April 23, 2006

#200. NOT F1 UPDATE!: San Marino.

Fellow F1 fans, the Duck has a problem.

I can't do the F1 UPDATE! for San Marino yet. The TV coverage that we here in the US was so dreadful that I can't tell you what happened during the race, because I DON'T KNOW.

Yes, I can say that Slappy had a spectacular drive, and that he held off Alonso for 15 laps, give or take a few. But that's about all, because according to CBS, that's all that happened. There were only four cars in the race after the first lap: 2 Ferraris, one Renault, and Jensen Button's Honda.

And the Honda was there only because of the pitlane incident.

I can't tell you who was third in the race. Oh, yes, I know that JP Montoya was third, but that's only because the websites told me. We never saw him, and the Derek Daly/Ralph Shaheen combo never mentioned him. Mark Webber finished sixth, a fantastic result for him and Williams... but we only found out about it when the FIA scrolled the positions. I never heard it mentioned by CBS.

Going by the CBS coverage, the only car that DNF'd the race was Christian Albers' Midland... we never heard about any of the others. There were two yellow flags that they missed altogether, despite the graphic at the top of the screen.

F1 UPDATE!: San Marino will go up after I watch the SPEEDchannel coverage next weekend... maybe then I'll have some idea of what happened. As for right now, however, all I'll say is congrats to Michael Schumacher for his win... because that's all I CAN say.

(Edit: ...and if I hear Daly say "They're CRASHING over the CURBS" one more time, I'm going to fly to where-ever he lives, tie him to a chair, begin a playback of the race, and hit him in the kneecaps with a tire-iron every time he says it!)

Posted by: Wonderduck at 03:18 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 To be fair (a bit), the coverage was direct from the Italian national network (whereas the previous GP have all been produced by Bernie's own TV company). I know this because ITV pointed it out as a fair excuse for why we missed so much of interest during qualifying. And in the race. I imagine pairing that up with poor commentating would make it pretty infuriating.

Posted by: flotsky at April 23, 2006 07:22 PM (6T2ID)

2 You forgot to congratulate Nick Heidfeld who the CBS Sports Team announced is driving for Ferrari next year.

They were jabbering away about silly season stuff when something occurred on the track, and I'm pretty sure the sentence came out that way. Either that or Fernando is going to be driving for Kimi next year.

I've mercifully deleted that abomination from my tivo. Can somebody supply the actual words of that fiasco?

Posted by: Rev. Bob at April 23, 2006 07:51 PM (tqp1l)

3 Actually, the TV coverage from Italy didn't bother me that much... or, to be more precise, it wouldn't've bothered me at all if we had been informed of what was happening elsewhere.

Which, of course, those two couldn't have done to save their lives. No, only drooling Michael love and stupid comments out of those two.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 24, 2006 03:49 AM (+rGmJ)

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