Scheduling: The 2017 Barcelona test 1 on Sky Sports F1

One of the most frantic winter periods in recent Formula 1 history is ending. On February 27th, 2017 the sound of Formula 1 machinery will again be heard as the drivers and teams head to Barcelona in Spain for the first pre-season test session!

Sky Sports F1 will be covering the action, with brief interviews interspersed with track footage on each of the four days, followed by Ted Kravitz’s usual Notebook material. Sky Sports News will also have their usual reporter (either Rachel Brookes or Craig Slater) at the circuit.

Given that the sport is now under the ownership of Liberty Media, we might see more activity than previous years from Formula One Management (FOM) at these tests. As of writing, I do not know if they have any new plans for covering testing as a whole, but I will update this post if they are planning to do something different this year.

On the subject of car launches, there is nothing currently in Sky’s schedules. However, Natalie Pinkham and David Croft are presenting the Force India car launch from Silverstone on February 22nd, so I would expect something to turn up on the channel. Likewise, I would be surprised if the Mercedes launch the following day was not covered, either.

The Barcelona test one schedule currently stands as follows:

Thursday 16th February
19:30 to 20:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Wednesday 22nd February
13:00 to 16:00 – Afternoon Edition (BBC Radio 5 Live)
live from the Mercedes factory with Jack Nicholls

Monday 27th February
21:00 to 21:45 – Day 1 Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Tuesday 28th February
20:15 to 21:00 – Day 1 Highlights (Sky Sports F1) (R)
21:00 to 21:45 – Day 2 Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Wednesday 1st March
20:15 to 21:00 – Day 2 Highlights (Sky Sports F1) (R)
21:00 to 21:45 – Day 3 Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

Thursday 2nd March
20:15 to 21:00 – Day 3 Highlights (Sky Sports F1) (R)
21:00 to 21:45 – Day 4 Highlights (Sky Sports F1)
– round-up at 21:00
– Ted’s Notebook at 21:15

If anything changes, I will update the schedule above.

Update on February 15th – The BBC are airing a 5 Live Formula 1 special on Thursday 16th February with Jennie Gow, Mark Gallagher, Andrew Benson, Toto Wolff, Ross Brawn and Claire Williams.

15 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2017 Barcelona test 1 on Sky Sports F1

  1. Also looking at the schedule it looks like Ted’s testing notebook is now 30 mins like the quali and race notebooks.

    I may be wrong but I was pretty sure previous “testing” notebooks were 15 mins long and came after the 15 mins highlights show? Seems like they are now half an hour making the whole nightly shows 45 mins, extending by 15 mins?

    1. Was half an hour last year, he split it into two bits, like one part by track and another going along paddock with the team by team guide

  2. I find Slater predictable and uninspiring, which to be fair is a characterisation of several of Sky F1’s team. However Craig Slater doesn’t even seem particularly interested in F1 – he’s a rather vanilla, generic hack sports journalist, almost Partridge-like but without the humour.

    Johnny Herbert who likewise rarely offers anything of interest, instead repeating and regurgitating tired platitudes, at least manages to exhibit enthusiasm and character in the course of saying nothing of any note.

    Sky would do better to focus on quality presenting, rather than their current preference for quantity. If they could get someone really competent like Will Buxton (who’s excellent but his talent is wasted on NBC) they could easily lose several of the current team, and increase the quality of their coverage at the same time.

    What I find really shocking for a supposedly dedicated F1 channel, is how much Sky rely on one man for so much – if Ted Kravitz was suddenly unable to contribute, their coverage appealing to die hard fans would be severely diminished.

    I don’t understand why they haven’t employed an ex technical person such as Gary Anderson? Sky has too many ex-drivers already, yet they rely on using team personnel for much of the technical stuff. Now Pat Symonds has left Williams, that’s potentially one less person contributing next season.

    I’d take Sky F1 more seriously if they added depth to their on screen team. Unfortunately in recent years the F1 channel seems to be paring back the quantity and quality of their programming.

  3. Sky f1 is testing UHD from 10th Feb to 15th at 1000, 1300 and 1450 for one hour.
    More tests on 16the February, at 0900, 1015 and 1130
    From the satellite thread on digispy

    1. Hi Jess. It’s 10:00 on the 11th right now and I am not being prompted to switch to UHD. Maybe it’s an internal test and not open to customers? Please can you give me the URL to the Digital Sky thread? Thanks!

  4. Hello Dave, any details or info on Channel 4 coverage of F1 for the coming season? I enjoy your informative blog.

  5. With Liberty now at the helm of F1 and their eagerness to move it into the digital and social media arena, why on earth haven’t they come with some sort of free basic streaming for the testing. One would have thought it wouldn’t conflict with their live race contracts and what better way to get fans and causal viewers really interested before the season even starts. I don’t subscribe to Sky, but surely they and others would welcome a bit of free promotion to the masses of the forthcoming season.

  6. For all the mileage of testing being covered, we are getting hardly anything on Sky F1, it’s ridiculous. The times and programmes advertised, run under, over, never exact, and if you cannot watch, and have to record, you need to record pre and post programmes to catch what bits there are. If u turn on live, you’ve missed the beginning. I pay a lot for the Sky F1 channel, which includes nothing else I’m interested in, call me a fool, and I’ll agree, but I do love to see the bits they chuck at us. Why, oh why, can’t they get the programming advertised exact in this technological age? I’m not asking for it to be free, but when you pay over the odds for something, I think the overall quality should be good, I’m very fed up!!!!

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