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Fox Sports Asia Presenter Matthew Marsh on F1 in the COVID Era

In a lunch talk hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, Fox Sports Asia analyst and FCC member Matthew Marsh gave a behind-the-scenes look at F1 in the age of COVID. 

He highlighted F1’s now Executive Chairman, Chase Carey, as “the person who performed best… [leading] a team that put on 17 races across 12 countries” in 2020 as the sport grappled with challenges brought about by the pandemic. He added that F1 is “much more financially sustainable now than it was before.”

Having presented much of his F1 coverage from his home in Hong Kong during the pandemic, Marsh also discussed the nuances of in-person versus remote journalism, and he shared his thoughts on how F1 coverage after COVID may evolve. 

“As a journalist, being able to talk to other journalists, being able to talk to team people, being able to watch the way they behave is critical,” said Marsh, comparing the experience of firsthand, in-person reporting versus remote reporting.

The flip side of that is… when I interview drivers on Zoom or whatever it is we’re using, it’s better. Would you believe?” said Marsh.

“When it’s one on one… the person looks at me the same way they probably do with their friends.”

Watch the full event below:

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