Predicting the 2018 calendar pick order

Since The F1 Broadcasting Blog first appeared online in April 2012, a yearly piece during the Summer has been to ‘predict’ the calendar picks for both the UK free-to-air broadcaster and Sky Sports, with predictions made around which races the free-to-air channel will air live and which races will air in highlights form. The series of posts ends with the 2018 version, as from 2019 onwards Formula 1 will air exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The provisional calendar for the 2018 Formula One season, unveiled in June, features 21 races. The French Grand Prix is back on the calendar for the first time since 2008 as part of a triple-header of races. The German race makes its biannual return, whilst the calendar sadly does not feature the Malaysian Grand Prix. Of note also is that the Chinese and Singapore rounds of the championship are provisional and may disappear (now, that does not appear likely).

The calendar currently is as follows:

F1 2018 calendar

France takes the slot previously held by Baku, with Baku in turn sending Russia to fill the gap left by Malaysia. The rest of the calendar is again fairly static, with no sign of a shake up from Formula 1’s new owners Liberty Media yet.

For the final time, the pick process goes as follows:

– Channel 4 pick three races (pick 1, 2 and 3)
– Sky pick three races (pick 4, 5 and 6)
– Channel 4 pick one race (pick 7)
– Sky pick one race (pick 8)

This continues until there are no races remaining. There are 21 races on the calendar, so Channel 4 will screen ten races live with Sky screening eleven races exclusively live. If a race disappears from the calendar, the picks do not change retrospectively. Germany was dropped from the 2015 calendar after BBC’s and Sky’s plans were publicly confirmed, but the picks stayed the same, meaning BBC were able to broadcast three races in a row live.

As with all even-numbered years, the summer of sport means a popular football competition, and in 2018 it is the turn of the World Cup. There are two dates to be aware of: the group stages with the French Grand Prix, and the round of 16 a week later with the Austrian Grand Prix. As usual, there are a few weekends where MotoGP and Formula 1 clash, the British round of the MotoGP season again falls on a Formula 1 weekend. The new Thailand MotoGP round will also clash with the Japanese Grand Prix, although there should not be a direct clash.

Channel 4 pick Britain, Abu Dhabi, and USA (pick 1 to 3). In the two years that Channel 4 have aired Formula 1, Canada has not been one of their races, with the broadcaster choosing Mexico in 2016 and USA in 2017. I thought Mexico in 2016 was a bit awkward for Channel 4, as the race finished just before 21:00, and they ended up rushing off-air, whereas USA blocks out all of primetime, meaning that there is more breathing room afterwards. Britain and Abu Dhabi as usual are the first two live picks for Channel 4, the former not clashing with either Wimbledon or the World Cup final. A slight aside to this: if the Wimbledon final does go beyond three sets, it will clash with the World Cup final on July 15th. The Wimbledon Men’s final usually starts at 14:00, with the football World Cup final starting at 16:00. I imagine the former will begin earlier, but it is astonishing that the planning so far has not prevented that from happening.

On the back of this, expect Sky to pick Canada, Mexico, and Brazil (pick 4 to 6). By picking USA, Channel 4 have essentially goaded Sky into picking Mexico and Brazil at an early stage. Failing to pick one or the other would result in Channel 4 having two big prime time races at the end of the season. Sky’s third pick would be Canada, which takes place the weekend before the World Cup begins so is in a good position on the calendar. Following the first six picks, the picks alternate for the remainder of the process. I would love to see Channel 4 pick Australia (pick 7), even I think it is highly unlikely. Australia has not aired live on free-to-air television since 2011, and arguably it may not make commercial sense for Channel 4 to air the race live as a higher proportion of viewers will be watching later in the day, depleting the number of viewers who will watch the adverts in full. So, this is more a ‘like to see’ pick more than anything.

With Monaco and Singapore both on the table, expect Sky to pick Singapore (pick 8) here. Singapore when live can rate higher than Monaco, in 2017, Singapore averaged half a million more viewers than Monte Carlo. Nevertheless, Monaco is still a race that can draw casual viewers. 2017 saw hot weather on Monaco race day which depleted viewership, but it can still rate highly on a good day, so I would expect Channel 4 to pick Monaco (pick 9).

