List of Formula One broadcasters

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This is a List of Formula One broadcasters and 'World Feed' producers. Formula One, the highest level of circuit racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, motor sport's world governing body, can be seen live or tape delayed on television in almost every country and territory around the world.

It attracts one of the largest global TV audiences after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, with a total global audience of about 400 million people for the 2015 race season.[1]

TV broadcasters all take what is known as the 'World Feed', which since 2007 has been produced by FOM (Formula One Management), for almost every round of the World Championship. Every race is produced in 16:9 widescreen.

Previously, a 'host broadcaster' from each nation produced the World Feed for their home race, for example TF1 for the French Grand Prix. This led to a two-tier system which was unpopular with viewers due to local broadcasters focusing heavily on local teams and drivers, whilst missing key moments.

For the 2016 season, the World Feed was produced by FOM for every race apart from the Monaco Grand Prix, produced by Télé Monte Carlo.

Alongside the main World Feed, FOM also produce a Pit-lane channel, showing shots from the pitlane and alternative camera angles, along with detailed weather and tyre information, and extra team radio. FOM also produce onboard channels, showing live video from cameras installed on the drivers' cars. The channels switch between different cars throughout the session. FOM also make available a "Driver tracker" channel, showing live positions of all the cars on the track during a session, as well as a timing screen showing live lap-times and circuit sector information.

Currently, broadcasters offering coverage of these FOM-produced extra channels include Sky Sport Germany, Sky Sports F1 (UK), Fox Sports Australia, Sky Sport F1 (Italy), Movistar F1 (Spain), Play Sports (Belgium) and NBC Sports (USA). Out of the 5 on board channels, Fox Sports Australia only shows the Master onboard channel to its viewers, whereas Sky Sports F1 makes all 5 on board channels available. The Pit lane, Driver Tracker and Live Timing channels are available to Sky viewers in the United Kingdom.

For the 2011 season Formula One Management released a High Definition feed to broadcasters for the first time, and for 2012, the footage was filmed with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital surround sound audio.

In 2017, Sky Sports F1 in the United Kingdom will broadcast every race in 4K Ultra-HD, exclusively available to Sky Q customers

Broadcasters[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

In 2011, Sky Sports signed a 7-year deal with the BBC to show live Formula One on Sky in the United Kingdom for the first time. The deal which ran between 2012 and 2015 saw Sky Sports show live coverage of every session of the season on their own F1 dedicated channel, Sky Sports F1.[2] Sky Sports F1 show all races and qualifying sessions live without the interruption of adverts.[3] In 2016, Sky extended their contract to 2024, and will be the exclusive live rights holders in the UK and Ireland from 2019; the British Grand Prix and highlights of all other races will be shown free-to-air.[4] At the same time it was announced that Sky will broadcast all races in ultra-high-definition (UHD) from 2017.

The BBC continued to broadcast live coverage of half the races and all 20 races had "extended highlights". In 2012, they broadcast live coverage from China, Spain, Monaco, Europe (Valencia), Britain, Belgium, Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.[5] They also showed live coverage of practice and qualifying sessions from those races.[6] The deal set that the British Grand Prix and the final race had to be shown live on the BBC.

For each Grand Prix (even if live) the BBC showed "extended highlights" of the race just a few hours after it had been broadcast. Late afternoon for early hours races and/or early evening. Late evening races were shown on the day and repeated on Monday evening.[7] The BBC Radio 5 Live coverage was unaffected.

BBC ended their television contract after the 2015 season, transferring their rights to Channel 4 until the end of the 2018 season.[8] Sky Sports F1 will remain unaffected and BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will be extended until 2021.[9] Like the BBC, Channel 4 will always show the British Grand Prix and the final race live.

Channel 4's live broadcast for 2016 will be Bahrain, Spain, Europe (Baku), Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.[10] Live races will also have "extended highlights" of the race just a few hours after it had been broadcast. Late afternoon for early hours races and/or early evening. Late evening races were shown on the day and repeated on Monday evening.

Sky Sports F1 will broadcast every 2017 race in 4K Ultra-HD, exclusively for Sky Q Ultra-HD Silver customers.

