Special audience edition of The F1 Show to air in July

Sky Sports F1’s magazine show, The F1 Show will air in front of a studio audience for the first time ever next month, it has been confirmed.

The show will be filmed on Thursday 18th July, although at the moment it is unknown if it will air live. Fans who want to be part of the studio audience can e-mail f1@skysports.com.

Update on July 11th – It appears that the show next Thursday will not be airing live, instead a 90 minute version will air the following day at 20:00 according to DigiGuide (although it is still oddly marked as ‘live’).

Sky Sports F1 – Top 10 ratings (week ending 9th June, 2013) – ratings delayed

This appears to be turning into a recurring theme, unfortunately. Another week, another BARB ratings delay, so for the moment this post is a bit of a placeholder for the next six weeks.

Over on BBC, their Canadian Grand Prix broadcast averaged 4.68 million viewers, and was ninth in their top 30 for the week. In a very good example of how little live sport timeshifts, this is only 70,000 viewers higher than the overnight rating. The BTCC broadcast on Sunday afternoon (9th June) did not make ITV4’s top 10, meaning it averaged less than 287,000 viewers.

Scheduling: The 2013 British Grand Prix

After a three week break, Formula 1 is back, and it is back home. The roadshow moves to Silverstone and the British Grand Prix! Sky Sports F1’s schedule has made strides in the right direction compared with last season, with a total of fourteen extra programmes in the schedule. The GP Uncovered series looks back at the 1972, 1974 and 1976 British Grand Prix’s, whilst there are a plethora of highlights and full races nearer to the current day. I should note that some of the GP Uncovered’s have already been shown previously, but not all of them. For those wondering, the reason for the differing names (GP Uncovered vs Classic F1) is because the latter all comes out of FOM’s archive post-1981 whereas GP Uncovered comes from many different archives.

There are actually two separate Classic F1 strands: ‘Mansell’ and ‘Great Britain’, which is why 1987 Austria, 1991 Britain and 1994 Australia are not repeated as they are in the ‘Mansell’ strand. Strands aside, all of the details are listed below where that is concerned. To tie in with the Mansell theme, Sky Sports F1’s F1 Legends series is back this weekend with Sir Frank Williams next to be interviewed by Steve Rider. Rider will also be presenting ‘British Grand Prix: Home Advantage’, which is similar in nature to his Monaco Grand Prix programme from May, as Rider talks to drivers past and present about the race. As in 2012, there is also an extra editon of The F1 Show on Thursday 27th June.

Over on BBC, unfortunately neither Practice 1 or 2 is on BBC Two due to Wimbledon. Instead, the sessions will be live on BBC Red Button. BBC Two will show Practice 1, 2 and 3 back to back on Saturday morning, Practice 3 airing live. Unlike last year, where both Qualifying and the Race were on BBC Two, thankfully this year the proceedings take place on BBC One. It should remain that way as Wimbledon is on middle Sunday when the race is taking place, but heavy rain could change that.

Elsewhere, also lost in the BBC scheduling congestion is MotoGP. With no room in Saturday’s schedules, the MotoGP race live from Assen is bumped to the Red Button, with BBC Two airing a re-run on Sunday morning at 10:30. I suspect this means British Eurosport will air it live as is normally the case in these cases.

And, as this is Silverstone, The F1 Broadcasting Blog wants to know: which channel will you be watching?

The full schedule is as follows… keep an eye out for any updates!

Friday 21st June
20:00 to 21:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
21:00 to 21:45 – F1: 1987 Austrian Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and James Hunt

Saturday 22nd June
20:00 to 20:15 – GP Uncovered: First Time Out (Sky Sports F1)
20:15 to 21:15 – F1: 1991 British Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and James Hunt
– repeated on Tuesday 25th June at 21:20 and Saturday 29th June at 18:00

Sunday 23rd June
20:00 to 21:00 – GP Uncovered: Nine Days of Summer (Sky Sports F1)
– first shown in March, see here for more information
21:00 to 21:50 – F1: 1994 Australian Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer

Monday 24th June
20:00 to 20:30 – GP Uncovered: 1972 British Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
20:30 to 21:15 – F1: 1989 British Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and James Hunt
– repeated on Friday 28th June at 08:00
– EPG says it is 1987, but apparently it is 1989

