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Martin Brundle MBrundleF1
Our commentary cell in India. No window, nowhere near track. Apologies in advance we cannot do our job properly in here
3:41 pm
Thursday, October 27, 2011
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  • peel  Oct 27, 2011  


  • Danny Raines  Oct 27, 2011  

    Nice comfy seating too!!!

  • BBC Controller  Oct 27, 2011  

    Hilarious. Almost no point in you guys being there...oh wait.

  • Adam Blackmore  Oct 27, 2011  

    That's awful but I suppose its a new track they will learn that you need an open view

  • Chris  Oct 27, 2011  

    its meant to be a new track? who are the design consultants - shocking

  • Tristan Cowling  Oct 27, 2011  

    I would send Bernie a thank you card for once again being greedy!

  • Jason  Oct 27, 2011  

    Just wait until there is another power cut, your screwed then!

  • Stephen  Oct 27, 2011  

    Thats india for you. Enjoy the speed bumps on the motorways to solve the speeding problems!!

  • Julio Inglesias  Oct 27, 2011  

    Who said 'Commonwealth Games'? That was a blinding success as I recall... Oh wait a minute... it was a fiasco. Doesn't bode too well for F1. Shambles incoming.

  • Perry Wheatley  Oct 27, 2011  

    will you still be able to do you grid walk? please say yes

  • 46  Oct 27, 2011  

    What did you expect in india lol

  • Buck Rogers  Oct 27, 2011  

    Better come home then. lol

  • Ben Jackson  Oct 27, 2011  

    I wonder if sky will have a better comms box ;)

  • Mark Ward  Oct 27, 2011  

    Good ole Bernie, I hope you have not upset anyone Martin? ;-)

  • Jason  Oct 27, 2011  

    Hope none of you are claustrophobic. I have seen lifts that are bigger than that yet there are going to be at least 2 of you working in that.

  • Roger  Oct 27, 2011  

    Feel free to go back to your respective countries if you feel India is not up to your standards.. You guys are simply hipocrits and racists..

  • Nick  Oct 27, 2011  

    Stop complaining. It's their first time. U would not complain if it was a western country. That is India - the heat, the dust & no reference point to the rest of the world. Enjoy the experience with an open mind.

  • James  Oct 27, 2011  

    Here come the PC brigade! Think you need to look up the words hipocrit and racist in the dictionary because you clearly have no idea what they mean Roger!

  • Gav  Oct 27, 2011  

    Lol at Roger and Nick there. He's not being racist - its just expected an F1 commentator should be able to physically see the racetrack.

  • Roger  Oct 27, 2011  

    My comments were due to 46, Stephen and Julio's comments..

  • Silas Goodison  Oct 27, 2011  

    may as well of stayed at home and commentated from there

  • Dan  Oct 27, 2011  

    I would be happy to take over for you Martin :)

  • dave leaf  Oct 27, 2011  

    well thats no good is it martin,u mite as well sit at bbc in uk and commentate on it....

  • Lev  Oct 27, 2011  

    What if there are technical problems and your sceens die? At least if you're near the track with a window you can see grandstand displays, the pits and some of the track to continue commentary. This is appalling. :(

  • Han Solo  Oct 27, 2011  

    Saying that it is racist to complain about this excuse for an office is just brainless. How are the team supposed to give proper live coverage to 6 million viewers when they can't even see the racetrack and there's barely enough space for 2 people to comfortably work? Nick, if it this was the set up in a western country, you would never see another motorsport event there ever again.

  • Anthony  Oct 27, 2011  

    Wait a minute....that's you're job? You get paid to babble mindlessly? And my TV License pays for this?

  • Matt Wilkinson  Oct 27, 2011  

    But can you see the Sky?

  • Sean Courtney  Oct 27, 2011  

    Looks like the sort of place when I have a problem with my mobile phone network , orange redirect my call there!

