The final race of the season in Abu Dhabi will decide the title, with the bitter rivals level on points following Hamilton’s dramatic win in Saudi Arabia, creating unprecedented interest as the English driver seeks a victory that would give him a record eighth championship.
Sky hold exclusive live rights to Formula One having paid over £1billion for a five-year deal that runs until 2024, but in recent years have increasingly seen the value in making sporting events of national significance available to all.
Channel 4 have opened talks with Sky Sports about sharing the live rights to Sunday’s race
Rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will go head-to-head in Abu Dhabi on Sunday
The broadcaster reached an 11th hour deal with Channel 4 to share live coverage of England’s World Cup cricket win over New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019, while last year made Scotland and the Republic of Ireland’s final European Championship qualifiers available free-to-air in those countries during lockdown.
Channel 4 also secured shared live rights of Emma Raducana’s stunning US Open final victory last September after approaching Amazon Prime, and are understood to have had initial conversations with Sky about this weekend’s race.
The terrestrial broadcaster already have highlights rights for Formula One, but a final decision from Sky is not expected until later in the week.
Sky and Channel 4 declined to comment.
Hamilton (back) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday’s race