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Sky & Channel 4 Agree FTA Deal For Formula 1 highlights and the British GP Through to 2026

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Sky and Channel 4 have renewed their long-standing partnership, guaranteeing free-to-air Formula 1 coverage in the United Kingdom until at least 2026.

What does the new deal entail

For the next three years, Sky will have exclusive live coverage of all practice laps, qualifying, sprint races, and Grand Prix races, while Channel 4 will air highlights from all Formula 1 qualifying, sprint, and Grand Prix races.

As a result of the agreement, racing fans all over the United Kingdom will be able to watch the British Grand Prix in real time, as well as every practise and qualifying lap leading up to the big race. The British Grand Prix last year was watched by 7.4 million people between Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4.

Since Sky Sports’ exclusive deal with Formula 1 in 2019, last year was the most watched Formula 1 season ever on Sky Sports. The percentage of viewers under the age of 35 who tuned in to Sky Sports F1 increased from 20% to 28% in just one year.

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Long standing partnership

Over the course of many years, Sky and Channel 4 have developed a strong partnership that has benefited UK sports fans by providing them with free to air coverage. In addition, other deals have included broadcasts of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, both of which England won, the 2021 Formula 1 season finale, in which Max Verstappen upset Lewis Hamilton to win the championship, and the broadcast of the Super League.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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