Well, it was almost a race this time! Granted, the two lead teams were racing in-house only, but Ferrari are back, McLaren are still winning, and Kovalainen was up in 5th after his 4th in CA. Vettel made a day of it too, and Kubica should be back for FR.
I can't stand Fox TV any more. Their OTA digital broadcast was IMO not HD (can anyone confirm?). They managed to shove more commercials into a single GP than I've seen in recent memory, and they also strangled the picture with rubbish like Bart Simpson's head at one stage, plus silly cartoon cars advertising their next round of bad coverage. They had Varsha advertising... baseball during the GP. I ended up giving up on them and switching to a DVRed copy I was making from my sat dish instead -- at least then I could skip the nonsense that wasn't actually embedded into the GP itself, but the embedded stuff was criminal in its own right.
The GP itself was good in that it brought out both the good (insane speeds, incredible tech, superb talents) and the bad (difficulty passing, skyrocketing costs, reliability issues) of modern F1. One thing I can't figure out though is the fascination the announcing team seem to have with Mark Webber. He gets mentioned more every GP than everyone used to name drop **** Trickle simply to hear themselves say that on TV.
Alonso's charge on Hamilton down the long straight was fun to watch, and would only be possible in Indianapolis anyway since the organizers seem to want to hang on to a portion of the oval track no matter what (this isn't something I'm interested in seeing, and it IMO only helps the sport to the extent that Bernie can get American money, no more).
Too bad Sato DNFed. Davidson's pass on Button maintained the cheeky attitude at Super Agouri though and hopefully next week Sato can pass Raikkonen or someone like that. I think Ralf Schumacher would make a great announcer for RTL or Eurosport next year, and if that falls through he could always partner with his brother and open up a family restaurant.
Upon viewing the GP again, I have to say Alex vs. Tony and Giancarlo vs. Jenson was real racing. Side to side through the corners, nobody yielding, a few cms apart in the tightest parts of the track. Good stuff there, and bravo to the director that showed us the battles vs. just focusing on the front 4 lapping over and over again.