F1 set to produce the Monaco GP TV broadcast for the first time in two decades

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco
F1 Grand Prix of Monaco - The grid goes around the hairpin in Monaco (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

F1 is all set to produce the Monaco GP TV broadcast for the first time in two decades, taking over control from the local broadcasters. The event was previously produced by Tele Monte Carlo but FI will now produce the whole event itself.

The organization will now produce the world feed for all races this year, making it the main controlling factor with regard to broadcasting. During the 1990s, Grand Prix events were produced by local broadcasters.

For instance, free-to-air networks such as ITV, RTL, and Rai were responsible for the British, German, and Italian rounds respectively. These broadcasters focused on their home drivers, giving them special attention.

The quality of the broadcasts fluctuated from week to week. While broadcasters like ITV delivered coverage that would meet modern standards, others provided subpar broadcasts.

In an effort to combat subpar broadcasts, F1 has chosen to take complete control of its production.

The Monaco broadcasters came under fire in 2021 when a replay of Lance Stroll running wide at the Swimming Pool complex was shown instead of an interesting battle between Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly heading from Beau Rivage to Massenet.

However, with F1 now having taken things into its own hands, such errors are not expected in the future.

Red Bull trying to catch up to rivals in 2026 F1 power unit development

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has revealed that the team is making determined efforts to close the gap with their competitors in terms of developing their engine for the 2026 season. Currently, the team is using rebranded Honda engines, referred to as 'RBTP Honda.'

With Formula 1 introducing a new engine formula for the 2026 season, teams are in a race to comply with the updated regulations. Furthermore, newcomers like Audi F1 are aiming to disrupt the established hierarchy.

From 2026, Red Bull will have full responsibility for designing its own power unit. While the team has partnered with Ford, the exact involvement of the American automaker in engine development remains uncertain.

Speaking in an interview for his team's website, Horner said about the 2026 engine development:

“We’re building a new engine for 2026 as well and we’re desperately trying to catch up. We’re building it here [in Milton Keynes, at the racing team’s base], it’s a start-up new business that we’ve welcomed 400 new members to the team in, and we started from scratch."

It remains to be seen if the Austrian team will remain dominant once the new engine regulations are implemented.

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Edited by Ritwik Kumar