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Old 10-11-2012, 10:07 PM   #3151
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Oh, good. Jenson sat next to Lewis so he wouldn't feel insecure.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:21 PM   #3152
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I was going to say, millionaire F1 drivers eat at Denny's?

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Mokpo is not a place you will find in many tourist guides. It’s a bit of a dump if the truth be told, and if Mr E bothered to come here and had to stay in one of the whorehouses that we are forced to live in over a GP weekend, he would probably call the race off immediately. Strangely, we did not meet anyone from CVC in the Venice Motel…

There is one half decent hotel in Mokpo which is almost filled with F1 people. I was offered a room there last week, but the idea of spending $750 a night, with a four night minimum ($3,000 for the race weekend) was more than we could stomach. So it was off to the docks… It is a truly marvellous irony that the local government spent huge sums of money to try to give the region a better age and then housed its visitors in knocking shops – with the tarts (sorry, relaxation professionals) being shipped out for the weekend.

I’m drinking beer called Hite (which would be perfect if it had an S on the front of its name) and I had a very adequate plate of fried rice, a gelatinous stew of some unidentifiable meat, plus the inevitable kimchi (half-fermented bits of cabbage) and crunchy round yellow radish of some sort. I ordered by pointing at a picture in the window. I’m feeling fine. F1 is not just Monaco. It is also this…

Now, I’m off to the MiniStop for some chocolate (when all else fails there is always chocolate) and then back to the whorehouse (sorry, I should have said “motel”)
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:33 PM   #3153
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The Korean Grand Prix is a strange one. It got off to an unusual start when I spent my first night in an Irish bar having Guinness and a hamburger while playing darts with David Croft (then of BBC Radio 5 Live but later having to abandon his West Ham shirt and dress properly following a switch to television and more first-rate commentary with SkySportsF1).

This was in Seoul, a buzzy city that reminded us of Tokyo, but with about a million less people on the sidewalks. We should have enjoyed the evening more because it was to seem like our last link with a perfectly civilised country before heading into the back of beyond.

Not that you would know it during a three-hour train ride that was not only comfortable and reasonably priced but also had the benefit of Wi-Fi throughout the journey - well, most of it, the tunnels in the vicinity of Seoul causing a few disconnects mid-Tweet. The truth of this journey begins to dawn when you make your way through the exit door of Mokpo station.

I missed the inaugural GP in 2010 (the one where Mark Webber lost his championship against the wall and Sebastian Vettel took a significant personal step towards winning it by remaining remarkably calm and motivating Red Bull despite his Renault having converted itself into V8 full of broken bits). There was method to my absence.

Colleagues reported the unique pleasures of staying in Love Hotels with dimly-lit rooms decorated in shades of pink. The bedside drawer contained a manual on safe sex, which made an interesting comparison with the usual Gideons Bible and the offer of succour and comfort in times of need. Vending machines stocked goods that could not be consumed - or, at least, not in the food and drink sense of the expression.

Taking advice, I chose to stay in a women's hostel - but without, I hasten to add, the women in residence. This being a centre of help and protection, its location was kept so private that none of the taxi drivers outside the station had the faintest idea about our destination. After half an hour of waiting - and the frustrating sight of watching colleagues cheerfully waving goodbye as they sped off to a waiting Love Hotel - one very helpful passerby, feeling sorry for us, got on the phone to goodness knows whom, discovered the exact location and passed on the message to the next taxi driver to appear.

That done, and given the driver's nonplussed expression, we did query the wisdom of it all as the journey took us into the far reaches of a deserted industrial estate (it was now early evening). We need not have worried because our man knew exactly where he was going and, as we were to discover, the non-plussed look belongs to anyone having to live in this very average corner of the country.

The hostel was immaculate and the service impeccable. We discovered clean, spacious rooms which, although strictly minimalist with a mattress on the floor, looked like the Ritz when shown on our smartphones to hapless colleagues shacked up in some shabby downtown bordello.

The circuit is in a place called Yeongam which, judging by the location, means 'Reclaimed Land We Don't Know What To Do With'. Someone did a very good sales job to persuade those responsible to build a race track on which Mr. Ecclestone would let his F1 cars loose and charge several million dollars for the privilege.

The track itself is actually pretty good. The shame is that this is the Korean equivalent of Bahrain with a purpose-built circuit that appears to have no purpose as it disappears into the empty distance and comes back to the pit straight. There are supposed to be hotels, harbours and houses but, the last time I looked 12 months ago, someone had forgotten to build them. Either that or they had lost the key to the main gate and the lads from Wimpey Construction (South Korea) Ltd could not gain access.

This is closer to the truth than you might think. The teams' advance parties arrived to set up the garages and do the unpacking only to find, once the gates had been opened, what looked like a holiday camp that had been closed for the winter. Or abandoned, more like. Tufts of grass and weeds sprouted in the paddock, an infinitely more agreeable sight than kitchens containing left-overs from race day lunch in 2010.

The track itself looked fine but you will notice how the camera angles remain tight to avoid showing the desolation beyond the concrete walls. Korea may be without a racing heritage through no fault of its own but, judging by the wastes of Yeongam last year, it appeared disinteresting in creating one.