United States[edit]

On 14 October 2012, NBC Sports reached a 4-year deal to broadcast Formula One races in the United States, replacing Speed and Fox Sports—who have been long-time F1 broadcast partners. The deal provides over 100 hours of F1 coverage across multiple NBCUniversal networks; the majority of its coverage (including most races, and all practice/qualifying sessions) will be broadcast by the pay channel NBCSN, while 4 races will be aired by the free-to-air NBC network. Races are also shown on NBC's financial news network CNBC, typically during NBCSN's coverage of the Tour de France. Races also became available through NBC Sports' digital platforms, such as the NBC Sports Live Extra app. NBC's broadcast team consists of David Hobbs, Steve Matchett, and Leigh Diffey, with Will Buxton as pit reporter.[11]

Univision Deportes Network holds Spanish-language rights to Formula One races in the U.S. Unlike NBC Sports, races on Univision Deportes Network are shown without commercial interruption.

2016 TV broadcasters[edit]

These are the broadcasters for the 2016 Formula One season.

2016 TV Broadcasters
Country TV Network Language Free-to-air / Free-to-view / Pay Practice 1 Practice 2 Practice 3 Qualifying Race Notes
 Albania Top Channel Albanian Free in Albania, DVB-S encrypted on Eutelsat 16°E (EU) Live No No Live Live Rights transferred to Top Channel as previous hosts Vizion Plus found the rights too expensive to hold. HDTV.
 Andorra Movistar F1 Spanish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV. Choice of different perspectives (only IPTV). Exclusive rights in Spain for 2016 season.
La 1 de TVE Spanish Free on Spanish national DVB-T No No No Live* Live* *Only for the Spanish Grand Prix. HDTV.
Teledeporte Spanish Free on Spanish national DVB-T No No No No Highlights* *1-hour highlights of every race except the Spanish GP. HDTV.
TV3 Catalan Free on Catalan regional DVB-T No No No Live* Live* and Highlights** *Only for the Spanish Grand Prix. **1-hour highlights of every race except the Spanish GP. HDTV.
 Armenia Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Asia STAR Sports Channels English Pay Live* Live* Live* Live Live SD/HDTV Channels. *Subject to other live events. For more information, visit the TV Schedules:[12]
Fox Sports Asia Channels English Pay Live* Live* Live* Live Live SD/HDTV Channels. *Subject to other live events. For more information, visit the TV Schedules:[13]
 Australia Network Ten English Free No No No No Highlights SD/HD feed, highlights of 11 races. (Bahrain, China, Spain, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Singapore, Japan, USA and Brazil)
Live Live Live Live Live SD/HD Feed, for Australian Grand Prix.
No No No No Live SD/HD Feed, 10 races. (Australia, Russia, Monaco, Azerbaijan, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and United Arab Emirates)
Fox Sports English Pay Live Live Live Live Live Coverage identical to Sky Sports F1; alternate feeds (on board, pitlane, etc.) (branded as Viewer's Choice) usually offered only for race, and dependent on other sporting conflicts.
 Austria ORF eins German DVB-T Free in AT, DVB-S2 with encryption on Astra 19.2°E(EU) No Live No Live Live HDTV. Live all sessions for Austrian GP
Sky Sport Austria German Pay Live Live Live Live Live Broadcast identical to Sky Sport Germany.
 Azerbaijan Idman TV Azerbaijani Free, DVB-S FTA on Azerspace1 46°E (EU) No No No Live Live
Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Belarus Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Belgium Play Sports Dutch Pay No No No Live Live
