The final round of the inaugural season of the F1 Academy will be broadcast live for the first time, as announced by F1 Academy today. The series finale will take place at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin from October 20-22, alongside the Formula 1 LENOVO United States Grand Prix 2023. This is a major milestone for the series, with 18 international broadcasters set to provide live coverage across the weekend, covering over 100 territories.
With this expansion of coverage, fans from around the world will be able to watch the F1 Academy champion being crowned at the Circuit of The Americas. Previously, F1 Academy coverage was available through weekly highlight packages and on F1 Academy and F1 social media channels, as well as on F1 TV. However, this live broadcast takes things to a whole new level, giving fans the opportunity to witness the action as it happens.
In addition to the live coverage on international broadcasters, fans can also tune in to both qualifying sessions and all three races live on F1‘s YouTube, X, and Facebook channels, as well as via F1 TV. To enhance the viewing experience, a live pre-race show will be aired across all four platforms ahead of each race.
Susie Wolff, Managing Director of F1 Academy, expressed her excitement about the live broadcast, stating, “I’ve always said, ‘you have to see it to believe it’ and there is nothing more powerful than racing globally alongside F1. We hope to inspire young girls and women at home and show them the possibilities in our sport, both on and off-track.”
Ian Holmes, Director of Media Rights and Content Creation at Formula 1, emphasized the growing popularity of the F1 Academy series and the enthusiasm from fans to follow along. He said, “We can provide F1 Academy with a fantastic platform to showcase incredible female racing talent to new audiences.”
The broadcast will be available through a number of international broadcasters, including Supersport for Pan Africa, Fox Sports Australia and Foxtel & Kayo Sports for Australia, ORF for Austria, Bandeirantes for Brazil, TSN for Canada, and Viaplay for Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Iceland, and the Baltics. Other broadcasters include Canal+ for France, Sky Germany for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein, ANT1+ for Greece, Sky Italy for Italy, San Marino, and Vatican State, ESPN for Latin America and the Caribbean, MBC/SSC/Shahid for MENA, Fox Sports for Mexico, Sky New Zealand for New Zealand, DAZN F1 for Spain and Andorra, and Sky UK for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland. ESPN will provide coverage for the United States of America, including Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
The F1 Academy has been making significant strides, with plans to race alongside the F1 calendar starting in 2024. Moreover, all ten Formula 1 teams have committed to nominating one driver and designing the livery of one car to compete in F1 Academy from next season. This shows the commitment of the teams to promoting gender equality in motorsport.
Details of live broadcast arrangements for the 2024 season will be announced in the future, allowing fans to continue to follow along with the F1 Academy and witness the incredible talents of female drivers on the racetrack.