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Hobbs, Matchett take over F1 on NBC Sports Twitter for fan questions

May 24, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Friday is a light day in Monaco with no on-track Formula One activity. That makes it a good day to reflect on a couple insights and observations from our NBC Sports Network F1 analysts, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett. You can see the Monaco Grand Prix live on NBC, at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, and live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

After Leigh Diffey took over our Twitter handle, @F1onNBCSports, earlier this week, Hobbs and Matchett each had a day to answer fan questions. Our F1 pit reporter and insider, Will Buxton, took over the handle on Friday.

Some of Hobbs and Matchett’s answers are below, with the full listing of tweets on the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account.



  1. 4ref50 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    During the recent Monaco Formula 1 weekend, Leigh Diffey constantly referred with his co presenter, ‘Formula 1 Driver Expert’ Mr David Hobbs, that Hobbs raced in the past, at Monaco. Mr Hobbs concurred on numerous occasions during the weekend that this was indeed true and he had raced there.
    Having followed Formula 1 for over 50 years, with my limited knowledge, I could not remember with any certainty that this was a true statement. I wrote to various people connected to F1 NBC, even Leigh Diffey if they could clarify this statement, but alas no responses were forth coming. I subsequently wrote to a variety of independent ‘F1 Historian Researches’, asking the simple question.?? Did Mr David Hobbs ever race at Monaco in any category. All of the experts came back, stating they could NOT find any information regarding Mr David Hobbs, racing/driving at Monaco.
    I find it disheartening, that a so called ‘Formula 1 Driver Expert” is in a position with NBC, giving commentary and statements that are very economical with the truth, or, in fact total BS. With only six or seven F1 GP’s to his name, I would hardly call him an ‘expert’. It is a pity that the younger viewers and people new to F1, watching NBC will be in awe and look up to an elder person who they believe is a past ‘hero of F1, when in fact its a figment of his imagination….

  2. timanddavelive - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Steve Matchett!!! I’m desperately trying to find a way to contact you so that I can ask you this question!! My question is this: How was it possible for Nico Rosburg to turn competitive lap times even though he had no ERS? The ERS accounts for about 160 hp, is that not correct? That seems like a significant change in horsepower for a car that weighs as much as a Formula One Car does! I have a follow-up question for that as well it is as follows: if he was able to run competitive lap times some even faster than the cars behind him that had ERS, why not just take all that weight out of the vehicle and therefore be able to control the weight distribution of the car much easier and more efficiently? It threw me off on Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix and I have been wondering about it ever since. I hope you are able to see this. Thanks
    Tim Estep

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