Start, Monaco, 2012

BBC confirm ten live free-to-air races for 2013

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Monaco, 2012The BBC have confirmed which of the ten races on the 2013 F1 calendar will be shown live.

The yet-to-be confirmed race on July 21st is among those the BBC plans to show live. It is not clear whether a different race will be chosen if that Grand Prix does not go ahead.

The Monaco Grand Prix, which was shown live this year, is among those which will not get live coverage in 2013. The Canadian Grand Prix, which was not shown live in 2012, will be next year.

As this year there will be delayed highlights of the races not shown live.

The BBC also announced Suzi Perry will take over from Jake Humphrey as the presenter of its F1 coverage. Perry, who has presented Moto GP for the last ten years, said: “Motorsport is my life and I?ve really missed being away from the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC. Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can?t wait to get started.”

Update: As the ‘TBC’ race will not go ahead, BBC will only broadcast nine races live this year.

Round Race Circuit Date Channel
1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 15 – 17 Sky
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit March 22 – 24 Sky
3 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit April 12 – 14 BBC/Sky
4 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit April 19 – 21 Sky
5 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya May 10 – 12 BBC/Sky
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo May 23 – 26 Sky
7 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 7 – 9 BBC/Sky
8 British Grand Prix Silverstone June 28 – 30 BBC/Sky
9 German Grand Prix TBC July 5 – 7 Sky
10 TBC TBC July 19 – 21 BBC/Sky
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 26 – 28 Sky
12 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps August 23 – 25 BBC/Sky
13 Italian Grand Prix Monza September 6 – 8 BBC/Sky
14 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore September 20 – 22 Sky
15 Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit October 4 – 6 Sky
16 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka October 11 – 13 BBC/Sky
17 Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit October 25 – 27 BBC/Sky
18 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 1 – 3 Sky
19 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas November 15 – 17 Sky
20 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 22 – 24 BBC/Sky

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90 comments on “BBC confirm ten live free-to-air races for 2013”

  1. Monza live – brilliant.
    Canada live – fantastic.
    Austin only highlights – that’s a shame.
    Monaco only highlights – fine with me. You get so many laps there where nothing much changes, it’ll be an easy one to edit.
    Abu Dhabi and Korea on Sky – haha, you can keep them.

    Nice surprise that it’s Suzi Perry. A bit surprised they’ve not set themselves apart from Sky and promoted Lee McKenzie, who knows everyone in F1 already. But Jake was an “outsider” too, Suzi’s got loads of racing experience and she’ll be surounded by production team who’ve been there & done it for years. And I’m pleased that (presumably) Lee McKenzie carries on in a similar role, she’s very good at that.

  2. I wish Jake Humphry would stay, and that bbc had all the races live

    1. The politics about the rights happened, but you can’t besmirch Jake from leaving F1 – he’s got a baby on the way and didn’t really want to spend half the year away from it & his wife.

  3. Can’t believe people are up in arms about Monaco not being shown live by the BBC. Most of the time it is a boring, processional race. I’m glad Canada is live instead, it’s arguably provided some of the best races we’ve seen in recent years. It’s a shame the beeb don’t have Australia live though, would be nice to see the season opener live. And it also sucks they don’t have a race till a month after the season begins.

    1. Can’t believe people are up in arms about Monaco not being shown live by the BBC. Most of the time it is a boring, processional race.

      Processional yes, Boring never!

      Monaco ain’t about overtaking, If thats what you want to see then go watch Nascar. Monaco is about skill, speed & the love of watching f1 drivers pushing to the limit, scraping the walls knowing that one mistake could see them damage there car.
      Its the one race where drivers have to concentrate more than any other purely because of the additional danger because of how close the walls are.

      Monaco is racing history, Its racing as it used to be. No room for error, little run-off & a place where a driver can out drive a poor car to show his true skill.

      Plenty of other races through the year where you see lots of overtaking & where drivers can easily run wide & not risk the car, simply running through miles of tarmac or bouncing over grass or into a gravel trap.

      I already have sky so i still get to see everything live, however if I didn’t I would be genuinely so mad about them not taking monaco live that i would subscribe to sky & refuse to watch any of the bbc’s f1 action in 2013!!!!

