Scheduling: The 2016 Singapore Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads east for the first of the flyaway races to wrap up the 2016 season. There are seven stops left on the calendar: Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Singapore marks the two-thirds stage of the season, with the Marina Bay Street circuit playing host to round 15 of 21.

Sky Sports are live through the whole weekend, with Channel 4 providing extensive highlights. The time slots are slightly different for practice and qualifying before reverting back to the usual 13:00 start time for the race. Channel 4’s highlights programme airs later on Sunday evening due to coverage of the Paralympic Games before it. This should result in a higher viewing figure, but does mean that the highlights clash with ITV’s The X Factor, which might dent things slightly. 5 Live’s programming is truncated slightly by Paralympics and football coverage.

On the personnel front, Holly Samos is again standing in for Lee McKenzie, who is covering the Paralympics for Channel 4. McKenzie will be back for the Malaysian Grand Prix in two weeks time. Elsewhere, the IndyCar Series season comes to an end late on Sunday night in the UK live on BT Sport//ESPN. Back home, both the British Superbikes and Touring Car championships are in action at Donington Park and Silverstone respectively. Below are all the scheduling details you need.

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
17/09 – 17:30 to 19:00 – Qualifying Highlights
18/09 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
16/09 – 10:45 to 12:50 – Practice 1
16/09 – 14:15 to 16:15 – Practice 2
17/09 – 10:45 to 12:15 – Practice 3
17/09 – 13:00 to 15:45 – Qualifying
18/09 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 12:30 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
14/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
15/09 – 11:00 to 11:30 – Driver Press Conference
15/09 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
16/09 – 16:15 to 16:45 – Team Press Conference
16/09 – 16:45 to 17:15 – The F1 Show
21/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
15/09 – 20:30 to 21:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
16/09 – 10:55 to 12:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
17/09 – 10:55 to 12:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
18/09 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)

British Superbikes – Donington Park
17/09 – 16:00 to 18:00 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2)
18/09 – 11:00 to 12:00 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
18/09 – 13:00 to 18:00 – Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
22/09 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

British Touring Car Championship – Silverstone (ITV4)
18/09 – 11:00 to 18:30 – Races

FIM World Endurance Championship – Bol d’Or (Eurosport 2)
17/09 to 18/09 – Race
=> 13:45 to 16:00 (Eurosport 2)
=> 17:00 to 18:55 (Eurosport 1)
=> 19:00 to 23:00 (Eurosport 1)
=> 23:00 to 00:00 (Eurosport 2)
=> 06:00 to 10:00 (Eurosport 2)

IndyCar Series – Sonoma (BT Sport//ESPN)
18/09 – 23:30 to 02:30 – Race

Virgin Australia Supercars – Sandown 500 (BT Sport 1)
17/09 – 04:45 to 05:45 – Qualifying 1
17/09 – 07:00 to 08:00 – Qualifying 2
18/09 – 06:00 to 08:00 – Race

World Endurance Championship – Austin
17/09 – 22:30 to 05:30– Race (Motors TV)
17/09 – 23:00 to 05:15 – Race (Eurosport 1)

World Superbikes – Germany (British Eurosport 2)
17/09 – 09:15 to 13:15 – Qualifying and Race 1
18/09 – 10:00 to 11:00 – Support Race
18/09 – 12:00 to 13:00 – Race 2

Last updated on September 9th.

Scheduling: The 2016 Italian Grand Prix / British MotoGP

An unusual weekend starts September as both the Formula 1 and MotoGP championships take centre stage on European turf. The Italian Grand Prix plays host to round 13 of the Formula 1 season, whilst Silverstone is home to round 12 of the MotoGP season.

Not much is known about the Channel 4 team as of writing. Lee McKenzie is heading back to Rio over the weekend, so presumably will not be in Monza. Alain Prost was meant to be with Channel 4’s team in Spa, but was not shown on-screen. It was mentioned pre-season that Channel 4 would adapt the presenting line-up as the season progressed, so I assume they pushed Prost’s planned Spa appearance to later in the year.

