Malaysian GP: Odd times

Two races in and Formula One has lost none of its ability to confuse or surprise. While there’s no doubt that the number of wet races enlivened last season no end, which numpty thought running a Grand Prix in the middle of Malaysia’s rainy season, at the precise time of day when the rain was likely to be at its heaviest was a good idea?

Bernie Ecclestone is determined to shift F1’s geographical axis. That means more races in countries whose governments are prepared to stump up the colossal sums of money he requires before he’ll let them have the ‘show’.

Which in turn means races being run in either ridiculously humid conditions, or in the middle of deserts, or – because Bernie wants more TV audience-friendly start times – at an hour of the day when the sunlight is fiercest or the rain Biblically heavy.

Anyone who’s ever dealt with Bernie understands his modus operandi, but this is getting silly.

Yes, I enjoyed being able to watch yesterday’s Malaysian GP while I had my cornflakes. But I’d have sooner have been watching a race that actually finished, rather than one that dissolved into an embarrassing spectacle during which no-one appeared to have the faintest clue what was going.

Still, there were some unexpected upsides.

While Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan gamely tried to fill 45 minutes of what broadcasters call ‘dead air’, we got to see Kimi Raikkonen in the garage, having changed into a pair of shorts, eating a chocolate ice lolly while the team’s PR reassured the viewing public that both drivers were ready to go if the race was restarted.

Ferrari’s President Luca di Montezemolo is in the habit of throwing heavy items at his TV when the Scuderia mess up or don’t win a race. I doubt his TV made it to yesterday lunchtime intact…

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Comment No 19 is the best of all, and i totally agree. Maybe some extreme wet aviator glasses too.

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hopefully no offence to anyone, but you know when your uncle starts packing on the years and the older he gets the more nuts n bolts gets loosened in his head and he eventually becomes a little crazy? im starting to wonder if that’s what we have running the FIA. a bunch of crazy old fools who hold way to much power and their obsessed with nothing else but money.

the FOTA and manufactures have absolutely no power in this sport.. the most they can do is offer an idea and hope i gets accepted ><

but hey, i live in the US and i still had to wake up at 4:30 to watch the Malaysian GP live, it gives a whole new sense of excitement to look outside and see nothing else but darkness, grabbing and early breakfast and trying not to cheer to loud to not wake ur roomate lol.

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Ice-Cream for the Iceman

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Bernie was happy with Melbourne’s start time, the Malaysian GP was 3 hours later than that – why not make the Malaysian GP 2 hours earlier? It’s not like you’ll forget when the races are two weeks in a row!

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And Malaysia was actually much closer to darkness. We still had daylight savings in Melbourne for the GP; I could be wrong, but I don’t think Malaysia has that, so it was one hour later by the sun. Plus twilight is much shorter in the tropics.

It’s great than F1 goes all around the world. But that means not every race suits everyone’s timezone.

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What is wrong with having the coveragein the early hours of the morning 4 the more die hard F1 fans,like myself and then showing just the race in the afternoon,were have i seen that before o thats right in was in Oz.Bernie if it aint broke dont fix it!

Alonso was so unlucky after his great start and mobile chicane impresion he got caught out by the rain and to keep it going was save of the year never mind Plato

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Love the BBC-coverage (from NL)!

Hate the FIA picking on Mercedes/Hamilton again.
Sure if this would have happened to Ferrari it would have got no attention at all!

McLaren/Hamilton (who is only just a young boy) are under pressure and under pressure people sometimes make stupid decisions! Cannot imagine this mr.Dave Ryan to be an intentional liar, he is in this game for ages, let him make his mistake and go on, as if nobody makes mistakes! The FIA is one big mistake over the last few years!

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why doesn’t bernie just go the hole hog and call himself GOD he really doesn’t give a hoot about common sense or overwhelming contradiction.just cause he’s rich doesn’t make him right.or how about adolf hitler or ghengis khan,i think they tried to rule the world to their way of thinking .the man is a PEANUT

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It turned out to be a bad decision to start the race at that hour but apparently it was raining hard earlier in the day at the usual start time. Hindsight is 20/20 vision.

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I think the rain is a good thing occasionally, as it brings an extra challenge to the f1 teams. Although the rain was a bit over the top in malaysia.. but that’s just bad luck.

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Who would have thought of placing a race in the middle of Malaysia’s rainy season!? I used to live in Indonesia for a couple of years and I understand how the rain can effect! There has been constant floods in Indonesia, simply due to the rain!

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This is an old post now so this comment probably wont get seen anyway but oh well. Bernie has made these races later on in the day so that the times are better for european viewers but isnt that wot the re-run in the afternoon is for anyway. And in my opinion getting up at six or seven oclock in the morning is still too early anyway and i bet many people agree with me.

Also a bit off topic but wot have the BBC done with the re-runs. They’ve have for some reason cut off the beggining hour which i find stupid coz loads of people would like to see that if they cant see the earlier 1 or r able to record it miss out. And people that dont want to see it just tuned in an hour later so i really dont know y the BBC have done that. Luckerly i am able to easily record it with my V+ box but for some people its not as easy as that to record programs so the BBC really need to change that for next year of even later on this year.

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Again, quite silly, however the Bahrain GP was lovely to watch!

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It was funny though, watching them men slide down the mud slide during the HUGE THUNDERSTORM! Best race of the year!

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Yes, Bernie is probably correct at saying it’s better for the newcommers to F1 racing to start a race further into the day, but where the money lies is the do-anything buy-everything F1 fans out there that stomp up the required funds to keep F1 sustainable in the long term!

I would literally do anything to watch a race live, as it happens. At least we don’t have stupid averts half way through a nail-biting event on track now with itv’s stupidious coverage.

It’s also good to hear a team manager’s/ owners view, even if it from an ex owner/manager. Eddie Jordan puts one slant on things and DC puts yet another, somewhat differing slant of conversation towards the pot. My view, just have the race at the best LOCAL time in the race locality and be done with it. If you don’t want to get up specially at 3am just to see the race ‘live’ you really are not a heart-in-heart F1 fan!!

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this race did surprise me tbh.
i was in a dressing room at the royal albert hall, switched the race on the t.v and was shocked and appaled!
it was frankly unsafe to hold the race at that time when they KNEW it would rain and they KNEW it was going to be torrential,

and also, they will not be getting rid of the brittish gp, because we are if anything the home, maclaren, red bull, torro rosso, brawn…brittish teams…all of the drivers share a common factor, speaking brittish, our gp may not be the most spectacular but as hamilton proved last year when he own it, it can be surprising and an amazing race!

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Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Somtimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information.
Nice post. Thanks

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