Formula One broadcasting in the UK will once again be split between BBC and Sky. Sky Sports F1 will broadcast all 19 races live while the BBC have nine races live, including the Malaysian, Spanish and British Grand Prix. Here is a break down of each broadcaster’s coverage for the year ahead, and how you can enjoy Formula One in the UK.
Who is showing what?
March 16th – Australian Grand Prix
March 30th – Malaysian Grand Prix
April 6th – Bahrain Grand Prix
April 20th – Chinese Grand Prix
May 11th – Spanish Grand Prix
May 25th – Monaco Grand Prix
June 8th – Canadian Grand Prix
June 22nd – Austrian Grand Prix
July 6th – British Grand Prix
July 20th – German Grand Prix
July 27th – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 24th – Belgian Grand Prix
September 7th – Italian Grand Prix
September 21st – Singapore Grand Prix
October 5th – Japanese Grand Prix
October 12th – Russian Grand Prix
November 2nd – US Grand Prix
November 9th – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 23rd – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The races in bold indicate the races shown live in full on the BBC, while the remaining ten races will be shown as extended highlights.
Only one of the new additions to the calendar – Austria and Russia – will be shown live on the BBC and it is the Russian Grand Prix in October. It will be shown as part of a double header with the Japanese Grand Prix. The BBC will also broadcast the Spanish, Canadian, Belgian, and Italian Grand Prix live, as was the case in 2013. They will also show the Malaysian Grand Prix – the second race of the season – and the season finale live.
Sky Sports F1
Bruno Senna has joined the Sky Sports F1 team in a punditry role. He will be part of the coverage for selected races (Malaysia, China, Hungary, Singapore, Russia, USA and Brazil) where he will join David Croft in the commentary box, offer analysis on the Skypad and also guest on The F1 Show.
Sky will continue to broadcast The F1 Show and the Formula One feeder series GP2 and GP3.
Races not shown live on the BBC will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra along with the BBC Sport website.
The BBC presenting team will remain as 2013 – minus Gary Anderson who has left his role as technical analyst. Suzi Perry will continue to front the BBC’s coverage, accompanied by Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard. Perry joined in 2013, following the departure of Jake Humphrey to BT Sport.
Joining them will be Ben Edwards as lead commentator joined in the comms box by DC. Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson will continue to report live from the pit-lane.
James Allen will continue to commentate on BBC 5 Live, joined this year full time by Allan McNish. McNish, who commentated at a couple of races last year, retired from racing in December and has joined the BBC on a more permanent basis to offer analysis across TV, radio and online. He previously had a stint with Sky Sports F1 in 2012.
“Now that I have hung up my racing helmet, I am really looking forward to joining the BBC team again for what I am sure is going to be a fantastic new F1 season,” McNish said. “With so many technical rule changes, as well as team and driver movements, there will be lots of things happening on and off track for the BBC team to bring to you”.
Another former driver joining the BBC F1 fray is Mark Webber who will film occasional an occasional series where he looks at stories within Formula One from his unique perspective.
Motorsport commentator Jack Nicholls – who has commentated 0n Formula 2 and the FIA GT1 World Championship – will lead radio commentary for four races this season. These races will be China, Hungary, Japan and Russia. The former two are not being broadcast live while the latter two are. Nicholls will be commentating on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra.
Jennie Gow will report from the pit-lane for BBC 5 Live.
For live race weekends fan will be able to watch the action from five different video options: the pit-lane camera; a driver tracker; a stream of on-board cameras; TV pictures with Radio 5 Live commentary; and a timing screen. On the non-live race weekends, there will be live Radio 5 Live audio available on the BBC Sport website along with live text commentary.
On the website there will once again be regular contributions from Murray Walker, David Coulthard, Allan McNish and Andrew Benson.
This post will be updated as and when new information is released.