Formula 1 has signed a new deal with ESPN which will see it remain on the network until at least 2022.2020 F1 season.
According to F1, race viewership has increased since it moved from previous home NBC to ESPN in 2018. The series claims to have an average audience of 671,000 viewers across ESPN’s channels so far this year, an increase of 24% compared to its final year on NBC in 2017.
ESPN will continue to broadcast Sky Sports UK’s live coverage of the races and will show them without adverts. Formula 2, Formula 3 and the Porsche Supercup will also be broadcast by ESPN.
The network was the first to broadcast F1 in the USA, in 1962, and showed the sport between 1984 and 1997.
“Our partnership with ESPN has delivered a 19% increase in viewership across the US and we are delighted to extend our partnership through to 2022,” said F1’s managing director Sean Bratches.
“The US is one of our key focuses for growth and ESPN know and understand the US sports audience like no one else. The combination of their dedicated coverage and Formula 1’s amazing racing spectacle is a perfect partnership for us to build on our recent success with US audiences.”
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