Having entire races in full on YouTube is nothing new for most championships; IndyCar has already uploaded its title-decider from Sonoma.
But whilst F1 has improved its online presence leaps and bounds in recent years, it still hasn’t gone the whole hog and made any full races available to watch freely.
To commemorate the final Malaysian Grand Prix, fans are being asked to choose their favourite race from the Sepang International Circuit, with the winning race being made available on both their YouTube channel and the official website.
The three options are 2001, when Michael Schumacher won a wet/dry race and Jos Verstappen starred for Arrows; 2003, when Fernando Alonso took his first pole and Kimi Raikkonen won his first race; and 2012, when Alonso held off a charging Sergio Perez in an absolute thriller.
VOTE NOW: Your favourite #MalaysiaGP 🇲🇾
Winner is announced next week – with that race to be shown IN FULL online 👀💻
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 22, 2017
The votes are being tallied through Twitter and F1.com with the winner being announced sometime next week, so get voting! The winning race will only be available to watch for 19 days, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Liberty Media has also hinted that more full races will be made available to watch online in the future if this is a success.
(Spoiler alert: it’s going to be a success).