Scheduling: The 2019 Mexican Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads west for the Mexican Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton could become a six-time Drivers’ Champion, only the second man in history behind Michael Schumacher to reach that milestone.

All the action airs exclusively live on Sky Sports, as Martin Brundle and Jenson Button re-join the team out in Mexico City. Karun Chandhok is absent from Sky’s offering, but fans of Chandhok will see Chandhok on-screen, as Chandhok recently drove this years’ championship winning Mercedes, in a feature that Sky are airing during the Mexico build-up.

David Coulthard is back with Channel 4, their highlights airing three hours after the respective sessions have finished. On the scheduling front for Sky, Porsche Supercup airs live over on Sky Sports Mix and the Red Button, but on tape-delay on Sky Sports F1, Sky opting to prioritise The F1 Show instead.

The 2019 season continues to wind down for some, Qatar plays host to the last race of the World Superbikes season, the action airing live on Friday and Saturday over on Eurosport.

NOTE: Clocks go back one hour on Sunday 28th October, with the change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. The times listed are for BST on Saturday and before; GMT for Sunday and afterwards…

Channel 4 F1
26/10 – 22:45 to 00:15 – Qualifying Highlights
27/10 – 23:00 to 01:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
25/10 – 15:45 to 17:45 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
25/10 – 19:45 to 21:45 – Practice 2
26/10 – 15:45 to 17:10 – Practice 3 (also Sky Sports Main Event until 17:00)
26/10 – 18:00 to 20:30 – Qualifying
=> 18:00 – Pre-Show
=> 18:55 – Qualifying
27/10 – 17:30 to 22:30 – Race
=> 17:30 – Pit Lane Live
=> 18:30 – On the Grid
=> 19:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 21:00 – Paddock Live
=> 22:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
24/10 – 17:00 to 14:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
24/10 – 21:00 to 16:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
25/10 – 22:30 to 23:00 – The Story so Far (also Sky Sports Main Event)
26/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – The F1 Show (also Sky Sports Main Event)
30/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
24/10 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
25/10 – 15:55 to 17:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/10 – 15:55 to 17:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/10 – 18:55 to 20:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
27/10 – 19:00 to 21:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
=> Joins BBC Radio 5 Live in progress at 20:00

MotoGP – Australia (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
25/10 – 22:45 (Thursday night) to 06:15 – Practice 1 and 2
26/10 – 00:00 to 07:15
=> 00:00 – Practice 3
=> 03:00 – Qualifying
27/10 – 23:30 (BST) to 05:15 (GMT)
=> 23:30 (BST) – Warm Ups
=> 01:15 (BST) – Moto3
=> 02:00 (GMT) – Moto2
=> 03:30 (GMT) – MotoGP

MotoGP – Australia (Quest)
28/10 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Highlights

Porsche Supercup – Mexico
26/10 – 20:30 to 21:05 – Race 1 (Sky Sports Mix / Red Button)
=> airing on tape-delay on Sky Sports F1 at 21:00
27/10 – 16:15 to 16:50 – Race 2 (Sky Sports F1)

Virgin Australia Supercars – Gold Coast
Also airs live on SuperView (£)
26/10 – 05:00 to 08:00 – Race 1 (BT Sport 1)
27/10 – 05:00 to 07:00 – Race 2 (BT Sport/ESPN)

World Rally Championship – Spain (All Live)
Also airs live on WRCPlus.com (£)
25/10 – 08:00 to 18:30 – Stages 1 to 6 (BT Sport Extra 1)
26/10 – 07:45 to 17:30 – Stages 7 to 13 (BT Sport Extra 2)
27/10 – 05:45 to 12:45 – Stages 14 to 17 (BT Sport Extra 2)

World Rally Championship – Spain
25/10 – 21:45 to 22:15 – Day 1 Highlights (BT Sport 2)
26/10 – 09:30 to 10:30 – Stage 9 (BT Sport 3)
26/10 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Day 2 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
27/10 – 07:30 to 08:30 – Stage 15 (BT Sport/ESPN)
27/10 – 11:00 to 12:30 – Stage 17 [Power Stage] (BT Sport/ESPN)
27/10 – 22:30 to 23:00 – Day 3 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
28/10 – 18:55 to 20:00 – Highlights (5Spike)

