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ESPN Opts for Sky’s Formula 1 Coverage

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Fans of Formula One in the United States will watch coverage on ESPN and ABC courtesy of Sky Sports in 2018.

The two American network channels will use Sky’s services for all 21 of the scheduled races this season. The move brings back a bit of nostalgia as ABC was the first channel in America to broadcast an F1 race in 1962.

The coverage that can be expected for Americans will come from a variety of former F1 drivers, including Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Johhny Herbert, Paul di Resta and Anthony Davidson.

As it stands, Sky leads the way as an entertainment company in Europe, with 22.5 million customers spanning across Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom.

“We are excited to work with the Sky Sports team,” said Kate Jackson, ESPN coordinating producer, motorsports. “Their coverage of F1 is second to none and we look forward to bringing their expertise and authenticity to our audiences.”

Scott Young, Head of Formula One at Sky Sports, added: “We are delighted to be working with ESPN and ABC, and with this partnership extend Sky Sports F1’s award-winning coverage overseas. Each season we look to find new ways to improve the broadcast and entertain our viewers and this year will be no different.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.