There are two special programmes on Channel 4 over the weekend: one is an extended interview with Jenson Button (filmed before the start of the season but only been uploaded online and not aired on TV) and the other is a feature-length film looking at Jackie Stewart’s participation in the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix. Sky will be airing a charity football game live from the starting grid on Thursday evening, pitting F1 stars against several football legends.

Over on BBC Radio 5 Live, Jennie Gow will not be on site with them for the remainder of the season as she will be giving birth at the beginning of October (congratulations, Jennie). BT Sport’s MotoGP coverage looks a little different on Sunday. The clash of dates with the Italian Grand Prix means that the MotoGP schedule is staggered around the F1, with the main MotoGP race not starting until 15:30. On the personnel side, Suzi Perry is back with BT as lead presenter to take viewers through the weekend.

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
02/09 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1
02/09 – 12:55 to 14:40 – Practice 2
03/09 – 09:55 to 11:25 – Practice 3
03/09 – 11:55 to 14:30 – Qualifying
04/09 – 12:00 to 15:30 – Race

Supplementary Programming
03/09 – 11:25 to 11:55 – Murray Walker meets Jenson Button
04/09 – 06:20 to 08:00 – Weekend of a Champion

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
02/09 – 08:45 to 11:00 – Practice 1
02/09 – 12:45 to 14:50 – Practice 2
03/09 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
03/09 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Mix)
04/09 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race
=> 11:30 – Track Parade (also Sky Sports Mix)
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Mix)
=> 12:30 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
01/09 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Driver Press Conference
01/09 – 17:00 to 18:00 – Charity Football: F1 All Stars vs Heineken Football Legends (also Sky Sports Mix)
01/09 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
02/09 – 15:30 to 16:00 – Team Press Conference
02/09 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The F1 Show
06/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
01/09 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
02/09 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
03/09 – 09:55 to 11:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
03/09 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
04/09 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – Britain (BT Sport 2)
02/09 – 09:00 to 16:00
=> 09:00 – Practice 1
=> 11:45 – Reaction and Build-Up
=> 13:00 – Practice 2
03/09 – 09:00 to 16:15
=> 09:00 – Practice 3
=> 12:00 – Qualifying
04/09 – 08:45 to 17:30
=> 08:45 – Warm Up
=> 10:30 – Build-Up
=> 11:30 – Moto3 race
=> 13:45 – Moto2 race
=> 15:15 – MotoGP race
=> 16:30 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Britain (ITV4)
05/09 – 22:00 to 23:00 – Highlights

24H Series – Barcelona (Motors TV)
03/09 – 10:30 to 19:15 – Race (first half)
04/09 (Sunday morning) – 01:45 to 11:30 – Race (second half)

GP2 Series – Italy (Sky Sports F1)
02/09 – 11:00 to 11:50 – Practice
02/09 – 14:50 to 15:30 – Qualifying
03/09 – 14:35 to 16:05 – Race 1
04/09 – 09:20 to 10:35 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Italy (Sky Sports F1)
03/09 – 08:45 to 09:20 – Qualifying
03/09 – 16:10 to 17:10 – Race 1
04/09 – 08:10 to 09:10 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Grand Prix at The Glen (BT Sport//ESPN)
04/09 – 19:00 to 22:00 – Race

World Endurance Championship – Mexico
03/09 – 19:15 to 01:45 – Race (Motors TV)
03/09 – 19:30 to 01:30 – Race (BT Sport 3)

World Touring Car Championship – Japan (Eurosport 2)
03/09 – 07:00 to 08:30 – Qualifying
04/09 – 06:30 to 08:30
=> 06:30 – Race 1
=> 07:30 – Race 2

As always, if anything changes I will update the schedule.

Update on September 3rd – Holly Samos and Eddie Jordan are with Channel 4’s team this weekend.

