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The 2019 F1 season.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tony Lockhart, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    And now it’s time for a huge confession from me.

    I’ve tried. I’ve really tried since Sky etc appeared on the scene to not become a satellite telly customer. The options are painful for me to use, and the costs were starting to mount. Now TV isn’t a cheap way to watch F1, and it’s very limiting in functionality.

    Called Sky today, and in just over a week we should have the basic package, plus Sky Sports (only wanted F1 but there’s a deal on, Sports for less than F1) 2Tb Q box and a baby Q box, catch up and Netflix (which I’m paying for already) for £52. Over the cost of Now TV etc it’s not bad.

    Something else it’ll sort is our terrible free to air service. No BBC4 HD on Freesat, no C4HD on Freeview, and no Dave HD at all. Fingers crossed we’ve no nasty surprises in store.
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  2. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    No C4HD on Freeview Tony?
    I’ve got it on Ch104 & C4+1HD on Ch109.
    Anyway, that’s just an aside.
    I’ve also resisted the lure of the Murdoch empire, I just don’t like enough tv to pay £50pm. The family are all into the Netflix/ Amazon Prime box-set stuff.
    Apologies for wandering off topic. Enjoy the F1!
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  3. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    As a F1, cricket and golf fan Sky Sports is what does it for me.
    So it costs a bit, so does most of our HiFi's if we are honest about it.
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  4. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    It’s a known problem over here in the depths of Suffolk, and it really caught us out when we moved here from near Newmarket.
  5. deebster

    deebster pfm Member

    Anyone spot the '...more... then' grammatical faux pas in the captions at the start of the race in the C4 highlights yesterday? Grrrrr

    Presumably that's the F1 feed not C4?
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  6. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    I previously thought that Schumacher's 7 championships and 91 wins could never be surpassed. Suddenly I find that Hamilton is now only 16 wins away from the Schumacher figure. Given the right equipment, he might well do it.

    Interesting also to see that Hamilton might one day drive for Ferrari. He admits to being a Ferrari fan, and Toto Wolf understands the desire. After all, Ferrari is the most storied team in F1 history - it has participated in every F1 season since F1 began, and Enzo's passion for racing lives on in his team. Enzo's only reason for building road cars was to get money to go racing, and the reason that broke the Ford-Ferrari sale deal was that Enzo would have lost control of the racing activities of the Scuderia.
  7. deebster

    deebster pfm Member

    Can understand the draw of racing for them but if I were LH I'd (have a lot more cash etc etc but) think twice about it, given the way the team gives orders out to the drivers and IMO seems to be way too reactive after the fact compared to Merc.

    I like the Eins, Zwei, Drei Merc way of doing things, or especially the way Toto can always seem to give a balanced explanation of the team's reasons for making a certain call.
  8. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    Ferrari do seem to be consistently making poor strategic decisions, but if Binotto is prepared to admit that the SF90 design may be flawed then strategy is the least of their worries.
    Playing catch-up is hard enough but if the car lacks downforce and understeers no matter what, they will surely reach the end of its development potential long before Mercedes do with the W10.
    Given Ferrari's supposed engine advantage, it's already looking like a lost opportunity. LH would be crazy to join them unless Ross Brawn was in charge.....

    Incidentally, how many pundits insisted that Lewis was crazy to leave McLaren for Mercedes? :)
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  9. deebster

    deebster pfm Member

    Yeah, right now would be an Alonso style move
  10. cutting42

    cutting42 Heading to Fish Hacker Erg \o/

    The perfect highlights show for those folks who sort of like F1 but can' be arsed watching the whole thing and hate the commentry on Sky and C4.

  11. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    And I didn't fall asleep once during it!
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  12. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Very sad to see how far Williams are off the pace.
  13. mand

    mand pfm Member

  14. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Articles like that need to come with a government health warning... something like: Watching this video will likely lead to an upwelling of strong emotions and, in some cases, damp eyes.
    GJO, Rug Doc, cutting42 and 1 other person like this.
  15. IanW

    IanW pfm Member

    That is a good way of visualising the race.
  16. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Here’s a thought.
    We are now in mid-May, and we’ve have five races. We now have the equivalent of what was for many years a whole season left, sixteen races, from here til the 1st December.

    And we don’t bat an eyelid. I remember thinking that twenty was too many, and looking at the poor spectator numbers at some races I might be right, but we are at twenty one now and it just seems normal.

    There’s certainly no time free for a driver to race a Lotus Cortina around Brands, front inside wheel in the air around Druids!
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  17. Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor pfm Member

    If Jim Clark had been paid properly he wouldn’t have needed to do that or drive in F2 races, perhaps he’d still be with us.
    martin dawson and Tony Lockhart like this.
  18. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Not sure that that's true. Clark was so well off that the last year of his life was spent as a tax exile. In addition, it was the expected thing that a driver do a variety of different types of race - F1, F2, Le Mans, Indianapolis, touring cars, even rallying. Fernando Alonso is said to want the unofficial Triple Crown (F1 champion, Le Mans, Indianapolis) done by only one man, Graham Hill. This sounds odd today, but it was just a matter of course back then.
    cutting42 likes this.
  19. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    Excellent, this will free up some time on Sundays. How quickly after the race does this appear on YouTube?
  20. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    And Zandvoort is official for 2020.
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