This weekend’s race sees more than the usual amount of high-profile departures from the sport - some welcome, and some not so.

The most notable for us here in the UK, is that this will be ITV’s last race covering F1.  While most viewers won’t shed many tears at this news, we do have quite a bit to thank the broadcaster for.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually quite like Ted Kravitz - he is probably the second guy I’d like to see join BBC next year along with Martin Brundle.

But I have to take exception to something he has written in his post-race notebook article on ITV’s website.

Talking about Michael Schumacher’s appearance in the paddock at Barcelona last weekend, he states that Michael was apparently upset at some media coverage of his 8-year old son’s first outing in a kart. Now I can understand why Michael would be annoyed by this - if his son Mick does enter the motorsport arena, then the pressure on his shoulders is going to be unbelievable. Because of this, it seems a fairly reasonable request from Schumacher that the media leave his son alone for now until he decides whether this motorsport malarkey is really the path he wants to take.

TV award shows are generally to be avoided - a two-hour “extravaganza” with much backslapping among the luvvies.

And so it was that I managed to miss out on much of the BAFTA awards tonight, but still learned that ITV had won once more in the sport category.  Now this isn’t a surprise as they had three nominations up for the award against only one from the BBC.

However, it’s the nomination which won that caught my eye.  Was it for their coverage of the annual university boat race, or the Rugby World Cup?  Nope, it was for their F1 coverage of the Canadian grand prix.

During yesterday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton managed to smash his McLaren straight into the back of Fernando Alonso’s Renault whilst accelerating out of a corner.

It’s not the first time two cars have had a coming-together like this, but it is mighty unusual for it to happen which caused a wide range of “reasons” to be put forward in explanation.

From Lewis’s onboard camera it looked like he was simply faster than Alonso and didn’t move to the side in time to overtake, therefore ending up hitting the Renault.  Why would he do that though?  Who knows, he certainly wouldn’t have done it on purpose so presumably he just misjudged things - in other words he made a mistake.

I think music is important in how we remember things. Certain songs will always bring back memories or feelings of a time or place, which I suppose can be a good or a bad thing!

Because I think music helps your brain connect with things, I find it fascinating to see how the media uses it in not only their programmes but also in adverts.

Even in movies it’s really strange if you watch a scene where there’s no music in the background - imagine watching Jaws without the da-dum, da-dum going on in the background whenever anyone goes into the water, it would be rubbish!

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