Channel 4 has entered into an agreement with Sky Sports to broadcast the big show of the apparently world championships in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will line up for several years at the Yes Marina at the level of 369.5 points for F1’s most anticipated title decision maker.
Hamilton’s method of securing the record-breaking eighth driver’s crown is very simple – scoring more points than Verstappen, thanks to his most race wins this season.
In addition to the British Grand Prix, Sky holds the exclusive live television rights to broadcast Formula 1 in the UK, but excessive interest in this culmination of an exciting season has made the Grand Prix Abu Dhabi an exception.
Channel 4, which broadcasts qualifying and race highlights from all other rounds on the calendar, has reached an agreement with Sky to bring the decision maker to free television.
The Channel 4 schedule originally featured an episode of the animated film The Simpsons and Puss in Boots that occupied the Grand Prix filling slots, but is now expected to be replaced by F1.
The news marks a departure from what was reported a few weeks ago, when it was unlikely Sky would share the rights with Abu Dhabi.
However, it’s another hit for Channel 4 as they gained the ability to live stream the US Open tennis final won by Briton Emma Radukanu – a huge Formula 1 fan – in September along with Amazon Prime.
UK and Europe Sky EVP and CEO Stephen van Rooyen said: “Sunday’s Grand Prix is one of the biggest sporting events of the past decade and could be a historic moment for British sport.
“We have chosen through our partnership with Channel 4 to bring races across the country for Christmas so everyone can be part of a great national moment as Lewis Hamilton aims for a historic eighth World Championship title.
“The spectacular Sky Sports Formula 1 team will give Channel 4 and Sky Sports viewers the best of insight, commentary and analysis at every turn in this most anticipated final race of the season.
“In addition, all Sky TV customers will have live coverage of Saturday’s important qualifying session and Sunday’s race – which we will also be streaming live on Sky Showcase.”
Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “We are delighted that Sky is making the Grand Prix available on Sunday for Channel 4 viewers so that everyone can tune in live for the exciting final of this epic season.
“Sky’s passion for Formula 1 is incredible and this generous gesture shows their love for the sport and the millions of fans in the UK. We all are eagerly waiting for Sunday and hope all the fans are glued to their screens. ,
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