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BBC Continues UK Formula E Coverage

BBC platforms to show all races free-to-air in UK, with two rounds live on network channels…

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to the BBC for its sixth season, with every race available live and free-to-air on BBC online platforms and two races to be shown live on network channels.

Both the Marrakesh E-Prix in Morocco on Feb. 29 and Rome E-Prix on April 4 will be available on BBC television network channels.

Every E-Prix remains free-to-air for motor racing fans in the UK to enjoy, streamed live on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and select races on BBC Red Button.

The new season starts with the opening race weekend in Ad Diriyah on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23.

The races will be live on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. GMT.

Formula E will race in 12 cities crossing five continents next season, with events in Santiago, Mexico City, Sanya, Paris, Seoul, Jakarta, Berlin, New York City and the season finale in London all also available live on BBC platforms.

“We are extremely pleased to be back on the BBC for yet another exciting year of electric racing, with more races selected to be shown live on network channels,” said Formula E’s chief marketing officer Jerome Hiquet.

“Expanding our broadcast partnership and offering different ways to watch Formula E on the BBC helps bring British fans closer to the sport than ever before.

“We want the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to be accessible to the widest possible audience and with five British drivers on the grid, Formula E fans in the UK will need to choose who they are getting behind when racing returns to London in July next summer.

“The British contingent may outnumber the other famous names in the field, but they face stiff competition with the arrival of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, as well as the current F2 champion Nyck De Vries choosing to join Formula E for the start of the new season.

“With 22 drivers separated by less than one second in pre-season testing, it is anyone’s guess who will come out on top in the first race on Friday next week.

“That is what makes Formula E so special to watch. Tune in to find out for yourself who the winner will be.”

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship made its terrestrial debut on the BBC last season when the Hong Kong E-Prix was shown live on BBC Two in March, with the early morning race attracting more than half a million viewers across all linear and digital platforms.

All Formula E races this season will also be broadcast on Eurosport, with select events also shown live and free-to-air on Quest.

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