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ARD, ZDF expand Formula E deals

German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF have expanded their rights deals for the Formula E electric car-racing series.

The broadcasters will show more live races during the fifth season of Formula E, which gets underway on December 15 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

ZDF will provide coverage of the Rome E-Prix, with ARD to showcase races in Monaco and Berlin. The remaining races will be streamed live across online platforms.

The new partnership has been brokered by international sports broadcaster Eurosport.

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, said: “Germany is a key market for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and it’s imperative we remain free-to-air, to ensure our fans can keep up with the fastest-moving series in motorsport.

“As we continue on our mission to bring Formula E to the masses, it’s fantastic that two of the largest European public channels – ARD and ZDF – are increasing their coverage and showing continued support of the electric street racing series. We’re grateful to Eurosport & SportA for their contribution to this agreement.”