Yesterday, I saw what most fans will have to endure to watch races ‘live’ from 2012. As Sky Sports take over as the only broadcaster in the UK to show all 20 races until 2018 fans face a dilemma on how to watch the race, keep up to date over the net or wait for the BBC primetime show.
Race day at Spa clashed with a party for my daughter, who is starting school this week. I set the recorder on Friday morning, checked it on Saturday and once again on Sunday morning to make sure nothing had gone wrong. My phone was turned off so I couldn’t accidentally see a text message with news from the race, all the TVs in the house were off as well as the radio.
Throughout the afternoon I kept glancing at the clock on the wall thinking to myself, Brundle will be doing his grid walk now and I wonder who’s tangled in the first corner? It wasn’t until about 3pm when I thought the race is over, just got to wait until half seven to watch it (the same sort of time the BBC will show their programme).
As members of my family were ready to go home, we were all saying our farewells when I said to my 86 year old Nan, that I was going to watch the race, she replied “Vettel won again didn’t he”. At this, I couldn’t believe it! Half an hour before I was going to sit down to watch the race, 6 hours since it began, the end was revealed to me from the most unlikely of sources.
In trying (and failing)to avoid the results, I didn’t just hide away from the race, I had to hide away from everything in the world outside my 4 walls. Next year if millions of fans want to see races unfold before their eyes , they will have to do the same. My only advice after yesterday is stay away from elderly relatives.