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Andrew Benson | 06:00 UK time, Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Jenson Button has enjoyed arguably the finest season of his Formula 1 career. The McLaren driver may have won the world title in 2009, when he was driving for Brawn GP, but his driving in 2011 has been even better.

So much so that former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore, who dropped Button at the end of 2002, has even been forced to admit that he "never realised" the Englishman was "that good".

Button's three victories in 2011 - including his remarkable climb from last to victory in Canada - were among the very best of the year.

Even more impressive than that, though, is Button's achievement of finishing above compatriot and fellow McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton in the standings. Hamilton, a man widely thought of as the fastest driver in the world, has never before been beaten by his team-mate.

Given his remarkable year, it is appropriate that Button is in the hot seat for the final edition of this year's BBC Sport's classic F1 series.

As regular readers will know, we have asked all F1 drivers for their five favourite races of all time, serialising them ahead of each grand prix.

The drivers have been free to choose whether to interpret the question as a request for their selection of the five greatest races of all time, or for their favourite races from their own career - or a selection of both.

Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, for example, chose their own races, while Mark Webber picked several all-time classics. Fernando Alonso went for a mix - as has Button.

Making the selection was not easy for Button - as you will find out if you read on or watch the video embedded below - but what a choice it is. There are two historic races that would be on many people's lists of greatest grands prix ever, plus three from the 31-year-old's own career that could also be on that list.

In Button's own words, here is his countdown from five to one:

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5) Britain 1987

"Nigel Mansell at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1987, when he pulled an epic dummy on Nelson Piquet into Stowe and went on to win the race. It was an amazing race to watch, especially dummying his team-mate like that."

4) Europe 1993

"Ayrton Senna annihilated everyone, overtook five cars on the first lap and was leading when he crossed the line. An amazing race. I was actually there watching it. It was one of the first races I saw live."

3) Germany 2000 (in Button's maiden F1 season with Williams)

"I had a problem at the start, well, the pre-start and had to start last. I fought my through in wet conditions and finished on the tail of David Coulthard. He finished third, I finished fourth and that was almost my first podium in F1. It was an amazing race for me fighting my way through. It was also at the old Hockenheim track with the long straights, so it was pretty scary in wet conditions. (Editor's note - the race was memorable for another reason - Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello won from 18th on the grid, in a race marked by a safety-car period following a track invasion)

2) Brazil 2009

"My second favourite race of all time would be Brazil 2009. This is a tricky one for me because it was either this one, when I clinched the title, or my first ever win in Hungary 2006. But I've chosen Brazil, mainly because it clinched me the world title.

"It was a very aggressive drive through the field from I think it was 14th or 15th on the grid. I don't even know where I finished, but it was one of those races, fighting my through, knowing every single point counted to winning the world championship. I really wanted to get it wrapped up before heading to Abu Dhabi - and that's exactly what I did."

1) Canada 2011

"My favourite race of all time has to be the Canadian Grand Prix this year. It's tricky because every win really matters to you and really means a lot and you remember pretty much every lap. But I've chosen this one because of what I went through, the high and lows throughout the four hours.

"To come away with that victory after being 21st and fighting my way through to first on the last lap of the race, that's a race I will remember forever.

"That's the one, if I have kids, I will first mention to them when they start watching Formula 1. I'll say: 'Daddy used to do that and he used to be all right. And he won the Canadian Grand Prix.' And I'll put it on 'play'."

The highlights programme broadcast on the BBC on the evening of the Canadian race is embedded below. Beneath it are long and short highlights of Vettel's victory in last year's Brazilian Grand Prix, as a warm-up for this weekend's action in Sao Paulo.

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WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
WATCH EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

The classic races will also be available on the BBC red button on digital television in the UK.

On Freeview, they will be broadcast only between first and second practice at the Brazilan Grand Prix - from 1355 to 1555 GMT on Friday 25 November.

On satellite and cable, the races will be broadcast from 1500 on Wednesday 23 November to 1400 on Thursday 24; from 1500 on Thursday until 1155 on Friday and again from 1355 to 1555 on Friday.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    All great choices Jenson, Canada was superb, the best 4 hours of racing and commentary I have watched! Just a pity the BBC has destroyed the award winning team.

    No to Sky!
    Yes to RTL and 5Live

  • Comment number 2.

    Interesting choices but why oh why oh why do you now hide this feature? Last time it was intro'd by a tweet, and this time - nothing - I had to search 'Classic Fq1' 'Blogs', 'Andrew Benson' and then saw a tiny reference on the right hand panel (Elsewhere on the BBC)!!! Shameful but what we've now come to expect
    No2Sky
    No2 F.5
    No2PPV
    Yes2 FTA
    Yes2F1
    Yes2 RTL+R5L

  • Comment number 3.

    Great choices which reflect Jensons love of the sport before and during his time in it.

    I too am a little baffled as to why this now has less coverage on the F1 page. The new trend appears to be to close comment sections as quickly as possible, because the BBC don't like what they are hearing.

    The net is closing on your illegal deal BBC/Sky.

    NO TO Sky.

  • Comment number 4.

    Great choices by Jenson and a reminder of what a great drive through the field in Brazil to win the championship when he was under so much pressure. Also Canada 2011 (not 2010 Andrew!) is now one of my favorite races of all time. Watching the coverage live and in full on the BBC was such a privilege.

    The annoying thing now is I have to go and watch the German RTL station so I can view all races as paying minimum £40 a month isn't an option never-mind £60 or whatever it is for HD. Even if I had the money, wouldn't pay a penny to that company with what their main shareholder has been connected with.

    A question to Jenson & Lewis would be when they were growing up and their families were trying to scrape together to cover the cost of racing would they have had Sky? and why have they not spoke out against this deal as it is obvious millions not thousands will be missing viewing races next year. If don't believe them figures do a research on BARB on the coverage reach difference between BBC1 and Sky.

