Mediaset España, the Spanish arm of the Italy-based broadcasting group, has once again secured free-to-air (FTA) coverage rights for the Spanish Grand Prix from motor racing’s iconic Formula 1 (F1).

As has been the case for the previous three seasons, the network has struck a deal for domestic coverage of this year's event with telecoms giant Telefonica, one of the two Spanish rightsholders for F1 action alongside global sports subscription platform DAZN.

The 2023 F1 Spanish Grand Prix will take place at the Circuit de Montmelo near Barcelona on June 4, and Mediaset will cover the action via its FTA Telecinco channel.

As well as the race itself, the Telefonica deal allows Mediaset to show the previous day’s (June 3) qualifying.

The first such tie-up between Mediaset and Telefonica for FTA Spanish Grand Prix coverage came in 2020 when no spectators were allowed to attend in person due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Mediaset said: “Thanks to this alliance, the company reinforces the coverage and diffusion of this sport in Spain, in a season in which it is achieving great interest due to the good results of the Spanish drivers.”

So far, of the two Spaniards involved in this year’s F1, veteran Fernando Alonso occupies third place in the driver’s championship standings, while Carlos Sainz of Ferrari sits in fifth.

Telefonica and DAZN struck their rights deals in Spain for F1 in advance of the 2021 season.

Telefonica covers the action through its pay-TV broadcaster Movistar, in a deal GlobalData Sport understands to be worth €60 million ($65.8 million) annually.

The Barcelona Grand Prix will be the eighth round of the 2023 F1 season.

Last month, meanwhile, Mediaset struck a similar sublicensing deal with Movistar for European soccer’s UEFA Europa League.