Formula 1 will be launching new ways to watch its content online at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix in May.
The premium version of the service, called F1 TV Pro, aims at providing a new personalised way of watching a Grand Prix.
Viewers will be able to choose to watch the driver-camera they want among the 20 drivers, they will have access to side-by-side race viewing and other features. Interviews, press conferences, practice and qualifying races will be offered live.
The beta version of the service is to be tested by a closed group of people at the occasion of the Chinese Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2018.
Other series are to be added to the service later this season such as FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3 Series and Porsche Supercup.
First, the service will be available on computers and mobile phone apps (Apple, Android, Amazon Fire) with versions for tablets and Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV to follow.
The price of F1 TV will differ depending on the markets but is announced to cost between €57 and €122 per year. F1 TV Access, the non-premium version, will provide live rice timing data, radio broadcasts, highlights of the weekend, and archive footage.
Director of digital and new business for Formula 1 Frank Arthofer considers this a “tremendous opportunity.