Scheduling: The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix

After a chaotic opener, Formula 1 remains in Austria for a second weekend, Austria’s Red Bull Ring playing host to the inaugural Styrian Grand Prix.

Although the on-track scheduling mirrors that seen in the first weekend, there are several amendments on the UK scheduling front.

After a shorter build-up for Austria, Sky have reverted back to their 2019 lengths starting this weekend, with a 60-minute build-up to qualifying, and a 100-minute build-up to the race itself.

The BBC’s radio coverage of the Styrian round will largely air on the website only, due to a clash with England’s cricket test match series against the West Indies, which kicks off on Wednesday.

One addition to the schedule is F1’s in-house programme the Midweek Debrief, which again airs on Wednesday evenings following each Grand Prix.

On the Formula Two front Matt Gallagher, of WTF1 and Esports fame, joins lead commentator Alex Jacques in the Biggin Hill commentary booth.

Meanwhile, the IndyCar Series heads to Road America in Wisconsin for a double-header weekend. The first race airs live as usual on Sky Sports F1, however the second race is currently set to air on a 30-minute tape-delay to avoid overlap with the conclusion of the F1.

Channel 4 F1
11/07 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
12/07 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
10/07 – 09:30 to 11:50
=> 09:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
=> 10:00 – Practice 1
10/07 – 13:45 to 15:45 – Practice 2
11/07 – 10:45 to 12:10 – Practice 3
11/07 – 13:00 to 15:35 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event)
12/07 – 12:30 to 17:30 – Race
=> 12:30 – Grand Prix Sunday
=> 14:05 – Race
=> 16:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 17:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
08/07 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief: Austria
10/07 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The Story so Far
15/07 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief: Styria

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
10/07 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
12/07 – 14:00 to 16:30 – Race Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Formula Two – Styria (Sky Sports F1)
10/07 – 11:50 to 12:40 – Practice
10/07 – 15:55 to 16:30 – Qualifying
11/07 – 15:35 to 16:55 – Race 1
12/07 – 10:00 to 11:05 – Race 2

Formula Three – Styria (Sky Sports F1)
10/07 – 08:30 to 09:20 – Practice
10/07 – 13:00 to 13:45 – Qualifying
11/07 – 09:20 to 10:10 – Race 1
12/07 – 08:35 to 09:35 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Road America (Sky Sports F1)
11/07 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Qualifying (tape-delay)
11/07 – 22:00 to 00:30 – Race 1
12/07 – 17:30 to 20:30 – Race 2 (tape-delay)

Porsche Supercup – Styria (Sky Sports F1)
12/07 – 11:20 to 12:05 – Race

As always, scheduling details will be updated if plans change.

Updated on July 7th to reflect Sky’s qualifying and race day scheduling changes.

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13 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix

  1. Hopefully, F1 TV’s PLC feed (and just feed in general) works this week. I’m in Canada and have access to a feed with commercials on TSN, but I paid for Pro so I could watch them commercial-free and get their full experience. Needless to say, with the pre-and-post largely cancelled and commentary issues on the PLC, it didn’t work well. The only PLC feed I got working on my laptop all race was TSN’s – and they didn’t pick up any commentary with it.

    David Croft is obviously, technically speaking, a good commentator, but he’s not my personal favourite, so I decided to sync the BBC Radio commentary from the F1 App timing screen with my TSN feed and that was easily the best solution for me. Nicholls/Palmer/Gow is just a brilliant combo and I’ll personally be listening to it with a more polished setup alongside the TV feed – even if they go picture-in-picture (which is how they do it on TSN during commercials, same as NBC IndyCar) I can still get uninterrupted commentary. I hope they add it to F1 TV soon as an alternate audio option for both feeds.

    I also really did enjoy the Jacques/A. Brundle/Collins/Tennant/Buxton/Clarkson combo during the practices/lead-up and would’ve happily listened to them on the PLC if it was around. I think I like the PLC visual changes – I think some of it still needs some work but it’s good that they made Box 1 bigger and Boxes 2-3 a bit more secondary. On a bigger TV, it’s an absolute no-brainer as long as they fix the commentary. (On that note as well, there’s absolutely no reason F1 TV shouldn’t let you choose between the regular audio and the PLC audio when you are watching the pitlane. Even the BBC feed should be on the table considering they already handle it on their own website. Options are good, F1…)

    I’m liking the vibe that F1’s house feed goes for. It’s a nice alternative to Sky’s more formal approach, and I’m glad I have access to both here. I get the vibe that it’s less pro-Hamilton on the whole – it personally doesn’t bug me but the confrontational tone that Lazenby took with Christian Horner post-race today was really amusing to me)

    Other than the technical issues that forced me to scramble throughout the first part of the race, I really enjoyed that race. Looking forward to the next one.

    (PS: I’d also like to touch on F1 making Paddock Pass primarily a podcast exclusive to Spotify with the video version only releasing on their website. To put it mildly, I think that’s short-sighted and it may do an excellent job of ruining the ratings for it, and that’s not fair to Will Buxton – he’s done a tremendous job with it over the years.)

    (PPS: It’s nice to see the Chequered Flag podcast back, and it’s absolutely baffling to me that Sky didn’t launch a counterpart in the extended offseason or at least make their vodcasts available on Apple Podcasts/Spotify. I am slightly disappointed that C4F1’s On the Marbles doesn’t seem to be returning, especially since it’s my only real chance to hear that crew’s analysis and takes with their feed literally completely unavailable over here. I liked Steve Jones’ hosting a lot last year – I see why C4F1 is regarded so highly. TSN’s Racing Pod is also quality stuff, and I wish the network integrated Tim Hauraney more into their coverage)

    Sorry for the long comment, long-time listener, first-time caller sort of thing and I figured I’d throw my two cents in for the beginning of the season. Thanks for all you do on the site.

  2. 2nd Indycar Race from Road America airs live at 15:30 on Sunday. SSF1

    No SkySports Mix coverage

      1. 30 minute tape delay. The US broadcast runs from 12:00 to 15:00 EST, which is 17:00 to 20:00 UK time. Except Sky are airing it from 17:30 to 20:30.

  3. Hello Indycar fans.
    Green flag at Road America is 5:15 EDT so it’s a 15 minute delay on SSF1.

    Keep your eyes on the EPG.


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