If you’re all in the F1 mood now after the season opener down under, you may want to tune in to BBC4 tonight (Sunday 27th March) for not one, but two F1 documentaries.
At 8pm there’s a programme looking at 60yrs of F1, followed by a programme looking at F1’s past when it really was a ‘mans’ sport when drivers often lost their lives at 9pm.
BBC4 documentaries are usually very good and well, it’s always great to see F1 and grand prix programming on the box. More info can be found on the BBC website:
Formula One’s 60th Anniversary: Plus Ca Change
he 60th anniversary of Formula 1 is celebrated by a unique gathering of eighteen world champions at the season-opening Grand Prix of 2010. Bahrain’s ultra-modern desert circuit is a world away from the post-war austerity of F1’s first ever race at Silverstone in 1950 and yet, as legends such as Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell and Lewis Hamilton share their racing experiences, it seems that some things never change.
Grand Prix: The Killer Years
In the 60s and early 70s it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed while racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence snuffed out dozens of young drivers. They had become almost expendable as eager young wannabes queued up at the top teams’ gates waiting to take their place.
This is the story of when Grand Prix was out of control.