Scheduling: The 2014 United States Grand Prix

The United States Grand Prix is the seventeenth of nineteen stops on this season’s Formula One calendar. Now in its third year, the Circuit of the Americas plays host to the ongoing battle between Mercedes team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the Brit currently with the upper hand. Sky Sports have this race, and Brazil, exclusively live with BBC screening highlights. On the personnel front, Bruno Senna is with Sky for his sixth race of the year and James Allen is back in the 5 Live saddle for the final three races this year.

In a move likely to anger some people, the BBC highlights show has shrunk from two hours to an hour and a half, all previous American timezone races were two hours. This also applies for Brazil next weekend. I should note that BBC One in the 21:00 slot currently has a Death in Paradise repeat. They may well be planning a late swap, moving the F1 highlights to 21:00, with the news at 22:30. Of course, that would mean the highlights starting whilst the race is still ongoing which, whilst good for the viewers, could be something that Sky would object to as they would not benefit in any way. Hence, a compromise could be scheduling the highlights at 22:30, but actually airing them at 21:00 and announcing it at the latest possible opportunity, so that Sky do not lose out as a result. But we will see what happens.

Thursday 30th October
16:00 to 16:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
21:00 to 22:00 – F1: Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Friday 31st October
10:00 to 10:15 – Gear Up for USA (Sky Sports F1)
14:45 to 16:50 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
14:55 to 16:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
18:45 to 21:00 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
18:55 to 20:35 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
21:00 to 21:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
23:00 to 00:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday 1st November
14:45 to 16:15 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
14:55 to 16:05 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
17:00 to 19:45 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
17:55 to 19:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
22:00 to 23:15 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (BBC Two)

Sunday 2nd November
02:30 to 09:35 – WEC: Shanghai (Motors TV)
07:30 to 09:00 – WEC: Shanghai (Eurosport)
18:30 to 23:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
=> 18:30 – Track Parade
=> 19:00 – Race (simulcast on Sky Sports 1)
=> 22:30 – Paddock Live
19:30 to 22:00 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
23:15 to 00:15 – GP Heroes: Emerson Fittipaldi (Sky Sports F1)
22:30 to 00:00 – F1: Race Highlights (BBC One)

Wednesday 5th November
20:30 to 21:00 – Midweek Report (Sky Sports F1)

Classic F1 on Sky Sports F1
25/10 – 21:00 to 22:00 – 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix Highlights
26/10 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1982 German Grand Prix Highlights
27/10 – 21:00 to 23:15 – 2012 Canadian Grand Prix (Sky commentary)
28/10 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1996 German Grand Prix Highlights
29/10 – 21:00 to 23:15 – 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
30/10 – 21:00 to 22:45 – 2007 United States Grand Prix
31/10 – 16:50 to 17:35 – 1987 Detroit Grand Prix Highlights
31/10 – 21:45 to 22:45 – 1977 Season Review
01/11 – 16:15 to 17:00 – 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix Highlights
02/11 – 14:15 to 15:15 – 1977 Season Review
02/11 – 00:15 to 00:45 – 1990 United States Grand Prix Highlights

This is the schedule as it stands, but as always I will update the above if anything changes.

Update on October 26th – I notice Sky are simulcasting next Sunday’s race on Sky Sports 1, the first time that has happened. They have simulcast the qualifying session on Sky1 before, but this is the first time the race will be simulcast on a different channel. No word yet on if Brazil could follow suit.

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3 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2014 United States Grand Prix

  1. 2 teams gone bust
    1 rumored not to have paid for engines
    2 other teams not in best financial health
    1 major team without a title sponsor

    And they racing behind the sky paywall this weekend. Not looking good , sure not going to encourage backers to sponsor teams is it.

    D Day for f1 is approaching

  2. hang on a minute. the race start time for this year is 1hour later yet the bbc highlights are still on at 10.30pm? i thought they had to wait x number of hours. and does that mean f1 could have been on at 9.30pm the last 2 years. people keep saying bbc dont want to mess up their primetime schedules for f1 but back when it was all live they didnt have a choice when to brodcast f1 so how can that be an excuse.

    also not impresed with the 90min highlights everything is rushed. every highlight weekend should be 90min for quali and 2hours for the race and why not a 30min inside f1 for practise. i know why they have different lengths but the fact that every race is the same then it should be consistant through the whole season.

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