Sky ties up F1 rights in Italy to 2022 after Germany renewal
Sky Italia, the pay-TV broadcaster, has renewed its rights to Formula 1 motor racing until 2022.
The two-year renewal comes after Sky last week signed a long-term deal with Formula 1 in Germany.
Marzio Perrelli, executive vice-president of Sky Sport, said: "We are happy to remain a point of reference for all motor enthusiasts . We went through a moment of medical emergency with due concern but always looking to the future with optimism. Sky confirms that we believe in Formula 1, one of the pillars of our sport offer, which we want to continue to enhance and tell with the usual passion."
All the action from the practice rounds, qualifying sessions and grands prix themselves will air on the dedicated Sky Sport F1 channel.Sky Italia's existing three-year deal expires after this season, which will finally get under way in Austria on 4 July, four months later than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the terms of its present deal, Sky has almost total exclusivity in Formula 1, with live coverage of all rounds on Sky Sport F1 HD channel and at least four races, including the Italian Grand Prix, on TV8, its free-to-air digital channel, which carries highlights of all the other grands prix.
It sub-licenses rights to the Italian round at Monza to Rai, the public-service broadcaster. The pair shared Formula 1 rights in Italy between 2013 and 2017.The Italian Grand Prix is slated to take place this year on 6 September, and another Italian round could yet be staged in Mugello, with the season to be concentrated mostly in Europe where the impact of Covid-19 is diminishing.
Last week, Sky agreed a “long-term” exclusive Formula 1 deal in Germany, meaning that RTL, the free-to-air commercial broadcaster, will end its long-running coverage at the end of this season.
As in Italy and the UK, where Sky holds Formula 1 rights to 2024, a dedicated 24/7 Formula 1 channel, a first for the German market, which launch ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Sky will also show four races per season for free in Germany.