British Eurosport to screen MotoGP live tomorrow

Note: If you have come to this article via a search engine, this article was written in June 2012, and is no longer relevant. It will, however, be kept here for historical purposes. Thank you.

British Eurosport are to screen all three MotoGP races live tomorrow, as well as all three warm-up sessions live tomorrow, it has been announced. The broadcaster normally broadcasts the Moto3 and Moto2 races live, with the MotoGP race on a tape-delay as the MotoGP races air live on BBC Two.

However, due to live coverage of Wimbledon, MotoGP will not be airing live on BBC Two tomorrow. As with past occurrences where this has happened (such as Qatar in the past few years), it means British Eurosport is allowed to air MotoGP live as BBC will only be broadcasting it on the Red Button.

As for the warm-up, I do not remember Eurosport broadcasting Moto3 or Moto2 (even in their previous form 125cc and 250cc) warm-up’s before, so nice to see them broadcasting that too.

British Eurosport 2’s schedule tomorrow therefore runs as follows:

07:35 to 08:05 – LIVE: Moto3 warm-up
08:05 to 08:35 – LIVE: Moto2 warm-up
08:35 to 09:15 – LIVE: MotoGP warm-up
09:15 to 09:45 – LIVE: Build-up
09:45 to 11:05 – LIVE: Moto3 race
11:05 to 12:25 – LIVE: Moto2 race
12:25 to 14:15 – LIVE: MotoGP race

For viewers without access to Eurosport, the three races are live on BBC’s Red Button service from 09:45, with the MotoGP race repeated at 12:30 on BBC Two on Sunday (it’s usual timeslot). The current contract between British Eurosport and BBC expires at the end of the 2013 season.


Scheduling: The British Grand Prix

After a fantastic European Grand Prix, it’s time for Formula 1 to head home. And that means it is time for the British Grand Prix. While Sky are pulling out the stops with Classic F1 in the run up to the race, the same cannot be said for BBC. Due to coverage of Wimbledon, both Qualifying and the Race are on BBC Two, with only the Race Build-Up on BBC One.

As announced at the end of their European Grand Prix show, there is an extra F1 Show on Thursday 5th July, with a two hour build-up to the race on Sunday. Although I have not heard anything concrete, I would expect an increased on-site presence for Silverstone from both the News and F1 team, maybe even with a studio there aside from the Sky Pad, as going on air at 11:00 would be when the Porsche Supercup cars are still on track.

On BBC, there is an extra guy in the pit-lane for Radio 5 Live, former McLaren mechanic Mark Priestley is alongside Jennie Gow. 5 Live also have race car driver Tiffany Chittenden alongside them for the weekend. Finally, don’t be surprised if the F1 Forum overruns, as it is coming live from the main stage as Silverstone, so if you’re going, you may be caught on camera! I’ve also added Inside F1, presented by Lee McKenzie, below the poll for anyone interested.

Thursday 5th July
15:00 to 15:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 21:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 6th July
09:45 to 11:55 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
09:55 to 11:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
11:50 to 12:30 – GP2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
13:45 to 15:50 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
13:55 to 15:35 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Red Button)
15:55 to 16:45 – GP2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
17:15 to 18:00 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 to 19:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 7th July
08:45 to 09:25 – GP3: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
09:45 to 11:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
09:55 to 11:05 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Red Button)
12:00 to 14:35 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
12:10 to 14:30 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Two)
14:35 to 16:00 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
16:15 to 17:05 – GP3: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 8th July
08:25 to 09:25 – GP3: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
09:35 to 10:40 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:00 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 12:55 – MotoGP: Sachsenring (BBC Two)
12:10 to 12:55 – F1: Race Build-Up (BBC One)
12:55 to 15:30 – F1: Race (BBC Two)
15:30 to 16:30 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)
17:30 to 20:00 – IndyCars: Toronto (Sky Sports 2)
20:30 to 22:30 – FILM: Senna (Sky Sports F1)

The schedules above are now confirmed, so should not change. I’ve also added BBC’s MotoGP coverage for the Sunday as that is partly the reason why the F1 build-up is on BBC One. IndyCars and a screening of the Senna film is also above.

