Formula 1 came back to BBC1 this year, and I think it was for the better. My husband loves F1 and I have to say, I quite enjoy to watch it as well. Although I feel I can write about this sport, I perhaps don't know as much as what he does, but I will give it a shot.
Formula One is a motor sport. There are different races around the world, and these are dotted around the sporting calander of March-October. there were 18 races last year, and I know there are a few new track additions this year, so unsure of the schedule for this year. It is normally on the website www.bbc.co.uk/formulaone.
The race is narrated by a couple of commentators. When it was on ITV it was Martin Brundle that done it. Not sure who the new guy is, but he doesn't do as good a job I think. David Coultard presents as well. he was a formula One driver until he retired last year and I think he tells it like it is.
The sport is made up of so many teams, and each team has 2 drivers in it. There is the famous teams such as Williams, Honda, ferrari and so on, and interestigly enough a new team came along called Brawn. this was set up by a guy who used to work with the Ferrari team, called Ross Brawn, and the funding was put up by Richard branson, so the only logo on the car is Virgin. This team have done exceptionally well so far, and have nearly won every race. The driver of the moment just now is called Jenson Button. He has been driving in Formula One for years, and had only managed 1 win before. He used to drive for Honda.
The podium is for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. At the end of the season the driver with the most amount of points wins the drivers championship, and the car wins the constructures championship. You don't just get points for podium wins, I think you can get points all the way back to 8th place.
the great point about being back on BBC1 is that there isn't any adverts. the race is always shown live, at local time, so it can be on at 4am, or perhaps 5pm our time. There is a highlight show at night as well, but that is just the action condensed into a smaller schedule slot. So althouh on ITv it was live, when it went to a break (and there was loads of them, probably for sponsership and so on) if there was a crash or something, then you missed it live.
One of the famous drivers was Michael Schumacher. I thought he was good and he won a lot. My grand dad hated him and thought he was arrogant (he's still never forgiven the Germans though!) He thought that Michael should have given up, as he was always winning, but it was his choice. Michael left the sport at the end of 2007, after having enough, and I think he proved his point anyway. In 2008 we got another person who has become quite famous called Lewis Hamilton. Lewis is from England and went on nearly to win the drivers championship the first year he entered, but was narrowly pipped to the post by someone else. he seemed a good driver, humble and down to earth. His dad came along to all the races and supported him. his dad seeningly gave up a lot as lewis was growing up to get him onto the Formula One circut. He hasn't done that well since 2007 and to be honest he is starting to annoy me. he is constantly critasising his car. Fair enough the car could have something to do with things, but if I was his sponcer I would tell him to stop slagging them off. As far as I can tell he doesn't like to lose, but i'm sure of the 16 drivers that take part in the race, they all want to win.
Perhaps I could be sexist and say this is more for men, but I enjoy to watch it now and again, and fair enough a race could last for over 2 hours, but it is alright, especially when the race is a challenge!
What strikes me when reading the many negative descriptions of ITV's coverage of Formula One is the general lack of a point of reference used by the authors when criticising it. In my opinion, when compared to the previous BBC F1 coverage and other foreign terrestrial broadcasts (such as the German RTL network and Dutch sports channel referred to in this opinion), ITVs efforts fare extremely well. It is only alongside the excellent digital pay-per-view service not yet available in Britain that ITV, like the other terrestrial services, really suffers.
There are a large number of criteria against which the quality of ITVs coverage should be assessed and compared relative to these alternatives. They include the extent of the coverage of a typical race weekend including discussion and analysis, the quality of the commentary and prevalence of advertisements. The extent to which coverage shortcomings are not the responsibility of ITV should also be considered.
The extent to which ITV cover the 17 races on the current Grand Prix calendar can vary considerably, and it is perhaps in this area that it is fair to say that they have let the Formula One fans down terribly on several occasions. At best ITV show only the qualifying session and the race itself as Dutch fans do, though those fortunate enough to have access to RTL can watch all the practice sessions live too. Saturday afternoon qualifying sessions for certain races appear to be treated as unimportant on various occasions by ITV. The Canadian Grand Prix qualifying session has been dropped at least twice before, and at France in 1999 and Malaysia in 2000 again we saw nothing live. This is extremely irritating, as the qualifying session for a race can be as crucial and as entertaining as the race itself.