Sporza Dutch DVB-C and DVB-T Free in Belgium, DVB-S with encryption on Astra 19.2°E(EU) No No No No Highlights HDTV. 16:9 feed. Only Belgian GP (Qualifying and Race) live. Highlights of other races.[14][15]
No No No Live Live
RTBF La Deux French DVB-C and DVB-T Free in Belgium, DVB-S with encryption on Astra 19.2°E(EU) No No No Live* Live* HDTV. *Some races on RTBF La Une, subject to other live events.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sport Klub Serbian Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV. 16:9 feed. Except Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bulgaria Diema Sport Bulgarian Pay Live Live Live Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
Diema Sport 2 Bulgarian Pay Live Live Live Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Brazil Globo Portuguese Free No No No Live* Live 16:9 feed and HDTV. * Only Q3 has been broadcast since 19 July 2014.
SporTV Portuguese Pay Live Live Live Live* Delayed HDTV. * Live broadcast of qualifying started on 19 July 2014.
 Canada RDS / RDS2 French Pay No No No Live Live HDTV, Side-by-Side coverage during the race (live broadcast only). All practices live for Canadian GP. Rights until 2019.[16]
TSN / TSN2 / TSN3 / TSN4 / TSN5 English Pay No Live No Live Live HDTV, Sky Sports F1 coverage,[17] Side-by-Side coverage during FP2 and the race (live broadcasts only). Rights until 2019.[16]
Central Asia Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 China Various regional broadcasters Chinese Free No No No Live Live Consortium of 13 regional broadcasters, replacing CCTV-5 from 2013 season onward [18]
 Croatia Arenasport Croatian Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV, TV commercials included. Only available on MAXtv
 Czech Republic Sport 1 Czech/Slovak Pay Live Live Live Live No Also in HD on Sport 1 HD and Sport 2 HD.[19]
Sport 2 No No No No Live
Sport 3 Live Live Live Live Live Onboard Feed, SD only.
 Cyprus CytaVision Greek Pay No No No Live Live Rights until 2016.
 Denmark TV3+/TV3+ HD Danish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HD 16:9 and SD 4:3 – Some sessions on TV3 SPORT 1/2 or TV3 Puls, subject to other live events.
 Estonia TV6 Estonian Free in Estonia No No No No Live United States, Canadian, Bahrain, Mexican GP . SD Feed
Free in Estonia No No No No Delayed Other races. Race shown at 7 PM EET on the same day. SD Feed
Other races. Race shown at 9 PM EET on the same day. No HDTV.
Viasat Sport Baltic Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Pay Live Live Live Live Live SD Feed
 Finland MTV3 Finnish DVB-T Free in Finland, DVB-S Encrypted on Thor 1°W (EU) No No No No Delayed HDTV. Race shown on the next day.
MTV Max Finnish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.
Sub Finnish DVB-T Free in Finland, DVB-S Encrypted on Thor 1°W (EU) Highlights Highlights No Highlights Highlights 30 minutes highlights of practices and 60 minutes highlights of qualification and race are shown at 7 PM EET on the same day.[20]
 France Canal+[21] French Pay No No No only once Live Only race on C+
Canal+ Sport French Pay Live Live Live Live Delayed Only race on C+
 Georgia Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Germany n-tv[22] German DVB-S FTA on Astra 19.2°E(EU) Live* Live No No No *Highlights only of FP1 for Australian and Asia's GPs.[22]
RTL Television German DVB-T Free in Germany, DVB-S FTA on Astra 19.2°E(EU) No No Delayed Live Live HDTV feed confirmed (HD feed encrypted and part of HD+ package, SD is FTA).
Sky Sport German Pay Live Live Live Live Live Choice of different perspectives at qualifying and race. – HDTV 1080i feed confirmed.
 Greece OTE Sport Greek Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV 1080i