  • Comment number 5.

    @4 Why should drivers speak out for/against the deal? It's not their job to comment on TV coverage/TV deals.

  • Comment number 6.

    Top choices from Jenson - all of them classic examples of drivers being in the Zone. Mansell in 87, Senna in 93, Barrichello in 2000, then Jenson himself in the last two. They were all driving out of their skin.

  • Comment number 7.

    Great choices Jenson, Canada was a fantastic race to watch, live and uniturputed.

    Shame we probaly wont be able to see such coverage again.

    Yes to terristrial TV.

    No to limited highlights.

    Yes to full reruns of non live races on terristrial tv in 2012.

  • Comment number 8.

    Delightful personal touches, Jenson. Canada 2011 should be made into a film! Fabulous end to the season - congrats to all on and off the screens - and again esp for the unbeatable coverage in Montreal.

  • Comment number 9.

    NO TO SKY.


    Good choices from Jenson, especially Canada '11. One wonders how Sky would feel about covering a 2 hour rain delay without adverts........

    NO TO SKY.

  • Comment number 10.

    Surprised Hungry 2006 wasnt in there...!

    Last chance to say this for the season - No to Sky.

    Enjoy the last race of the season on the BBC everyone, next season wont be the same.....

  • Comment number 11.

    Great choices Jenson. Canada will live to be one of the best races I have ever had the previledge of watching. Brazil 09 was edge of your seat stuff too just like the year before!

    Yes to RTL + R5L

    Big fat NO to sky

    How are people getting thier RTL next year?

  • Comment number 12.

    Great selection by a great racer. This is my lunch break sorted :).

    Canada 2011. I remember sitting in my girlfriends front room watching it with her and her Mum for four hours and when he skipped past Vettel I went mental ran thru the house was the best feeling I have experienced whilst watching Formula 1.

  • Comment number 13.

    Looking forward to Brazil on Sunday but it will be a sad day as like a lot of others it's the last F1 race I'll be watching.

  • Comment number 14.

    Great choices Jenson, not the usual 'all mine' or 'Prost/Senna' selection. It does always help that you drove an excellent race in Brazil '09 and won a future classic like Canada '11. Loved the Canada coverage this year.

    Not to Sky

  • Comment number 15.

    Jenson is Winning! Some good choices there :)

    The only sky I'll be watching next year will be the one above our heads as I remember what it's like to roam free in the great outdoors on a Sunday afternoon.

  • Comment number 16.

    I recorded Canada and I never got to see the full coverage after the restart when it switched to BBC2. I know all 4/5 hours of it might be a big ask but at some point either now or next year as part of the build up to Canada 2012 can you put the full race up online?

    Cheers

  • Comment number 17.

    Lovely to see a driver picking classic races from history rather than just the ones they've partaken in. Excellent choices too. Jenson's clearly an F1 fan as well as a driver.

    #8 - I agree. Canada '11 would make a superb film. Jenson's charge, Seb's slip-up and the superb showing from the old regenmeister.

  • Comment number 18.

    Good choices Jenson, respect for your driving this season as well, hope you finish 2011 in style.

    "That's the one, if I have kids, I will first mention to them when they start watching Formula 1. I'll say: 'Daddy used to do that and he used to be all right. And he won the Canadian Grand Prix.' And I'll put it on 'play'."

    Nice one, my boy started watching F1 this season and has enjoyed the racing he has seen, he likes RedBull as they are cool bcause they do stunt bike jumping and snowboarding (kids eh!). Shame that Brazil 2011 will be his last race though, at £60 or $100 per race for the SkyHD races I'd rather go karting with him and still have enough cash for lunch out.
    Cheers,

    No to the pathetic BBCSky deal.

  • Comment number 19.

    Well done Jenson!

    NO to sky...

  • Comment number 20.

    @5 stevvy1986

    "Why should drivers speak out for/against the deal? It's not their job to comment on TV coverage/TV deals."

    So if its not part of Jenson's job description to care that millions of his home country's fans are not going to be able to watch him race at every GP next year because of a shady underhand deal then guess you are right stevvy1986.

  • Comment number 21.

    Nice selection by Button.

    Have a good race this weekend!

    (.. and here's the obligatory "No to Sky")

  • Comment number 22.

    Great choices Jenson especially Silverstone 1987 :-)

    As for the comments on these blogs can we not now please shut up about BBC/Sky, we get that you all don't like it, but enough now. It's tedious and not really what the comments section is intended for.

  • Comment number 23.

    Great selection from a great racing driver. I'm glad to see that everyone enjoyed Canada '11 as much as I did - rain delays have never been so good!

    I'll never get bored of watching Senna at donnington either and I reckon that Jenson is the only one of the current crop of drivers who could match that kind of pace in changable or wet conditions, so it's very appropriate that this choice features in Jenson's favourites.

    For the last time this season:
    YES to R5L, YES to RTL

    NO to Sky

  • Comment number 24.

    @22 tiggerspp wrote:
    As for the comments on these blogs can we not now please shut up about BBC/Sky, we get that you all don't like it, but enough now. It's tedious and not really what the comments section is intended for.


    Sorry bud not going to happen:D

    Great choices canada 2011 is a great race we will never see its like again on the bbc.

    No to sky!:)

  • Comment number 25.

    good choices jenson, loved canada 2011, even if it was 5 hours long!

    NO TO SKY
    NO TO PPV
    YES TO FTA
    on that note, i wonder how much extra viewers RTL are going to get next year?

  • Comment number 26.

    @1.StevenChapman6

    Agreed, Sky would never have been able to cover the Canadian GP in such an extensive way, they'd have gambling adverts every 3 minutes for a start.

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  • Comment number 29.

    Great choices from Jense there. Would have been nice to have long highlights of Britain 87.

