F1 highlights to remain FTA on Channel 4 for 2023 season

Follows news of Sky extending its exclusive UK coverage until 2029.
  • Qualifying and race session highlights will be available on Channel 4
  • Live FTA coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue for the duration of Sky’s deal

Formula One highlights in the UK will remain on free-to-air (FTA) television for the 2023 season after Channel 4 announced a deal with pay-TV network Sky.

Qualifying and race session highlights will be available for UK fans on the FTA channel for the entirety of next season.

Furthermore, full coverage of the British Grand Prix will be included as part of the deal for 2023. Formula One’s director of media rights Ian Holmes confirmed to the BlackBook that the race will be available on FTA television for the duration of Sky’s deal with Formula One.

Channel 4 and Sky have developed a good relationship since Sky acquired the rights to the global motorsport series, which led to the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi being made available on FTA television.

“It’s fantastic news that motorsport fans will be able to follow all the action during the 2023 Formula One season on free-to-air television thanks to this latest deal with Sky,” said Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4.

“Our strong, long-standing relationship with our excellent partner Sky has delivered some fantastic moments for viewers.

Last year’s thrilling Formula One season finale between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, England’s dramatic win at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, and Betfred Super League rugby have all been made available to British audiences on free-to-air television thanks to our close working relationship with Sky, and it’s great to see this continuing into 2023.”

Stephen van Rooyen, executive vice president and chief executive of Sky UK & Europe, added: “Our partnership with Channel 4 succeeds thanks to our shared values.

“We both support the UK’s cultural economy across TV and film production, journalism, and the arts, and of course we’ve shared some of the UK’s great sporting moments together over the last few years.

“Together with Channel 4 we look forward to giving racing fans in the UK all the twists and turns from the 2023 season.”


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