lets be clear about this ,F1 fans who watch on TV with access to the BBC transmissions get the best service available anywhere as far as I can ascertain ; every practise session live with a commentator and comments from a recent F1 driver [ ant davidson . congrats to him for last weeks alms win ], repeats at a more civilised hour when required if their live broadcast is anti social , qualifying , race , followed by a discussion panel including such luminaries as martin brundle and david coulthard , with questions from the fans by email or text
but you don't have to be resident in the UK to access this , nor have internet + a proxy !!!; the BBC broadcast all this by satellite , and it is receivable over a large chunk of europe with the correct satellite receiver [ a british designed digital one ]! ok , if you live somewhere like the south of spain you will need a big dish , but you couldn't go to one GP for the total cost !
and for those who wonder about the references to a red button , on the remote control to the uk receivers there is a red button , pushing this gives access to extra programs , mainly sport ,on a 24 hour basis ; eg today we have F1 , live and repeated , [ in it's entirety for both ],a continuous loop of previous australian GP's ; also the world cycling championship , and various other things that I can't remember
of course , for the moment , there is no HD [ the bbc have broadcasts in HD ] ; but until our bernie provides HD feeds from the track there won't be , will there !
to the optimist a glass is half full ; to the pessimist a glass is half empty ; to the F1 engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be