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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News round-up: Bratches set to exit F1 role; Eurosport executive joins Formula E

In the latest Motorsport Broadcasting round-up, news emerges of potential upcoming changes to Formula 1’s leadership team.

The round-up gives a bite sized view of the latest news making the waves, as well as interesting snippets that I have picked up along the way.

ICYMI: Round-Up #4 (July 23rd): New Formula Two documentary coming soon; Facebook touts MotoGP success

ICYMI: Round-Up #3 (July 1st): Sky F1 to air special Williams documentary; Formula E wins award for TV product

ICYMI: Round-Up #2 (May 28th): F1’s US audience figures increase; Formula E hits the big screen

ICYMI: Round-Up #1 (May 13th): Turner returns to F1 fold; F1 adjusts OTT pricing; Barrat joins Formula E’s TV team

Formula 1

  • Earlier in the season, news outlets revealed that Netflix’s cameras would be getting up close to Mercedes during the German Grand Prix weekend, as part of filming for series two of Drive to Survive. Unfortunately for Mercedes, race day turned into a bit of a disaster.
    • The Press Association reports that, after the Germany disaster, Mercedes invited Netflix back for the closing phase of the Hungarian Grand Prix one weekend later. The race saw Lewis Hamilton come from behind to take victory away from Max Verstappen in the closing laps.
  • According to RaceFans, Formula 1 and Sky are rumoured to be working on a multi-part documentary to be released in Summer 2020. The series will coincide with Formula 1’s 70th anniversary, although no details have been officially confirmed as of writing.
  • Sean Bratches is set to leave his role as F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations at the end of the year, the BBC’s Andrew Benson is reporting.
    • Bratches joined F1 following Liberty Media’s acquisition of the group in 2017, and has spoken in recent times about F1’s free-to-air and pay TV mix.
    • Benson also reports that Chase Carey and Ross Brawn are set to remain in their existing roles.

DTM / W Series

  • The DTM touring car series is holding a joint event with Super GT at Fuji in November, in what both are billing as a ‘Dream Race’. The joint event presents many decisions about which drivers will take part.
    • However, speaking to Autosport last month, Audi motor sport boss Dieter Gass said that having drivers’ share duties is unlikely as DTM believes there are “complication[s] in explaining the rotation to TV audiences.”
  • As of last month, there was no word on where W Series’ documentary will air. I understand that series bosses are flexible as to where the series eventually ends up, and in what format. Production company Whisper filmed documentary content throughout, from the first driver selection test through to season finale.

Formula E

  • One of Eurosport’s leading figures is to join Formula E, e-racing365 reports. Sebastian Tiffert, who was Eurosport’s former executive producer for their Olympics Games offering, is to join Formula E as the head of their media content department. Tiffert is set to “manage the broadcast, social and digital media elements” of Formula E.

MotoGP

  • Vislink Technologies have extended their contract with Dorna to be MotoGP’s official RF systems supplier. Vislink, who have held the contract since 2002, will continue to partner with MotoGP for the next three seasons.
    • “The continuation of our engagement with Dorna is testament to our leadership in live sports broadcasting, and delivering reliable, crystal-clear video to MotoGP fans around the globe,” said John Payne, President and COO of Vislink.

Elsewhere…

  • Dieter Rencken reports that negotiations are ongoing to sell Motorsport Network.
    • Billionaire Mike Zoi leads the group, which owns the likes of Motorsport.com, Autosport and F1 Racing, as well as a stake in Formula E. Other stakeholders within the group include McLaren boss Zak Brown (chairman) and James Allen (EMEA President).
    • Rencken adds that Dmitry Mazepin, whose son Nikita Mazepin races in Formula Two, is in the running to purchase the group.
  • The promotor of the World Rallycross series is reporting strong interaction figures over on Facebook. Using figures from Crowdtangle, IMG’s Vincent Haas notes that the series has the highest interaction rate of any motor sport series on the social media platform, as well as over 50 million video views.
  • Netflix subscribers will soon be getting a slice of NASCAR action, but maybe not in the way they expected. The two parties are collaborating on a new comedy series starring Kevin James.
    • The Crew sees the action play out in a NASCAR garage, with James acting as crew chief.
    • NASCAR’s Matt Summers (Managing Director, Entertainment Marketing & Content Development) and (Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer) will serve as Executive Producers from NASCAR’s perspective.

