Formula One has announced that it has extended its partnership with Match TV. The Russian TV channel will retain its exclusive rights to show the full FIA Formula 1 World Championship until 2023.
The Russian sports broadcaster’s current deal with FOM began in 2017 and was originally for three years. That partnership was extended for the current 2020 season, and the sport has now announced that Match TV will retain its broadcasting rights until at least at the end of 2023.
The TV rights package also includes Formula 1’s support racing championships, including Formula 2, Formula 3, and the Porsche Supercup.
For the first time ever the entire Formula 1 season and support races will also be launching in market on F1TV. Although F1 TV is already available in the country, but only as the basic F1 TV package that does not offer live coverage. With the F1 TV Pro subscription, fans will be able to watch the entire F1 season and support races live.
Commenting on the contract extension, Ian Holmes, Director of Formula 1 Media Rights has labelled the partnership between F1 and Match TV as a great cooperation.
“We are thrilled to announce a three-year extension with Match TV, they have been a great partner over the years and our new agreement clearly demonstrates their commitment to fans and to the sport. We are also pleased to be launching F1TV in Russia for the first time which will complement their offering and ensure that Formula 1 fans receive unprecedented coverage across all of our properties.”
Aleksey Popov, Match TV commentator, said: "After such a brilliant season opener at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, we are thrilled to announce this exciting three-year agreement with Formula 1 and continue to expand our motorsport offering for fans.
„Despite a slightly later start to the season than planned, we can’t wait to see what the next stage in the competition will bring as all the teams battle it out for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.”