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Biohead    152

Well, that qualifying format was absolutely awful. 

 

Final session with 3 minutes to go and not a single car on track? Wonder how long it'll stay like this.

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coth    534

Total disaster. They should bring old system back right from next race.

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+John.    1,395

what's exciting on paper does not always translate to the screen. That was awful.

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simonlang    530

it was chaotic because the timing did not display properly (the should add a 90s countdown next to the driver who is about to be eliminated).

other thant this? not much difference. either change it again to something new, or give everyone as many supersofts as they wish for quali so that the cars are on track.

or,  bring back single time trial mode, like they had between 2003 and 2006. under that format rosberg would not be 2nd now for example because his mistake would have been punished right on and no 2nd chance. 

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I've not watched the qualifying (due to being in A&E), but I looked through Twitter and I can tell I didn't really miss anything. Good summary here.

 

There is hope that it might even be scrapped in time for Bahrain: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-motor-f1-australia-ecclestone-idUKKCN0WL0HH

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ctebah    3,161

The excitement over new qualifying was very short.  It became a disaster not too long after that.

 

I was hoping Ferrari would close the gap with Merc and it looks like they improved, but Hamilton is just on another level.  

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+Frank B.    7,151

 

One hell of a race. 

 

Glad Alonso is ok, the accident was terrifying.

 

We're in for a good season, folks. No team has a clear speed advantage; the only reason Vettel lost the race today was the strategy. Ferrari and Mercedes are on a very similar level; this bodes well for the rest of the season.

 

Man of the race: Romain Grosjean. P6 in the first race with a brand new team? Excellent.

Reject of the race: Max Verstappen. Stop throwing the toys out of the pram, Max.

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Steve B.    467

I agree, from the outset today's race is a good sign for the rest of the year, Haas had an excellent performance in their first race and it was clear that the Manor's weren't too bad either. Red Bull are higher up the field than I expected, and unfortunately McLaren are a bit lower, but I think today was just due to strategy.

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what    326

It was a nasty looking incident but I think a lot of people are overplaying it. All of the safety improvements have been to protect against exactly what happened to Alonso - swiping into the barrier and then flipping over when it digs into the gravel. The wheels and suspension stayed attached so they didn't fly into the crowd and everything else is designed to come away to reduce the forces on the driver. The cockpit is designed to prevent the driver being touched by anything, even in a 200mph crash, and has been for years.

 

Historically it's often been the relatively innocuous looking incidents which have more damaging consequences. See Bianchi's fatal crash - looked like he drove into the barrier at 80mph, but what you didn't see immediately was that he was stopped by his forehead. Massa had a lucky escape when a small piece of suspension came up and hit him in the visor. Senna would have survived that incident way back in 1994 if it wasn't for a stray suspension component - otherwise it was a fairly mundane crash into the tyre wall.

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2 minutes ago, what said:

It was a nasty looking incident but I think a lot of people are overplaying it. All of the safety improvements have been to protect against exactly what happened to Alonso - swiping into the barrier and then flipping over when it digs into the gravel. The wheels and suspension stayed attached so they didn't fly into the crowd and everything else is designed to come away to reduce the forces on the driver. The cockpit is designed to prevent the driver being touched by anything, even in a 200mph crash, and has been for years.

 

Historically it's often been the relatively innocuous looking incidents which have more damaging consequences. See Bianchi's fatal crash - looked like he drove into the barrier at 80mph, but what you didn't see immediately was that he was stopped by his forehead. Massa had a lucky escape when a small piece of suspension came up and hit him in the visor. Senna would have survived that incident way back in 1994 if it wasn't for a stray suspension component - otherwise it was a fairly mundane crash into the tyre wall.

Small nitpick: Senna crashed into a concrete wall at high speed. He would have survived the accident hadn't it been for the piece of suspension piercing his helmet, yes. He would still have been unable to race for a while though.

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philcruicks    259

Very good race (glad Alonson is OK), terrible quali, glad common sense has prevailed and its been changed back.

 

C4's coverage was all pretty solid for a 1st attempt as well, hopefully we'll see it get even stronger over the next few races.

 

And as much as Quali didn't work, seems 3 tyre options and some of the other rule tweaks are helping to mix things up.

 

I think this is shaping up to be a good season.

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Live free-to-air coverage of Formula One in the UK will almost completely end in 2019 as Sky has announced a new deal to broadcast the sport exclusively.

