Sky, F1 to scale back Italian Grand Prix coverage following death of The Queen

Coverage of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix will be scaled back in the UK following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen passed away on Thursday 8th September at the age of 96.

Sky’s broadcasts throughout the weekend will be reduced in length, with a shortened build-up for qualifying and the race.

The qualifying build-up will last 30 minutes instead of the usual 60 minutes, while the race day build-up will now be 60 minutes instead of 90 minutes.

The F1 Show has been dropped from Sky’s schedules. Furthermore, Ted’s Qualifying and Race Notebook will not air, both will return in Singapore.

Sky will continue to broadcast Formula Two, as well as the Formula Three and IndyCar season finales as expected this weekend.

On Friday, the BBC’s coverage did not air on radio, only airing via the Formula 1 app and Amazon’s radio app.

Channel 4 have yet to confirm arrangements for their offering, however it is likely that their offering will also be reduced.

All of Formula 1’s British based personnel, teams and drivers have reduced their social media output. For example, the official F1 Twitter account has only posted skeleton updates related to each session, with ‘in session’ commentary notably absent.

The Formula 1 television World Feed had a more sombre tone to it on Friday. Brian Tyler’s signature theme and introduction were absent from coverage, coverage instead fading from black into an overhead shot of the Monza circuit. Coverage returned to normal on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the British Superbikes round from Snetterton will continue as planned this weekend, with coverage airing on Eurosport 2.

Friday 9th September
12:45 to 14:15 F1: Practice 1 (Sky Sports F1)
15:45 to 17:15 F1: Practice 2 (Sky Sports F1)

Saturday 10th September
11:45 to 13:10 F1: Practice 3 (Sky Sports F1)
14:30 to 16:55 F1: Qualifying (Sky Sports F1)

Sunday 11th September
13:00 to 17:00 F1: Race (Sky Sports F1)
=> 13:00 Grand Prix Sunday
=> 13:55 Race
=> 16:00 Chequered Flag

Revised Sky Sports F1 schedule for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.

This article will be updated further throughout the weekend.


6 thoughts on “Sky, F1 to scale back Italian Grand Prix coverage following death of The Queen

  1. Feel like the level of pre-show coverage (15 minutes practice, 30 minutes, quali, and 60 minutes for the race) this weekend on Sky should be replicated most weekends. The current 60 minutes for quali and 90 minutes for the race is overkill especially with 22 races. You end up with far too much padding and pointless interviews and ‘features’. Save the extended pre-show for the season opener/finale, Silverstone and maybe a couple more of the more iconic races- not every week.

  2. The BBC seem to have completely dropped coverage other than a practice leaderboard on the website. Totally baffled as to how this is supposed to be respectful or rather who would be offended at online coverage being provided.

  3. I wasn’t aware until now that Amazon Radio broadcast the BBC’s F1 coverage. I assume that is available through Amazon Prime or something similar to that.

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