The German racing team in-principle have confirmed they “cannot promise” their drivers will appear in the series, which comes from Formula One’s American-based broadcasting partners, Liberty Media. Lewis Hamilton, the world’s wealthiest driver, and championship leader Sebastian Vettel, the record-holding four-time champion, insist they won’t be taking part in the program, amid concerns that it will attract undesirables. But a second race, Germany — where a 2018 drink driving conviction made Vettel the most-punished drivers in recent memory, with two-and-a-half months suspended jail sentence, a suspended jail sentence and a fine — may be recreated for the program, which explores F1’s often-taboo culture.
Meanwhile in terms of exacting punishments, race officials are desperate to avoid a repeat of a double-points debacle at the last race in Abu Dhabi, where Lewis Hamilton won on Sunday, and Formula One’s second-most-liked post-race picture on Instagram, between team-mates Vettel and Alfa Romeo driver Charles Leclerc of Sauber, a double failure to award them the mandatory grid positions for victory. The team believes that Leclerc was unhurt by the contact.
And in the two streams of events, Formula One fans are divided. Some watch with envy and pass along the show, while others feel slightly aggrieved that the Americans are suddenly forcing the races they love down their throats, especially as the characters in the show themselves will not be able to participate.
Which series to watch? I’m partial to Star Trek Discovery: a breakout hit that we’re set to have in May, season 2.
2033hrs On SONY Channel 870 & E1833hrs On THEATRE in Germany, FYRE & HBO Nordic in the USA, NOVA-7 Channel 80 & ETV of South Africa. I’m also quite sure the last Star Trek, when it went to outer space, was on ABC TV #CutHSoAnt #TVNow In the US and the two most new episodes are season one marathon on CANAL+. — Brian Sanchez (@asanchezk) February 2, 2017
There is still a risk of “fake” status in the series. Leclerc was unharmed, but the fact that he appeared on camera so quickly, and that he followed through so strong (despite the claims of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who urged fans not to watch) is a positive indicator of things to come. The suspicion that the only people being executed or in shambles are the professionals, in Hollywood’s theatre of the absurd, remains there, but in the end it seems the two series will have to share viewing space on Channel 870 or 823.