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BBC Sport blog editor | 17:09 UK time, Sunday, 26 July 2009

Hi all,

Murray Walker is away this week, so I will be standing in for him on his regular race review and preview and question and answer session.

So, please send me any questions you have about the Hungarian Grand Prix or Formula 1 in general and we will pick the best to show next Friday.

My race review will appear on this blog on Tuesday afternoon, and my European Grand Prix preview on Thursday 20 August.

Best wishes,



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  • 1. At 5:35pm on 26 Jul 2009, simon wrote:

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  • 2. At 5:49pm on 26 Jul 2009, turkeytrail wrote:

    Hi Johnathan, good to have you back. A wonderful race here in Hungary. Big congratulations to Lewis and my thoughts will be With Fillpe and his family. So we have seen a big change to F1 this weekend with a good handful of potential winners from now on. But what about the future effects of the championship? Who will be penilised first for over-using engines and when do you think this will begin to apply in the season?
    Thanks once again for your valued commentry.

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  • 3. At 6:02pm on 26 Jul 2009, Jonny wrote:

    Do you agree with the penalty that has been imposed on Renault for Alonso's wheel detatching from the car or do you think it should have been more/less punishing?

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  • 4. At 6:04pm on 26 Jul 2009, Jamie Giles wrote:

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  • 5. At 6:40pm on 26 Jul 2009, jigols wrote:


    Should Brawn now support Jenson in favour of Rubens in order to secure the drivers championship or not? Seven races to go, 70 pts up for grabs and JB has 70 pts to date.....With Brawn going 'backwards' and both the drivers and constructors championships being squeezed, what should happen?

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  • 6. At 6:57pm on 26 Jul 2009, iainstansfield wrote:

    Hi Jonathan I would like to know how many engines have the brawn and red bull drivers used to date and how many have they left

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  • 7. At 7:33pm on 26 Jul 2009, tranquility2k9 wrote:

    Hi Jonathan, my two possible questions for you to answer are as follows:

    1. If Mclaren are indeed going to be a force for the rest of the season if Heikki Kovalainen does not start to produce results that are worthy of a Mclaren driver, do you think he will be replaced for 2010?

    2. Do you think Brawn can become a race winning team again this season or is it going to damage limitation here on in?

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  • 8. At 7:33pm on 26 Jul 2009, Dave_Kub_5 wrote:

    Hello Jonathan,

    My question concerns the Williams team and in particular Nico Rosberg.

    Rosberg has had a storming few races and has been consistently in the points, finally converting practice pace into championship points.

    My question is, do you think that Williams are close to scoring a grand prix win before the end of the season, considering Rosberg's consistent race pace? Or at the least, a few podiums?

    I'm not sure if the same can be applied for Nakajima. I think he has been unlucky at times. e.g. Turkey

    I look forward to hearing your reply


    Dave - still a big Robert Kubica fan despite his poor season!!!

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  • 9. At 7:34pm on 26 Jul 2009, f1indica wrote:

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  • 10. At 7:34pm on 26 Jul 2009, tranquility2k9 wrote:

    (Correcred typo's in last post)

    Hi Jonathan, my two possible questions for you to answer are as follows:

    1. If Mclaren are indeed going to be a force for the rest of the season, if Heikki Kovalainen does not start to produce results that are worthy of a Mclaren driver, do you think he will be replaced for 2010?

    2. Do you think Brawn can become a race winning team again this season or is it going to be damage limitation here on in?

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  • 11. At 7:34pm on 26 Jul 2009, goldMarkL1 wrote:

    Hi Jonathan i love your commentary. The excitement in your voice is fantastic.

    What's the problem with Brawn at the moment, is the Honda piggybank empty, or have the others just developed their cars at a faster pace?

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  • 12. At 8:28pm on 26 Jul 2009, mikemccrory wrote:

    Hello Johnathan,
    good to hear you back on TV,

    regarding the pit lane, is there any valid reason why is the pit lane entrance and exit is not just after the start line, surely this would make it easier and save fuel for the teams to enter and exit more efficiently?
    Instead of going almost around again to come into the pits.


