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Formula 1 takes broadcasting control for Monaco GP

The sport will control the broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time, with Formula 1 now in charge of the operations for every event on the calendar.

Formula 1 will take control of the broadcasting of the sport's historic event, which had previously been controlled by Tele Monte Carlo. Throughout the sport's history, a variety of agreements had been in place with some local broadcasters, but the sport's increasing operations mean they have sought to control the world feed at as many events as possible. The Monaco GP was the last remaining event to not have its broadcasting controlled by Formula 1 and, according to the website Motorsport Broadcasting , the baton has been passed over from Tele Monte Carlo to Formula 1. A new three-contract was penned for the Monaco Grand Prix last year, and it's believed that the new broadcasting arrangement is part of the new agreement.

Monaco coverage under the microscope

With the increasing size of modern Formula 1 cars, the overtaking challenges at Monaco have increased dramatically, with fans often expressing concerns about the lack of passing opportunities. Teams often resort to one-stop strategies, and the majority of positional changes usually happen during the pit stop phase. With overtaking at a premium, the pressure has always been on the broadcaster to find on-track battles to show on the world feed. But criticism spiked at the 2021 race when the broadcaster missed a developing battle between Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly. With Vettel emerging from the pits and racing side-by-side with Gasly, the TV feed cut to a replay of Lance Stroll making a mistake and cutting the chicane, missing rare live action.

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