When Sky Sports began their Formula 1 coverage in 2012 the sport was going through a particularly dull time. Sebastian Vettel had won the previous year’s title, his second, by taking 11 of the season’s 19 races.
The German would claim it again that year and also in 2013 when he won 12 races including a sequence of nine successive races to round out the campaign. 2014 signalled the start of the hybrid era and that meant things were to become even more one-sided. That year Mercedes won 16 of the 19 Grand Prix.
Mechanical breakdowns robbed Lewis Hamilton of the World Drivers Championship title in 2016 but the Brit took it six times for the German team before the start of the 2021 season.
Remarkably Sky Sports F1 managed to maintain a healthy viewership despite the sport being monotonous. In 2021, the broadcaster got its just reward with a blockbuster season smashing all viewing records.
Duel The Documentary
The tense season-long battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has now been made into a two-part documentary which the broadcaster made available to Sky Showcase and Sky Documentaries viewers on Monday, March 7.
Titled ‘Duel’ the compelling programme covers all the key races and turning points of the 2021 season and works as an excellent appetizer for the forthcoming season which is now less than two weeks away.
To feed the lust for all things Formula 1 further, the broadcaster has announced details of a brand new 60-minute live show that will be streamed on Mondays after race weekends at 6pm on Sky Sports F1’s YouTube channel.
YouTube Racing Fans Go-To
According to Sky, Any Driven Monday will be “fans go-to for all things racing, bringing the best action, analysis, interviews and debate across not only F1 but F2, F3 and IndyCar series.”
Naomi Schiff – a Rwandan-Belgian professional racing and stunt driver – will co-host the show alongside Matt Baker. She had a practice run when co-presenting the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team car launch alongside Natalie Pinkham.
The 27-year-old is currently the W Series’ Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador and reserve driver who started karting at the age of 11. Since then, she has raced in prototype, GT and single-seater cars, winning the 2014 Clip Cup Asia Championship title, the 2018 KTM GT4 X-Bow Battle Championship title and taking second place in the 2018 ADAC Zurich 24 Hours Nurburgring.
Commenting on the new show Billy McGinty, Director of Sky Sports F1, said: “Every year we strive to push the boundaries of broadcasting, whether that’s technology and innovation or multi-dimensional storytelling and this year will be no exception.
“We are seeing growth in motorsport fans year on year and it’s our role as the exclusive home of Formula 1 to continue to challenge ourselves and deliver the best coverage for our audiences.”
SkySports YouTube channel, launched in July 2018, currently boasts 487,000 subscribers. Its contents have enjoyed almost 180 million views to date.