So it’s here, the new Formula One season, lots has been written in the six months since the BBC’s slightly bizarre decision to do a deal with Sky over Formula One coverage. F1 was with out doubt on a roll last season despite the dominance of Red Bull, so the BBC’s thinking behind dropping live coverage of half the races was to say the least strange – even stranger was their chosen bed fellow!
Over the past few weeks the Beeb has been advertising it’s coverage and telling us it will be the best yet – really? We have six world champions on the grid, the cars appear much closer (apart from Ferrari!) so we should be in for a treat – except the first two races and all that go with it won’t be live.
Having watched the qualifying for Melbourne on Sky I have to say that the first two races should be very interesting; Ferrari are nowhere near the pace, Mercedes have a trick rear wing, Renault (or is it Lotus?) have a new star, and McClaren are back – oh, and the Red Bull dominance may be over?
So I am looking forward to watching the races live, in the modern world everyone will know the result almost immediately – so watching hours later on the BBC just won’t cut it. From what I have seen so far the Sky coverage is good, yes I will watch the Beeb on their live shows, but it just won’t be the same.
Another massive home goal by the BBC!