Perhaps ITVs worst move was when they failed to show the 2000 United States Grand Prix live - the first in the country since 1991 held at a stunning new track at a crucial point in the season. It would have been on in the early hours of the morning anyway, so whatever their excuse was for not showing it is anyone's guess. While ITV invariably honour their commitments to screen all rounds of other sports live, such as International Football, the same does not always apply with Formula One. The same was never true of the BBC when they had the coverage rights to Formula One (last in 1996).
As far as I am aware, I have not hears of Dutch or German viewers complaining that their terrestrial broadcasters, who are on the same contract with the Formula One Administration (FOA) as ITV are, have neglected to show live races. The pay-per-view service screens all sessions of all events, from a seemingly endless variety of camera angles including numerous on-board shots and times listings - no terrestrial service could compete with this.
The quantity of discussion and analysis on ITVs coverage is usually of a very high standard, and while they easily offer more than the Dutch sports network whose coverage of the race added practically nothing else, the German RTL channel showed even more with a huge 1-hour post-race debrief bordering on the excessive. ITV play to the strengths of their commentators extremely well, with the veteran Murray Walker (sadly to retire at the end of 2001) presenting historical and reflective pieces, ex-driver Martin Brundle giving insight into racing and the circuits (and does an often highly entertaining stroll down the F1 grid bumping into various F1 luminaries), and pit-lane correspondent James Allen describing tactical options and technical innovations.
On none of the other networks was this depth of insight replicated - even RTLs huge post-race coverage existed only to interview an unending cavalcade of midfield drivers. ITV are easily ahead of the competition in this area, but again they are let down by their lack of commitment to the sport and on many occasions have simply terminated coverage at the end of a race, missing the podium celebration and interview, in order to screen some more popular programme (usually 'Coronation Street'). Again, this never happened with BBC and seemed not to be the case with the foreign channels including the dedicated digital service.
ITV demolish the opposition in terms of quality of commentary. For all his gaffs, Murray Walker is still a fabulous person to listen to, enlivening even the dullest of events with his powerful enthusiasm for the sport. His co-host Martin Brundle is not as easily excitable but provides often highly accurate readings of race situations and an encyclopaedic knowledge of rules and regulations. James Allen's pit commentaries often add vital information, though sometimes tainted by his love of all things painted Ferrari. Away from the race coverage the show as a whole is fronted by the forgettable Jim Rosenthal, who mercifully spends little time in front of the camera. Rosenthal mulls over important weekend topics with the highly competent veteran Tony Jardine, and new recruit ex-F1 and ChampCar driver Mark Blundell.
Compared to this extensive list of knowledgeable commentators, RTL and the Dutch sports channel are far more sparsely populated. RTLs two commentators are completely unenthusiastic and seemed content to sit for several laps on end adding no remark whatsoever. The same was true of the Dutch duo, who commentated on a vital first-place pit-stop by simply stating the name of the driver who had entered the pits, and nothing more. No hypothesising as to the likely fuel load, where the driver would emerge relative to traffic, or anything else which is usually typical of ITV's commentators. Similarly the German commentators were content to say nothing more than "Montoya goes ahead of Jarno Trulli in the Jordan", when Montoya had executed a particularly impressive passing move which deserved far greater acclaim than these two gave it. Of the two foreign channels, the Dutch seemed to have no commentary beyond the race itself, and RTL had a Jim Rosenthal-alike grilling Niki Lauda after the San Marino Grand Prix, interspersed with a large number of rather bland interviews.
The old BBC commentary was not a patch on what ITV give now, even though they also had Murray Walker. From 1993 Walker was partnered by the insufferable Jonathon Palmer, who apparently had nothing better to do than discuss pit strategy in unnecessary detail. He made practically no use of his knowledge as a former driver. ITV have got much more out of the far livelier Martin Brundle (who, to be fair, did commentate first for the BBC but couldn't be retained).