ERT Greek DVB-T Free in Greece, DVB-S/2 with encryption on Eutelsat 9A / Hotbird 13B No No No No Live* HD feed. Australia, China and Japan GP are tape delayed.
 Hungary M4 Sport Hungarian DVB-T Free in HU, DVB-S2 FTV on Eurobird 9A 9.0°E (EU) Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.
 Iceland Stöð 2 Sport Icelandic Pay No No Live Live Live
 Indian Subcontinent STAR Sports Channels English Pay Live* Live* Live* Live Live SD/HDTV Channels. *Subject to other live events. For more information, visit the TV Schedules:[12]
 Indonesia Global TV Indonesian Free No No No Live/Delayed Live Qualifying live: China, United States, Mexico and Brazil.[23]
INews TV Indonesian Free No No No No Live SD Channels
Fox Sports Asia Channels English Pay Live* Live* Live* Live Live SD/HDTV Channels. *Subject to other live events. For more information, visit the TV Schedules:[13]
 Ireland Eir Sport 1 English Pay Live Live Live Live Live With Channel 4 commentary team.
Channel 4 UK English DVB-T Free in UK, DVB-S FTA on Astra 28.2°E (UK) Live Live Live Live Live HDTV, only selected 10 races.[8] Sky customers only
No No No Highlights Highlights HDTV, Every race as well as live. Sky customers only
Sky Sports F1 English Pay Live Live Live Live Live [24]
 Israel Sport 5 Hebrew Pay No No No Live Live HDTV.
 Italy Sky Sport F1 Italian Pay Live Live Live Live Live Choice of different perspectives. – HDTV 1080i feed confirmed.
Rai 1 (live races, some delayed races)
Rai 2 (live and delayed qualifying, some delayed races)
Rai Sport 1 (practices)
Italian Free in Italy, DVB-S with encryption on Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E (EU) Live/Delayed Live/Delayed Live/Delayed Live/Delayed Live/Delayed 10 races live. Delayed broadcast of the other races. – HDTV 1080i feed confirmed.
 Japan Fuji TV Next Japanese Pay Live Live Live Live Live From 2016, the free broadcast on Fuji TV and BS Fuji was ended. HDTV.
Latin America (except Brazil) ESPN Latin America Channels Spanish Pay Highlights Highlights Highlights Highlights Highlights 16:9 HDTV feed in ESPN HD and ESPN 3.
F1 Latin America Spanish Pay Live Live Live Live Live All races live. 16:9 SD/HDTV feed. Choice of different perspectives.[25]
Fox Sports 3 Spanish Pay Highlights Highlights Highlights Delayed Live/Delayed 16:9 SD/HDTV feed. Races live: Australia, China, Monaco, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil.[25]
Live* Live* Live* Live* Live* *Only for Mexican Grand Prix.[26][27]
 Latvia TV6 Latvian Pay No No No No Delayed Race shown at 9 PM EET on the same day, except 2 GP-s from North-America, which are shown even later. No HDTV.
Viasat Sport Baltic Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian Pay Live Live Live Live Live SD Feed
 Lithuania TV6 Lithuanian Pay No No No No Live Only Canadian and United States GP. No HDTV.
No No No No Delayed
Viasat Sport Baltic Lithuanian Pay Live Live Live Live Live SD Feed
 Malta GO Maltese Pay Live Live Live Live Live
Middle East and North Africa beIN Sports Arabic / English Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV feed. Rights until 2019.[28]
 Macedonia Macedonian Radio Television Macedonian DVB-T free in Macedonia, DVB-S with encryption on Eutelsat 16.0°E No No No Live Live HDTV feed. Rights until 2017.
Sport Klub Serbian Pay Live Live Live Live Live 16:9 feed, HDTV.
 Moldova Setanta Sports + Russian Pay No No No Live Live 16:9 SD/HD feed
 Montenegro Sport Klub Serbian Pay Live Live Live Live Live 16:9 feed, HDTV.
 Netherlands Ziggo Sport Totaal Dutch Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.[29]