We are left in this position:

March 25th – Australia (Melbourne) – Channel 4 (pick 7)
April 8th – China (Shanghai)
April 15th – Bahrain (Sakhir)
April 29th – Azerbaijan (Baku)
May 13th – Spain (Barcelona)
May 27th – Monaco (Monaco) – Channel 4 (pick 9)
June 10th – Canada (Montreal) – Sky (pick 4)
June 24th – France (Paul Ricard)
July 1st – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 8th – Britain (Silverstone) – Channel 4 (pick 1)
July 22nd – Germany (Hockenheim)
July 29th – Hungary (Budapest)
August 26th – Belgium (Spa)
September 2nd – Italy (Monza)
September 16th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky (pick 8)
September 30th – Russia (Sochi)
October 7th – Japan (Suzuka)
October 21st – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Channel 4 (pick 3)
October 28th – Mexico (Mexico City) – Sky (pick 5)
November 11th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Sky (pick 6)
November 25th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – Channel 4 (pick 2)

Bahrain is the best timeslot left, so expect Sky to pick Bahrain (pick 10), although there is the small matter of qualifying potentially overlapping with the Grand National. With Germany back in the picture, I would expect Channel 4 to pick Hungary (pick 11), meaning that the free-to-air broadcaster heads into the Summer break with a live race. Because of Channel 4 picking both Britain and Hungary, it means that Sky automatically get Germany (pick 21) to avoid Channel 4 airing three races in a row live. Sky picking Belgium (pick 12) follows with Channel 4 automatically getting Italy (pick 19).

2018 sees the French Grand Prix return to the calendar, and the free-to-air broadcaster has history of airing the first race at a new circuit live (Russia 2014 and Baku 2016 were both live on free-to-air). However, the return of the French round will directly clash with two games from the World Cup group stage in Group G. Two games in Group G kick off on the 23rd and 24th June at 13:00 BST / 15:00 MSK. I would therefore expect Channel 4 to pick Austria (pick 13), which in turn means that Sky automatically get France (pick 20). Channel 4 certainly do not want an F1 race that may end up clashing with an England game.

The schedule therefore looks like this:

March 25th – Australia (Melbourne) – Channel 4 (pick 7)
April 8th – China (Shanghai)
April 15th – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Sky (pick 10)
April 29th – Azerbaijan (Baku)
May 13th – Spain (Barcelona)
May 27th – Monaco (Monaco) – Channel 4 (pick 9)
June 10th – Canada (Montreal) – Sky (pick 4)
June 24th – France (Paul Ricard) – Sky (pick 20 – automatic)
July 1st – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Channel 4 (pick 13)
July 8th – Britain (Silverstone) – Channel 4 (pick 1)
July 22nd – Germany (Hockenheim) – Sky (pick 21 – automatic)
July 29th – Hungary (Budapest) – Channel 4 (pick 11)
August 26th – Belgium (Spa) – Sky (pick 12)
September 2nd – Italy (Monza) – Channel 4 (pick 19 – automatic)
September 16th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky (pick 8)
September 30th – Russia (Sochi)
October 7th – Japan (Suzuka)
October 21st – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Channel 4 (pick 3)
October 28th – Mexico (Mexico City) – Sky (pick 5)
November 11th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Sky (pick 6)
November 25th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – Channel 4 (pick 2)

Logically at this point, Sky may pick Azerbaijan. However, with Sky having already lost out on Australia, picking Azerbaijan means that they cannot pick China and Spain, leaving Channel 4 with a strong start to the season. So, a secondary domino effect starts here. Sky picking Spain (pick 14)Channel 4 automatically getting Azerbaijan (pick 17).

With only one lunch time race left, the logical option is for Channel 4 to pick Russia (pick 15), resulting in Sky automatically getting Japan (pick 18). The last race, China, as a result goes to Sky (pick 16).

