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Post by Hubert on Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:10 pm

Just watched what must have been the most boring formula one race.
 On the street circuits, they have become processional parade laps.
When the commentators and the directors are having to get excited about cars battling for 15th position, you know something needs to change.

Bring back the old days, when drivers had no radio, no electronics, no blue flags etc.

Yes, I am a Luddite  hugegrins

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Post by Dare-devil-dennis on Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:24 pm

Not the most fun I've had on a Sunday afternoon! Would have been better on Sky (I don't have Sky smile! )

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Post by chrisk on Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:34 pm

Was a bit boring but I think Monaco is more boring. But Lewis won.
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:54 pm

I personally enjoyed it as I have done most of them since I first had control of my own TV in 1974.


I had volunteered to forgo this one live as a few days ago, good weather was forecast for today. As it happens we can only see blurred ferries out of the windscreen through the rain on Mull.

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Post by willy eckerslike on Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:39 pm

The nail in the coffin of formula one for me was when they started saying that a driver had overtaken another after the other had pulled in for a pit stop. (It was already losing it’s appeal)

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Post by RML on Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:08 pm

Try MotoGP........
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Post by groundhog on Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:24 pm

Touring car championship was on later, much more exciting!  I just record the GP now and fast forward through to the interesting bits!

Mind you Formula E is even more boring as far as I am concerned.
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Post by bikeralw on Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:50 pm

I've followed F1 for more years than I care to remember. Even going to the Hungarian round when we were touring that country. But in recent years it's lost it's appeal to me, as Hubert says, it's become little more than a procession.
As this is the last year it's going to be shown on free-to-air TV and I don't have Sky TV, that'll be it for me.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:23 pm

Ch4 will be showing their highlights of all F1 plus live British GP in 2019.

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Post by willy eckerslike on Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:40 am

PLOUGHLIN wrote:Ch4 will be showing their highlights of all F1 plus live British GP in 2019.
That should just about fill half an hour then (with adverts)  Whistle1

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:00 am

groundhog wrote:Touring car championship was on later, much more exciting!  I just record the GP now and fast forward through to the interesting bits!

Mind you Formula E is even more boring as far as I am concerned.
Love the BTC, used to go to Knockhill back in the 80/90s, look forward to watching the highlights.
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Post by Heanorboy on Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:48 am

Watched the Highlights last night (didn't see many) says a lots when the commentators get excided about a change to the TYRES next year.
Yes not as good as it use to be but that track (infact any road track) should be taken out of the programme, they are not wide enough for passing safely 

Anyway shortly afterwards on Sky came highlights of World Superbikes followed by British Superbikes no messing around here, and only time they overtake is with pit stop decisions not in question

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Post by Bad Penny on Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:56 am

It's like watching paint dry!!!
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Post by bikeralw on Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:24 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:Ch4 will be showing their highlights of all F1 plus live British GP in 2019.
So it's Sky only a year later then in 2020? Highlights are all very well, but unless you lock yourself away for hours, the result is usually known beforehand. Like watching the Titanic movie and hoping it might end differently.. 
Whatever, my interest has waned already.
As has been said, MotoGP has far more excitement.
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Post by dbroada on Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm

I've followed GP racing since the late 60s and still watch it out of "brand loyalty" but the reality is, I can't remember many seasons that have been exciting. There have been a few races that stick in the mind but not many seasons. Since the cars have become safe there has not been the turn over of talent and since they have become reliable the result is pretty much fixed once qualifying is over.

Ever since I started watching it was clear that the better racing has always been in the "lesser" classes. IN much the same way that you are just as likely to see a good non-league football match than a league match. Less talent but much more passion.

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Post by mikethebike on Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:45 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:Ch4 will be showing their highlights of all F1 plus live British GP in 2019.
That will be OK for me.
Cut out the boring follow my leader laps.
Not happy with the quality of the comments. for instance this Singers event, nothing said about Bottas and lack  of movement to attack Verstatan. Remember Hammy was lapping at a reduced rate. Did anyone overtake on the straight?

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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:41 pm

bikeralw wrote:
PLOUGHLIN wrote:Ch4 will be showing their highlights of all F1 plus live British GP in 2019.
So it's Sky only a year later then in 2020? Highlights are all very well, but unless you lock yourself away for hours, the result is usually known beforehand. Like watching the Titanic movie and hoping it might end differently.. 
Whatever, my interest has waned already.
As has been said, MotoGP has far more excitement.
Al.
For the last few years I've been watching live on RTL when not live in UK and when abroad. It was nip and tuck whether RTL continued in 2018 but they did. I hope they carry on in the future.

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Post by landyman on Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:47 pm

When it first went to sky I streamed every race live on pc connected to tv.
But these days is so boring I am happy to watch just the highlights.
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Post by Tinwheeler on Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:33 pm

It’s funny what some folk will pay money for. I've even heard of them paying to live in a tin box in a field although they have perfectly good homes elsewhere. Who'd have thought it? hugegrins
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Post by Paulmold on Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:01 pm

John&Maggie wrote:Tin Box !!!! Luxury !!! We used to live int ole in ground  !!!! Luxury - we used to get up before we went to bed, lick the road clean with our tongues and pay Mill owner for the privilege of working there! lol4
Ah good old days of Monty!

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Post by Tinwheeler on Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:09 pm

Yep, with apologies to M Python & Co. look here
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Post by HairyFool on Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:11 pm

The trouble is partly what TV does to the sport it is paying for.

Even watching WRC it is difficult to detect that the cars are NOT actually racing against each, so strong are the editors attempts to manipulate excitement. I spent a few years in the car or as a Marshall and don't recognise the TV program as rallying.
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Post by Roger G on Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:13 pm

I tried once more to watch formula E for the China race, but it was just a procession from beginning to end with the only interest being with cars running into the back of each other. The commentators were trying to get excited about the fact that one car might over take another. They virtually never did though!! Once again it finished under a full course yellow. It's usually either that or finishing under the safety car. Even the eventual winner wasn't certain he had won because of some obscure penalty. I'd rather watch Scalextric racing, it sounds the same but with more excitement.

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