I have disappointing news for those who bemoan the frequency of advertisements in ITV's coverage of Formula One - it is the same elsewhere, if not worse. While ITV show 5-6 fairly short advert breaks within the actual race itself, the same is true of its rivals but the breaks were noticeably longer. However, the Dutch network earned a definite bonus point by having a small box showing the race in the corner of the adverts - I would like to see ITV adopt this. I would add that, generally speaking, ITV seem to time their adverts better. Both the Dutch and German channels missed a crucial pit stop during their coverage, while ITV tend to show their adverts during lulls in the action and often successfully avoid such overlaps.
On occasions it can go catastrophically wrong, but this has not happened to often and, to be fair, has only really happened in exceptional circumstances. An advert break in 1997 robbed us of seeing Damon Hill's shock pass on Michael Schumacher in Hungary live, and in 1998 the championship concluded during an adverts break when Schumacher retired. More recently, however, ITV are positioning their adverts with greater sensitivity to the progress of the race or qualifying session, which does not appear to be true of their continental rivals. Of course, neither the BBC nor the digital pay-per-view service show adverts, a definite plus.
An ideal broadcast would surely combine the better coverage, commentary and detail of ITV with the lack of adverts of the old BBC service and commitment to showing as much as possible demonstrated by RTL. But I think that it is significant that, ignoring the practically perfect digital service, the vast majority of positive points here belong to ITV. They do let us down on occasions, and very badly, but aside from that they do an excellent job.
In 1997, ITV became the British broadcaster of Formula 1 motor racing, taking the contract away from the BBC.
When F1 was first shown on ITV, the levels of coverage were dramatically increased from the BBC years, with all final qualifying sessions live, along with the Grand Prix itself. There were also additional analysis shows broadcast. The only downside was the introduction of commercial breaks to the sport, sometimes meaning some crucial moments of the race were missed.
The original commentary team was Murray Walker and Martin Brundle, with Jim Rosenthal, Simon Taylor and Tony Jardine in the studio. Pit lane reporters were James Allen and Louise Goodman.
In 2001, Murray Walker announced his retirement from the commentary box, and was replaced by James Allen, with Ted Kravitz becoming a new pit lane reporter. For me, James Allen did a good job in the commentary box, was not in the same league as the legend, Murray.
In 2006, Steve Rider replaced Jim Rosenthal as the Formula One presenter. Steve used to carry out this role on the BBC, and again did a good job. Mark Blundell joined him as the analyst. Coverage also improved, with all practice sessions now shown live on the ITV-F1 website.
In 2008, it was announced that the BBC had won back the Formula One coverage, and this was to be the final year of F1 on ITV. They however did another great job with their coverage. The final race on ITV was a classic, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton winning the championship on the final corner, of the final lap, of the final race!
ITV should be proud of their work covering Formula One between 1997 and 2008. They have certainly risen the standards for coverage of the sport to an all-time high. Hopefully the BBC will be able to match this or hopefully surpass it.
How biased can a commentator on sport be!????!! Fair enough Martin Brundle does a great job on the commentary as he actually knows what he is talking about having been there and done that and gives a good in-sight as to what it takes to be an F1 driver and their lives etc, BUT, James Allen thinks there is only one driver one the circuit, or are they all called Lewis Hamilton!!! When will this guy realise there are 19 other driver going round and round the track! The overall coverage including the qualifying is very good and Martin Brundles pre-race grid walks are very informative and fun catching drivers and stars off guard but i find it so annoying the need for adverts so often through out the race, just as the action is about to start getting interesting, BANG there goes an advert and you miss the live action! cant wait till the BBC take over and hopefully keep Martin and sack James!!!
Formula 1 is a sporting event that takes place over the course of about 1 and half to 2 hours. On the TV there is obviously a lead up and an after race part as well.
Now, I wish to talk about football first. Bear with me, I am not a football fan either! When a match is on ITV, everything has to move to compensate for some men kicking a pigs bladder about. Coronation Street goes onto some ridiculous hour and other programs are cancelled. The advert breaks are cancelled for the 45 minutes on each half, thus showing you the full game in it's full glory.
Unlike Formula one.
ITV would rather you be watching an advert for Tampax rather than watching Lewis Hamilton ram Fernando Alonso off the track. And even if you don't like Formula 1, I am sure most of the world likes to see Alonso do badly.
