F1 heads off from Britain to a slightly more drier Hockenheim circuit in Germany. I’ve probably just jinxed it saying that… in any case, this weekend Sky Sports F1 have exclusive live coverage with BBC having highlights only. This also applies for the Hungarian Grand Prix, meaning the next live action for BBC viewers will not come until the Belgian Grand Prix at the very back end of August. The BBC highlights are being shown on BBC Two thanks to the Open Golf Championship on BBC One. If you can’t watch the first showing of the race highlights on Sunday, then they are repeated at 23:40 on BBC One.
On the personnel side of things, the BBC’s Summer line-up changes are back into effect this weekend, this time thanks to the Olympic Games. As I noted a while back, due to Jake Humphrey covering the Olympics for BBC, Lee McKenzie is presenting this weekend’s Grand Prix. With McKenzie presenting, it means that Tom Clarkson steps into her shoes again interviewing drivers.
For Sky, they are screening an extended interview with Jenson Button in the build-up to the race, the schedule times for that can be found here. Sky this weekend have Allan McNish again with them, but I am not sure if Johnny Herbert will be there now that his five race deal has expired. Time shall tell.
As I did with Canada, I’ve added the 5 Live F1 schedule below in italics for those without access to Sky Sports F1. Neither Practice 2 or Practice 3 are on 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra, thanks to Golf and Cricket.
UPDATE on 17th July: Sky have confirmed on their website that Anthony Davidson is back with them for the remainder of the season after his horrific crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while Johnny Herbert is back with the team. Rachel Brookes of Sky Sports News is replacing Natalie Pinkham for the weekend, the latter is getting married. I’m especially pleased that Brookes is getting a promotion to the Sky Sports F1 channel for the weekend, as I do think her F1 efforts on Sky Sports News do go unnoticed, she has definitely grown as F1 reporter for the channel since February in my opinion.
Thursday 19th July
14:00 to 14:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
Friday 20th July
08:45 to 10:55 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
08:55 to 10:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
10:55 to 11:35 – GP2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
12:45 to 14:45 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
14:45 to 15:25 – GP2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
16:00 to 16:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 18:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)
Saturday 21st July
08:40 to 09:20 – GP3: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
09:45 to 11:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
12:00 to 14:35 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
13:00 to 14:05 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live)
14:35 to 16:00 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
16:15 to 17:05 – GP3: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 18:10 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (BBC Two and BBC HD)
Sunday 22nd July
08:20 to 09:10 – GP3: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
09:30 to 10:35 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
13:00 to 14:30 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
17:30 to 19:00 – F1: Race Highlights (BBC Two and BBC HD)
19:00 to 20:00 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)
19:00 to 21:30 – IndyCars: Edmonton (Sky Sports 4)