  • Tiranga  Oct 27, 2011  

    Well as an Indian i apologize on behalf of organizers. Hope they sort it out and provide a better facility to you. You could have talked to them i think it's their first time, they are going to make mistakes. Help them correct it. Thank you.

  • Nick  Oct 27, 2011  

    Guy I am not being PC - I live in the real world. I have travelled all over & consultant on issues. It's their first time - hosting an event like this - the track is designed by a German company - they r heavily dependent on foreign consultants - n someone has missed a trick. It's nothing that can't be put right. There is no need making a big deal about it. Cut em a break.

  • CrashNetFan  Oct 27, 2011  

    Bernie on Buddh Int. Circuit : "Super. The track is super. It took Silverstone 25 years, so I think they've done very well." All those whining babies should stop now!

  • Me  Oct 27, 2011  

    Nick, get a life, NERD!!!!!

  • Nick  Oct 27, 2011  

    U appear to be plain ignorant from yr tweet. 

  • Anon Mouss  Oct 27, 2011  

    And despite how bad it is, all of us would kill to be there.

  • Dusty  Oct 27, 2011  

    This is a brand new circuit, with brand new facilities, the circuit was designed by the F1 favorite, why hasn't someone had the brains to design the facilities properly. Think of ho much money has been spent here of this new circuit. Such a shame.

  • Cece  Oct 27, 2011  

    Well, ask Heinz Prüller (legendary Austrian F1 moderator) how to act when you loose the monitors to lack of electricity. Happened to him once at a race in Long Beach, USA. Not seeing the track from the box, no picture in the box, only a guy on the phone who was sitting in front of a TV in Austria and told him things like 'a red car just has overtaken a white one, a green one is driving next to a yellow one'. He had to do his moderation passed on that information.

  • Darryl  Oct 27, 2011  

    That's ridiculous, but unfortuentley it's probably a sign of things to come for the bbc I'm afraid to say. Hopefully they can move you to somewhere more suitable.

  • Nate G  Oct 27, 2011  

    SpeedTV crew laughs at your accommodations.

  • Matthew 'Dave' McDonnell  Oct 27, 2011  

    Martin, you need to speak to Vicki (Chandok) and the other GP organisers. How ridiculous. If Korea was meant to be disorganised last year, what is this? Shocking. A bad start when this is meant to make up for the commomwealth games... :(

  • Spud Byrne  Oct 27, 2011  

    Wow!! That is a bit ridiculous isn't it? Surely they should have known you'd need more than just four walls and some chairs and monitors?!?! :-/

  • dans  Oct 28, 2011  

    No grid walk this week then..

  • Maddie  Oct 28, 2011  

    Might be impractical but could you not put one of the BBC bloggers or crew runners in one of the stands to act as a spotter for you? (or buy a web cam and ask a team politely whether you could put it in their hospitality suite window). Granted these don't solve the problem entirely but desperate times etc! Just trying to LITERALLY think outside the very small, windowless box!!

  • Arul  Oct 28, 2011  

    May be instead of posting to he public if you had talked to the organisers they would have helped. Why would anyone help if you act like this ? NDTV dont even offer commentary yet they are reporting from the stands with a stunning view

  • Ali  Oct 28, 2011  

    Now they know how it feels when the Indian TV crew in in Britain

  • Matthew 'Dave' McDonnell  Oct 28, 2011  


  • Matthew 'Dave' McDonnell  Oct 28, 2011  

    I didn't think Bernie would be too selfish. Just Bernie selfish. So if he fixes the comm. box for next year it should be 'better' :)

  • F1 Indian  Oct 28, 2011  

    Haha... funny. Sorry guys, but I guess that's all the BBC can expect this time. The big money spinners (US/Euro networks) have been offered stands

  • Canterbury  Oct 28, 2011  

    Thanks for bringing it to notice in public. We'll work at getting it right next time. And yeah, thanks for all the considerate comments praising India (As if we give a shit what a tiny little island country thinks)

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