Jan 6 2017
Coverage sees the return of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix to free-to-air TV for the first time in five years.
Channel 4 also retains live coverage of the 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix and the season finale with the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Channel 4 today confirmed the ten Formula 1® Grands Prix it will broadcast live in 2017 which will include the 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix on 16th July and the 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on 28th May, marking the first time this iconic race will be shown live on free-to-air TV for five years.
As part of a three year-deal with Formula One World Championship Limited, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of ten Grands Prix, including practice sessions, qualifying and in depth race analysis.
Channel 4 will also broadcast extensive highlights of all ten remaining races in the 2017 season, with all live races and highlights programmes available to watch live (simulcast) and on demand on All 4.
All live races will continue to be broadcast without advertising breaks.
The 2016 season was Channel 4’s first broadcast of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ with tens of millions tuning in for its live race and extensive highlights programmes across the year. Channel 4’s award-winning coverage, produced by Whisper Films, was frequently the most watched programme over its time slot.
Channel 4’s 2017 coverage will begin on 25th March with build up to, and comprehensive highlights coverage of the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix weekend. Channel 4’s first live race will be the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix broadcast over the weekend of 15TH April.
Following a picks process with Sky Sports, the full list of races broadcast live by Channel 4 is:
Bahrain –16th April
Russia –30th April
Monaco –28th May
Azerbaijan – 25th June
Great Britain –16th July
Belgium – 27th August
Singapore – 17th September
Malaysia – 1st October
USA – 22nd October
Abu Dhabi – 26th November
All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition on 4HD.
Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 Head of F1® said: “Following a thrilling first year covering Formula One, we’re delighted to reveal our schedule for the 2017 season. Once again our team will bring extensive coverage of every race with The Monaco Grand Prix, Great Britain and the finale in Abu Dhabi among our ten Live race weekends. It’s a particular delight to welcome Monaco back to terrestrial television Live, for the first time in five years.”
Channel 4 is the terrestrial television home of Formula 1® until 2019.