Spain looks for a new F1 broadcaster after laSexta engine cuts out

Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 01-02-2012

Spain is running against the time to find a broadcaster for Formula 1 in 2012 after the rights owner ended its contract with laSexta .
The channel had been broadcasting grand prix racing since the 2009 season after having bought the rights from Mediapro until 2013. Its deal, however, has fallen through early and Mediapro is now seeking a new broadcaster for the 2012 season.

The main candidates for the F1 rights are Telecinco, which broadcast F1 before laSexta, and Antena 3, which announced it will merge with laSexta earlier this year, making it the favourite for the new deal.
Both networks have expressed their interest in the rights, but only as long as it makes financial sense. Telecinco will be broadcasting MotoGP from the 2012 season.
Mediapro has set a February 6 deadline to find a new broadcaster.