Channel 4 will become the only place to watch Formula E on a free-to-air basis in the UK, in a new multi-year deal that starts this year.
The deal means UK-based fans of the only all-electric motorsport World Championship will have the opportunity to see more live races in Season 8 than in any previous season.
Every race in the Championship’s biggest-ever 16-race calendar will be shown live on Channel 4 and All4. Coverage will also be available on Channel 4 Sport’s YouTube channel.
Channel 4 and All4 will also broadcast race highlights. All4 will serve as the catch-up destination for all coverage of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
In addition, the new qualifying format featuring all 22 drivers in head-to-head knockout Duels competing for pole position will be available live before every E-Prix on the Channel 4 Sport YouTube channel.
The multi-year rights deal gives Formula E a more permanent fixture on UK TV. Until now, free-to-air Formula E coverage has been scattered across various broadcasters, from the BBC to ITV on short-term deals.
Formula E Season 8 starts this weekend on Channel 4. Coverage is presented by Vernon Kay and Nicki Shields with Jaguar Formula E driver Sam Bird.
Round 1 from Diriyah will be carried on the Channel 4 Sport YouTube channel from 4:30pm on Friday 28th January. Channel 4 and All4 will broadcast live coverage of Round 2 on Saturday 29th January from 4:30pm.
Channel 4’s Head of Sport Pete Andrews said:
“Formula E is a fantastically exciting sport and this deal is wonderful news for sports fans. We’re proud to be showcasing a sport with sustainability at its heart and one that plays such an important role in seeking to combat the climate crisis.”