Ziggo Sport Dutch Free for Ziggo subscribers No No No Live* Live HDTV. * Subject to other (live) events. Ziggo Sport Totaal will broadcast all sessions live.[30][31]
 New Zealand Sky Sport English Pay Live Live Live Live Live
 Norway Viasat Motor and Viasat Sport Norwegian / Swedish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV on Viasat Motor HD. Always Norwegian during race. Partly Swedish during some P and Q.
Viaplay Norwegian / Swedish Pay Live Live Live Live Live Viaplay streams the broadcast of Viasat Motor HD. Viaplay is available on web-apps, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8.x, smart-TV, Android and iOS (phones and tablets).
Viasat 4 Norwegian Free No No No No Highlights One hour with highlights from Viasat Motor. Commercials every 15 min.
 Poland Eleven Sports Polish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV
 Portugal Eurosport[32] Portuguese Pay Live Live Live Live Live HD feed.
 Romania Dolce Sport Romanian Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.
Digi Sport Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.[33]
 Russia Match TV Russian Free No No No Live Live HDTV
Match! Arena Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV without advertising.
 Serbia Sport Klub Serbian Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV
 Slovakia Sport 1 Czech/Slovak Pay Live Live Live Live No Also in HD on Sport 1 HD and Sport 2 HD.[19]
Sport 2 No No No No Live
 South Korea SBS Sports Korean Pay No No No No Live Delayed HDTV feed on cable/IPTV. Live streaming on web page for all the races.
 Spain Movistar F1 Spanish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV. Choice of different perspectives (only IPTV). Exclusive rights in Spain for 2016 season.
La 1 de TVE Spanish Free on Spanish national DVB-T No No No Live* Live* *Only for the Spanish Grand Prix. HDTV.
Teledeporte Spanish Free on Spanish national DVB-T No No No No Highlights* *1-hour highlights of every race except the Spanish GP. HDTV.
TV3 Catalan Free on Catalan regional DVB-T No No No Live* Live* & Highlights** *Only for the Spanish Grand Prix. **1-hour highlights of every race except the Spanish GP. HDTV.
Sub-Saharan Africa Supersport English and Portuguese Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.
Canal+ Sport French Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV.
 Sweden Viasat Motor Swedish Pay Live Live Live Live Live HDTV on Viasat Motor HD.[34]
  Switzerland SRG SSR German, French and Italian DVB-T Free in Switzerland, DVB-S Encrypted on Hot Bird (13°E)(EU) No No No Live Live The qualifyings and the races are broadcast on RSI La 2, RTS Deux and SRF zwei. Rights until 2016.[35]
 Turkey Smartspor Turkish Pay No No No Live Live SD/HD Feed
 United Kingdom More 4 English DVB-T Free in UK, DVB-S FTA on Astra 28.2°E (UK) Live Live No No No Live FP2 Europe, Live FP1 and FP2 Mexico.
Channel 4 Live Live Live Live Live HDTV, only selected 10 races.[8]
No No No Highlights Highlights HDTV, Every race as well as live
Sky Sports F1 Pay Live Live Live Live Live Choice of different perspectives. – HDTV 1080i feed confirmed.
 United States NBCSN English Most races and all practice/qualifying to be broadcast by NBCSN. No Live No Live Live HDTV, Side-by-Side coverage during race (live broadcast only), mobile streaming available through NBC Sports Live Extra app.[36][37][38]
NBC 4 races will be broadcast on NBC. No No No No Live
CNBC some practice, select qualifying and three races will be shown on CNBC. No Live No Live Live
Univision Deportes Network Spanish Qualifying sessions will be broadcast by Univision Deportes Network and races by FTA UniMas network No No No Live Live [39]

