Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingSee our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email It's the standout race on the Formula One calendar, an event known for its glitz and glamour, and one that attracts famous faces from all over the globe.
The German Grand Prix took place late last month and was one of the most thrilling races of the season due to treacherous track conditions. Heavy rain led to reigning champion Lewis Hamilton spinning off and losing the lead to 21 year-old Max Verstappen who took his second victory of the year.
There were two driving forces behind it. It appears they did just that.
It brings the total decline in viewers across the season so far to 5. These totals are calculated cumulatively which is one of the systems used by F1 and involves counting each viewer of each race separately even if they are the same person.
They began declining at the start of the season in March and there is good reason for this. It gives pay TV network Sky Sports the rights to broadcast exclusively all but one of the races live.
For the previous three years around half of them were also shown live free to air in Britain on Channel 4 which broadcast delayed highlights of the remainder.
As we have reported , F1 believed the new contract would actually boost the TV audience in Britain as the highlights are on at prime time later in the day rather than in the early afternoon which is when the live races were shown last year.