Matt Butler: Eddie Jordan dancing Gangnam Style? Definitely not a good Korea move

View From The Sofa: Live Formula One, Korean Grand Prix / BBC1

There are a few things that should not be attempted before sunrise. Mowing the lawn. Cobbling together a fry-up. Or watching Eddie Jordan et al fumbling their way through the Gangnam Style dance on national television.

The dance, which started in South Korea, is not one that exudes cool in the first place. Even Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, looked a little silly when he did it celebrating his side's triumph in the recent World Twenty20.

But Jordan, along with his BBC colleagues David Coulthard and Jake Humphrey managed to elevate Gangnam to a whole new level of naff. They had clinched a coveted interview with Psy, the originator of the dance that has swept the globe. And the five-minute slot as part of the Korean Grand Prix build-up early yesterday morning inevitably included the trio being taught how to do it.

It wasn't their complete lack of rhythm that made for the BBC's best piece of toe-curling television since, erm, the Jimmy Savile gags on Friday's Have I Got News For You, however, even after Jordan's mention of Riverdance or Psy's giggling at the Irishman's voice.

No, it was Coulthard's comments to the artist about South Korea, peppered with patronising phrases such as "a highly intelligent country" and " very high-tech" as if he was congratulating a three-year-old on his felt pen rendition of a dinosaur. Clearly nobody had told him that South Korea hosted the World Cup 10 years ago. Or the Olympic Games in 1988.

Jordan was similarly agape at how little old Korea had managed to build a racetrack and stage a Grand Prix. "This puts them on the world stage," he said. "That platform that gives them credibility. Bernie [Ecclestone] has shown vision in bringing Formula One to places like this." Those lucky, lucky Koreans. It is as if he has never driven a Hyundai or used a Samsung phone.

Coulthard and Jordan are far better at their day jobs, the former bustling through the drivers' grid attempting to grab pre-race nuggets with the competitors and the latter unafraid to give his opinion on the state of the sport.

Coulthard's bull-at-a-gate interview technique is an asset on the grid; even a decidedly chippy Jenson Button took a few seconds to talk with him, lamenting over his starting place of 11th. If he was in a ropey mood before the start, he was livid afterwards following Kamui Kobayashi's shunt on his front tyre which ended his race at the first turn.

Once the first lap was over, the nature of the circuit made the rest of the race like watching paint dry. With races like Mokpo, the build-up is the best bit. By lap nine, as the sun was appearing over the horizon here, Sebastian Vettel was well on the way to his first-row-to-flag win and the commentator Ben Edwards was getting his voice up to the threshold of pain describing Michael Schumacher and Paul Di Resta scrapping over 12th place. It seemed more prudent to go back to bed. With Jordan's and Coulthard's dance moves and geopolitical musings over, we had seen enough.

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