Formula 1 Is Moving to ESPN

Over a year after Liberty Media's purchase of F1, the sport's television broadcasting rights have been acquired by ESPN.

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Formula One has signed a multi-year partnership with ESPN as its broadcasting television partner for the United States, starting with the 2018 season. F1 has aired on NBC channels since 2013, with the switch coming over a year after Liberty Media's purchase of the sport.

All 21 Grands Prix of the 2018 season will be aired on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, with a total of over 125 hours of Formula One-related content. The Monaco Grand Prix will air live on ESPN and re-air on ABC after the the Indianapolis 500, while the U.S. Grand Prix and Mexican Grand Prix will air live on ABC.

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The ABC network was the first network to broadcast Formula One in the United States, with highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix airing in 1962.

“ESPN has had a long commitment to motorsports, and Formula 1 is a crown jewel in the sport," Burke Magnus, executive VP of programming and scheduling, said in a statement. “There are many passionate Formula 1 fans in the U.S. and we look forward to bringing the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of F1 to viewers across the ESPN platform.”

ESPN has released a full schedule of the races and their respective air times, which you can see below.

F1 2018 schedule
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Update: An ESPN spokesperson has told R&T that the network will be using the F1 world feed for its broadcasts, along with its commentators and pit reporters. As of right now, there is no word on who the commentators will be.

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