The Twitter outlook

It’s the end of another month, and in the month of June we’ve seen two fantastic races. Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix, overtaking Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the closing stages due to differing pit-stop strategies; while Alonso won the European Grand Prix, benefiting from Vettel’s alternator problem. So how did that affect the Twitter standings? Of course it did not affect Vettel at all, Vettel is Twitterless, so to say. As is Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher. Here goes…

01 – 997,554 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 873,786 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
03 – 729,758 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
04 – 436,850 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 365,901 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 218,947 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 218,697 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
08 – 168,624 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
09 – 156,119 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
10 – 144,658 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)
11 – 131,148 – Paul di Resta (Force India)
12 – 116,160 – Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)
13 – 111,295 – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
14 – 78,207 – Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)
15 – 73,692 – Timo Glock (Marussia)
16 – 72,869 – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
17 – 60,084 – Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
18 – 50,553 – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
19 – 32,036 – Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
20 – 24,754 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
21 – 13,793 – Charles Pic (Marussia)

The very first thing I need to note is that yesterday, Jenson Button broke the one million follower barrier, the second Formula 1 driver to do so after Rubens Barrichello. The above table was done on Monday, so will be reflected in next week’s Twitter outlook.

The only change in the table above is that Sergio Perez is back in front of Pastor Maldonaldo, albeit the gap is very close between the two drivers (not for the first time either!). Since the end of last month as well, Fernando Alonso has not only broken the 600,000 follower barrier, but he has also broken the 700,000 follower barrier, so Alonso making very large strides. I think Alonso will overtake Hamilton soon and will very quickly become the second current Formula 1 driver to break the one million barrier. Meanwhile, Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa broke the 100,000 follower barrier, meaning 13 drivers’ on the current grid are now above that mark. There is now a large gap as a result between ‘The Elite Thirteen’ and Vitaly Petrov in 14th.

Drivers – Increases
01 – 153,575 – Fernando Alonso (n/a)
02 – 52,047 – Lewis Hamilton (up 1)
03 – 41,447 – Jenson Button (up 1)
04 – 22,466 – Mark Webber (up 1)
05 – 21,687 – Sergio Perez (up 3)
06 – 21,257 – Bruno Senna (n/a)
Average driver = 20,927
07 – 20,103 – Pastor Maldonaldo (down 5)
08 – 19,112 – Felipe Massa (down 1)
09 – 11,977 – Pedro de la Rosa (up 2)
10 – 11,332 – Nico Rosberg (down 1)
11 – 11,060 – Narain Karthikeyan (up 5)
12 – 10,211 – Paul di Resta (down 2)
13 – 7,578 – Heikki Kovalainen (down 1)
14 – 7,281 – Romain Grosjean (n/a)
15 – 5,386 – Kamui Kobayashi (down 2)
16 – 5,086 – Vitaly Petrov (down 1)
17 – 4,523 – Nico Hulkenberg (up 1)
18 – 4,055 – Jean-Eric Vergne (up 1)
19 – 3,895 – Timo Glock (up 1)
20 – 3,717 – Daniel Ricciardo (down 3)
21 – 1,685 – Charles Pic (n/a)

The up and down positions above is a comparison to their position in the same table last month. As I noted above, Fernando Alonso made significant gains, an increase of over 150,000 in total. Pastor Maldonaldo fell down five places partially due to his fantastic gain in May as a result of his win at the Spanish Grand Prix, while Sergio Perez benefited well from his podium in Canada. Further down the chart, Narain Karthikeyan moved up five positions (although I am not sure exactly why!) while Daniel Ricciardo dropped three places, recording the second smallest gain for June.

01 – 292,839 – Ferrari
02 – 202,377 – McLaren
03 – 133,530 – Mercedes
04 – 125,226 – Red Bull
05 – 114,242 – Lotus
06 – 77,592 – Caterham
07 – 68,084 – Marussia
08 – 67,118 – Williams
09 – 66,970 – Force India
10 – 59,891 – Sauber
11 – 51,814 – HRT
12 – 43,033 – Toro Rosso

All the positions are status quo compared to May. The only milestone worth noting is that McLaren join Ferrari in the over 200,000 followers club.

