The respective Men’s and Women’s finals at this years Wimbledon looks set to bump the British Grand Prix to BBC Two. According to the schedules page on the BBC F1 website, the schedule is as follows:
Saturday 7th July
12:10 to 14:30 – Qualifying: BBC Two
Sunday 8th July
12:10 to 12:55 – Race Build-up: BBC One
12:55 to 15:30 – Race Live: BBC Two
I imagine a man named Bernie won’t be too pleased if this turns out to be true. That particular page has made errors before with channel listings, so it shall be interesting if this is true in the finalised schedules in a few weeks time.
In an already difficult season ratings wise for Formula 1 with the change in the contract as a result of the licence fee reductions, it appears this will be the latest blow for Formula 1 in the UK this season. One has to wonder if the conclusion of the British Grand Prix is less important than the first few sets of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final, and also whether the Qualifying session is less important than the Women’s Singles final.
Either way, F1 is definitely drawing the short straw this year…
As always, I shall publish the confirmed schedules in a few weeks time.