Scheduling: The 2022 British Grand Prix

Max Verstappen looks to continue his dominance of the 2022 Formula One season, as the championship heads home to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix!

The 3.66-mile circuit plays host to round 10 of 22, with Verstappen looking to clinch his first British Grand Prix victory.

Can the flying Dutchman fend off competition from his Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez or Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz? Or, will Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell pull off a shock on home soil and clinch victory?

Off track at Silverstone, there is plenty to whet the appetite, with UK’s Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder performing the national anthem prior to the race, as well as after the race for fans at the circuit.

F1 – the coverage

For those watching at home, the F1 and W Series action airs live throughout the weekend on Sky Sports and, for the first time this season, on free-to-air television via Channel 4.

Joining Steve Jones on Channel 4 is an ensemble cast. David Coulthard and Mark Webber provide analysis alongside Billy Monger, Alice Powell, Eddie Jordan, and Lee McKenzie, whilst Alex Jacques will be commentating on the weekend’s action with Coulthard.

Expect Sky to feature a similar ensemble cast featuring the likes of Martin Brundle, Jenson Button, Ted Kravitz and Karun Chandhok throughout the Silverstone weekend.

After last year’s Sprint affair, a more traditional schedule will play out this time around. However, the Drivers’ Press Conference moves back to Thursday for Silverstone, with The F1 Show airing live from the pit straight later in the evening.

It is a 5-hour broadcast for both Channel 4 and Sky on Sunday in a blockbuster weekend of motor sport, also featuring Formula E on the Saturday (live on Channel 4) and IndyCar on the Sunday (live on Sky Sports).

Fans watching Formula Two and Formula Three will hear Chris McCarthy alongside Tom Gaymor for the weekend, with Jacques focussing on his Channel 4 and W Series commitments.

Channel 4 schedule
Friday 1st July
12:55 to 14:10 – F1: Practice 1
15:55 to 17:05 – F1: Practice 2

Saturday 2nd July
11:45 to 13:10 – F1: Practice 2
13:10 to 14:10 – W Series: Race
14:10 to 16:30 – F1: Qualifying
16:30 to 18:30 – Formula E: Race

Sunday 3rd July
13:30 to 18:25 – F1: Race
=> 13:30 – Build Up
=> 14:30 – Race
=> 17:10 – Reaction

Channel 4 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

Sky Sports F1 schedule
Thursday 30th June
14:00 to 15:00 – F1: Drivers’ Press Conference
18:00 to 19:00 – The F1 Show

Friday 1st July
09:35 to 10:20 – F3: Practice
10:45 to 11:30 – F2: Practice
12:30 to 14:30 – F1: Practice 1 (also Sky Showcase)
14:50 to 15:30 – F3: Qualifying
15:35 to 17:25 – F1: Practice 2 (also Sky Showcase)
17:25 to 18:10 – F2: Qualifying
18:10 to 19:00 – W Series: Qualifying
21:00 to 22:00 – IndyCar: Practice

Saturday 2nd July
09:50 to 10:45 – F3: Sprint Race
11:45 to 13:10 – F1: Practice 3 (also Sky Showcase)
13:10 to 14:10 – W Series: Race (also Sky Showcase)
14:10 to 16:55 – F1: Qualifying (also Sky Showcase until 16:30)
16:55 to 18:00 – F2: Sprint Race
18:00 to 18:30 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
19:30 to 20:45 – IndyCar: Qualifying

Sunday 3rd July
08:30 to 09:30 – F3: Feature Race
10:00 to 11:15 – F2: Feature Race
13:30 to 18:30 – F1: Race
=> 13:30 – Grand Prix Sunday (also Sky Showcase)
=> 14:55 – Race (also Sky Showcase)
=> 17:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 18:00 – Ted’s Notebook 
17:30 to 20:00 – IndyCar: Race (Sky Sports Action)
=> Sky Sports F1 joins coverage following the F1 at 18:30

Sky Sports F1 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

All F1 sessions are available to listen live via BBC’s F1 website 

BBC Radio schedule
Thursday 30th June
20:30 to 21:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

BBC F1 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

While there is a lot of Grand Prix coverage, the weekend faces tough competition from cricket action throughout, hence the lack of coverage on BBC radio. In addition, the race clashes with Wimbledon’s middle Sunday.

