“Down to the last 30 minutes” – 1997 F1 season review video

A case study in how to spoil good material with sloppy production.

The 1997 season was a wall-to-wall corker, with plenty of different winners and a tense championship battle that exploded into acrimony in the final round.

Plus, this was the first year that FOCA TV’s digital service provides the footage, which is absolutely first-rate.

But the appalling commentary near ruins it all. For no obvious reason the season reviews’ commentators have begun using the present tense in the voice-overs – effectively pretending that the action is unfolding before their eyes.

It’s false and deeply irritating, and compromises the depth of analysis the review can communicate.

This is a real shame because there’s plenty of action on offer – if they’d got Clive James or Jonathon Ross back it would be a 5/5 rating for sure.

Best bit: What else? Jacques Villeneuve tracks down championship rival Michael Schumacher in the final round, pounces, and the inevitable collision occurs.

F1 Fanatic verdict

F1 Fanatic earns a commission on products sold via the links to our affiliate partners above, however you are not charged any extra. See here for more information.


Browse all Reviews

Promoted content from around the web | Become an F1 Fanatic Supporter to hide this ad and others

Advert | Go Ad-free

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.

Skip to toolbar