The difference this year is that Sky will be sharing the broadcast with Channel 4, carrying Sky coverage, to get as many eyes on the championship decider for 2021 as possible. A rare season to remember in recent Formula 1 history, we’re guessing the theory is this unprecedented last-round fight, with the championship protagonists going into the race on equal points, could draw new fans and viewers over to Sky Sports F1, based on what they see this weekend.
“We've chosen to gift the race to the whole country at Christmas through our partnership with Channel 4,” said Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe Sky.
“Everyone can be part of a huge national moment as Lewis Hamilton goes for a historic eighth World Championship title. The brilliant Sky Sports Formula 1 team will give viewers on Channel 4 and Sky Sports the best insight, commentary and analysis of every twist and turn of this most eagerly anticipated final race of the season. Additionally, all Sky TV customers will have live coverage of the important qualifying session on Saturday, and the race on Sunday – which we will also show live on Sky Showcase."
That partnership has up to now consisted of highlights of every race for Channel 4, along with broadcast rights to the British Grand Prix alongside Sky Sports F1.