Radio broadcasters[edit]

Country Network Language
Argentina Argentina ESPN 107,9 FM Spanish
Australia Australia 3AW (Australian Grand Prix only) English
Brazil Brazil Bandeirantes-BandNews FM Portuguese
Rádio Globo-CBN Portuguese
Denmark Denmark Danmarks Radio Danish
France France RMC French
Hungary Hungary Kossuth Rádió Hungarian
Indonesia Indonesia Sindo Trijaya FM Indonesian
Italy Italy Rai Radio 1 Italian
Mexico Mexico W Radio-TDW Radio Spanish
Netherlands The Netherlands NPO Radio 1 Dutch
Slovenia Slovenia Val 202 Slovene
Spain Spain Radio Marca Spanish
Cadena SER Spanish
Cadena COPE Spanish
United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Radio 5 Live English
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra English
United States United States
Canada Canada
SiriusXM[40] English

Official internet broadcasters[edit]

Country Website Practice 1 Practice 2 Practice 3 Qualifying Race Notes
Australia Australia Tenplay No No No No Live 10 races only. (Australia, Russia, Monaco, Azerbaijan, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dabhi) [2]
Fox Sports Australia Live Live Live Live Live All races live.[41]
Brazil Brazil Globo Play [3] Live Live Live Live Live
SporTV Play [4] Live Live Live Live Live
Canada Canada TSN GO No Live No Live Live
RDS GO No No No Live Live All practices live for Canadian GP.
Croatia Croatia MAXtv To Go Match [5] Live Live Live Live Live
Finland Finland MTV3 [42] Live Live Live Live Live
Germany Germany RTL Live Live Live Live Live
Sky Sport [43] Live Live Live Live Live
Japan Japan DAZN [44] Live Live Live Live Live
Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport Live Live Live Live Live
Spain Spain Antena 3 [45] Live Live Live Live Live
Esport 3 [46] Live Live Live Live Live
Middle East and North Africa beIN Sports Connect Live Live Live Live Live
Portugal Portugal Eurosport Player Live Live Live Live Live
Sweden Sweden Viasat [6] Live Live Live Live Live
United Kingdom United Kingdom All 4[8] Live Live Live Live Live
Sky Sports[47] Live Live Live Live Live
United States United States NBC Sports Live Extra Live Live Live Live Live
Univision NOW Live Live Live Live Live

World Feed producers[edit]

Current producers[edit]

For the 2016 season, only the Monaco Grand Prix is not produced by FOM.

Grand Prix Circuit Broadcaster Year
Australia Australian Grand Prix Melbourne FOM 2004
Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir FOM 20042010, 2012
China Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai FOM 2004
Russia Russian Grand Prix Sochi FOM 2014
Spain Spanish Grand Prix Catalunya FOM 2007
Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monte Carlo TMC 1961
Canada Canadian Grand Prix Montreal FOM 20052008, 2010
Azerbaijan European Grand Prix Baku FOM 2016
Austria Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring FOM 2014
United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone FOM 2007
Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring FOM 2007
Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheimring FOM 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps FOM 2007
Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza FOM 2007
Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay FOM 2008
Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang FOM 2004
Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka FOM 2012
United States United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas FOM 2012
Mexico Mexican Grand Prix Mexico City FOM 2015
Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos FOM 19971999, 2008
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina FOM 2009

Former producers (1950–2015)[edit]

Below are the previous World Feed Producers for Grands Prix from 1950 until 2015.

