The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is a planned motor racing championship for Formula One cars which would be recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers’and World Constructors’ championship titles.
Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to defend his World Drivers’ Championship, after winning his fourth championship title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, are scheduled to defend their Constructors’ Championship after they secured their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
A revision of the sport’s technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device—commonly known as the “halo”—will be introduced for the 2018 championship. The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that will see the device adopted by all open-wheel racing series by 2020.
Going into the 2018 Formula 1 season, F1 has announced many changes ahead of the new season. Part of the ongoing improvements extensive F1 TV coverage is promised around the world and F1 has sold TV rights across 150 different territories. ESPN signed a multiyear deal with F1 to broadcast the sport live in the USA while SkySports has exclusive rights to all F1 races in the UK and they will share some races with Channel4. Below is the entire list of TV Channels broadcasting Formula 1 around the world.
Since the 2018 Formula 1 season is far approaching we take a look at what channel will be broadcasting the races live on tv in your part of the world. What kind of coverage you can expect and is it free or you have to pay to access live coverage of formula one depending on the country your reside in. Below table shows what channel will be broadcasting live formula 1 grand prix weekend in different parts of the world.
Live Broadcasting Formula 1 In 2018
NBC Sports Network Coverage In United States:
ESPN has signed a multiyear deal with F1 to broadcast all Formula 1 races live in the United States from 2018 season. ESPN2 will broadcast majority of the races with live feed taken from SkySports UK. Three grand prixs (USA, Mexican and Monaco) to be broadcasted live on free-to-air channel ABC.
The dedicated Formula 1 coverage on ESPN will be in english while the spanish viewers can get live coverage on “Univision Deportes” channel. It will cost less then US$720 a year compared to last four seasons when NBC had the live coverage of F1.
SkySports F1 & Channel 4 Coverage in United Kingdom:
SkySports has a deal with F1 for the exclusive right to all the formula 1 grand prixs in 2016. They have a dedicated f1 channel called “Skyf1” which coverage every formula 1 race with extensive coverage, buildups, live practice sessions and qualifying. 4 hours live coverage of race day and of course the repeats and highlights.
BBC lost their 10 grand prix live coverage rights to “Channel 4”
“Channel4” took over the same contract as BBC to broadcast 10 grand prixs on free-to-air channel in United Kingdom. They do have exclusive rights to British Grand Prix and the last Grand Prix of the season.
Formula one is by far the most watched and popular motorsport competition in the world with more than 425 million people tuned in to watch F1 races at some point of 2015 season where Lewis Hamilton came out as champion. TV channels around the world broadcast the races live in different countries and all channels in the world take the live feed produced by FOM (Formula One Management). Several years back the host the host nation of every race will produced the feed which is later distributed to worldwide channels for example British Grand Prix feed was produced by BBC or SkySports but since 2007 F1 management is produced the feed.