Former RTL pundit criticises Sky Sports’ ‘bad sex’, Ralf Schumacher hits back

Michelle Foster
Ralf Schumacher at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg July 2021

Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher reporting from the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg July 2021

As RTL waved goodbye to live broadcasts, Heiko Wasser says following F1 on Sky Sports is like watching a “great love having sex with her new one – and then he’s really bad in bed”.

Last season RTL broadcast just four grands prix on free-to-air television, but this season they won’t be showing any of the races live.

That has irked RTL commentator Wasser.

He told Bild: “Looking at Formula 1 on Sky is like having to watch a great love having sex with her new one. And then he’s really bad in bed.”

But Sky Deutschland pundit and former driver Ralf Schumacher didn’t take the dig lying down and hit back on Instagram.

“Dear Heiko,” he wrote, “with such comments one can only speak of regrettable! Just embarrassing.”

Wasser has since admitted his remark was “not so diplomatic”, adding that it came from a place of “emotion and also from grief” as he has “concerns for Formula 1.

“I fear that Formula 1 will be dead in Germany in three years.”

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“This is my private opinion,” he continued. “I spontaneously expressed my feelings with it. That might have been a bit flippant, but anyone who knows me and what Formula 1 means to me will perhaps understand that it really hurts.”

Wasser also insisted his comment was not aimed at any individual in the Sky Sports’ teams but rather “related to the whole of Sky Formula 1.”

But next time he’ll “express himself more diplomatically and say: It hurts to watch, the sex is so-so.”

“There’s a nice saying: Only dogs that have been hit will howl. Ralf has my phone number and is welcome to call me at any time,” he concluded.

Sky Sports first began broadcasting Formula 1 in 2012 and has since taken a stranglehold, broadcasting the sport on its pay-to-view channels.

With their latest deal said to have cost £1 billion to obtain exclusive rights from 2019 onwards, the British broadcaster has invested heavily in Formula 1.