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Thrilling 2010 season boosts Formula One TV audiences 21 Jan 2011

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 at the start of the race,
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 14 November 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01 at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 at the start of the race..
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010

Formula One Management (FOM) is pleased to announce that Formula One racing’s global television audience increased to 527 million individuals over the course of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

In what will be remembered as one of the hardest fought F1 seasons in history, TV audiences across the globe swelled in response to the on-track excitement.

A function of this increased demand was additional coverage in many territories, as live free practice and additional qualifying and race programming were added to schedules around the world. In total over 16,000 hours of coverage were telecast to 187 countries.

There was growth in nine of the 11 largest TV markets, and it was a particularly strong year for Formula One’s European audience, with many of FOM’s broadcast partners reporting their highest race audiences in a number of seasons.

“Whilst 2010 has delivered some great things, 2011 promises even more as Formula One seeks to build upon the foundations laid in our emerging markets and enthral our audiences across the world,” commented Formula One Group CEO, Bernie Ecclestone.

The 2011 season will see Formula One racing televised in HD for the first time, with all FOM’s broadcast partners being offered HD coverage of all sessions. The 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship begins in Bahrain on March 13.

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