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    US GP: FOX worse than ever

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    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.
    I have to agree with pretty much every thing you said. I really like watching Hamilton drive and am so happy to see Alonso struggling with it. The Media fueled soap opera makes it that much better...

    Fox stinks...but since I don't have speed right now I am happy to catch the races real time...instead of having to wait for them to be on bit torrent. I found the comments that the one announcer...can't remember which it was now about Hamilton "Blocking" to be a bit over the top...he was racing...there was nothing flagrant going on there IMHO. Jensen and Giancarlo was a great fight. Can't wait to France.
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    The crowd seemed a bit sparse.Are there going to be future F1 races at Indy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by josnroh View Post
    The crowd seemed a bit sparse.Are there going to be future F1 races at Indy?
    Bernie will let us know come July. The grandstands did look empty, but that's not an issue if Bernie makes money. The question is, did he make money?

    The track looked well done but there's a huge tree in the way of some camera angles, and they've got that straight in there that's part of the oval, plus there's no elevation changes to speak of save for the banking on the silly oval bit. The US could do better and frankly I doubt the historic significance of the site is of importance to many non-US fans. Still, even a provincialized GP is better than none.
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    I wonder if they would ever consider a return to Watkins Glen?
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    I'd love to see Watkins Glen GPs in our lifetime but I think it'd take more money than many nations spend on health care to get a FIA and driver OK'ed track up and running again over there.
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    Yeah,you're probably right.It's just too damn bad there isn't more interest in F1 here.You would think everyone that is into racing would want to see these awesome cars.
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    Fox didn't have it on till 2pm because the SF giants were playing (seriously **** baseball). I wasn't home at that time so I taped it, but haven't watched it yet. Couldn't stop myself from looking at the results though.

    I went to the Indianapolis grand prix once (that was in 05 unfortunately) and I would really love to see it somewhere else. Indianapolis has to be one of the dullest places I've ever been.
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    I was there too at indy on 05 with only 6 cars running... it was the most disappointing race in formula 1 and also for ferrari... well i also went to the montreal GP 2week ago and it was awesome... i was sitting in stand 24 at the hairpin and saw the crash of Kubica it was really bad.... but the whole gp was realllllllly goood... i am glad that i saw history in the making and it was awesome... I have never seen sooo much safety car before, it was around four times the car came out... There was two highlight of the GP and it was first Lewis and the second and most exciting part was when Sato overtake Alonso.... that was soooooo good.... And i am glad that Alonso now have to work really hard for his win, he has to fight for it with his team mate.... I would want to see Lewis VS Michael in the same car and see what will happen.... i think ppl all over the world will watch that....
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    Lewis dropped by the Mercedes suite before the race. He was really relaxed and calm. Fernando dropped by the night before. Both were great to talk to...

    When will Subaru step up and field a team???
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSM View Post
    Lewis dropped by the Mercedes suite before the race. He was really relaxed and calm. Fernando dropped by the night before. Both were great to talk to...

    When will Subaru step up and field a team???
    Man that kid has the world by the nads.
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    OP, how were you watching the broadcast (ie-cable, sat)? 99% of HD programming is not actually HD by true definition. HD is commonly compressed because the bandwidth just isn't there yet. companies like comcast compress the video so much to make room for channels that it looks okay (not nearly as good as true HD) unless there's quick movement, and then it looks like pixelated crap. to save money, some companies just run anamorphic standard def signals to their HD lines. in my professional opinion, the last three Gps' (US, FR & BR) were all anamorphic SD. there is a chance that it was a ridiculously compressed HD signal, and that's why i asked what you were watching it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWorks View Post
    OP, how were you watching the broadcast (ie-cable, sat)?
    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Their OTA digital broadcast was IMO not HD (can anyone confirm?)... I ended up giving up on them and switching to a DVRed copy I was making from my sat dish instead
    My disappointment was with the OTA broadcast, and I believe it was SD. My sat is E* but on E* I was definitely watching SD. That FOX would broadcast SD OTA when they have HD source (I imagine?) is a shame.
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    Fox's coverage was even worse for the British GP.
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