LEWIS HAMILTON’S titanic battle with Max Verstappen for the F1 title will be shown live on Channel 4.
Sky F1 have reached an agreement with the channel to provide free-to-air coverage of the Abu Dhabi GP.
Hamilton is level on points with Verstappen as he bids for a record eighth world title after an explosive race last weekend in Saudi Arabia.
The winner-takes-all clash is a thrilling finale to an excellent season where the Brit has battled back from being 32 points behind the Dutchman.
Over 2.6million watched on Sky F1 as Hamilton won the last race in Jeddah.
But those numbers are set to rocket this weekend with it being made more widely available.
They did come to a ‘sharing’ agreement with Channel 4 pra England’s dramatic Cricket World Cup final win in 2019 – so there is precedent.
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A similar deal was also struck in September when Prime Video let Channel 4 show Emma Raducanu’s historic win in the US Open tennis final.
Former sports minister Tracy Crouch earlier wholeheartedly urged the broadcast giant to make it available for free.
She told The Times: “It is only the last day of the season we are talking about, so I would hope they do so.
“But where there are epic endings or finales to sporting occasions I do think it makes sense to make them available to the widest possible audience.”