From December 2019 onwards, F1 will run on two separate calendars.
The first will be a three-week live-streamed feed of every race in the sport.
The second will be live-broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The idea behind the two calendars is to streamline the way in which people watch the race.
“Our objective is to get more people involved in the racing and to make F1 more relevant to the way people watch and follow the sport,” F1’s senior vice-president for marketing, Paul Collier, said in a statement.
“By streaming the race live, we hope to increase engagement, interest and sponsorship.”
The two live-video streams will be different, with a shorter live-blog of each race.
“Live-streaming is a huge time saver for us,” Collier said.
“The shorter live blog means we can spend more time with the drivers, teams and teams and focus on delivering a great racing experience.”
A similar concept exists for the F3 series, where the races will be shown on a separate website for fans to follow, although the concept has been criticised.
In 2018, F3 took to Twitter to announce that it was moving to a single live-transcriber feed, which would mean viewers would have to change their channel to watch it online.
On Tuesday, the BBC announced it had signed a deal with F1 to stream the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix live.
BBC Sport has more on the deal: In an announcement from BBC Sport, BBC Sport Group chairman and CEO Jeremy Clarkson said: “I am delighted to be working with F3 and to announce the world’s most-loved sport is now available to stream on our website, F2.BBC Sport and the BBC Sport website team will also stream F1 live on BBC Sport Plus in 2018 and 2019.”
F3 will also provide fans with exclusive highlights from their favourite races on its dedicated F1 website, where fans can find the best coverage of F1 on the internet.”
What’s next for F1?
On the surface, the two live streams appear to be a bit of a compromise.
The longer live-blogs are more interesting, but the BBC doesn’t really like the concept of a separate live-viewing site, which could be a problem with the number of fans watching the race and therefore have to switch channels to watch.
It’s possible, however, that the two sites could be merged together.
So far, no deal has been struck.
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