Yes the run through the field showing the gaps is new, and it is good. I like how NASCAR keep the field status constantly updated.
The directing at Monza was terrible. It is usually a bit better, but still pales in comparison to US autosport broadcasting. The other idea I like from the US broadcasters is their ‘run through the field’, where they briefly follow each driver and give an update on their race, with a number of reporters in pit row getting feedback from each team. The BBC only has a single person on pit row, and he often only gets 1-2 updates throughout the race from the big teams, nothing more. Louis is usually at the driver media area ready to talk to drivers who have been knocked out of the race – but they definitely do not spend enough time showing highlights of the midfield and the back of the pack.