Start your engines: Fox Sports launching Formula 1 season with dedicated GP channel

• 24/7 dedicated motorsport channel switches on March 19 for coverage of Melbourne Grand

Fox Sports is promising to deliver its biggest-ever coverage of the 2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, with the qualifying sessions and race available ad-break free for the first time ever.

Fox Sports will deliver live, start-to-finish coverage of the event, all on a dedicated 24/7 pop-up channel, with all practice sessions also available live in HD.

The Australian Grand Prix launches the biggest year of Formula 1, with every event after the season opening race available exclusively live on Fox Sports.

Fans can also stream all of the action live via Foxtel Now.

Fox Sports’ head of television Steve Crawley said: “In 2018, we’ll deliver motorsport fans what they want – ad-break free coverage of the Melbourne Grand Prix qualifying and race for the first time. This means that every race on the Formula 1 calendar is now ad-break free for Foxtel viewers.

“After the season opener in Melbourne, Fox Sports will be the only place to watch every race from practice through to the main race live. If you love F1, Fox Sports is the place to be.”

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Fox Sports 506 will become the home of the Australian Grand Prix from Monday (March 19), before the live action begins on March 22.

And for the first time, the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will count towards the Championship, launching a massive four days of live racing.

Supercars Trackside returns from 5pm on March 22, and 7.15pm on March 25 to preview and review the Supercars action.

Fox Sports’ commentary team, featuring Jess Yates, Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall, returns to host the 60-minute programs alongside Supercars experts Neil Crompton and Greg Murphy, and technical analyst Mark Larkham.

Chris Stubbs and Riana Crehan will keep fans up to date with the latest and breaking news from Pit Lane.

In addition to wall-to-wall coverage of both events, the pop-up channel will feature classic Formula 1 and Supercars races and reviews of past seasons.

Fox Sports will broadcast Sky Sports’ world-class production to Australian viewers, providing them with unparalleled Formula 1 coverage. With ex-drivers Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert and commentators Ted Kravitz and David Croft as part of the lineup, fans receive all the news and analysis from the ground at every race.

Fox Sports’ Formula 1 Race Centre will be the ultimate companion to the TV broadcast. Available via foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports app, the Race Centre will offer fans unrivalled access to four additional video streams including live timing, in-car cameras, pit lane with snippets from team radios and a driver tracker, plus an up-to-the minute blog of key events during the race.

The Supercars Race Centre will offer fans access to team radio, car telemetry for all 26 Supercars, plus live timing and racing stats, along with a dedicated Supercars blog.

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