Scheduling: The 2013 Australian Grand Prix

The waiting is almost over, as the 2013 Formula One season finally gets under way on Friday 15th March from Melbourne for the traditional curtain raiser: the Australian Grand Prix! The weekend’s coverage is live on Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio, with BBC television showing highlights in the afternoon.

For those that have not been following over the Winter, there are a few personnel changes compared with 2012. On Sky, Georgie Thompson is no longer with the team, meaning that Natalie Pinkham now fronts The F1 Show alongside Ted Kravitz. There are two changes on the BBC team, firstly there is the well-publicised move of Jake Humphrey to BT Sport, with Suzi Perry now the BBC F1 presenter. Secondly, Jaime Alguersuari is stepping out of his 5 Live co-commentary role, with Allan McNish replacing him. Although the previous sentence is true, McNish’s first race is not until Barcelona, so it is anyone’s guess who will be alongside James Allen in the commentary box for the first double header of 2013. Not a change per se, but an addition for BBC in Tom Clarkson, his move bolstering the pit-lane team.

Everything else remains the same. The Sky programme lengths throughout the race weekend are identical to last year, meaning a very early 04:30 alarm call for those who can watch it live. The main change for Sky viewers is before the race weekend itself. Five Classic F1 races will be broadcast, four of them in their entirety, with the original BBC or ITV commentary, so if you want to whet your appetite, then those are ready to be watched.

Below are all the scheduling details you need:

Saturday 9th March
20:30 to 21:30 – F1: 1994 Australian Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer
– repeated on Friday 15th March at 10:30

Sunday 10th March
20:30 to 22:45 – F1: 1999 Australian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 16th March at 21:45

Monday 11th March
20:30 to 22:30 – F1: 2003 Australian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 17th March at 09:00

Tuesday 12th March
20:30 to 22:30 – F1: 2007 Australian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Friday 15th March at 18:00

Wednesday 13th March
20:30 to 22:45 – F1: 2010 Australian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 16th March at 07:45

Thursday 14th March
04:00 to 04:40 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
19:45 to 20:00 – F1: Gear Up for Australia (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 15th March
01:00 to 03:20 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
05:15 to 07:30 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
05:25 to 07:15 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
07:30 to 08:10 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
09:30 to 10:30 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 16th March
02:45 to 04:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
05:00 to 07:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
05:55 to 07:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live)
13:00 to 14:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
17:45 to 18:00 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 17th March
04:30 to 09:30 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
05:30 to 08:00 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
12:30 to 12:45 – Ted’s Race Notebook (Sky Sports F1)
14:20 to 16:20 – F1: Race (BBC One)
– note: For Scotland viewers, the race is on BBC Two

As always, if anything changes I shall update this blog if necessary.

Update on March 16th – Please refer to this post for the amended schedule following Saturday’s Qualifying postponement.

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Posted on March 8, 2013, in BBC F1, Scheduling, Sky Sports F1 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Disappointed that they are using the ITV version of 1999 but will be good to see non the less… Looking forward to the new season enormously :)

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