Formula E has struck a deal with free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 to show live coverage of next weekend’s London EPrix double-header.
London returns to the Formula E calendar for the first time since 2016, having featured on the season one and two calendars before being dropped. Those races were held at Battersea Park, but will relocate to London’s ExCeL for a unique indoor/outdoor track layout.
The coverage on Channel 4 will be fronted by broadcaster Vernon Kay, with coverage also available across All4 – the channel’s on-demand service.
“There’s nothing that quite beats the atmosphere of your home race and with seven British drivers to cheer on, the UK fans are going to love tuning in for this amazing weekend of racing,” commented Kay.
“London is the penultimate event in the calendar so it is going to be all to play for. Fans can be sure of close, unpredictable racing on what is set to be a spectacular and unique track.”
British driver and championship leader Sam Bird welcomed the move to prime-time terrestrial TV.
“It is great news for Formula E to be shown live on Channel 4 for such a key race on the world championship calendar. This is the first time in five years we’ve raced in London – the first time in 17 years for Jaguar – and terrestrial TV plays a key role to put our sport into the homes across the UK at a milestone moment.
“The ExCeL track looks like it should put on an entertaining race for the fans as it’s the first indoor and outdoor circuit, offering something truly unique. I hope the country tunes in to enjoy the close racing and watch Jaguar Racing pushing for a podium on home soil.”
Coverage this season has been carried by the BBC’s iPlayer and Red Button.