The sport itself has become a little bit boring too. Winning and losing is based more on the pitstops than actually racing on the track. If I want to watch someone fill up with petrol in a hurry, I like to go to my local petrol station at 2 minutes to 9am and watch people who are late for work willing the petrol to come out faster. That's entertainment!
Some of the teams have had to drop out this year and last season was more famous for it's politics of stealing other people's car designs, BMW and Renault on a suspected petrol infraction and Lewis Hamilton failing to win the championship rather than the racing.
Obviously this isn't ITV's fault but perhaps this is where they should show the adverts.
ITV4 do a better coverage of the BTCC (British Touring Cars) and now, that's what I prefer to watch.
On a positive note, I have heard that the Formula 1 is going back to the BBC. And this can only be a good thing!
It may be Murrayyyyyyyyys last Grand Prix but the race is a dead rubber like the marbles littering the Brickyards fearsome white washed curves. Cars sweep around like a flashing blade as the burning Middle America sun kisses the iridescent racing machines. Speeds of 220mph are regularly whipped up by the more sturdy but cumbersome Indy cart racers during the epic Indianapolis 500.But this is the more sophisticated Europeans putting on a show for the yanks as the world goes on after the terrible New York attack. A suitable touching America national anthem drifted across the track and gigantic stands full of shimmering emotion like the relentless visible heat haze. 200,000 plus flag waving patriots equally roasted like the roar emotions of New York still burning into their fragile psyche. Its time to race and see others put their life on the line for their religion of motorsport. Ironically the masses have come here to see drama that often arrives in twisted metal and worse. F 1 started cutely with a clever interview with Murray on Murray.The balding bumbler is either a bloody good actor or had no idea he was interviewing himself. The other illustrious mumbling commentator in David Coleman slipped away with no where near the public’s affection or acclaim. We had enough time in his last hour for a balls up he’s so famous for during qualifying late Saturday night. Ironically he said”Theres Mika Hakinen who retires tomorrow”. Err no that’s you Murray. The beauty of the old boy is that we really don’t care when he makes mistakes as its part of the fun. Where as when Coleman messed up it was in a critical 100m race and no one knew who had won. Those who can do. Those who cant talk about it as Murray quipped on race day. Schuey was anothertalking of retirement last week, as the tragedy in America seems to have hit him hard. It would be a great one indeed if the w
orlds best driver was to walk away now, especially with his brother and Montoya looking to test him all the way next year. It was more Mickey Mouse than Schumacher senior here with the a fifty-point lead champ on pole quickly conceded the lead to his redoubtably loyal teammate in Barriachello.In any other sport it would be called match fixing, but these guys are no ordinary sportsmen. Hakinen picked up a silly penalty and found himself demoted on the grid. Only Montoya seem to be really pushing it out they’re as the tires, track and engine began to melt. The feisty Colombian put one of those moves on the German that makes him a likely future world champion charismatic that this sport so longs for again. The cars were hurting half way, as the tire guys didn’t have any telemetry on tire wear from last years-wet race. It’s those technical observations that make Martin Brundell he rightful successor’s to the old sod. Schumacher junior beached his car on the pristine manicured Augustaesque sand trap and run offs on lap 15 worthy of any US Masters golf championship. His team mate in the brilliant Colombian packed up in a nasty place next lap after the engine could take no more torque torture from his punishing rabid foot. ITVS tomboy like pit reporter Louise Gordon was on her knee’s in the pit lane mid race watching the pit lane tyre changes. With men jacking and petrol pumping everywhere it’s not a place for a lady. James Allen is also hovering around the pit but we are cut off from the latest on the race by ad break number 14. The cars were not allowed to advertise this weekend under the blistering cobalt blue skies. Bitten &Hidges is my favorite replacement decal that the cheeky designers whip up. The ITV team had a far more illustrious commentary position this year. Usually they are parked up in a portocabin by the helopad where you presume they take bookings for the choppers
