Scheduling: The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix

Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring for the first time in seven years this weekend, for the inaugural Eifel Grand Prix!

Live coverage of the race weekend airs on Sky Sports with Ted Kravitz and Simon Lazenby re-joining the team. It is unclear if Martin Brundle is also back with the line-up as of writing.

Elsewhere, with Triumph’s visitor experience centre in Hinkley reopening to the public, BT Sport’s MotoGP coverage is moving.

The crew are relocating to the BT Tower in central London for the remainder of 2020.

The main races for F1 and MotoGP this weekend both begin an hour earlier. F1’s change is driven by the earlier sunset times as the European season concludes later than usual, dictating a change for MotoGP to avoid a head to head clash.

Channel 4 F1
10/10 – 17:30 to 19:00 – Qualifying Highlights
11/10 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
09/10 – 09:30 to 11:50
=> 09:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
=> 10:00 – Practice 1
09/10 – 13:45 to 15:45 – Practice 2
10/10 – 10:45 to 12:10 – Practice 3
10/10 – 13:00 to 15:35 – Qualifying
11/10 – 11:30 to 16:30 – Race
=> 11:30 – Grand Prix Sunday
=> 13:05 – Race
=> 15:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 16:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
09/10 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The Story so Far
09/10 – 17:00 to 18:30 – F1 Pro Series Draft
10/10 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Race to Perfection
14/10 – 19:30 to 21:00 – F1 Pro Series Race 1 and 2
14/10 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief
15/10 – 19:30 to 21:00 – F1 Pro Series Race 3

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
09/10 – 09:55 to 11:35 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
09/10 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
10/10 – 10:55 to 12:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
11/10 – 13:00 to 15:00 – Race Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – France (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
09/10 – 08:00 to 10:45 – Practice 1
09/10 – 12:00 to 15:00 – Practice 2
10/10 – 08:00 to 16:00
=> 08:00 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
=> 15:00 – MotoE
11/10 – 07:45 to 15:00
=> 07:45 – Warm Ups
=> 09:30 – Moto3
=> 11:30 – MotoGP
=> 13:15 – Moto2
=> 14:30 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – France (Quest)
12/10 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Highlights

British Touring Car Championship – Croft (ITV4)
11/10 – 11:30 to 18:05 – Races

World Rally Championship – Italy (All Live)
Also airs live on WRC+ (£)
09/10 – 06:45 to 16:45 – Stages 1 to 6 (BT Sport Extra 1)
=> 06:50 – Stage 1
=> 07:44 – Stage 2
=> 09:40 – Stage 3
=> 10:34 – Stage 4
=> 15:14 – Stage 5
=> 15:59 – Stage 6
10/10 – 06:00 to 17:45 – Stages 7 to 12 (BT Sport Extra 3)
=> 06:38 – Stage 7
=> 07:30 – Stage 8
=> 09:07 – Stage 9
=> 10:00 – Stage 10
=> 15:00 – Stage 11
=> 16:02 – Stage 12
11/10 – 06:15 to 12:45 – Stages 13 to 16 (BT Sport Extra 1)
=> 07:15 – Stage 13
=> 08:00 – Stage 14
=> 10:10 – Stage 15
=> 11:00 – Stage 16

World Rally Championship – Italy
10/10 – 00:30 to 01:00 – Day 1 Highlights (BT Sport 3)
10/10 – 07:30 to 08:30 – Stage 8 (BT Sport 3)
10/10 – 10:00 to 11:00 – Stage 10 (BT Sport 3)
10/10 – 15:00 to 16:00 – Stage 11 (BT Sport 3)
11/10 – 02:00 to 02:30 – Day 2 Highlights (BT Sport 3)
11/10 – 08:00 to 09:00 – Stage 14 (BT Sport 1)
11/10 – 11:00 to 12:30 – Stage 16 [Power Stage] (BT Sport 1)
11/10 – 20:30 to 21:00 – Day 3 Highlights (BT Sport 2)
TBA – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

World Touring Car Cup – Slovakia (Eurosport)
11/10 – 07:55 to 12:00 – Race 1
11/10 – 11:30 to 12:30 – Race 2

This article will be updated if schedules change.