  4. Good to see Bahrain being avoided as a live BBC race, and that we’ll have Spa, Monza and Montreal on the viewing platform of choice.

    I echo the sentiment that Lee would have been a prime candidate for the job, but for whatever reason the BBC don’t seem to have a great liking for her. On the races she did front this year, they didn’t do anything much in the way of VT, they didn’t do a forum for at least one race, and they even brought Jake back for a race he wasn’t supposed to be at anyway. They don’t include her in post-race forums or discussions, they don’t include her in “three amigos” skits, and for all the pitlane expertise, they don’t seem to want to leverage her connections, or her relationship with the drivers, which she’s built up over decades.

    With all that said, it’s not a surprise they didn’t give her the job, but I have to say I think she could have been great, if the Beeb were prepared to put the effort into backing her like they did with Jake.

  5. Even though I was less than impressed with the deal BBC got us this year with only 10 races live & stuck with them, however losing monaco as one of those live races & going with a non-f1 fan for lead presenter is for me the final straw & I will be ordering a sky installation for January.

    Not impressed with them going with suzi perry who for years has been sniping at f1 & talking about how the motorcycle world is better.

    also totally unimpressed they either couldn’t have or didn’t want Monaco as a live race. i love watching the monaco gp, love watching all the practice sessions & its always a thrill watching qualifying there.

    if you think monaco is boring then simply don’t watch, nothing making you watch it live if you think its such a poor race, just dont watch it. however going by the ratings it gets each year & the massively negative feedback so far from the bbc not showing it live next year, I’d say those who dislike monaco are in the minority!

  6. BBC viewers annoyed this month, next month it’ll be the Sky viewers turn when Sky drop the “get f1 with an HD subscription of 2012″ and force us to pay for sky sports regardless of the fact its 90% balls (sports).

  7. So glad we subscribed to Sky a few weeks ago as Monaco live is a must.
    The BBC not having the Monaco Gp is like ESPN showing the Indycar season but not showing the Indy 500, Or Fox showing all the Nascar races but not showing Daytona.
    Your biggest event, The most historic event & the one with all the prestige & which all the teams/drivers say they love & want to win should always be the 1 race you make sure you always have Live & in Full!

    I can see the BBC taking a big hit over this & rightfully so.

  8. BBC did all 20 races live in 2012.. you just had to be outside of the UK to watch.. TSN (in Canada) used BBC feeds/pundits all year long.

  9. A hole created by the BBC with Monaco not being screened live but a comprehensive decision that could ultimately reap it’s potential benefits.

    Races at Monaco don’t always match it’s renowned glamour & challenges the track provides, these two factors are what makes Monaco what it is although the races are either dramatic & subsequently exciting or it’s dull & processional so perhaps the BBC opted to veto the race for that particular reason. Hopefully, this would open the eyes of the audience as I believe despite Monaco’s prestige, history & tradition that there’s more to the sport than the latter & if you’re very perceptive you would actually agree. If the 2013 race turns out to be dull & processional then this justifies their decision to not screen the race, I would frankly trade the TBC/uncertain race for the opener at Australia just to be secure given the BBC’s position as anything could happen with that race, plus with Canada being screened live, perhaps travel expenses isn’t actually a major factor in which 10 races are selected.

    I just want to wish all the best to Suzi, I haven’t seen much of Lee when she’s the lead presenter but I’m certain that they’re both great in that role in their own unique way.

  10. while you fight over BBC, do give a thought to we Indians. We do not get F1 over free-to-air. To watch F1, we gotta subscribe to cable or DTH. Both payable monthly

    1. You do understand the concept of the BBC being ‘free-to-air’ is a common misnomer.

      Every UK citizen choosing has to pay £145.50 a year to legally use a TV or computer to watch a live broadcast, the majority of which goes to the BBC.

  11. Something else regarding BBC not showing Monaco live, This means there will be no In-car channel available for qualifying or the race.

    Thats a big thing for me as I always watch the in-car feed on my laptop via the bbc website & that is something i always thoroughly love watching for Monaco, especially during qualifying.