    RIP to the best coverage this sport has ever had. I can't afford to pay Rupert Murdoch and his phone hackers, so I've going to have to brush up on my German over the winter.

    Cheers BBC

  • Comment number 30.

    Some nice choices there, the perenial favorite of Donnington '93 for a more personal reason than some of the younger drivers, I cant help but feel that the current testing regs is hurting the newer drivers when faced with the conditions of Canada this year allied with the demand of results from the get go.

    I hope Tony Jardine looses his voice permenantly

  • Comment number 31.

    Good choices from Jenson. The Canada race was one of the all-time greats, and I'm guessing that's the last time such an epic day's racing will be watched by fans on the TV in such a fashion. Great race, great coverage and I was running around the front room screaming at the TV when Jenson crossed the line. Great coverage, Good times!

    Which makes it all the more sad that F1 will bow out in this ignominious fashion, with a wimper not a bang and the fans locked out of the racing when we should have at least two more seasons of racing. Shame on the BBC for stifling the debate and ignoring fans; for getting into bed with Sky, but I guess this is all about money.

    Is a new series of Total Wipeout due soon?

    Goodbye.

    Stu, a lifelong 'through thick and thin' F1 fan.

  • Comment number 32.

    What is all this RTL + R5L business? How is everyone going to get RTL next year?

  • Comment number 33.

    YES TO SKY

    NO to whiners who dont understand commercial realities

    Who doesnt have Sky TV nowadays anyway??!?

    "too expensive" - really? if you are a real sports fan (like me who likes all sports including F1) you will pay X amount per month to have all the glorious sport channels at your fingertips!!

    Here is some advice, reduce your weekly intake of takeaways, cigarettes and lagers, and put the saved money towards your sky subscription fee!! SIMPLES. Having a Sky subscription is quite a common thing yet listening to people on here it sounds like it is the most ludicrous suggestion ever. I know that you would prefer to have everything you wanted to watch all within the same 5 channels so you have nice cheap TV for one license fee - but that isnt the world we live in, sorry!

    It is still going to be F1 racing, as good as you may think Jake etc are, no matter whose face you look at after the opening credits, you are STILL GOING TO BE WATCHING RACING.

    There are far more important things going on in the world that you should think about campaigning for before Sky's flipping F1 deal.

    Sorry for raining on your big parade guys, but someone has to tell you all to get real!

  • Comment number 34.

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  • Comment number 35.

    Now Jenson talks with that annoying rising inflection that is everywhere....why do people talk like that? It's supposedly a sign of insecurity but Jenson Button doesn't strike me as at all insecure so why has he started talking like that?

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  • Comment number 37.

    Good choices from Button, my favourite f1 driver. Dissapointing that the bbc has lost the coverage but excited to see what sky have to put on.

    YES TO SKY

  • Comment number 38.

    A marvellous F1 season, a magnificent BBC team - had such fun this year, loved the coverage. Unimaginable to think anyone could do it better - humphrey/brundle/coulthard/jordan combo brilliant - and everyone behind the scenes! Great viewing figures, British drivers doing really well, most teams based in GB, award winning coverage. a sport we can be justifiably proud of.
    Brazilian GP set to be amazing, bit of rain forecast to spice it up! Unless someone does something about this rubbish bbc/sky deal it will never be the same again - sunday will be sad as half of me will be upset that this is the last race of the last season when i have been able to watch all races live. BBC why have you done it??....you've let us down.

    Great choices Jenson.....good luck!

  • Comment number 39.

    @33 tenipurist,

    About time someione said it like it is!!! Well done.

    Also people would do well to remember that F1 is a global sport, a few UK viewers turning off isn't going to do it much harm!

  • Comment number 40.

    I for one am also sick of these No 2 Sky comments. I really enjoy F1 it's not my favourite sport but I always watch the races when I can and I believe the BBC's coverage is the best of any sport including Sky's Cricket coverage which is pretty fantastic.

    Which bring's me to my point why is F1 so special it deserves to stay completely on terrestrial television? There are more Football, Rugby and Cricket fans in this country but they have to make do without subscriptions or the very minimal coverage on the television. It just strikes me of throwing the toys out the pram because it now effects you as opposed to other people. And I'm personally tired of every blog where I want to discuss the sport degenerating into this rubbish.

    Please remember your still getting half the races live on terrestrial television which is far more than fans of most other sports will ever get.

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  • Comment number 42.

    @TeniPurist

    "Here is some advice, reduce your weekly intake of takeaways, cigarettes and lagers, and put the saved money towards your sky subscription fee!!"

    For your information we are not all fat slobs who rate takeaways, fags and lager at the top of our priority lists.

    Secondly, I watch 2 sports throughout the year; F1 and Snooker (3 if you count Wimbledon), so I would love to know why I should pay an extra £180 to watch 10 races?

    Back to the subject: good choices Jenson, the race in Canada generated loud cheering from my son and I when Vettel slipped off the circuit! I am also surprised that he didn't include his maiden win.

    NO TO SKY

  • Comment number 43.

    @drdrc390
    Absolutely agree on the humphrey/brundle/jordan/coulthard mix, great chemistry and experience. I hope that for the sake of the sport they all go get jobs at Sky F1, but somehow I doubt that will happen anytime soon at least.

    @TeniPurist
    Subscription for 1 year: £720, TV license £140, total cost to me £860. That's a bit more than just a few takeaways.

    Still amongst all this Sky/Beeb mess, I am quite looking forward to Jonathan Davis and Anthony Davidson on sundays in future, they do a very good job and anyone who is stuck without TV coverage next season should give them a listen this weekend! All is not lost.

  • Comment number 44.

    Some great choices from Jenson. Canada has got to be an all time favourite for me, it was just amazing to watch. I was literally on the edge of my seat for much of the race and leapt in the air when Vettel went wide on the last lap.

