Channel Four will show live coverage alongside Sky Sports of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which sees Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battle for the Formula One title.
This announcement will mean the first UK terrestrial live broadcast of a F1 race other than the British Grand Prix for the first time since 2018, which coincidentally also was the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton winning that race.
Channel Four’s F1 broadcasting team will provide a short 15 minute build-up at 12pm GMT UK Time on Sunday 12 December before taking Sky’s feed until end of the podium ceremony, when the Channel Four team will provide reaction ahead of their highlights programme at 5:30pm GMT.
Speaking about the decision to secure free-to-air live coverage of the season finale, Channel 4’s Chief Executive, Alan Mahon said that he was “delighted” that the broadcaster would be available to the “whole nation” as Hamilton strives for a record-breaking eighth title.
This however isn’t the first time that Channel Four have broadcast historic sporting events through simulcast coverage, having aired England’s success at 2019 Cricket World Cup Final alongside Sky then Emma Raducanu’s US Open triumph in a joint broadcast with Amazon Prime in September 2021.
Sky UK & Europe CEO, Stephen van Rooyen meanwhile described the announcement as a festive “gift” to the UK, in order to enable the nation to witness a potential “historic moment for British sport.”
Van Rooyen has also vowed to provide viewers a memorable experience compromising of “the best insight, commentary and analysis of every twist and turn of this most eagerly anticipated final race of the season.”
Sky customers will also be able to watch live coverage of Qualifying and the race on Sky Showcase.
Verstappen currently leads Hamilton in the drivers’ standing on countback of one more race win than the Brit, despite both drivers entering the weekend locked on 369.5 points.