Murray's past his sell-by day - he was great in his day but let's move on before his trousers catch fire and do him a nasty. Susie Perry to front it, Martin Brundle for the knowledge, Johnny Herbert for the pit lane and Ben Edwards or Charlie Cox to do the commentary. However I bet the BBC use David Croft who has being doing the Radio 5 Live stuff as he'll be cheaper !!
Sorry, but for some reason which I can't explain... When I read this post I can't help having some "southern" American voice in my head!
No Susie Perry - she's not nearly as pretty as she thinks she is. And no Johnny Herbert; or any other pseudo "cockerney". Since when has F1 been a "spunky-cock-spanner" participation sport?
Excellent news! ITV say it was a commercial decision, but since Bernie apparently approached BBC and excercised a clause to terminate ITV's contract early I expect it's because BBC has a far better and more mature digital broadcast ability. You only need to watch something like the Olympics, when BBC had about 6 or 7 different events available to watch via the red button, to see how this could benefit F1 coverage (and that was 4 years ago). ITV don't have this (afaik) and so can't carry Bernie's umpteen race day feeds, plus the new ITV online F1 video stuff seems to be a poor attempt to fulfil their contract. The BBC iPlayer is far superior to anything ITV has online.
It is strange though, that ITV wouldn't do more to keep F1 given that a British driver and British interest is on the ascendency.
Yes, get shot of JA but definitely keep Martin. He really knows his stuff and his insights and grid walks are great. I love the way he's bolshy enough just to barge in get an interview!
Undecided on The Chain though. Classic F1 title music yes, but a bit long in the tooth now and not emotive enough these days. What about the original Gran Turismo theme, always loved the intro to that game. (Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers, Chemical Brothers Remix). For those who don't remember... www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ASmIlmgTbE
The whole thing is better - BBC is better at this than ITV ever was - plus the competition seems so much more exciting - for a change not Ferrari and McLaren showing the way.
I am considering getting up in the morning to see the GP which I haven't done for years.
I had great expectations but ended up disappointed although it wasn't all the BBCs fault.
Friday 1st session excellent commentary by Ant.Davidson worth getting up at 2am 2nd session who are these 2 from 5Live Ian & Maurice they knew absolutely nothing, one even said Ross Brawn was a master designer solely responsible for Benetton,Ferrari and now Brawn cars.
Come the race I tried the "Red Button" on board seamed to exclusively feature Hamilton 5Live preferred music jingles to the sound of racing cars and Brundle thought the soft compound tyres were instantly slower when you put them on.
Like the cars I expect things to improve over the next few races. Ali
You forgot Eddie Jordan's constantly irritating interuptions to make grumpy comments. The one hour post race show on the red button was pretty much ruined by him. Otherwise, quite enjoyed the coverage - kept finding myself waiting for the next break to go and make a cup of tea.
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.