Tuesday 25th June
20:00 to 20:40 – GP Uncovered: 1974 British Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
20:40 to 21:20 – F1: 1994 British Grand Prix Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer
– repeated on Saturday 29th June at 17:20
21:00 to 22:00 – James Hunt: Pitstop Playboy (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Wednesday 26th June
20:00 to 20:30 – GP Uncovered: 1976 British Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
20:30 to 22:15 – F1: 2003 British Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Saturday 29th June at 21:50

Thursday 27th June
15:00 to 15:45 – F1: Driver Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
19:00 to 20:00 – F1: Preview (Sky Sports News Radio)
19:45 to 20:00 – F1: Gear Up for Great Britain (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 21:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
20:00 to 21:00 – F1: Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
21:00 to 21:30 – British Grand Prix: Home Advantage (Sky Sports F1)
– repeated at various times throughout the weekend
21:30 to 23:30 – F1: 2008 British Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1)
– commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle
– repeated on Sunday 30th June at 23:30

Friday 28th June
09:45 to 12:00 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
09:55 to 11:35 – F1: Practice 1 (BBC Red Button)
12:00 to 12:35 – GP2: Practice (Sky Sports F1)
13:45 to 15:50 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)
13:55 to 15:35 – F1: Practice 2 (BBC Red Button)
15:50 to 16:35 – GP2: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)
17:00 to 17:45 – F1: Team Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 to 19:00 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Saturday 29th June
06:40 to 11:05 – F1: Practice (BBC Two)
08:45 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)
12:15 to 14:20 – F1: Qualifying (BBC One)
14:35 to 16:00 – GP2: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
16:15 to 17:05 – GP3: Race 1 (Sky Sports F1)
18:45 to 19:00 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday 30th June
08:25 to 09:15 – GP3: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
09:35 to 10:40 – GP2: Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)
11:30 to 16:15 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
12:10 to 15:30 – F1: Race (BBC One)
15:30 to 16:30 – F1: Forum (BBC Red Button)
16:15 to 17:15 – Legends: Sir Frank Williams (Sky Sports F1)
18:00 to 19:00 – Slicks-o-Six (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Wednesday 3rd July
19:00 to 19:30 – Midweek Report (Sky Sports F1)

Update on June 24th – Unfortunately 1995 has been dropped from Sky’s Classic F1 schedule, with two repeats of 1991 now in its place.

Eurosport retain the 24 Hours of Le Mans until 2016

Eurosport (including their British channels) have retained the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the next three years, it has been confirmed this morning. The announcement, made on the eve of the 2013 race, means that both British Eurosport and their sister channel British Eurosport 2 will broadcast live coverage of the event from 2014 through to 2016.

The agreement also covers the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which the channel will cover the final hour of for each race. Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest said “We made a commitment to our partners to develop the television coverage of the 24 Heures du Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. This new agreement with Eurosport shows that this is just what we’ve done. We already have a comprehensive network of TV coverage of our races throughout the world, spearheaded by the 24 Heures du Mans, and this deal strengthens that network.”

Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO Eurosport Group says: “Le Mans 24 Hours is the most famous car racing event in history and one of the highlights of our programming. Viewers will not miss a minute of the race wherever they are, with our round-the-clock live coverage on air, online and on mobile. They will also enjoy unique editorial extras brought each year by our teams on site. The extension of our long-standing relationship with ACO also enables us to guarantee fans the very best of endurance racing throughout the whole season with eight rounds of the FIA WEC.”

This year’s schedule, also live on British Eurosport, can be found here.

FIA International Tribunal: How to follow

The FIA International Tribunal is taking place today in Paris, with an outcome expected either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Although tweeting is banned from inside the court, matters are being covered via several outlets:

– Live updates on Sky Sports News with Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz throughout the day
– Round-up on Sky Sports F1 with Ted Kravitz at 22:00
– Probably some updates on BBC News

AUTOSPORT.com posting updates throughout the day
– BBC updates throughout the day via Sportsday
Sky Sports updates throughout the day

Twitter – Who to follow
– AUTOSPORT’s Jonathan Noble is normally the first to break news, so he is a must follow for today
– BBC’s Andrew Benson as well as the Sky Sports accounts are worth following too
– BBC do have Tom Clarkson out there, but he doesn’t tweet much

One thing to beware of though, and this happened back in 2007 with Spygate, is to be aware of misinformation. AUTOSPORT wrote, and later pulled an inaccurate article about McLaren’s punishment. Back then, there was no Twitter, but you can imagine how quickly that would spread today.

Alternatively, you don’t follow the updates and just catch it all this evening. I wouldn’t blame you if you do that, as you’d probably end up cutting through all the rubbish (and misinformation) in between.