The broadcasters of the recent French V Prix are standing by their commentary team of Bradley Downton and Harry Westwood following a controversial race commentary saw 3,500 formal complaints be registered with the official complaints broadcasting house for euphemistic language and the repeated use of innuendo prior to 9pm.
The race which was broadcasted today featured many comments of a sexual nature, remarks that were considered relevant by the popular commentary duo to many racing moves. Some viewers were upset by the language which one Twitter user asking 'why is there is so much dirty talk?' and another claiming it was a 'disgrace' that 'the broadcaster would allow such messages to be conveyed which children could hear'.
However, the broadcaster has defended the duo, stating that the remarks were 'implied and not explicit' and said that Formula Virtual fans 'know what they can expect from the duo's relaxed commentary style'.
It is understood that the complaints were not targeting the presenting duo, but rather the broadcaster for allowing such material to be presented during peak family viewing hours. Nevertheless, this did not stop social media users commenting on Westwood's seeming lack of concentration through the race. Many commented on 'the helmets instead of numbers', and why Westwood has seemingly been given a flagship presenting role which only seems interim as it was revealed on broadcast he is studying mechanics.
The official complaints broadcasting house said: 'We have received 3,500 complaints about the Formula Virtual French V Prix as of 2 January 2016. We have assessed these complaints and shall investigate the broadcaster and presenting team.'
Downton and Westwood, however, are expected to remain as the series commentators for further rounds, despite undergoing formal investigations.