Nine races live on the BBC in 2014

2014 F1 season

Start, Interlagos, 2013Nine of the race on the 2014 F1 calendar will be shown live on free-to-air television in the UK.

The BBC will have live coverage of nine rounds of the nineteen-race season and will show highlights of the remaining rounds. Sky will show live coverage of all the races on its subscription service.

Formula One’s inaugural Russian race will be shown live on the BBC but its return to Austria will not. Here’s a full list of which races will be shown live on which channels in 2014.

Round Race Circuit Date Channel
1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 14 – 16 Sky
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit March 28 – 30 BBC/Sky
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit April 4 – 6 Sky
4 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit April 18 – 20 Sky
5 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya May 9 – 11 BBC/Sky
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo May 22 – 25 Sky
7 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 6 – 8 BBC/Sky
8 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring June 20 – 22 Sky
9 British Grand Prix Silverstone July 4 – 6 BBC/Sky
10 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring July 18 – 20 Sky
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 25 – 27 Sky
12 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps August 22 – 24 BBC/Sky
13 Italian Grand Prix Monza September 5 – 7 BBC/Sky
14 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore September 19 – 21 Sky
15 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka October 3 – 5 BBC/Sky
16 Russian Grand Prix Sochi October 10 – 12 BBC/Sky
17 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas October 31 – November 2 Sky
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 7 – 9 Sky
19 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 21 – 23 BBC/Sky

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64 comments on Nine races live on the BBC in 2014

  1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 20th December 2013, 11:12

    That stinks.

    • F1 stinks these days mate

      • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 20th December 2013, 11:18

        F1 stinks these days mate

        *Murdoch

        • It was the BBC which elected to give up its exclusive UK rights. Silly to blame the buyer when it’s the vendor’s decision to sell.

          • Er, the BBC didn’t “own” exclusive UK rights. It licensed them from FOM… and it elected not to keep buying that license, coincidentally at the time when Murdoch decided he was in the market for the rights and the price was readjusted to whatever he was prepared to throw at it.

    • Not a single free-to-air race in France in 2013, ’14, ’15.

      But there is two way to see the problem. Unlike in the UK, the free-to-air broadcasting was poor in France – and it’s an understatement. Had no pre-race show, no post-race show: lights to flag with no less than 5 ads for an hour and a half of racing.

      Now, I pay 20 bucks per month to get Canal+ and 4 other channels of their brand – with series and films – and I get the full coverage with no ad, build-up, forum and etc…

      So, if you’re a big fan of F1, here you have no choice but to pay but if you’re really a big fan you pay for your passion.0

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 20th December 2013, 14:48

        @jeff1s more to the point, coming from really the center of F1 in this world, it’s shocking that all the races are not free to air. All the engineers, employees, teams based in the UK… seems daft they let it get away… it should be strategically put ahead, as a concept, to be shown on free-to-air tv to show the country what’s basically being made in the country, despite the austrian, indian or whatever license the teams are using.

        Here in Argentina we have to pay for it and the quality of the product is blindingly horrible. At least the brits get some proper broadcast…

  2. magon4 (@magon4) said on 20th December 2013, 11:12

    Can BBC pick freely?
    I would have picked:
    Australia instead of Malaysia
    Monaco instead of Barcelona
    Interlagos instead of Russia

    • Baron (@baron) said on 20th December 2013, 11:30

      Obviously, no.

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 20th December 2013, 11:42

      Both parties get together and decide from the pool in groups of 3. About the only clear rule is that Sky cannot lock out 3 consecutive live races, nor can the BBC pick 3 consecutive live events.

      The BBC gets the first pick and is seemingly contractually obliged to pick Silverstone (for obvious reasons) and the final race. They also tend to gravitate towards events in the Euro or US time zones because of better prime-time viewing figures.

      The BBC saw dreadful viewing figures for Canada and Austin in 2012 because the requirement to time-shift the highlights by 5 hours put them late at night (hence getting Canada live for 2013 seemed to be a priority). They also like Spa, because it gets them back on TV for a popular race after the summer break.

