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Rai to show Formula E in Italy

Italian state broadcaster Rai has acquired rights for the Formula E electric car-racing world championship.

The deal will run for two seasons, from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

Rai will provide pre-race and live coverage plus highlights from practice and qualifying sessions, podium celebrations and post-race interviews.

Carlos Paris, the head of sport at Rai, said: “Motorsport plays such a big part of the Italian sporting culture and we look forward to showing an innovative and exciting new series such as Formula E to a wider audience.”

The series, which is operated by the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body, said that further rights deals would be announced in the coming weeks.