BBC/Sky F1 deal ‘took 48 hours to arrange’

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Sky Sports managing director reveals how quickly they arranged their F1 deal.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 Sky deal done in 48 hours (Sport Industry Group)

“[Managing director of Sky Sports Barney] Francis revealed that the rights package agreed from next season for Formula 1 was a done deal within 48 hours of the first phone call.”

Stefano Coletti via Twitter

“I’m happy to finally announce that I’ll be testing with Toro Rosso in Abu Dhabi.”

A postcard from India (ESPN)

Keep an eye out for the misspelled Pirelli sign.

Michael joins McLaren for final races (Autosport)

“His original deal meant he could have been forced to sit out until March next year, which would have left him with very little preparation time ahead of the 2012 season.”

F1 diary: Indian Grand Prix (Daily Telegraph)

“Jarno Trulli is out on the track, too, and laps us about three times on his pushbike, but we complete our tour more quickly than Sebastian Vettel: we overtake the world champion between Turns 11 and 12, where he’s busily making notes about kerb heights and suchlike ?ǣ evidence of his boundless appetite for detail.”

Tamara Ecclestone banned by dad Bernie from using his F1 name for business (Daily Mirror)

“No amount of pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top could stop some footage being binned for her new reality show, and plans for a new shampoo, after it was deemed unsuitable for association with the F1 brand.”

James Allison – “This is the first Driver in the Loop Simulator at Enstone” (Renault)

“Although there are a host of problems with using a real driver in place of a mathematical driver model, the real driver brings a capability to the simulation that cannot be matched by a computer model. The reasons for this are complex, but a simple explanation for this is as follows: It is not yet well understood precisely how a racing driver controls a racing car when the car is close to the limit of tyre grip.”

The return of the Formula 1 posters? (PJ Tierney)

“After much thought I’ve considered the option of putting some F1 posters back in the store, and am wondering what you all think.”

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Comment of the day

Guilherme is not impressed with claims Yas Marina is “one of the best circuits in the world”:

While I think the hotel looks quite nice and is a impressive engineering work, I can?t help but think that it is completely out of place. In fact, this whole aproach of staging a race near or around marinas and impressive buildings turns me down. Some years back the only race to have these features was Monaco, and know we have Valencia, Singapore (ok, we can barely see the water at night, but still), Yas Marina and Yeongam was supposed to have a marina too and a entire city built around it. And know we will have Port Imperial, and if I?m not mistaken the Sochi track will be quite close to the Black Sea.

Only Monaco used to have these features, and it is valued because of its history, setting and uniqueness. Trying to despearetly replicate that classic scenary in every new track is not only boring, but makes it look ordinary.

I don?t even look forward to these tracks anymore, and with every year my love for Spa, Suzuka and Interlagos grows bigger and bigger.

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65 comments on BBC/Sky F1 deal ‘took 48 hours to arrange’

  1. Postreader said on 3rd November 2011, 14:40

    Rosberg visiting Ferrari’s factory on Maranello also seems round-up worthy. It’s up on Bild.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 3rd November 2011, 16:02

    The link to Coletti’s tweet has disappeared from Twitter now – curious. Glad to see him testing in F1 though!

  3. presuming this is actually about the Sky F1 deal , does anyone know anyone who will actually taking up a Sky subscription to watch ?

    personally I shall watch the races that the BBC covers on the BBC , some on french terrestrial digital when I am in france , the rest on RTL on astra 19.2….the extra kit costs about the same as 2 weeks subscription to Sky

    the only reason that Sky took this deal on board was to get extra subscribers …I have a feeling that they are going to have a nasty shock when they find out how few they get

    maybe the 48 hours will also be the notice that the MD gets when he is sacked this time next year

    • Slr (@slr) said on 3rd November 2011, 16:45

      I’ll be watching on Sky, though I already had it for years before the deal was made.

      • TheBrav3 said on 3rd November 2011, 18:33

        I’ll be watching someone elses sky through a live net stream. No subscription paid.

        Wont be bothering with half the races the bbc decide to broadcast probably at a much reduced production budget and missing at least parts of their crew. Brundle will almost deffinetly be on sky with david croft and ted kravitz.

      • StefMeister said on 3rd November 2011, 23:55

        Already have Sky & the Sports package (Have done since 2004). Recently upgraded to the HD pack to be able to continue watching F1 in HD next season.

    • Dizzy said on 3rd November 2011, 23:51

      I have already brought a Sky subscription to watch F1 next year.

      Im looking forward to there coverage :)

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd November 2011, 16:59

    Given the F1 commision is gathering today to discuss renaming of some of the teams as well as the definition of what makes a team a constructor today, this article by James Allen about teams working together and the miraculous improving form of STR since Red Bull clinched the championship for Vettel is very interesting

  5. Hairs (@hairs) said on 3rd November 2011, 19:45

    48 whole hours, eh?

    Good to see that BBC chiefs took the time to fully evaluate the implications of this deal on their schedules, audience shares, return on investment, public obligations, quality of service, existing outlay, public perceptions, and staff Morale.

    For Sky’s part, it shows how visionary they are when, having received a phone call to say “hello, we’ve just spent tens of millions, hundreds of screen hours, thousands of man hours, considerable skill, effort and inspiration into building up this package into record belong regular audience figures with a significant skew towards the coveted upper middle disposable income bracket, would you like to be handed the whole thing on a plate for a pittance, along with any of the world reknowned BAFTA winning staff we’ve managed to annoy by ditching them with no discussion or notice in an embarrassing and public fashion?”, they managed to rustle up a couple of lawyers and a biro.

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