Just How Biased Are the BBC?
Last season I created the highly popular New Teams Championship, which saw success to Heikki Kovalainen and Lotus Racing, and was even read at one stage by the champion himself, as well as endorsements from Virgin Racing and a few other lovely people.
Despite the fun I have had covering it, it is time for a change. Although the three teams all remain, they are going to be closer to the other teams, more than likely scoring their first points, and generally not worth comparing. Of course I’ll look at them later in the season to see how they have progressed, because I still love them, even Hispania.
But what for 2011, I was struggling for an idea for a while. And then I was inspired, whilst listening to the F1 Preview on 5Live, as hosted by Jake Humphrey, I began noting the mentions of Sauber (which was two), then noted the high lack of mentions for some of the other teams, say Force India, Toro Rosso and Virgin Racing.
And then looking back to last season, I remember the massive amount of criticism aimed towards the BBC for their apparent bias to Red Bull.
So here is the plan, each race weekend, 19 of them (please don’t reschedule Bahrain Bernie, 20 will be too much), I will look at the pre and post qualifying and race build-up and see how much time each team gets. Simple.
By the end of it, we’ll all have an understanding of which team favours the BBC, or if it was a massive waste of time and I could have spent that time doing something far more productive.
This is less of a championship and more of an investigation, hopefully an interesting one too. I’ve put this post up several weeks in advance to hear everyone’s thoughts on this idea, or if you have any other ideas I could take up.