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Joshua Kerr

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Sportaholic and second in command in The Roar's motorsports department. Follow me on Twitter @Joshua_T_Kerr.

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Ah I’ve only been watching on the computer. Bigger screen. Actually watched 2008 French GP on YT.

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

Just watched the 2008 French Grand Prix so have a few more races to go before I get to Singapore. Of course we had the races on Sunday afternoons here in the UK so the memories are watching it with dad. Good times which we still have.

What problems do you find on the commentary? One possible explanation is that because ITV took ad breaks during the coverage, they didn’t always show the same feed so they could play a replay and say it was live (e.g. Michael Schumacher’s crash at the Wall of Champions, Canada 1999)

The 1000th GP (China last year) wasn’t exciting because Ferrari were all out of sorts and Mercedes just went away with it.

The 900th GP (Bahrain 2014) is only memorable in my opinion for the Hamilton-Rosberg duel that’s it. Not much, not as much as some people would say.

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

Yeah I do intend to go through those, especially for the 2008 season when Hamilton wasn’t a spoiled brat and I could actually support him on his quest for titles.

And the nostalgia of the old broadcasts is great too (and going into a time when I was either not born or was really small).

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

Publish 200 if it’s that difficult. We’ve got plenty of time to read it! 😊

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

I don’t like the current format that F1 are using for their e-sports races. Needs more current drivers IMO and their own e-sports drivers. I don’t think we need to see how Liam Payne fares or how Johnny Herbert fares.

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

The Race are doing e-sports events on RFactor2 at random tracks every weekend.
The official F1 Virtual GP will be racing at Melbourne on April 5th (they’re trying to run races on the days a race should have been on).
Unsure on Veloce eSports…

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

I’m a bit disappointed with the F1 selections so far for YouTube. They’re not classics. And we’d all rather watch the races from the 90s and the 00s. I don’t think Bahrain 2014 is as good as some people think it is.

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

I just use the controller. Still living at home but when I move out I might get a wheel setup.

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

In the UK, you have the option to pause your subscription which will be reactivated when live sport comes back on the air which I think is a great idea, especially for those people who may be struggling financially at the moment. It is an unfortunate position for everybody because it’s not justifiable to be paying for essentially nothing.

Can the media survive the shutdown?

I’m doing reasonably well which is a surprise to me. Just found other things to do. The launch of Disney+ here has helped as well as getting into a few books that have been on the bookshelf for far too long. Might watch the films you’ve recommended again. Already a keen Gran Turismo Sport player – currently testing out different difficulties, making it more challenging. But that’s only one or two hours a week. And there’s always the classic races but surprisingly I haven’t felt the need to watch them to much. 661 episodes of The Simpsons on Disney+ also seem quite appealing. 😂

A motorsport lover's guide to surviving isolation

Personally, I always try to back up opinions with facts but I don’t think we should stop the debates that go on here because they are based on unfounded opinions. We can always challenge them in the comments section. Allow everyone to have their say.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

I think so too Paul. To go out and do what he did while national Olympic committees laughed at him but carry on is very inspirational.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Britain’s greatest ski jumper (and the reason why we haven’t competed in ski jumping since 😂 )

In all fairness, you’ve got to give credit to the guy for having a go.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

I’ve got an old Rothman’s Atlas of World Sport that I could look through…

(It’s from 1982!)

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Perhaps a list of the feel-good moments in sport if anyone’s up for it?

I’m thinking the Jamaican bobsleigh team 1988 (no matter your opinion on whether they should have actually been allowed to compete in the Olympics).

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

The tagline is Australia’s Biggest Sporting Debate… (hence the opinion articles)

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Is motorsport a non-mainstream sport to you? Because that’s my forte…

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Same goes to you Matt as I said to Ian – would love to read some articles like this as a sportaholic and bookworm.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Ian, create an account and write this stuff up if you can. Please! This sounds fantastic!

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

A good time to experiment with ideas too. Try and keep everyone entertained.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Indeed. There’s a worry over here in the UK that some non-league clubs could fall. They struggle to survive at the best of times.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Well I think The Roar’s been doing a decent job of that already…

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

It’ll be a wait and see game Bobby. We’ll try and write what we can, when we can.

And don’t hesitate to contribute yourself if you have an idea or have seen something on this thread that you’d like to write about!

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

The only time where the officer would say ‘right mate I’m gonna send you away to have a few more pints then come back and I want to see a massive total on the reader’ 😂

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Well you’ve always got to watch it knowing that there’s the element of it not being real but e-sports is becoming so established that it’s almost becoming a real sport IMO. See the F1 Esports series etc. allowing practically everyone to be an F1 driver with all the teams (except Ferrari I think) having an e-sports team. What we have been seeing at the moment though is a little amateurish in my opinion and just a bit of fun – you can’t really fully base an opinion of racing e-sports on these kinds of events which are essentially just bringing a bit of motorsports-related entertainment where there would otherwise be none.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?