An F1 TV deal has been announced to get race footage from the past, with the new project being undertaken from the United Kingdom.
More of F1’s history is set to be uncovered for fans. A research agreement has been signed and agreed upon between ITV Sport and a company called Racing Past Media (RPM). According to RPM, they will recover, edit and preview a “significant volume” of material held by ITV from the first three decades of F1 contests.
RPM is led to by a former ITV F1 broadcaster named Steve Rider. Under him, there is a team consisting of award-winning F1 producers and experts. Heading the project will be Robert Foster, someone who has more than 25 years of experience in production, rights and archive management at the BBC and being Vice President at the European Broadcasting Union.
With the team assembled, the F1 TV deal has been announced to obtain race footage from past seasons for fans.
For the fans, by the fans
“It is not just the race coverage but the documentary and feature material being unearthed that is so exciting,” Rider said, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“This is the first step in a project that, along with the cooperation of other archives and rights holders, will help provide a complete and accessible archive of the formative years of the Formula 1 World Championship.”
Over the next three years, RPM will gain access to ITV’s archive footage to see what they can work with. One race that is confirmed to be in the archive is the 1976 Japanese GP that took place at Fuji, where former F1 driver James Hunt won the world championship. Such races will be available for fans to use.