The Austrlian coverage is interupted by ads every 10 laps and has voice overs from the Australian commentators that interupt the Sky Sports coverage.
Also, our commentators are morons. They’ve gotten better in recent years – I suspect the network has intervened and told them to stop babbling – but that’s like saying getting shot through the heart is better than getting shot in the stomach because it’s a quicker, less-painful death. Watch a race with them in the box seat, and you’ll be wishing the BBC got Jonathon Legard and James Allen together full-time.
Here is an introduction to the trained apes you can look forward to if you watch on One:
Leading this assault on the senses is Greg Rust, He of the Dramatic Soliloquy, who narrates the season as if it’s Masterpiece Theatre. He is also apparently getting paid extra for every time he can squeeze in a mention of “Australia’s Mark Webber”, who is the only driver he seems to be able to recognise.
His right-hand man is Darryl Beattie, who is perhaps the best, most insightful commentator of the lot … which isn’t really that impressive, given that he is a former motorcycle racer (but at least he has the sense to keep his analogies out of it).
Filling out the line-up is Craig Baird, a Carrera Cup driver who is only really good for crashing in Singapore. He never really says much at all, except for generic comments and passing an opinion at the end of the segment. He also interviews James Allen and Tom Clarkson (who are at the circuit) for the funal updates before qualifying and the race, but mostly just asks them about headlines taken from Autosport.
Finally, mediocre former V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville was a part of the commentary line-up until recently, and now he is only brought out to fill in a gap in the line-up. McConville, who was never much of a driver to begin with, seems to resent Formula 1 drivers for being in Formula 1 when he is not. His attitude seems to be the main reason why he was benched.
Perhaps the most telling incident of their sheer unprofessionalism came late last year when a basketball game on One HD went overtime and started eating into the pre-race show for the Indian (or possibly Abu Dhabi; I can’t remember exactly which one) Grand Prix. Someone forgot to turn off the camera showing the live stream on the One HD website, and the end result was that we got twenty minutes of Rust, Baird and McConville mocking and abusing the basketball commentators and players, completely unaware that they were being broadcast live.
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