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Closed-door races sped up transition to remote production says F1’s Al-Kudcy

Last weekend's Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring. (Photo by Joe Klamar/Pool via Getty Images).

The Covid-19 pandemic and the need to operate Formula 1 races behind closed doors have sped up the motorsport’s transition to remote television production according to F1's head of commercial partnerships, Zarah Al-Kudcy.

F1 has been providing a global media feed to all of its broadcast partners since around 2008 to deliver a more consistent media product. But following an announcement that it planned to become carbon-neutral by 2030, it set out an ambition to move to a more sustainable and cost-efficient remote production operation by 2022.

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