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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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Scheduling: The 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

After one of the best Formula 1 races of the modern era, the Grand Prix paddock heads to the Hungaroring for the final stop before the Summer break.

At least two on-screen talent have already started their F1 break. Germany was Ted Kravitz’s last race for Sky until Italy, meaning that neither him nor his Notebook output will be present this weekend in Hungary, or in Belgium after the break.

Over on the BBC, Jennie Gow is not with 5 Live out in Hungary, instead W Series lead commentator Claire Cottingham takes up station in pit lane.

The Budapest schedule takes up a different feel this weekend, with Formula Two and Formula Three swapping places on Saturday. The reason for this is that Formula Three qualifying takes place on Saturday morning, not Friday evening as at earlier rounds.

For UK viewers, Sky have opted to prioritise The F1 Show over the first Formula Three race, the latter airing on a short tape-delay.

Elsewhere on the scheduling front, MotoGP returns from its Summer break in the Czech Republic. But fans without BT Sport will discover that free-to-air highlights on Quest are now airing in an even later slot. The broadcaster has moved their highlights from 22:00 to 23:00, likely due to poor viewing figures.

It is a busy weekend, with the British Touring Car Championship and World Rally Championship also returning from their Summer holidays.

Channel 4 F1
03/08 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
04/08 – 19:00 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
02/08 – 09:45 to 11:55 – Practice 1
02/08 – 13:45 to 15:50 – Practice 2
03/08 – 10:45 to 12:30
=> 10:45 – Practice 3
=> 12:10 – Paddock Walkabout
03/08 – 13:00 to 15:30 – Qualifying
=> 13:00 – Pre-Show
=> 13:55 – Qualifying
04/08 – 12:30 to 17:00 – Race
=> 12:30 – Pit Lane Live (also Sky Sports Main Event from 13:00)
=> 13:30 – On the Grid (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 14:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 16:00 – Paddock Live (also Sky Sports Main Event until 16:30)

Supplementary Programming
01/08 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
01/08 – 17:00 to 17:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
02/08 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The Story so Far
03/08 – 16:30 to 17:00 – The F1 Show
07/08 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
01/08 – 21:30 to 22:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
04/08 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Race Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)

MotoGP – Czech Republic (BT Sport 2)
Also airs live on MotoGP’s Video Pass (£)
02/08 – 07:45 to 15:15 – Practice 1 and 2
03/08 – 08:00 to 15:15
=> 07:45 – Practice 3
=> 11:00 – Qualifying
04/08 – 07:30 to 15:00
=> 07:30 – Warm Ups
=> 09:15 – Moto3
=> 11:00 – Moto2
=> 12:30 – MotoGP
=> 14:00 – Chequered Flag

MotoGP – Czech Republic (Quest)
05/08 – 23:00 to 00:00 – Highlights

British Superbikes – Thruxton
03/08 – 15:30 to 18:00 – Qualifying (Eurosport 2)
04/08 – 13:00 to 18:00 – Races (Eurosport 2)
07/08 – 20:00 to 21:00 – Highlights (ITV4)

British Talent Cup – Czech Republic
03/08 – 15:15 to 16:15 – Race 1 (BT Sport 2)
04/08 – 14:15 to 15:15 – Race 2 (BT Sport 3)

British Touring Car Championship – Snetterton (ITV4)
04/08 – 10:45 to 18:30 – Races

Formula Two – Hungary (Sky Sports F1)
02/08 – 11:55 to 12:45 – Practice
02/08 – 15:50 to 16:30 – Qualifying
03/08 – 09:00 to 10:15 – Race 1
04/08 – 10:15 to 11:15 – Race 2

Formula Three – Hungary (Sky Sports F1)
03/08 – 07:55 to 08:30 – Qualifying
03/08 – 16:00 to 16:55 – Race 1 Tape-Delay
04/08 – 08:55 to 09:45 – Race 2

Porsche Supercup – Hungary (Sky Sports F1)
04/08 – 11:40 to 12:15 – Race

Speedway Grand Prix – Poland (BT Sport 3)
03/08 – 17:45 to 21:15 – Races

World Rally Championship – Finland (All Live)
Also airs live on WRCPlus.com (£)
01/08 – 17:00 to 19:00 – Stage 1 (BT Sport Extra 3)
02/08 – 06:00 to 19:15 – Stages 2 to 11 (BT Sport Extra 1)
03/08 – 06:00 to 18:00 – Stages 12 to 19 (BT Sport Extra 1)
04/08 – 05:30 to 12:45 – Stages 20 to 23 (BT Sport Extra 1)