World Superbikes – Qatar
Also airs live on World Superbikes’ Video Pass (£)
25/10 – 15:00 to 19:15 – Qualifying and Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
26/10 – 13:30 to 19:30 – Support and Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
31/10 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

World Touring Car Cup – Japan
26/10 – 06:50 to 07:50 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
27/10 – 02:00 to 03:15 – Race 2 (Eurosport)
27/10 – 03:15 to 04:30 – Race 3 (Eurosport)

As always the article will be updated if plans change.


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Scheduling: The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix [Updated]

This weekend, Mercedes could become 2019 Formula 1 Constructors’ Champions, whilst Lewis Hamilton is set to take a major leap towards his sixth Drivers’ Championship. It is all to play for as Formula 1 heads to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix!

As in Russia, both Martin Brundle and David Coulthard are absent from Sky’s and Channel 4’s teams respectively. Neither broadcaster has confirmed their commentary replacements, but expect Paul di Resta and Mark Webber to fill in the gaps.

Lee McKenzie and Eddie Jordan join Steve Jones out in Japan for Channel 4, Japan marking McKenzie’s last F1 race of the season.

Outside of the Formula 1 circles, it is a weekend of finales as the 2019 season begins to wrap-up for many. This weekend brings the curtain down on the British Touring Car Championship year, as well as the Euroformula and International GT Open seasons.

Update on October 11th at 20:00 – Typhoon Hagibis has thrown a spanner in the works for Formula 1, resulting in the cancellation of all of Saturday’s action at Suzuka. As a result, Channel 4 have extended their race highlights programme on Sunday by half an hour to also cover qualifying.

Sky are going above and beyond with their changes. The broadcaster will remain live on-air from 01:30 to 09:30 on Sunday in a marathon eight hour broadcast. Paddock Walkabout and #AskCrofty with Damon Hill fills the gap between the end of their qualifying show and their race show.

The typhoon has resulted in the cancellation of Sky’s The F1 Show broadcast for this week, and also claimed victim to Eddie Jordan, who won’t be part of Channel 4’s broadcast this weekend. Elsewhere, F1’s YouTube channel will be streaming the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix in full from 08:00 GMT / 09:00 UK time on Saturday morning.

Channel 4 F1
12/10 – 13:30 to 15:00 – Qualifying Highlights
13/10 – 14:20 to 16:25 14:20 to 16:55 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
11/10 – 01:45 to 03:45 – Practice 1
11/10 – 05:45 to 07:45 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
12/10 – 03:45 to 05:30 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 03:45 – Practice 3
=> 05:10 – Paddock Walkabout
12/10 – 06:00 to 08:30 – Qualifying
=> 06:00 – Pre-Show
=> 06:55 – Qualifying
13/10 – 01:30 to 09:30 – Race Day (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 01:30 – Qualifying Pre-Show
=> 01:55 – Qualifying
=> 03:30 – Paddock Walkabout
=> 04:10 – #AskCrofty with Damon Hill
=> 04:30 – Pit Lane Live
=> 05:30 – On the Grid
=> 06:05 – Race
=> 08:00 – Paddock Live
=> 09:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
10/10 – 06:00 to 06:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
10/10 – 09:00 to 09:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
11/10 – 08:30 to 09:00 – The Story so Far (also Sky Sports Main Event)
12/10 – 08:30 to 09:00 – The F1 Show (also Sky Sports Main Event)
16/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
09/10 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
11/10 – 01:55 to 03:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11/10 – 05:55 to 07:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12/10 – 03:55 to 05:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12/10 – 06:55 to 08:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
13/10 – 06:00 to 08:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

British Touring Car Championship – Brands Hatch (ITV4)
13/10 – 10:30 to 18:15 – Races