Teams – Increases
01 – 17,516 – Ferrari (n/a)
02 – 9,870 – McLaren (n/a)
03 – 9,629 – Red Bull (up 1)
04 – 5,847 – Lotus (up 1)
Average team = 5,714
05 – 4,867 – Sauber (up 1)
06 – 4,613 – Mercedes (up 1)
07 – 3,302 – HRT (up 1)
08 – 2,908 – Caterham (up 1)
09 – 2,830 – Marussia (up 2)
10 – 2,793 – Force India (n/a)
11 – 2,368 – Toro Rosso (up 1)
12 – 2,030 – Williams (down 9)

After being third last month, Williams tumble down the table, surprising to last! The team only recorded a gain of two thousand followers through June, with all the other teams either staying put or moving up a position as a result.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 25th June 2012.

News Articles – European Grand Prix

A summary of all the opinion and blog pieces from BBC and Sky over the past few days since the Canadian Grand Prix.

Andrew Benson‘s Post-Race blog
Gary Anderson‘s Technical Review
Andrew Benson looks at Michael Schumacher’s contract status
Jaime Alguersuari looks at a strange European Grand Prix

Ted Kravitz‘s Notebook
Martin Brundle explains why Kimi Raikkonen avoided a post-race penalty
Mike Wise‘s Diary
Pete Gill writes about Fernando Alonso’s race, lap-by-lap
Pete Gill‘s Conclusions
Martin Brundle looks at Fernando Alonso’s win
Mark Hughes on why Fernando Alonso needs to repeat his Valencia victory

The Daily Mail story concerning the European Grand Prix

Normally on this blog I give my opinions on things on what I like and what I dislike, but here I want to make a few things straight.

On Sunday night, a BBC producer, specifically Richard Carr, tweeted the following: “Tedious delayed EasyJet flight. Enlivened by loud drunk TV presenter. Fortunately not a BBC TV presenter though. I give you two guesses…”

Obviously that led to a few people guessing who it may be. Which I guess, being Twitter, is to be expected, when you tweet something people respond. Someone asked whether the person in question’s first name began with a ‘T’ or ‘M’. He said “neither“.

Fast forward to last night, and this Daily Mail article written by Charles Sale. For those unaware of who Charles Sale is, he is a writer for the paper who writes daily sports columns covering the latest stories and gossip with ‘inside sources’, so to say.

The article states, specifically, that Simon Lazenby was the person acting drunk on the EasyJet flight. Now, I do not know whether those claims are true or not, Charles Sale is an insider whereas I am not. Therefore his words hold more strength than mine. But what I do not like, is when a member of the Formula 1 paddock, specifically Caterham’s Head of Communications Tom Webb and quashes the entire article, by saying: “Just seen Charlie Sale’s column today. What a complete load of lies. Good to see he’s not on his usual Beeb bash, but check your facts CS.”

Because by tweeting that, it makes it abundantly clear to me, that Lazenby was not the person involved in said incident on Sunday night, and therefore the article is an attempt at smearing and character defamation. The problem, is that the article is now being tweeted and shared with others all over Twitter, I seen one person refer to him as a “prick”. At the end of the day, there are real people, doing their job to the best of their ability. Yes, you can criticise their presenting, or their commentating or whatever may be. But unless you know them personally, you are in absolutely no position to call them a “prick” based on one single article, which, in this case, may not even be true at all.

I thought I would publish this particular blog, to set the record straight and to quash the article written by the Daily Mail which appears to be a smearing campaign, plain and simple. Irrespective of whether I like him or dislike him as presenter of the Sky Sports F1 show, what I do not like is people (or publications) who blatantly write articles, knowing what they are publishing is not strictly true and is only there to smear somebody else.

UPDATE at 19:31 on 26th June: The story has now been removed from the Daily Mail website.

UPDATE at 21:40 on 26th June: The article is back online at the same place.