Sky Deutschland will hold the exclusive TV rights to Formula 1 in Germany from 2021, the sport has announced.
The company will replace RTL, who showed the races on free-to-air television from 1991 onwards but yesterday relinquished their rights from 2021 onwards.
Sky has pledged to show four races per season on free-to-air television themselves, but for every other race, viewers will have to pay a subscription fee to watch them.
“This will be the best motorsports experience ever,” Devesh Raj, the CEO of the network told Formula1.com.
“We know motorsport fans love the way we produce F1 and our commentators have fans all of their own, but now with the first channel dedicated to F1 content on German TV ever, we’ll give fans more F1 content than has ever been seen on German TV before.
“With our unique digital content offering and four races free for everyone every year, we will help introduce millions more people to the joy of F1 and help grow the sports across the motorsport country Germany. This exciting new deal shows that Sky is the number one for sports fans in Germany.”
Germany’s influence in Formula 1 is smaller than ever. There’s currently no German Grand Prix on the calendar and, if Sebastian Vettel fails to find a seat for 2021, there could soon be no German drivers either.
That being said, reports suggest that Hockenheim could return to the sport as soon as this season and is currently on a reserve list of tracks.