For the first time in 2022, the tennis tournament will play on its middle Sunday, bringing it in line with other majors, but bringing with it a clash with the Grand Prix.

If scheduling details change, this article will be updated. In addition, keep an eye on the Twitter feed for content from Silverstone throughout the weekend.

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Record high UK audience watch Indianapolis 500 live on Sky

Live coverage of a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix, followed by an equally dramatic Indianapolis 500, saw audience figures surge across Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon, overnight data released by the broadcaster shows.

Sky covered the Indianapolis 500 across their dedicated F1 channel and Sky Sports Arena. Coverage on Sky Sports Action aired from 15:45 to 21:30, with Sky Sports F1 joining in progress following the conclusion of their Monaco Grand Prix coverage at 18:10.

An average of 231,000 viewers watched Sky’s coverage, as Marcus Ericsson battled Pato O’Ward for victory. Coverage peaked with a sizeable 372,000 viewers, both easily the highest IndyCar audience on record in the modern era in the UK.

The famous race, which marked its 106th running last Sunday, has enjoyed a renaissance in the UK over the past few years, since Fernando Alonso made the jump stateside to race in 2017. This year’s figure continues that trend.

Sky’s F1 audiences continue to rise

IndyCar’s rise in the UK has been helped by the halo effect surrounding Sky’s F1 coverage.

Sky’s F1 audience figures have continued to rise in 2022 against last year’s high, and against the tidal wave of declining linear audience figures, despite there being no British drivers currently in championship attention.

Both the Monaco Grand Prix race and qualifying recorded their highest ever figures for Sky last weekend, as viewers watched Red Bull’s Sergio Perez win the dramatic Grand Prix.

The race, which aired in full on Sky Sports F1 and partially on Sky Sports Main Event, averaged 2.01 million viewers, the first European race to average over 2 million viewers. Coverage of the race peaked with 2.25 million viewers.

24 hours earlier, an average of 1.03 million viewers watched Charles Leclerc take pole in qualifying, with the session peaking with 1.17 million viewers.

Although the figures are not publicly available, it is likely that Sky’s live pay-TV offering comfortably beat Channel 4’s free-to-air highlights coverage, continuing the swing away from free-to-air and towards pay-TV for F1.

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Scheduling: The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix / Indianapolis 500

One of the biggest weekends of the motor racing calendar is here: welcome to the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Indianapolis 500!

Max Verstappen looks to continue his upward trajectory in this season’s F1 World Championship with four victories on the bounce this weekend, however Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will be looking to stop him round the streets of Monte Carlo.

The weekend moves to a more traditional three-day format, with F1 practice taking place on Thursdays, as was tradition for Monaco.

Live coverage airs exclusively on Sky Sports across the weekend, with extended highlights airing on Channel 4. Qualifying highlights on the free-to-air channel air later than usual due to coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup final, which kicks off at 16:45.

Steve Jones presents Channel 4’s offering from Monaco, with David Coulthard and Mark Webber alongside Jones.

Later, the Indianapolis 500 takes centre stage, with all the action covered live on Sky Sports. Sky’s F1 channel joins proceedings after the conclusion of their F1 coverage, however for fans wanting to watch the build-up, Sky Sports Action or Sky Sports F1’s Red Button are the places to be.

Tom Gaymor, Max Chilton and The Race’s Andrew van de Burgt will steer Sky’s viewers through the coverage, whilst Leigh Diffey leads the IndyCar broadcast team stateside.

