F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Sky’s deal to show F1 in the UK appears to satisfy ‘free-to-air’ requirements.
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“High level sources have revealed that the wording of an Appendix in the Concorde Agreement relating to the broadcasting of the sport states: ‘The Commercial Rights Holder may not permit Formula 1 events to be shown only by pay television in a country with a significant audience if it would materially adversely affect audience reach in that country.’”
“The deal has angered many fans either unable or unwilling to subscribe to Sky, while there is clearly discontent among the BBC’s F1 production team. They were only told about the deal – by the BBC’s Head of F1 Ben Gallop, who flew out to brief them in person – after it had been announced to the stock market on Friday morning.”
“Not looking for sympathy team, just answering million tweets asking what’s happening. Simply don’t know yet. Truly sorry so many fans upset.”
“Would it have been too much for a sport as rich as this one to have come up with a plan that allowed the BBC to keep its coverage but for the sport to make slightly less money? Sadly, F1 and Bernie don’t do those deals.”
“Okay, the BBC argue, we will show highlights and half of the races. Sorry, but that will not be good enough. In fact, it won’t work. The key to the BBC’s success this year has been the superb behind-the-scenes stuff and on-the-case news items. You can only achieve that by being part of the scene on a consistent basis and striking close personal relationships. You can’t do it by being here one weekend and gone the next. It’s half-cock; unprofessional.”
“Please ignore www.jensonbutton.com reports. Jenson Button’s site has been hacked. Being fixed.”
“The front wing we tested here was not intended for use here, but we might introduce it at Spa or Monza. As for the rear wing, it did not perform as expected and we are not running it here. However, we understand the issues we had with it and therefore it will be used later in the year.”
Lewis Hamilton on the Hungaroring: “It’s one of the best tracks we have on the calendar and it’s a fantastic city. The weather’s always good, great crowd and whilst you don’t have too much overtaking it’s a great place to race, so I think that’s probably why it’s quite a historic circuit for us.”
“The decision for Sebastian to change rear suspension was done very, very late last night. I’d already left the track. I don’t have a problem with that. Obviously that was a call that was made. It wasn’t really on the radar to do it, to be honest.”
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Comment of the day
Monkzie joins the thousands of you who’ve voiced displeasure at the BBC/Sky F1 deal:
I am so disappointed by the whole situation. The amount of misinformation and so-called ‘clarifications’ throughout [Friday] didn’t help matters either.
I’m disappointed by the initial announcement which means that I have to pay £600 per year if I wish to continue to enjoy F1 the way I do now with my licence fee.
I’m disappointed that Martin Whitmarsh has made an apparent U-turn in ‘cautiously welcoming’ this move.
I’m disappointed that Bernie conducted another classic U-turn in that he said he would never sell to pay-per-view because it said in the Concorde Agreement that viewership must be free, and was central to F1.
I’m disappointed in the BBC because they reneged on their contract to continue their excellent exclusive coverage to 2013.
I’m disappointed in the BBC because of their U-turn lies when they say that this is good for F1 and support this claim by saying that the free channel (i.e. BBC) had the greatest viewing figures in ten years.
I’m disappointed in FOTA because of their silence so far in this issue. Am I optimistic that they will speak up? No, because ultimately, money talks.
I’m disappointed because this makes the rumours of the SKY consortium eventually buying over F1 more credible.
Will I get Sky? No, I just can’t justify the cost.
Will I settle for the BBC’s deferred coverage and highlights (which will be far worse quality, not least because of the absence of a pre-match show, the F1 forum, and the inevitable break-up of the current fantastic commentators and presenters)? Yes, I have no real choice.
Thank you Bernie, you had a great product and most importantly you were marketing it brilliantly. Shame you just broke what didn’t need fixed.
From the forum
Apologies to anyone who saw and was misled by a story published in error on the site yesterday. The article was on the site for around five minutes before being pulled. More information here:
Happy birthday to EGC!
On this day in F1
The German Grand Prix was won by Niki Lauda on this day in 1977.
But the race is perhaps best remembered for Hans Heyer’s attempt to join in despite failing to qualify, as covered in a recent instalment of Your Questions Answered: