Italian public broadcast network Rai is to air live coverage of the FIA Formula E Championship for the next two seasons.
All programmes will feature comprehensive coverage of each live race together with pre-race build-up – including highlights from the day’s earlier practice and qualifying sessions – podium celebrations and post- race interviews.
Ali Russell, Director of Media and Strategic Partnerships at Formula E, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Rai to the increasing list of broadcasters of the FIA Formula E Championship. As a nation renowned for its passion for motorsport, Rai is the ideal platform to showcase Formula E in Italy.”
Carlos Paris, Head of Rai Sport, said: “We are pleased to announce this new partnership with Formula E. Motorsport plays such a big part of the Italian sporting culture and we look forward to showing an innovative and exciting new series such as Formula E to a wider audience.”
Jarno Trulli, team owner of Trulli Formula E, said: “It’s a great opportunity for Formula E and motorsport fans to have Rai broadcasting the live races of our series in Italy, it’s a step forward to make the series grow and get stronger after a successful first season. I’m looking forward to cooperate with Rai and show the Italian fans what we are truly doing with our technology.”
The Rai deal follows Formula E’s confirmation of an extended free-to-air deal with ITV in the UK and with Eurosport across a number of territories