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Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen: Channel 4 ‘reach agreement’ with Sky Sports to show F1 final

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Channel 4 ‘reaches agreement’ with Sky Sports to make Lewis Hamilton’s world title showdown with Max Verstappen free-to-air – after similar deals to let England’s win at the Cricket World Cup and Emma Raducanu’s win at the US Open to see

  • Abu Dhabi Formula 1 final ‘will be available for free on Channel 4’
  • Sky has exclusive live rights to F1 and has paid over £1bn for a five-year deal
  • The broadcaster has recognized the value of making important events available to everyone
  • Sky Sports agreed to live coverage of England Cricket World Cup win
  • Channel 4 also struck a deal with Amazon for Emma Raducanu’s US Open final











Channel 4 has reportedly reached an agreement with Sky Sports to make Sunday’s dramatic title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen available in the UK for free.

The Times reports that Channel 4, which normally only has rights to a show with highlights in the evening after a race, has struck a deal for live coverage in Abu Dhabi.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that the broadcasters were in talks as Channel 4 explored similar deals to those previously struck to feature England in the Cricket World Cup final and tennis sensation Emma Raducanu’s US Open final against Leylah Fernandez in September.

Lewis Hamilton’s title showdown with Max Verstappen will reportedly be shown free-to-air

Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton face each other on Sunday in Abu Dhabi

Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton face each other on Sunday in Abu Dhabi

Sky’s coverage of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, won by Hamilton, saw a peak audience of 2.66 million, the highest number ever in the history of their F1 coverage.

Hamilton’s win at Jeddah means the bitter rivals are level with one race to go, sparking unprecedented interest as the England driver looks for a win that would earn him a record eighth championship.

Channel 4 has previously had success delivering major sporting events on free-to-air TV.

Hamilton (rear) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday's Saudi Arabian GP

Hamilton (rear) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday’s Saudi Arabian GP

The broadcaster reached an 11-hour deal with Channel 4 to provide live coverage of England’s 2019 cricket World Cup win over New Zealand at Lord’s, while last year’s final European Championship qualifying tournaments from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland were free. were available in those countries during the lockdown.

Channel 4 also secured shared live rights to Raducanu’s stunning US Open final win last September after approaching Amazon Prime.

Confirmation of a deal between the broadcasters is expected later on Thursday.

Channel 4 is expected to do their own 30 minute pre-race show before switching to Sky’s commentary and coverage for the race.

After the end of the race – and the title fight in 2021 – there will be another 30-minute show with Channel 4’s own broadcasting team.

Channel 4 struck a deal with Amazon in September to show Emma Raducanu's US Open final

Channel 4 struck a deal with Amazon in September to show Emma Raducanu’s US Open final

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