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Old 11-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #1966
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Race was a bit of a snoozer, but at least it was hotter than hell :)

Much better organization at the track this year, and I was expecting a smaller crowd than last year, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was even bigger.

Traffic was insane getting out of Austin. Made it from my garage in Houston to the parking lot at COTA in 2:15 minutes this morning. My buddy smoked four slabs of ribs, three briskets and a few chickens at his RV, so we hung out and gorged on BBQ porn after the race and left the track around 5, and didn't get home until after 9. They need to do some sort of contralane or something on 21 and 71 after these races. Heading north to Austin was even worse than east to Houston.

Overall a great day except for the boring race. MotoGP just kills F1 for entertainment value.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:16 PM   #1967
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For those of you unfamiliar with formula 1 racing:

....The first driver to cross the finish line wins.
....Lower drag mean higher straight line speed
...internal combustion provides motive force..

good grief this is a pedantic broadcast.
A big 10-4 on that. It's as if they were doing the show for third-graders with short-term memory issues. How many times did they explain DRS, the different compounds of tires, how slow pit stops cost time on the track, and I don't know how many other painfully obvious facts? I get that NBC wants to build the audience for F1 in the US, but can they stop recapping everything that's happened so far in the race every 10 minutes as if some guy who's channel surfing during the commercials of a football game will get sucked in?

They need to cut the announcer's microphones when the team-radio graphic comes on the screen. What's the point of having that feed if they talk over it half the time?

Steve M. is getting out of control. A lot of what he says is repetitive fluff. Yeah, dead air is verboten during live sports broadcasts, but so should inane chatter be. In addition to overusing "absolutely, "no doubt about it," and "absolutely no doubt about it," he reminds us of what someone else said just a few seconds ago ("As Will just mentioned..."), then agrees with it ("You're absolutely right, Will...") then repeats the VERY SAME THING Will just said. I'M SITTING RIGHT HERE! I HEARD WILL THE FIRST TIME!

Diffey continues to have trouble with pronouns ("The team met with he and his teammate"; it's "him," not "he"), and appears to be using some words with no regard for their generally accepted definition. And was the audio on a delay? Things happened on track, then only after a few seconds the guys noticed it, like they were watching some other program during the race.

I still like Hobbo, the fun drunk uncle of race commentators.

Next season will probably be the one in which I sign up for some other source of F1 coverage. Recommendations?
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:28 AM   #1968
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Overall a great day except for the boring race. MotoGP just kills F1 for entertainment value.
Ain't that the truth!! And the moto GP support races (can be) even better than the moto GP race itself

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Old 11-18-2013, 05:39 AM   #1969
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:43 AM   #1970
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:00 AM   #1971
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Contrary to some of the opinions already expressed here, I rather enjoyed the NBC race day coverage. Compared to the TSN coverage here it is gold. Our coverage starts about 30 seconds into the formation lap and usually finishes right after the trophy cerimonies to a regularly schedualed program. The rarely recap the points standing at the end. One time in qualifing one the clock hit zero and TSN jumped to the other programing without even letting the cars finish their laps. In that is BBC comentary with is enjoyable! But I will say this no one covers an event like american TV. I was pleasently surprised by the additional interviews with Alonso and Lewis! Wish we could get that kinda coverage but the CRTC has ruled it is bad for us canadiens...
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:15 AM   #1972
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Race was a bit of a snoozer, but at least it was hotter than hell :)

Much better organization at the track this year, and I was expecting a smaller crowd than last year, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was even bigger.

Traffic was insane getting out of Austin. Made it from my garage in Houston to the parking lot at COTA in 2:15 minutes this morning. My buddy smoked four slabs of ribs, three briskets and a few chickens at his RV, so we hung out and gorged on BBQ porn after the race and left the track around 5, and didn't get home until after 9. They need to do some sort of contralane or something on 21 and 71 after these races. Heading north to Austin was even worse than east to Houston.

Overall a great day except for the boring race. MotoGP just kills F1 for entertainment value.


Glad someone was actually there. What did tickets cost, arm and leg?

Other than the technical difficulties at the end NBC did pretty well. I was unsure how the DRS works. Those pit stops were pretty fast!
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:27 AM   #1973
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My parking pass cost me $250, which I thought was a wise investment after enduring the shuttles from downtown Austin last year. In retrospect, considering I only used it Sunday and there is now tons of parking available right along 812 outside the track this was a wast of money and I'd just take my chances finding parking next time.

I get my tickets free, but I think they were selling general admission single-day tickets this year for around $60. I sat in a box right across from the podium, which is great for the start, but really only gives a view of the final corner and the run-up to the first corner. I think the best vantage point is around turns 6-7 on the hill, which gives you a pretty decent view of quite a few corners, and you can see the long back straight from there, which is where a lot of (relatively speaking) passing happens.

Hopefully the big technical changes next season will shake things up and level the playing field with regards to Red Bull vs. the rest. All of the elements are there in Austin, with the exception of the actual racing.



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Other than the technical difficulties at the end NBC did pretty well. I was unsure how the DRS works. Those pit stops were pretty fast!
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #1974
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I think I recall race day tickets Last year were $125.
I'd guess they dropped it some this year, I'm confident attendance was higher too.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:10 AM   #1975
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Talking Track Closing Lap.

First pic,track opening lap from 18,and last pic I took this weekend from the inside of 1.
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I had a blast this weekend!
Vettel cool down lap!
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And I got the wing let from the Williams car That say's ORIS Swiss Watches on it!!
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #1976
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I wish I was able to make it to the race this year too. My buddies all had free tickets too... Looks like theres a lot of events that come along with the race that make everything a bit more interesting. Ferrari did an unveiling of their 458 raced out version... Beautiful car... woulda had a lot of fun checking that out.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:58 AM   #1977
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #1978
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Yeah, unfortunately. Nice day, though.
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #1979
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And was the audio on a delay? Things happened on track, then only after a few seconds the guys noticed it, like they were watching some other program during the race.
I noticed this too. It happened consistently throughout the race - something would happen and there was always a second or two delay before their was any comment about it from Diffey, Hobbs, or Machett, even on major things like a wreck or retirement. Odd technical glitch.

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I noticed this too. It happened consistently throughout the race - something would happen and there was always a second or two delay before their was any comment about it from Diffey, Hobbs, or Machett, even on major things like a wreck or retirement. Odd technical glitch.

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Yes, both in qualifying and the race itself. Also, they never got Buxton's audio level sorted, he was distorted on both days. Not the technical level you'd expect from a NBC national broadcast.
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