Monday, 23 April 2012

BBC & Sky Bahrain GP Viewing Figures

The viewing figures for the Bahrain Grand Prix show Sky with an average of 1.4m watching the race live(includes race only to get a better comparison with BBC as most viewers just watch the race and not the before and after coverage - average for whole show was 0.74m) and a peak of 1.6m. The BBC had an average of 3.65m with a peak of 4.1m for the entire 80 minute highlight show.

Comparing the figures to the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2010(race cancelled 2011) the BBC had an average of 4.84m and a peak of 6.14m for the live coverage.

BBC Bahrain GP 2010 live peak = 6.1m
Sky Bahrain GP 2012 live peak = 1.6m (-4.5m) Guess the teams, FOM and sponsors don't mind 4.5 million not being able to be fed the timing data, Twitter team updates and all the other Formula One social interactivity that can only be followed watching the race live.

BBC Bahrain GP 2010 peak = 6.1m
BBC & Sky Bahrain GP 2012 peak = 5.7m (-0.4m)

Martin Brundle gets caught on the BBC F1 forum at 3.26 below. David Coulthard afterward jokes about Brundle "We don't see too much of him nowadays, he's still working in television apparently"

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

6 World Champs In Fun Press Conference China



A Formula One press conference with a difference after Chinese qualifying. It is hard to make out much of what the 6 F1 world champions are saying but it is all so different than usual. They are playing with the chairs and most look as if they are about to burst out laughing at any moment, particularly Alonso which really does show a different side to the Spaniard that the public rarely sees.

Rosberg Shows F1 Feet Up Seat Position



Mercedes AMG driver and Chinese GP winner, Nico Rosberg shows how Formula One drivers are lying down with their feet up while driving. Formula 1 drivers need to be as low as possible in the car to help in keeping the centre of gravity exceptionally low.

Domenicali Happy With Massa In China



Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali says he was happy to see Felipe Massa preforming back at a better level with lap-times as good as his teammate Fernando Alonso. Domenicali also admits it was the teams strategy not working out which left the Brazilian in 13th place.

Alonso finished in 9th place 5.5 seconds ahead of Massa in 13th place.

 Massa Ferrari Form Guide 2006 - 2012

Bahrain Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

The television coverage in the UK for the Bahrain Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Saturday
BBC 1 & BBC HD
1720-1840 Delayed Highlights coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1 & BBC HD
1700-1820 Delayed Highlights coverage of Race.

BBC Red Button Freeview ??(need confirmation if F1 Forum is on)


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0745-0950 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

1145-1350 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0845-1015 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

1100-1345 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
1130-1600 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 1300)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Hulkenberg Previews The Bahrain Circuit



Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg takes a look at the Bahrain track. The last time Formula 1 was in Bahrain was 2010 which produced an incredibly boring processional race but Nico thinks KERS and DRS will make overtaking possible this year.

Rosberg Video Blog After Win



Nico Rosberg talks about his long overdue F1 win in the Chinese grand prix for Mercedes AMG. Rosberg who made his F1 debut in a Williams in 2006 never really had a front running car capable of challenging for victories so rather like Jenson Button before him a win was a long time coming.

BBC & Sky Chinese GP Viewing Figures

Viewing figures for the Chinese Grand Prix show Sky with an average of 0.48m watching the race live and a peak of 0.85m. The first time the BBC has went up against Sky live for the race, BBC had an average of 2.9m with a peak of 4.1m.

Comparing the figures to the Chinese Grand Prix in 2011 the BBC had an average of 3.3m and a peak of 4.3m for the live coverage.

Chinese fan in video below is not afraid to say who he likes best. Lao the legend from the BBC F1 Forum.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

FIA Test "Rollover Hoop" :Video



The FIA Institute have started testing a titanium forward rollover hoop for extra cockpit protection for a driver's head. The rollover hoop and support bracket which was supplied by the Lotus F1 team was impact tested by a 20kg Formula 1 wheel and tyre assembly fired at 225km/h from a compressed nitrogen powered cannon.

As with the Jet Canopy Test - results will be fully analysed and presented to the Formula One Technical Working Group.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Chinese Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)


The television coverage in the UK for the Chinese Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Friday
BBC Red Button Freeview
0255-0435 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

0655-0835 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
BBC Red Button Freeview
0355-0505 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

BBC 1 & BBC 1 HD
0600-0830 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1 & BBC 1 HD
0700-1015 Live coverage of Race.

BBC Red Button Freeview
1015-1115 Post-race analysis and debate. 



Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0245-0450 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

0645-0850 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0345-0515 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

0600-0845 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0630-1130 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 0800)

Ferrari News Video With Fry & Massa



The latest in Ferrari F1 news including interviews with two of the people under the most pressure at Maranello, technical director Pat Fry and driver Felipe Massa.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Rubens Barrichello On The Flying Lap



Rubens Barrichello interview on Peter Windsor's "The Flying Lap". Rubens discusses some of the differences between F1 and IndyCar. The Brazilian talks about Frank Williams coldly telling him, he was no longer part of the Williams team and about how he felt sick after it. Rubens also says he thinks Adam Parr being one of the reasons the team wasn't going well and about how people didn't like working anymore at Williams with Parr there.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Hulkenberg & Di Resta Discuss Start Of Season






Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta talk about their start to the F1 season with Sahara Force India.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Latest In The F-Duct Saga

FIA have Monday re-released an "edited version" of the technical briefing that Charlie Whiting gave to reporters in Australia last month. This comes after continued questioning by Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner about the legality of the Mercedes DRS-activated F-Ducts. A final ruling is expected now in China, although this comes after a final ruling was expected in Malaysian and seemed to be given.

Here are the details of the FIA re-release below regarding the F-Ducts.


Passive F‐ducts


Opinion on DRS‐activated F‐Duct systems

Charlie Whiting: We think they’re going to be legal from what we’ve seen so far.  


Why some teams are querying this

Charlie Whiting: Some teams are questioning it on the basis that they thought F‐Ducts were banned. F‐Ducts are not banned. At the end of 2010 everyone was using driver operated F‐Ducts. The regulations that were changed specifically banned the use of driver movement to influence the aerodynamic performance of the car. This got rid of that generation of F‐Ducts.

 Engineers, being unable to unlearn things, wanted to get the things back via different means. They talked about allowing the opening and closing of a duct by having interaction with suspension. We said no, you can’t do that, because it goes to the primary purpose of the suspension system. 

There was a discussion in the TWG (Technical Working Group) at the beginning of the last year to
make sure this was clear. It seems that a couple of teams went away from that meeting with the impression that F‐Ducts were therefore banned in general. 

What some teams are doing now is allowing air to pass into a duct when the DRS is operated. It’s completely passive, there are no moving parts and it doesn’t interact with any suspension or steering systems. Therefore, I can’t see any rule that prohibits it. 


Pressing the DRS button and the issue of ‘driver movement’

Charlie Whiting: This is specifically allowed.

Button Hawaii Triathlon Video Report



ITN news report of Jenson Button competing in the Lavaman Triathlon. The triathlon consisted of a 1.5 kilometre swim, a 40 kilometre bicycle ride and a 10 kilometre run. The 2009 F1 world champion ended the day fastest in his age group and 6th fastest overall.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Paul Di Resta Previews The Chinese GP



Sahara Force India's Paul Di Resta previews the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Di Resta also talks about China being the country he most enjoys visiting on the F1 calendar.

 
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