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F1’s ‘horrendous’ change ruins season opening race

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TV viewers tuning into the season-opening race in Bahrain were greeted by new look graphics on their screen, and whoever gave them the tick of approval might want to hold off any pats on the back.To quote a number of disgruntled fans. They’re horrendous and bring nothing beneficial to the experience.In fact unless you have 20-20 vision and an 80 inch TV, they’re utterly useless.The old phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind.The TV experience for F1 has been terrific for years now, why change it?It didn’t take long for fans to express their views given the graphics were missing for the opening seven laps of the race.With 20 cars on the grid it’s not easy to keep up with everything happening on track – hence such importance and focus being placed on the data display – so when there is nothing to tell you about order, tyres or sector times in one of the craziest parts of a race, you’re a little annoyed.But when they finally appear and you need a magnifying glass to see them, your frustration rightly starts to grow.F1 broadcasters have always been at the forefront of in-race data presentation, but they’ve hit a bum note in 2022 with viewers struggling to see what is displayed and the colour coding causing issues.“Honestly the way the new F1 graphics are being done is horrendous. Displaying irrelevant and wrong info, and now timings completely hidden during the middle of the race. How was this approved,” one fan wrote.Another said: “Whoever is running the #f1 On screen graphics needs to be sacked.”“The new #f1 graphics are absolutely awful. Can’t distinguish any information clearly from them. Not to mention everybody going “purple” at the same time. The interval split of some drivers from P1 and some from P15 (as well as italics) is so confusing.”The new design has seen tyre type and sector times removed.HOW THEY FINISHED1. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1hr 37:33.584, 2. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 5.598sec, 3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 9.675, 4. George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 11.211, 5. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 14.754, 6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 16.119, 7. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 19.423, 8. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 20.386, 9. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 22.390, 10. Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 23.064, 11. Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 32.574, 12. Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 45.873, 13. Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 53.932, 14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 54.975, 15. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 56.335, 16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:01.795, 17. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:03.829, 18. Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 1 lap, 19. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 3 laps Fastest lap: Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:34.570 on lap 51Retirements: Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull, lap 45), Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull, lap 55), Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull, lap 57)World championship standings (after 1 of 22 races): Drivers 1. Charles Leclerc (MON) 26 pts, 2. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 18, 3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 15, 4. George Russell (GBR) 12, 5. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 10, 6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 8, 7. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 6, 8. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 4, 9. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 2, 10. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 1, 11. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0, 12. Lance Stroll (CAN) 0, 13. Alexander Albon (THA) 0, 14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 0, 15. Lando Norris (GBR) 0, 16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0, 17. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 0, 18. Sergio Perez (MEX) 0, 19. Max Verstappen (NED) 0, 20. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 0Constructors 1. Ferrari 44 pts, 2. Mercedes 27, 3. Haas-Ferrari 10, 4. Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 9, 5. Alpine-Renault 8, 6. AlphaTauri-Red Bull 4, 7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 0, 8. Williams-Mercedes 0, 9. McLaren-Mercedes 0, 10. Red Bull

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