on the side. Jim”Jewish conk”Rosenthal and his co commentators looked alarmingly like postmen in this year’s corporate ITV logo wears. It’s mid race and Murrays bumbling is up to race speed. Orange Arrows are mistaken for Blue Prosts.Eddie Irvine who swapped Milan for Milton Keynes (not his choice you understand) was the last to pit, a position he has been well used to since he left the scarlet crumpet pulling machine. But riding in sixth position he might just cop off with a waitress post race. Mika Hakkinan is left out in front after the retirements and tardy pit stops. But Barriachello is closing in that sexy Ferrari for a complementary win. Isn’t it funny how the tailenders have always got fluid racing car names. But menacing blue smoke was greeted by menacing blue flags as a spluttering engine from the red Ferrari left a suitable layer of oil on the track for more drama. But with a crunch of gears and splaying metal and rubber the busted Ferrari dribbled of the track. It used to be Pier Luigi Martini, in the Motor Modeni Minardi.We have Jano Trulli and Jean Alesi.Bernard Bernauldi and if you listen carefully you can just hear Jenson Button. The said Bernauldi rather stupidly drove over a chunk of carbon fibre sending shards into his tryes and the crowd like bullets from a Thallabn Kalishnikov. What’s also quirky is the way those monotone motor racing voices sound like their engines. Over confident and can change vocal chord gears in the voicebox. Or maybe just petrol heads like me that are going ga ga. The flying Fin held on and bagged his twentieth grand prix victory as he heads into his year’s sabbatical to care for his young family. Those tyre walls can look awfully big with a child at home in a cot. Another six points for the world champion with the granite chinned Scot Coulthard getting as podium. The Maclaren number two has picked up points ever
ytime he’s finished this year, which suggests he’s a placer and not a winner in my humble opinion. A black bag was thrust into the hands of the victorious fin. Brundell sharply cracked it was the prizemoney whilst Murray innocently proclaimed it had some sort of significance. I think it was disposable nappies from the misses. On the podium there were tears and a worrying looking man who looked like Iggy Pops cousin. Scheuy could have won this easy but choose to reflect and stand back given glory to his lessors. Why Murray isn’t calling the last race in Japan is a mystery. The show finished with a nice montage of Murray memories and I know im going to miss his fumbling screeching commentary that’s close to all the Brits hearts. Nice one Murrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Hello, and welcome to my rehabilitation op for those of you that are suffering withdrawal symptoms after the lack of yhwman's F1 op this weekend! As most of you avid fans will have figured out, he's gone off to Portugal this week (some people have all the luck), so I guess it's up to me to give you a little satisfaction in the petrol-saturated arena! - Yes, I know nothing OK, I admit it. I don't actually know all that much about Formula 1, certainly nowhere near as much as petrolhead Burlison that's for sure. In fact, it's partly down to him that I've got into F1 in the first place. Look at it like this – when you're sandwiched between a friend you're living with who positively perspirates petrol in the week, and a girlfriend who loves it too at the weekend, you don't have much choice! But seriously, the main reason I've been able to get into it is that I've had people who know what they're talking about to refer to when I don't understand something. And now I'm happy to say I have a good working understanding of the Formula 1 world! Rather than actually dive in at the deep end and try and give you a fully fledged race op, which would surely be nowhere near as good as something by Mark or Connoisseur_Haggler simply because I don't know all those fascinating little details, I decided to review the TV coverage itself. So here we go! - Go go go! I suppose it's always best to start at the start isn't it? And what's the start of the ITV F1 programme? The theme tune of course! The theme tune has been a lot of people's handle on Formula 1 for quite some time now, and this year is no exception – for me at least. The current theme is quite stirring in a more electronic and mechanical way, but I suppose this fits the feel of modern F1 in general. Everyone remembers the BBC theme (taken from Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain' i
