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Sky to show GP2 and GP3

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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean won the 2011 GP2 Series © Sutton Images

Sky Sports has announced that it will show all GP2 and GP3 races live on its new F1 channel in 2012.

Previously GP2 was shown on Eurosport, but some races were not broadcast in 2011 and a number were not shown live. After securing the television rights in the UK for the full season, Sky will also show both the feature and sprint races not only for GP2 but also for its feeder series GP3. Six of the drivers on the current Formula One grid are previous GP2 champions while Williams test and reserve driver Valterri Bottas has graduated straight from GP3.

Sky Sports executive producer Martin Turner said that the announcement would allow viewers to see future Formula One drivers in action.

"We are delighted to be showing GP2 and GP3 live on Sky Sports F1 HD," Turner said. "There are six former GP2 champions in Formula 1 this season, including Lewis Hamilton and last year's winner Romain Grosjean. The series promises nail-biting and fascinating racing and we'll track gifted drivers through the ranks as they aim for Formula 1."

Following the amalgamation of the GP2 Asia Series and the main series this year the season begins in Malaysia on March 24.

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