Originally posted by le chat noir
when in germany which channel do i need for the monza race? and when will it start?
(and OT, what one thing should be seen in berlin?)
is there a good bar in town, or should i go back to the hotel?
You can watch on RTL, but the coverage is not that great, as they have ad breaks during the race. They have Lauda commenting pre- and post-race, but to be honest, Lauda is a disappointment on TV as he will often go with whatever direction he thinks the wind blows. Oh, I guess you don't understand German anyway, so it does not matter.
Many bars (and hotels) show the feed by Premiere, which is pay TV without ads and with extra feeds such as a mid-pack camera (however, bars probably won't use that). There are so-called "Premiere Sports Bars", who have a dark-red/yellow/white Premiere sign outside. They are often normal bars, sometimes however they have more of a sports focus overall. You can search for them here ("Ort" is Berlin, "PLZ" is the zip code) http://www.premiere....sbars_start.jsp
You might still want to call in advance to ask whether they show F1, some premiere sports bars just show football.
Your question "is there a good bar in town" is very funny
There is a huge number of great bars in Berlin, and Berlin prouds itself on being a party city. You should try the districts Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, and Friedrichshain. I remember that I once read that just the 6 blocks around Simon-Dach-Straße in Friedrichshain are host to more than 200 bars and restaurants, and many of them are great. Prenzlauer Berg is a bit more expensive and a less alternative/student area (actually it was just that a few years ago, but people have grown older), and Mitte is the most upscale area (if such a thing exists in Berlin at all ;)
Here are zip codes in which you will find great bars on the premiere site:
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain (highest bar density)
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
10407 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
10409 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
10439 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin is in the same time zone as Monza, so race will start 14:00 local time, pre-race on RTL starts 12:45, dunno about Premiere. Qualifying will start 13:00 IIRC (that's always quali start time, isn't it?)