Channel 4 announces 2016 live Formula 1 races
British Grand Prix one of ten Formula1® races shown live in by broadcaster, with highlights of all 21 races
Live races to be broadcast without advertising breaks
Channel 4 has confirmed the ten Formula 1® Grands Prix it will broadcast live in 2016, which will include the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix on July 10th.
As part of a new three-year deal from 2016-2018 with Formula One World Championship Limited, announced last month, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of ten Grands Prix, including practice sessions and qualifying over each season. Channel 4 will broadcast comprehensive highlights of all 21 races, including those broadcast by Sky Sports.
Channel 4 coverage will begin over the weekend of March 18th-20th with build up to, and comprehensive highlights coverage of the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend. Channel 4’s first live race will be the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, broadcast over the weekend of 1st-3rd April.
Following a picks process with Sky Sports, the full list of races broadcast live by Channel 4 is:
(Provisional Grand Prix start times – which are subject to confirmation – are indicated in brackets.)
Bahrain– 1st-3rdApril (4.00pm)
Spain– 13th-15th May (1.00pm)
Europe (Azerbaijan) – 17th-19th June (TBC)
Britain– 8th-10th July (1.00pm)
Hungary– 22nd-24th July (1.00pm)
Belgium– 26th-28th August (1.00pm)
Italy– 2nd-4th September (1.00pm)
Malaysia– 30th September-2nd October (8.00am)
Mexico – 28th-30th October (7.00pm)
Abu Dhabi– 25th-27th November (1.00pm)
All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition.
Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 Head of F1® said: “We are delighted to announce the full line up of races we will be showing live across 2016. The British Grand Prix is a huge highlight of the sporting calendar and we’re looking forward to covering all the action live from Silverstone this summer. ”
This follows the news announced earlier in the month that Whisper Films will produce coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ and that 13 times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard will be bringing his extensive knowledge in Formula 1®, as well as his considerable contacts in the sport, to Channel 4’s coverage.
The full presenting and commentary team will be announced in due course.
About Formula 1®
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