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BT Sport announces new deal to show comprehensive coverage of the ABB Formula E Championship

BT Sport is proud to announce the expansion of our world-class motorsport coverage with the acquisition of the ABB Formula E Championship.

BT Sport will offer the UK's most comprehensive coverage of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to date after agreeing a deal for the rights to the electric street racing series.

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Formula E is the world's first fully-electric international single-seater category in motorsport, bringing intense and unpredictable racing to some of the world's most recognisable cities including Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Berlin and New York.

BT Sport begins its coverage as Formula E enters a new era with the competitive debut of the Gen2 car in the upcoming new season, which begins this Saturday in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The new model provides a step-up in performance with almost double the energy storage capacity - allowing teams and drivers to complete a full race distance at higher speeds.

The fifth season of Formula E promises to be the most exciting so far, with some big names among the 11 teams and 22 drivers competiting. 

Former Ferrari and Williams driver Felipe Massa will be making his debut in the all-electric series after retiring from Formula One last year.

The Brazilian has joined Formula E team Venturi, whose team principal is Susie Wolff, the former Williams reserve driver and wife of Toto Wolff, the team principal of Mercedes' all-conquering F1 team.

There will also be plenty of British interest this season, with Sam Bird, Gary Paffett, Oliver Turvey, Oliver Rowland and Alexander Sims all set to take their place on the grid this weekend.

The championship consists of 13 races in total and will once again be coming to a close in New York City over the course of two days on 13 and 14 July.

BT Sport will bring viewers coverage of every race – from preview shows, live practice and qualifying, the races themselves and highlights.

In addition, BT Sport will broadcast the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first all-electric production-based international race series.

With 20 production-based Jaguar I-PACE race cars with identical specifications going head to head, it’s down to driver skill and team tactics to decide who will be crowned champion.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “With the addition of Formula E, BT Sport customers can enjoy even more racing action on the home of brilliant live motorsport in the UK.

"As well as Formula E, which is one of the most exciting and innovative racing series globally, motorsport fans can look forward to coverage on BT Sport of MotoGP, European Le Mans, Grand Prix, British Speedway and World Rally Championship.”

Ali Russell, media and business development director at Formula E, added: “With the closest and most progressive racing series entering its biggest season to date, it’s great that fans across the UK get to watch every session of Formula E.

"On top of that, our first support series - the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY - is championing the real race to road story.”

Formula E joins a BT Sport line-up that includes being the exclusive home of MotoGP and British Speedway, the UEFA Champions League, Premier League coverage and FA Cup football.

BT Sport is also the home of domestic and European club rugby, while boxing fans can look forward to a top-class line-up of fight nights featuring boxers from the Frank Warren stable.

Click here to find out how we can get you set up with BT Sport ahead of the new Formula E season in less than 15 minutes.

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