Whisper has secured an extension to its contract with Channel 4, ensuring the production company will continue delivering Formula 1 coverage for the broadcaster until 2026. The confirmation follows a recent agreement between Channel 4 and Sky, preserving Formula 1 coverage on free-to-air television until the aforementioned year. Under the Sky deal, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of the British Grand Prix, along with qualifying and practice sessions, in addition to highlights from all other F1 races throughout the season.

Channel 4’s Head of Sport, Pete Andrews, said: “Whisper’s production of our F1 content has been fantastic. They are always striving to improve and deliver the best possible coverage for our audiences and that really came through in a very tough tender process.

“Their ambition for this year’s coverage is really exciting and I’m really looking forward to working with Whisper’s outstanding on and off-screen talent.”

Sunil Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, Whisper: “Whisper’s founders met while producing F1 for the BBC and we have an absolute passion for motorsport and for delivering sport as entertainment. This project brings all those aspects together, a show that delivers the best action and entertainment from F1, with storytelling at its heart. All under the creative and editorial leadership of Tim Hampel and Kirstie Bennett from our Manchester office.

“It’s brilliant also to continue to work with Channel 4 on F1. They are a pioneering partner who give us freedom to develop and evolve. Together we’re committed to reducing emissions while delivering the highest levels of creativity and entertainment for F1 fans in the UK.”

In line with F1’s sustainability targets, C4F1 is set to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by over 50% compared to 2022. Whisper will continue to produce two highlight shows during each race weekend, with a total of five live shows during the British Grand Prix weekend in July, all managed remotely from the UK.

The 2024 C4F1 shows will introduce late-night highlight presentations from an innovative studio in the UK, while European races will be covered from the F1 paddock. On-site presence will be maintained for all races through partnerships with international broadcasters. The upcoming season kicks off with the Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix on March 2, 2024.

Whisper and Channel 4 have earned accolades for their C4F1 highlight show, including the Best Sports Entertainment Show at the 2022 Broadcast Awards. Presenter Steve Jones received the Best Sports Presenter award at the 2019 SJAs, and David Coulthard was nominated for Best Pundit at the 2022 Broadcast Sport Awards. Further updates on the show’s plans for the future are expected in the coming weeks.