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Scheduling: The 2020 Russian Grand Prix

The Sochi Autodrom in Russia plays host to round ten of the 2020 Formula One season.

As the paddock heads to Russia, Sky’s presentation team will look a little different for the race, with neither Simon Lazenby or Ted Kravitz with the team.

For Lazenby, it is his second absence of the season following Spain in August; expect Natalie Pinkham to step into the presenting shoes again.

After having to depart Mugello early due to family issues, Steve Jones returns to his role as Channel 4’s F1 presenter for Russia, alongside the likes of David Coulthard and Mark Webber.

The time difference means that the F1 race starts at 12:10 UK time. As thus, MotoGP from Catalunya moves an hour later to 14:00 UK time, avoiding a clash with the F1.

Elsewhere, the British Touring Car Championship season continues from Silverstone, and remains on ITV2, but this time due to the French Open.

The French Open also causes problems for Eurosport’s coverage of the World Touring Car Cup. Owing to the tennis, the touring car series airs exclusively live for UK fans via Eurosport’s online Player, with late night highlights airing on their linear TV channels.

Channel 4 F1
26/09 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
27/09 – 17:30 to 20:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
25/09 – 08:30 to 10:45 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 08:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
=> 09:00 – Practice 1
25/09 – 12:45 to 14:45 – Practice 2
26/09 – 09:45 to 11:10 – Practice 3
26/09 – 12:00 to 14:30 – Qualifying
27/09 – 10:30 to 15:00 – Race
=> 10:30 – Grand Prix Sunday (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 12:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 14:00 – Chequered Flag

Supplementary Programming
25/09 – 15:30 to 16:00 – The Story so Far
26/09 – 14:30 to 15:45 – Race to Perfection
30/09 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
25/09 – 08:55 to 10:55 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
25/09 – 12:55 to 14:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
26/09 – 09:55 to 11:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
27/09 – 12:00 to 14:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

MotoGP – Catalunya (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
25/09 – 08:00 to 10:45 – Practice 1
25/09 – 12:00 to 15:00 – Practice 2
26/09 – 08:00 to 15:15
=> 08:00 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
27/09 – 08:30 to 15:30
=> 08:30 – Warm Ups
=> 10:15 – Moto3
=> 12:00 – Moto2
=> 13:30 – MotoGP
=> 15:00 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Catalunya (Quest)
28/09 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Highlights

British Touring Car Championship – Silverstone (ITV2)
27/09 – 11:00 to 18:25 – Races

GT World Challenge – Zandvoort (Sky Sports F1)
27/09 – 15:00 to 17:00 – Race (tape-delay)

Ferrari Challenge – Misano (Sky Sports F1)
26/09 – 16:10 to 17:10 – Race 1
27/09 – 17:00 to 18:00 – Race 2 (tape-delay)

Formula Two – Russia (Sky Sports F1)
25/09 – 07:30 to 08:20 – Practice (also Sky Sports Main Event)
25/09 – 11:55 to 12:35 – Qualifying
26/09 – 08:05 to 09:20 – Race 1
27/09 – 08:45 to 09:50 – Race 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)

Virgin Australia Supercars – The Bend (BT Sport 3) TBC
Also airs live on SuperView (£)

World Touring Car Cup – Germany
Only available live via Eurosport Player

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

Update on September 26th – Whilst Pinkham is on site for Sky, it is in fact Rachel Brookes presenting their programming. As mentioned on his Instagram, Martin Brundle is not with Sky either, with Karun Chandhok partnering David Croft in the box. Meanwhile, Channel 4 are not out in Russia, instead they are presenting the weekend from Red Bull’s HQ in Milton Keynes.


