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Formula E extends broadcast deal and confirms Saudi Arabia night race start

By 7th January 2021 No Comments

The season will get underway on the last weekend of February

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Formula E has extended its Austrian free-to-air broadcaster ORF for another three seasons.

The largest free-to-air broadcaster in Austria, ORF will show every qualifying session and E-Prix live on ORF1 and ORF Sport+ – continuing a relationship that has run since 2016.

The first weekend of the upcoming season has been confirmed to be taking place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on 26th and 27th of February.

Taking place at night, in the interest of the environment the racetrack will be floodlit by low-power LED lighting, and powered by fully-renewable low-carbon certified hydrogenated vegetable oil made from sustainable materials.

Aarti Dabas, chief media officer at Formula E, said of the ORF deal: “Formula E has built a firm fanbase in Austria, so it was paramount for us that we continued our successful partnership with ORF.

“Allowing both existing fans and new audiences to engage with our sport and our purpose is core to our continued growth as a business. We are delighted to continue our partnership with ORF into and beyond our first season as an FIA World Championship.”

Hans Peter Trost, head of ORF-TV-Sports, added: “Motorsports and ORF, that’s a long-term history. Formula E and ORF, that is a much shorter history, but thinking of climate change issues, it’s an important one and therefore an ongoing one. Awareness and exciting motor racing is a perfect mixture for a public broadcaster.”

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