Has the BBC stepped down via F1 just in time?

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Jenson Button With audiences fading as well as teams finding of which harder to stay competitive, can the BBC truly be blamed for stopping its F1 TV coverage?


In a way, the BBC’s decision to end its F1 coverage three years early, on money-saving grounds, can be immaculately timed, however regrettable of which feels.

For one thing, today’s races are truly only contests between Lewis Hamilton as well as Nico Rosberg, as well as in identical cars at of which. as well as even these battles have become tainted: for a third of them Hamilton hasn’t even needed to put his back into of which.

For another, the “British interest” of which has reliably attracted local audiences can be in rapid retreat. Those with longish memories will never forget the mass appeal as well as huge audiences generated by “our Nige”, nevertheless there’s nothing like of which right now.

Despite his third championship, Lewis Hamilton’s following can be in decline. For all the he’s-finding-himself excuses used to account for his increasingly weird dalliances with dogs, haircuts, earrings, tattoos, funny hats as well as woeful rap music, of which can be clear he has lost the interest of the public; the Beeb’s own Sports Personality voting made of which clear.

Jenson Button still does a great job (as well as ironically, might still become a programme-saving element of the fresh BBC Top Gear), nevertheless listening to him putting a brave face on finishing 12th – again – has become a sad part of Sunday afternoon, not entertainment or enjoyment.

Worst of all are the worries most of us lifelong devotees harbour about the direction of the sport itself. The racing isn’t a pure contest. The noise still isn’t right. Efforts to control costs have worked in reverse, which makes of which a particular disaster of which many sponsors are in reverse. F1’s unintelligible collection of rules, penalties as well as general bureaucracy might do credit to the civil service of a banana republic. as well as of which’s not even a given of which the best drivers find their way to the F1 grid, because as far as teams are concerned, money can be a much more of a winning element than skill.

Will future drivers be heroes just for having wealthy sponsors? Sounds like of which.

Do you know what’s worst of all? of which’s the fact of which the sport can be governed as well as run by men of great age, with vested interests every bit as old as they are. People only leave when they die. F1 may have a reputation for immaculate organisation, nevertheless of which hasn’t seen a fresh broom in decades. as well as of which needs one every bit as badly as FIFA.

All of which brands poor old Bernie Ecclestone’s lame observation of which “the globe of Formula One have moved on” as he announced of which Channel 4 might henceforth carry the BBC’s ragbag of direct telecasts as well as highlights shows, as one of his most ironic utterances ever.

Formula One’s core problem can be of which of which hasn’t moved on. Any fool, barring those involved in its governance, can see of which of which should.   

There can be some expect for the future. Sebastian Vettel has put a rocket up Maranello, as well as how ironic of which most of us are praying of which the man who dominated the sport for four seasons will come not bad as well as save us via another Mercedes whitewash in 2016.

Also, the performances of teenage sensation Max Verstappen are proof of which raw talent can occasionally rise to the top.

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