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F1’s Tuscan Grand Prix coverage prompts 133 complaints to Ofcom

Coverage of the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix across Channel 4 and Sky Sports has generated 133 complaints, statistics released by the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom reveal.

Although their weekly bulletin does not outline what the complaints relate to, it is likely a result of Lewis Hamilton’s decision to wear a t-shirt related to the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Hamilton’s t-shirt contained the words “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” on the front, with the words “Say her name” on the back.

Viewers logged 75 of the complaints against Channel 4’s highlights programme, with 55 complaints for Sky Sports’ live offering. For the week, F1 attracted the second highest number of complaints.

Britain’s Got Talent led the chart, due to a Black Lives Matters routine from Diversity on September 5th, which has attracted over 20,000 complaints.

Ofcom have yet to confirm if they plan to investigate the F1 matter further.

How often do people complain about F1 races?
Whilst the number of complaints recorded here is far higher than usual for Formula 1, it still only comprises of around 0.004 percent of the three million viewers that watch each Grand Prix.

Two other races in the past 15 years have recorded over 10 complaints.

126 people complained to Ofcom about ITV’s coverage of the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, where the broadcaster took a commercial break in the closing stages of the Grand Prix, in the middle of a close contest between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.

Three years later, Ofcom received 14 complaints about the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, as Martin Brundle used the word ‘pikey’ to describe those relaying the tarmac prior to the start of the race.

Ofcom considered the grid walk matter resolved, whilst they deemed ITV to be in breach regarding the ad-break situation.

Other complaints in recent year have primarily surrounding swearing over the team radio, as well as before and after the race. The most recent complaint however came because of a superimposed Rolex clock during coverage of the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix qualifying session.

Although Imola 2005 and Mugello 2020 currently have a similar level of complaints, it is likely that will change over the coming days.

Outside of the Ofcom spectrum, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) slapped Sky with a warning for misleading advertising following their 2019 pre-season promotional campaign.


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Scheduling: The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix

Nine races. Three old favourites, three new challenges and three modern circuits is all that remains as the 2020 Formula One season heads into the Autumn.

Whilst both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships look set to be heading towards Mercedes, the COVID-19 pandemic means that everyone (from a championship perspective) has a new set of challenges ahead of them, starting this weekend at Mugello!

But, if last weekend told us anything, it is that anything can happen in Formula 1, and it usually does (just when you least expect it).

For Formula Three, the Mugello weekend marks the end of the year, with Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant fighting over the crown and almost certain promotion to Formula Two.

With the Porsche Supercup season now over, both Formula Two and Three move 45 minutes later on Sunday morning.

MotoGP returns after a few weeks off, with nine races taking place in the next eleven weeks. As revealed by Motorsport Broadcasting in our behind the scenes piece, BT Sport are remaining off-site as the season resumes.

Further afield the World Touring Car Cup finally starts its 2020 season over in Belgium, with Eurosport airing live coverage.

On the documentary front, a special 30-minute programme airs on Sky Sports F1 following the Tuscan Grand Prix and live IndyCar action from Mid-Ohio to mark Ferrari’s 1,000th F1 race.

Sky’s F1 documentary series Race to Perfection also drops this Saturday, which each of the seven episodes also airing on Sky’s F1 channel over the coming weeks.

