Fox Sports -- which I now understand owns Speed Channel -- is carrying the coverage of this and the next three races, so we don't get the pre-race show or the extended post-race coverage, but we do get the "Speed Team" who cover the race for Speed Channel. This is a considerable improvement over the races that CBS tried to cover last year. Because at least in theory this coverage on the broadcast Fox network stations means a broader audience not as familiar with F1 as the hard-core types who watch the Speed Channel coverage, the broadcasters were clearly making an effort to explain basics, and that's a good thing.
The folks at Fox must be, as Cheryl noted, slapping each other on the back and calling each other geniuses. F1 races can be sometimes a bit boring for people used to NASCAR bump-and-grind. Generally speaking, you simply can't bump F1 cars -- they're so finely balanced that they'll just disintegrate if you do so -- and drafting doesn't work the same way as in NASCAR due to the aerodynamics of the vehicles. But today's race in Montreal had enough action to keep everyone interested. It was pretty wild. There were crashes -- including a pretty spectacular one, but fortunately Robert Kubica appears to have not that badly hurt -- late rumor was a broken leg, unconfirmed. The safety car went out a record breaking four times. Two drivers got black-flagged (disqualified) for entering the pit lane when it was closed. And rookie sensation Louis Hamilton won his first race and now has the sole lead in the drivers' championship.
You can read the story on Fox Sports.com and the official results from F1.
I'm still fatigued from yesterday's hike. And unfortunately, you can't store up blood sugar credits by exercising before eating. My blood sugar shot up to 180 after dinner last night, which is unfortunate, although not particularly alarming, as I've been otherwise pretty good of late. The occasional out-of-bounds high is okay as long as I don't make a habit of it.
We can't laze around all day, though, despite wanting to do so. This is Cheryl's last weekend here before she returns to the UK for several months, so we have errands to get done.