Channel 4 is the new home of free-to-air Formula 1® in the UK

This weekend sees the start of a brand new era in free-to-air coverage of Formula 1 in the United Kingdom. Channel 4 will make their entrance onto the Grand Prix stage and will begin the broadcasting in Melbourne for the season opener, the Australian Grand Prix.

There are a record breaking 21 rounds in the 2016 championship, with Channel 4 able to show 10 of them live. Unfortunately the action from Albert Park will be highlights only, but you will be able to watch the following live this year:

Bahrain– 1st-3rdApril (4.00pm)

Spain– 13th-15th May (1.00pm)

Europe (Azerbaijan) – 17th-19th June (TBC)

Britain– 8th-10th July (1.00pm)

Hungary– 22nd-24th July (1.00pm)

Belgium– 26th-28th August (1.00pm)

Italy– 2nd-4th September (1.00pm)

Malaysia– 30th September-2nd October (8.00am)

Mexico – 28th-30th October (7.00pm)

Abu Dhabi– 25th-27th November (1.00pm)

Every free practice session and qualifying session will be broadcast live on Channel 4, or at least on one of their sister channels. Full highlights will be available for all other 11 races.

Who’s running the show?

There’s great excitement about the line up of talent who make up the Channel 4 team this year, and it’s strength in numbers I can tell you!

In the commentary box is Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, who have transferred over from the BBC line up. Pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie also makes the jump.

At different races, we will be treated to insight from Mark Webber, Sussie Wolff, Eddie Jordan, Murray Walker, Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna, Alain Prost and Alex Zinardi. What a line up! It should prove to keep the content really fresh from race to race.

And anchoring the coverage? Popular Welshman, Steve Jones, who says it’s a dream come true to now present the sport that he grow up watching on the television. His main aim for the season? To make Kimi Raikkonen laugh at least once – good luck with that!






Channel 4 is the new home of free-to-air Formula 1® in the UK with live coverage of 10 Grand Prix this season and comprehensive highlights of every race weekend. Visit for more information.


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    L Astridge says

    Dreadful dreadful line up. So disappointed!

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