Formula E rights switch to BBC

Live motorsport has returned to the BBC with the UK public-service broadcaster acquiring rights to the 2018-19 season of electric car racing series Formula E.

The BBC will cover Formula E for the first time, starting on December 15 with the opening round of season five – the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia.

All races will be available to watch via the BBC Sport website, as well as the iPlayer and red button services.

Alongside the online and digital coverage of the series, one E-Prix will also be transmitted live on BBC network television this coming season.

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, said: “It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport.”

Live UK rights in 2017-18 were held by commercial broadcaster Channel 5 and sports broadcaster Eurosport, which holds rights across Europe from 2017-18 to 2019-20.