This Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be shown live on Channel 4 as well as Sky Sports after the two broadcasters came to an agreement.
Sky Sports had the rights to the all-important race, but have agreed a deal to share them with the free-to-air channel as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battle it out for the World Championship title.
The race for the world title could not be more excitingly poised with Mercedes’ defending champion Hamilton and Red Bull’s exciting youngster Verstappen level on points at the top of the Drivers’ Championship heading into the final Grand Prix.
It is a winner-takes-all contest, with the Brit hoping for a record eighth title and the Dutchman wanting his first.
The deal to show the race on Channel 4 is similar to the ones the station struck with Sky to show the 2019 Cricket World Cup final and with Amazon Prime to show Emma Raducanu in this year’s US Open final.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to start at 1pm UK time on Sunday.
Itâs official! The big finale of the F1 season, the decider between Lewis & Max will be LIVE on @Channel4.
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Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe Sky said: ‘Sunday’s Grand Prix is one of the biggest sporting events in the last decade, and could be an historic moment for British sport. We’ve chosen to gift the race to the whole country at Christmas through our partnership with Channel 4, so everyone can be part of a huge national moment as Lewis Hamilton goes for a historic eighth World Championship title.
‘The brilliant Sky Sports Formula 1 team will give viewers on Channel 4 and Sky Sports the best insight, commentary and analysis of every twist and turn of this most eagerly anticipated final race of the season. Additionally all Sky TV customers will have live coverage of the important qualifying session on Saturday, and the race on Sunday – which we will also show live on Sky Showcase.’
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