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BBC Radio Five Live, the news and sports radio network of the UK's public-service broadcaster, has renewed its exclusive rights for Formula 1 (F1), the top motor racing series, on the eve of the new season.

The three-year extension will see the BBC retain audio rights until the end of the 2024 campaign.

Races will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra, and BBC Sounds and will include live race commentary, as well as coverage across the qualifiers and practice sessions.

The 2022 F1 season gets underway on Sunday (March 20) with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Live coverage of the race will air on 5 Sports Extra from 2.30pm (UK time).

The 2022 season is set to feature a record 23-race calendar despite the recent cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine late last month (February 24).

The series is looking for a replacement for the Sochi race – which was scheduled for 25 September – with Qatar and Germany among the potential host countries being lined up to take the slot.

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