ESPN and Formula 1 have entered a new agreement that will keep the FIA Formula One World Championship on ESPN and ABC through 2022.
F1 returned to the ESPN networks in 2018. As an additional part of the new pact, ESPN Deportes will serve as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all Formula 1 races in the U.S. starting in 2020. Spanish-language coverage of F1 will be made available on the ESPN Deportes network and stream on the ESPN app.
All F1 races will continue to air live on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC and all practice sessions, qualifying rounds and races will air live and in replay across ESPN platforms, including on-demand replays on the ESPN app.
“When we brought Formula 1 back to ESPN two years ago, we had faith that Formula 1 fans in the United States would support the coverage,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN’s executive VP of programming and scheduling. “That faith has been rewarded many times over, and we greatly appreciate how fans have responded in record numbers.”
“We’re also delighted to add Spanish-language rights to this new deal,” he added. “This provides us with a unique opportunity to serve Hispanic Formula 1 fans across ESPN platforms in English and Spanish.
“We look forward to continuing the relationship with Formula 1 and working together to build the sport in America.”
“Our partnership with ESPN has delivered a 19-percent increase in viewership across the U.S. and we are delighted to extend our partnership through to 2022,” said Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial partnerships at Formula 1. “The U.S. is one of our key focuses for growth and ESPN knows and understands the U.S. sports audience like no one else. The combination of their dedicated coverage and Formula 1’s amazing racing spectacle is a perfect partnership for us to build on our recent success with U.S. audiences.”