Sky Sport F1 to launch in Germany

Date published: February 19 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

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Sky Sport F1 will be the new home of Formula 1 coverage in Germany, and the channel will launch on March 12.

Free-to-air broadcaster RTL had shown Formula 1 continuously in the country since 1991, but midway through 2020 they announced that they would relinquish the rights at the end of the 2020 season.

That cleared the way for live Formula 1 to go solely behind the paywall in Germany, and for the new 2021 season the series will enjoy a coverage boost with the launch of Sky Sport F1.

Sky describe the new station as “Germany’s first non-stop motorsport channel”, and similarly to its British equivalent Sky Sports F1, Germany will benefit from live coverage of every Formula 1 session through the new channel, as well as press conferences, Porsche Supercup, Formula 2, Formula 3 and more.

Sky are very much hoping to capatalise on the appeal of Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Arguably there has never been greater scrutiny on a rookie than what Mick will experience in his debut campaign with Haas, but with the Schumacher name back on the Formula 1 grid, Sky expect fans in Germany to tune back in.

Charly Classen, Executive Vice President Sports Sky Germany, said: “With Sky Sport F1 we want to offer the huge motorsport fan community in Germany the best TV experience ever and entertain them in the best possible way.

“Only with us can viewers be up close and personal when a new Formula 1 generation around Mick Schumacher takes to the grid. Our anticipation is huge and I’m sure it is the same for viewers too.”

Mick Schumacher

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Schumacher is quietly hoping for a repeat of some of the crazy races seen in 2020, which could allow him to take a podium in his debut season.

“We have to be clear what the potential of the car is,” said Schumacher in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport. “We have to be honest with ourselves and do our job.

“The best thing would be to score points, of course. And if there are some crazy races like last year, maybe a podium will come out of it. Sure, that’s dreaming, but we are allowed to dream. Nevertheless, we have to be realistic first and foremost.”

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