Although since 2012 I've only watched one F1 race via FTA (all been on Sky Sports F1) I do recognise the value of having the 50/50(ish) split of live to highlights on BBC/Channel 4.
And I think it's a shame that only the British Grand Prix will be FTA live this season. But I'd hope that Sky & Liberty would try and find a couple of restrictions that Bernie - in his departing two finger salute to UK television race fans without Sky - put in, could have been relaxed for Channel 4.
One wonders if the contract is so tight, that any relaxing of it would cost FOM/Liberty huge compensation payments to Sky Sports, in even giving Channel 4 a smaller window from chequered flag to lights out on the race highlights.
The three hour window is very harsh. In fact, when the F1 circus goes west with race start times at 7/8pm UK time, and highlights won't be able to start until just before midnight, it's plauseable whether Channel 4 will even bother getting them on the same night, and just run them on the Monday evening at 6pm.
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