Scheduling: The 2013 Singapore Grand Prix

The Formula 1 season continues in full force with the first of the Asian fly away races – which takes the paddock from Singapore to Korea onto Japan and finally India and Abu Dhabi. The weekend’s action is exclusively live on Sky Sports F1, with BBC One showing highlights later in the evening. Unfortunately for BBC viewers, even with no Singapore Sling, the race is still likely to border the two hours, meaning that they will only just get over half of the race.

I haven’t mentioned the BBC Radio practice three times below as they are actually wrong so I’ll update the below once the schedule is amended (Update on 19th Sept – its disappeared completely now…). Allan McNish’s last race with the team was in Italy so I don’t expect to see him in their coverage again this year. Over on Sky, F1 Legends this week features Eddie Irvine. Some people I noticed were unimpressed with the words ‘Irvine’ and ‘Legend’ in the same sentence, but even so, I’m looking forward to this one and may end up being one of the more interesting editions.

In terms of personnel, Natalie Pinkham will not be with the Sky team meaning Rachel Brookes will be presenting alongside Ted Kravitz. Anthony Davidson is also not in Singapore, so Karun Chandhok is on Sky Pad duties. It also seems that Mika Hakkinen and Alain Prost will be appearing in some on-air capacity over the weekend.

Sunday 15th September
20:00 to 22:45 – F1: 2008 Singapore Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Friday 20th September at 07:00

Monday 16th September
20:00 to 22:45 – F1: 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 21st September at 15:45

Tuesday 17th September
20:00 to 22:45 – F1: 2010 Singapore Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 21st September at 22:30

Wednesday 18th September
20:00 to 22:45 – F1: 2011 Singapore Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Martin Brundle and David Coulthard
– repeated on Sunday 22nd September at 20:15

Thursday 19th September
11:00 to 11:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
21:00 to 22:00 – F1: Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
21:30 to 21:45 – Gear Up for Singapore (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 20th September
09:45 to 10:20 – 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 Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12:55 to 13:40 – 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 Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
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 21st September
09:00 to 10:25 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
10:45 to 12:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
13:00 to 15:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
14:15 to 15:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
14:50 to 15:02 – F1: Qualifying 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live)
17:15 to 18:30 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (BBC One)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 22nd September
09:05 to 10:10 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
13:00 to 15:00 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
16:15 to 17:15 – Legends: Eddie Irvine (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 18:30 – F1: Race Highlights (BBC One)

Wednesday 25th September
19:00 to 19:30 – Midweek Report (Sky Sports F1)

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

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2 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2013 Singapore Grand Prix

  1. not happy with bbc they said that all fly away races in asia that were highlights would be 2hrs long. i know the bbc have made it only 1hr 30min because of the news at 6.30pm. so why dont they start the programme at 16.30. the race will be 2 hours nearly so the bits cut out will be really noticable. i really dont understand the bbc’s logic sometimes.

    also with f1 being the only motorsport on bbc next year(as moto gp is of to bt) i hope f1 gets more coverage in terms of show lengths and onboard/pitlane feeds on red button etc as there will be no clashes between moto gp and f1

    • I know the point about the Asian fly aways, but from an F1 perspective (and contract perspective), Singapore is on European timezone, hence why Singapore only gets 90 minutes of highlights. The same applies to Bahrain in that respect.

      I’m not sure F1 will get more on BBC next year, inevitably you reach a saturation point, but who knows.

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