    In other news: I don't know why everyone's got a downer for Sky. I think the coverage is going to be just as good as that of the BBC, just look what they did for football.

    Most people already have Sky or Virgin, so it won't be too much trouble add a new motorsport channel for 9 months of the year if you're a true fan.

  • Comment number 45.

    Also I should state I know plenty of sports fans who cope just fine without Sky either due to affordability or hating Rupert Murdoch.

  • Comment number 46.

    Anyone else getting bored of this no to sky business?

    If your really that passionate about something then you would find a way of watching f1. ie RTL? I'm actually looking forward to sky's attempt at f1 as I feel they will raise the bar and cover more than just F1.

    Interesting choices from button. Looking forward to the old hockenheim

  • Comment number 47.

    Great choices, great bloke, great driver.

    No to Sky.

  • Comment number 48.

    Good choices although i'm too young to remember mansell in 87 and Senna was a big part of my interest in the sport in the first place.

    Personally wouyld have gone with Hungary 06 which whilst not necessarily being my favourite race is my favourite moment in F1 and reignited a passion for the sport that i'd lost from my childhood!

    NO TO SKY!

  • Comment number 49.

    some good choices from Mr Button (a nice guy and a quick driver)

  • Comment number 50.

    "I WANT {insert sport of choice here, in this case F1} TO BE ALWAYS ON TERRESTRIAL TV FOREVER AND EVER BECAUSE I LIKE IT AND I DONT WANT TO BE INCONVENIENCED IN ANY WAY. IT DOESNT MATTER THAT

    NOT. A. SINGLE. OTHER. SPORT.

    IS SHOWN EXCLUSIVELY ON TERRESTRIAL TV UNDER A NICE CHEAP TV LICENCE, I WANT TO WATCH ALL THE F1 I WANT AND I WANT IT TO BE FREE AND ANYONE SEEKING TO DENY ME THIS RIGHT IS EVIL AND WRONG"

    Come on guys, obviously the BBC does a good job and it will be sad to see BBC's F1 showing reduced, but the ratio of 'Incident : Outrage' is massively out of proportion here, like ridiculously!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Nice to see so many of you finally coming out in support of Sky Tv and finally having had enough of all the "NO to Sky" business, i've been saying the same things for weeks.

    Now, to the business in hand - some great choices by Jenson, unfortunately BBC dont seem to want to let us watch the highlights of certain races, commercial rights notwithstanding i wonder how much longer the Beeb will insist on pretending the ITV era didnt exist.

    I'll be trying to track down highlights of all of Jensons choice through the wonders of the internet.

  • Comment number 52.

    p.s. Who is this 'TOSKY' fella everyone is saying no to ??? Is he the latest Polish driver to enter F1 ???

  • Comment number 53.

    @40
    "Which bring's me to my point why is F1 so special it deserves to stay completely on terrestrial television? There are more Football, Rugby and Cricket fans in this country but they have to make do without subscriptions or the very minimal coverage on the television. It just strikes me of throwing the toys out the pram because it now effects you as opposed to other people. And I'm personally tired of every blog where I want to discuss the sport degenerating into this rubbish."
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    I think you may just have unwittingly proved the point about NO TO SKY!

    It's not about there being more fans for other sports or that F! is somehow more important it's about Sky monopolising sports coverage in this country. To say it's a case of throwing the toys out the pram now it's affecting F1 fans is a little narrow minded, I like many others watch more than just F1, i'm sure you yourself watch more than just one type of sport and increasingly it seems that you need a Sky subscription to do this.

  • Comment number 54.

    Nice to see a realistic set of favourite races from Jenson, he is a really down to earth guy. Next season it will be interesting to see how he interacts with Lewis Hamilton as they both go for the title.

    For those in favour of the SKY deal, please remember that a big proportion of the viewing public have a choice NOT to watch 'Pay To View' TV, and should be able to watch what they were promised would be on terrestrial TV. Simples.

  • Comment number 55.

    Not a bad selection from JB - nice mix. Generally agree on the Canada race being excellent even though I'm an SV fan really. JB's a good second though, so I was happy for him. :)

    @40 ncurd

    'Which bring's me to my point why is F1 so special it deserves to stay completely on terrestrial television?'

    The answer to this is nothing really. You're quite right in that the sport itself is no more special than the others you mention, excepting in the sense that say, to a passionate Rugby fan Rugby is far more special than say football.

    However, and this aside from individual financial considerations is the main bugbear here, there is a consensus in F1 (top down, I believe both Bernie and the team agree on this) that it should be shown on FTA channels in as many countries as possible.

    Now, combine this with the BBC contract not having expired and therefore the contract not being up for renegotiation with other interested FTA parties (ITV / C4) the dear old Beeb was able to sell out fans in this country who, had the beeb simply honoured their contract for one more year and then bowed out, would have been able to continue to watch F1 on FTA for the foreseeable, perhaps even indefinite future.

    Ultimately that's why we're getting 'NTS' written all over the place. Personally, I don't blame Sky one little bit - in their situation I'd take the deal, but the BBC on the other hand has totally lost my trust. Poor show. Thanks for nothing.

  • Comment number 56.

    @ 52 very droll!

    @ 50 again I think you're doing more to prove the NO TO SKY point than disproving it, the whole point of the argument is it's every sport that has this problem not just F1. I would love to see more than than half an hour of cricket on channel 5 (this is only when there's a major series) and more than an hour a week of football on the BBc but unfortunately I can't do this as Sky has pretty much monopolised sports coverage in this country. I speak as one who until recently had Sky and only got rid when I moved house (I shared the cost with my old housemate before) and it became too expensive to keep on my own.

  • Comment number 57.

    Great choices from a great driver, just one other thing although I would much prefer f1 stayed on BBC can everyone get over this no to sky and just accept that it's done.

  • Comment number 58.