Which leaves us with a final calendar of:

March 25th – Australia (Melbourne) – Channel 4 (pick 7)
April 8th – China (Shanghai) – Sky (pick 16)
April 15th – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Sky (pick 10)
April 29th – Azerbaijan (Baku) – Channel 4 (pick 17 – automatic)
May 13th – Spain (Barcelona) – Sky (pick 14)
May 27th – Monaco (Monaco) – Channel 4 (pick 9)
June 10th – Canada (Montreal) – Sky (pick 4)
June 24th – France (Paul Ricard) – Sky (pick 20 – automatic)
July 1st – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Channel 4 (pick 13)
July 8th – Britain (Silverstone) – Channel 4 (pick 1)
July 22nd – Germany (Hockenheim) – Sky (pick 21 – automatic)
July 29th – Hungary (Budapest) – Channel 4 (pick 11)
August 26th – Belgium (Spa) – Sky (pick 12)
September 2nd – Italy (Monza) – Channel 4 (pick 19 – automatic)
September 16th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky (pick 8)
September 30th – Russia (Sochi) – Channel 4 (pick 15)
October 7th – Japan (Suzuka) – Sky (pick 18 – automatic)
October 21st – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Channel 4 (pick 3)
October 28th – Mexico (Mexico City) – Sky (pick 5)
November 11th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Sky (pick 6)
November 25th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – Channel 4 (pick 2)

If there are any calendar changes, I will update this post as and when, otherwise we should find out the confirmed Channel 4 and Sky F1 picks close to Christmas or in early 2018, for the final time.

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Scheduling: The 2017 Valencian MotoGP / Brazilian Grand Prix

Two riders. One championship. Marc Marquez. Andrea Dovizioso. One of them will become 2017 MotoGP World Champion in Valencia.

As always, the MotoGP weekend will air exclusively live on BT Sport, with highlights in a Monday evening time slot on Channel 5. Suzi Perry is back fronting BT Sport’s coverage alongside the likes of Gavin Emmett and Neil Hodgson; Keith Huewen and Julian Ryder will be on commentary.

The race is significant from a broadcasting perspective as it will mark Nick Harris’ last race commentating on Dorna’s MotoGP World Feed, having been involved in the motoring world for 36 years! His successor from 2018 onwards has yet to be announced.

Elsewhere, the Formula 1 season is not quite over, with the penultimate round of the championship in Brazil airing exclusively live on Sky Sports F1. Following Channel 4’s highlights programme is 1: Life on the Limit, which follows Formula 1’s pursuit for safety over the years. It is the first time that the film has aired on Channel 4, with various airings on ITV4 in the past year and a half.

Due to international football, the BBC’s coverage from Brazil is on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra for the complete weekend.

MotoGP – Valencia (BT Sport 2)
10/11 – 08:00 to 15:00
=> 08:00 – Practice 1
=> 10:45 – Reaction and Build-Up
=> 12:00 – Practice 2
11/11 – 08:00 to 15:15
=> 08:00 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
12/11 – 07:30 to 09:15 – Warm Up
12/11 – 09:30 to 15:00
=> 09:30 – Moto3 race
=> 11:15 – Moto2 race
=> 12:45 – MotoGP race
=> 14:00 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Valencia (Channel 5)
13/11 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights

Channel 4 F1
11/11 – 19:30 to 21:00 – Qualifying Highlights
12/11 – 22:30 to 00:45 – Race Highlights
12/11 – 00:45 to 02:45 – FILM: 1: Life on the Limit

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
10/11 – 11:45 to 14:00 – Practice 1
10/11 – 15:45 to 18:00 – Practice 2 (also on Sky Sports Main Event)
11/11 – 12:45 to 14:15 – Practice 3
11/11 – 15:00 to 17:40 – Qualifying
12/11 – 14:30 to 19:15 – Race
=> 14:30 – Track Parade
=> 15:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 15:30 – Race
=> 18:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
08/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
09/11 – 13:00 to 14:00 – Driver Press Conference
09/11 – 20:00 to 20:15 – Paddock Uncut
10/11 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Team Press Conference
10/11 – 19:00 to 19:30 – The F1 Show
16/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
10/11 – 11:55 to 13:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
10/11 – 15:55 to 17:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11/11 – 12:55 to 14:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11/11 – 15:55 to 17:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12/11 – 15:30 to 18:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

If anything changes, the schedule will be updated.

