ESPN will broadcast a Formula 1 version of the Manningcast with Daniel Ricciardo for 3 races in 2023

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 26: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing before practice ahead of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty Images)

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing before practice ahead of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Danilo Di Giovanni/Getty Images)

The “Manningcast” arrives in Formula 1.

ESPN announced on Thursday that it would air three alternative Formula 1 racing telecasts with F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and actor Will Arnett as hosts. The first alternate broadcast of the season will be on ESPN2 on June 18 for the Canadian Grand Prix and alternate broadcasts will also air for the United States Grand Prix in October and the Las Vegas Grand Prix in November.

Alternative shows are produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. The company has produced the Monday Night Football alternate shows starring Peyton and Eli Manning for the past two seasons.

Like the Manningcasts, Ricciardo and Arnott will host guests during the race and the broadcast will be more conversational than the Sky Sports show broadcast by ESPN in the United States.

“This is going to be a hoot!” Ricciardo said in an ESPN statement. “As you’d expect Will and I are going to have a blast with the show, but we hope you’ll feel like you’re watching F1 with your friends. We’ll have amazing guests, lots of laughs and hopefully, we’ll bring the fans of the sport I love so much closer together. Buckle up America!”

ESPN recently extended its rights agreement with F1 to rebroadcast the Sky Sports feed until 2025. F1 has seen significant growth in viewership in the United States in recent seasons, largely due to the popularity from the Netflix documentary series “Drive to Survive”. The gregarious Ricciardo was one of the central figures in the first season of the documentary as he considered a move from Red Bull to Renault ahead of the 2019 season.

Ricciardo is available to host the alternative telecasts through his reserve driver deal with Red Bull. Ricciardo made his F1 debut with Red Bull and joined the team as a reserve driver ahead of the 2023 season after parting ways with McLaren after the 2022 season. Ricciardo, 33, has won eight F1 races in the during his career and finished in the top 10 in the points standings for eight consecutive seasons before finishing 11th in 2022.

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