Scheduling: The 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix

The Formula 1 and MotoGP paddocks quickly head out of China and America respectively, onto Bahrain and Argentina, as both series see back-to-back races for the first time this year. The Bahrain Grand Prix is the fourth round of the Formula 1 season, with Argentina round number three in MotoGP’s season.

BBC and Sky Sports will both be screening the Formula 1 action live, with some differences compared to BBC’s usual live output. A congested weekend of live sport for them means that the qualifying show on BBC One is truncated, with half an hour of build-up and very little reaction afterwards due to the FA Cup semi-final. As far as I can see, there is not extra coverage on the Red Button for qualifying. On the brighter side, the new F1 Rewind show on BBC Two begins on Friday, as Suzi Perry and Murray Walker look back at classic F1 races, the first episode focusses on classic championship deciders.

Over on Sky, the new-look GP2 Series makes a return. The series in 2015 will feature DRS as well as a new commentator. The identity of the new commentator has yet to be revealed, but GP2’s Twitter page promises us that the revealing will be “soon enough.” So, we shall see. Elsewhere, a new classic race on the channel – the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix. Below are all the details you need…

BBC F1
BBC TV – Sessions
17/04 – 11:55 to 13:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
17/04 – 16:00 to 17:40 – Practice 2 (BBC Two)
18/04 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Two)
18/04 – 15:30 to 17:05 – Qualifying (BBC One)
19/04 – 15:00 to 18:05 – Race (BBC One)
19/04 – 18:05 to 19:00 – Forum (BBC Red Button)

BBC Radio – Sessions
17/04 – 11:55 to 13:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
18/04 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
18/04 – 15:55 to 17:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
19/04 – 15:55 to 19:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

Supplementary Programming
17/04 – 15:00 to 16:00 – F1 Rewind (BBC Two)
17/04 – 18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)
18/04 – 18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
17/04 – 11:45 to 13:50 – Practice 1
17/04 – 15:45 to 18:00 – Practice 2
18/04 – 12:45 to 14:15 – Practice 3
18/04 – 15:00 to 17:45 – Qualifying
19/04 – 14:30 to 19:15 – Race
=> 14:30 – Track Parade
=> 15:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 15:30 – Race
=> 18:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
16/04 – 13:00 to 13:30 – Driver Press Conference
16/04 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut: Australia
17/04 – 19:00 to 19:45 – Team Press Conference
17/04 – 20:00 to 21:00 – The F1 Show
22/04 – 20:30 to 21:00 – Midweek Report

NEW Classic Races
16/04 – 21:00 to 21:45 – 1995 San Marino Grand Prix Highlights

GP2 Series – Bahrain (Sky Sports F1)
17/04 – 10:00 to 10:50 – Practice
17/04 – 17:55 to 18:35 – Qualifying
18/04 – 11:05 to 12:35 – Race 1
19/04 – 12:10 to 13:25 – Race 2

MotoGP – Argentina (BT Sport 2)
17/04 – 13:00 to 20:00
=> 13:00 – Practice 1
=> 15:45 – Reaction and Build-Up
=> 17:00 – Practice 2
18/04 – 13:00 to 20:15
=> 13:00 – Practice 3
=> 16:00 – Qualifying
19/04 – 13:30 to 15:15 – Warm Up
19/04 – 16:30 to 21:00
=> 16:30 – Races
=> 21:00 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Argentina (ITV4)
20/04 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights

IndyCar Series – Long Beach (ESPN)
19/04 – 21:00 to 23:30 – Race

British Touring Car Championship – Donington Park (ITV4)
19/04 – 10:30 to 18:30 – Races

As always, if anything changes, I’ll update the schedule.

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9 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix

  1. Really not impressed with bbc. No red button multiscreen,fp1 not on bbc 2 and no quali reaction. They should have tried to avoid selecting this condering the busy schedule. bit of a waste of a live race.

  2. Looking forward to seeing 1995 San Marino Grand Prix, but… Sky will probably remove it from the schedule at short notice, like 1990 France a few days ago…

  3. I wonder what BBC will do if quali overruns. Any delays and they might even put it on the red button

  4. Looking back for a moment, i often watch ITV4’s Monday night repeat of Sundays’s MotoGP to get another look. Help, David, can you put a scathing comment to ITV about the incompetent, uncaring ITV clowns who put the Texas repeat screening together? With 17 laps to go and Marquez in second place they cut to the adverts, returning after the adverts, still with 17 laps remaining, but with Marquez in the lead! How infuriating is that?

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