And it’s GO, GO, GO….

Formula One season is back! And this year I am determined more than ever to try and follow it. Every single year for as long as I’ve been into F1, must be coming onto 10 years or so snow, I’ve started following it then accidentally missed race after race after race. Or had the news reveal the result before I managed to see it, because it goes out at 2 o’clock in the morning. At least give me time to watch it in the day before you unleash the hellish words on me, “And now in sport, ______ has won the _______ grand prix!” So many times I’ve heard those agonising words. Ahhh, global news….

The first two races of the season, Australia and Malaysia were actually pretty good, especially the Malaysian one. And if controversy is what you love then you will be a very happy person after last weekend. This whole team orders thing seems to be focussed on more than it needs to be, but then again, what else is there to report about F1 news over these next three weeks until the next race?

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Vettel was ordered by his team not to overtake his team mate Webber who was leading, whether or not that was for fear of taking both cars out or another reason I don’t know, but those were the orders. Vettel says he heard them, but didn’t remember them as he tightly squeezed past his team mate, at one point almost eliminating himself from the race along with a portion of concrete pit wall.

It is perfectly legal for teams to give out team orders, but the drivers can choose to either follow them or not, obviously if they choose not to follow them then that probably not going to go down well with the team so you want to follow them really. So Vettel should not be penalised any more than he will be by his own team.

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On another note, there were no major crashes or accidents in either race that I can remember, and we all know that is one of the major reasons for a lot of us to watch, so that we can see these spectacular crashes. There was an exciting moment with Alonso losing his front wing underneath his car while going over 150mph which was really crazy to see. And it was a rainy start to the race too, which added to the excitment, would have been great if it had kept raining, although not great for the drivers it is very good to watch.

As for the BBC, I congratulate them, their broadcasts of the race weekends are so so much better than what ITV used to do. Especially as there are no adverts, can you believe that ITV put adverts in the middle of the F1! They wouldn’t put adverts in the middle of Football oh no, but F1 no fuck ’em lets cram in adverts every 10 minutes.

Formula One season carries on for ages, I’m definitely looking forward to it for the rest of this year, there are guaranteed to be some amazing races yet to come, there’s never a year when there aren’t.

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Masterful Masters Snooker Overview…

This year watching The Masters I really enjoyed it, was the first time i had properly watched Snooker again in a long, long while. The last 16, or rather the first 16 it should be called as there are only 16 people in the tournament, right through to the final was all quite gripping. Disappointing not to see Ronnie O’Sullivan in this years Masters though, hopefully he will make an appearance at the World Championships to defend his title.

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Mark Allen I believe played an amazing game, in his quarter-final match against Neil Robertson he was pipped to the winning post by a lucky pot, which yeah was intended but by Robertson’s own admission it was a one in 30 chance of potting it. The final frame decider put Allen out of a tournament he definitely had a chance to win, at least he managed to win the high break prize of £8,000, now that’s not bad.

Many people believe that Neil Robertson was very unsporting in his first round match against Ding where he shouted out “You Beautay!” after potting a tricky red. This outburst of emotion is simply that, it’s not unsporting, different players act in different ways, you can be offended but you can’t make it so that you’re no longer offended, the world would not work.

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There has been of course a spattering of exciting little things, Judd Trumps spiky shoes, Balls flying of the tables, many, many fluke shots, and of course if you were watching Mark Allen’s first round match his rest problems. Mark Selby laughing along with the crowd at jokes he couldn’t even hear was great, just goes to show how great the sport can be. And on the other side of the coin the frustrating moments, Stephen Maguire conceding in the middle of a frame, clearly very angry at his play. And John Higgins getting just as frustrated and leaving the snooker table as soon as he could after he got knocked out by an on form Shaun Murphy.

Another disappointment though for people was seeing Judd Trump leave the tournament earlier than expected after only the quarter finals, losing 6-1 to Graeme Dott who was playing his own game brilliantly it has to be said. Look forward to seeing Judd appearing at the World Championship there though.

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The grand final though, was set up to be exciting with Robertson and Selby both being previous winners of the coveted Masters trophy, and both being world number 1’s at some point in their career, in fact Mark Selby is currently the number 1 ranked snooker player in the world. He stormed ahead 5-3 after the afternoons session. He carried the momentum on through to the evening session and managed to beat Robertson 10 frames to 6. Even though it looked to be close on the cards, it was more of a one-sided affair, Selby was ahead the whole time and Robertson was struggling to make big breaks.

Anyway, bring on the World Championship…