Formula One has announced an extension of live coverage in Czech Republic and Slovakia up to end of 2023 season.
The new extended deal with AMC Networks International-Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) enables the broadcaster to continue exclusive coverage for the next three seasons.
Sport1 and Sport2 will broadcast every session from Practice to Qualifying plus the race itself from every Grand Prix weekend, alongside Formula Two and Three which will create almost 14 hours of live coverage on weekends when all three series race together.
Speaking of the decision to sign a new deal with AMCNI CNE, Head of Media Rights Formula One – Michaella Snoeck said; “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with AMCNI CNE as they continue to provide top quality broadcasting to F1 fans in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the sport’s popularity continues to rise.”
F1TV Pro will also be made available in Czech Republic and Slovakia ahead of the 2021 season, which Snoeck describes as positive as F1 “… enters an exciting new era.”
Levente Malnay, EVP of AMCNI CNE meanwhile is looking forward to continuing to provide F1 coverage, saying; “The renewed partnership will build on the strong relationship Formula 1 and AMCNI CNE’s sports channel have established in recent years.”
Although Czech Republic has produced just one F1 driver in 70 years in Tomas Enge who raced in late 2001, they currently have a Czech team in Charouz who race in F2 and F3 with one of their latter drivers being 16 year-old Roman Stanek who also hails from Czech Republic.
Other past F2 and F3 drivers include Josef Kral who raced in GP (now known as F2) between 2010-12, whilst Jakub Klasterka raced in 2012 GP3 (now known as F3) series for opening two rounds with Jenzer.
Richard Gonda meanwhile is the closest Slovakian driver to get to F1, having briefly raced for Jenzer in 2016 GP3 season across three rounds with his highest finish coming in the Spanish and Hungarian Feature Races.