This weekend was the first time in very many years that I have had to avoid spoilers for a grand prix. I missed quite a few races live during 2007 due to work, but I always watched them as soon as I got home so there was not much problem with spoilers. Today, I had to spend five hours awake, actively avoiding everything until the BBC’s highlights were broadcast at 2pm.
There are plenty of potential traps. I love listening to the radio. Luckily, during weekends mornings I currently tend to listen to music stations, meaning I just have to switch the radio off for the hourly news bulletins. It would be different on the days when I listen to Radio 4 or Radio 5 Live or the World Service, all of which could potentially mention the F1 results at any moment due to the current affairs nature of the output.
Then, of course, there is the internet. I have to avoid Twitter and Facebook. I can’t visit any news websites. Google Reader is out (although my brother fell into this trap — whoops!). I am even wary of checking my emails. It’s a big effort.
But, incredibly, I managed it. The only hairy moments were yesterday morning when I was trying to avoid the results of qualifying. I knew I had received a tweet from someone, because my phone told me. But I managed not to look at it. I also knew that someone — an F1 fan — had posted on my Facebook wall. This knowledge alone set my mind racing as to what might have happened, but in the end it was nothing.
All in all, I was surprised at how easy it was to avoid the result. But it’s one thing to avoid the result of an early morning flyaway race. The race goes on while I sleep, and the highlights are broadcast reasonably early in the day.
When it comes to the European races, I imagine it will be a much tougher challenge. In these cases, I may well choose to listen to the races live on the radio.