Thursday, 25 October 2007

The best way to watch F1 with no tv

Had a bit of a problem this weekend. I wanted to watch the Formula 1 final race of the season - Lewis Hamilton perhaps being the first rookie to win the driver's championship. With British pride at stake, the culmination of millions of pounds and hours of work, a three-way battle for the title between Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikonnen - it was the pinnacle of a years battle on the track.

The problem came about with no-where showing the race and me not owning a tv. Of course option 2 came along with the BBC motorsport website giving updates but it was a bit bland. All right, but not very interactive reading a few sentences every couple of laps on what was happening. I dug around on the internet and found a website that had the contract for the real-time data going to the commentators that was streamed over the web. Seriously cool! So duly signed up for a free account and then had the power of the internet bring the action to my very home. All the split times, fastest laps, positions, pit stops. The lot in super-geeky stats dynamically updating format.