The following is a one-stop guide for all the F1 Coverage details in 2017. It will be updated throughout the off-season so keep an eye out. Those of you who read my posts on AUTOSPORT Forum and Digital Spy Forum will recognise the format, so I hope it will be again useful for 2017.

NOTE – Race schedule for Channel 4 is yet to be confirmed. The below is still for 2017, but will be updated to 2018 as soon as details are made official.

Channel 4 F1
– Steve Jones (Presenter)
– Ben Edwards (Commentator)
– David Coulthard (Commentator + Pundit)
– Eddie Jordan (Pundit)
– Mark Webber (Pundit)
– Susie Wolff (Pundit)
– Karun Chandhok (Pitlane)
– Lee McKenzie (Pitlane)
– Murray Walker (Online)

Channel 4 will screen…
1) LIVE coverage of 10 race weekends: Practice, Qualifying and Race (uninterrupted advert free)
– April 16th: Bahrain
– April 30th: Russia
– May 28th: Monaco
– June 25th: Europe
– July 16th: Britain
– August 27th: Belgium
– September 17th: Singapore
– October 1st: Malaysia
– October 22nd: USA
– November 26th: Abu Dhabi

2) Highlights of 10 race weekends: Qualifying and Race
– March 27th: Australia (afternoon)
– April 9th: China (afternoon)
– May 14th: Spain (evening)
– June 11th: Canada (late night)
– July 9th: Austria (evening)
– July 30th: Hungary (evening)
– September 3rd: Italy (evening)
– October 8th: Japan (afternoon)
– October 29th: Mexico (late night)
– November 13th: Brazil (late night)

Channel 4 F1 is…
– available to watch on-demand via All4

Sky Sports F1
– Simon Lazenby (Presenter – Main)
– Natalie Pinkham (Presenter – F1 Report + Pitlane)
– David Croft (Commentator)
– Martin Brundle (Commentator + Pundit)
– Pat Symonds (Commentator + Pundit)
– Anthony Davidson (Pundit)
– Damon Hill (Pundit)
– Johnny Herbert (Pundit)
– Paul di Resta (Pundit)
– Marc Priestley (Pundit – F1 Report)
– Ted Kravitz (Pitlane)

Sky Sports F1 will screen…
– every Qualifying and Race LIVE uninterrupted advert free
– every F1 Practice session LIVE
– GP2 and GP3 LIVE uninterrupted advert free
– interviews and other tidbits on Sky Sports News with Rachel Brookes and Craig Slater reporters

Sky Sports F1 is…
– available to people with Sky on channel 407 who have the Sports package, or the legacy HD Pack pre-dating April 2013
– available to people with Virgin Media on channel 507 who have the Sky Sports package (HD is on channel 517)
– available to watch in ultra HD (4K) via Sky Q
– not available to people with Freeview or BT Vision
– available on Sky Go with the relevant subscription
– available on Xbox One/360 for Sky customers with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription
– available on Now TV for £6.99 per day, £10.99 a week or £31.99 a month

BBC 5 Live F1
– Jack Nicholls (Commentator)
– Allan McNish (Commentator)
– Mark Gallagher (Pundit)
– Jennie Gow (Pitlane)
– Tom Clarkson (Pitlane)

BBC F1 is…
– available to listen to again for up to 7 days on BBC iPlayer
– available to listen live online for every race in 2016

Other bits
– The Channel 4 and Sky Sports television deal is 2016 through to 2018 inclusive
– Sky Sports will broadcast Formula 1 exclusively from 2019 to 2024
– The BBC radio deal is 2016 through to 2021 inclusive
– Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage is produced by Whisper Films, with supplementary programme produced by North One Television
– Channel 4’s theme tune is Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
– Sky’s theme tune is Alistair Griffin – Just Drive

Updated on March 10th, 2017.


40 thoughts on “Coverage

  1. Hi, what is the name of the theme song of ‘SkySports F1- Legends Of Formula One’… Been looking for the song for months now and i can’t even shazam it… Help please 🙂

  2. Do you know if American timezone races have a 2 hour highlights show because last year they were 90 minutes? However, I thought this was because of Brazil which is live this season.

    • I’ve changed it to 90 minutes. A disappointing reduction admittedly, so it’ll be interesting to see if this reverts back to 2 hours for 2015.

  3. I can’t see any 2 hour highlights packages for 2015, which is disappointing, however must be to do with the BBC’s cost cutting. I hope the coverage doesn’t drop any lower than the now-to-be 90min packages. To improve the shows at least 75mins should be race action because 30mins talking is boring and definitely not needed.

  4. Good News for F1 fans because the third round in China will have a 2hr race highlights package. Sorry for the early year confusion. It is good to have one back in 2015.

    Chinese GPQ – 1pm – 2.15pm BBC 1.
    Chinese GP – 2pm – 3.55pm BBC 1.

  5. Presenters! Please note that his name is Ricciardo and NOT Riccardo.

    For confirmation ask Christian Horner. (Formula 1)

  6. when I watch televised f-1 events, it appears that the commentators are not actually at the track? can you explane why its done this way? Thanks !

    • Setanta Ireland’s rights won’t change compared with 2015.

      I suspect they will use Channel 4 commentary but until we know the line up it’s difficult to say for definite.

  7. I e-mailed Setanta before Christmas asking who’s commentary feed will they use for the 2016 season & they e-mailed me back telling me that it’ll be the same as last year BBC Radio 5 live.

  8. I watch Sky Sports F1 channel through my Talktalk box, (their boost system) get Sky1, Sky2 and Sky Sports 1 thrown in, handy to record early races, etc. Not cheap at £30 pm, but the rest of Talktalk package is very reasonable, much better service and help than Sky used to be when we had it years ago. Didn’t have it long, service was rubbish and so expensive.
    You can opt in and out monthly, if wanted, for the three bare months, or any other reason.

  9. If you look in to the history of the javelin it was once stippled which was eventually baned because it traveled to far. Also a paint was baned as it had the same effect. So mat paint may give you an advantage with air flow. Not too far fetched.

  10. Absolutely disgraceful that the fans are yet again being ripped off in the republic of Ireland just so they can get to see formula 1 races – tv companies need to realise that ripping off fans is not the way to go

  11. During Abu Dhabi race I heard a comment on channel 4 that media is covering the big teams 80% of the time and the small teams only 20%. I don´t know if there is any truth in this or where they found this. Does anyone know if this is correct? If it is correct, it is even tougher for the small teams as their sponsors get very little coverage for their money, I think.

  12. Lets hope again that the opener in Australia has a 2hr 30min highlights show for the race and also and extended Qualifying show. I believe that Qualifying Highlights will air slightly later due to no Horse Racing coverage on Channel 4, unless they move it earlier to avoid a clash with ITV.

    12.00 – 13.45: Qualifying Highlights
    13.00 – 15.30: Grand Prix Highlights

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