Sports chiefs at the BBC are jubilant after the broadcaster won back the rights to show Formula One motor racing.
It has secured a five-year deal from 2009 which includes exclusive rights to TV, radio, full broadband and mobile coverage.
The sport last appeared on the BBC in the 1990s before it lost the broadcast rights to ITV.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said: ‘I am delighted to conclude this new deal with the BBC.
‘It is an exciting time in Formula One and the BBC has some innovative new ideas to consolidate and expand our UK fan base.’
The emergence of young British driver Lewis Hamilton has led to renewed interest in the sport and the BBC deal is seen as a major coup for the broadcaster.
BBC Sport Director of Sport Rights Dominic Coles said: ‘Formula One is a crown jewel of sports broadcasting, so to bring the rights back to their traditional home from 2009 is tremendously exciting.
‘Fans will be able to enjoy uninterrupted, state-of-the-art and innovative coverage from BBC Sport, across all of our TV, radio and new media platforms, for the first time since 1996.’
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