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At the 13. December ends at 16: 45 watch a unique chapter in German TV history. RTL follows suit after the broadcast of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 30 Years of non-cease coverage from Formula 1. The exit was announced in June with reference to the economically no longer justifiable costs in rights poker.

Probably no other sport has shaped the brand of a TV channel as lastingly as the premier class of motorsport, which is one of the most coveted TV -Sports counts worldwide. For three decades it was a firmly anchored and reliable figure on free-to-air television, the Sunday battle Formula 1 battle RTL. Emotionalization and eventing, previously unknown in sports broadcasts, made the premier class and its heroes tangible. With the constant further development of the transmission technology, RTL also repeatedly set new, award-winning standards in the aresiding sport production. Over three decades there have been great successes to celebrate: seven world titles by Michael Schumacher, four world championship victories by Sebastian Vettel and most recently 2016 the triumph of Nico Rosberg fueled an enthusiasm for racing in this country that made Formula 1 at RTL the most successful serial sport on German television alongside football. Adding up the number of viewers who have been watching since the beginning of the quota recording 1992 have seen at least one Formula 1 race on RTL to date, you get the astronomical sum of 3, 14 Billions! In the wedding of the Schumi era, on Sunday afternoons an average of 10, 44 Millions of viewers in front of the screens – a value that is unattainable today against the background of changed user behavior and the multitude of media offers. Nevertheless: despite the lack of tension in the title fight, the average TV ratings were also in this special Corona year with a strong four million viewers. In the coming year, they will have to look for a new home beyond the payment barrier. The premier class of motorsport on free-to-air television will then be history.


Jörg Graf, RTL managing director: “With countless beautiful memories, pride and sadness we follow 30 Years ago, saying goodbye to Formula 1. We really didn’t make our decision easy this spring, but we are fully committed to it now. My big thanks go to the many colleagues who, in front of and behind the camera, contributed to the unique success story of Formula 1 at RTL. The premier class of motorsport will always stay in our hearts and we will of course continue to watch exactly where this fascinating sport is developing in the future. “

For the last of the total 533 Race broadcasts since 1991 runs RTL again big. In addition to presenter Florian König, commentators Heiko Waßer and Christian Danner and pit reporter Kai Ebel, RTL experts Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock and Nico Hülkenberg are also in the Cologne studio. In articles and talks, the editors look back on an exciting and unforgettable success story. At the cameras are cameramen who have been residing on site for decades and who have produced pictures of the track and from the paddock and, like so many other colleagues in the Formula 1 team, played a key role in the Formula 1 success story at RTL.


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