Staff Reporter On 27, Apr Reading time: 6 mins The F1 season is underway, with Lewis Hamilton once again defending his Formula 1 crown after winning his fifth title in at the Mexican Grand Prix, making him the most successful British F1 racer of all time. Fans will be crowded around their screens in the wee small hours of the weekend mornings to find out, as F1 races around the world for each important Grand Prix, including the landmark th World Championship race in China.
Clive MasonGetty Images We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. This year's Formula 1 season promised change up and down the grid, as drivers switched teams and teams tweaked their cars to respond to the usual rule changes.
Although Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and their Mercedes team have once again dominated the standings so far, it was all change on the TV coverage front, as a new rights deal came into effect at the start of the new season. David Croft is back as lead commentator, with Brundle alongside him.
Last season's coverage included regular guest appearances from Formula 1 drivers' champion Nico Rosberg, who won the title and promptly retired from the sport five days later.
This year, Sky has two new additions to its team — Karun Chandhok made the move from Channel 4, and F1 drivers' champion Jenson Button signed up for Sky, too. There is a minimum contract term of 18 months for either package, and cancellation requires 31 days' notice, according to the Sky Sports F1 landing page.
If you aren't an existing Sky TV customer, bear in mind that you'll need to pay a monthly cost for the Sky Entertainment package as well. More details here. Norman even has his own Instagram page.
But that's not all, as Sky is also showing every round of the IndyCar Series during the season — here's the full schedule.
F1 How to watch race highlights Channel 4 will still air race highlights from every grand prix for free during the season, as things currently stand. For the past three years, its team has been anchored by Steve Jones, with a number of ex-F1 drivers including David Coulthard and Mark Webber providing commentary and analysis.
In February , Steve confirmed he'd be hosting Channel 4's coverage again with a typically tongue-in-cheek tweet. David and Mark will also be back, as well as lead commentator Ben Edwards. Pitlane correspondent Lee McKenzie is back too, and is joining the team "at several races throughout the year", while Eddie Jordan is providing his unique take on proceedings at various points throughout the season.
A new addition to Channel 4's team this year is year-old Billy Monger. In April , Billy was left with life-changing injuries, and had both his legs amputated, following a very serious crash during a Formula 4 race.
He returned to racing in British F3 in March , less than a year after the accident, and finished sixth in last year's championship. Here are the remaining races in the F1 race calendar including 4 in September alone It contains a record-breaking 22 races, including new additions in Vietnam and The Netherlands, and seven back-to-back race weekends.
But doesn't Formula 1 have its own streaming service now? Can we get it in the UK? Mark ThompsonGetty Images It does. It's called F1 TV Pro and boasts live coverage of races, along with full replays as soon as the race ends, on-board river cameras, a pitlane feed, data channels including live timing and driver tracker maps, plus "full unedited team radio", for all your sweary racing driver needs.
And it's got a growing archive of past grands prix, too, plus documentaries about drivers, teams and the sport's tech. There's also a "less expensive, non-live subscription tier" called F1 TV Access, which provides live timing and audio commentary, as well as on-demand highlights and content from the Formula 1 archives.
Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available in countries that carry the service. But because Sky has exclusive live rights to the sport in the UK, F1 TV Pro isn't yet available here, and it's looking highly unlikely that this will change until the rights are next up for renegotiation — the current agreement runs until A note on the F1 TV website says : "Over time we will be looking to increase the number of countries where F1 TV is available and to also provide an ever-increasing amount of live video content along with historical races from our archive.
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