World Rally Championship – Finland
01/08 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Stage 1 (BT Sport 1)
02/08 – 01:00 to 02:00 – Day 1 Highlights (BT Sport 3)
02/08 – 18:00 to 19:00 – Stage 11 (BT Sport 1)
02/08 – 22:30 to 23:00 – Day 2 Highlights (BT Sport 1)
03/08 – 15:00 to 16:00 – Stage 18 (BT Sport 1)
03/08 – 21:15 to 21:45 – Day 3 Highlights (BT Sport 3)
04/08 – 07:30 to 08:30 – Stage 21 (BT Sport 1)
04/08 – 11:00 to 12:30 – Stage 23 [Power Stage] (BT Sport 1)
05/08 – 19:00 to 20:00 – Highlights (5Spike)

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


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Scheduling: The 2019 German Grand Prix

Germany plays host to the half way stage of the Formula 1 season, as the paddock heads to Hockenheim.

After live coverage at Silverstone, it is back to highlights for Channel 4 for the remainder of the season, as Billy Monger joins the team for the weekend alongside regulars Steve Jones, David Coulthard and Ben Edwards. Sky’s coverage of qualifying and the race airs across their F1 channel and Main Event.

Due to the different contractual arrangements in play between F1 and circuit organisers, Formula Two and Formula Three are again absent, leaving a lighter weekend schedule for fans attending the Grand Prix. The last time Formula Two (or GP2 as it was known then) raced at Hockenheim was back in 2016.

Elsewhere, the IndyCar Series heats up, with only four races remaining following the Mid-Ohio round. It is also a busy weekend on the endurance front, with Spa and Suzuka playing host to four- and two-wheel racing respectively.

Channel 4 F1
27/07 – 18:30 to 20:00 – Qualifying Highlights
28/07 – 19:00 to 21:00 – Race Highlights

Sky Sports F1
Sessions
26/07 – 09:45 to 11:45 – Practice 1 (also Sky Sports Main Event until 11:00)
26/07 – 13:45 to 15:45 – Practice 2
27/07 – 10:45 to 12:30
=> 10:45 – Practice 3
=> 12:10 – Paddock Walkabout
27/07 – 13:00 to 15:30 – Qualifying
=> 13:00 – Pre-Show
=> 13:55 – Qualifying (also Sky Sports Main Event from 14:00)
28/07 – 12:30 to 17:30 – Race
=> 12:30 – Pit Lane Live
=> 13:30 – On the Grid (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 14:05 – Race (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 16:00 – Paddock Live (also Sky Sports Main Event)
=> 17:00 – Notebook (also Sky Sports Main Event)

Supplementary Programming
25/07 – 14:00 to 14:30 – Drivers’ Press Conference
25/07 – 17:00 to 17:30 – Welcome to the Weekend
26/07 – 16:00 to 16:30 – The Story so Far
27/07 – 15:30 to 16:00 – The F1 Show (also Sky Sports Main Event)
30/07 – 20:30 to 21:00 – F1 Midweek Debrief

BBC Radio F1
All sessions are available live on BBC’s F1 website
25/07 – 19:30 to 20:30 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live)
27/07 – 14:00 to 15:05 – Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live)
28/07 – 14:00 to 16:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – 24 Hours of Spa
Also airs live on YouTube
27/07 and 28/07 – Race
=> 15:15 to 17:00 (Eurosport 2)
=> 21:00 to 22:30 (Eurosport 2)
=> 09:30 [Sunday] to 10:50 (Eurosport)
=> 14:00 to 16:00 (Eurosport 2)

IndyCar Series – Mid-Ohio (Sky Sports F1)
27/07 – 19:30 to 21:30 – Qualifying
28/07 – 20:30 to 23:00 – Race

Porsche Supercup – Germany (Sky Sports F1)
28/07 – 11:20 to 12:00 – Race

Suzuka 8 Hours (Eurosport 2)
28/07 – 03:15 to 12:00 – Race

Virgin Australia Supercars – Ipswich
Also airs live on SuperView (£)
27/07 – 06:45 to 08:30 – Race 1 (BT Sport 2)
28/07 – 04:45 to 06:45 – Race 2 (BT Sport 3)

This article will be updated if details change.


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