Scheduling: The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix

The controversy of ‘secret’ testing looks set to boil over into next week, as the Formula 1 roller-coaster moves into its first trip to North America this year for the standalone Canadian Grand Prix. Unlike last year, both BBC and Sky Sports F1 have live coverage of the race. From a ratings perspective, I am very pleased about that as it means I should not have to repeat headlines such as this. It also means that Formula 1 blockades BBC One in primetime, which should lead to nice viewing figures.

There are some schedule changes compared to the usual BBC live race, though. Firstly, practice two is on BBC Three, however, the bigger oddity is that the first 45 minutes of practice one is not on BBC Two, instead a Springwatch repeat taking priority. Why? I’m not entirely sure. It seems to be one of them strange decisions without any logic or thought. You could argue that the first half of practice will probably have little action, but still strange regardless. I assume that practice one in full will be on the Red Button, but have not seen that confirmed anywhere.

On the Sky side of things, Natalie Pinkham will not be with the team this weekend as confirmed on her Twitter. Rachel Brookes, who will be out in Montreal for Sky Sports News, will also be presenting The F1 Show alongside Ted Kravitz as a result, a good move by the channel and one that I’m pleased about. Don’t forget that there is no GP2 or GP3 action in Canada. GP2 returns at Silverstone, whilst GP3 has a standalone weekend in Valencia. The Sky Sports F1 schedule details for the latter will be up on the blog early next week.

Sunday 2nd June
20:00 to 20:45 – F1: 1991 Canadian Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and James Hunt
– repeated on Saturday 8th June at 19:45

Monday 3rd June
20:00 to 20:45 – F1: 1995 Canadian Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer
– repeated on Saturday 8th June at 20:30

Tuesday 4th June
20:00 to 22:00 – F1: 2007 Canadian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 9th June at 00:15

Wednesday 5th June
20:00 to 22:15 – F1: 2008 Canadian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 9th June at 09:25

Thursday 6th June
16:00 to 16:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – F1: Gear Up for Canada (Sky Sports F1)
19:45 to 22:30 – F1: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Martin Brundle and David Coulthard
– repeated on Sunday 9th June at 14:30

Friday 7th June
14:45 to 16:50 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
14:55 to 16:45 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
15:45 to 16:45 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Two)
18:45 to 21:00 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
19:00 to 21:00 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Three)
21:00 to 21:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
23:00 to 00:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday 8th June
14:45 to 16:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
14:55 to 16:10 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Two)
17:00 to 19:10 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
17:00 to 19:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)

Sunday 9th June
17:30 to 22:00 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
18:15 to 21:10 – F1: Race (BBC One)
21:10 to 22:10 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)
22:00 to 22:45 – GP Uncovered: The Ringmasters 1967 (Sky Sports F1)

Wednesday 12th June
19:00 to 19:30 – Midweek Report (Sky Sports F1)

Last updated on June 5th.

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6 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2013 Canadian Grand Prix

  1. very strange about practise 1 on bbc with this gp being primetime youd think they would make the most of it. im not sure but a possible reason that p2 is on bbc three is that on bbc scotland there is football on bbc 2 at seven(scotlands world cup qualifyer)

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