French television broadcaster Canal+ has extended their contract to broadcast Formula One live until the end of the 2024 season it was announced on Tuesday.
Canal+ began broadcasting Formula One in 2013 and has been the home of the sport in France ever since. Last weekend, at the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps circuit the company were joined by NTT IndyCar Series driver and former Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean.
Speaking about the announcement Maxime Saada, President, Canal+ Group said:
“We are very happy to broadcast the amazing show of the Formula 1 championship until 2024. The excellent work of our motorsport editorial team led by Thomas Sénécal as well as that of our production team pays off. Liberty Media’s continuous efforts regarding the Formula 1 Championship to make it more and more attractive and popular are incredibly valuable. This undoubtedly makes Formula 1 a major asset of our sports offer. Our subscribers will be thrilled that this collaboration moves forward.
Sessions from four Grand Prix weekends every season will be broadcast live and free-to-view as part of the deal, including Qualifying and the Race at each French Grand Prix. Additional event highlights will also be broadcast on a free-to-view basis throughout the term. The rights agreement will also see Canal+ continue to show live coverage of every FIA Formula 2
Championship and FIA Formula 3 Championship session. Following first F1 victories for French racers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, the sport’s popularity in the France has continued to grow. A channel-record 1.89m viewers tuned in to watch the 2021 Bahrain GrandPrix, with audience figures continuing to increase year-on-year.
With myCANAL, fans will be able to get even closer to the racing action by viewing onboard camera feeds, as well as oversee everything that’s happening using the car tracking feature. Fans will also have access to the Group’s renowned motorsport coverage via CANAL+ FORMULA ONE, a dedicated F1 channel.
Ian Holmes, Director of Media Rights, Formula 1®, said:
We are delighted to announce an extension of our partnership with Canal+, who consistently produce Formula 1 coverage of the highest quality. Canal+ are world renowned for the excellence of their output, and we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with them. France is one of Formula 1’s largest markets and is a nation rich in the history of the sport. As we prepare to enter an exciting new era for F1, we look forward to continuing our partnership together and ensuring our fans can continue to enjoy
outstanding coverage of the sport.