Due to family circumstances I ended up watching the Turkish GP on TV from a sofa rather than from the Istanbul press room. And, no disrespect to the ITV crew, which does a good job and is not the cause of the problem, it hammered home just how much is missed and how difficult it is to tell the true story of a Grand Prix in 'real' time.
On Saturday and during the race build-up, I gleaned that Ferrari and Michael Schumacher were odds-on favourites. Okay, Michael had screwed up his qualifying lap and been pipped by Massa, and was vulnerable to Alonso's Renault off the line from the dirty side of the track, but once that was rather forcefully sorted, surely there was only one winner?
Then came the Safety Car and Alonso jumped Schumacher when Ferrari had to stack Michael behind Felipe in the pits - hard to believe, but true.
So far, straightforward. But then, suddenly, the number 5 Ferrari was unable to run with a Renault it had been significantly quicker than all weekend and we didn't know why. Just as this was becoming apparent we went to an ad break. Nothing new for the majority of you, I know, but not being exposed to it I hadn't appreciated what a pain in the ass it truly is, entirely breaking up the rhythm of a race and its coverage.