Euroformula – Monza (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on YouTube
12/10 – 13:00 to 14:00 – Race 1
13/10 – 12:30 to 13:30 – Race 2

International GT Open – Monza (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on YouTube
12/10 – 14:00 to 15:45 – Race 1
13/10 – 13:30 to 15:15 – Race 2

Virgin Australia Supercars – Bathurst 1000 (BT Sport 1)
Also airs live on SuperView (£)
13/10 – 00:45 to 08:00 – Race

World Superbikes – Argentina
Also airs live on World Superbikes’ Video Pass (£)
12/10 – 16:30 to 18:15 – Super Pole (Eurosport 2)
12/10 – 19:45 to 21:15 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
13/10 – 16:30 to 21:15 – Support and Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
15/10 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

As always, the schedule will be updated if details change.


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Scheduling: The 2019 Russian Grand Prix

From the lights of Singapore, Sochi plays host to the sixth running of the Russian Grand Prix.

There are several key changes to both Sky’s and Channel 4’s line-up for the weekend, with both commentary teams changing. Martin Brundle is stepping away from the Sky commentary box, so expect Paul di Resta to be alongside David Croft in the box.

Karun Chandhok is also absent from Sky’s team in Russia; however, Ted Kravitz is back with Sky, and should be with them for the remainder of the season. Although not working with Sky, Kravitz was in Singapore, but working with Singapore’s big screen team for the weekend as reporter (ran by Australian company ZSpace).

Over on Channel 4, Allan McNish replaces David Coulthard in the commentary booth. Coulthard and Brundle are missing the same three races this year. Both were absent from Azerbaijan back in April, and both are missing the upcoming Russian and Japanese rounds.

Due to the time difference between Russia and the UK, the race starts two hours earlier than other European races at 12:10 UK time. Channel 4 have more flexibility with the scheduling of their highlights programme as a result, which airs an hour earlier than usual at 18:00 UK time.

Russia plays host to the final round of the inaugural Formula Three season, with Robert Shwartzman set to clinch the crown.

Channel 4 F1
28/09 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
29/09 – 18:00 to 20:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
27/09 – 08:45 to 10:45 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
27/09 – 12:45 to 14:55 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
28/09 – 09:45 to 11:10 – Practice 3
28/09 – 12:00 to 14:35 – Qualifying
=> 12:00 – Pre-Show
=> 12:55 – Qualifying
29/09 – 10:30 to 15:30 – Race
=> 10:30 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 11:30 – On the Grid (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 12:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 14:00 – Paddock Live
=> 15:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
26/09 – 13:00 to 13:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
26/09 – 16:00 to 16:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
27/09 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The Story so Far
28/09 – 15:45 to 16:15 – The F1 Show
02/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
27/09 – 08:55 to 10:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
27/09 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
29/09 – 11:30 to 14:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Barcelona (Eurosport 2)
Also airs live on YouTube
29/09 – 15:30 to 17:30 – Race

British Touring Car Championship – Silverstone (ITV4)
29/09 – 10:20 to 18:15 – Races

Formula Two – Russia (Sky Sports F1)
27/09 – 07:25 to 08:15 – Practice
27/09 – 14:55 to 15:30 – Qualifying
28/09 – 14:35 to 15:45 – Race 1
29/09 – 09:10 to 10:10 – Race 2

Formula Three – Russia (Sky Sports F1)
27/09 – 10:55 to 11:30 – Qualifying
28/09 – 08:05 to 09:00 – Race 1
29/09 – 07:45 to 08:40 – Race 2

World Superbikes – France
Also airs live on World Superbikes’ Video Pass (£)
27/09 – 13:55 onwards (Eurosport)
=> 13:55 to 14:55 – SBK: Practice 2
=> 14:55 to 15:55 – SSP: Practice 2
28/09 – 09:30 to 14:15 – Qualifying and Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
29/09 – 09:30 to 15:15 – Support and Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
01/10 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

As always, the post will be updated if plans change.

