Scheduling: The 2016 Belgian Grand Prix

Nine races in just over three months, with three double headers. That is what greets Formula 1 as the second half of the 2016 season gets underway the Belgium Grand Prix!

Channel 4 will be screening five of the remaining nine races live, including Belgium. Their race day broadcast is four hours long, which is probably no surprise when you see that Alain Prost and Mark Webber will be part of their punditry team. Lee McKenzie is also back, but for one race only as she is heading back to Rio for the Paralympics.

The simulcasting over on Sky Sports continues, with Sky simulcasting their Formula 1 coverage on the new Mix channel. We knew this would be the case when the channel was first revealed in March, but the schedules now confirm it.

BBC’s radio coverage steps up a notch with a 90-minute special fronted by Tom Clarkson looking back at Michael Schumacher’s debut in the 1991 Belgium Grand Prix. No guests have been confirmed publicly as of writing, but I will update this paragraph as and when that happens.

Elsewhere, live coverage of the British Superbikes over the Bank Holiday weekend is being shown also on Quest as Eurosport breaks away for the Vuelta a Espana cycling event. Below are all the details you need in another packed schedule…

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
26/08 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1
26/08 – 12:55 to 14:40 – Practice 2
27/08 – 09:55 to 11:25 – Practice 3
27/08 – 11:55 to 14:30 – Qualifying
28/08 – 12:00 to 16:00 – Race
28/08 – 00:40 to 01:40 – Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
26/08 – 08:45 to 11:00 – Practice 1
26/08 – 12:45 to 14:50 – Practice 2
27/08 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
27/08 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Mix)
28/08 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race (also Sky Sports Mix)
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 12:30 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
24/08 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
25/08 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Driver Press Conference
25/08 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
26/08 – 15:30 to 16:00 – Team Press Conference
26/08 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The F1 Show
31/08 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
25/08 – 20:00 to 22:00 (BBC Radio 5 Live)
=> 20:00 – 7 Days That Changed F1
=> 21:30 – Preview
26/08 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/08 – 12:55 to 14:30 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
28/o8 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Blancpain Sprint Series – Hungaroring
27/08 – 16:00 to 17:30 – Qualifying (BT Sport 2)
28/08 – 10:45 to 12:45 – Race (BT Sport//ESPN)

British Superbikes – Cadwell Park
28/08 – Qualifying
=> 16:00 to 18:00 (Quest)
=> 16:45 to 18:00 (Eurosport 1)
29/08 – 12:30 to 18:00 – Races
=> 12:30 to 18:00 (Quest)
=> 12:30 to 13:45 (Eurosport 2)
=> 16:45 to 18:00 (Eurosport 2)
31/08 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

British Touring Car Championship – Rockingham (ITV4)
28/08 – 10:45 to 17:45 – Races

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 – Paul Ricard
27/08 – Race 1
=> 11:30 to 12:30 (Eurosport 2)
=> 12:30 to 14:00 (BT Sport 2)
28/08 – Race 2
=> 09:45 to 11:00 (BT Sport 2)
=> 11:45 to 12:45 (Eurosport 1)

FIM CEV Repsol – Algarve (BT Sport 2)
28/08 – 10:45 to 16:00 – Races

FIM Endurance World Championship – 8 Hours of Oschersleben (Eurosport 2)
27/08 – 12:45 to 15:15 – Race (start)
27/08 – 18:00 to 21:10 – Race (finish)

GP2 Series – Belgium (Sky Sports F1)
26/08 – 11:00 to 11:50 – Practice
26/08 – 14:50 to 15:30 – Qualifying
27/08 – 14:35 to 16:05 – Race 1
28/08 – 09:20 to 10:35 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Belgium (Sky Sports F1)
27/08 – 08:45 to 09:20 – Qualifying
27/08 – 16:10 to 17:10 – Race 1
28/08 – 08:10 to 09:10 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Texas 600 (BT Sport//ESPN)
28/08 (Saturday night) – 02:00 to 04:00 – Race

Porsche Supercup – Belgium (Eurosport 2)
28/08 – 10:30 to 11:15 – Race

Speedway Grand Prix – Poland (BT Sport 2)
27/08 – 17:45 to 21:15 – Races

Virgin Australia Supercars – Sydney (BT Sport 2)
27/08 – 07:00 to 08:45 – Race 18
28/08 – 04:30 to 06:45 – Race 19

Last updated on August 20th.

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5 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2016 Belgian Grand Prix

  1. No live TV coverage of the European Le Mans Series 4 hour race from Paul Ricard it would appear….. Usually on Motors TV (which often broadcasts the whole race delayed) but has been on BT Sport Red Button Option in the past.

  2. Will be interesting to see what the numbers will be like. With a potential buzz surrounding the new channel launch and people discovering it, Sky F1 will surely be expecting their best numbers yet.

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