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I’ll be in Melbourne today interviewing Ferrari people in advance of this Sunday’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Damon Hill and Jenson Button offer views on the event. By the way, CBS has secured rights to broadcast four F1 races in the US during 2005; they’ll be shown a week late, and Speed Channel isn’t permitted to broadcast those races live.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/01/2005 at 11:47 AM
    1. Given there are only around 8 dozen people that actually follow F1 here in The States, I guess CBS figures this will be like 1968 and The Wide World of Sports covering the Monaco Grand Prix.  Ah, now we just need to bring Henry N. Manney III back from the grave and we can look forward to our Road and Track 2 months later to find out what really happened as “practice was the usual shambles”.  Ah, good times.

      Posted by Cliff on 2005 03 01 at 01:38 PM • permalink


    1. I’m a racing fan but I’ve never warmed to F1.  The race is usually determined in the first lap and, barring mechanical problems or a crash, Michael Schumaker wins every race and if he doesn’t his Ferrari teammate does.  I rarely see any passes for position in a typical race and only the endless hypothesizing about pit strategies gives hope that the final order might change by the checkered flag.

      But maybe that’s just me.

      Posted by Randal Robinson on 2005 03 01 at 02:00 PM • permalink


    1. CBS had this same deal for a while with the Tour de France:  they would screw up the Sunday coverage for the people who were following the race on OLN in exchange for some monumentally crappy coverage on the network.  Do they accomplish anything except alienating the people who are interested in these events?

      Posted by Iron Dave on 2005 03 01 at 04:08 PM • permalink


    1. You need sprint cars. Also Champ Cars. And demo derbies, drag racing and enduros. Plus tractor pulls. Let’s see those pansy F1 guys run those. Hah!

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2005 03 01 at 04:53 PM • permalink


    1. If CBS is covering it, we can look foward to defamatory coverage of the race leader while the sportscasters attempt to maintain the facade of objective disinterested fans.

      “We have documents proving that Michael Schumacher skipped out of Driver’s Ed back in the 11th grade…”

      Posted by JDB on 2005 03 01 at 08:24 PM • permalink


    1. How do you pull a tractor?  Sounds messy to me.

      Posted by Hump B Bare on 2005 03 01 at 08:25 PM • permalink


    1. So where is the beer on on Saturday night, Tim?
      Same place as last time you were in Melbourne?

      Posted by SezaGeoff on 2005 03 01 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. How about pickup racing?  Should be authentic enough even for Iowahawk…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 03 01 at 11:47 PM • permalink


    1. they’ll be shown a week late, and Speed Channel isn’t permitted to broadcast those races live

      What a bunch of crap. My whole family gets up in Texas at whatever time necessary to watch the races live.

      Posted by Wallace-Midland Texas on 2005 03 02 at 12:10 AM • permalink


    1. Formula 1 – zzzzzzz

      Posted by ozpat on 2005 03 02 at 12:12 AM • permalink


    1. Fucking Americans! Everything they touch turns to shit! I’m surprised that the network hasn’t ensured that ALL races around the world are broadcast in their prime time.

      Why don’t they stick to the stuff they know – like “World Series” where only (North)American teams are invited?

      Posted by Fat_Pat on 2005 03 02 at 07:01 AM • permalink


    1. Okay, Fat_Pat, you’ve been banned from commenting here. After all, I’m American, as are many of this weblog’s membership, and I wouldn’t want your delicate sensibilities offended by our presence.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 02 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. By the way, an apology, emailed to either myself or tim, will restore your commenting privileges. My email is

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 02 at 07:48 AM • permalink


    1. F1 is quite popular in the Northwest, if only because NASCAR doesn’t have alive event within 1000 miles.

      Of course, it is pointless to mention that CBS is farking things up for the Speed channel….and broadcasting a week late? How do they expect any type of ratings?

      Posted by Easycure on 2005 03 02 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. According to what I’ve found, there is no week delay.  This article even indicates that CBS will broadcast Montreal LIVE.  I suspect there will be a delay until some point in the afternoon on the Sundays that CBS is broadcasting, but it won’t be a week.  Therefore, on those weekends,  those of us here in the US who enjoy F1 can sleep in.  Now, if only I remember not to check my email I won’t know who won the race before CBS shows it.

      Posted by Publius Rex on 2005 03 02 at 11:38 AM • permalink


    1. Publius Rex – no need to worry about not checking email. M Schumacher will win Montreal.

      Posted by brucey bonus on 2005 03 02 at 03:22 PM • permalink


    1. Fat Pat,

      time once again to dispel the myth that The World Series Baseball is some sort of world championship that only north american teams can enter.

      It is called “The World Series” because the original sponsor was a newspaper called “The World”.

      I’d point you at the proof, but you can fucking well google it for yourself.

      Posted by steve68 on 2005 03 02 at 07:03 PM • permalink


    1. steve68, would this happen to be the “proof” you’re talking about?

      Perhaps you should have googled first yourself.

      Posted by PW on 2005 03 02 at 09:18 PM • permalink


  1. “…interviewing Ferrari people”.
    It’s amazing how many people had Work Reasons for being in Melbourne this week!
    March and November are very important times to check up on your Melbourne dealerships.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 03 03 at 06:17 PM • permalink