Update on September 28th – a post-transmission mention to #AskCrofty, which aired today at 11:10 on Sky Sports F1, with David Croft asking the questions to Jenson Button.


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Scheduling: The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix / Aragon MotoGP

Formula 1 heads out of Europe and over to Singapore for the start of the flyaway season, as the countdown continues to Abu Dhabi.

The night-race from Singapore falls on the same weekend as the Aragon MotoGP round, with a clash initially looking likely. However, a late switch from Dorna to move the main MotoGP race earlier means that both avoid a direct clash. The F1 begins at 13:10 UK time, with MotoGP’s main event from Aragon beginning at 12:00.

Both races air exclusively live on pay-TV, F1 live on Sky Sports, with MotoGP on BT Sport. Highlights of the latter air on Quest, which reverted to two airings as of recent races after a bit of back and forth from a scheduling perspective over the Summer.

Ted Kravitz is not with Sky in Singapore (sorry Lando, if you are lurking), but will be back with Sky in Russia. There is no Formula Two or Formula Three this weekend, both returning in Russia.

Elsewhere, the IndyCar season concludes, returning to Laguna Seca for the first time in 15 years. The action airs live on Sky’s F1 channel, as IndyCar concludes the first of a multi-year deal with the broadcaster.

Channel 4 F1
21/09 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
22/09 – 19:00 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
20/09 – 09:15 to 11:15 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
20/09 – 13:15 to 15:15 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
21/09 – 10:45 to 12:30
=> 10:45 – Practice 3 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 12:10 – Paddock Walkabout
21/09 – 13:00 to 15:30 – Qualifying
=> 13:00 – Pre-Show
=> 13:55 – Qualifying
22/09 – 11:30 to 16:00 – Race
=> 11:30 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 12:30 – On the Grid (also Sky Sports Main Event until 13:00)
=> 13:05 – Race
=> 15:00 – Paddock Live

Supplementary Programming
19/09 – 13:30 to 14:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference
19/09 – 16:30 to 17:00 – Welcome to the Weekend
20/09 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The Story so Far
21/09 – 15:30 to 16:00 – The F1 Show
25/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
19/09 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
20/09 – 09:25 to 11:05 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
20/09 – 13:25 to 15:05 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
22/09 – 13:00 to 16:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

MotoGP – Aragon (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
20/09 – 07:45 to 15:15 – Practice 1 and 2
21/09 – 08:00 to 15:15
=> 08:00 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
22/09 – 07:30 to 15:30
=> 07:30 – Warm Ups
=> 09:15 – Moto3
=> 11:00 – MotoGP
=> 13:15 – Moto2
=> 14:30 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Aragon (Quest)
23/09 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Highlights

British Superbikes – Assen
21/09 – 14:00 to 16:30 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2)
22/09 – 11:30 to 17:00 – Races (Eurosport 2)
26/09 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

Euroformula – Barcelona
Also airs live on YouTube
21/09 – 14:30 to 15:30 – Race 1 (BT Sport Extra 2)
22/09 – 13:00 to 14:00 – Race 2 (BT Sport Extra 3)

IndyCar Series – Laguna Seca (Sky Sports F1)
21/09 – 21:30 to 23:00 – Qualifying
22/09 – 19:30 to 23:00 – Race

International GT Open – Barcelona
Also airs live on YouTube
21/09 – 15:30 to 17:15 – Race 1 (BT Sport Extra 2)
22/09 – 14:00 to 15:30 – Race 2 (BT Sport Extra 3)

Red Bull Rookies Cup – Aragon (BT Sport 2)
21/09 – 15:15 to 16:15 – Race

Speedway Grand Prix – Britain
20/09 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Qualifying (BT Sport 1)
21/09 – 16:15 to 20:30 – Races (BT Sport 2)

As always, the schedule will be updated if timings change.


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Scheduling: The 2019 Italian Grand Prix

From Spa, Formula 1’s ten teams head south to Monza for the last stop of the European leg, with the Italian Grand Prix!

