F1 Moves From SPEED to NBC

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

In a surprising move, Formula One and Speed will be going their separate ways after this season, ending a 17-year relationship.

Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed that the partnership will end after this season and that the network was outbid for the US broadcast rights for F1. Though there’s no official announcement yet on F1’s new partnership with NBC, sources familiar with the negotiations have confirmed that NBC Sports will be the new home for Formula One starting in 2013.

Speed has been a partner with F1 since 1996, the first full season that was ever on air in the US. The television network moved to live coverage a year later and continued to expand its coverage for the world’s most popular form of motorsports. NBC Sports currently broadcasts the majority of the IndyCar Series.

“Speed has been the U.S. voice of F1 since the mid ’90s, and it is a passion for many people at the network,” a Fox Sports statement said. “Fox Sports Media Group made what we believed to be a fiscally responsible bid based on the sport’s current viewership levels, but F1 has elected to go in another direction. We wish them well.”

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Mariano Palmero Mariano Palmero on Oct 15, 2012

    Wow! Now viewing F1 races will suck big time...

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    • Juke Joint Jimmy Juke Joint Jimmy on Oct 15, 2012

      The current F1 commentators have a wealth of knowledge, are interesting, and 2 of them actually were in F1. I have enjoyed the current lineup for years and years, They offer insight to the politics of the sport and are not choked with tring to be PC, unlike the current NASCAR commentators.I hate to see a change in the coverage;I hope at least some of the guys get an offer to work at the new network. To me it is going to be like trying to replace Christopher "Chris" Constantine Economakiin American motorsports commentatingwith "insert any ABC commentator of the time".