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F1: 2012 Frustrations Have Already Started…

Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 | No Comments

The first F1 Qualifying session of 2012 has just took place and I have to admit that I’m sitting here now with so many thoughts – unfortunately, none of them all that great.

As a Ferrari fan, there is no other word to be used other than ‘disappointment’.  Fernando appeared to give it his all, but a mistake and a wheel on the grass cut the session short.  Prior to that, his lap times were quite good, but it is clear that the car is struggling for grip and ultimately, grid position was never going to be spectacular.

Looking across the garage and Felipe Massa appeared to only struggle every time he ventured onto the track with his car.  Suffering with the same problems at Alonso with finding grip, only without any competitive lap time to show a glimmer of potential’ even with Fernando sat out of Q2, Massa wasn’t able to challenge.

Lots of work to do over the remainder of the season; Italy will not let Ferrari perform like that and if it does continue, I can well believe that Felipe Massa and Technical Director Pat Fry will be searching for alternative employment come the season closer, if not before.

But it wasn’t all about Ferrari today; the transfer of the broadcast from BBC to Sky F1 is a huge change for the sport and I’m not left with good feelings on this aspect either.  The shows anchor – Simon Procter – is clearly no Jake Humphreys when it comes to guiding the viewer through the show.  Meanwhile in the commentary box Crofty seemed to dominate the brilliant Martin Brundle.  Over the winter period I’ve made no secret of my admiration for Brundle’s commentary and technical insight, but today it felt as if he was back alongside the irreplaceable Murray Walker.

The broadcast aside, after all those problems will solve themselves over the rest of the season as the team gels.  My frustration lies more with the lack of features I’m more used to; watching on Sky Go the “Live” broadcast was around 40 seconds plus behind the real time lap time feed provided by f1.com, it was like watching the past, I knew everything that was about to happen before it happened.  The BBC F1 Driver Tracker was thoroughly missed – if the BBC and F1 sites can do real time on the web, why are Sky so far behind?  I don’t remember the iPlayer ever being over 40 seconds behind the live broadcast in a sport so dependant on time and tenths of seconds.

Every time the Sky team cut to the “Sky Pad” a little bit of me died inside…..its great that they’ve come up with this concept of being able to demonstrate and show detailed analysis, but I couldn’t help but feel that the online technology available to the fans has been sacrificed and its a backwards step for F1’s die-hard.

It pains me that last seasons BBC F1 team are no more and that the BBC let their F1 coverage get away from themselves so easily.  Yes they lost it because they ultimately couldn’t afford to keep it any more, but if I were BBC Director General, I would have done everything in my power to have found a way to not lose F1, even if that meant cancelling Eastenders! 

F1 2012 is frustrating me already and I can only hope that it can get better from here and my racing mind calms and these frustrations dissipate. 

On the plus side though, at least it appears that Red Bull and Vettel aren’t going to run way with the championship this season – I just wished that it were Ferrari capitalising on it.  Here’s hoping and keeping the faith – FORZA FERRARI.

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