody snooker.. AAAaaarrggghhh !!!
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 19:14
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I had to look it up a few years ago when I'd been pulled up fort saying I used to watch all the GPs on BBC as a teenager (which was what my memory told me). I was a bit shocked to discover how little F1 was actually broadcast by the Beeb in the 70s!

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Old 1st Feb 2018, 21:21
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Originally Posted by PDR1 View Post
People have rose-tinted memories!


I think some of us might have less-than-accurate memories of GPs in times gone by...

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Absolutely!

Just another manifestation of the old F1 driver's 'the older I get the faster I was'.....
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:28
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Originally Posted by PDR1
Prior to 1979 BBC might screen 3-5 GPs per year, but only if there was nothing much else on at the time
That's the way I remember it, and not helped by the fact that the head of BBC Sport around that time was very anti-motorsport. The huge increase in F1 team sponsorship in the 1970s was another factor. The BBC did not wish to televise 'point of action advertising', and especially not the Durex Team Surtees cars!
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Old 1st Feb 2018, 22:37
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Ah yes - the famous "Small Family Car". I remember it well!

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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 16:18
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In the interests of equality...I give you....Pit Geezers!

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