What would you say is one of the more important aspects of television coverage of a Formula One, or indeed, any, race? The result?
Well, if you are a Fernando Alonso fan, a Sébastien Bourdais fan, a Force India fan, or follow any of the non-Ferrari and BMW F1 field, you’re out of luck. ITV decided to only show the first four cars crossing the finish line at today’s Bahrain Grand Prix (Felipé Massa followed by Raikkonen, Kubica and Heidfeld), cut to an advertising break and never even displayed the finishing positions of the remainder of the field either from the FOA feed or using their own graphics.
You can see the finishing results at the official Formula One website. Alonso was 10th, Bourdais was 15th, Force India finished 12th with Giancarlo Fisichella and 20th and last with Adrian Sutil.
Clearly the head of sporting coverage at ITV just hates motorsport as even when they do show it, they try and dump it on ITV4 to die (it doesn’t appear to be promoted on any of the other three ITV channels, at least during shows and films I watch). If ITV could show I’m a Celebrity twenty-four hours a day, every day, they would.