As we are midway through the festive break, and F1 news is at a minimum, thoughts are beginning to turn back towards the race weekends, if you are missing them and whether you can wait until they start up again. This isn’t going to be a question of whether you like the off-season or not, though. Today’s Thursday Thoughts question is nice and open.
What is your favourite part of an F1 weekend?
It could be from the point of view of simply sitting back at home, and watching the race. Maybe the entire Grand Prix is your favourite. Or it could be a specific moment when you are attending the event in person. Maybe it’s sitting at home and opening up the timing app. Who knows? You do.
Unbelievable. A nice simple question that is fiendishly hard for me to answer to. The problem is, I have now three different types of F1 weekends, and so naturally the favourite parts of them vary.
There was once a time I would have said “The F1 Debrief Live shows” but they do not seem to be running them anymore. Maybe it has something to do with a mascot Panda taking up all of the hosts’ free time?
Normal F1 Race (late Saturday Night / Early Sunday Morning race start)
From nothing more than an accident in geography, all but two of the races falls into a Sunday Morning or a Very late Saturday Night time slot here in the Eastern time zone of North America. There’s usually nothing I can do about Fridays, as I am at work. But Saturday Morning Qualifying and Sunday Morning Races are excellent as they still provide me with the opportunity to still enjoy the afternoon or evening in Tundraland. Of course there used to be the possibility that a F1 Debrief Live show would be held after the race that I would endeavour to watch, but normally I would have to rush to join a hike with a group of friends or go scuba diving somewhere very close by with others.
Brazilian Grand Prix (late Sunday Morning race start)
The first other race is Brazil. As it starts late in the morning, by the time it is over you are left in a strange twilight zone of time. Yes, there are tons of time to enjoy the rest of the day but everyone’s gone off to do their own thing. Heck you cannot even tune into the “F1 Debrief Live” show anymore…. Brazil has the opportunity to really kill my weekend if there’s a lousy race there. A lousy race in Interlogos ? – as if that ever going to happen….
Canadian Grand Prix (Mid Sunday Afternoon race start or live)
This leaves Montreal. Time wise a 2 pm start locally, as I am in the same time zone. So it has the potential to mess up my weekend. Montreal needs to be split into two parts depending if I am seeing it on TV or live. On TV, Montreal really messes up my weekend, as I live in the same time zone, the 2 pm start means that I cannot really get stuff going after the when you include preparations and dinner. Best you can do is to find a non-existent F1 Debrief Live show.
Montreal live is a completely different beast. For one thing, my weekend is extended and I have a blast. I now have other days that I normally do not have to enjoy things that I do during the weekend, I also get to see Free Practice 1, 2 and 3 and Montreal is an awesome city to roam around in. Best of all, Montreal is still civilized enough to heard to an English-speaking internet cafe and attempt to hunt down a non-existent F1 live debrief show.
So looking at these three very different types of F1 weekends I do have, I noticed that there is one thing very common to each of these outcomes. So obviously, it has to be my favourite part of a F1 weekend. …
Bring back the F1 Debrief Live Show ! Good Races or bad, Poor timing or not, it was the favourite part of a F1 weekend.