The really nice people there deserve so much better than this. So does F1 and it can only be hoped that matters will have improved this weekend. But, if this is the future, then you might want to consider the alternative of popping down to the pub for a game of darts and a Guinness. In some ways, it was the best part of Korea 2011. And we ganged up on poor Crofty and gave him a hammering into the bargain.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:55 AM   #3154
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An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant against business tycoon and Force India team owner Vijay Mallya. The Hyderabad court issued the warrant for Mallya and five others on charges that his beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines bounced four cheques worth over $1,9million to the consortium running the airport in the city. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) filed the case in August and the court on Friday issued the non-bailable warrant after Mallya failed to appear despite a summons being issued to him. The crisis-hit airline faces similar cases in Mumbai and Delhi after the airport operators moved the court over dishonoured cheques. "The cases were listed today for the airline to appear in the court," a spokesman for the complainant is quoted as saying by AFP. "Since they failed to appear before the magistrate, the court has ordered issuance of NBW (non-bailable warrants) against Kingfisher Airlines (KFA), Vijay Mallya and four other KFA officials."
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #3155
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@JennaFryer Speed has confirmed on record it was outbid by another network for F1

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:28 PM   #3156
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Vs/NBC Sports?
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:29 PM   #3157
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:01 PM   #3158
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Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed Friday that the partnership will end after this season. The network indicated it was outbid for the U.S. broadcast rights.
"It's disappointing to learn that F1 has elected to move forward with a different media partner," Fox Sports Media Group said in a statement to The Associated Press.
F1 was in talks with NBC Sports Group for U.S. broadcast rights, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
NBC Sports spokesman Chris McCloskey declined comment, as did F1's governing body, FIA, which noted that TV deals are handled by Formula One Management. The series is in South Korea this week for the Korean Grand Prix.
"Speed has been the U.S. voice of F1 since the mid '90s, and it is a passion for many people at the network," the Fox Sports statement said. "Fox Sports Media Group made what we believed to be a fiscally responsible bid based on the sport's current viewership levels, but F1 has elected to go in another direction. We wish them well."
It's not clear what NBC Sports would do with F1.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:07 PM   #3159
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Maybe they'll actually broadcast some races now.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #3160
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Maybe they'll actually broadcast some races now.


They broadcast every F1 race.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:30 PM   #3161
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And live practice and qualifying and pre and post race shows. Honestly I don't think coverage was that bad. I just hope this "other network" doesn't just air a 2 hour race highlight show whenever they feel like.

Hope we don't loose LeMans 24 hour, MotoGP, WSBK, etc. For all SPEEDs flaws and nascar/reality crap it was still nice to have a motorsports-focused channel.
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I'm terrified by the possibility of seeing time delayed races instead of live.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #3163
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So, does it end up on NBC?

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Would they show Qualifying?

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I sure did enjoy having P1 and P3 available streaming without commentary.

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Will it end up on an oddball NBC cable channel I can't get?

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Will the commentators have the slightest clue about F1?

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Old 10-12-2012, 03:29 PM   #3165
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Drink bleach.

As was previously stated, SPEED had its flaws. But I am absolutely terrified about the prospect of this ending up on NBC Sports. I have a feeling I will be downloading all of the British coverage next year. All of the SPEED F1 crew found out through Twitter instead of getting a heads up from their management, which is awfully ****ty.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:57 PM   #3167
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I don't see anyone else other than NBC Sports doing this.
Don't think ESPN will do it.
Comcast Sports maybe ? I doubt it.
Lets hope they don't put it on a pay channel.

Anyway I hope we don't lose practice and qualifying.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #3168
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I don't see anyone else other than NBC Sports doing this.
Don't think ESPN will do it.
Comcast Sports maybe ? I doubt it.
Lets hope they don't put it on a pay channel.

Anyway I hope we don't lose practice and qualifying.
NBC is owned by Comcast, so they are one in the same. The most likely setup would be a mix of NBC Sports (formerly Versus) and spots on NBC itself. The rights don't have enough value to use to force cable and satellite companies to expand carriage of less popular channels like UniversalHD. This is a bit troubling, as NBC also has a Sunday morning politics show, so chances are they won't be inclined to bump or not show it. Hopefully we will be at a point where we have 4-6 races that start at a reasonable time on the east coast, especially if it features two American rounds (3 if Bernie is genuine about wanting a west coast round) and the final two races of the year, assuming that Austin and Brazil keep their places on the calendar.

Also, Will Buxton is doing an ongoing AMA on reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/com...oadcaster_and/
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Drink bleach.

As was previously stated, SPEED had its flaws. But I am absolutely terrified about the prospect of this ending up on NBC Sports. I have a feeling I will be downloading all of the British coverage next year. All of the SPEED F1 crew found out through Twitter instead of getting a heads up from their management, which is awfully ****ty.

This. I have being doing this for the past 2 years. Best option ever. Yes it is not live bla bla bla, you just have to wait a few minutes before the SKY or BBC is up in the cloud.
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NBC is owned by Comcast, so they are one in the same. The most likely setup would be a mix of NBC Sports (formerly Versus) and spots on NBC itself. The rights don't have enough value to use to force cable and satellite companies to expand carriage of less popular channels like UniversalHD. This is a bit troubling, as NBC also has a Sunday morning politics show, so chances are they won't be inclined to bump or not show it. Hopefully we will be at a point where we have 4-6 races that start at a reasonable time on the east coast, especially if it features two American rounds (3 if Bernie is genuine about wanting a west coast round) and the final two races of the year, assuming that Austin and Brazil keep their places on the calendar.

Also, Will Buxton is doing an ongoing AMA on reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/formula1/com...oadcaster_and/


Ahhh, right, I forgot about that.

At least NBC sports uses split screens during commercials. I least for the IRL they did.
Let hope they dont over do it.
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So, does it end up on NBC?

<*and now a word from our sponsors*>

Would they show Qualifying?

<*and now a word from our sponsors*>

I sure did enjoy having P1 and P3 available streaming without commentary.

<*and now a word from our sponsors*>

Will it end up on an oddball NBC cable channel I can't get?

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Will the commentators have the slightest clue about F1?

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that sounds an awful lot like speed to me.
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that sounds an awful lot like speed to me.
Just replace the sponsor commercials with NASCAR commercials and you would be 100% correct.
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that was an extremely pitiful attempt at humor.
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