Scheduling: The Indian Grand Prix

Sixteen races gone. And only four remain, starting at the Buddh International Circuit for the Indian Grand Prix. From a broadcasting perspective, the race is somewhat unique in that it is the only race in the calendar to start at half past the hour. Bahrain used to, as did Japan, but both of them races now start on the hour, with India in its second year the only one to have a different start time.

Pedantry aside, Sky Sports F1 are live with every session as usual, while BBC have afternoon highlights. As is the norm now, expect Eddie Jordan to be away, Jordan only having appeared on the Australian and Italian highlight weekends. Over on Sky, Anthony Davidson is alongside Georgie Thompson back in London on the Sky Pad and Damon Hill back with them after a two race absence. For their news team, Craig Slater is in for the next three rounds with Rachel Brookes back for the season finale in Brazil.

Also, episode three of Britain’s Next F1 Star airs this Thursday featuring Josh Hill, the son of 1996 Drivers’ Champion Damon.

The full schedules, including the MotoGP from Phillip Island, is below. Interesting to note that the race day highlights programme length on BBC One is only 100 minutes long, suggesting that the race may only be getting a 50 minute race edit instead of the usual 70 minute race edit for the Asian based races. I’ve removed the forum as well, because, despite the claims made before the season started, more often than not the forum has not turned up on the website, BBC instead opting for a longer post-race show on BBC One for the highlights shows.

Thursday 25th October
10:30 to 11:15 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
19:30 to 20:00 – Britain’s Next F1 Star (3/6) (Sky Sports F1)

Friday 26th October
05:15 to 07:20 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
05:25 to 07:05 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
09:15 to 11:30 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
09:25 to 11:05 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11:30 to 12:15 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
13:30 to 14:30 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 27th October
06:15 to 07:40 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
06:25 to 07:35 – F1: Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
08:30 to 11:15 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
09:25 to 10:35 – F1: Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
13:00 to 14:15 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

NOTE: Clocks go back one hour, with the change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. The times below are GMT…

Sunday 28th October
04:30 to 06:00 – MotoGP: Phillip Island (BBC Two)
08:00 to 12:45 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
09:25 to 11:30 – F1: Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
14:05 to 15:45 – F1: Race (BBC One)

As always, if anything changes I shall update this blog if necessary.


4 thoughts on “Scheduling: The Indian Grand Prix

  1. Unfortunately I cannot watch it live like previous races on SkyF1 (I can only watch it online) because of Church commitments. Is Sky doing a full re-run in the early afternoon or will BBC’s highlights beat it to it?

    • There’s a full re-run on Sky Sports F1 from 13:15 to 18:00, so the race will start on that from about 14:45. However, BBC’s F1 highlights programme begins at 14:05, so the BBC highlights programmes will beat it slightly.

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