ncidentally), and I think this theme is quite memorable too. - Presenters The presenters make the programme in the majority of cases, and there's a few to consider in the ITV F1 coverage. The main bloke, who presents the programme really, conducting all the links and so forth, is Jim Rosenthal. He lends a down to earth, level heading approach to the programme. Then you've got Tony Jardine, the Alan Hansen of the F1 world – he knows what he's on about. And then you've got Martin Blundell, the face of the driver. But this is just in the studio – there's more! On the commentary side of things you've got Murray Walker (obviously), although he will be replaced by James Allen next season when Murray retires (sob), and Martin Brundle, who seems to have settled into the job very well. He does, however, appear to be inheriting a number of Murray's traits of talking utter rubbish at inopportune moments! Down in the pits we have Louise Goodman and James Allen, and occasionally the new woman Beverly Turner. And as they all know exactly what they're talking about, it helps to break up the commentary a little. - Structure of the programme Every good TV programme has to have a clearly recognisable structure, or it'll just turn out looking like a bunch of clips like You've Been Framed, and no-one wants that now do they? :) The other advantage is that a set structure breeds familiarity in the viewers, and even if they miss part of the programme, they'll still be able to pick up the coverage quite easily. Luckily for us, the ITV programme has a superb structure. The main sections of the competition are sandwiched in by a plethora of features, interviews, and race related sections. The general parts we get are: · Race sections – obviously we get full coverage of the race and qualifying, but more on that later. · Features – each progr
amme has at least one (and usually two or three) different features about developments in the Formula 1 world at present. These are usually quite useful for getting a feel for both the sport and the characters and drivers therein. · Chat – the remaining sections of the programme are filled with Rosenthal, Jardine, Blundell and occasionally a few visitors having a good old chat about what's happening, what is going to happen, and what has happened. - Race coverage By my understanding, most of the actual race footage itself is out of the hands of the ITV crew, as it is filmed by the TV networks local to the racetrack. However, you do get the occasional ITV filmed section – in the pits and on the grid. The main sections of race coverage are shown below: · Map and flyover – quite handy for seeing the general shape of the circuit and hairpins etc. if you don't know them off by heart, like me! · Lap with driver – Martin Brundle talks us through a lap riding with one of the drivers on their qualifying lap, so we can see the relative speeds on each corner, and generally how the driving should go · On the grid – Martin has a wander down the grid chatting to anyone he can lay his hands on, and occasionally offending local dignitaries too :) · Race – commentated by Murray and Brundle · Podium – the winning drivers get their trophies, lots of champagne down their necks and the national anthems! · Driver's Conference – a press conference with the winning drivers, which is usually quite interesting for revealing drivers thoughts about events in the race These sections themselves are well filmed and presented, and give us just enough information to keep us interested while not going into overkill or giving us less than we need. - Murray Murray Murray I could hardly write this without a section for the grea
t man himself. Murray Walker has been with us for a long time now, and this year he retires his commentating seat (although I doubt they'll be able to get rid of him completely!). It's a sad time for us all, but we can enjoy him while we still have him. I could list his multitude of cock-ups, but it's much more fun to witness them for yourself! It's not like he doesn't know what he's talking about – all the points are generally got across (sometimes with a little help from Martin!), and he adds that sense of warm friendliness – he's passionate about his sport, and we all love him. - General feel of the programme The programme always has the sense of being very fast paced – a lot of the camera angles give superb view of the cars, sometimes even for aesthetic views rather than just technical ones, and the commentary just serves to add to the drama and excitement. The show is superbly put together and it makes F1 that little bit better. I can't compare it to the BBC footage (since I never really saw it), but I don't really need to – this has all I need. A lot of people complain about the adverts, but having never watched a full race without them, I don't have much of a problem with them – you rarely miss anything important anyway, because the breaks are timed for when the heat is 'off' as it were. - Overall… I must admit that a couple of years ago I wouldn't have touched F1 with a barge pole, but now I've been watching the programmes all the way through I finally get it and enjoy it with the most avid fans. In case you're wondering, McLaren has to be my team really, although it's a shame for poor DC this season, but I'm sure he'll clean up next time! ITV F1 has helped to brighten my F1 experience and I hope to see it carry on for years to come. FOOTNOTE – Italian Grand Prix I have to congr
atulate Juan Pablo Montoya for his storming win at Monza, it's been a long time coming poor chap!
