Lewis' top 5 Grand Prix

mjo

Procrastinating
Contributor
Well, I suppose it's better than a repeat of Japan '89 or '90! However, if you type into google: bbc classic f1 1989(for example) it will come up with all the bbc classic races that have been used over the past 3 years for the particular year - there are some really good GP's hidden in there, and they're not at risk of being taken down by Bernie and his comrades
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
So am I, I expected Senna to feature, but maybe it says something that the two guys who picked their own races are Vettel and Hamilton.

Four great drives from Lewis though! Pity the 2008 German GP was replaced by Monaco, but hey!
 

f1fansp

Points Scorer
Well, I suppose it's better than a repeat of Japan '89 or '90! However, if you type into google: bbc classic f1 1989(for example) it will come up with all the bbc classic races that have been used over the past 3 years for the particular year - there are some really good GP's hidden in there, and they're not at risk of being taken down by Bernie and his comrades

http://www.huwselby.com/f1/f1vids.htm
 

Fenderman

Rooters Reporter
To be honest, I've been disappointed with all of the drivers choices this season. There have been a number of repeats and far too many of the races are too recent thus missing opportunities for younger viewers to learn some of the sports history. I have found myself clicking crazily on YouTube or hunting down keke's and cider's clips in CTA to satisfy the lust for classic GP's. The guys at the Beeb would be well advised to do the same as there are some real gems out there for Red Button presser's to get their teeth into.

Sorry, Lewis, not impressed. stick to your day job.
 

f1fansp

Points Scorer
There have been a number of repeats and far too many of the races are too recent thus missing opportunities for younger viewers to learn some of the sports history.

Sorry, Lewis, not impressed. stick to your day job.

It is a bit pointless at the moment; either 10 minute snippets of very recent races, or Spa 2000/ Japan 198? (please excuse my ignorance, clearly I do need to watch that clip).
As you say, there must be some good races left in the archive we haven't seen so far.
It was never done democratically, and certainly isn't with the driver choices this year, so Benson might as well just pick a decent (doesn't even have to be a classic) and put on the full 40 minute highlights, with a brief description of the race in the blog.

On the Hamilton selection, he seems to say in the interview 'favourite GP wins' (or maybe I misheard 'races') and JH was picking the selections of Monaco and Britain
 

Fenderman

Rooters Reporter
Back in 1996 when ITV grabbed F1 from the Beeb they started the season off with an all night special called Grand Prix Night. It was a collection of documentaries and movies interspersed with in studio segways with Clive James (Aussie comic presenter extraordinaire) and assorted guests from the sport. Later in the year or maybe the following season (can't remember exactly) they put on Stirling Moss Night. Again, this was a collection of documentaries with in studio chat segways with Alain de Cadenet (motorsports presenter, writer and ex Le Mans racer) and assorted guests. The formats were possibly a bit eclectic but if one is really interested in motorsports they were great evenings, especially, with a fridge full of Scrumpy Jack and Newcastle Brown Ale.

Now, I wonder what it would take for the Beeb to really put the red button channels to good use and give us something like that recycling during the lead up to first practise? They could do a deal with Duke Video which is where ITV sourced their stuff, surely?

Oh, but maybe I've just got this romantic notion that Aunti Beeb is the pinnacle of TV!LOL
 

KekeTheKing

Banned
Supporter
Lewis definitely has a slew of memorable races in his relatively young career, for reasons both good and bad, but there is one race that will forever stick out in my memory.

The 2008 Chinese Grand Prix. It certainly wasn't the most exciting GP ever staged, but I remember it as one of Lewis' most dominant, flawless drives, and evidence of what this guy can do when he's got a great car underneath him. Not to mention exercising the demons from the year before.

I remember this one for personal reasons as well, and these memories are probably more vivid than the race itself. As I stumbled into the living room at 2:30 AM to discover that the TV/Cable combination was experiencing technical difficulties, I quickly awoke into a slight panic. This couldn't be happening. There was only one other option, check the bedroom TV. Amazingly, the wonderment of light and sound filled the room. But there was still one more obstacle. How could I possibly enjoy this seriously tense end-of-the-year Grand Prix in a manner that would not wake, and potentially irritate my then girlfriend, now wife. Well, I swallowed hard, sidled up beside her, and whispered in the nicest possible terms, "You're gonna have to get out of bed".

The fact that I'm here today to tell you this tale today is certainly one that helped me realize that gal might be a keeper.
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
If you want to question Lewis' talent, I'd point you to the races he himself mentioned, and Germany 2008, and his wins in 2009.

If you were to question his temprament or to call him a choker, the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix, on the back of a bad run of form and with the title close to being on the line and in the place he lost the previous year's title in ludicrous circumstances, well...

The pressure was immense and he Vetteled it!
 

F1ang-o

Race Winner
Contributor
I'm a little surprised the Lewis, like Seb only went for races from his career but there are some cracking drives in there.

Lewis' top 5
In interviews, Lewis has often said, that he doesn't watch the races he competes in. So unless he chooses races pre 2007 that he has watched, his view, from his car, in the races he has competed in are all he can choose from.
For me Spa 2008.....great win for LH, gifted to Felipe...unbelievable
 

Slyboogy

World Champion
Contributor
Kovaleinen's performance always dropped off, seems like a qualifying specialist, but during those races in 08-09 he always went backwards in a race, always a mystery to me, and how he only won one race is beyond me...

So I would say China 08 was the last time, maybe Canada 2010 but wasn't that dominant.

Did anyone else notice, that they didn't show Hungary 09? And also James Allen and Martin Brundle's commentray for the 2007 Canadain GP was used? Anyone know why?
 

mjo

Procrastinating
Contributor
And also James Allen and Martin Brundle's commentray for the 2007 Canadain GP was used? Anyone know why?
Before, they used to get Legard to do a summary if 5live wasn't available, but now he's not there they don't as I assume that Brundle doesn't really care if ITV commentary is used. Either that, or, as part of the cost-cutting measures, it was just cheaper to use ITV instead of syncing 5live to the world feed
 
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