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Entertainment Sky Sports unlikely to follow Channel 4's Emma Raducanu lead with Lewis Hamilton decider

15:45  28 november  2021
15:45  28 november  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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It's set up to be the most epic conclusion to an F1 seasons in years - but the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is unlikely to be shown free-to-air in the UK. After an intense battle between the two, Max Verstappen currently leads Lewis Hamilton by eight points in the drivers' standings with just two Grand Prix's remaining.

The Red Bull driver could yet claim the title at the first of those races in Saudi Arabia on December 5, were he to notch a podium finish and then benefit from his Mercedes rival not finishing.

However Hamilton, chasing a record breaking eighth world crown, currently has the momentum having won in Brazil and then Qatar, and the nature of the next two tracks in the Middle East are thought to favour the 'Silver Arrows' driver.

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Therefore, everything is currently pointing towards a winner-takes-all finale in Abu Dhabi on December 12.

If so, it would be the first time the sport has enjoyed a title race going to the final day since 2016, the last time Hamilton failed to take the Championship, after then teammate Nico Rosberg held on to win the title at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Hamilton and Verstappen's battle has been epic. © GETTY Hamilton and Verstappen's battle has been epic.

Then, the race aired live across Channel 4 and Sky Sports as part of the UK F1 TV rights agreement that was in place at that time.

The potential finale this time around has prompted calls from fans for Sky Sports F1 to make the race available free-to-air in the UK, a trend that has become more apparent in recent years for huge sporting events.

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Back in September, Amazon Prime permitted Emma Raducanu's US Open final with Leylah Fernandez to also be shown as it happened on Channel 4, with more than 9.2 million people tuning in to watch the British teenager make history.

In 2019, Sky Sports themselves shared their live coverage of the Cricket World Cup final with the same channel, which helped contribute to a record worldwide audience watching England's win over New Zealand.

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Sky hold exclusive rights to show F1 live in the UK, but it doesn't seem they will be giving in to demand this time around.

Instead, the coverage is expected to follow the same format, with Channel 4 showing their usual delayed qualifying and race highlights.

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"The race is unlikely to be free to air on December 12. Highlights will be available on Channel 4 as always," a Sky spokesperson told Motorsport Broadcasting.

Current Channel 4 schedules show that highlights of qualifying will air at 6:55pm on Saturday, December 11, with race highlights airing the next day at 5:30pm.

Raducanu's US Open final win was on Channel 4. © GETTY Raducanu's US Open final win was on Channel 4.

Sky currently have the rights over F1 coverage until 2024, having paid £1 billion to F1 Management to secure a deal that has run from 2019.

Sky Sports F1 was launched prior to the 2012 season, sharing broadcasting rights with the BBC until the end of the 2015 season.

Then, BBC budget cuts meant Channel 4 took over and shared live coverage with sky until 2018.

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