Channel 4 F1
12/09 – 19:30 to 21:00 – Qualifying Highlights
13/09 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
11/09 – 09:30 to 11:50
=> 09:30 – Welcome to the Weekend (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 10:00 – Practice 1
11/09 – 13:45 to 15:45 – Practice 2
12/09 – 10:45 to 12:10 – Practice 3
12/09 – 13:00 to 15:35 – Qualifying
13/09 – 12:30 to 17:30 – Race
=> 12:30 – Grand Prix Sunday
=> 14:05 – Race
=> 16:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 17:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
11/09 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The Story so Far
13/09 – 20:00 to 20:30 – Scuderia Ferrari 1,000th Race Celebration
16/09 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
10/09 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
11/09 – 09:55 to 11:55 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12/09 – 10:55 to 12:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12/09 – 13:55 to 15:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
13/09 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Race Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – San Marino (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
11/09 – 08:00 to 10:45 – Practice 1
11/09 – 12:00 to 15:00 – Practice 2
12/09 – 08:00 to 15:45
=> 08:00 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
=> 15:00 – MotoE
13/09 – 07:15 to 15:00
=> 07:15 – Warm Ups
=> 08:45 – MotoE
=> 09:30 – Moto3
=> 11:00 – Moto2
=> 12:30 – MotoGP
=> 14:00 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – San Marino (Quest)
14/09 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Highlights

Formula Two – Tuscan (Sky Sports F1)
11/09 – 11:50 to 12:40 – Practice
11/09 – 15:55 to 16:30 – Qualifying
12/09 – 15:35 to 16:55 – Race 1
13/09 – 10:45 to 11:50 – Race 2

Formula Three – Tuscan (Sky Sports F1)
11/09 – 08:30 to 09:20 – Practice (also Sky Sports Main Event)
11/09 – 13:00 to 13:45 – Qualifying
12/09 – 09:20 to 10:10 – Race 1
13/09 – 09:20 to 10:20 – Race 2

IndyCar Series – Mid-Ohio (Sky Sports F1)
12/09 – 21:30 to 00:00 – Race 1
13/09 – 18:00 to 20:00 – Race 2

Speedway Grand Prix – Poland (BT Sport 3)
12/09 – 17:45 to 21:15 – Races

World Touring Car Cup – Belgium
13/09 – 09:15 to 10:15 – Race 1 (Eurosport)
13/09 – 13:00 to 14:00 – Race 2 (Eurosport)

As always, this article will be updated if plans change.

Updated on September 10th.

Update on September 12th – The Ferrari special is airing live, right now at 20:12, on the F1 channel.


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Scheduling: The 2020 Rally Estonia / Italian Grand Prix

After a six-month hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the World Rally Championship returns, with the Rally Estonia!

Squeezed into two full days’ worth of action, the weekend promises to be jam packed for rallying fans worldwide. Every stage airs live via WRC’s over-the-top platform, and BT Sport’s Red Button service, with free-to-air highlights airing following the rally on ITV4.

Excluding breaks, the WRC team will be on-air for almost ten hours on Saturday from 04:30 to 17:45 UK time, a mammoth shift.

Despite the COVID restrictions, WRC intend to cover the rally as normally as practically possible, with Molly Pettit and Ben Constanduros interviewing the drivers from a distance at stage end.

Becs Williams and Julian Porter remain in the commentary booth, as the series returns to action, with Paul King joining them. Jon Desborough voices the daily highlights programme.

Elsewhere, the Formula 1 paddock takes the eight-hour trip south to the temple of speed, for the Italian Grand Prix from Monza.

Joining the paddock out in Monza is Ted Kravitz, who re-joins the Sky Sports F1 team after missing the past three Grand Prix.

World Rally Championship – Estonia (All Live)
Also airs live on WRC+ (£)
04/09 – 15:30 to 18:00 – Stage 1 (BT Sport Extra 1)
05/09 – 04:30 to 17:45 – Stages 2 to 11 (BT Sport Extra 2)
=> 05:40 – Stage 2
=> 06:20 – Stage 3
=> 07:00 – Stage 4
=> 08:00 – Stage 5
=> 09:19 – Stage 6
=> 12:37 – Stage 7
=> 13:17 – Stage 8
=> 14:00 – Stage 9
=> 15:00 – Stage 10
=> 16:19 – Stage 11
06/09 – 04:00 to 12:45 – Stages 12 to 17 (BT Sport Extra 1)
=> 05:35 – Stage 12
=> 06:09 – Stage 13
=> 07:00 – Stage 14
=> 08:49 – Stage 15
=> 09:28 – Stage 16
=> 11:00 – Stage 17

