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BBC reveals F1 coverage plans

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25/11/2011

Just over an hour after Sky Sports announced its plans for its coverage of F1 in 2012, the BBC finally revealed its own plans.

The controversial move which sees Sky Sports and the BBC share F1 after the 'state' broadcaster declared that it was no longer in a position to continue sees the BBC retain live coverage of ten races.

Those ten races are the Grands Prix of China, Spain, Monaco, Europe, Britain, Belgium, Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and the season finale in Brazil.

For those ten races qualifying and the race itself will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD. There will also be coverage of the practice sessions on the Red Button service and the BBC Sport website.

There will also be a one-hour evening highlights programme on BBC Three and BBC HD while all races and qualifying sessions that start before 10:00 will have a full repeat on terrestrial TV later in the day.

Those races not shown live by the BBC will be broadcast as extended highlights (90 minutes) on BBC One and BBC One HD, at 17:00 for European time zone races and (120 mins) 14:00 for early morning races.

In terms of qualifying, extended highlights (75 mins) will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD, Saturdays at 17:30 for European time zone races and 13:00 for early morning races. The Hungarian Grand Prix, both qualifying and highlights, will be shown on BBC Two and BBC HD.

On radio, there will be live commentary of every race plus coverage of practice and qualifying sessions. Furthermore, every Friday night prior to a race, 5 Live Sport will preview the event.

Despite being unable to afford to continue its full contract with FOM, and ignoring its environmental concerns, the BBC will continue to send its full presentation team to each event even those that are not being broadcast live. Full details of the team will be revealed at a later date.

What fans in the UK will now have to decide is whether to splash out for Sky coverage or accept the fact that the Grands Prix of Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain (if it happens), Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, India and Austin (again, if it happens - and that's a mighty big if) will be reduced to extended highlights.

Date Event Live/Highlights
18-Mar Australia 14:00 (120 mins)
25-Mar Malaysia 14:00 (120 mins)
15-Apr China Live
22-Apr Bahrain 17:00 (90 mins)
13-May Spain Live
27-May Monaco Live
10-Jun Canada TBC
24-Jun Europe Live
08-Jul Britain Live
22-Jul Germany 17:00 (90 mins)
29-Jul Hungary 17:00 (90 mins)
02-Sep Belgium Live
09-Sep Italy 17:00 (90 mins)
23-Sep Singapore Live
07-Oct Japan 14:00 (120 mins)
14-Oct Korea Live
28-Oct India 14:00 (120 mins)
04-Nov Abu Dhabi Live
18-Nov United States TBC
25-Nov Brazil Live

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