Scheduling: The Singapore Grand Prix

The European leg of the 2012 Formula One season is over, now it is time for the flyaways, starting with the Singapore Grand Prix night race and the good news is that both BBC and Sky are live. As expected, the time difference means that the schedule is slightly different, with Practice happening later on Friday, and Qualifying an hour later on Saturday (although coincidentally, it is an hour earlier than in previous years). Both broadcasters’ have an identical build-up length for Qualifying, so if you wish, you can make direct comparisons as Sky will not be running adverts.

The GP2 season also comes to a fascinating climax in Singapore with Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia fighting for the championship title. As always, every GP2 session during the weekend is live on Sky Sports F1 with commentary from Will Buxton and Jerome d’Ambrosio, who returns to the commentary box after his Lotus F1 drive in Monza. While on the subject of GP2, I should note that it is unclear whether Sky Sports will continue airing GP2 and GP3 next season. The press release at the start of the year did not specify a length for the contract (after all, Sky did not have to take up the option to air the support races live) and the races have not set the ratings alight. I suspect GP2 and GP3 will continue next year live on Sky Sports if the Sky Sports F1 channel remains in its current vein.

Thursday 20th September
11:00 to 11:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 21st September
08:40 to 09:20 – GP2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
10:45 to 12:55 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
10:55 to 12:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
12:55 to 13:45 – GP2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
14:15 to 16:15 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
14:25 to 16:05 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Red Button)
16:15 to 17:00 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
18:30 to 19:30 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 22nd September
08:55 to 10:25 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
10:45 to 12:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
10:55 to 12:05 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Red Button)
13:00 to 15:30 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
13:00 to 15:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 23rd September
09:05 to 10:10 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
12:10 to 15:20 – F1: Race (BBC One)
15:20 to 16:20 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)

Update on September 14th, 20:35, as noted on The F1 Show, Georgie Thompson is staying in London for the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, so expect her along with Anthony Davidson on the Sky Pad from the Sky studios.

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