The BBC have dropped their 2012 Formula One opening title sequence, it has been revealed. Their Season Preview Magazine, available in all shops, says at the foot of page 21:
“F1 is never short of stories. It will be a pleasure for all of us involved in making the programmes, including James Allen and Jennie Gow on Radio 5 Live to bring the stories to life. Look out for new titles, watch Suzi as she finds out about life in the fast lane and enjoy F1 across the BBC.”
Although this seems a routine move, freshening up the intro with a new opening sequence, this is quite an odd one when you consider that the titles were introduced only last year. It may just be that they are changing a few of the clips in the intro, but the wording suggests it is a complete revamp. History shows that new Formula 1 intro sequences normally come around every three years, so this for me is a surprising move.
A History of F1 Opening Titles
1997 to 1999 – Jamiroquai
2000 to 2002 – Apollo 440: Blackbeat
2003 to 2005 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
2006 to 2008 – Moby: Lift Me Up
Sky Sports F1
2012 to present – Alistair Griffin: Just Drive
I assume (and hope) that the new titles still contain The Chain, but the magazine makes no mention of this. I have reached to BBC for a comment.
Update on March 2nd – The BBC have debuted their trailer to promote the new season today. In it contains The Chain, confirming that it will remain for 2013.