Formula E and ORF agree three-year Austrian rights extension

Every race and qualifying session to be aired on public broadcaster’s linear networks.

Formula E and ORF agree three-year Austrian rights extension

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  • FTA network has aired Formula E since 2016
  • Orf to provide dedicated production at select races

All-electric racing series Formula E has agreed an extension of its broadcast partnership with Austrian public service broadcaster ORF for at least three more seasons.

Having first agreed to air Formula E in 2016, ORF's extended deal kicks in immediately and means the series will air on free-to-air channels across Austria until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.

The network will continue to show every qualifying session and ePrix live across the ORF1 and ORF Sport+ linear channels. The broadcaster has also agreed to provide its own dedicated production on the ground at select races.

Aarti Dabas, Formula E’s chief media officer, said: “Formula E has built a firm fanbase in Austria, so it was paramount for us that we continued our successful partnership with ORF.”

Hans Peter Trost, head of ORF-TV Sports, added: “Motorsports and ORF, that’s a long-term history. Formula E and ORF, that is a much shorter history, but thinking of climate change issues, it’s an important one and therefore an ongoing one. Awareness and exciting motor racing is a perfect mixture for a public broadcaster.”

Formula E starts its 2021 season - the series’ second as an official International Automobile Federation (FIA) world championship - in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia with two night races on 26th and 27th February.