World Rally Championship – Estonia
04/09 – 17:00 to 18:00 – Stage 1 (BT Sport 2)
04/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – Day 1 Highlights (BT Sport 2)
05/09 – 07:00 to 08:00 – Stage 4 (BT Sport 1)
05/09 – 14:00 to 15:00 – Stage 9 (BT Sport 3)
05/09 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Day 2 Highlights (BT Sport 2)
06/09 – 07:00 to 08:00 – Stage 14 (BT Sport 2)
06/09 – 11:00 to 12:30 – Stage 17 [Power Stage] (BT Sport 2)
06/09 – 20:30 to 21:00 – Day 3 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
09/09 – 21:30 to 22:35 – Highlights (ITV4)

Channel 4 F1
05/09 – 19:30 to 21:00 – Qualifying Highlights
06/09 – 18:30 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
04/09 – 09:30 to 11:50 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 09:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
=> 10:00 – Practice 1
04/09 – 13:45 to 15:45 – Practice 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)
05/09 – 10:45 to 12:10 – Practice 3
05/09 – 13:00 to 15:35 – Qualifying
06/09 – 12:30 to 17:30 – Race
=> 12:30 – Grand Prix Sunday
=> 14:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 16:00 – Chequered Flag
=> 17:00 – Notebook

Supplementary Programming
05/09 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The Story so Far (also Sky Sports Main Event)
06/09 – 17:30 to 18:30 – Jochen Rindt: Uncrowned Champion
09/09 – 21:00 to 21:30 – Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
02/09 – 21:00 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
04/09 – 09:55 to 11:55 – Practice 1 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
04/09 – 13:55 to 15:35 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
05/09 – 10:55 to 12:05 – Practice 3 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
05/09 – 13:55 to 15:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
06/09 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

British Superbikes – Silverstone
05/09 – 12:00 to 12:50 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2)
05/09 – 16:00 to 18:00 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
06/09 – 12:15 to 12:55 – Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
06/09 – 14:00 to 18:00 – Race 3 (Eurosport 2)
09/09 – 20:00 to 21:30 – Highlights (ITV4)

Formula Two – Italy (Sky Sports F1)
04/09 – 11:50 to 12:40 – Practice (also Sky Sports Main Event)
04/09 – 15:55 to 16:30 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event)
05/09 – 15:35 to 16:55 – Race 1
06/09 – 10:00 to 11:05 – Race 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)

Formula Three – Italy (Sky Sports F1)
04/09 – 08:30 to 09:20 – Practice (also Sky Sports Main Event)
04/09 – 13:00 to 13:45 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event)
05/09 – 09:20 to 10:10 – Race 1
06/09 – 08:35 to 09:35 – Race 2 (also Sky Sports Main Event)

Porsche Supercup – Italy (Sky Sports F1)
06/09 – 11:40 to 12:25 – Race

Virgin Australia Supercars – Townsville (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on SuperView (£)
05/09 – 06:30 to 08:00 – Race 1
06/09 – 03:15 to 04:30 – Race 2
06/09 – 05:30 to 07:00 – Race 3

World Superbikes – Aragon
Also airs live on World Superbikes’ Video Pass (£)
04/09 – 09:25 to 10:25 – Practice 1 (Eurosport 2)
04/09 – 13:55 to 14:55 – Practice 2 (Eurosport 2)
05/09 – 09:30 to 12:00 – Superpole (Eurosport 2)
05/09 – 12:50 to 16:00 – Race 1 (Eurosport 2)
06/09 – 09:45 to 12:15 – Superpole Race (Eurosport 2)
06/09 – 12:55 to 14:00 – Race 2 (Eurosport 2)
08/09 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

As always, this article will be updated if plans change.

Update on September 5th – Sky are airing a special documentary following tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix to mark fifty years since the death of Jochen Rindt.


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