It turns out there might be a God after-all! For it came to pass, that every motor-sport fan’s prayers have been answered!
Well, all right, maybe it’s not quite as dramatic as all that – if you’re not an F1 fan, that is. But if you, like me, are the kind of person for whom the world just about stands still for that 2 hours when the finest drivers in the world, sit at the controls of the finest tuned driving machines money can buy and rag them around a track, the news that ITV have lost the rights to the BBC to broadcast Grand Prix, as of 2009 season, will come as most welcome news – if not THE best news you’ve had all year!
The problem with showing any event spectator sport on a channel which rises and falls on commercial ad-breaks, is that F1 is riddled with enough advertising as it is. Then ITV come along and add insult to injury by having no good taste about it. That “vewm, vewm, vewm” exciting music they insert at the top and tail of every ad-break, just to interrupt even more of the sport than necessary? Yeah, gone! And we only have to wait two years for it to happen. Believe me, if I thought holding my breath would make it go quicker, I would do it, just to see the back of the whole sorry lot of them.
Martin Brundle and James Allen do a decent enough job commentating, I suppose. I’d like to see both of them move to the BBC, if only because the fnooks aunty Beeb currently has on Radio 5 Live’s commentary (which we avid fans switch to during ITV’s incessant ad-breaks) are about as exciting to listen to as it is to actually watch anything on ITV which isn’t F1 Grand Prix.
Wading through the Lewis Hamilton years, knowing that if only he’d been two years younger it might happen to coincide with the BBC hand-over from ITV, only partly has the edge taken off it by knowing that, hopefully by that time, Jensen Button’s Honda might begin to perform the way we’d all like to see it perform. A fantasy too far? Well all right then. A boy can dream.