Sky Sports F1 announces which races will be exclusively live on Sky in 2018
On your marks, set, go! The Formula 1 season returns in March and Sky customers can get a taste of what life will be like for fans from 2019 when it takes over exclusive rights to the Grand Prix events.
From March, subscribers to the Sky Sports F1 channel will be able to watch all 21 race weekends, and 11 will be exclusive to the station. That includes every practice session, qualifying session and race.
To get you in pole position, here are the exclusive races that will only be broadcast on Sky Sports F1.
Australian Grand Prix (23-25 March)
The first race of the season. Watch Britain’s four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton begin his title defence in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Grand Prix has been part of the F1 World Championships since 1985 and has typically been the first race of the season since 1996.
Chinese Grand Prix (13-15 April)
Part of the F1 season since 2004, the Shanghai track was the tournament’s most expensive when it opened at 240m USD, before the 6bn USD Abu Dhabi facility was built in 2009. Hamilton took pole position in China last year and has won this race five times.
Spanish Grand Prix (11-13 May)
One of the oldest tracks in the world having been around since 1913, Hamilton took pole position in Barcelona last year for the second time but is still behind Michael Schumacher’s six victories.
Canadian Grand Prix (8-10 June)
Part of Formula 1 since the 1970s, Hamilton has won on the Montreal track five times and could equal Schumacher’s all-time best of six with another victory this season.
French Grand Prix (22-24 June)Formula 1 will return to Circuit Paul Ricard in 2018
Returning to the F1 calendar for the first time in nearly 30 years, Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet will host the French Grand Prix in June. Many of this year’s F1 drivers weren’t born when Alain Prost claimed the chequered flag on the Cote d’Azur in 1990.
German Grand Prix (20-22 June)
The German Grand Prix from Hockenheim makes its comeback after a one-year absence. Hamilton won the biennial race in 2016.
Hungarian Grand Prix (27-29 July)
British racing legend Damon Hill won his first F1 race in Hungary in 1993. Hamilton has won here five times so the Brits have a pretty impressive track record on this world-renowned twisty track near Budapest.
Italian Grand Prix (31 August–2 September)Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Italian Grand Prix in 2016
One of the longest running events in the Formula One calendar. Races have taken place here continuously since the championship was first introduced in 1950. Hamilton could also equal Schumacher’s record of five wins during the Monza race this year.
Russian Grand Prix (28-30 September)
Russia briefly hosted Grand Prix in 1913 and 1914 but was abandoned during the First World War. It wasn’t until 2014, when Sochi was preparing to host the Winter Olympics, that the race returned. The first two years were won by Hamilton but he hasn’t taken pole position since 2015.
Mexican Grand Prix (26-28 October)
F1 returned to Mexico City in 2015 after a 21-year absence. There is a good British history of taking pole position at the Autodromo Harmanos Rodriguez track. Jim Clark won here three times in the 1960s and Nigel Mansell took first place in 1987 and 1992.
Brazilian Grand Prix (9-11 November)
The penultimate race of the season, this Sao Paulo track has been won by Alain Prost the most times with six pole positions. Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel still has a way to go with three, while Hamilton has only won it once in 2016.
Adding the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel to an existing Sky TV package is £18 a month. There are a few options if you aren't with Sky and want to watch every F1 race this season, but really it is about getting Sky Sports.
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