All F1 sessions are available to listen live via BBC’s F1 website

Thursday 26th May
16:05 to 16:50 – F2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 21:00 – F1: Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Friday 27th May
09:30 to 10:35 – F1: Drivers’ Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
10:35 to 11:25 – F2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
12:30 to 14:15 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
15:45 to 17:15 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)

16:00 to 18:00 – Indianapolis 500: Carb Day (Sky Sports Action)
=> airs on tape-delay on Sky Sports F1 at 18:15
17:15 to 18:15 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
20:15 to 21:15 – Indy 500: 4-Time Club (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday 28th May
11:45 to 13:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
=> also BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 11:55 to 13:05
14:00 to 16:35 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
=> on Sky Sports Main Event until 16:00
16:35 to 17:35 – F2: Sprint Race (Sky Sports F1)
17:35 to 18:05 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook (Sky Sports F1)
22:00 to 23:30 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (Channel 4)

Sunday 29th May
08:45 to 10:00 – F2: Feature Race (Sky Sports F1)
11:05 to 11:45 – Porsche Supercup: Race (Eurosport and Sky Sports F1)
12:30 to 17:30 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
=> 12:30 – Grand Prix Sunday (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 13:55 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> also BBC Radio 5 Live from 14:00 to 16:00
=> 16:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 17:00 – Ted’s Notebook
15:45 to 21:00 – Indianapolis 500: Race (Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports F1’s Red Button)
=> also Sky Sports F1 from 17:30 to 21:00
18:30 to 21:00 – F1: Race Highlights (Channel 4)

Full scheduling details for the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500. Scheduling details correct as of Monday 23rd May and are subject to change.

Elsewhere this weekend, MotoGP heads to Mugello with the European season now in full flow. BT Sport 2 has every session live, with highlights airing on ITV4 on Monday evening.

In good news for fans of the series, two races this season will air live on ITV’s main free-to-air channel: the German round on Sunday 19th June, followed by the British round on Sunday 7th August.

Last year, the broadcaster aired two races live, however the first race aired live on ITV4, not ITV. Both parties will be hoping the two rounds perform better than last year’s British round which disappointed compared to expectations.

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the lack of articles on the site recently. I am currently working on something else within the motor sport broadcasting sphere which has meant that my time dedicated to this website has been more sporadic this usual. Expect things to pick up slowly as we head through the Summer.

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Sky Sports grabs W Series rights, highlights to air on Channel 4

Sky Sports will become the new home of the W Series this year in the UK in a new three-year partnership, both parties have today confirmed.

The series, which aired live and free-to-air on Channel 4 for its first two seasons, will air on Sky until the end of 2024.

However, the series will retain a free-to-air presence moving forward, with highlights of every round, plus live coverage of the British Grand Prix weekend, airing live on Channel 4.

W Series’ move to Sky brings the series in-line with Sky’s existing rights agreement with Formula 1: live coverage on Sky, with highlights and live Silverstone action airing free-to-air.

Sky will air live coverage of every W Series qualifying session and race on Sky Sports F1, which W Series says represents their “largest media investment to date and will include distribution of W Series content across Sky’s channels, including linear, digital, and social.”

Motorsport Broadcasting understands that, while the live rights are moving away from Channel 4, production company Whisper will continue to produce W Series’ television offering.

In addition to the UK, Sky will cover W Series live in Germany and Italy. W Series will announce the talent line-up for the 2022 season shortly (update: now confirmed with no significant changes).

Catherine Bond Muir, W Series’ Chief Executive Officer, said “I’m delighted to announce our landmark broadcast partnership with Sky Sports, which is another significant step in W Series’ continued rapid expansion.”

“Throughout our conversations with Sky, I’ve been impressed by their commitment to women’s sport and plans to amplify coverage of W Series across their vast portfolio of distribution channels, which will add real weight to our offering across broadcast, digital, and social platforms.”