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  • 13. At 9:26pm on 26 Jul 2009, hellfinuts wrote:

    Hi, Despite all teams saying "business as normal" I felt the jitters in the pit lane seeping through. With the freak accident yesterday and technical faults, it started to feel bad. Do you think this contributed to all the mistakes in the pit lane today? I was just glad when the race was over. But with all the mistakes there could well have been another serious accident. Despite all the bravado, I think Felipe's' accident had a profound affect on the teams and this was reflected in the pit teams various %^&* ups? Your thoughts please? My thoughts are with Felipe and his family.

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  • 14. At 9:48pm on 26 Jul 2009, mikhailv wrote:

    Hi jonathan! i have 3 questions;

    Do you think renaults penalty is correct? Its just i believe its slightly unjust. I know the FIA say it was for unsafe release and the team not taking appropriate action, but looking at the replay of the pit stop, the right wheel mechanic just points and gives no signal that theres any problems, and the pointing is so low down the Lollipop man wouldnt be able to see this.

    Also, i recall Robert kubica's wheel coming off, when isnt the tether suppose to stop it from detaching from the cars? Its just if the FIA go down this knee jerk reaction due to the late Henry Surtees, then surely BRAWN GP should be banned from valencia, because barrichellos rear end was effectively falling apart, but he didnt pull over nor did the team give any advice what to do; and in effect the result was nearly the death of felipe massa should the spring have been millimeters lower.

    I could reel off cases inwhere drivers have continued with parts flying off; Kimi in 2006 bahrain qualifying, and notablye, 2008 Magny cours I believe when Kimi's exhaust was hanging by a thread and flung off- no penalty was given back then, and its immensely unfair on renault.

    So to round it off, looking at past cases of wheels flying off and nuts coming loose and so forth, do you think, A) renaults penalty is too harsh and a knee jerk reaction to the death of Henry Surtees, and B) do you also think that, drivers who leave the pit with the fuel hose attached should be banned; as the team make the mistake of letting the driver go, and the hose swinging around akin to Massa at Singapore should warrant a penalty then, as they release massa dangerously? I cant help but feel this is double standards from this apparent 'transparent governing body'.

    And finally, do you think that bernie will intervene with this ruling? Valencia was added only because of Fernando, and theres 70% of tickets left to be sold, let alone the possiblity of those 30% of ticket owners probably demanding refunds; bernie stands to loose a hell of a lot of revenue, let alone the main attraction to the whole grand prix.

    Could we see fernando in red for a weekend?



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  • 15. At 11:37pm on 26 Jul 2009, 6X wrote:

    Was it a challenge to commentate on an accident like Massa's? What information did you and Martin have at the time, and how did you decide what to say and what not to say?

    Best regards,

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  • 16. At 01:20am on 27 Jul 2009, rocketcar9 wrote:

    For hugary the race was quite exciting, although it was down to the pit stop stratagy, the one factor of unpredictability in a race we are going to loose for some stupid reason.

    But anyway my question: I have heard nothing of the pit stop incident or the incident at the start with kimi. The pit stop surley deserved a drive through for unsafe release as kimi saw what was happening and moved further to the right, looking back to previous year wouldn't that penalty be right.

    But hopefully the fia will have less of a deciding factor in the championship this year.

    all the best and keep it up the bbc do a great job.

    Rocketcar9, London

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  • 17. At 01:25am on 27 Jul 2009, Carlonso wrote:

    Hi Jonathan - good commentary

    You ban Alonso from Valencia, and the crowds won't show up. It'll be a PR disaster for the Bernie Circus...although with things falling off at racing circuits en vogue at the mo I can understand the ruling, although I bet it'll be watered down before race day.

    My question(s):
    Have we seen the last of Nelson Piquet Jnr in a Renault?
    Now that a car with KERS has finally won a Grand Prix, do you think McLaren and Ferrari will keep developing KERS for next season?

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  • 18. At 08:18am on 27 Jul 2009, Sean Sutton wrote:

    Hi Jonathan, why do you think it's taken Mclaren so long to prove that they can actually go for race wins this season?

