Like peteleeuk, I started watching the programme wanting to dislike it. I hate how we’re now forced to buy Sky to get full coverage, and I hate having to chose between BBC and Sky.
Overall I found the programme quite entertaining. I’m not sure how much they told me that I didn’t already know (I suspect next to nothing), but I thought it was well-presented nevertheless.
But the worst part was how they kept pushing upcoming programmes (i.e. the “Legends” thing). I know that Sky F1 is a commercial channel so there are going to be adverts, but surely they don’t need to push the same couple of programmes every 20 minutes.
Aside from that little niggle, I suspect Sky are going to do a good job. I’m not sure about Lazenby yet (he seemed a bit out-of-place), and I’m also not keen on Anthony Davidson (although he’ll probably get better at being on TV over time).
Aside from having to pay, the worst thing is that I’m going to have to chose between watching the BBC’s or Sky’s coverage. On one hand I really like Jake, EJ and DC- I think they’re fantastic together- but on the other hand I’m not sure the BBC can match Sky in terms of “post-race analysis”. BBC have 10 minutes after each race, plus an hour of Forum, whereas Sky can have as much air time as they want.
I think in the end I’m going to end up watching all the BBC when they get their live races, and then Sky’s post-race coverage later on. This way I don’t miss EJ and DC, but also get Sky’s analysis. I’m not too bothered about the commentary (unless it’s really terrible, which it won’t be)- I really like Brundle, but on the other hand I think DC is also very competent.