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.

Scheduling: The 2016 German Grand Prix

Formula 1’s last stop before the Summer break takes the championship to the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix!

Aside from the F1, it is a busy weekend of motor sport with IndyCar action, BTCC, WEC amongst a host of other events taking place. One notable point to mention is that Motors TV are not broadcasting coverage of the World Rally Championship round from Finland, although it is unclear whether they have done that out of choice or whether they have surrendered those rights.

Below are all the details you need…

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
30/07 – 17:45 to 19:30 – Qualifying Highlights
31/07 – 18:00 to 20:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
29/07 – 08:45 to 11:00 – Practice 1
29/07 – 12:45 to 14:55 – Practice 2
30/07 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
30/07 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports 1)
31/07 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race
=> 11:30 – Track Parade (also Sky Sports 1)
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports 1)
=> 12:30 – Race (also Sky Sports 1)
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
28/07 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Driver Press Conference
28/07 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
29/07 – 15:30 to 16:00 – Team Press Conference
29/07 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The F1 Show
03/08 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
28/07 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
29/07 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
29/07 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
30/07 – 09:55 to 11:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
30/07 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
31/07 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Blancpain Endurance Series – 24 Hours of Spa
30/07 15:00 to 31/07 14:45 – Race (Motors TV)
30/07 – 15:30 to 18:55 – Race Start (Eurosport)
31/07 – 14:00 to 16:45 – Race Finish (Eurosport 2)

Blancpain GT Sports Club – Spa (Motors TV)
29/07 – 14:30 to 15:25 – Race 1
30/07 – 09:30 to 10:35 – Race 2

British Touring Car Championship – Snetterton (ITV4)
31/07 – 10:30 to 18:15 – Races

Formula 3 Europe – Spa
29/07 – Race 1
=> 11:00 to 12:15 (BT Sport 2)
=> 11:10 to 12:15 (Motors TV)
29/07 – Race 3
=> 15:00 to 16:00 (BT Sport 2)
=> 15:25 to 16:20 (Motors TV)
30/07 – Race 3
=> 12:00 to 13:00 (BT Sport 2)
=> 12:00 to 13:05 (Motors TV)

FIM World Endurance Championship – 8 Hours of Suzuka (Eurosport 2)
31/07 – 03:15 to 11:45 – Race

GP2 Series – Germany (Sky Sports F1)
29/07 – 11:00 to 11:50 – Practice
29/07 – 14:55 to 15:30 – Qualifying
30/07 – 14:35 to 16:05 – Race 1 (also Sky Sports 1)
31/07 – 09:20 to 10:35 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Germany (Sky Sports F1)
30/07 – 08:45 to 09:20 – Qualifying
30/07 – 16:10 to 17:10 – Race 1
31/07 – 08:10 to 09:10 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Mid Ohio 200 (BT Sport//ESPN)
31/07 – 19:30 to 22:00 – Race

Porsche Supercup – Germany (Eurosport)
31/07 – 10:30 to 11:15 – Race

World Rally Championship – Finland
28/07 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Stage 1 Live (BT Sport 2)
29/07 – 18:30 to 19:30 – Stage 2 Live (BT Sport//ESPN)
29/07 – 21:45 to 22:45 – Day 1 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
30/07 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Day 2 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
31/07 – 11:00 to 12:00 – Power Stage Live (BT Sport 1)
31/07 – 22:00 to 22:30 – Day 3 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
04/07 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights (Channel 5)

Updated last on July 24th.

 

Scheduling: The 2016 British Grand Prix

This weekend, Formula 1 comes home for the British Grand Prix! The Silverstone circuit plays host to round ten of 21 in the 2016 season. As is normally the case in the era of ‘split broadcasters’, the free-to-air broadcaster will be screening the race live… whether we will still have that to the same degree and reach in 2019, we don’t yet know.

