Scheduling: The 2022 Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads back down under for the first time in over two years, for the return of the Australian Grand Prix!

The eyes of the world were, for a short period, focused on Melbourne in March 2020 as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 season opener, with the 2021 event also cancelled.

Now, the 10 teams and 20 drivers return to a revised, faster Albert Park layout, as Ferrari and Red Bull look to battle it out for victory in front of an always enthusiastic Australian crowd.

F1 returns to Melbourne…

Live coverage of the Grand Prix airs through the night across all three days on Sky Sports and BBC Radio, with the race itself starting at 06:00 on Sunday morning.

For Sky Sports subscribers, coverage of every session airs across Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event.

Channel 4’s highlights of qualifying air earlier than usual on Saturday, and later than usual on Sunday, owing to their other sporting commitments in the form of live rugby union and Formula E (see below).

After missing Jeddah, Steve Jones returns to Channel 4’s line-up, joined throughout the Melbourne weekend by David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Lawrence Barretto and Alex Jacques.

Meanwhile, over on BBC Radio 5 Live, Harry Benjamin steps into the commentary booth for the first time this season, deputising for Jack Nicholls who is on Formula E duty.

Supporting F1 down in Melbourne is the Supercars championship, heading into its third race weekend, with Shane van Gisbergen continuing to lead the series.

For fans of the series outside of Australia, it is unlikely that the action will appear on SuperView due to the international F1 broadcasting rights, but will be available in short form highlights on YouTube.

All F1 sessions are available to listen live via BBC’s F1 website.

Thursday 7th April
20:00 to 21:00 – F1: Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Friday 8th April
01:00 to 02:30 – F1: Drivers’ Press Conference (Sky Sports F1)
03:30 to 05:30 – F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
– also BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 03:55 to 05:05
06:45 to 08:45 – F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
– also BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 06:55 to 08:05
08:45 to 09:45 – The F1 Show (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)

Saturday 9th April
03:45 to 05:10 – F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
– also BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 03:55 to 05:05
06:00 to 08:30 – F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
– also BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 06:55 to 08:05
08:30 to 09:00 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
11:00 to 12:30 – F1: Qualifying Highlights (Channel 4)

Sunday 10th April
04:30 to 09:30 – F1: Race (Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 04:30 – Grand Prix Sunday
=> 05:55 – Race
– also BBC Radio 5 Live from 05:45 to 08:00
=> 08:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 09:00 – Ted’s Notebook
15:05 to 17:35 – F1: Race Highlights (Channel 4)

Full scheduling details for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Tuesday 29th March and are subject to change.

…MotoGP returns to America…

On the other side of the world, MotoGP heads north from Argentina to the Circuit of Americas in Texas for the Grand Prix of the Americas!

Live coverage airs in a primetime viewing slot for UK viewers on BT Sport 2. Suzi Perry returns as lead presenter, having opted to step aside for the Argentine weekend for Natalie Quirk.

Writing on her Instagram, Perry said “I’m not going to Termas de Río Hondo, (the Argentine GP) because 3 years ago in 2019 (the last time we were there), I contracted a dengue fever virus, followed by post viral fatigue so I had to miss 3 race weekends.”

“I’ve chosen to miss this out because I don’t want to risk a repeat performance.”

On the scheduling front, the main change is that Moto3 takes place at the end of the day instead of the beginning, with the main MotoGP class starting at 19:00 on Sunday.

Friday 8th April
15:00 to 22:00 – Practice (BT Sport 2)
=> 15:00 – Moto2: Practice 1
=> 15:55 – MotoGP: Practice 1
=> 16:55 – Moto3: Practice 1
=> 19:15 – Moto2: Practice 2
=> 20:10 – MotoGP: Practice 2
=> 21:10 – Moto3: Practice 2

Saturday 9th April
15:00 to 22:00 – Practice and Qualifying (BT Sport 2)
=> 15:00 – Moto2: Practice 3
=> 15:55 – MotoGP: Practice 3
=> 16:55 – Moto3: Practice 3
=> 18:35 – Moto2: Qualifying
=> 19:30 – MotoGP: Practice 4
=> 20:00 – MotoGP: Qualifying
=> 21:10 – Moto3: Qualifying

Sunday 10th April
15:15 to 22:30 – Races (BT Sport 2)
=> 15:15 – Warm Ups
=> 16:30 – Moto2: Race
=> 18:30 – MotoGP: Race
=> 20:15 – Moto3: Race
=> 21:30 – Chequered Flag

Monday 11th April
20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

Full scheduling details for the 2022 Grand Prix of the Americas. Scheduling details correct as of Tuesday 29th March and are subject to change.

…while Formula E electrifies Rome

After an eight-week break, Formula E heads to Rome for a double-header event, marking rounds four and five of the current season.

Live coverage of the weekend airs across Channel 4’s and Eurosport’s linear channels and digital platforms.

As in Diriyah at the start of the year, the first race of the weekend airs on Channel 4’s YouTube channel, this time due to the aforementioned rugby coverage.

In contrast, the second race on Sunday directly precedes Channel 4’s Formula 1 highlights programme, so there is a potential opportunity for Formula E to hook some of the floating motor sport audience.

Saturday 9th April
06:10 to 06:55 – Practice 1 (Formula E’s YouTube)
07:55 to 08:40 – Practice 2 (Formula E’s YouTube)
09:30 to 11:15 – Qualifying (
Channel 4 Sport’s YouTube)
=> also on Eurosport 1 from 09:30 to 11:20
13:30 to 15:30 – Race 1 (Channel 4 Sport’s YouTube)
=> also on Eurosport 1 from 13:30 to 15:00

Sunday 10th April
07:25 to 08:10 – Practice 3 (Formula E’s YouTube)
09:30 to 11:15 – Qualifying (Channel 4 Sport’s YouTube)
13:30 to 15:05 – Race 2 (Channel 4)
=> also on Eurosport 2 from 14:00 to 15:35

Full scheduling details for the 2022 Rome E-Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Tuesday 29th March and are subject to change.

It is a packed weekend of action, with IndyCar from Long Beach (Sky Sports F1), Supercars and World Superbikes (Eurosport) also available for UK fans to watch throughout the weekend.

If scheduling details change, this article will be updated.

Additional Supercars details provided by Joshua Kerr.

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One thought on “Scheduling: The 2022 Australian Grand Prix

  1. Drivers’ Press Conference confirmed as 2:30am-3:30am only. (For reasons known only to themselves, Sky Sports F1 will show the oft-repeated Lewis Hamilton’s Secret Cinema, Box Box Box: Red Bull’s 1st Win and Lewis’s Secret Cinema: Silverstone 1:00am-2:30am)

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