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Channel 4 To Show Formula One Title Showdown Live On Free-To-Air

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Channel 4 To Show Formula One Title Showdown Live On Free-To-Air

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's Formula One driver's world title battle will be played out free-to-air television on Sunday afternoon.

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The 2021 championship has been one of the most enthralling in the history of the sport, as Hamilton and Verstappen have traded places on track and in the title on many occasions throughout.

Last Sunday's controversial win for Hamilton in Saudi Arabia means that the two men go into the final race this weekend level on points.

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Abu Dhabi is set to be the stage for one final afternoon of drama and fans in the UK won't need a Sky Sports package to watch the race for once.

Sky are sharing their feed of the race with Channel 4, meaning viewers will be able to see the race free-to-air, with the terrestrial channel using their pundits and presenters for the pre and post race analysis.

Channel 4 usually only show highlights of the race later in the day, and are also allowed to show the British Grand Prix live from Silverstone every year.

Hamilton celebrates in Saudi Arabia but Verstappen was very unhappy with the result. Image: PA Images
Hamilton celebrates in Saudi Arabia but Verstappen was very unhappy with the result. Image: PA Images
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The news will allow more sports fans to watch the highly anticipated race, in a move akin to Channel 4's agreement to show the final of the US Open earlier this year.

On that occasion it was Emma Raducanu's historic victory at Flushing Meadows that the terrestrial channel had shared with them, that time from Amazon Prime Video.

9.2 million viewers tuned in for the British tennis star's incredible first grand slam victory and F1 would love for those figures to be repeated for their huge showdown.

"We are excited that Sky will make the Grand Prix on Sunday available to Channel 4 viewers so everyone can tune in live for the thrilling finale to this epic season," Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said of the news.

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"Sky's passion for Formula 1 is incredible and this generous gesture shows their love of the sport and the millions of fans in the UK. We are all looking forward to Sunday and hope all the fans will be glued to their screens."

One of several controversial incidents between Verstappen and Hamilton last week. Image: PA Images
One of several controversial incidents between Verstappen and Hamilton last week. Image: PA Images

Hamilton has won five of the past seven races, finishing second in the other two, whilst it's been the reverse for Verstappen, who has held extremely healthy leads twice in the championship.

Whoever finishes ahead on Sunday should win the title, although things can be complicated by a fastest lap, if neither man scores points then Verstappen would be champion, based on amount of races won.

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The pair have crashed, or come very close to it, on several occasions this season and both have been penalised for it being their fault at different times.

Red Bull have accused Mercedes of cheating at times this season and Hamilton and his team claimed Verstappen was 'crazy' following the previous race in Jeddah.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton

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