Apologies Chebby, I wasn't aware of such an agreement...once again Sky have a monopoly on what we can watch and when...makes you wonder what the TV licence fee is all about if they are agreeing to such arrangements...?
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The BBC didn't' have much choice really. This deal saves the license fee payers £150 million over 6 years and is the only way the BBC could afford to keep F1 on the BBC.
If you want to blame anyone, blame Bernie Ecclestone.
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I'm with you on that one Chebby...
Anyway, just realised it's on Setanta Ireland live shortly....
Let's get this right, the BBC has loads of money, they recently wrote off £100 million on a failed IT project. When Caroline Thomson left because she didn't get promoted, she was paid £650k (which was not even in her contract). How about the £1 billion spent on the refurbishment of Broadcasting house?
Because it is not their money the BBC throw OUR money around like confetti. They could easily have kept F1, they chose not to.
But the worst thing for me is the hypocrisy, they constantly call Murdoch and NI, and then they do a deal with them. The BBC also pays £10 million a year for their channels to appear on Sky.
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What an excellent race: glorious weather and plenty of on-track action and tactical intrigue. (Hope cameraman is OK.)
FWIW, my respect for Rigid Digit's speed and racecraft increases by the day.
Suspect that a couple of former champs are now eyeing their contract's performance clause - Button or Alonso to Red Bull in 2014?
Or perhaps Button will replace Sauber-bound Massa - a move funded by Sauber's engine supplier, Ferrari, via a reduced 2014 engine fee - and Hulkenburg will slot-in at McLaren?
In regards to camermen in the pitt lane i don't understand why tracks arn't kitted out with remote cams's
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I was thinking Hulkenburg might end up at Ferrari, and I believe Alonso has a firm contract with them until the end of 2016 or something daft - not that contracts mean a lot in F1 - so he's probably not going anywhere.
BTW, I didn't enjoy the last race one little bit.
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
True, but Alonso's, and Button's, contract has a performance-related get-out clause - ie, if the team hasn't provided a competitive package, the driver can leggit to find a team that can.
Allegedly, Alonso is losing patience with Ferrari and is also aware he's not getting any younger. IMVHO, he shoud offer to race for Red Bull for no salary but $50k per championship point - he scored 278 points in 2012... - plus a bonus for a race and championship win.
And if Button stays with McLaren, he potentially faces a one-year haitus in 2014 - don't forget, as of next year it's 1.6-litre V6 turbos - while the team marks time with a Merc engine, and then 2015 could be a getting-to-know-you year with new engine-supplier Honda. Then again, McLaren-Honda could hit the ground running in year-one, like they did in 1998
And you think that's the BBC's fault? They don't have much choice there either, their channels are required to be on every platform, the scandal is that Sky are allowed to charge them for it. I think the Beeb are trying to contest that though.
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Be sure to watch this excellent BBC 2 documentary, which is now on iPlayer: Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals
But, it contains spoilers for Ron Howard's F1 movie, Rush...
In other news, seems Sauber has solved its financial issues with a big wodge of Russian wonga.
However, i'm not sure other F1 drivers will be delighted at the prospect of a teenage Sauber driver next year - one that's currently only 8th in his series...Story here on Autosport
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Glad that Sauber's getting some gelt, but mercy! The FIA wouldn't give Sébastien Loeb a superlicence, but they will for this no-talent, inexperienced кусок дерьма?? Clickety
Those sure were drivers,can't wait for the film.
More unseen footage/scenes from Rush in Trailer 2
Liking the photography, but I hope the cinema version's colour palette isn't a sea of muted brown and orange hues, which seems to be the current norm for 70s-set movies - eg, Tinker, Tailor...
I've just seen a totally unsubstantiated rumour that the BBC will not be showing any live races from next year.
If true it's no real surprise, though I'd be extremely disappointed if it were the case. Pretty poor show for what is ostensibly the home of F1.
Sky, you are not getting my money.
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