F1: Sky extends Channel 4’s British GP sub-licensing deal until 2026

Race remains free-to-air, while all qualifying, sprint and race highlights to continue on channel.

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has extended its Formula One sub-licensing deal with Channel 4 for the British Grand Prix in the UK until 2026.

Confirmed:

  • British Grand Prix to remain free-to-air
  • Highlights of qualifying, sprint and race sessions to continue on UK commercial network

Context: Last year’s coverage of the British Grand Prix reached a combined audience of 7.4 million across the two channels, so the contract extension targets a continuation of a successful partnership that began eight years ago.

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

“Just like British fans I love that unique Formula One combination of engineering technology, personal humanity, glittering glamour and unbelievable race tension.”

Coming next: The 2023 British Grand Prix takes place this weekend from 7th to 9th July. 

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