Grosjean calls for ‘double screen’ TV coverage of F1

Date published: October 20 2019

Japanese Grand Prix

Following recent criticism of a lack of coverage for midfield runners in Formula 1, Romain Grosjean has suggested a split-screen broadcast.

Carlos Sainz has been particularly vocal about the lack of TV time that those behind the top three get on the world TV feed – the Singapore GP added further fuel to the fire when a four-car fight on the last lap received no coverage at all.

That battle was outside the points though, but either way, Grosjean believes it’s more “sexy” to watch those cars fighting than seeing “Ferrari 1-2”, and suggested a double screen to allow viewers to see the leaders and also the midfield action.

“The fight we had at the end of the last lap in Singapore was I guess much more exciting than cars passing the line,” he told Motorsport.com.

“So maybe having a double screen, where you can see still see the leading car crossing the line, and then the fight going on track on the other screen, would be quite cool.

“Sometimes you watch the races, it’s great to see Ferrari 1-2, but they’re just following each other and it’s not as sexy as seeing cars [racing].

“It was the same in Sochi. The midfield at one point was quite cool, and you could see very, very small margins between cars when [Alex] Albon was behind Kevin [Magnussen], he was coming back after the last safety car.

“And we were only seeing Charles [Leclerc] chasing [Valtteri] Bottas, which was also exciting, but sometimes you wish when you see less than two tenths between cars at the back you want to see that battle.”

Sainz has said that the Grand Prix Drivers Association will look to discuss the issue properly with chiefs, and Grosjean, who serves as a GPDA director, confirmed that he and Sainz have discussed it.

“We talked about it and we agreed,” said the Frenchman. “The thing is the same feed is broadcasted to every TV. It’s Formula 1 who gives the feed to every TV.

“They could probably do a better job and maybe show a bit more of the battles because that’s what’s lacking and is what we like to see: cars close together, wheel-to-wheel.

“It was exciting to see Charles following Bottas, but after three, four laps the delta was not quite good enough [for an overtake to happen].

“But if there was anything good happening [elsewhere] it was replayed. It was like 15, 16 laps just on those two cars.”

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