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Old 03-23-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Anybody happy with the situation? Used to catch all the action on Speed -- easy to DVR, never missed anything.

Now for NBC. Planning to broadcast 13 races on NBC Sports, 4 on NBC and 2 on CNBC (CNBC?!? Really??).

What a cluge. Already missed Australia. I'm pissed.
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I'm happy so far with all of the Speed team over to NBCSN. Hopefully they get the sound right aon the Malaysian race.

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I have a bad habit of surfing certain channels and missing some good motorport action on NBC Sports. It is like I just discovered them lately. Have they been pumping up motorsports just recently?
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I think they are. They already had Indy and now have F1, so open wheels are tied up by NBC.

I'm just lazy and like the DVR to do the work. Spreading over three channels makes me work harder.
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I am a HUGE F1 nut. So far I have been happy. I had to change my TV provider from cable to DirecTV to get NBCS in HD. This worked out better and cheaper for us (should have done it a lonf time ago)
I agree the sound sucked for the first race, but I watched that in SD on my old cable company. So far the round 2 sound is much better in HD with suround sound. looks like Speed loaned them Bob V while Diffy is covering Indy cars.
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Lots of empty seats in Malaysia. None of the guys on the podium looked happy. Should have put gloves on them and had a smoker. Entertaining race for sure.
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NBCSN seems to be an additional cost for our cable network, so I just found a stream from SkySports. Their coverage is great.
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Anybody happy with the situation? Used to catch all the action on Speed -- easy to DVR, never missed anything.

Now for NBC. Planning to broadcast 13 races on NBC Sports, 4 on NBC and 2 on CNBC (CNBC?!? Really??).

What a cluge. Already missed Australia. I'm pissed.
Last year there were races broadcast on Fox. Did you miss those?

I dunno, I didn't think it was that complicated. They are going to have more F1 coverage than Speed did so I can't complain.
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So far the NBC coverage hasn't been as bad as I expected. We'll see what happens when they are broadcast on the other NBC channels, but the NBC Sports broadcasts have been acceptable.

Malaysia race was pretty good, but the man-drama afterwards is epic. The season might be awesome, as long as the WDC is anyone BUT Vettel.

I'm curious about the F1-36 show that airs this friday at like 7PM ET. They follow Vettel around non-stop for 36 hours. It should be interesting.

I bet they won't do a 36 hour show on Raikkonen, camera crew probably couldn't keep up with the partying and drinking and being awesome...
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I could not find an NBCSN qualifying file so I watched the Sky Sports show...holy **** they appreciate F1. You get Anthony Davidson picking apart lines and car behavior on 3-8 cars throughout the race, there are four people doing interviews up and down the pit wall, it's really good. However, it's not funny like NBCSN (Speed). I wish NBCSN would send more people to the races.
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Sky Sports is the best of the three (Sky, BBC, murrikin). I have given up on American coverage. It is worth it to wait 12 hours to watch the race, to actually be able to watch the race in its entirety with knowledgeable commentators. They got interviews with Christian Horner during the race. NBC's going to get that, yeah.

Man I am disappointed in Vettel. Way to look like an *** in front of a global audience, **** on your teammates, and let everybody in that factory supporting you know what a selfish dick you are. That was the move of an immature punk.
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They got interviews with Christian Horner during the race. NBC's going to get that, yeah.
Yeah, that's pretty awesome.
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Man I am disappointed in Vettel. Way to look like an *** in front of a global audience, **** on your teammates, and let everybody in that factory supporting you know what a selfish dick you are. That was the move of an immature punk.
What a ******* child. I'm ready to see Webber, Raikonnen, or Massa crush him like Stalin.
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UK coverage of F1 puts everyone else to shame (at least of the English speaking countries). The post race interviews they get are pretty amazing. Unfortunately, I don't usually have the 4 hours required to watch their awesome coverage.
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What a ******* child. I'm ready to see Webber, Raikonnen, or Massa crush him like Stalin.
I ALWAYS root for Webber over Vettel. As much as I hate to admit it though, Vettel is damned fast.

What Vettel did in Malaysia was a cheap shot -- and it might end up giving him another WDC. And he really won't care what the team or Hoerner think, and Red Bull will be thrilled to have him back next year.
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I changed my mind, I support Vettel to some degree. The history books will read that Mark Webber was a good driver who got his paycheck, Vettel wanted the win more than to keep the team happy. Yes, that's a 180* from me, however this is racing.
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Disclaimer: I am a Vettel fan and SV did F*&% up by not obeying the instructions from the pit wall.

BUT!
How many WDC in recent history have been won by less than 10 points? With Alonso in the kitty litter, this was an opportunity to gain maximum points on Vettel's closest rival. Would you want to leave 7 point on the table for Alonso to pick up? look what Alonso did in a "not so Good" car last year, this year the F138 is fast. Reality is that Webber does not have talent to go head to head with Alonso, so who is Red Bulls best chance for the WDC? It would not have mattered to Red Bull by having the order reversed.

Another point is; Vettel tested the dry tires very early, and when it did not work exactly as planned (instructed), they told Mark to stay out. that cost SV the lead.

Imagine the post race party for the Red Bull guests! More like a funeral!

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I now look forward to a Stalin-crushing. Unlikely as it may be.
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The whole point of a lot of the training given to US fighter pilots is to make them more like Vettel. What you are after is an assasination -- a clean kill -- the more one sided the better. Best way to get yourself killed and lose the war is to have a sense of "fairness." The concept bothers a lot of people.

Doesn't bother Vettel one bit. He's got the killer instinct naturally. He may go down in history as F1's greatest driver because of it. 30 years from now (heck, 30 days from now), people will only remember that he won Malaysia, not how.

Still like Mark better. I'd like him as a friend. I'd know that I could always count on him to do the right thing. But, my money's on Vettel.
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I've never been a huge fan of Vettel, and this last race just reinforced my dislike of him.

Honestly, I have no problem with the killer racer instinct. Honestly I think F1 needs more of it and less mindless corporate driver's who are so concerned with keeping their contracts. All of the greats had that killer instinct of doing whatever it takes to win, regardless of what some engineer on the radio tells them. Senna had it, Schumacher had it, etc. etc.

Vettel seems to have the killer instinct, the all selfish desire and need to win no matter what. My problem is this, he apologised for it. He said he was really sorry and that if he could go back he wouldn't do it. Either he has the killer instinct and he makes it known to the world, that he won't stay behind a car if he's faster, or he doesn't have it. But apologising for it, feeling sorry for it, pretending like he just made some mental mistake, that I have issue with. Man up, tell the team and the world that you are going to go for the gap if it's there.

On the other hand, I've always liked Webber and love his personality and attitude. I've been rooting for him for years, I want badly for him to beat Vettel straight up. It seems like he can at certain tracks, and he's way off Vettel at other tracks. When he basically had the championship locked up in '10 or '11 (can't remember) and he crashed out of the lead of the Korean GP I was gutted for him. That was probably his only chance at a WDC and he muffed it up, no one else to blame, his own driving is what let him down.

That said, I wonder why Mark didn't just "eff it" and turn his engine back up to full wick when he saw Vettel was coming for him? If Mark had the same killer instinct it seems he would have done more to protect the position. Sure he pushed him to the wall and went wheel to wheel with Vettel for 3 more corners, but why didn't he turn his engine back up and make it a straight fight?

Either way, it made for an amazingly uncomfortable and tense podium celebration and interviews. Good TV for sure...
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