Scheduling: The 2017 Mexican Grand Prix

The 2017 Formula One season rolls into Mexico where it looks like, barring any reliability trouble, Lewis Hamilton will become a four-time Formula 1 champion.

The race is exclusively live on Sky Sports, the second time that Sky are likely to screen the championship winning race. The first occasion the 2015 US Grand Prix, where Hamilton secured his third championship with three races to spare.

It may be a weekend of championship deciders, with the Australian Grand Prix moving Marc Marquez closer to the MotoGP Riders’ Championship, which he is more than likely to secure in Malaysia.

NOTE: Clocks go back one hour on Sunday 29th October, with the change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. The times listed are for BST on Saturday and before; GMT for Sunday and afterwards…

Channel 4 F1
28/10 – 22:00 to 23:40 – Qualifying Highlights
29/10 – 22:30 to 00:45 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
27/10 – 15:45 to 18:00 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
27/10 – 19:45 to 22:00 – Practice 2
28/10 – 15:45 to 17:15 – Practice 3
28/10 – 18:00 to 20:40 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event from 19:00)
29/10 – 17:30 to 22:15 – Race
=> 17:30 – Track Parade
=> 18:00 – Pit Lane Live
=> 18:30 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 21:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
26/10 – 17:00 to 18:00 – Driver Press Conference
26/10 – 20:15 to 20:30 – Paddock Uncut
27/10 – 22:00 to 22:50 – Team Press Conference
27/10 – 22:50 to 23:20 – The F1 Show
01/11 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
26/10 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
27/10 – 15:55 to 17:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
27/10 – 19:55 to 21:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
28/10 – 15:55 to 17:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
28/10 – 18:55 to 20:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
29/10 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – Malaysia (BT Sport 2)
27/10 – 02:00 to 09:00
=> 02:00 – Practice 1
=> 04:45 – Reaction and Build-Up
=> 06:00 – Practice 2
28/10 – 02:00 to 09:15
=> 02:00 – Practice 3
=> 05:00 – Qualifying
29/10 – 02:30 (BST) to 02:45 (GMT) – Warm Up
29/10 – 03:30 to 08:15
=> 03:30 – Moto3 race
=> 05:15 – Moto2 race
=> 06:45 – MotoGP race

MotoGP – Malaysia (Channel 5)
30/10 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights

Euroformula – Barcelona (BT Sport/ESPN)
28/10 – 13:45 to 14:45 – Race 1
29/10 – 12:00 to 13:00 – Race 2

Formula Renault Eurocup – Barcelona
28/10 – 11:15 to 12:15 – Race 1 (BT Sport 3)
29/10 – 09:15 to 10:30 – Race 2 (BT Sport 2)
29/10 – 14:30 to 16:00 – Race 3 (BT Sport/ESPN)

International GT Open – Barcelona (BT Sport/ESPN)
28/10 – 14:45 to 16:30 – Race 1
29/10 – 13:00 to 14:30 – Race 2

Porsche Supercup – Mexico
28/10 – Race 1
=> 21:05 to 22:00 (Sky Sports F1)
=> 22:45 to 23:15 (Eurosport)
29/10 – Race 2
=> 16:25 to 17:20 (Sky Sports F1)
=> 16:30 to 17:15 (Eurosport 2)

Speedway Grand Prix – Australia (BT Sport 1)
28/10 – 08:45 to 12:15 – Races

World Rally Championship – Wales Rally GB
27/10 – Day 1 Highlights
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
=> 00:00 to 00:30 (BT Sport 1)
28/10 – 12:00 to 13:00 – Live: Gartheiniog II (BT Sport 2)
28/10 – Day 2 Highlights
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
=> 23:00 to 23:30 (BT Sport 1)
29/10 – 09:00 to 10:00 – Live: Brenig I (BT Sport 3)
29/10 – Live: Power Stage
=> 12:00 to 13:30 (Channel 5)
=> 12:00 to 13:30 (BT Sport 3)
29/10 – Day 3 Highlights
=> 22:15 to 22:45 (BT Sport 3)
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
31/10 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights (Channel 5)

