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David Coulthard roasts Sky Sports Formula One coverage with amazing on-air cheap shot

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The broadcasting arrangements for Formula One in the UK are not entirely transparent to casual viewers.

Rival broadcasters Sky Sports and Channel 4 share the TV rights for the sport in the UK.

Sky broadcast every race weekend live, whereas Channel 4 show just 10 selected races live on their terrestrial platform, including this past weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

This state of affairs has often left some fans without access to Sky Sports wondering if and when they will be able to see races live.

The issue will cease to exist and the end of the current season, though, when Sky become the sole rights holder from the start of the 2019 season.

Fans, however, seem in no doubt as to which station's coverage they prefer - with many labelling Sky's offerings as inferior to those of Channel 4 - praising the terrestrial station's fresher feel.

Channel 4's programmes are anchored by Steve Jones, who is typically supported by former drivers in punditry roles - including former F1 world championship runner up David Coulthard. 

In contrast, many have criticised Sky's coverage for failing to evolve and having become stale.

These complaints have not gone unnoticed by those within the sport in the UK, including Coulthard - who savagely roasted Sky whilst working for Channel 4 this past weekend.

After somebody was spotted on the verge of falling asleep on screen during Channel 4's coverage of Sunday's race in Monaco, presenter Jones took a cheeky swipe at Coulthard's commentary - suggesting that his work had almost put the individual to sleep.

"I think he was listening to Sky actually," Coulthard rapidly quipped in retort, before Jones quickly attempted to move the conversation on.

It's safe to say F1 fans on Twitter enjoyed the sly little dig.

With Channel 4's rights deal expiring at the end of the current season, it seem that Coulthard is hardly angling for a job with Sky Sports next year when they become the sport's sole broadcaster in the UK.

Coulthard's jibe at Sky Sports' coverage may not have ingratiated him to the powers-that-be at Sky, but has at least provided fans with some entertainment.

Whether Sky will attempt to improve the appeal of their F1 coverage next year remains to be seen.

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