    Sean, Dover

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  • 19. At 09:43am on 27 Jul 2009, modtl1 wrote:

    Hi Jonathan. First of all let me say you're the best commentator I've heard since dear old Murray retired. I've really enjoyed listening to you calling the races and hope you continue for many years.
    My question is: With all the talent at the disposal (Button, Barrichello and Brawn's own tactical/engineering brilliance), why are Brawn GP suddenly underperforming? Is it a lack of funds causing a development problem?


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  • 20. At 10:04am on 27 Jul 2009, ant_davids_son1 wrote:

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  • 21. At 10:37am on 27 Jul 2009, Stop_pushing_on wrote:

    Please please read ant_davids_son1's comment.

    This is not radio commentary, it is TV, and we need information from you that we don't already know ourselves.

    Please have a listen to James Allen's commentaries and whether people like him or not, he was well informed, and kept us informed of the ACTUAL race situation.

    No need to keep using your comments that ant_davids_son1 mentioned.

    Ted Kravitz/Martin Brundle....good inside info. that is interesting to viewers and gives us an insight into what is really going on, behind what we can see. As I see it, your job is to slot in somewhere between what you are doing now, and what they are doing.

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  • 22. At 11:03am on 27 Jul 2009, Carlonso wrote:

    Would the BBC ever consider Stuart Hall for F1 commentary?
    Throw in the It's a Knockout jingle, the jugglers, the jesters,the banter, the laughter...I'm surprised Bernie hasn't looked into it, or maybe he's saving it for the mecca of motor sporting world - Abu Dhabi.
    Come to think of it, Mecca.................

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  • 23. At 11:33am on 27 Jul 2009, troymortier wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    The Hungarian GP TV coverage was excellent. Shame about the unnecessary slow-mos of the giddy girlfriend jumping up and down in the pits. Do we really need to be promoting the personal lives of the drivers during the race? The grid girls do a great job at the GP events and I think it should be left to them to spice up the show.

    Motor racing is a dangerous sport and F1 has its fair share of freaky events. Why is it that teams allow family members and partners of the drivers to be in the immediate pit areas and do so without the appropriate safety and clothing gear? What exempts them from this? The rest of the crew do seeing as its a very professional and clinical working environment for them. The fireball in the Benetton pits from a few years back springs to mind. If something like it were to happen we'd have one fried pussycat and a few more dramas to people because they weren't qualified to be there or anywhere near refueling equipment etc. I think the excitement of these folks should be restricted to a safer area other than behind the helmet clad guy with the wheel gun.

    On the matter of banning teams and drivers - this really needs a rethink. Wouldn't tougher penalties be better than bans? To ban a team is to rob fans, spectators and sponsors and prevent proper competition from taking place in the championship.

    Troy, Melbourne

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  • 24. At 12:06pm on 27 Jul 2009, F1Mack wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    If Felipe is not back by Valencia (which I take it is very unlikely) who will drive for Ferrari...what do you think of Niki Lauda's assertion that it should be Schumacher back in the car?

    Thoughts with Felipe and his family,

    Chris, N.Ireland

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  • 25. At 12:33pm on 27 Jul 2009, NJM wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Do you think Jenson will seriously look at other teams for next year even if he manages to somehow win the WDC, as Brawn GP are proving that development wise they look like they will not be able to compete, and jensons stock is as high as it will ever be.

    Thanks Nick, Surrey

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  • 26. At 1:23pm on 27 Jul 2009, audiofreq1985 wrote:

    That post is useless. I considered reporting it as breaking the house rules. Please come up with something constructive and original.

    I'm not sure if your username is reference to your name or that you are an Anthony Davidson fan...although he has good commentary on five live he is a bigger user of the "pushing on" phrase. If you don't like the commentary provided just push red and you can get an alternative.

    James Allen was the worst commentator in the time i've watched F1...which is at least 20 years. He jumped on the Lewis Hamilton band wagon too much. The program became far "too english" in that they were only concerned about English drivers. If you want to talk about a commentator over using phrases how about Allens
    "Fernando Alonso, who most people agree is pound for pound the best driver"...only when he was beating Hamilton...

    Do you think it's fair to ban both Renault drivers from the European Grand Prix? Would a fairer proposal not see Renault lose any constructor points gained from the race? Or is this not feasible as Renault arn't likely to get many points anyway? Would the punishment be different if Brawn or Red Bull had made the error?

