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The BBC Coverage of F1: What a Revelation!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is interviewed by the BBC in the paddock during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 26, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Mike WilkinsCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

 

So, here we are eight races into the 2009 season, and that means eight races into the BBC's coverage of the sport after several years on ITV, and what a vast improvement it is!

It has taken a little time for the team to gel together and begin to develop an identity; some new presenters had to find their feet and show us that they had the personality, professionalism, and most importantly, the knowledge and enthusiasm for our sport.

Luckily in the beginning, a couple of the ITV crew came across, kept things rolling and feeling familiar. Now it's all settling into a show that's miles ahead of the previous broadcasters efforts.

The general "BBCishness" is a great foundation, with fabulous production, and excellent music, montages, and uninterrupted coverage all being enjoyable and informative.

Jake Humphrey is a revelation, both on the show and with his fascinating Blog. He's improving every show.

Martin Brundle is Martin Brundle. The man that keeps the whole thing together with his wit and insight and those amazing Grid-Walks.

Luckily we still have Ted Kravitz in the pits, and Lee McKenzie is developing nicely. I do like her getting in with the fans, and she is also rather lovely!

Jonathan Legard is gradually improving. As is DC, as he gets used to talking rather than driving!

Negatives?

Well, EJ is well, Eddie Jordan! I kind of like some of his comments and probing questions, but my verdict is still out on him.

I as wish that Anthony Davidson and David Croft could be incorporated into the main programme somehow. Their commentary on Five Live and BBC's interactive Red Button is a joy.

A quick mention of the interactive stuff. Live practice sessions too! Fabulous!

All in all, I'd give it a big nine out of 10 at the moment, and if we could get Ant and Crofty in there too, it would be a resounding 10 out of 10!

 

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