On Monday afternoon, Channel 4 revealed details of which 2016 grands prix it will broadcast live after recently taking over Formula 1’s UK terrestrial television rights from the BBC.
Channel Four’s live broadcasts begin with round two in Bahrain, and also include Azerbaijan’s first GP, the British event at Silverstone and the finale in Abu Dhabi.
It was announced just before Christmas C4 would take up the remaining three years on the BBC’s contract and show the sport until the end of the 2018 season. The BBC was forced to pull out with immediate effect in a bid to make significant savings, with C4 stepping into the breach.
A week ago C4 confirmed that David Coulthard had become the first member of its commentary team, with Whisper Films handed the production contract.
Following a selection process with Sky Sports F1, which shows every F1 race live, C4 has announced Bahrain, Spain, Europe (Azerbaijan), Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dhabi as its live broadcasts. There will be no advertisement breaks during the races.
For the remaining 11 grands prix Channel 4 will show a comprehensive highlights package and the full presenting and commentary team is to be announced in due course.