Formula 1 fans in Britain and the Netherlands will be able to watch this weekend’s championship-deciding race live on free-to-air television.Max Verstappen become the first driver from the Netherlands to win the world championship.
Now subscription channel Sky has agreed a deal for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to air live on Channel 4. The free-to-air broadcaster ordinarily shows delayed highlights of F1 races and only airs the British Grand Prix live.
“The whole nation will be able to watch what is set to be one of the most thrilling finales to an F1 season in living memory as Lewis strives to become the most crowned World Champion of all time,” said Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon.
Channel 4 will screen a 15 minute build-up to the final round of the season featuring their regular broadcasting team, after which they will air Sky’s coverage of the race – including commentary by David Croft and Martin Brundle – then return to their own team.
Earlier this year Channel 4 struck a deal with Amazon to show the US Open tennis final live after British player Emma Raducanu reached the deciding match. Over nine million people watched the 18-year-old win the tournament.
Lewis Hamilton is bidding to make history by becoming the first driver in the history of the world championship to win the title for an eighth time.
Verstappen and Hamilton go into this weekend’s final race at the remodelled Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi tied on points after 21 of 22 races.
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