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The race itself was interesting since the outcome was determined by two random disasters coinciding tragically for HAAS, and a rule few can understand.

But yeah the “coverage” was a comical disaster, reminiscent of what third graders would put on.

EDIT: not to imply that there are not plenty of third graders out there who are talented and responsible enough to have done this right.

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Yeah, no more NBCSPORTS - NBC coverage this year. Disney bought F1 coverage. ESPN2 and ABC - both Disney company's.
Those new Halo guards center posts are right in the drivers line of sight! At least there is still an F1 to follow, diminished though it might be...

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Forgot to record. WTF why can't they broadcast it at 8AM just on delay. Early season PIA!!

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... why can't they broadcast it at 8AM just on delay.
To be fair, ESPN did re-broadcast the GP (sound glitches and all) at 11AM Eastern.

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I tend to find most commentary to just be the same jumble of random keywords anyways, so I didn't find this commentary to be that much worse. It was still helpful when something like the lead change happened and equally useless when nothing is happening.

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I tend to find most commentary to just be the same jumble of random keywords anyways,
I missed David Hobbs' mentions of "Clag"...


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I missed David Hobbs' mentions of "Clag"...


Haha, yeah if you turned that into a drinking game then you'd have to call out of work on Monday
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Nice race for the fans today. Hope the Ferrari crewman isnít hurt too badly. Shows how dangerous that job is.

No commercials today. I guess ESPN figured they owed us after Australia. Will be interesting to see what they eventually come up with, how they can do commercials without their own show.

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You know, I didn't even miss the commercials!

I guess that's why I got a lot more out of the commentary.


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ESPN should do a side-by-side with race coverage and commercials on the screen at the same time...but the commercial SOUND should be on sub-titles only so as not to mask the Sky broadcasters.

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Nice race for the fans today. Hope the Ferrari crewman isnít hurt too badly. Shows how dangerous that job is...
You must not have a DVR. If you can watch a replay with a focused look at that rear left wheel area, it'll show you just how gruesome that break was.
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This week's coverage was so much better than last race's debacle. However, it cannot hold a candle to what NBC Sports produced. These Brits are boring except for when they start screaming about a pass....
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You must not have a DVR. If you can watch a replay with a focused look at that rear left wheel area, it'll show you just how gruesome that break was.
Hate to hear that. As a Doc blood and bones don’t phase me, but don’t care to see it on a screen. I wondered if Kimi knew there was an injured team mate, he was walking slowly back to their garage.

And yes the coverage is quite watered down compared with what we have enjoyed for years. I do prefer the Varsha days to Diffiy though.

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Formula 1 Races on ESPN Will Be Commercial-Free for 2018


After a disastrous start to the season during the broadcast of the Australian GP, ESPN has decided to eliminate commercials altogether.

Thanks to an outcry of complaints from the opening round of the Formula One season in Australia, ESPN has decided to eliminate all commercial breaks from F1 races for the remainder of the season, according to Sports Business Journal reporter Adam Stern.

If you happened to catch the opening round of the Formula One season in Australia on ESPN a few weeks ago, you'll remember the broadcast cut to commercial abruptly, often during critical points of the race and without warning. If you were brave enough to stick around for the Bahrain GP last weekend, chances are you were pleasantly surprised to see there were no commercials at all. This was no accident.

ESPN Executive Vice President Burke Magnus confirmed to Stern that every race for the rest of F1's season will air commercial-free. ESPN won the broadcasting rights for the series back in October, though the network currently syndicates its feed from Sky Sportsómeaning ESPN has little ability to alter the feed to suit its commercial needs. This seems like a solution every F1 fan in America can get behind.

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Uh, I can't fathom not being able to work around this, by cutting the feed when ESPN wants to, so commercial income can be made....

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Change is tough

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1. Varsha was the best, teamed with Hobbs and Matchett. Never got used to Diffey and that nasal tone. I'm not sure who is providing the majority of the commentary now, but the yelling during possible/impending/occurring passes wears on me quickly. Screamy McScreamerson. I know they are trying to drum up excitement, but it sounds like the finish of a horse race.
2. Will Buxton did a fantastic job walking the grid before the race. What I saw in Bahrain was not that great (sorry Martin Brundle). A solid portion of his time was spent trying to find anyone to talk with. Do you think they were purposely avoiding him at some points? He interfaced with (I think Rob Smedley from Williams?) and made some backhanded comment about the car being way in the back of the grid...it clearly got under the skin of his interviewee, and resulted in a snide comment back. Not really that fun.

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Wow, different strokes for different folks, but I loathed the NBC commentary and have been avoiding it for the last 5+ years whenever possible. Varsha and Hobbs constantly got things wrong, Matchett is a blow hard that would not stop telling the most boring and irrelevant stories. All these years of doing this and they still think a driver with a five grid spot penalty can start fifth boggles my mind.

Buxton is a class act and has been picked up by Sky to do much of the pre race coverage. If the Sky team isn't working for you Channel 4 is still using much of the BBC team and also offer some great commentary.
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I missed David Hobbs' mentions of "Clag"...


I second that and also add "shoomazo" to the list of highly descriptive racing jargon not heard.
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Formula 1's Live Streaming Race Coverage Begins in May


F1 TV will launch in time for the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, with prices starting at $8 a month

After the debacle of the ESPN broadcast of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix, there's some good news for F1 fans: The racing organization has just announced that its streaming service, F1 TV, will launch in May ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

F1 TV is Formula 1's streaming-video subscription service, allowing folks without cable TV to watch the racing series online. It'll be available in two different formats: F1 TV Pro, the premium package, will offer live racing, all 20 driver-cameras, side-by-side race viewing, and live coverage of practice, qualifying, press conferences and pre- and post-race interviews. The less-expensive F1 TV Access won't offer live video coverage, but will include live race timing data and radio broadcasts, as well as extended highlights of each session from the race weekend and a constantly-growing archive of historic F1 video.

F1 TV will be available on desktop first, followed by support for Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire tablet and mobile devices. The streaming service will come to TV devices from Apple, Android and Amazon by this summer. F1 says pricing will depend on the market, but should range around $8-12 per month or $70-150 annually.

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Watching Brundle do the pit walk was painful. Buxton was sooo much better.
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Wow! Best F1 race in years! How long has it been since we last had so many cars in position to make the win?

Seems to me the overtaking problem is as much due to certain tracks as it is to wider more aero dependent cars with flimsy tires and too little fuel.

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