Being a huge Formula 1 fan i need good coverage of the sport which i love so much and itv seems to live upto what you would expect (much better than the bbc's coverage!)With coverage of Qualifying on the saturday and the main race on Sunday it is great.(and it is all live) The coverage: The coverage which itv give of the F1 is upto a very good standered, you get all the latest news from the race and formula 1 ,you get on board camaras, over head views of the race, interviews with the drivers and team, also with commentry from Martin Brundell and Murray Walker the exitment is made up in an instant, these two really get you in the mood for formula 1 (expecially Murray Walker) Theres only 1 bad point about there coverage which i can honoustly think of right now that being that they have to take breaks to have adverts is'nt all that bad as they ussually time the breaks right so that you do not miss any of the action (also it gives you plenty of time to grab a drink or a bite to eat!). Hopefully we will soon see the introduction (we being subscribers to digital tv: Ntl,sky,and itv digital) of an interactive service where you will be able to choose the car you watch and the camara angles you view the race from kind of like they do it for the football where you have a choice of camaras to choose from. Ever since i have been watching formula 1 on itv i have been very impressed with there coverage and hope that they can keep up the good work. The only sad thing being is that Murray Walker who is known as the voice of f1 is retiring at the end of the season! Any how Thank you itv for your great coverage of the formula 1!
I thought that when ITv snatched F1 rights, the coverage would go down hill. But to my surprise, it hasn't. With Murray Walker still on the team, and Martin Brundle alongside him, and the anchorman Jim Rosenthal, accompamied by Tony Jardine in the studio, ITV have formed a very established alliance. James Allen has shined when he has stepped in for Murray on occasions as well. He may not be Murray, but he sure knows his stuff. ITV have an excellent F1 team, and feature everything in their coverage, from pit lane tours, behind the scenes with teams, and the race itself. The commentary is almost faultless, with Murray sometimes making some mistakes, but Martin Brundle is always there to lend a helping hand. There is only one slag, but it is getting better. As the coverage is screened on ITV, there has to be ad breaks. At the start of the season, it did have many ad breaks, but there are less ad breaks now or they don;t last as long, which is good, as we see more of the race. In most races, we see most cars racing around the track, but some countrues decide to stick to individuals more than others, which is a bit annoying. But, on the whole, the coverage is generally good. The 45 minutes coverage preceding the race is used effiecently and they talk about many different things, asscociated with F1, and it is very interesting to watch, particualrly if you are an F1 fan.
As soon as I heard that F1 coverage was moving to ITV I was worried. Worried that I was going to miss some of the most important moments because of adverts. And I was right. In the first year of the ITV coverage, several important moments were missed. One of them was the lead change at a Grand Prix! The second year was better though. In the final race, ITV actually managed to miss the moment when Mika Hakkinen became world champion. Well done ITV. At least ITV kept Murray Walker on, but sadly he will retire at the end of this season. This is a shame as Formula One will never be the same again. However ITV employed some of the worst people to do studio work. Jim Rosenthal, a man who knows as much about F1 as a two year old, and shows about as much enthusiasm. Tony Jardine isn't a lot better. Overall ITV must improve, and they must get a good replacement for Murray Walker. The only reason I watch ITV is it’s the only choice. Roll on digital F1.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was dreading the transition of Formula 1 coverage from the BBC to ITV. I thought it would be a show presented by people with little passion for the sport but thankfully I have been proved VERY wrong. The BBC's coverage was great and I really enjoyed watching the races but I felt the sport wasn't given the attention it deserves, now ITV have brought it to the the publics attention that F1 is an exciting sport. ITV's coverage started a few seasons ago and every year it has got better and better. The qualifying shows and the in depth analysis of every race are a more than welcome accuisition too. I'm sure what every F1 fan wanted from ITV was for Murray Walker to continue commentating and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was announced he had the job. Murray is and always has been the voice of Formula 1. He can make even the dullest of races exciting as he screams out at even the slightest sight of action. I realise he does make mistakes but thats easily forgiven when you see the passion he has for the sport and you see how well respected he is in the sport. I was surprised when I heard Murray was to be joined by ex F1 driver Martin Brundle because as far as I knew had had little TV experience. This isn't evident at all since his huge knowledge of F1 more than compensates for any sommentating skills he lacks. He comes out with some very interesting facts about the goings on in the world of Formula 1 and his knowledge of the technical side of things is second to none. The information he provides is both relevant and interesting especially for people who haven't watched the sport much before. He gets his message across in simple terms which new comers can understand. The partneship of James Allan and Louise Goodman do a great job too in bringing us all the latest developments from the pit lane. They get interviews with all the best drivers after they retire during the course
