Scheduling: The 2014 Austrian Grand Prix

After an eleven year break, Formula 1 heads to Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix! What was known as the A1-Ring during Formula 1’s visits between 1997 and 2003 is now known as the Red Bull Ring. As thus, it is also the first visit for the GP2 and GP3 Series’ to the track – GP2 replaced Formula 3000 for 2005, whilst GP3 only began in 2010. It will also be one of the shorter races of the season, with lap times around 1 minutes 10 seconds, the race should be over in under 90 minutes.

For those who want to jump to the schedule, click the links below:

Thursday 19th June
Friday 20th June
Saturday 21st June
Sunday 22nd June
Wednesday 25th June
Classic F1

There are no surprises in Sky’s schedule, however some of BBC’s schedule is worth mentioning. Practice on Friday is not on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra due to cricket. Qualifying highlights on BBC One are on unusually early at 16:45 on the Saturday, which is completely the opposite to Sunday, where highlights of the race are on BBC Two, and on at 19:30! I assume the reason that they’ve decided to schedule the highlights there are so that it doesn’t clash with their own World Cup game on BBC One.

I do wonder though if there should be a clause in the contract that says that the race highlights must be on BBC One. It’s a big issue for the early evening races, and easily knocks a good million or so off the figures by scheduling the highlights on BBC Two instead of BBC One. It’ll be another difficult Summer I feel for the F1: the British Grand Prix again clashes with the Wimbledon final, whilst the Hungarian Grand Prix clashes with the Commonwealth Games, and no doubt the World Cup will deflect attention away from the F1.

Thursday 19th June
14:00 to 14:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
20:45 to 21:00 – F1: Gear Up for Austria (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 20th June
08:45 to 11:00 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
11:00 to 11:50 – GP2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
12:45 to 14:50 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
14:50 to 15:30 – GP2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
16:00 to 16:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 18:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 to 19:00 – GP Heroes: Ronnie Peterson (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 21st June
08:45 to 09:20 – GP3: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
09:45 to 11:15 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
12:00 to 14:35 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
13:00 to 14:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live)
14:35 to 16:05 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
16:20 to 17:20 – GP3: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
16:45 to 18:00 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (BBC One)

Sunday 22nd June
08:25 to 09:25 – GP3: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
09:30 to 10:45 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live
12:30 to 15:00 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
19:30 to 21:00 – F1: Race Highlights (BBC Two)

Wednesday 25th June
20:30 to 21:00 – Midweek Report (Sky Sports F1)

Classic F1 on Sky Sports F1
In the same way how Canada 1998 was originally listed two weeks ago, but never actually aired, I don’t expect Austria 1999 to air either on June 22nd, but hopefully I’m proven wrong. EDIT on June 19th: The Austria 1999 slot has been extended to a two hour slot, so it will be the full race!

14/06 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1993 Italian Grand Prix Highlights
15/06 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1986 Australian Grand Prix Highlights
16/06 – 21:00 to 00:15 – 2012 Singapore Grand Prix (Sky commentary)
17/06 – 21:00 to 22:00 – 1994 Japanese Grand Prix Highlights
18/06 – 21:00 to 22:00 – 1985 Australian Grand Prix Highlights
19/06 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1982 Austrian Grand Prix Highlights
20/06 – 19:15 to 20:00 – 1984 Austrian Grand Prix Highlights
21/06 – 21:25 to 22:10 – 1987 Austrian Grand Prix Highlights
22/06 – 16:15 to 17:15 – 1979 Season Review
22/06 – 21:00 to 23:00 – 1999 Austrian Grand Prix
23/06 – 21:00 to 23:30 – 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix
24/06 – 21:00 to 23:45 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Sky commentary)
25/06 – 21:00 to 23:00 – 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix
26/06 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1994 Australian Grand Prix Highlights
27/06 – 21:00 to 22:00 – 1991 British Grand Prix Highlights

As always, the timings are subject to slight alterations, so I shall update this blog if and when that happens.

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