 

The British Grand Prix will continue to be shown live on a free-to-air channel, a Sky spokesperson told F1 Fanatic, along with highlights of the races and qualifying sessions from the other rounds.

 

Sky, which first broadcast F1 in 2012, has signed a new deal running up to 2024.

 

The news signals Channel 4’s three-year deal as broadcaster, announced at the end of last year, will not be extended.

 

Sky will also begin broadcasting F1 in Ultra High Definition from next year.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/03/23/uk-lose-live-free-air-f1-2019-sky/ 

 

######'s sake, just as things were starting to look up! :angry: As F1 Fanatic tweeted, great news for people who run the streaming sites; they're gonna see a sharp increase in traffic in a few years time.

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+John.    1,395
14 minutes ago, MightyJordan said:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/03/23/uk-lose-live-free-air-f1-2019-sky/ 

 

######'s sake, just as things were starting to look up! :angry: As F1 Fanatic tweeted, great news for people who run the streaming sites; they're gonna see a sharp increase in traffic in a few years time.

WHAT?! 

 

And agreed, anyone doing a stable HD stream is gonna see a biiiiig increase in the ad revenue! 

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vanx    264
On 23 March 2016 at 6:53 PM, John. said:

WHAT?! 

 

And agreed, anyone doing a stable HD stream is gonna see a biiiiig increase in the ad revenue! 

Guys, I get how you feel, but good Formula 1 coverage is not cheap to produce and we are far from the days when advertising could subsidise it 100%. And the fact that broadcasting teams have to jet around the world with all their equipment etc is not helping. Could BBC/Channel4 get a couple of people to sit in a situation back in UK and just commentate on what they see on their screens? Sure, but just that kind of coverage would suck and Bernie would still want his slice.

 

Formula 1 coverage is not going away: live radio is still here and there are and will be highlights. Better than nothing, you have to admit. Finally, if you're such a hardcore F1 fan, forking out for a sub or sky sports pass on Now TV would be worth it, because Sky's coverage is fantastic.

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+John.    1,395
2 hours ago, vanx said:

Guys, I get how you feel, but good Formula 1 coverage is not cheap to produce and we are far from the days when advertising could subsidise it 100%. And the fact that broadcasting teams have to jet around the world with all their equipment etc is not helping. Could BBC/Channel4 get a couple of people to sit in a situation back in UK and just commentate on what they see on their screens? Sure, but just that kind of coverage would suck and Bernie would still want his slice.

 

Formula 1 coverage is not going away: live radio is still here and there are and will be highlights. Better than nothing, you have to admit. Finally, if you're such a hardcore F1 fan, forking out for a sub or sky sports pass on Now TV would be worth it, because Sky's coverage is fantastic.

I get what you mean, but there are a lot of fans who are going to be at a disadvantage here. 

 

It's 2016, I'm in the UK in a big town, but I have only last year moved into a house that has a decent internet connection. Last year I couldn't get Sky. I tried, and they said no and hung up on me. 

 

I'm in a contract with another ISP at the moment, and I don't want to switch and pay for bundles with Sky that I just won't watch.

 

Sky is like Marmite, there's lots of people that love them, and there's lots of people that object to the totalitarian-esque practices they do. To some they're the Comcast of the UK.

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vanx    264
11 hours ago, John. said:

I get what you mean, but there are a lot of fans who are going to be at a disadvantage here. 

 

It's 2016, I'm in the UK in a big town, but I have only last year moved into a house that has a decent internet connection. Last year I couldn't get Sky. I tried, and they said no and hung up on me. 

 

I'm in a contract with another ISP at the moment, and I don't want to switch and pay for bundles with Sky that I just won't watch.

 

Sky is like Marmite, there's lots of people that love them, and there's lots of people that object to the totalitarian-esque practices they do. To some they're the Comcast of the UK.

Some fans are always disadvantaged. For half the races, those who have a Sky sub may feel peeved because they can watch the race on terrestrial TV. It dilutes the perceived value for money. There is no solution that would please everyone.

 

Some sports start on terrestrial and make their transition to either pay TV or split BBC-commercial model. Just look at cricket, even rugby now and golf. Every single NFL at Wembley game sells out yet other than select couple and Super Bowl, there is nada on free view.

 

Do I like not having any live F1 TV on terrestrial other than British GP? No, of course not. However, I recognise Sky needing to recoup their investment into broadcasting rights and content that they produce. They lost to BT on a bunch of football rights, so they have to up the ante.

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