Channel 4’s coverage on Sunday clocks in at four hours long, their longest race day show yet. You would have to go back to the mid-1990s to find a British Grand Prix programme that long, although of course the BBC in 2010 and 2011 were on air from 12:10 to around 16:45 (including their Red Button forum show).

Disappointingly, there is no spin-off programming to the weekend that helps cross-promote F1 to Channel 4’s other shows. This was mooted pre-season but has not come to fruition. Sunday Brunch is being billed though as a “Grand Prix show” with some F1 features.

There is also an one-hour special originally shown in 2012 focussing on Nic Hamilton, which will be broadcast on Saturday morning. On-site, Channel 4 will have an extended team with Eddie Jordan, Mark Webber and Susie Wolff all present alongside their usual line-up. Murray Walker has filmed a VT to be shown during the weekend as he is unable to attend in person. Elsewhere, the Speedway Grand Prix comes to the UK and Suzi Perry will be presenting BT Sport’s live coverage.

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
08/07 – 09:55 to 11:40 – Practice 1
08/07 – 13:55 to 15:35 – Practice 2
09/07 – 09:55 to 11:20 – Practice 3
09/07 – 11:55 to 14:30 – Qualifying
10/07 – 12:00 to 16:00 – Race
10/07 – 23:05 to 00:10 – Highlights

Supplementary Programming
09/07 – 06:55 to 07:55 – Nic Hamilton’s Racing Dream
10/07 – 09:00 to 12:00 – Sunday Brunch: Grand Prix show

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
08/07 – 09:45 to 12:00 – Practice 1
08/07 – 13:45 to 15:55 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports 1)
09/07 – 09:45 to 11:15 – Practice 3
09/07 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports 1)
10/07 – 11:30 to 16:15 – Race (also Sky Sports 1)
=> 11:30 – Track Parade
=> 12:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 12:30 – Race
=> 15:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
07/07 – 15:00 to 15:30 – Driver Press Conference
07/07 – 18:00 to 19:00 – The F1 Show: British Special (also Sky Sports 1)
07/07 – 20:45 to 21:00 – Paddock Uncut
08/07 – 16:30 to 17:00 – Team Press Conference (also Sky Sports 1)
08/07 – 17:00 to 17:30 – The F1 Show (also Sky Sports 1)
13/07 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
08/07 – 09:55 to 11:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
08/07 – 13:55 to 15:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
08/07 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
09/07 – 09:55 to 11:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
09/07 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
10/07 – 12:30 to 15:30 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

British Superbikes – Snetterton
09/07 – 16:00 to 18:00 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2 and Quest)
10/07 – 12:30 to 13:45 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
10/07 – 12:30 to 18:00 – Races (Quest)
13/07 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

GP2 Series – Britain (Sky Sports F1)
08/07 – 12:00 to 12:50 – Practice
08/07 – 15:55 to 16:30 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports 1)
09/07 – 14:40 to 16:10 – Race 1
10/07 – 09:25 to 10:40 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Britain (Sky Sports F1)
09/07 – 08:45 to 09:20 – Qualifying
09/07 – 16:20 to 17:20 – Race 1
10/07 – 08:15 to 09:15 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Iowa Corn 300 (BT Sport//ESPN)
10/07 – 22:30 to 01:00 – Race

Porsche Supercup – Britain (Eurosport 2)
10/07 – 10:45 to 11:30 – Race

Speedway Grand Prix – Britain (BT Sport 1)
09/07 – 16:30 to 20:30 – Races

Virgin Australia Supercars – Townsville (BT Sport 2)
09/07 – 07:00 to 08:45 – Race 14
10/07 – 07:00 to 08:45 – Race 15

World Superbikes – Laguna Seca (British Eurosport 2)
09/07 – 19:15 to 20:30 – Superpole
09/07 – 22:15 to 23:30 – Race 1
10/07 – 22:15 to 23:30 – Race 2

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

Updated on July 8th to reflect Murray Walker’s status.