on air diary...
TALKING A GOOD GAME...
posted by Lee McKenzie on 02/11/2012
After such an exciting start to the season with seven different winners from seven races, some people have been finding Sebastian Vettel’s domination of the last four rounds a bit tedious. But before the “Oh no, not again” kicks in, don’t worry, I really believe that this season still has a few treats in store for all us F1 fans.
I am lucky enough to see these drivers on a regular basis and yesterday I interviewed both title contenders, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Both are desperate to become a triple World Champion but that’s where the similarity ends – off track they talk a very different game.
At the helm...but please don't rain!
posted by Lee McKenzie on 02/06/2012
Is it really June already? Looking out of my window, it doesn’t look like summer to me. The bunting and the Jubilee excitement is there but where is the sunshine?
Even in the crazy world of F1 we’ve not had a huge amount of sunshine but we have been spoiled with masses of on track excitement and of course 6 winners from 6 races – the first time it has happened in the history of the Formula One World Championship.
Chequered Flag Falls On 2011 Season
posted by Lee McKenzie on 28/11/2011
So that’s it! After 19 races, 18 countries, 5 different race winners and the crowning of a double World Champion , the chequered flag has fallen for the last time in 2011.
Staying with the BBC for 2012...
posted by Lee McKenzie on 27/11/2011
A short note to say that I’ll be staying with the BBC next season. Having been at Sky and ITV previously, I did think about it all for a long time but the BBC will be at every race next year and it is not often that you can be part of a BAFTA winning team. Of course, like you, I wish we could do every race live but I’m sure you will be suitably impressed with our highlights show for the non-live events and as for the lives – well they’ll be bigger and better than ever. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last three years and there is no reason that should change in the future. Thanks for reading,as always.
Don't Stop Believing!
posted by Lee McKenzie on 18/11/2011
When I first suffered an anaphylactic shock, my main concern was that it would prevent me from travelling abroad – not because I am a travel junkie but because that is how I earn my living.
posted by Lee McKenzie on 17/11/2011
After a three week break in F1 world, no one minds getting to work when we have Spa to look forward to. Some tracks might leaving you longing for another few days off but the trip to the wet and cold corner of Belgium seems to unite everyone and people return to work with a smile on their face!
The "glamour" of F1
posted by Lee McKenzie on 05/07/2011
I am not sure if it was when I was standing on the podium with Michael Schumacher or when I got caught in a stampede of girls heading towards Sebastian Vettel that I realised I was in a pretty unique job.
I am lucky enough to travel to every F1 race as a reporter for the BBC’s F1 programme but for me the glamour is not really at the race track, it is when I film and spend time with the drivers away from the circuit.
2011 F1 Season Preview
posted by Lee McKenzie on 24/03/2011
You would think with a two week delay to the Formula One season and an extra test in Barcelona,that F1 armchair experts and paid experts would know exactly what was about to unfold this weekend on the streets of Melbourne. It actually seems the opposite!
WOMEN IN THE WORLD OF SPORT
posted by Lee McKenzie on 27/01/2011
After all the controversy in the media this week about chauvinism the Daily Express asked me to write about my thoughts and career.
So let’s get this straight – it is OK to run for Prime Minister, fine to run a multi-million-pound company but we can’t run a line in football? Do me a favour, love!
LOOKING BACK AT AMAZING SEASON
posted by Lee McKenzie on 22/11/2010
At times it seemed like no-one wanted to win the Drivers’ Championship this year; the victories were there for the taking and yet it seemed like all front-runners were refusing to make things easy for themselves. In one of the greatest seasons ever, the only thing that was consistent was inconsistency.