Brazilian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Before launching into this week’s media review, let us pause briefly to reflect on the magnitude of Fernando Alonso’s achievement: the youngest F1 champion ever, at just 24 years old, and the first from his country. A shame so few newspapers also paused to do him adequate justice. Unsurprisingly, the divide between the quality Formula … Continue reading Brazilian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Italian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With the tabloids still revelling in thier new-found interest in cricket, Formula One is basically left to pick up the scraps. The Italian Grand Prix may have been significant for the championship chase, but it was still rather dull, which also explains its poor billing in the Monday ‘papers. David Tremayne in The Independent has … Continue reading Italian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Turkish Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With sports editors whipping themselves into an orgasmic frenzy over the new football season, F1 coverage has become harder to find among the soccer detritus. Even a stonking race at a classy new venue cannot help it. This is not a phenomenon limited to the tabloids: Alan Henry’s piece in The Guardian languishes on page … Continue reading Turkish Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Hungarian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

There’s one sure-fire way to get Formula One splashed across the back pages of the nation’s newspapers: a good old-fashioned first corner shunt. Christian Klien obliged this time out, and the latest twist in the championship gave more cause for thought. Anyone looking to raise the international profile of Formula One could be forgiven for … Continue reading Hungarian Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

German Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

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The German Grand Prix was not a high point for F1 in 2005. The championship battle more or less fizzled out and yet another McLaren failure gifted Alonso an unchallenging victory. It’s little surprise to see the quality and size of newspapers coverage has fallen this week. You can’t really blame newspapers like The Independent … Continue reading German Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

European Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

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We had a thrilling chase to the finish and ITV let us watch it all this time. Raikkonen’s heart breaking last-lap failure made big news in the British papers – or was it just because the football season’s finally over? ITV commentators James Allen and Martin Brundle did not see eye-to-eye on McLaren’s decision to … Continue reading European Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Monaco Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

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So what was the big story after Monaco? The near-collapse of Renault? That stunning pass by Nick Heidfeld? Juan Pablo Montoya’s remarkable drive from 16th to 4th? Or just Kimi Raikkonen’s maiden win in the glamorous principality? If you answered, “none of the above,” then congratulations, because you kept in mind the British press’s negative … Continue reading Monaco Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

Spanish Grand Prix 2005 Media Review

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Kimi Raikkonen’s won a race, and so the F1 journalists roll out the inevitable ‘Iceman’ puns. Meanwhile, ITV apologised for their almighty cock-up during the San Marino Grand Prix. Before we get stuck into the papers, a word on ITV. Justly chastised for cutting huge swathes of the Fernando Alonso-Michael Schumcher battle in favour of … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix 2005 Media Review