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Last year of free-to-air coverage: F1 coverage details

This year's F1 coverage split between pay and free-to-air broadcasts has been announced. It's the last year of regular free-to-air coverage in the UK.

Channel 4's deal to cover F1, which was poached from the BBC following one of its cost-cutting exercises, expires at the end of the year. From 2019, Sky has the exclusive UK rights to broadcast F1.

As part of its live coverage of all 21 race weekends from across the globe, Sky Sports F1 will show exclusive coverage of the first grand prix of the season. Two new grands prix for 2018 will also be shown exclusively live on the pay TV service. Returning to the F1 calendar for the first time in nearly thirty years, Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet will host the French Grand Prix in June, while the German Grand Prix from Hockenheim makes its comeback after a one-year absence.

Free-to-air coverage via Channel 4 starts with the Bahrain Grand Prix on the weekend of 6-8th April.
Sky subscribers are able to purchase the Sky Sports F1 channel for just £18 a month, different terms apply on other platforms.

F1 2018 UK Pay/Free TV schedule
Australian Grand Prix, 23-25 March – Sky Sports F1

Bahrain Grand Prix, 6-8 April – Sky F1 and C4

Chinese Grand Prix, 13-15 April – Sky Sports F1

Azerbaijan Grand Prix, 27-29 April – Sky F1 and C4

Spanish Grand Prix, 11-13 May – Sky Sports F1

Monaco Grand Prix, 25-27 May – Sky F1 and C4

Canadian Grand Prix, 8-10 June – Sky Sports F1

French Grand Prix, 22-24 June – Sky Sports F1

Austrian Grand Prix, 29 June – 1 July – Sky F1 and C4

British Grand Prix, 6-8 July – Sky F1 and C4

German Grand Prix, 20-22 July – Sky Sports F1

Hungarian Grand Prix, 27-29 July - Sky Sports F1

Belgian Grand Prix, 24-26 August – Sky F1 and C4

Italian Grand Prix, 31 August – 2 September –Sky Sports F1

Singapore Grand Prix, 14-16 September – Sky F1 and C4

Russian Grand Prix, 28-30 September – Sky Sports F1

Japanese Grand Prix, 5-7 October – Sky F1 and C4

United States Grand Prix, 19-21 October – Sky F1 and C4

Mexican Grand Prix, 26-28 October - Sky Sports F1

Brazilian Grand Prix, 9-11 November - Sky Sports F1

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 23-25 November - Sky F1 and C4

Scott Young, Head of Formula 1 at Sky Sports said: 
“There is huge anticipation this year; can Hamilton create even more history, how will Ferrari and Red Bull close the gap, where will the young drivers emerge in the reckoning? Each season we look to find new ways to improve the coverage and entertain our viewers and this year will be no different.”

Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 Head of F1 said: 
“We’re set for another compelling, action packed season and viewers can follow the whole story on C4, All4 and @C4F1. Once again the most iconic races are available Live and free to air as well as the season finale, with all fans hoping this one goes right to the wire.”

As for 2019, Sky said when it won the exclusive rights to F1 that it would only show the British Grand Prix on a free-to-air basis. Sky has acquired exclusive rights to F1 in both the UK and Italy. Sky attempted to acquire exclusive rights in Germany, but failed, and last week announced it was no longer going to show F1 after this year.