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In a boost to its sports offering, Discovery-owned free-to-air TV channel Quest has won the rights to screen the forthcoming 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
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Officially known as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and sanctioned by racing world body FIA, Formula E is a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars. The series was conceived in 2011, and the inaugural championship started in Beijing in September 2014. The series is currently in its fourth season.

The fifth season of the electric street racing series is set to get into gear on 15 December and will feature motorsport brands such as Audi, Jaguar and Nissan with BMW entering Formula E as a manufacturer for the first time. Motorsport icons Felipe Massa, Nelson Piquet Junior and British title hopeful Sam Bird, meanwhile, will all be looking to thrill fans throughout the 13 rounds of competition.

Launched in 2009, Quest is available in 27 million homes across the UK via Freeview, Freesat, Virgin Media and BT Sport and is home to English Football League highlights, the British Superbikes championship as well as snooker tournaments.

The new broadcasting deal will see Quest broadcast up to four Formula E races with from the forthcoming season live as well as a full highlights package of every single race during the 2018-19 edition on its linear channel and on-demand via QuestOD.co.uk or the QuestOD app. The specific four races to be screened live will be announced by Quest at a future date.

Formula E’s partnership with Quest strengthens its relationship with Discovery whose European sporting channel Eurosport first broadcast the championship in 2015 in the German, Polish and Nordic regions. In 2017, it announced it would be extending its agreement to broadcast the series to the whole of Europe for the next three years. “We are delighted to be adding to our sports line-up on Quest,”said Simon Downing, head of Quest and Eurosport UK. “The upcoming season is set to be an incredible one with plenty of action for fans to enjoy. As this franchise continues to evolve, we are excited to say that we will be there every step of the way.”

Added Formula E director of media and business development Ali Russell: “We are delighted that Quest have become a major addition to our UK broadcast offering for Season 5, guaranteeing that the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to be available on a free-to-air basis in a key market for us. We are excited by Quest’s coverage plans and believe that this partnership will further amplify the popularity and growth of Formula E in the UK.”