Scheduling: The 2022 British Grand Prix

Max Verstappen looks to continue his dominance of the 2022 Formula One season, as the championship heads home to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix!

The 3.66-mile circuit plays host to round 10 of 22, with Verstappen looking to clinch his first British Grand Prix victory.

Can the flying Dutchman fend off competition from his Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez or Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz? Or, will Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell pull off a shock on home soil and clinch victory?

Off track at Silverstone, there is plenty to whet the appetite, with UK’s Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder performing the national anthem prior to the race, as well as after the race for fans at the circuit.

F1 – the coverage

For those watching at home, the F1 and W Series action airs live throughout the weekend on Sky Sports and, for the first time this season, on free-to-air television via Channel 4.

Joining Steve Jones on Channel 4 is an ensemble cast. David Coulthard and Mark Webber provide analysis alongside Billy Monger, Alice Powell, Eddie Jordan, and Lee McKenzie, whilst Alex Jacques will be commentating on the weekend’s action with Coulthard.

Expect Sky to feature a similar ensemble cast featuring the likes of Martin Brundle, Jenson Button, Ted Kravitz and Karun Chandhok throughout the Silverstone weekend.

After last year’s Sprint affair, a more traditional schedule will play out this time around. However, the Drivers’ Press Conference moves back to Thursday for Silverstone, with The F1 Show airing live from the pit straight later in the evening.

It is a 5-hour broadcast for both Channel 4 and Sky on Sunday in a blockbuster weekend of motor sport, also featuring Formula E on the Saturday (live on Channel 4) and IndyCar on the Sunday (live on Sky Sports).

Fans watching Formula Two and Formula Three will hear Chris McCarthy alongside Tom Gaymor for the weekend, with Jacques focussing on his Channel 4 and W Series commitments.

Channel 4 schedule
Friday 1st July
12:55 to 14:10 – F1: Practice 1
15:55 to 17:05 – F1: Practice 2

Saturday 2nd July
11:45 to 13:10 – F1: Practice 2
13:10 to 14:10 – W Series: Race
14:10 to 16:30 – F1: Qualifying
16:30 to 18:30 – Formula E: Race

Sunday 3rd July
13:30 to 18:25 – F1: Race
=> 13:30 – Build Up
=> 14:30 – Race
=> 17:10 – Reaction

Channel 4 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

Sky Sports F1 schedule
Thursday 30th June
14:00 to 15:00 – F1: Drivers’ Press Conference
18:00 to 19:00 – The F1 Show

Friday 1st July
09:35 to 10:20 – F3: Practice
10:45 to 11:30 – F2: Practice
12:30 to 14:30 – F1: Practice 1 (also Sky Showcase)
14:50 to 15:30 – F3: Qualifying
15:35 to 17:25 – F1: Practice 2 (also Sky Showcase)
17:25 to 18:10 – F2: Qualifying
18:10 to 19:00 – W Series: Qualifying
21:00 to 22:00 – IndyCar: Practice

Saturday 2nd July
09:50 to 10:45 – F3: Sprint Race
11:45 to 13:10 – F1: Practice 3 (also Sky Showcase)
13:10 to 14:10 – W Series: Race (also Sky Showcase)
14:10 to 16:55 – F1: Qualifying (also Sky Showcase until 16:30)
16:55 to 18:00 – F2: Sprint Race
18:00 to 18:30 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
19:30 to 20:45 – IndyCar: Qualifying

Sunday 3rd July
08:30 to 09:30 – F3: Feature Race
10:00 to 11:15 – F2: Feature Race
13:30 to 18:30 – F1: Race
=> 13:30 – Grand Prix Sunday (also Sky Showcase)
=> 14:55 – Race (also Sky Showcase)
=> 17:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 18:00 – Ted’s Notebook 
17:30 to 20:00 – IndyCar: Race (Sky Sports Action)
=> Sky Sports F1 joins coverage following the F1 at 18:30

Sky Sports F1 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

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

BBC Radio schedule
Thursday 30th June
20:30 to 21:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)

BBC F1 scheduling details for the 2022 British Grand Prix. Scheduling details correct as of Sunday 26th June and are subject to change.

While there is a lot of Grand Prix coverage, the weekend faces tough competition from cricket action throughout, hence the lack of coverage on BBC radio. In addition, the race clashes with Wimbledon’s middle Sunday.

For the first time in 2022, the tennis tournament will play on its middle Sunday, bringing it in line with other majors, but bringing with it a clash with the Grand Prix.

If scheduling details change, this article will be updated. In addition, keep an eye on the Twitter feed for content from Silverstone throughout the weekend.

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Record high UK audience watch Indianapolis 500 live on Sky

Live coverage of a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix, followed by an equally dramatic Indianapolis 500, saw audience figures surge across Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon, overnight data released by the broadcaster shows.

Sky covered the Indianapolis 500 across their dedicated F1 channel and Sky Sports Arena. Coverage on Sky Sports Action aired from 15:45 to 21:30, with Sky Sports F1 joining in progress following the conclusion of their Monaco Grand Prix coverage at 18:10.

An average of 231,000 viewers watched Sky’s coverage, as Marcus Ericsson battled Pato O’Ward for victory. Coverage peaked with a sizeable 372,000 viewers, both easily the highest IndyCar audience on record in the modern era in the UK.

The famous race, which marked its 106th running last Sunday, has enjoyed a renaissance in the UK over the past few years, since Fernando Alonso made the jump stateside to race in 2017. This year’s figure continues that trend.

Sky’s F1 audiences continue to rise

IndyCar’s rise in the UK has been helped by the halo effect surrounding Sky’s F1 coverage.

Sky’s F1 audience figures have continued to rise in 2022 against last year’s high, and against the tidal wave of declining linear audience figures, despite there being no British drivers currently in championship attention.

Both the Monaco Grand Prix race and qualifying recorded their highest ever figures for Sky last weekend, as viewers watched Red Bull’s Sergio Perez win the dramatic Grand Prix.

The race, which aired in full on Sky Sports F1 and partially on Sky Sports Main Event, averaged 2.01 million viewers, the first European race to average over 2 million viewers. Coverage of the race peaked with 2.25 million viewers.

24 hours earlier, an average of 1.03 million viewers watched Charles Leclerc take pole in qualifying, with the session peaking with 1.17 million viewers.

Although the figures are not publicly available, it is likely that Sky’s live pay-TV offering comfortably beat Channel 4’s free-to-air highlights coverage, continuing the swing away from free-to-air and towards pay-TV for F1.

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