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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8 thoughts on “Scheduling: The 2022 British Grand Prix

  1. Sky are being incredibly aggressive with their scheduling, putting everything on Showcase up against the live coverage of C4. I can’t help but feel that they’re deliberately trying to drive down C4’s audience.

    Fewer viewers for C4 puts the whole FTA coverage in doubt for future years.

  2. Dont worry Matt. The gas and electricity bills will drive up the C4 audience a bit. I cancelled Sky recently and they said that quite a few people have called in struggling with the energy price rises. 70% of a grand prix for free vs 30% more and live for £50+ per month when your energy bills are up over 100% its a no brainer. Although I do miss Sky’s comprehensive coverage but C4 do a pretty good job with what they are given.

  3. Because the BBC is only making the British Grand Prix available online, no one will be able to listen again to it.

    A solution to this would be to make all the online sports coverage available on BBC Sounds but for some reason, they seem unwilling to do this.

    I have contacted them previously on this matter to suggest it. Maybe it would cost too much.

    Last year the race was broadcast on BBC Northamptonshire. Surprised they aren’t doing that again this year. Maybe there was some resistance to this. I’m just guessing here as I can’t remember how late last year they announced it being on BBC Northamptonshire.

    Equally, it could be that the online info is wrong. That has happened at least twice this season.

    It must be said that some practice sessions broadcast on 5 Sports Extra can be heard again whilst the British Grand Prix can’t, which isn’t right.

    Perhaps in your position, you could ask them if any BBC Sport app and online-only broadcasts are not available to listen to again or available via BBC Sounds.

    I actually like the commentary on the BBC. It’s very good.

    Many thanks for your site.

    1. Expect to see less and less live sport on the BBC (television, red button and radio) as the end of the BBC in its current form approaches. The BBC has already stated that, of its current 10 television channels (not including HD or England regional variations), AT LEAST 4 will be taken off air completely by the end of 2027. These will most likely be, but are not yet confirmed to be: BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC.
      There are also question marks over BBC local, regional and national radio, with closures expected there as well, although which stations are at risk hasn’t yet been made clear, but the bulk of the cuts are likely to come from local radio and national DAB stations, such as 5 live sports extra

      1. Well unless you don’t have internet access, there is nothing wrong with sports events being streamed. It’s the fact they don’t make them available in BBC Sounds app if they aren’t on a radio station.

        The BBC iPlayer contains all the internet-only streams of events that aren’t on TV. Wimbledon has 18 courts and all can be watched again.

        In contrast not so for sports audio coverage.

  4. The above Tweet says listen to FP3 on BBC Soujds but if you go to BBC Sounds it’s not listed.

    If you click on the link it takes you to the BBC F1 Live web page and not BBC Sounds.

    I would like the BBC to do more.

  5. So the Formula 1 Grand Prix was on BBC Radio Northampton

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0chlpmq

    Why they didn’t want people to know this in advance, I don’t know. Perhaps BBC Radio Northampton always had the race listed in the schedules but the BBC didn’t want to widely promote it, hence why people such as yourself said it was only online. In fact, the commentators didn’t say post qualifying exactly where one could hear it.

    Still one can listen again to the exciting British Grand Prix, which I will probably do tomorrow, having watched it this evening.

    The last episode of this was in 2021 and I predict the next episode will be in 2023 unless F1 change the schedules so it doesn’t clash with Wimbledon and the cricket. They don’t broadcast the qualifying or practice sessions on BBC Northampton as far as I am aware.

    Actually, I wonder if BBC Northampton would broadcast the race even if it was on 5 Live or 5 Sports Extra

    Next week’s Austrian Grand Prix won’t get a local BBC radio broadcast though as it’s a broad so that will truly be via the BBC Sports app and online-only unless the info on the BBC Web Site is once again wrong.

  6. The Channel 4 coverage this weekend was excellent throughout (aside from the bizarre feature where Steve Jones quizzed Alex Albon, Lando Norris, and George Russell about the Highway Code) – a vast improvement on last year.

    There’s always a real energy to the C4 coverage and a sense that the team actually enjoy what they’re doing, which I’ve never really got on the handful of occasions I’ve watched the coverage on the other side.

    I can see that keeping your coverage fresh, lively and engaging would be more of a challenge when you’re doing 22-24 live broadcasts (as opposed to C4’s one) every year but the pay-per-view satellite coverage seems forever stuck at the same safe, dry and tired standard offered up by ITV 20 years ago.

    That’s the danger of monopoly broadcasting I suppose – no real pressure or incentive to improve or innovate.

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