F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Who was big 'down under' in Oz GP?

Jenson Button may have won the race, but did the real star of the Australian Grand Prix lurk further down the field? Vote now....

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March 19, 2012 11:04 AM

My pick, Button for sure. It was a dominant performance from start to finish. Setting the fastest lap on the second last lap of the race goes to show how in control he was the entire race.

@ DJ

Thanks, interesting. I didn't know that.

Gr8 to see The Iceman back on track. IF Lotus keep the car moving forward and not do what they did last year, we could see another podium contender.

I honestly thought the incident between Massa and Senna was Massa's fault as Senna was ahead when it occurred, but if Senna has admitted fault I guess I am wrong. I have never liked Maldonado much, but what a drive from him.

Caroline - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 11:08 AM

Sky were big down under, they took over 80 staff to the race, however they were tiny in the UK.

Overnight viewing figures show an 88.5% drop in people watching the race live in the UK compared to last year.

hotshoe - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 11:19 AM

IF you are right when you say Button is hopeless at overtaking, this must mean that I, along with around 600 million other tv viewers were mass hallucinating when we watched the Canadian GP last year.
Being at the back of the field at one point in the race he had to overtake everyone, some people more than once, and he won the race.
Unfortunately, for those of you who continue to say Jenson is rubbish, he will just keep winning, like he did yesterday, oh yes, and with the fastest lap too.
I am a Jens fan, but first an F1 fan, so unlike many of you I can still say Very well done Alonso on a fine drive, BUT(I am not one of his fans). Credit where credit is due.
Welcome home Kimi.


March 19, 2012 11:34 AM

hotshoe. whilst buttons drive in canada was good, he didnt pass 23 other cars, on the road. he made up one entire lap due to safety car, and as his pit stops were out of phase, he passed other cars whilst they were in the pits being reshod.
but all that is over and done with.

caroline, you yourself explained how the tams were calculated. now, if the 1000 sample viewers did not contribute to sky, then you would have come up with the rating of 100% down. but if you sampled 1000 sky viewers, you could well get a near 100% watching! its all a vague guestimate.


March 19, 2012 11:35 AM


Exactly. Or the Hungarian grand prix? Or the fact he was the driver with more overtaking menouvers than any other last year?

There were so many drivers to mention from the race for different reasons.

Caroline - Unregistered

March 19, 2012 11:41 AM


I think you will see Sky figures that combine Sky+ and repeat showings, as a way to soften the figures, although most of these viewers will not be the crucial 'unique viewers'.

Sky were pitching the channel to advertisers and sponsors with figures 5 times higher than they achieved.

So as not to show any bias, the BBC's figures were only 1.7 million higher for the 'prime time' highlights package as they were for the early morning live show last year, and the combined figures were quite a bit lower ... Early days but the crucial unique viewer figures seem to have collapsed.

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