|That’s What Champions Do – The Official Review of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship|
|Blu Ray, 280 minutes|
|© 2015 DUKE Video|
The 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season won’t be remembered as a vintage year for the sport, such was the dominance of the Mercedes AMG Petronas team throughout the year as it romped to back-to-back titles.
Given the enormity of broadcast and behind-the-scenes footage at the disposal of Formula One Management, however, you would think that their annual season review productions could try and polish up a very dull year for the sport.
No so, as once again the yearly highlights package is little more than a high-level retelling of each race with a smattering of feature vignettes and vox pops between each Grand Prix. Few of last year’s races would go down as classics, and the uneven and rather one-eyed production simply underscores this.
Some of the between-race feature pieces are well produced and detailed in their own right. The detailed coverage of pre-season testing – narrated by Peter Windsor – is top shelf, but rather too many add too little to the colour and flavour of the season and merely serve to pad out the review to two discs.
Ben Edwards has again been given the unenviable task of narrating a colour-by-numbers script that offers no more colour than the high-resolution images being played on your screen. The flipping of the narrative between past and present tense is again an irritation.
Once again the title is unimaginative – you could not do worse than 2014’s ‘It Was Fair’ atrocity – and the entire package never feels like a season-long narrative of how Lewis Hamilton came to do ‘what champions do’ in claiming his third World Championship crown. Instead it’s a series of chapters highlighting 19 individual races rather than a proper season review.
There’s further unnecessary padding of press conferences and some truly dreadful podium interviews – particularly those involving the rent-a-celebrity brigade – yet the many hilarious incidents of Sebastian Vettel teasing the highly scripted Mercedes drivers was overlooked entirely.
Almost completely ignored is Manor Racing – its participation at all was a miracle in itself – along with Sauber’s Australian Grand Prix contract dramas with Giedo van der Garde. The fallout from Pirelli’s tyre failures at Spa-Francorchamps is given heavy, one-sided editing as well.
The major highlights of each race are generally well-covered, with FOM providing a few never-before-broadcast camera angles and radio chatter for extra colour.
Trying to create a ‘must watch’ review out of a largely dull and predictable season is a tough ask that can be accomplished with a degree of skill, but this repetitive colour-by-numbers affair definitely feels like an opportunity missed.