In order to keep all contracts with Formula 1, the exclusive German TV partner Sky must also offer some races on free TV. And while the company has had a partnership with RTL in this area in recent years, Sky wants to make the races freely available on YouTube this year – this has been known for a few weeks. Because of the cancellation of the race in Imola, nothing came of the original plan to offer exactly this race on YouTube.
Therefore, those responsible at Sky have now decided to make the race in Barcelona freely available on YouTube. The race already starts next Sunday, June 4th. This does not affect the other transmission channels, so the race can also be seen on classic Pay TV on Sky. Nothing has changed in the further plan: Sky also wants to make the Hungarian race available on YouTube in mid-July.
Charly Classen, Sport Director Sky Germany, says: “In view of the tragic events in Emilia-Romagna two weeks ago, the cancellation of the Grand Prix weekend was the only right decision. In the course of this, the live broadcast of the race via skysport .de, the Sky Sport App and on our Sky Sport DE YouTube channel will not take place as planned. In order not to keep motorsport fans in Germany waiting any longer, we will now do so in Barcelona at short notice. We are very much looking forward to the Grand To broadcast the Spanish Prix free-to-air and to share our enthusiasm for this great sport with the fans.”
The race in Imola was canceled because storms caused great devastation in Italy at the planned time. The area of Emilia-Romagna was particularly affected – that’s also where the race track in Imola is located.
Sky also shows F1 races from Barcelona on YouTube
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