  • Between 1997 and 1999 the Brazilian GP World Feed was produced by FOM. What was shown was a reduced version of the F1 Digital+ main feed, mainly lacking onboard angles and without the pay per view graphics. Rede Globo continued to produce an alternative National Feed for Brazilian viewers.
  • From 2001 to 2003, the Australian Grand Prix was broadcast locally in widescreen (16:9) on Channel 9 Digital (2001-2002) and Channel 10 Digital (2003). For Non-Digital Local viewers, they received a letterbox (16:10 feed in a 4:3 frame) version of the Feed, while international viewers got a standard 4:3 feed. When FOM took over the broadcast in 2004, the local coverage was reverted to 4:3.
  • In 2001 and 2002 the US Grand Prix was broadcast locally by ABC Sports. However, they did not ever produce the World Feed.
  • In 1991, the French GP was broadcast in France by La Cinq, which held rights for F1.
Grand Prix Circuit Broadcaster Years
Australia Australian Adelaide Nine Network 19851995
Melbourne 1996-2002
Network Ten 2003
Argentina Argentine Buenos Aires Telefe 19951998
Austria Austrian Red Bull Ring ORF 19761987, 19972003
WIGE 19972003
Belgium Belgian Spa-Francorchamps RTBF 19902002, 20042005
Brazil Brazilian Interlagos Rede Globo 19901996, 20002007
F1 Digital+ 19971999
United Kingdom British Silverstone BBC Sport 1953-1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 19871996
ITV Sport 1969, 19972006
Brands Hatch 1970
BBC Sport 1964, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986
Aintree 1957, 1959, 1961-1962
Canada Canadian Montreal CBC 19902004
United States Caesars Palace Caesars Palace NBC Sportsworld 1981-1982
United States Detorit Detroit ABC Sports 1982
CBS Sports 1983-1988
United States Dallas Dallas CBS Sports 1984
European Union European Brands Hatch BBC Sport 1983, 1985
Donington Park 1993
Jerez Telecinco 1990, 1994, 1997
Nürburgring RTL Television 19951996, 19992007
WIGE
Valencia FOM 20082012
France French Paul Ricard TF1 1990
Magny-Cours 19912006
FOM 20072008
Germany German Hockenheimring RTL Television 19902006
WIGE
Nürburgring FOM 2009, 2011, 2013
Hungary Hungarian Hungaroring Magyar Televízió 19902001
RTL Television 20022006
WIGE
India Indian Buddh FOM 20112013
Italy Italian Monza RAI 19812006
Imola 1980
Japan Japanese Suzuka Fuji Television 19872006, 2009-2011
Fuji 19761977, 20072008
South Korea Korean Korea FOM 20102013
Luxembourg Luxembourg Nürburgring RTL Television 19971998
WIGE
Malaysia Malaysian Sepang TV3 19992003
RTM
Mexico Mexican Mexico City Imevisión 19861992
Japan Pacific TI Circuit Fuji Television 19941995
Portugal Portuguese Estoril RTP 19901996
San Marino San Marino Imola RAI 19812006
South Africa South African Kyalami SABC 1979-1980, 1982-1985
DStv 19921993
Spain Spanish Jerez TV3 1990
Catalunya 19912006
Turkey Turkish Istanbul FOM 20052011
United States United States Watkins Glen ABC's WWOS 1966, 1974
CBS Sports 1979
Mizlou 1980
Phoenix ESPN 19891991
Indianapolis 2001
Fox Sports Net 2000
F1 Digital+ 2002
FOM 2002, 20052007
Speed Channel 20032004
United States United States West Long Beach CBS Sports 1977-1981

Commentators[edit]

By zones

Austria[edit]

Live broadcasts of Formula One Championship races on ORF are commentated by ORF's sport correspondent Ernst Hausleitner with aid from Alexander Wurz. Occasionally other co-commentators like Adrian Sutil or Christian Klien substituted for Wurz.

For the entire 2015 Formula One season, Pascal Wehrlein was Hausleitner's main co-commentator.

With the beginning of the 2009 Formula One season, Hausleitner took over the Formula 1 commentator position from Heinz Prüller, who is a legend in Austrian television history because of his enthusiasm for the sport and immersion into the races.

Brazil[edit]

Live broadcasts of Formula One Championship races in the Globo network has been called by Galvão Bueno, Luís Roberto or Cléber Machado, with Reginaldo Leme and former F1 driver Luciano Burti serving as race analysts. Pit reports are provided by Mariana Becker or Marcelo Courrege.

On SporTV, all the practices, and delayed broadcasts of the qualifying and races, has been called by Sérgio Maurício or Daniel Pereira, with Brazilian motorsports journalists Lito Cavalcanti and Fábio Seixas as analysts.

Bulgaria[edit]

Ivan Tenchev, Georgi Ivanov and Momchil Manchev.

Croatia[edit]

Live broadcasts of Formula One Championship races on Arenasport which is only available on MAXtv because of exclusive rights and on the MAXtv To Go Match via Internet are commentated by Ivica Blažičko with Neven Novak as co-commentator. Free practice sessions commentating Ante Vetma and Zvonimir Martinčević.

France[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Live broadcasts of Formula One Championship races are available on Eurosport (through the Eurosport 2 Xtra channel) as of the 2016 Formula One season, with João Carlos Costa as the lead lap-by-lap commentator, former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro and DTM driver António Félix da Costa as the co-commentators and Pedro Nascimento as the pit reporter.

Spain[edit]

In the pay-per-view channel Movistar F1, which holds the rights of the entire championship exclusively in Spain from the 2016 season, the main commentator is journalist Josep Lluis Merlos. Co-commentators are former Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa and F1 engineer Joan Villadelprat, who worked for McLaren, Ferrari, Tyrrell, Benetton (as operations director) and Prost (as team principal). They comment from a TV studio in Madrid, where journalist Iñaki Cano acts as presenter. Pit reporters are female journalists Noemí de Miguel and Sara Moreno, as well as former F1 engineer in Super Aguri and HRT Albert Fàbrega. Also, Ferrari test driver Marc Gené provides analysis from the circuit during some periods throughout the weekend.

