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Sky, Channel 4 extend deal to keep British Grand Prix free-to-air

Extended deal will see Channel 4 continue to broadcast highlights of all Formula 1 qualifying, sprint and Grand Prix races until 2026

Sky and Channel 4 have agreed an extension to their deal to keep Formula 1 on free-to-air TV in the UK until 2026.

The deal will see highlights of all Formula 1 qualifying, sprint and Grand Prix races available on Channel 4 whilst Sky will continue to show live coverage throughout the next three years.

The deal also allows Channel 4 to broadcast the British Grand Prix live.

This latest extension brings their Formula 1 rights-sharing partnership to eight years, said the broadcasters.

Speaking about the extension, Channel 4’s chief executive Alex Mahon said: “We’re thrilled to have struck another Formula 1 deal with Sky and are delighted to once again bring UK audiences Formula 1 for free. The partnership between Channel 4 and Sky benefits the British public and allows everyone to get into the sport and brings in new fans and ensures Formula 1 gets much wider reach and prominence with British audiences.”

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO Sky UK and Ireland added: “Together with Channel 4 we’ve shared some of the most iconic moments in sporting history and our relationship is as strong as ever. The length and nature of this deal shows Sky’s deep commitment to help increase the reach of Formula 1 and continue to support one of the most exhilarating, and fastest growing sports in the world.”