ESPN Extends F1 TV Deal in United States through 2025

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Formula 1 will remain on ESPN in the United States through 2025 after a three-year extension was announced on Saturday.

F1 returned to the ESPN networks in 2018 and viewership has gradually increased, peaking with a record 2.6 million at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in May. Average viewership has also increased this year from a race-day average of 949,000 in 2021 to 1.2 million.

In a statement, Formula 1 outlined that at least 16 of next year’s 24 Grands Prix will air on ABC or ESPN, while all race broadcasts will continue throughout the ESPN network as a commercial-free presentation.

“We are delighted to announce that our partnership with ESPN will continue,” said Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Formula 1 has seen incredible growth in the United States with sold out events and record television audiences, and the addition of Las Vegas to the calendar next season, alongside Austin and Miami, will see us host three spectacular races there.

“The ESPN networks have played a huge part in that growth with their dedicated quality coverage. We are excited to expand our relationship and continue to bring the passion and excitement of Formula 1 to our viewers in the U.S. together.”

As part of the new deal, ESPN will have flexibility to roll out additional ways for fans to consume F1 content, including on ESPN+.

“Formula 1 and ESPN have been a strong and successful team and we’re delighted to extend our relationship,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN president, Programming and Original Content. “We look forward to serving fans in some new and innovative ways in the next three years as we continue to bring the reach and relevance of the Walt Disney Company networks and platforms to Formula 1.”