Most watched race of 2008
ITV review 12 years of F1 coverage
‘The pros outweigh the cons’
Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix will be the final F1 broadcast by ITV. Since taking over from the BBC as the UK’s F1 broadcaster at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix, ITV will bow out having covered 206 grands prix. But because they interrupt races with adverts they have missed over 31 races’ worth of live action … Continue reading ITV F1: goodbye or good riddance?
War of words or publicity stunt?
ITV’s F1 coverage comes to an end this year and the BBC are taking over for 2009. The corporation might have done well out of the change, as it appears F1 audiences are growing in Britain at the moment. But is this a sustainable, long-term increase in dedicated F1 followers, or ‘fair-weather fans’ who only … Continue reading ITV F1 TV ratings grow slowly
ITV has won a BAFTA award for covering the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix – a broadcast that so many viewers complained about it was forced to issue an apology. Lewis Hamilton won his maiden Grand Prix victory in the race which also saw Robert Kubica’s massive crash. Despite it being one of the most action-packed … Continue reading ITV F1 wins BAFTA award for race coverage that viewers complained about
Another early start for the UK’s armchair fans unfortunately didn’t equate to another exciting race last Sunday. Ferrari dominated and McLaren floundered – with Lewis Hamilton struggling get close to Mark Webber’s Red Bull and Jarno Trulli’s Toyota, let alone actually make a move. Yes he may have been driving for points (in the second … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: ITV aren’t bad
British F1 fans will be able to enjoy live Formula 1 free from adverts next year as the BBC have won the right to screen live coverage. ITV has broadcasted the sport since 1996 and angered many fans by missing up to 15 minutes of every race with advert breaks. Last year ITV missed the … Continue reading ITV loses F1 coverage to BBC from 2009
The 2008 Formula 1 season is finally under way as the first free practice session at Melbourne begins. I’m watching the session on ITV’s new live stream. Leave a comment if you’re watching it as well – especially if you got it working outside Britain! Australian Grand Prix session times and other information
When I did the site redesign last week I added a list of F1Fanatic’s most popular posts in the menu on the right. Unfortunately it does not cover all the articles published from 2005-7 because not all of the data is available. However I have been able to compile a list of the ten most … Continue reading The top 10 posts on F1Fanatic.co.uk
ITV broadcast every round of the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship. But how much of the action was missed during advert breaks?
Some time ago I started putting a bit of cash to one side so that when ITV finally arranged to broadcast F1 in high definition I could run out and buy a HD TV. Predictably enough there’s been little sign of progress towards HD. I gave up hope of seeing a race in HD last … Continue reading ITV Sport to broadcast in HD… but not F1?
Honda has cancelled its sponsorship of ITV’s F1 coverage – does this signal a change in direction for the team’s marketing agenda? Plus McLaren and Williams stay quiet over rumours that part of their teams are to be sold. And who is Robert Kubica’s favourite sports person? It’s not a racing driver… Read the full … Continue reading F1 news review: Honda drop ITV-F1
Formula 1 made its big-screen live debut last weekend – 30 Vue cinemas showed the British Grand Prix live. I wasn’t able to go because I was at the race but my brother did. With F1 in the Cinemas rolling out across the country for the rest of his season, here’s what he told me … Continue reading Watching F1 in the cinema