Formula E lands Spanish rights deal ahead of series debut

Commercial broadcaster Mediaset Spain has acquired exclusive rights in the country to Formula E, ahead of the motor-racing series’ debut on Saturday.

The deal takes in the 2014-15 season of the new fully-electric single-seater championship, with Mediaset set to broadcast the opening Beijing ePrix live and in full.

Ali Russell, director of media at Formula E, said: “With two Spanish drivers competing in the series, Spain is a key market for us and we’re delighted to be able to announce this deal. Despite being just under two days to go, we still have further deals to announce alongside our growing list of confirmed rights holders.”

The Beijing ePrix will take place on a street circuit around the Chinese city’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium, with the championship then moving on to eight other venues before concluding in London, England on June 27.

Spaniards Jaime Alguersuari (pictured) and Oriol Servia will drive in the series.