Karun Chandhok will rejoin Sky Sports' broadcast team for the 2019 Formula 1 season after spending three seasons with Channel 4.

Former Hispania and Team Lotus driver Chandhok stepped into an analyst role with Sky Sports in 2013, but left for the 2016 season when Channel 4 picked up free-to-air TV rights for F1 in the UK.

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Sky Sports will become the exclusive live broadcaster of all but one F1 races in 2019 as it begins a new broadcast agreement, with Channel 4 only showing highlights.

Chandhok confirmed on Thursday he would be rejoining Sky Sports' broadcast team for next season, with a statement also being released by the pay-TV broadcaster.

"I’m very excited to be rejoining the Sky Sports F1 team from the 2019 season. With their long-term commitment to Formula 1 and the team of people that’s in place, it’s a great time to return," Chandhok said.

“I believe that I’ve been able to develop and offer viewers a unique perspective of someone with a technical, strategic and historical knowledge of the sport combined with the experience of 18 years of driving racing cars."

Scott Young, Head of F1 at Sky Sports, said: “We are delighted that Karun has decided to return to Sky Sports F1.

"Our team is renowned for their knowledge and credibility and Karun, who is a familiar and respected member within the paddock, will elevate our ability to tell the F1 story as it unfolds live across our screens.

"This is an exciting time to be a part of the sport and our commitment to our customers is our daily focus as we prepare for a new era in live F1 coverage."

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