World Touring Car Championship – Japan (Eurosport 2)
29/10 – 03:45 to 07:15
=> 03:45 – Qualifying
=> 04:30 – MAC3 race
=> 05:00 – Race 1
=> 06:15 – Race 2

As always, the schedule will be updated if anything changes.

Update on October 27th – Due to a tropical storm heading its way, the WTCC action will now all take place on Sunday, with Eurosport 2 on air for three and a half hours.

Scheduling: The 2017 United States Grand Prix

For the first time in a decade, UK viewers will be able to watch the United States Grand Prix live on free-to-air television. The race is the sixth from the Circuit of the Americas and could see Lewis Hamilton clinch his fourth world title.

Channel 4’s live coverage will feature Mark Webber and Eddie Jordan on punditry alongside Steve Jones and David Coulthard. After missing Japan, Lee McKenzie will be back with the team, whilst Rachel Brookes is expected to return to Sky’s F1 team following injury.

On the scheduling front, there is an unusual four-hour gap between the end of practice three and the start of the qualifying. The explanation is that the organisers want to persuade fans to stay for the Justin Timberlake concert following qualifying (yes, really).

Qualifying does not start until 22:00 BST as a result, the latest I believe qualifying has started for viewers in Europe since the 1983 United States Grand Prix West from Long Beach!

On Sunday, to allow for drivers to be introduced individually by legendary announcer Michael Buffer, the pit lane will open 15 minutes earlier. Hopefully the UK broadcasters cover the festivities throughout their race day build-up.

Channel 4 F1
20/10 – 15:55 to 17:35 – Practice 1 (More4)
20/10 – 19:55 to 21:35 – Practice 2 (More4)
21/10 – 16:55 to 18:30 – Practice 3 (Channel 4)
21/10 – 21:00 to 23:35 – Qualifying (Channel 4)
22/10 – 19:00 to 23:15 – Race (Channel 4)
=> 19:00 – Build–Up
=> 19:35 – Race
=> 22:10 – Reaction

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
20/10 – 15:45 to 18:00 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
20/10 – 19:45 to 22:00 – Practice 2
21/10 – 16:45 to 18:15 – Practice 3
21/10 – 21:00 to 23:40 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Mix)
22/10 – 18:30 to 23:15 – Race
=> 18:30 – Track Parade
=> 19:00 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 19:30 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 22:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
18/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
19/10 – 17:00 to 18:00 – Driver Press Conference
19/10 – 20:30 to 20:45 – Paddock Uncut
20/10 – 22:00 to 22:50 – Team Press Conference
20/10 – 22:50 to 23:20 – The F1 Show
25/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
19/10 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
20/10 – 15:55 to 17:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
21/10 – 21:55 to 23:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
22/10 – 19:00 to 22:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – Australia (BT Sport 2)
20/10 – 00:00 to 07:00
=> 00:00 – Practice 1
=> 02:45 – Reaction and Build-Up
=> 04:00 – Practice 2
21/10 – 00:00 to 07:15
=> 00:00 – Practice 3
=> 03:00 – Qualifying
22/10 – 00:30 to 02:15 – Warm Up
22/10 – 02:30 to 07:15
=> 02:30 – Moto3 race
=> 04:15 – Moto2 race
=> 05:45 – MotoGP race

MotoGP – Australia (Channel 5)
23/10 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights

European Le Mans Series – Portimao (Motorsport.tv)
22/10 – 12:45 to 17:20 – Race

World Superbikes – Jerez
21/10 – 09:15 to 14:00 – Qualifying and Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
22/10 – 10:00 to 15:00 – Support Races and Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
24/10 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

As always, the schedule will be updated if anything changes.

