They’ve added a graphic for this year on a Saturday to help with the situation in qualifying where you’re trying to work out who is in and who is out at the end of each of the three qualifying sessions. And the graphics there work reasonably well except there is one problem that seems to have occurred three drivers this year have remarkably similar names. It started with two but since Ide got chucked out it’s gone from bad to worse. Those drivers are: Monteiro (MON), Montoya (MOY) and Montagny (MOT). The thing is that Montoya is the bigger driver but didn’t get MON. He only got MOY which seems odd especially as he’s so often known as JPM (for Juan PABLO Montoya – James please please try and remember that other cultures have multiple first names and that you aren’t simply missing out his middle name by calling him Juan Montoya you are CALLING HIM BY THE WRONG NAME! He’s either Juan Pablo, Juan Pablo Montoya or Montoya. NOT JUAN MONTOYA! Calm, Calm, try to be calm).

So they must have been doing the naming order by alphabetical order which makes Montagny so controversial. He, had he been there at the beginning of the season, would have been MON. But now he has to be MOT. It’s so very sad.

Actually I think that graphic which shows how qualifying is going (the one in the top left) works very well. The scrawl is also good but I tend to use that one less. I also liked the introduction of the new graphic in Spain which showed what the top speed through a particular speed trap was of all of the cars.

One new graphic that I think would be really useful would be on which showed the number of miles raced by an engine. This would include all practice laps and from the previous race.

Anyone else out there got a suggestion for a graphic?

About Alex Andronov

Alex Andronov is a writer who lives in the UK. He is currently working on 7 novels, 5 film scripts, 2 plays, 2 TV series, 1 history of the United States, 1 travelogue and trying to find some focus.
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