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Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors, part of Vertu Motors plc, have renewed their sponsorship of Channel 4 coverage of F1 following the success of the 2020 partnership.

Last year’s sponsorship saw significantly increased awareness of Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors and the new partnership will introduce fresh idents, which reflect the current climate, while remaining light and humorous.

Channel 4 will once again offer viewers free to air tv coverage of the Formula 1 season, with Lewis Hamilton the hot favourite for yet another Formula One World Championship title and Max Verstappen and Valterri Bottas expected to challenge.

Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors will sponsor Channel 4’s 2021 coverage which includes live broadcast of the 2021 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX and highlights of all Formula 1 races throughout the season, including qualifying.

C4’s F1 coverage is produced by the leading sports production company, Whisper, and has won numerous awards, including as Best Sports Programme.

Bristol Street Motors operates dealerships across England and Macklin Motors operates in Scotland.

Vertu Motors plc chief executive Robert Forrester said: “This was a hugely successful sponsorship for us last year and we’re delighted to renew the deal. Brand sponsorship is an exciting form of marketing that reaps significant rewards and awareness. The synergy between our business and F1 makes this a perfect partnership.

“Lewis Hamilton’s stunning win ensured that interest in F1 remained very high and we expect this to continue during the 2021 race calendar. Channel 4’s coverage is superb, making it the perfect partnership.”

Channel 4’s Brand Partnerships Leader, Rupinder Downie said: “Lewis already holds the record for most wins (95), pole positions (98) and podium finishes (165) and is the all-time record holder of seven World Championships, an honour he shares with the legendary Michael Schumacher. But this year could see Lewis become the outright World Drivers’ Championship record holder and I’m delighted Bristol Street Motors and Macklin Motors will again join us as our sponsor for what will be a thrilling season of Formula 1 on Channel 4.”



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Notes to editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Toyota, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Vertu Kia and Farnell Jaguar Land Rover brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).

In 2017, the Group became the first major UK motor retailer to offer customers the ability to purchase a used vehicle entirely online with the launch of Bristol Street Motors Buy Online, this was followed by Macklin Motors Buy Online. The platform enables customers to buy a used vehicle in as little as five minutes if they have the funds in place, arrange financial packages if they don’t, and have the vehicle delivered to any UK mainland home address.

Since flotation in December 2006, the Group has established itself as a major player in the United Kingdom automotive retail sector. The Group currently operates 133 franchised sales outlets and 3 non-franchised sales operations, representing 24 manufacturers, from 110 locations across the UK.

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