Scheduling: The 2017 Japanese Grand Prix

The eyes of the motor sport media will be on two places this weekend: Suzuka and Jerez, both circuits the site of Formula 1 championship deciders of years gone past.

Suzuka plays host to round 16 of the 2017 Formula One season. Whilst we will not see the champion crowned this weekend, the events of Sepang means that Lewis Hamilton now has one hand on his fourth championship. Meanwhile, in Jerez, rising star Charles Leclerc could claim the Formula Two title at some stage during the weekend.

Formula Two and the GP3 Series normally play support to Formula 1. This weekend, Formula Two is the lead category at Jerez, with GP3 Series and the Euroformula Championship (broadcast on BT Sport in the UK) supporting acts. I assume Alex Jacques will be on lead commentary as usual for Formula Two and GP3, but do not expect to see Davide Valsecchi alongside him as he will be with Sky Italia in Suzuka.

Channel 4’s coverage from Suzuka will not feature Lee McKenzie, who travelled back to the UK after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Channel 4 F1
Sessions
07/10 – 13:00 to 14:30 – Qualifying Highlights
08/10 – 15:00 to 17:15 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
06/10 – 01:45 to 03:50 – Practice 1
06/10 – 05:45 to 08:00 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
07/10 – 03:45 to 05:15 – Practice 3
07/10 – 06:00 to 08:40 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event)
08/10 – 04:30 to 09:15 – Race
=> 04:30 – Track Parade
=> 05:00 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 05:30 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 08:30 – Paddock Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)

Supplementary Programming
04/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Preview
05/10 – 07:00 to 07:30 – Driver Press Conference
05/10 – 21:15 to 21:30 – Paddock Uncut
06/10 – 08:00 to 08:50 – Team Press Conference
06/10 – 08:50 to 09:20 – The F1 Show
11/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Report: Review

BBC Radio F1
04/10 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
06/10 – 01:55 to 03:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
06/10 – 05:55 to 07:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
07/10 – 03:55 to 05:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
07/10 – 06:55 to 08:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
08/10 – 05:30 to 08:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Euroformula – Jerez (BT Sport/ESPN)
07/10 – 11:30 to 12:30 – Race 1
08/10 – 11:30 to 12:30 – Race 2

FIM CEV Repsol – Aragon (BT Sport/ESPN)
08/10 – 09:45 to 14:45 – Races

Formula Two – Jerez (Sky Sports F1)
06/10 – 14:30 to 15:00 – Qualifying
07/10 – 12:55 to 14:25 – Race 1
08/10 – 12:55 to 14:15 – Race 2

GP3 Series – Jerez (Sky Sports F1)
06/10 – 13:00 to 13:30 – Qualifying
07/10 – 09:55 to 10:55 – Race 1
08/10 – 09:55 to 10:45 – Race 2

Speedway Grand Prix – Poland (BT Sport 2)
07/10 – 17:45 to 21:15 – Races

World Rally Championship – Spain
06/10 – Day 1 Highlights
=> 22:00 to 22:30 (BT Sport 1)
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
07/10 – 12:00 to 13:00 – Stage 1 (BT Sport 3)
07/10 – Day 2 Highlights
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
=> 00:30 to 01:00 (BT Sport 1)
08/10 – 07:30 to 08:30 – Stage 2 (BT Sport 3)
08/10 – 11:00 to 12:30 – Power Stage (BT Sport 1)
08/10 – Day 3 Highlights
=> 22:35 to 23:05 (Motorsport.tv)
=> 01:30 to 02:00 (BT Sport 1)
09/10 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights (Channel 5)

As always, if anything does change, I will update this post.

Update on October 4th – In what can only be described as a fairly major coup, the reigning Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg will be joining the Sky Sports F1 line-up during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. Rosberg will be part of Sky’s output in the UK, Italy and Germany. This weekend, Anthony Davidson is also part of Sky’s line-up, so a really strong presentation team overall.

Update on October 5th – Further great news is that Louise Goodman is Lee McKenzie’s super sub on Channel 4 for this weekend.