Scheduling: The 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

No championship battle this year, sadly, but the Formula 1 season once again finishes with the Brazilian Grand Prix from Interlagos. Expect both the full strength BBC and Sky sides out in force as usual. BBC Two’s coverage of Practice 1 is delayed by about 65 minutes due to The Daily Politics airing on the channel from 12:00 to 13:00, but is live on BBC’s Red Button service. Practice 2 and 3 are both live as normal on BBC Two. A quick note too that it may be worth putting BBC Two on record both days in the event that rain is forecast, but I will add to that possibility later should it occur!

Sky have their usual schedule, including five classic races including the 2008 thriller on Thursday evening. A very nice schedule for them actually on the Friday which I must applaud: Classic F1, FP1, Classic F1 and FP2. No reason to move from the sofa between 11:05 and 18:00. Basic, but genius scheduling idea! Obviously it is not possibly during the European season due to GP2 or GP3, but the above really shows how to maximise a schedule. Their scheduling is not always perfect (dubious placing of the classics on Sunday, which should really bookend the new content), but the Friday schedule deserves credit.

Talking of schedules, it appears weather may prove a headache next weekend for the BBC. The title race is over, so should either Qualifying or the Race get red flagged, I am certain it will be bumped off BBC One fairly sharpish – a big night for BBC One next Saturday after the F1. And here are all of the scheduling details you need:

Tuesday 19th November
20:00 to 20:40 – F1: 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and James Hunt
– repeated on Friday 22nd November at 11:05
20:40 to 22:40 – F1: 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Friday 22nd November at 13:50

Wednesday 20th November
20:00 to 22:30 – F1: 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 23rd November at 17:45
22:30 to 00:30 – F1: 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 24th November at 12:15

Thursday 21st November
13:00 to 13:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 to 18:15 – Gear Up for USA (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 22:00 – F1: 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 24th November at 22:15

Friday 22nd November
11:45 to 13:50 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
11:55 to 13:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
13:00 to 14:45 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Two)
– delayed coverage
15:45 to 18:00 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
15:55 to 17:35 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Two)
18:00 to 18:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 21:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday 23rd November
12:45 to 14:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
12:55 to 14:05 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Two)
15:00 to 17:20 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
15:00 to 17:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)

Sunday 24th November
14:30 to 19:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
=> 14:30 – Track Parade
=> 15:00 – Race
=> 18:30 – Paddock Live
15:00 to 18:05 – F1: Race (BBC One)
18:05 to 19:05 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)
19:15 to 20:15 – Legends: John Watson (Sky Sports F1)

Wednesday 27th November
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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9 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

  1. I’ll be at work, so if FP1 is live (ie, properly live, not delayed) on the website I won’t mind the delay. But yeah, I just can’t help but sit here thinking “bugger, the season will be over this time next week” despite Vettel winning all the time, I still hate the end of every season coming along. On a slightly different topic, will you be doing a BBC/Sky F1 comparison like you did last season, or not? Good job this season from you anyway, top job as always.

  2. After a Vettel of a season, I do hope that 2014 brings some thrills that 2013 had lacked. Sky have consistently proved excluding Lazers that their F1 coverage is by far better than the BBC. Although the BBC are great, EJ takes the biscuit and ends up being a turn off for me. DC: legend!

  3. The BBC’s Formula 1 Coverage Is Far Better Than Sky Sports F1 Suzi Perry Has Been A Lovely Presenter To The BBC F1 Team, Suzi Perry Is So Much Better Than Simon Lazenby From The Sky Sports F1 Team Aswell This Season, Eddie Jordan And David Coulthard Have Also Been Great This Season.

  4. I am not really that interested in any of the extra bbc or sky do. I am only interested in the 1h and 1/2 of the race and when its live on both i pretty sure they use the both same feed so i don’t really see which one is better or not.

    just out of interest does anyone know if the existing sky hd customer will lose if f1 by next season yet?

    • If they are still on the HD package with the F1 included, then I probably don’t see any HD pack customers losing out on the F1 unless they cancel their 12 month contract with Sky.

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