Over-the-top (OTT) service DAZN has renewed its Formula One rights in Japan for the upcoming season as part of a sub-licensing deal with Fox Sports Asia.
The sports streaming platform will air 21 live races from the motorsports championship, which begins at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend.
In addition to its live-race coverage, DAZN’s programming will also include practice and qualifying events prior to each grand prix, as well as full race highlights throughout the 2019 series.
The move ensures that racing remains part of the platform’s diversifying portfolio in Japan, which also includes rights to the popular J1 League, Japanese soccer’s top flight.
DAZN’s motorsports rights will also extend to Formula Two and Formula Three championships for the first time, showcasing Japanese drivers including Nobuharu Matsushita, Yuki Tsunoda and Teppei Natori.
As part of the deal, DAZN will continue to provide original shoulder content such as its multi-angle programme F1 Zone and its behind-the-scenes production F1 Lab, which will be shown on the Friday following each race.
DAZN’s F1 LAB Special: 2019 Season Preview will also introduces the drivers and teams including analysis from team testing in Barcelona last month.