By and large, the media corps covering Formula One rubs along well. There's some good natured ribbing based around national stereotyping and the expected schadenfreude at world/European championship time. Other than that it's pretty harmonious.
Sometimes, though, there's a bit of tension among the national press boys over McLaren's Thursday Lewis Hamilton media scrums. In Montreal recently it led to some fine comedy.
You might reasonably wonder what Lewis has to say of any great interest on a Thursday, before he's even set foot in the car for the weekend. But you'd be missing the point. The newspaper boys obviously have to file their Friday morning stories before a car has turned a wheel. The Sunday paper guys have a different agenda again and will be looking for a feature-based story that won't be dated by any qualifying action.
Lewis Hamilton and Steve Cooper on their way to a media function © LAT
And so, what happens is that a few minutes are allocated to international press in general, then a few minutes for agency/wire journalists, then a few more for the British daily press, followed, finally, by the Sundays.