Stefano Coletti - Photo Credit:Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service

GP2 racewinners such as Stefano Coletti will get live television coverage on Sky Sports in 2012 - Photo Credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service

Sky Sports have announced that they will be covering both the GP2 Series and GP3 Series live on their soon-to-launch Sky Sports F1 HD channel.

Since the dedicated Formula 1 channel had been revealed there had been hopes that it would show the popular support categories. The deal will give UK fans the chance to watch some of the most promising F1 drivers of the future, and give the drivers and their sponsors vital television exposure.

“We are delighted to be showing GP2 and GP3 live on Sky Sports F1 HD,” said Executive Producer Martin Turner. “There are six former GP2 champions in Formula 1 this season, including Lewis Hamilton and last year’s winner Romain Grosjean. The series promises nail-biting and fascinating racing and we’ll track gifted drivers through the ranks as they aim for Formula 1.”

In addition to their live coverage, Sky Sports say that their weekly magazine show will also “provide coverage, analysis and discussion of the races”.

2012 sees and extended GP2 calendar that will take in 12 rounds, starting at the Malaysian Grand Prix on 23-25 March. The GP3 Series will consist of eight rounds, and commence at the Spanish Grand Prix on 12-13 May.

In addition to watching GP2 and GP3 on Sky Sports F1 HD, you can keep up with the latest news from the two series at throughout 2012.