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The F1 TV team is relatively unchanged. Same commentary on Channel 4 once again.

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(22-02-2024, 07:10 PM)SuperSajuuk Wrote:  I wonder if Crofty has other pre-arranged committments that have to take priority as 3 races seems very low if they were trying to plan for the future with "new voices" to the Sky F1 team. The fact the stand-in is the lead commentator of the BBC coverage feels like they just asked him if he wouldn't mind filling for them on 3 races, which are conveniently all European-based.

Wil be interesting to see how Harry Benjamin handles being on the primary UK broadcaster, I'm sure Brundle will be there for at least Imola and Austria though.....

I think it's more of those weekends are in the congested parts of the season with a lot of travel/timezone changes around them. Looking at it, there are some 'crown jewel' events after the first two, which it would be good to have the lead commentator fresh for. Imola has Miami a fortnight before (a fortnight after China) and Monaco the week after. Austria has Canada and Spain the previous week and Silverstone the week after. Azebaijan is a more of a travel issue, with Monza the previous week and SIngapore immediately after.

There is also a month between Singapore (September 22) and Austin (October 20). That comes across as a bit strange, especially with how tightly packed the calendar at other points.

(22-02-2024, 04:50 PM)Neil Jones Wrote:  I appreciate 24 races is a heck of a lot of talking, but I can't help wondering if if it had occurred under his tenure, would Murray Walker have commentated on 24 races? Martin Brundle already doesn't do the full seasons at the previous lenghts I notice so maybe Walker wouldn't have done so either.

Of course how high can the number of races in a season go? How long before we get to 25? 30? 32?? With a season that runs pretty much ten months of the year, how long before we get to weekly races?

How much is too much?

For the viewer, I think we are probably past too much. If a season is competitive like 2021 then great, but if it is anything close to last year, many will lose interest fast.
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(22-02-2024, 04:50 PM)Neil Jones Wrote:  I appreciate 24 races is a heck of a lot of talking, but I can't help wondering if if it had occurred under his tenure, would Murray Walker have commentated on 24 races? Martin Brundle already doesn't do the full seasons at the previous lenghts I notice so maybe Walker wouldn't have done so either.

Of course how high can the number of races in a season go? How long before we get to 25? 30? 32?? With a season that runs pretty much ten months of the year, how long before we get to weekly races?

How much is too much?

Feels like with many sports now the new season pretty much starts before the old season has ended.

If anything in this case it's odd Croft is only missing three - kind of makes it more noticeable than if the substitute was covering more races. Does Croft do all sessions over the weekend too?
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(22-02-2024, 07:48 PM)Brekkie Wrote:  Feels like with many sports now the new season pretty much starts before the old season has ended.

If anything in this case it's odd Croft is only missing three - kind of makes it more noticeable than if the substitute was covering more races. Does Croft do all sessions over the weekend too?

I think he usually skips a practice session on Fridays.

I agree three is a small number to miss. When comparing with Simon Lazenby, Ted Kravitz or Martin Brundle, they all must miss double if not triple that amount.
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(22-02-2024, 07:14 PM)RhysJR Wrote:  I think it's more of those weekends are in the congested parts of the season with a lot of travel/timezone changes around them. Looking at it, there are some 'crown jewel' events after the first two, which it would be good to have the lead commentator fresh for. Imola has Miami a fortnight before (a fortnight after China) and Monaco the week after. Austria has Canada and Spain the previous week and Silverstone the week after. Azebaijan is a more of a travel issue, with Monza the previous week and SIngapore immediately after.

Good points all around there, I hadn't thought about it that way. Surprised Crofty didn't just skip Miami to stick in Europe for the majority of European races, but at least he's picked at least 2 races which will be relatively boring to commentate on lol
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Former Haas team principal Gunther Steiner will be a pundit on the relaunched coverage of Germany's RTL.

From what I've heard about Drive to Survive, it doesn't sound like he would have been popular with the Ofcom sensors if he was signed by Sky Big Grin

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