of a race even though the drivers aren't in the best moods to do interviews. I find their commentary on pit stops helps to bring across the atmosphere of the the pit lane very well. The viewer really gets a sense of just how tense things are down there and we are brought even closer to the action. The introduction of the ITV F1 shows are flawless, just like the studios. The viewer is often treated to a great view of the race track from the studio which are almost always set up at the circut. Jim Rosenthal didn't strike me as the first choice for Formula 1 presenting but he seems to have imbraced the sport just like ITV have done. The pre and post race analysis is great too. Tony Jardine brings his expertise to the show which is a valuable part of the whole thing. The main criticism of ITV's coverage is the adverts. I find these frustrating just like the majority do but since the shows are so good I don't really mind. Usually the breaks are well timed so we rarely miss any of the action. Just keep your fingers crossed that nothing big happens but even if it did I'm sure we would get countless replays as compensation. Overall I have been pleasatnly surprised with the extremely high standard ITV have set with their Formula 1 coverage. They have found all the ingredients to the (almost) perfect show: great commentators, great presenters, experts, the best interviews and all the latest news. These combine superbly to form a brilliant package. The BBC's coverag ewas great but ITV have brought F1 into the living rooms of even more potential fans and followers of the sport, they have made it a force to be reckoned with. Now we have the coverage the sport deserves!
ITV is the only channel that shows F1 coverage, and it shows it all. The Qualifying, the race, and highlights every other weekend. This is essential to anyone who is interested in Grand Prix racing, and ITV offer superb coverage. They have lots of statistics, they always keep you informed of the places in the race, tehy show replays of every crash, most overtakes and many pit-stops. ITV have excellent commentary and teh highlights show selects all teh best bits from the race. The atmosphere always seems to be good and in Murray Walker they have man who knows everything about Formula One. ITV always keep you posted of major goings-on during the race, and teh qalifying is always very exciting as they flick between two drivers trying to get Pole Position. ITV's coverage is extra-special as no other Channel shows F1, but even if they did I would watch ITV's coverage every time as it is brilliant all-round.
I very much enjoy watching the Formula 1 coverage of the season on ITV, it is top drawer. It is well presented, and they show you the race from all different angles, which adds excitement to the race, because it mean you can see where and when the race was won. They can get in the pits, in the cars, a view from above, they are all class. They also tell you after the race if you do not work it out. the commentators are very enthusiastic and the analysts say all the right things but they do tend to put advert breaks at the wrong times and then something good happens. This last season had no end of excitement, and I even got up early to watch Schumacher win the championship on ITV. Overall, apart from the adverts it is a brilliant programme, and the commentatots have such enthusiasm, that you get right into the action- Watch it next season!
I am a great fan of the Formula One Championship but I think that there are a couple of problems with the coverage of it now... The first being the adverts, a common gripe I know - but why do they always seem to be in the best parts or it returns from the adverts and 8 cars have crashed or something lile that! The other problem is that I think Murray Walker should give it up now as I think he's starting to lose it! No offence Murray, but you should take note of how many times that Martin Brundle has to correct you! So, if the adverts were removed as well as Murray Walker, then the ITV F1 coverage would be considerably improved!
IF like me and many millions of others you enjoy F1 what a disappointment we had last weekend when ITV decided to show the race on ITV 2, which we all know you cannot receive without a set top box from on digital or cable tv. The majority of the british public, cannot even recieve on digital because of poor signal quality, and in areas where there is no cable tv, you have to go digital with sky. Alas...... sky digital which millions of us have do not show ITV 2 , what a poor show!! I have not missed 1 race this season until last weekend, I could'nt believe we had to watch the repeat at 11pm on sunday night when the race was televised live on ITV 2 six hours previously. What are we supposed to do? like me do you have sky digital? do we have to buy another set top box from on digital or cable and incur even more expense, or do we just sit tight lipped and say nothing, the answer to that is NO!! why can't all the digital companies get together and supply one set top box which will allow us to recieve all the digital program's being broadcast at this present time. Whether it be sky, on digital, or cable the great rip off must come to an end, and we should be able to pay one subscription to one company to view all channels.