Opinion is divided on Formula 1’s experimental race build-up at the US Grand Prix. Boxing announcer and PJ & Duncan impersonator Michael Buffer introduced each of the drivers to the grid.
The sport’s new owners Liberty Media are flexing their muscles more and more. They clearly feel the need to do something to improve the sport’s appeal in the US. But this is a level of glitz that Formula 1 is not used to seeing.
25 years ago it was a very different story. The world feed broadcasting the run-up to the 1992 Belgian Grand Prix attempted to introduce TV viewers to each driver one-by-one.
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go to plan. First of all, Gianni Morbidelli wasn’t even on the grid, as his car had broken down on the way. And then things god worse when it was Olivier Grouillard’s turn in the spotlight.
Murray Walker’s reaction is priceless!
What would Michael Buffer have made of that?