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Channel 4 are the current terrestrial British broadcasters of Formula One races, holding the rights alongside Sky Sports F1. Channel 4's first race was the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, and they will host 10 of the 21 races scheduled for 2018 live and the rest with extended highlights.

With the BBC looking to make cost cuts in late 2015, they decided to cut F1 from the programming and passed on the remaining three years of the contract to Channel 4, who agreed to run the races without commercial breaks.[1] On 12 February 2016, it was confirmed that the coverage's intro would include Fleetwood Mac's song "The Chain" like the BBC's coverage intros,[2] and the complete line-up was announced on 8 March 2016, having some of the people part of the BBC's latest line-up.[3][4]

Channel 4 first looked to take the exclusive rights of Formula 1 back in 2011, but failed when Sky and BBC put a higher bid in.

2018 racesEdit

These are the races that Channel 4 will show live in 2018.[5]

Round Race Date
2 Bahrain Grand Prix April 8
4 Azerbaijan Grand Prix April 29
6 Monaco Grand Prix May 27
9 Austrian Grand Prix July 1
10 British Grand Prix July 8
13 Belgian Grand Prix August 26
15 Singapore Grand Prix September 16
17 Japanese Grand Prix October 7
18 United States Grand Prix October 21
21 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 25

Line-upEdit

Role Name Duration
Anchor David Coulthard 2016–present
Steve Jones 2016–present
Pit Lane Reporter Karun Chandhok 2016–present
Paddock Reporter Lee McKenzie 2016–present
Holly Samos 2016–present (Selected races only, filling in for McKenzie)[6]
Lead Commentator Ben Edwards 2016–present
Co-Commentator David Coulthard 2016–present
Analyst Mark Webber 2016–present (Live races only)
Susie Wolff 2016–present (Live races only)
Eddie Jordan 2016–present (Some live races only)
Technical Analyst Karun Chandhok 2016–present

Nicolas Hamilton, Bruno Senna, Alain Prost, Alex Zanardi, Murray Walker and Jolyon Palmer are also part of the team.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "Channel 4 becomes terrestrial home of Formula 1". Channel 4. 21 December 2015. http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-becomes-terrestrial-home-of-formula-1?hootPostID=dde274dfb372ab4d0ede906f68a35e34. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. Duncan, Philip (12 February 2016). "Formula One coverage on Channel 4 to retain iconic Fleetwood Mac 'The Chain' title music". Daily Mail (DMG Media). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-3444311/Formula-One-coverage-Channel-4-retain-iconic-Fleetwood-Mac-Chain-title-music.html. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Channel 4 unveils expert Formula 1® presenting team". Channel 4. 8 March 2016. http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-unveils-expert-formula-1-presenting-team. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kalinauckas, Alex (8 March 2016). "Channel 4 reveals "dream team" for 2016 Formula 1 UK TV presenters". James Allen on F1 (James Allen). http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2016/03/channel-4-reveals-dream-team-for-2016-formula-1-uk-tv-presenters/. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  5. "Formula1® returns to C4 for 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship"". Channel4.com. Channel 4. 29 January 2018. http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/formula1-returns-to-c4-for-2018-fia-formula-one-world-championship. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  6. "Holly Samos Twitter (9:18 am - 30 Jun 2016 Tweet)". Twitter. 30 June 2016. https://twitter.com/hollysamos/status/748551396467802113. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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