TV and media coverage for the 2018 season

We know that the BBC gave up its rights to cover F1 Grand Prix in 2016.

Channel 4 continues to provide free to air tv coverage in 2018, with ten of the 21 races live.

Next year Free to Air tv in the UK looks likely to go missing with the possible exception of the British Grand Prix.

The live 2018 races are :-

Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Monaco, Austria, Britain, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, USA, and Abu Dhabi.

Previously I have found the lead presenter Steve Jones of C4 particularly annoying and so I assiduously avoided any of the supporting coverage and just watched the actual racing.
I will be in Sydney for nine of the twenty races and will watch the coverage on local tv or on livestreams. For tv I will record the program and replay it some minutes later than the live transmission (time shifting) so that I can skip over the adverts. You could lose the will to live by watching Australian tv adverts.

Maybe tv is no longer the best way to watch and enjoy F1 racing. Changes in social media and relaxations on it's use in F1 could be the way forward. I have already noticed much more content becoming available on YouTube. New car designs and more exciting racing seem to be on the cards and I am looking forward to the new season. It is a shame that we cannot get back to the V10 screamer sound for the engines. Apparently they are introducing some fake method of increasing the engine sound using a microphone.

  February 2018