Channel 4 announces its list of live 2016 Formula 1 grands prix

Channel 4 has revealed details of which 2016 grands prix it will broadcast live after recently taking over Formula 1's UK terrestrial television rights from the BBC.

Its live broadcasts begin with round two in Bahrain, and also include Azerbaijan's first GP, the British event at Silverstone and the finale in Abu Dhabi.

It was announced just before Christmas C4 would take up the remaining three years on the BBC's contract and screen F1 from this season through to 2018.

ANALYSIS: How Channel 4 plans to 'mix it up'

The BBC was forced to pull out with immediate effect in a bid to make significant savings, with C4 stepping into the breach.

A week ago C4 confirmed former F1 racer David Coulthard had become the first member of its commentary team, with Whisper Films handed the production contract.

UPDATE: Channel 4 announces full F1 presenter line-up

Following a selection process with Sky Sports F1, which shows every race live, C4 has announced Bahrain, Spain, Europe (Azerbaijan), Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dhabi as its live broadcasts. There will be no advertisement breaks during the races.

For the remaining 11 grands prix Channel 4 will show a comprehensive highlights package.

CHANNEL 4'S 2016 GRAND PRIX COVERAGE:

Australia March 20 Highlights Bahrain April 3 Live China April 17 Highlights Russia May 1 Highlights Spain May 15 Live Monaco May 29 Highlights Canada June 12 Highlights Europe (Azerbaijan) June 19 Live Austria July 3 Highlights Britain July 10 Live Hungary July 24 Live Germany July 31 Highlights Belgium August 28 Live Italy September 4 Live Singapore September 18 Highlights Malaysia October 2 Live Japan October 9 Highlights USA October 23 Highlights Mexico October 30 Live Brazil November 13 Highlights Abu Dhabi November 27 Live 
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