Scheduling: Sky Sports’ coverage of Barcelona test 2

The testing season comes to a conclusion this week, beginning on Thursday, with the third and final test from Barcelona. But this time, for the first time ever, testing will be live. Viewers in both the UK and Italy will be able to watch the test via their respective Sky Sports F1 channels, whilst coverage will also be shown in 3D on Sky 3D. The 3D action will be a Sky production, whilst the 2D production will come from Formula One Management (FOM) cameras.

Simon Lazenby will front the coverage, with David Croft providing the commentary alongside a series of guests, whilst Ted Kravitz will be down in pit-lane – in essence, this is ‘Round 0’ for the Sky team. Rachel Brookes will be there for Sky Sports News, so she may pop up occasionally in the live coverage. As a general guide, all of the live action is in 3D, along with The F1 Show. The only live action that is not in 3D is the last 35 minutes on Sunday, as from 15:55, Sky 3D will be showing Tottenham vs Arsenal live.

On a side note, as FOM are producing the 2D feed, I wonder if Sky Sports have ‘exclusive’ access to that feed for United Kingdom viewers? If not, then it is always possible that the feed could turn up live on the BBC F1 website for each of the four days in the afternoon too. Personally I don’t think it will, but it is worth noting I feel. Another thing we don’t know is whether Sky’s coverage will have commercials, I suspect that like the practice sessions, there will be regular commercials at 15/20 minute intervals.

Over on The F1 Show, the show will have highlights of the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame ceremony which takes place this Monday (25th February). Unlike with the first two test schedules, I’ve only labelled the first repeat for each of the day’s live action below as the live action is repeated a lot over the course of the four days, so if you miss the live testing, it is repeated multiple times.

Thursday 28th February
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 1 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 1 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 1 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Friday 1st March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 2 Live
16:30 to 17:30 – The F1 Show
17:30 to 20:00 – Day 2 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:15 – Day 2 Round-Up

Saturday 2nd March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 3 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 3 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 3 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Sunday 3rd March
14:00 to 16:30 – Day 4 Live
18:30 to 21:00 – Day 4 Repeat (R)
21:00 to 21:35 – Day 4 Highlights
– 15-minute round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Times above are in BST. Italian readers, Sky Sport F1 will be live on air at the same times with their own presentation.

As always, if there are any schedule amendments, I will update this blog.

Correction – Contrary to what I have written above, Sky are in fact producing both the 2D and 3D feeds. The 3D cameras can output in both 2D and 3D, so everything live next week will be a Sky production.

Update on February 25th – Marc Priestley confirmed as one of the guests alongside David Croft in the commentary box this weekend.

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