    Renault are being banned for not informing the driver of the pit stop error however if it was a design fault would they still incur the same ban...i.e. should brawn be punished for using an unsafe part or as the car passed safety test should the party responsible for the testing be investigated.

    Second question. Roland Ratzenberger was killed the day before Senna on the same race track during the same event. In the last week Surtees lost his life and Massa was injured after being hit on the head...and finally Renault lost a bouncing wheel on the track. Will these 3 events be considered separately or will the governing body realise the similarities and take action?

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  • 27. At 1:38pm on 27 Jul 2009, toastalive wrote:

    hello jonathan another good weekend! could be an exciting end to the season. my question is with lewis hamilton winning and praising his car and jenson having his worst finish of the season, surely the cars are the stars more so than the drivers?

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  • 28. At 2:07pm on 27 Jul 2009, WelcomeHomeF1 wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    I've been loving your commentary this season and you and Martin are really starting to gel - keep up the good work!

    My question again revolves around inconsistency in how the stewards enforce the rules. Why was Mark Webber given a drive-through penalty at the Nurburgring for what was perceived as a dangerous move on Barrichello at the start, whereas Kimi Raikkonnen's dangerous move in Hungary was deferred to be considered after the race, despite the incident taking place at the beginning of the race, where there would have been sufficient time to make a decision and enforce a penalty? And we're still none the wiser if a penalty has been enforced!

    Wishing Felipe a speedy recovery.

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  • 29. At 2:24pm on 27 Jul 2009, Chris Williams wrote:

    Hi Jonathan, I first heard you commentate on Radio 5 live when ITV broadcast the 1st US grand prix at Indianapolis (2000 I think) on ITV2 and most people couldn't see it live at the time. I thought you were a very good commentator and was pleased to hear about your appointment to the BBC tv team. It irritates me that other "fans" are posting comments claiming that you are new to F1 and know nothing about the sport. Even though I watch the tv coverage, I know of Simon Taylor, Maurice Hamilton, Peter Slater, David Croft, Holly Samos, Ian Phillips and other F1 radio personel from years gone by. Do you think that, although Murray Walker was popular for being "rubbish in a humorous, informative and excusable way", it is harder for younger commentators like yourself to be popular? Make no mistakes and people say you're boring, make Murray style mistakes and people say you shouldn't be on tv. What is the right approach to take when commentating on sport?

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  • 30. At 3:21pm on 27 Jul 2009, vmeldrew2003 wrote:


    Do Ferrari have an official reserve driver in place?


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  • 31. At 5:33pm on 27 Jul 2009, bluebluejay wrote:

    The Massa accident was very similar to the Movie Grand Prix (1968)
    In that movie the Ferrari car was hit by a piece of exhaust pipping that fell off another car.

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  • 32. At 6:55pm on 27 Jul 2009, Carlonso wrote:

    I've been moderated!
    Iz it bcoz i iz mentioning the famous bingo company that just so happens to share it's name with a particular holy pilgrimage site?
    Thank God (can I use this word?) for the BBC and its impartiality... just to remind myself and hopefully this time make it more BBC bias...

    Any chance of the BBC of using Stuart Hall for F1 commentary?
    With the It's a Knockout jingle, the jugglers, the jesters, the banter, the laughter - oh what a carry on!
    Maybe the Bernie Circus has him lined up for that world famous motorsport heritage site - the (BBC moderation word) of motor racing - Abu Dhabi

    Come to think of (BBC moderation word - name of a bingo company that is shared with holy pilgrimage site - yes- that word beginning with M and ends with cockney rhyming slang for Desmond Decker...) - with all the money that rich oil producing country has, i'm surprised there isn't a Grnd Prix at the very heart of it, or in the Vatican (can I mention that word?)

    or is it Stuart bloody Hall??

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  • 33. At 7:01pm on 27 Jul 2009, GFasulo wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    I hope this is made a regular feature - Ask Jonathan.

    My question to you is: "How does an aspiring commentator become a commentator?"

