Channel 4 have confirmed a deal to broadcast Sunday’s Formulation 1 season finale reside on free-to-air TV after reaching a cope with Sky to share the rights.
The grand prix in Abu Dhabi pits Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, looking for a report eighth title, towards Pink Bull’s younger charger Max Verstappen, who’s aiming for his maiden title, in a winner-takes-all battle.
The 2 drivers head into the race degree on factors, though Verstappen would win the title on countback ought to neither driver end attributable to his tally of 9 victories this season to Hamilton’s eight.
Since Hamilton received his third race on the spin in Saudi Arabia final weekend, calls had been rising for the finale to be proven on free-to-air TV to maximise the quantity of people that can watch.
The race in Jeddah attracted report viewing figures on Sky Sports activities F1 of two.66 million, however that quantity will probably be dwarfed now that Sunday’s race is being proven free-to-air.
Channel 4 is often restricted to a highlights package deal however is predicted to be allowed to do a pre- and post-race present, switching to Sky’s commentary for the race itself.
Sky chief government, UK and Europe, Stephen van Rooyen stated: “Sunday’s Grand Prix is without doubt one of the greatest sporting occasions within the final decade, and may very well be a historic second for British sport.
“We have chosen to reward the race to the entire nation at Christmas by way of our partnership with Channel 4, so everybody might be a part of an enormous nationwide second as Lewis Hamilton goes for a historic eighth World Championship title.”
Formulation One president Stefano Domenicali added: “We’re excited that Sky will make the Grand Prix on Sunday obtainable to Channel 4 viewers so everybody can tune in reside for the thrilling finale to this epic season.”
MPs and friends on the All-Occasion Parliamentary Group for Motorsport had led requires Sunday’s race to be made obtainable to the nation lower than 24 hours after Hamilton beat Verstappen within the Saudi Arabian GP to attract degree on factors along with his championship rival in one of the crucial dramatic races the game has seen.
Channel 4 beforehand struck a cope with Sky to simulcast the 2019 Cricket World Cup last – received by England – and did the identical with Amazon for this yr’s US Open ladies’s singles last – which witnessed a fairytale triumph for Emma Raducanu.
When is it?
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend runs from Friday, December 10 till Sunday, December 12.
What time does the race begin?
First follow on Friday, December 10 begins at 9.30am with second follow at 1pm. Ultimate follow is at 10am on Saturday, December 11 with qualifying at 1pm.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix itself begins at 1pm on Sunday, December 12.
Will Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen win the F1 world title?
The 2021 Formulation One season has been one of many best in latest reminiscence with Verstappen and Hamilton going head-to-head for a lot of the yr.
Pink Bull’s Verstappen and Mercedes’ Hamilton are degree on factors heading into the title decider at Yas Marina after a tempestuous and controversial season. This implies whoever finishes increased out of the 2 will declare the title.
It could be Hamilton’s eighth world title whereas it might be Verstappen’s first.
Hamilton is favorite to return out on high, having received races at Yas Marina on a earlier 5 events. Nevertheless, Verstappen has additionally had success in Abu Dhabi, profitable in 2020 which was his second win on the observe.