    @53

    See I've got no problem with that argument or just a reasoned debate on that issue at all. Sky's monopolising of sport is a major issue that is effecting all sports fans I caved and got Sky for Cricket coverage just because it simply didn't exist on free to view television except in highlights for the odd key series. However I get the feeling that if this is where No2SKY debate for F1 is fighting for they are doing along the wrong battlelines. They are arguing that a sport currently show in it's entirety on free to view television should be still free to view, what they should be arguing for is hugely popular sports which don't get aired on free to view television at all.

    I get the disappointment of the sport in some respects to Sky Television. however if you reasoning for kicking up a fuss is about the monopolising you should be fighting for sports that don't get aired not the ones that do.

  • Comment number 59.

    @ TeniPurist

    Maybe its not all about trying to stuff as many Sky Sports channels down our throats as possible to make the considerable cost stretch further, and more about having some choice as to where we can watch our sport so we don't have to give money to a family that has a company in their portfolio that condones the horrible actions we've all seen in the press...

    I have always boycotted Sky and will continue to do so.

    NO to Murdoch!

  • Comment number 60.

    The Sky/BBC deal (rightly or wrongly) is something we have to come to terms with.
    I can remember when the coverage went from BBC to ITV that it was the end of the world and F1 would never be the same. But we grew with it and the 'show' carried on.
    I can understand why some don't want to pay £45/month though but the world has changed and as mentioned before the ideal of having everything you want on only TV licensed channels is commercially outdated.

    I was actually lost to F1 from about 1997 to 2003 until my wife to be got me back into it.
    The race that actually cemented my return was the Monaco 2004 race where Jenson drove really well to come 2nd (in a BAR car from memory) but could never pass Jarno Trulli. It felt a really exciting race as he chased his maiden win. My love affair with Jenson started from that point and I think he is excellent in all racing depts - how he deals with the media, how he drives, how he copes with the Hamilton dynamic.

    I hope the Brundle grid walk is retained.

    One last point is what happens to Lee McKenzie? - she is talented at what she does and would be a loss if she disappears from either coverage.

  • Comment number 61.

    I have a Sky suscription but I don't have a Sky Sports subscription and don't see why should I buy one to watch only half the races especially as I wouldn't watch any other sport on it.

  • Comment number 62.

    Where's everyone complaining cos he's chosen some of his own races ? Oh wait it's Jenson not Seb so it's OK.

    YES to Sky !

  • Comment number 63.

    Some excellent choices from Jenson, Canada 2011 is an instant classic. I do remember in Germany 2000 about 3 laps in Murray Walker said something like "Barrichellos never won a grand prix and being down in 18th place hes certainly not going to win this one!" So of course he did. Really hoping this feature can stay on next year...

    And the Sky thing.
    I'm pretty bored of it, I mean it does seem a bit pointless just saying things on a blog when theres very little chance of anyone listening. Really (although this may seem unbelievable to some people) can't afford Sky, so this is probably the end of F1 for me.

    Yes other sports are on Sky, and yes it does seem like simply complaining because as an F1 fan this does inconvenience me a lot. But I love and watch a lot of sports - cricket (haven't been able to see that for a while), football, F1, BTCC, athletics etc etc. I'd be happy to pay a higher licence fee to be able to see them all (and so everyone can see them all) 'free'. But like I say, simply can't afford 600 odd pounds a year.

    It does seem mental that instead of increasing the licence fee a little, we choose to pay extortionate amounts to a monopoly thats soul purpose is to make a rich man richer. Oh, and watch some adverts. But I guess its just those commercial realities that suit too many people in positions of power not to be seen as facts.

    Having said this the BBC really messed up the deal. Whether its justified or not, the licence fee is being cut so it needs to make savings. They could have chosen to negotiate exclusively with C4. Fans would accepted it. But they chose to compete with their 'rivals' and the only losers to this competition are people like myself who can't afford to pay Murdoch the £600 he so dearly needs.

    Its not going to affect F1 unduly - its a global sport - but as for F1 in this country, we can forget its newfound popularity.

  • Comment number 64.

    Great choices from Jenson.

    Absolutely NO to $ky. I can't get $ky in my location because of its geography. I'd like to invite all $ky supporters round to my house to watch the F1 coverage next year. I guarantee you'll be as disappointed as me!

  • Comment number 65.

    Great choices again Jenson and like the 'tache!

    No to sky and all that, but what really annoys are comments like this from the BBC regarding the new deal to cover Wimbledon tennis until 2017...

    "The new deal, which reaffirms the BBC's long term commitment to delivering the best sporting events to licence fee payers" taken from the article below...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/15470325.stm

    Strange how these statements come out whenever (and only) when it suites!

    For people who say "if you love sport then just pay up!" you don't live in the real world! £40-50 per month is a lot and if (like me) you have kids who are at the age where they're really getting into sports there is now 1 more sport they won't get to watch for a whole season and learn about the stories that develop over the season.

    I think I'm right in saying that the only sport next year that the BBC covers for a whole season is Moto GP, so I'm afraid that's what will be getting our attention next year!

  • Comment number 66.

    some great races there JB

    wish i could see them ALL next year

    as from Sunday evening F1 will never be the same again

  • Comment number 67.

    Erm, when all other drivers this year have chosen a rce they feature in they get a load of negative comments about theem not choosing "classic" races.

    So as soon as JB does its ok?

    Im not a big McLaren fan but I do enjoy watching JB race,

    but comon guys, all the times the FIA and the BBC team come under fire for special treatment of certain drivers/teams, and this is just what you are doing.

  • Comment number 68.

    @andrewgalea
    "Maybe its not all about trying to stuff as many Sky Sports channels down our throats as possible to make the considerable cost stretch further, and more about having some choice as to where we can watch our sport so we don't have to give money to a family that has a company in their portfolio that condones the horrible actions we've all seen in the press..."

    Well said.

    There are two clearly separate issues regarding sky coverage.

