March 20, 2018

F1 on The ESPNs: Australia 2018

Hey, hello, and how are ya?  It's time, once again, for another season of Formula 1!  Yaaaaaay!  And this year, there's a LOT of changes to be talked about!  Um... yay?  But at least we're starting at the only track that should be the first race of the season, Albert Park in Melbourne!  Yaaaaaay!  Let's take ourselves a quick gander at the track map, and we'll move on from there.  Yaaaaay!

Nothing changes, all remains the same... and there's something comforting about that if you ask me.  It does help that this circuit is really quite good at being a suitable test for new cars.  It's tough but fair, fast and slow, without room for mistakes except where there's plenty of runoff... the track has a plurality, that's why they call it Mr Duality.  "So, Wonderduck, you said there's lots of changes," you're thinking and apparently I can read minds now, "what have they done now?"  Well, how about a new theme song?
If you think you've heard the name "Brian Tyler" before, I can't help ya... but you've heard his music.  He scores for movies and tv.  Five of the Fast and the Furious films, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron from the MCU, the NFL Football theme for ESPN, and dozens of others.  Amusingly, it's available on Amazon.  Of course I've already purchased it.  Oh, that logo?  That's the new official logo for Formula 1.  Yeah, I know, sorry, they didn't ask me.  What other changes are out there?

There are a few others, yeah... but those will have to be discussed during the rest of this week's runup to the race.  Because now it's time to look at the television schedule for the Grand Prix of Australia!

Practice 2: 12m - 130a  Live on ESPNews
Quals: 1a - 230a  Live on ESPN2
2018 Grand Prix of Australia: 12m - 230a  Live on ESPN2

I have absolutely no confidence in these times, I'm just going on what I'm finding online.  I'm not thrilled about this, truth be told: we no longer have the Legendary Announce Team to listen to.  Instead, we're getting the SkySports broadcast... and in the past, I've loathed that announce team.  What does it all mean?  It's a brand new world, folks... let's see if it's any good, together!

...and if you've got any questions leading up to the race, ask 'em in the comments and I'll answer next time 'round.

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1 Having a long history of viewership, I can understand why you're bummed about the announcing team.  From my perspective, having only attempted watching races the last year or so, and having the Sky Sports broadcast as easily the most readily available high quality source online, that's what I'm used to.  I've found it reasonably entertaining, if generic.  Which is what I'm seeing happening in all sports.  On TV, anyway.  Radio can still get a way with having personality.

Posted by: Ben at March 21, 2018 07:04 AM (h8yX6)

2 I'm boycotting ESPN, so I'm hoping F1 TV will be available in the US. Even if it is, it's probably not going to be captioned, so the announcers won't matter. 

I'll be interested to see how the new (old?) rule about grid restarts after safety cars plays out. 

Posted by: Mrs. Will at March 21, 2018 02:12 PM (h8yX6)

3 Red Bull won't be doing the Spy's Fake News feature anymore. Too bad. Those were funny. I guess they thought it was too much making fun of the other teams (e.g., they did one about Perez and Ocon getting couples counseling).

Posted by: Mrs. Will at March 21, 2018 04:33 PM (h8yX6)

4 Roll cage? Actually, makes some sense. I recall a really bad accident you wrote about a couple of years ago where someone had another car end up on top of him.  

Posted by: Mauser at March 21, 2018 10:01 PM (h8yX6)

5 Alonso has been making some pretty...shall we say, "Hamilton-esque"...comments all off-season (either that or he gave one really long interview with a lot of nasty comments and they got spun out into multiple stories over the last few months). Does he always, or is this sour grapes? 

Do you like to make predictions? If so, what are your predictions for this season? 

Over/under on how many races before (most) people stop complaining about the Halo? 

Posted by: Mrs. Will at March 23, 2018 04:50 PM (h8yX6)

6 Prediction: after a better-than-expected practice season with their new Honda engines, 2018 is the year Toro Rosso finally steps out from behind the shadow of big brother Red Bull.

Oh wait, you said prediction, not wishful thinking.  Hmm...

Posted by: Thomas at March 23, 2018 06:48 PM (h8yX6)

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