In Teledeporte, the sports channel of the Spanish national public TV, which offers a 60-minutes time highlights of every race (except the Spanish Grand Prix, which is shown live in the TVE main channel La 1), journalist Marc Martí is the main commentator, with GP3 Series driver Alex Palou as co-commentator. In the live broadcast of the Spanish Grand Prix, they were joined by FIA World Endurance Championship and former Manor Marussia F1 driver Roberto Merhi and journalist Juan Carlos Garcia, who was the pit reporter.

In Catalan channel TV3, which has the same coverage as TVE, the main commentator is Francesc Latorre, with veteran journalist Francesc Rosés as co-commentator. In the live coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix, they were joined by former HRT and current DTM engineer Arnau Niubó, with journalist Jordi Gil as pit reporter.

Spanish-Speaking Latin America[edit]

Live broadcasts of Formula One Championship races on Mediapro-owned Canal F1 Latin America are called by lap-by-lap announcer Christian González Rouco, son of renowned Argentine motorsports journalist Eduardo Gocuntlez Rouco, and grandson and grandnephew, respectively, of Isidro González Longhi and Andrés Rouco, with Colombian motorsports journalist Diego Mejía as race analyst. Pit reports are provided by Spanish sports journalist Nira Juanco, who previously worked on Antena 3's F1 broadcasts, and has been with Canal F1 since its launch in 2015.

Fox Sports, who was formerly the official Latin American Formula 1 broadcaster from the 2002 until the 2014 seasons, broadcasts, in the 2016 season, ten races live and the other eleven races on a delayed basis. The races are called by Argentine motorsports journalist Fernando Tornello, with fellow Argentine motorsports journalist Adrián Puente and Mexican motorsports journalist Luis Manuel "Chacho" López as analysts and Juan Fossaroli handling the pit reports and pre-race interviews.

ESPN broadcasts the highlights show ESPN F1, hosted by Mexican sports journalists Javier Trejo Garay and Adalberto Franco in Mexico and Central America, and by Argentine journalists Martín Urruty, Matías Sánchez and Diego Zorrero in the Spanish-Speaking South America. The show highlights the races, from the practices to the checkered flag and shows interviews with the F1 drivers.

Panamerican Sports Network had broadcasting rights in 2000 and 2001. Prior to that, Formula 1 aired on national broadcasters like Telefe in Argentina and Imevisión in Mexico.

United Kingdom and Ireland[edit]

In the UK, Channel 4's commentator is Ben Edwards, co-commentated by ex-F1 driver and 13 time GP winner David Coulthard, with some races a third man commentary team in Mark Webber is used..[48] For Sky Sports F1, David Croft commentates with Martin Brundle.[49] In practice sessions for both broadcasters have the same lead commentators as they do for the races but the co-comentator for Channel 4 is either Karun Chandhok or Tony Dodgins whilst for Sky F1, either Anthony Davidson or Paul Di Resta will co-comentate during practice sessions. Both coverages are also available in the Republic of Ireland. For BBC Radio 5 Live, Jack Nicholls (or Tom Clarkson when Nicholls is unavailable) commentates with Allan McNish or Mark Gallagher.

United States[edit]

In the US, NBC's F1 commentary team is formed by lap-by-lap announcer Leigh Diffey and analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett. However, they call Monaco, Canada and America on location. Hobbs and Matchett previously worked on F1 broadcasts on the defunct Fox-owned network Speed, along with former F1 lap-by-lap announcer Bob Varsha. Former GP2 commentator Will Buxton serves as pit reporter.

Univision Deportes serves as the official F1 broadcaster for the Spanish Community in the United States, with Sergio Rodriguez handling lap-by-lap commentary, Gustavo Roche handling race analysis and Christina Romero handling pit reports.

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