    One issue is whether sport (and specific sports) should be free to air or whether it is fair to expect people to pay for them.

    The second, and more significant point in my opinion, is who we choose to give money to.

    I for one have a serious problem with the notion of giving my hard earned money to an organisation I perceive as morally bankrupt and who are currently under investigation for criminal activity.

    Placing such considerations aside because one enjoys the sport in question is simply not a viable option for many people.

  • Comment number 69.

    How long have we known about the Sky deal now? And everyone is STILL going on about it? It's a done deal! Get over it. I'm gutted about it as well but saying 'No to Sky' repeatedly is not going to work is it? I thought this was a place to discuss F1 - not winge about what BBC, SKY or Tinkerbell are doing. Not going to comment on the article as obviously I'm in the wrong place.

  • Comment number 70.

    Good choices from Jenson. Shame, though, that among all the sports that the BBC seems able to cover not a single mention anywhere that I've seen of the amazing conclusion to the NASCAR Sprint Cup season last week. Many congratulations to Tony Stewart and the Stewart-Haas Racing team; Smoke's third NASCAR championship (adding to his IndyCar one), first owner-driver to win the championship since 1992, and the remarkable feat of winning 5 of the 10 Chase races. Kudos also to Carl Edwards - one of the most dignified performances from someone losing a major sporting title I've ever seen. Smoke's winning drive at Homestead was sensational - 117 passes in the race, coming from deep in the field (40th on one occasion) multiple times to retake the lead, winning in spite of damage from an early incident that left a chunk of Kurt Busch's transmission embedded in the 14 car's radiator ducting for most of the race!

    Oh, and it was pretty clear that Ecclestone never wanted the Austin GP to happen, as soon as they move the date to coincide with the last race of the 2012 Chase ... just how many people in the US did he think likely to turn up or watch on TV under those circumstances?

  • Comment number 71.

    @68

    The choice is there not to pay for Sky on these grounds and I do not believe still having half the races is nothing to be sniffed at. I know some massive sports fans who choose not have Sky on the basis of who runs the company they manage perfectly well.

    The problem is we have little choice in this country for separate sports channel choices become more of a bolt on to Sky rather than an alternative. This generally because Sky offers the most complete package in terms of which sports they show. We need to be fighting for more separation of the sports rather tan an all or nothing deal we get currently. F1 splitting half actually helps this argument those who are prepared to pay for Sky will get full coverage. Those who don't get half (but don't pay a premium and give Murdoch money). If more sports were to split their coverage deals across companies (and not always giving the bigger deal to Sky) we'd all get to watch some sport depending on what wish to buy in total and it would also drive costs down as the various companies compete.

  • Comment number 72.

    Good choices, will be interesting to see if JB can beat Lewis again next year.

    This year I have a lot more respect for Jenson as his wins have been more about attacking driving rather than just the car like when he won the WDC.

    IMO after so many years in F1 Jensons sudden improvement in form has a lot to do with what he's learned from Lewis and that's fair enough.

  • Comment number 73.

    @LawrieReilly oh yeah, there are so many reasons why this sport shouldn't be going to sky that I forgot the "I for one have a serious problem with the notion of giving my hard earned money to an organisation I perceive as morally bankrupt and who are currently under investigation for criminal activity" thing. Totally agree. Any organisation that didn't control half the media would have been taken down by the terrible revelations of the past months.

  • Comment number 74.

    All great choices Jenson, I won’t see how you get on next year but I wish you all the best and hope you can do one position better.

    Come on people, I think you’re missing the point here. It’s not Sky’s fault, the BBC have rolled over on this. I haven’t got Sky and won’t be getting it because I can’t afford it, after years of watching F1 the end has come for me (unless I can get RTL). Shouldn’t we really be saying NO TO THE LICENSE FEE until the BBC listen to the people that pay for their existence?

  • Comment number 75.

    Yes to Sky.

    Will be nice to know that I will be watching in the company of true fans of the sport next season.

    Well done BBC - I think your coverage is superb. Sky's will be better.

  • Comment number 76.

    I watched Canada this year on a cruise ship in port in Rome on German TV in my cabin. I missed the start of the race because the wife made me go for dinner (it was the first night!), so it took me a while to work out what was happening as I don't speak German, and everyone was just standing around in the rain when I switched on. Needless to say, the wife fell asleep before the race restarted, and was rudely awoken by me jumping up and down on the bed as Jenson took Vettel for the lead with the German commentators screaming "Jenson Button. Nein, nein, nein!" Made it all worthwhile. Needless to say the German tourists on the cruise were'nt too pleased to see me as I ventured out of my cabin at quarter to midnight in my Jenson Button t-shirt with a permanent grin on my face as I finally sampled the bars on board!

  • Comment number 77.

    @65 "the only sport next year that the BBC covers for a whole season is Moto GP, so I'm afraid that's what will be getting our attention next year!"
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    And even that's gone down the crapper with only 14-17 entries per race (plus some dullard wildcards!) That sport too is a victim of these harsh economic times, but DORNA decided to move from Eurosport to territorial FTA broadcasters and look what happened!? I recall the furore when Eurosport lost the rights and I still resist the live BBC broadcast and watch the re-live Eurosport one - those Bike Guys are simply the best!
    Back to FTA, I think that ITV4 do a great job in packaging the BTCC weekend into a whole-day show. The ads break up the events and the variety and racing is superb. (will this get modded out???!!! ;-p ITV4 shoulda had the F1 option!

    Still No2 $ky
    And even more NNNNOOOO to Merd-och!!

  • Comment number 78.

    On a seperate note, as for Sky, there Champions League coverage is absolutely exceptional, and I'm sure they'll be brilliant at F1 as well. I suppose plenty of people still expect something for nothing, but please STOP MOANING! F1 has no divine right to be free - to - air, so get over it and stop crying! As TeniPurist said, if you really are a fan, you'll pay. Anyway. I can't wait for next season, especially if Jenson keeps his current form up!
    Come On Jense!!