    Kind regards,

    Gianni Fasulo

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  • 34. At 7:51pm on 27 Jul 2009, Carlonso wrote:

    Dear Jonathan,
    As awful as this may sound -
    If Massa isn't able to race again because of his injuries, what do you think of the mouthwatering prospects of having both Alonso and Raikkonen driving for Ferrari next season?

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  • 35. At 10:55am on 28 Jul 2009, rabbitracing wrote:

    Hi Johnathan,
    Who actually chooses the types of tyres taken too the GPs. It seems the second part of the season the tyres (even the softs) are on the harder side, compared with the start of the season, resulting in less favourable tyres for Brawn.
    At the start of the season the softs, when used for qualifying gave their best time on the fist fast lap, but now it is the second or third timed lap which is quicker, hence the tyre is harder.
    If it is Bridgestone choosing, surely it is too much power for 1 manufacturer to be able to dictate, to a degree, in the results, or is Bernie able to have a say, too stop one make of car running away with the championship and increase interest in the series.

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  • 36. At 1:03pm on 28 Jul 2009, ant_davids_son1 wrote:

    thank you pushing_on 20

    i have been moderated out for putting a list of phrases used in cpomentry and asking if jonathan had considered comentating in horse racing.

    i do not see how this breaks house rules BBC or is it just censorship as you don'tlike a word against your beloved legard.

    Get over yourselves

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  • 37. At 3:27pm on 28 Jul 2009, steveblack1000 wrote:

    Dear Jonathan,

    I used to listen to you on the radio a couple of years ago and thought you'd be good on TV covering F1, and am really enjoying hearing your commentary again this year.

    My question is do you think Michael Schumacher will return to the cockpit to replace Felipe Massa, whilst he is injured?

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  • 38. At 2:58pm on 30 Jul 2009, effone365 wrote:

    Jonathan - Can you tell me, with the return of Schumi, what is the story regarding a drivers Super License after they retire. I am aware that feeder series champs get granted these licenses but what about the DC's and Schumi of this world? Do they have to conform to anything to keep the license live?

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  • 39. At 6:41pm on 03 Aug 2009, Tim wrote:

    Please please please stop saying "he knows the time to beat!"

    it makes me cringe everytime.

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  • 40. At 9:53pm on 10 Aug 2009, GFasulo wrote:

    Why do people have to micro-analyse what Jonathan says? So what if he says "he knows the time to beat", it's a catchphrase - a Legardism.

    Keep up the good work Jonathan.

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  • 41. At 5:02pm on 11 Aug 2009, rich1701 wrote:

    Hi Jonathan,

    F1 is a fast paced, energetic sport. Do you think it needs a fast paced and energetic commentator?

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  • 42. At 8:58pm on 11 Aug 2009, crocklane wrote:

    Hello Jonathan,
    I am not, never have been, or will be a fan of Michael Schumacher. I was pretty annoyed at an earlier gp where you continually referred to Jeson Button's performances as "schumacheresque". How can you say this when Jenson has won without stopping at Rascasse and winning through the pits etc. etc.? And now that, thankfully, Schumacher has pulled out, will you be keeping the word schumacher to a minimum? As a previous contributor has mentioned, Radio 5 commentary seems more appealing.......

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  • 43. At 7:59pm on 12 Aug 2009, goldMarkL1 wrote:

    I concur with #40. Excellent commentary Jonathan, keep up the good work.

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  • 44. At 11:22pm on 14 Aug 2009, Septimus Harding wrote:

    We're hearing suggestions from Silverstone that it is "almost too late" for F1 to book the circuit for 2010 in the event of a default by the Donington consortium.
    Although I accept that Silverstone may be indulging in a little brinksmanship in the matter, I also appreciate that Silverstone has to make urgent decisions about dismantling semi-permanent structures this month.
    Surely, during last year's planning, it would have been possible to have arranged for Donington to hold the 2010 GP, with Silverstone as the venue for the European GP, thus allowing for the possibility that Donington might not be able to fulfil its obligations and putting some flexibility into the equation?
    Please don't tell me that Bernie Ecclestone didn't think of this (he thinks of everything).
    So why is he so determined that the British Racing Drivers' Club should be treated with such disrespect?

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