As we head into the Russian Grand Prix weekend, I was already intrigued about the TV coverage given the concern Mercedes had over the lack of screen time they had in the Japanese GP. Like Clockwork, the press asked the question for us and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone replied:
“People say there is no overtaking so what we showed is a helluva lot of overtaking,” Ecclestone said in Sochi today. “Actually if you look at the figures I think nearly all the teams got more or less the same amount of coverage.
“It’s no good just showing… We had the same with Michael. People don’t want to see one car alone on the track. If there’s some racing going on at the front, it’s good.”
I will admit that I did enjoy seeing much of the mid-field battles in Japan. I do know this is a bit of Mr. E being Mr. E. I would not be surprised if the coverage was tweaked a little to balance the front of the field a little more. I wouldn’t expect it to be a wholesale change in their approach but perhaps a little more Merc this weekend?
Hat Tip: Adam Cooper