  • Comment number 79.

    @75 Nah mate, you'll still be on your own, remote in one hand little gas in the other as the 4lyBet totty flashes by every 4 mins!!!!

  • Comment number 80.

    @77 F1 is hardly struggling in these harsh economic times. I read an article yesterday about the struggles for riders getting into MotoGP and it said something like "even the top riders can be paid 6 figure sums per year!". What are the top F1 drivers on... £20m+ per year! Any business that can pay people that much isn't struggling!

    Economics has no part to play in this TV deal. Greed does and while the BBC have handled this in the worst possible way the fault lies with the F1 bosses.

  • Comment number 81.

    Brilliant work Jenson - good quality choices, I am going to miss watching your prowess on the track next year: it is not ever going to be the same. Disgraceful action by the BBC and Sky.

    No2Sky
    No2 F.5
    No2PPV

    Yes2 FTA
    Yes2F1
    Yes2 RTL+R5L

  • Comment number 82.

    @80, hardly any F1 teams pay their drivers £20m+ In fact half rely upon their drivers to bring cash to the rides! As for MotoGP, the sums are far smaller - yes, there are a few superstars out there, but for many teams, its crunch time. And that includes 2 from F1 next year who might not make it to the grid!!

    Never2$ly (gottit right that time!!)

  • Comment number 83.

    Some really good choices by Jenson, a really good mix of the old and the new.

    As to the sky deal, im really disappointed its gone to sky. It is one of a few sports that have specific fans that dont follow another one, so it wouldnt really be worth it for a lot of people. The quality of the coverage will have to be on a par with bbc and i really hope that there are no ad breaks during the race, although i strongly suspect there will be.

    Re 33 money isnt the only issue. Some people just cant get sky due to either an inability to pick up a signal or they live in rented accomodation etc.

  • Comment number 84.

    Nice choices and more to come... Sadly I won't be seeing them thanks to the BBC doing the dirty on us who pay their wages. Sky is unaffordable and undesirable. Typical other planet BBC behaviour.

    Keep your feet on the ground - say no to Sky.

  • Comment number 85.

    #83 Sky announced right at the start the coverage for the race will be uninterrupted.

  • Comment number 86.

    It seems to me that the people on here shouting how wonderful the deal from next year will be haven't seen the footage from said chanel, it reminds me of a time and temperature DJ, to go from award winning coverage to "it's 12:45 and the odds on the 1st fat marshall falling over clearing the track after the 1st accident are 1000:1 at lap 1 and 7:9 at lap 35..." forced into you ears by Tony my favorite colour is Beige Jardine. I have Sky but think £18/month for Sports is excessive for something i would use 1 every other week not at all in winter or the summer break.

  • Comment number 87.

    As everyone seems to be on there soap box about ths Sky deal, i will add that i wonder what people exactly think that Sky will add to things? Bernie's FOM broadcast the racing and choose what cameras are where and what you see, the only bit Sky have any influence on is commentators and all the rubbish either end of the race...

    With that in mind, how can anyone think that Sky are going to improve the show and its worth paying for? What exactly are they going to add to this?!?!? Or how can they do better features than we already have with the BBC? As thats essentially all they can do different.....

    Its a shame Sky is taking over F1, but then they seem to be taking everything else worth watching, be it a sport or other program they just buy the rights to. On the plus side though, i'll now have my weekends back to do something constructive!!

    Oh and great choices Jenson, always good to watch you race and a personality that seems genuinely interested and humble to do what he does without getting too caught up in the attention around it all!

  • Comment number 88.

    @63 Jack

    BTCC is on ITV4 - Free to Air (its on Freeview)
    Athletics - I've seen plenty of this when flicking through

    I only have Freeview btw and my household income means that we can't afford to get even a basic Sky or Virgin package, let alone the sports channels, and we can't afford to pay the extra for Sky Sports on Freeview TopUp.

    anyway, good choices by Jenson. For those who've said that he's picked his own races - 40% of those he picked didn't involve him at all, 20% had him playing only a minor role. Therefore, only a minority (40%) of the races he's chosen have been milestones for him

  • Comment number 89.

    Re 85

    Must have missed that one, cheers :)

  • Comment number 90.

    "Even more impressive than that, though, is Button's achievement of finishing above compatriot and fellow McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton in the standings."

    Whats impressive about finishing a few points ahead of a guy whose had a diabolic season - the worst of his career thus far - while you yourself has had an awesome season?

    Honestly?

  • Comment number 91.

    good choices. No to sky

  • Comment number 92.

    Also funny, he chose Canada as one of his fave's. A race where he punted Alonso and Hamilton out of the race and was then handed the lead at the end.

  • Comment number 93.

    Nice choices from Jenson. He has performed marvellously this year, been good for McLaren and will no doubt be given the No. 3 car in 2012. I still remember Jenson holding down a flapping helmet strap while at racing speed in I think, 2006. I'm suprised he didn't include Hungary 2006, but his excellent drive in Brazil in 2009 was so un-Button like I don't blame him for choosing it. And I'm a huge fan of Lewis...

    On yes, one more thing. No to Sky. To the Sky supporters, isn't there something in the Concorde Agreement about the broadcasting of F1..?

  • Comment number 94.

    The problem with using Football as an example of how great Sky coverage is of a sport is it's that Sky's coverage has done football no favours. For a start, a huge swathe of football fans used to settle down in front of the telly on a Saturday afternoon to watch the match on Grandstand. Now we don't, and if we can't afford Sky (and believe me little rich boys, some people actually can't) we don't see Premiership football any more. Worse than that, now we can't see all the national team's matches even, as Sky has some of those. So what happens is a gradual disenfranchisement from the sport, especially for those of us bored of watching only the top four play their matches when we go to the pub to watch. So we end up with big clubs in debt, players grossly overpaid and the game in danger of becoming a parody of its former self.

