Scheduling: The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton may have wrapped the Drivers’ Championship up last time out in Mexico, but the battle continues between Mercedes and Ferrari for the Constructors’ Championship as Formula 1 heads to Interlagos for the penultimate round of the 2018 Formula One season.

Current schedules for the weekend indicate that the race will air live across both Sky Sports F1 and Sky One. If this does not change, it will be the first time ever that a Sky-exclusive race has aired live on Sky One, meaning that the race will be available to a much wider audience across pay-TV (satellite and cable).

The Grand Prix faces tough competition on Sunday afternoon however, with Manchester United taking on rivals Manchester City in the Premier League, that game airing live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Meanwhile, Channel 4’s race day highlights programme airs at 22:30, later than their provisional billing of 22:00. The reason for this is that BBC One are running Dynasties across the 21:00 junction, with programmes beginning at 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30 respectively. ITV’s primetime programming was due to start at half past the hour anyway, but the other major channels have followed suit, including Channel 4.

On the personnel front, Louise Goodman is Channel 4’s pit lane reporter for their penultimate race in the current 2016 to 2018 contract. Elsewhere, BBC’s 5 Live preview show is a Hamilton special following his championship victory.

Channel 4 F1
10/11 – 20:45 to 22:15 – Qualifying Highlights
11/11 – 22:30 to 00:45 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
09/11 – 12:45 to 14:50 – Practice 1
09/11 – 16:45 to 18:50 – Practice 2
10/11 – 13:45 to 15:15 – Practice 3
10/11 – 16:00 to 18:35 – Qualifying
=> 16:00 – Pre-Show
=> 16:55 – Qualifying
11/11 – 15:30 to 20:10 – Race
=> 15:30 – Pit Lane Live
=> 16:30 – On the Grid (also Sky One)
=> 17:05 – Race (also Sky One)
=> 19:30 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
08/11 – 13:00 to 13:30 – Driver Press Conference
08/11 – 18:00 to 18:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
10/11 – 18:35 to 19:10 – The F1 Show

BBC Radio F1
08/11 – 20:30 to 21:30 – Lewis Hamilton: 5 Times Champion (BBC Radio 5 Live)
09/11 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
10/11 – 16:55 to 18:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11/11 – 17:00 to 19:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

The schedule above will be updated if anything changes.


4 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

  1. Shouldn’t Bernie Ecclestone feel ashamed that the British TV audience for the Grand Prix is deprived of seeing live Louis Hamilton’s winning of the World Championship. The UK is the grass roots of Formula One, with the majority of the cars built in this country, yet he took away the chance to see all the races live, by elevating the price for the BBC to transmit the races to all the fans, then doing the same for ITV and Channel 4. He’s made his billions from the sport, now’s the time to put his hand in his huge pocket and fork out just a few millions to bring back live TV to those people who don’t want to or can’t spend £40 or so a month to watch it on Sky, when they are not interested in the other sports that Sky transmits. Charity begins at home so let’s see some Bernie.

    1. Fully agree, Richard Myers. Very generous of Sky to let non boost paying customers watch simulcast screening of all live F1 racing now, for free, and lets boost payers receive all those lovely football channels too. Basic Sky is now cheaper option, and I hate football, so wont miss that, thanks for nothing, and get other bits and pieces online with F1 app. Cancelling my F1 boost now. most of Skys programming is usually wrong on the boost anyway, either misses completely, or misses beginning or end of programmes. Welcome to the Weekend is just filled with silly games, or inane chat, plus the race reporting is very biased, especially the droning Brundle. No team principle press conferences and only 1 half hour, if that, of driver PC. It just gets worse.

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