Formula 1 remains at Foxtel as its primary television station in Australia with the announcement of a new multi-year deal.
The new deal will see all training sessions, qualifiers and races live and uninterrupted on its subscription TV and Kayo streaming platform.
However, there was no obligation to broadcast tests after Australian fans missed coverage from the Bahrain pre-season test earlier this month.
Speedcafe.com’s efforts to question Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany during the announcement of how tests will be handled in the future were ignored.
From next season, the F1TV service will be integrated into the pay-TV service for customers who have an IQ set-top box.
F1TV offers a number of additional features such as live timing and built-in cameras, many of which are already available through Kayo Sports.
“I am very pleased to announce that we are taking our relationship with Formula 1 to the next level as a result of a new extension of rights over several years,” Delany said.
“This will see Foxtel and Kayo Sports build on their exclusive presence as the home of Formula 1 in Australia with every broadcast, every practice, every qualification and every race live and every race in 4k Ultra High Definition at Foxtel.
“But we want to go deeper with the integration of even more exclusive Formula 1 content as an Australian first, we will integrate the innovative F1TV app into Foxtel IQ in the 2023 season.”
“It’s great to renew our partnership with the Foxtel Group,” added Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali.
“Their extensive coverage in Australia brings the excitement of Formula 1 to our dedicated fans and new audiences.
“Foxtel is the best platform in Australia for Formula 1 and we are hugely excited about our partnership in the future.”
No date has been announced for when the new agreement will run.