    It gets worse: towards the end of the season big title/relegation Premiership games often become pay-to-view. I'm an Aston Villa fan (for my sins), and when Sky phoned up to ask me if wanted Sky sports I said yes, on the condition I got to see all broadcast games as part of the package and didn't get stung with pay-to-view. No surprise what the outcome was. I'm not following my team through the season (as I have since being a boy cheering them on from the Trinity Road stand) to suddenly have to pay extra to watch them play McScruttock Rovers on the off-chance they were contenders for the title, but that's what happens. This will happen with F1 at some point, and you're going to pay even more to see all the races.

    So the Sky deal has nothing to do with fans, and everything to do with money. To those whining about the NTS people, then perhaps you might have the humilty to defer to those who have followed the sport through thick and thin for decades and are aggrieved to see the sport they love heading the way of top-flight football; after all, many of us have seen the loss of so many sports that are part of our culture and identity to money-men whose concern is for the shareholders dividends rather than the fans. This is why people feel betrayed, as the BBC was who we trusted for so many years, that carried the torch for sport and helped define us as a society, as well as individuals.

    F1 will end up like boxing. Lost forever because carpetbaggers and bean-counters got hold of the sport and destroyed it, alienated the fan base and made everyone pay and if you couldn't afford it, then sod you. For those who can pay then good for you, but don't think you're a true fan because you have the cash; by giving that cash to Murdoch et al then you're part of the problem and all your crowing is going to sound hollow when the sport is a shadow of it's former self, a sidelined relic of a bygone age of motorsport.

    The real tragedy is that after this excellent season, with the great coverage we've enjoyed the BBC has let us down, but then this perhaps a sign of the times. No longer does it represent us as a nation or individuals, at least not in sport. This is it's real failure, to keep the flame burning in the nation that loves motor sport more than any other, is it's natural home, for two more years before caving into the inevitable.

    This might not be the death of BBC Sport, but it's a sure sign that unless the BBC find's it's way back to looking after fans first, giving the best rather some half-baked compromise which is good for nobody then a golden age will have passed, and that is a real loss for us all.

  • Comment number 95.

    @50 Wrote

    "NOT. A. SINGLE. OTHER. SPORT.

    IS SHOWN EXCLUSIVELY ON TERRESTRIAL TV UNDER A NICE CHEAP TV LICENCE, I WANT TO WATCH ALL THE F1 I WANT AND I WANT IT TO BE FREE AND ANYONE SEEKING TO DENY ME THIS RIGHT IS EVIL AND WRONG"


    Except Wimbledon tennis. Or the World Cup. European Championships. Olympics.

    Not entirely sports on their own, but sporting events...I'm pretty sure there are others that are exclusive on FTA...and I'm pretty sure that audience figures for the above would absolutely plummet if they were on satelite/cable only.


    No to Sky.

  • Comment number 96.

    great choices by jenson gives me goose bumps everytime watching the canada gp.

    not happy about the sky deal but lets face it , its a buiness and they wonna get rich of it , these days its make as much cash as u can and ignore the fans untill there is no money then welcome us back with open arms.

    no i dont agree with it but i really cant stand to be without the f1 next year so already signed up for it and tbh i love it , kids watch cartoons all day and plenty of stuff on in the night for me and the wife to watch , also a football fan so see plenty of the football matches to.

    only thing i will miss is the brilliant bbc f1 coverage but with any luck sky will sign most of the f1 team to do skys coverage !

  • Comment number 97.

    In regards to post 33: 'YES TO SKY

    NO to whiners who dont understand commercial realities

    Who doesnt have Sky TV nowadays anyway??!?'

    I don't have Sky, I don't want Sky. Even if I win the Euro Millions on Friday I still would not get Sky. It's a matter of principle, something that a lot of people in the country don't seem to understand. The people who make these deals 'to benefit' the sport simply want to make more and more money. Do you really think Bernie needs more? Do you rally feel the teams are hard up and need a few more million from TV? If money is such a concern don't have so many a races. Don't fly to the far east, to Europe then back to the far east.

    What the BBC has done, which is something my wife/friends (who hate F1) is do is to make me feel more and more disinterested in F1, to dislike what the commintators are talking about and make me almost switch over when Mr. Jordon is talking.

    Thank you BBC for making me watch even less TV.

  • Comment number 98.

    Andrew:
    How dare you mention Flavio Briatore in any capacity - That man is a disgrace and his shameful and unforgiveable actions discredited F1 and ruined a promising career for one of his drivers. His opinions are worthless.
    As for this year being Buttons' best yet - well, he won the world championship in 2009 as you say. Are you quoting him, or is this just your opinion?
    Next, you'll be telling us all that Sky are the best thing since sliced bread!

    NO TO SKY!

  • Comment number 99.

    Just reading some of the comments and its interesting that the "true F1 fans" who don't mind giving money to Murdoch are nearly always such great fans that they just started posting comments on the F1 blog recently.

    Not saying only true fans have a long history of comments but I would like to see just one pro Sky person who has left comments on the F1 blog before the deal was announced.

    Again why would anyone argue paying more money for worse(will have advertisements everywhere except the race) coverage is better?

    Good luck to Jenson this weekend, but given his performances in wet conditions he won't need it.

  • Comment number 100.

    .
    Well done jenson !!

    . . .but with due respect, as for the Canada GP, if it wasn't for the Safety Car being called out three times, I doubt very much Button would have won that GP.

    Lets face it from last position in any normal course of event, even the best driver in the world would be hard-pushed to win from there. Unless of course fate conspired with large dose of good fortune to lend a hand as it did with Jenson in Canada.

    Let's not go over the top about it, but you won that all the same, well done !!

 

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