Meanwhile, over in Italy…

Whilst the UK schedule for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix can be found here, I thought it would be interesting to compare the UK’s Sky Sports F1 offering with that over in Italy on Sky Sport F1. It was last June when it was announced that Sky would be broadcasting Formula 1 in Italy. Their new channel was announced in December.

From the outset, during non race weeks, the Italian schedule looks broadly similar to what the UK offers. The main difference is that Sky Italia’s channel is on air all day, unlike their UK counterpart which is only on air in the evenings. Starting off with Classic F1 races, as detailed before on this blog, Sky here in Britain screens Classic races for recent years in full, with five races before each weekend. The approach by Sky Italia is different though, instead of airing full races, they air five half an hour highlights more frequently. This may be because no full Italian commentary exists in the Formula One Management (FOM) archives meaning Sky Italia are not left with much choice, or it may be an editorial decision.

Elsewhere, like in the UK, an F1 Legends strand is present, with former Italian drivers’ such as Jarno Trulli being interviewed. One programme Sky in the UK do not have that their Italian colleagues do have is a programme entitled ‘Race Anatomy‘. The programme, presented by Marta Abiye and Fabiano Vandone airs a day after the race and looks in-detail at the issues during the race weekend. It appears similar to the Midweek Report, albeit on a bigger budget and running at an hour in length. The same two presenters present a programme called High Tech, 30 minutes, which looks at the technical issues in Formula 1.

The actual race weekend schedule is as follows (all times Italian):

Wednesday 22nd May
14:55 to 16:00 – F1: Driver Press Conference
16:00 to 16:30 – Paddock Live Show

Thursday 23rd May
09:45 to 10:00 – Paddock Live
10:00 to 11:30 – F1: Practice 1
11:30 to 12:00 – Paddock Live
12:00 to 12:30 – GP2: Practice
13:45 to 14:00 – Paddock Live
14:00 to 15:30 – F1: Practice 2
15:30 to 16:15 – Paddock Live
16:15 to 17:00 – GP2: Qualifying
17:30 to 18:15 – Porsche Supercup: Practice
18:15 to 18:45 – Paddock Live Show
18:45 to 19:30 – F1: Team Press Conference

Friday 24th May
09:30 to 10:15 – Porsche Supercup: Qualifying
11:00 to 11:15 – Paddock Live
11:15 to 12:30 – GP2: Race 1
12:30 to 13:00 – Paddock Live
17:00 to 17:30 – Paddock Live Show

Saturday 25th May
10:45 to 11:00 – Paddock Live
11:00 to 12:00 – F1: Practice 3
12:00 to 12:30 – Paddock Live
13:00 to 14:00 – Paddock Live Qualifying
14:00 to 15:15 – F1: Qualifying
15:15 to 16:00 – Paddock Live Qualifying
16:00 to 17:15 – GP2: Race 2
17:15 to 17:45 – Paddock Live Show

Sunday 26th May
09:45 to 10:30 – Porsche Supercup: Race
12:30 to 14:00 – Paddock Live Race
14:00 to 16:00 – F1: Race
16:00 to 17:00 – Paddock Live Last Ride

Sourced from the official Sky Italia website.

There are some small but noticeable differences between Sky Italia’s Monaco Grand Prix schedule and Sky UK’s schedule. The first noticeably is that there are four x 30 minute editions of The F1 Show (Paddock Live Show) spread over Wednesday to Saturday instead of two x 60 minute editions like there is over here. I think having a Saturday show is a very good decision on their behalf as it gives them ample opportunity to reflect on all of Saturday’s action. Elsewhere, the Italian channel has live coverage of the Porsche Supercup series, screening all sessions live. Over here, the rights are held by British Eurosport. I don’t know whether Sky UK had the opportunity to screen it live but passed, but in any case the UK channel only screens highlights.

A final point is the length of their practice three analysis, it appears that Sky Italia do not rush off air after the session like the UK channel does. Overall though, aside from a few exceptions, the coverage length and depth between the few channels appears very similar in what they provide.


6 thoughts on “Meanwhile, over in Italy…

  1. Fascinating stuff… Would be great if the UK channel showed the Porsche supercup in that way too… This weekend its scheduled to be live on British Eurosport 2 which is on sky channel 411. Would be cool to see qualy and practice too though… Especially with a bit of British interest in there… Sean Edwards winning in Barcelona 🙂

  2. p.s… I thought… And do please Correct me if im wrong on this.. That the support races tv rights were sold as a separate package hence why Eurosport got or kept the rights to all or some of the championships on the F1 support package… I’m not certain but i always thought that was the case

    • The way I understand it is that, the main broadcaster has the opportunity to show the support series’, but can pass on it if they see fit – so Sky decided to show GP2 and GP3 but passed on the Porsche’s, hence why Eurosport show it.

      Remember back to 2008, ITV4 shown GP2, people thought BBC would show GP2 in 2009, except they passed on the opportunity, so it went to Eurosport.

      I think that was the case, anyway.

      • Yeah I remember that… They had that woman… Who was so memorable I forgot her name lol… But Eurosport has pretty much always shown the Porsches hence why I thought they were a separate package… You may well be right though.

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