After a light-weight line-up on Sky last weekend, Ted Kravitz is back with the team for their coverage from Monza. Over on Channel 4, Stefano Domenicali returns to the team after first appearing in Australia and Canada. Meanwhile, Claire Cottingham deputises for Jennie Gow on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The Formula Two and Formula Three seasons are quickly heading towards their conclusion. There are only three rounds of Formula Two remaining this year, whilst Formula Three’s season finale takes place in Russia.

All of the F1 paddock, including F2 and F3, head into Monza with a heavy heart following the fatal accident of Anthoine Hubert last weekend in Spa.

Channel 4 F1
07/09 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
08/09 – 19:00 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
05/09 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
05/09 – 17:00 to 17:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
06/09 – 09:45 to 17:30
=> 09:45 – F1: Practice 1
=> 11:55 – F2: Practice
=> 12:45 – Paddock Live
=> 13:45 – F1: Practice 2
=> 15:50 – F2: Qualifying
=> 16:30 – The Story so Far
=> 17:00 – F3: Qualifying Tape-Delay
07/09 – 09:30 to 17:15
=> 09:30 – F3: Race 1
=> 10:15 – Paddock Live
=> 10:45 – F1: Practice 3
=> 12:10 – Paddock Live
=> 13:00 – F1: Pre-Show
=> 13:55 – F1: Qualifying
=> 15:35 – F2: Race 1
=> 16:45 – The F1 Show
08/09 – 08:30 to 17:30
=> 08:30 – F3: Race 2
=> 09:15 – Paddock Live
=> 09:40 – F2: Race 2
=> 10:40 – Paddock Live
=> 11:05 – Porsche Supercup: Race
=> 11:40 – Paddock Live
=> 12:30 – F1: Pit Lane Live
=> 13:30 – F1: On the Grid (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 14:05 – F1: Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 16:00 – F1: Paddock Live
=> 17:00 – F1: Notebook
11/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
05/09 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
08/09 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

British Superbikes – Oulton Park
07/09 – 11:00 to 13:00 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2)
07/09 – 15:30 to 18:00 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
08/09 – 13:00 to 18:00 – Races 2 and 3 (Eurosport 2)
11/09 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

Euroformula – Silverstone
Also airs live on YouTube
07/09 – 15:00 to 16:00 – Race 1 (BT Sport 3)
08/09 – 13:45 to 14:45 – Race 2 (BT Sport 2)

International GT Open – Silverstone
Also airs live on YouTube
07/09 – 16:00 to 17:45 – Race 1 (BT Sport 3)
08/09 – 14:45 to 16:15 – Race 2 (BT Sport 2)

Speedway Grand Prix – Denmark (BT Sport 3)
07/09 – 17:45 to 21:15 – Races

World Superbikes – Algarve
Also airs live on World Superbikes’ Video Pass (£)
06/09 – 10:25 onwards (Eurosport 2)
=> 10:25 to 11:30 – SBK: Practice 1
=> 15:00 to 15:55 – SBK: Practice 2
=> 15:55 to 17:00 – SSP: Practice 2
07/09 – 13:00 to 15:30 – Qualifying Tape-Delay and Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
08/09 – 10:30 to 13:00 – SSP: Superpole Race (Eurosport 2)
08/09 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Race 2 Tape-Delay (Eurosport 2)
10/09 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

As always, the schedule will be updated if plans change.

Update on September 4th – Well, Sky Sports F1’s schedule for the weekend has radically changed. No, this is not a mistake, nor a typo, but schedules for the weekend show that Sky will be live from Friday morning through to Sunday evening.

The 5-minute fillers between sessions have gone. I do not know if this is a one-off for whatever reason, or a change of direction going forward (perhaps experimenting ahead of 2020?). Either way, the site will be updated as and when more information comes out.

Update on September 8th – An update on this, more for completeness purposes. Aside from an Ask Crofty special on Saturday with Nico Rosberg, none of the other special segments from Sky were actually live. In fact, it was the same pre-recorded material on a loop, just under a different title.


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