FOX Sports LatAm strikes new Formula 1 broadcasting deal

Formula 1 will be broadcast on FOX Sports Latin America in 19 countries throughout South and Central America until 2022 in a new deal.

The deal, which excludes Brazil, will see the cable and satellite broadcaster showing all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race live across its three channels: FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Premium Action.

Additional programming will also be offered in the form of El Show de la Formula 1, GP1 and Circuito FOX Sports providing extra coverage pre and post races, reviews and previews, behind-the-scenes features, driver and team interviews, insight and extra analysis.

The deal also includes broadcast rights to feeder series Formula 2 and GP3 Series.

F1 has retained "certain digital rights" – as it moves to launch its own OTT (over-the-top) digital service in 2018, as well as live FTA (free-to-air) coverage of any races taking place within the region (currently just Mexico), plus "delayed FTA highlights everywhere else in the region."

“We are very happy to have FOX Sports as a partner in Latin America for the next five years," commented Ian Holmes, director of Media Rights at Formula 1. "This new agreement represents a great opportunity and will allow us to bring the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 19 countries throughout South and Central America where Formula 1 has a strongly established tradition as well as huge potential to gather and galvanise new fans."

Carlos Martinez, president, FOX Networks Group Latin America, added: "We are happy to have such a relevant property as the FIA Formula 1 World Championship back on FOX Sports in our robust motorsport content proposal.

"We’re thankful to Formula 1 for trusting FOX Sports and our team to broadcast Formula 1 to more than 45 million Spanish-speaking homes in Latin America. The passion of Latin American fans for car racing makes this category key to our content offering, and we will contribute with our know-how to make the experience of living it in our portfolio unbeatable."

F1 recently confirmed an extended broadcasting deal with Movistar+ across Spain.