Olav Mol is missed at Formula 1, app with his comments overloaded | show

Since this season, the broadcasting rights of Formula 1 have been in the hands of streaming platform Viaplay. They opted for a new presentation team compared to Ziggo, which has broadcast the world’s largest car racing competition in recent years. Melroy Heemskerk and Nelson Valkenburg are the replacements for Olav Mol and Jack Plooij, but via the site and app of Grand Prix Radio there is still the possibility to stream the live commentary of the duo.

There was great interest in this. This afternoon during qualifying, the website and app even became overloaded. The channel announced via social media: ‘We are working hard to solve this, so that you can listen to the comments of Olav Mol and Jack Plooij!’

Social media showed that viewers had a hard time getting used to the new duo Heemskerk and Valkenburg. A funny tweet with a photo of Max Verstappen, among others, with his fingers in his ears, accompanied with the text ‘They also apparently have Viaplay at Red Bull’ could count on hundreds of likes. The same applies to a tweet calling for a petition for the return of the Ziggo team. There was, however, also a dissenting voice. For example, someone wrote: ‘Big kudos to Viaplay. Professional, qualitative and informative from the studio.’ That post also got hundreds of likes.

Grand Prix Radio is the licensee of the Dutch audio rights for Formula 1. The online station previously attracted about 50,000 listeners per race.

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