There appears the the podium ceremony has been changed as well. For the GP2 Feature Race there was music played as the drivers came onto the podium (which I found a bit cheap) and the audio by Bob Constanduros was part of the official TV feed (Will Buxton and Jerome d’Ambrosio went quiet for a good few minutes as a result). I would prefer to hear the commentators and the interviews on the podium were not something I would want to see again (that didn’t feature in the GP3 race).
I’m not a fan of the new podium. I find the current arrangements to be a bit bland, and having the flags on screens makes the situation worse, not better. Still, it makes the podium at Monaco more special, so I guess we can’t complain.
I think FOM are trying a few new things. They did that seemingly impromptu interview with Charlie Whiting yesterday which I have never seen before in my years of watching Formula 1, now they’re possibly adding a small bit of commentary to the world feed for the podium ceremony… Will they one day have world feed commentary? Will FOM have its own premium channel at a cost with its own commentators and unrivalled access and coverage? Am I reading too much into this?
By the way, does anyone have a video of this ceremony?