  12. Was just told that the BBC were forced to remove a blog post from there website as a result of 95% of the comments responding to it been very negative.

    Did some digging & have been unable to find out if BBC were unable to select Monaco as a live race or if they simply didn’t select it. The guy I was speaking to who is part of the BBC F1 team said that there not happy about Monaco not been live as its always one of the biggest draw’s & that without been able to promote Monaco as live there expecting a big ratings hit.

    I also hear there is concern at FOM about Monaco not been live on terrestrial TV for similar reasons to what I described above. I was also told that there is a possibility that the BBC broke the terms of an agreement which stipulated Monaco always be live on the terrestrial platform.

    Im not going to get into the whole ‘Monaco is boring so who cares its not live debate’ but all I will say is that Monaco has always done well above average in terms of ratings, Is always the race which tends to attract more of the casual viewers & that the prestige & history of the event do matter when it comes to promoting not just the Monaco Gp but also F1 as a whole.

    Monaco not been on Free Terrestrial TV in the UK may not seem like a big thing (Especially to those who dislike Monaco anyway) but trust me, This will be bad not just for the BBC but also for F1 as a whole.

    1. Monaco has always done well above average in terms of ratings, Is always the race which tends to attract more of the casual viewers & that the prestige & history of the event do matter when it comes to promoting not just the Monaco Gp but also F1 as a whole.

      Ordinarily, yes, but last year the BBC’s audience for Monaco was a little more than 60% of what it had been the year before.

      1. And that despite the race being live, rather than highlights. In fact the Monaco audience figure was almost identical to the Silverstone one – and since the British Grand Prix was up against the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final (which, since it featured Andy Murray, almost certainly swept up the vast majority of the casual sports fan audience in Britain), there’s no particular reason to believe that Monaco attracted more casual fans than any other race.

        That said, last year’s viewing figures were just weird. I can only assume the reason Valencia attracted so many viewers was because given how much rain Britain had in early summer, everybody stayed inside and watched television.

  13. Here in Australia we get Qualifying and Race live on ONE all expect 2 Races which are Australia which is simulcast on TEN and ONE; Canadian GP which is shown live on TEN

  14. I think the Beeb should drop coverage all together. If they can’t be bothered to do the job properly then why waste our license money trying to do a half ***** job? I am bitterly disappointed that Sky have been allowed to muscle in. Their coverage may be very good but it is not worth the £60 odd per month I’d have to pay. I guess it will be all irrelevant in a couple of years time. When Bernie is no longer with us to keep them in line, they will all descend into a downward spiral of destruction and F1 will fall apart.

    1. When Bernie is ‘no longer with us’, we can all live in hope that his replacement will be more accepting of the available technology and ditch the antiquated TV contracts all together.

  15. Hopefully BBC Scotland get their priorities right next year. The Australian and Monaco GPs fall on the same days as both domestic football finals which BBC Scotland have the rights for, I just hope they do not cut the highlights out or shift them to an unreasonable time.

    1. Seeing as they have an exclusive on the football, my guess is BBC Scotland’s priority is showing that.

      1. Was meaning that surely BBC Scotland will have to have a different BBC 2 programming list to England to show the football and f1 highlights, surely BBC Scotland won’t drop f1 highlights, .

  16. Oh Wake Up all of you – As Deep Throat said ” Follow the Money” then it all becomes obvious. BBC gets the hand offs from Sky because Sky has the clout. This way it just comes across as BBC are getting 50% but that’s just BS.

  17. Oh PS … I’m in UK Nat. in NZ and have to watch the Iplayer (which you aren’t allowed to do) or D/L an uploaded prog (which you aren’t allowed to do) just so I can watch 2 hr of mobile and stationary advertising.(which I’m meant to pay for ) …….. Something is wrong here Guys !.

  18. Stephen Maiden
    15th March 2013, 16:07

    Tbh, i don’t care what races are shown live or not, at least we get to see cars go round on a track a few hours later on the BBC.

  19. sky are pathetic and greedy, I hate all sport apart from f1 but will they let me subscribe to this channel only no you have to have sports package well they can shove it, sky presenters drivel on unlike bbc.

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