“This partnership enables W Series to continue to expand its viewership within the UK,” Bond Muir believes.

“With this broad broadcast offering, we have the perfect mix of coverage across our UK audience.”

“Our broadcast partnership with Sky Sports reflects this, giving us great breadth of coverage across Sky’s global platforms and we’re excited to showcase incredibly exciting racing through fantastic content, direct to our fans.”

Jonathan Licht, Sky Sports’ Managing Director, said “In addition to Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, Sky Sports are delighted to be growing our motorsport portfolio with this recently established elite women’s series.”

“It feels like Sky Sports is a natural home for W Series, given we have such a dedicated motorsport audience and a dedicated motorsport genre channel.”

“We pride ourselves in being a good partner to sport and it’s been a privilege to work alongside Catherine and her team to come up with a broadcast offering that works for everyone.”

“I have followed the progress of W Series closely and it is clearly a very exciting time to be a part of this journey.”

“At Sky Sports we are committed to making sport more inclusive and I can now proudly say that, with the addition of W Series, every genre channel at Sky Sports now has both men’s and women’s sports coverage.”

“We look forward to sharing the excitement of this upcoming season with our viewers,” Licht added.

A good move for the championship

Normally, a championship switching from a predominantly free-to-air offering to a pay offering would be seen as a downgrade from a reach perspective.

From the outset, Sky have always had an interest in the single-seater championship for women, having wanted to air the first season of the series live.

W Series opted to go down the free-to-air route, going with Channel 4. While that resulted in some strong audience figures, especially for last year’s British Grand Prix offering, there have also been downsides to the deal.

For W Series however, the move to Sky for its live action offers something that Channel 4 did not offer: channel consistency.

Channel 4’s live coverage of the championship aired across both Channel 4 and More4, with viewers in some instances struggling to find the action.

Last year’s double header season finale in America saw the first race of the weekend air live on More4 late on Saturday night, with the second race airing in a better slot on Channel 4.

Aside from that, Channel 4’s W Series coverage was thwarted by delays to the preceding F1 qualifying session, which led to action from some races, including Belgium, airing live on Channel 4’s YouTube channel instead.

That is not to say that Channel 4’s coverage has not had its benefits, and it is good to see the free-to-air presence retained through a highlights package on Channel 4.

Furthermore, live coverage of the British round on the free-to-air station does continue to offer the championship a shop window moving forward.

In my view, the switch to Sky is a logical move for the championship now that it plays an ever-increasing role on the F1 support package.

Updated on April 27th with a note on the W Series broadcast team.

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Happy 10th Birthday!

Today, Motorsport Broadcasting turns ten years old, and has been part of the internet now for a decade. Which feels a little bit weird to write, more so considering the past few years.

When I started off The F1 Broadcasting Blog, as it was back then, I honestly did not know whether the site would become ‘a thing’, or whether it would remain under the radar before withering away into dust.

But over the past ten years, Motorsport Broadcasting has gone beyond what I anticipated.

Motorsport Broadcasting in numbers
3.2 million hits
1.0 million words
18,000 Twitter followers
7,435 comments
1,498 articles
21 events attended in media capacity

It is undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed my priorities, resulting in less activity on the site, with more emphasis on tweets instead in recent times.

Despite writing 1 million words, writing long-form articles does not come easy to me, and being in the appropriate headspace, with an urge to write something is critical. But, as the High Performance book rightly says, problems are temporary, and challenges can be overcome.

A lot of people within the industry have provided me with positive energy over the past decade, and have helped me in some way, and it is for that I am grateful.

These include, but not limited to, production teams spanning multiple championships (Formula E, MotoGP and the W Series), as well as individuals such as Karun Chandhok, and Matt Bishop.

To everyone that has supported the site, whether you have shared an article, contributed or donated to the site, over the past ten years: thank you. Here’s to the next decade!

Thanks,
Dave
Creator and Editor of Motorsport Broadcasting