How the BBC’s F1 intro should look

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

When BBC screen their first live F1 race in 13 years next March, what should the intro look like? Here’s an exceptionally good vision of it posted on Youtube by Roadworks TV – and yes, they have used The Chain…

I like it because:

1. It’s got “The Chain”
2. It’s not just focused on the British F1 drivers
3. There’s no eagles or roulette wheels or other pointless stuff like that

I found this on SofaF1. As Alex says:

The BBC should just put a cheque in the post. It feels totally on the money.

I agree – think it’s better than the four versions used by ITV-F1 from 1997-2008, videos of which you can see here (although I enjoyed thought their first two efforts).

Inevitably this excellent piece of work, on which someone has clearly invested many hours, will be taken down by FOM, so enjoy it while you can.

Found any other potential versions of the BBC’s F1 intro for 2009? Post them below…

More about BBC’s F1 coverage in 2009

49 comments on “How the BBC’s F1 intro should look”

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  1. Pretty cool, with the exception of Nicholas Hamilton. I know he’s an integral part of Lewis’s team, but he’s not someone who belongs in a montage that’ll be shown during every race Sunday.

    I do hope the real thing is cool.

  2. That is outstanding, I got goosebumps listening to The Chain again. As SofaF1 says the BBC should just mail a cheque for that one.

  3. The only criticism I would have is that there is a lot of Mclaren in there and not so much of everyone else. I am a Lewis fan but good well balanced coverage is what we really want and that starts with the intro.

  4. It’s pretty good, very professional looking (minus the incorrect font for Grand Prix, but that’s just pedantry!).

    However, I’d replace the fairly pointless shots of the women at the start and the one of Hamilton’s brother and use shots of drivers instead.

  5. Ok, it is pretty good, but…

    As with any other intro video for any race, I’m left with the feeling “I have seen this before”. Always the same sketch: some circuit shots, nice girls, start line, a bit of tension, winning driver.

    There has got to be something more creative and interesting.

  6. That video did show quite a lot of drivers but it was mainly Hamilton and his company (Nicole, Nicolas, McLaren etc) also I did not like those yellow things (whatever they are called)–otherwise its pretty good.

    I like this one more:

    It has a better balance of drivers and things that happen on track. The only negative bit is that the Chain hasn’t been used. Tell me what you think of it Keith…I loved it personally.

    1. Thats fantastic as Murray would say goosebumps a plenty. Less Mclaren and Hamilton family please!!!!There are more than two temas in F1 (just).

  7. I think it’s a bit too confusing, the shots change way too fast. I prefer this one (though it’s also not perfect):

  8. Saw this last night and thought it was awesome!

  9. Oh please god no, not The Chain…..It’s old, it’s slow, has the most boring drums ever heard……

    Something with more pace and agression please. :)

    I know it is near Blasphemy what I am saying, but F1 is the best there is, the pinicle….it is fast and furious…and I hate to say it, but The Chain says 1970s to me……old and slow……

    Something like Prodigys Firestarter, or Fear Factory’s Farenheit 540000 with the vocals striped out…….

    Give it some Grrrrrr, some Arrrrgh!!!…..some WOW…..

    Not zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The rule should be thus, if the band performing the track don’t sweat out of pure effort (not through old age and beer bellies) then it should’nt be used, and The Chain can be played without even lifting the metaphorical finger.

    Something like this:

    Turn it up loud, with lots of bass. :)

  10. The only thing I don’t like is the sound of the crowd. The clip should only include ‘The Chain’.

  11. Julia

    I must disagree. That Cardigans song is dire and isn’t it a bit unfair to have consecutive shots of Kubica crashing at Montreal in 2007 and the same man spinning off at Silverstone in 2008!?

    I think this little number would make a fine theme tune

  12. Yeah, I think that goes beyond beer belly though….lol. Looks like he has eaten several other people….

    Still , you can bet your butt HE sweats on stage. And not through old age.

    Just go an listen to The Chains drums again though…..just sooooooo dull…….

    It’s the sort of music my Grandad would say is “cool”…..maybe 20-30 years ago it was ok….but not now…..should still be rock, or heavy metal though….

    May as well bring Murray Walker back (which maybe would’nt be such a bad thing)…..

    Make you a deal, if we must have something from Last centuary, lets have Murray back, and ditch The Chain…. :)

  13. Stunning…..yep, they’ll have a hell of a job to match that at the Beeb ! No doubt it’d need tweeking a bit here and there. Agree that more drivers and different cars should be shown in positive situations.

    Otherwise……Far better than anything else I’ve seen.

  14. I think if the BBC guys don’t use the chain they should be put up against a wall and shot quite frankly… no crowd music over it either, and also some historic footage, much like the beebs intro from 1996:

    Why try and fix what aint broke!?

    Also, a bit off topic, but whoever does the rally coverage (Dave or whatever) they should seriously bring back the ‘duel’ into:


    (I’m not serious, although a racer montage like the one in the end might make for a good intro).

  16. Vincent Altair
    30th November 2008, 17:22

    Hmmm, even though the actual montage was pretty boring – and Hamilton heavy it gave me goosebumps just seeing F1 and The Chain together again! :-)

  17. I’m way out of my league in creating this sort of stuff, so I bow down to those who can, but I used to like the fast moving grid slots (from Silverstone I think) that the BBC had laid underneath their graphics.

    Too many of the efforts on YouTube focus on crashes, which isn’t what the average F1 fans tunes in for.

  18. TommyBellingham
    30th November 2008, 18:13

    This is my version, please tell me what you think :)

  19. If indeed this will be the BBC F1 Intro, I am really surprised. ITV being British Production House ended up being booed by one and all for the over-hype they created around Lewis, but at least they gave other teams and drivers good representation in their Intro – e.g. Alonso, Kubica, Vettel have been part of the intro sequence during the 2008 telecast of ITV.

    Is BBC under impression F1 is all about McLaren & Ferrari?? how about other teams and drivers. And what in world is Lewis’s current girlfriend doing in the intro?? Is this F1 intro or Hollywood romantic movie intro :-?.

    Very Shoddy job indeed

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