      They also chose to drop Monaco for 2013 because the 2012 race was dreadful (not that 2013 was better). Sky subsequently leapt on it, along with Austin and Singapore, which are all fairly high-profile events on the calendar at the moment.

    • cjpdk (@cjpdk) said on 20th December 2013, 11:43

      @magon4 I imagine not, otherwise Sky wouldn’t really have any jewels with which to promote their coverage

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 20th December 2013, 11:45

      @magon4 They choose at turn (3 races each), BBC Start, then Sky locks 3 races and so on …

  3. mrferraricz said on 20th December 2013, 11:15

    Sad, **** sky…

  4. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 20th December 2013, 11:18

    This ****** stinks man, the local broadcast here in Belgium has decided to stop F1, RTL in Germany has suddenly died on me and now the BBC decided to do one less.

    Swell…

    • Gecko said on 18th March 2014, 14:29

      You can always watch it in French on the RTBF, it doesn’t matter if you speak french or not because the commentary is rubbish. The man can’t stop talking and almost only says what you can see on the screen.
      Still, it’s free, and in HD

  5. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 20th December 2013, 11:25

    No Monaco, that surprises me…

    Malaysia, woo.

    Nope, I’m not getting Sky.

    • Baron (@baron) said on 20th December 2013, 11:31

      Roger that. Sky only when Hell hath frozen.

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 20th December 2013, 11:43

      They didn’t have Monaco live this year. It was dropped due to the race itself generally being pretty lacklustre.

      • hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 20th December 2013, 14:47

        And I think the costs of Monaco are the highest.

        • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 20th December 2013, 16:08

          The costs to the broadcasters don’t fall into it. The BBC and Sky both pay fees for races across the season.

          There are ancillary costs, like the cost of sending personnel etc, but the BBC are already sending their 5Live team and send most of the TV crew to events anyway.

      • bsnaylor (@bsnaylor) said on 20th December 2013, 17:24

        I don’t get this pathetic attitude towards Sky as a whole.
        Fair enough if you can’t afford it, but to shun it for principle seems silly. (and what principle?)
        Sky is a great platform not only for sport, but for broadband, on demand, catchup, etc etc
        The Sky F1 coverage and team is far superior to anything the BBC did, and quite frankly puts the current BBC coverage to shame.

        • @bsnaylor it’s expensive but the product is definitely worthwhile. I do however think they should make just the F1 channel available for a quarter of the cost of the full sports package (so as to not reduce their profits too much, if that’s what they are after).

          I believe that would amount to just over £5/month over-and-above any normal fees which is pretty reasonable for the quality of coverage (the lowest standard subscription fee I believe is £21.50/month, so that would be a total of around £27/month for F1 HD and more).

        • Guest said on 8th March 2014, 11:29

          Sky broadband is crap.

  6. James (@jamesjames123abc) said on 20th December 2013, 11:39

    I’m happy that Malaysia will be shown live, not so keen on Russia. I guess there’s some rule about Sky having a maximum of 2 consecutive races exclusive. At least we all get the chance to see the ‘most important’ race of the season…

  7. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 20th December 2013, 11:43

    Nine races is just not enough, and why does “half the races” have to rounded down? How can anyone serious about the sport see only four races live of the first 11? Of course there will be highlights, but then one can just as well read the race reports on F1Fanatic. I hope RTL Germany will continue to broadcast F1 next season, so at least I’ll be able to follow the races live, without having to resort to the flea-infested corners of the internet where illegal streams reside.

  8. Meander (@meander) said on 20th December 2013, 11:50

    Darn it. Watching Australia and Monaco in German next year, with 5 minute ad breaks… :(

    • Jason Norwood said on 20th December 2013, 12:00

      Surley some of your friends have sky sports. Just ask to borrow there sky go password and you can watch the race live on the internet with a good picture. I bought a HDMI cable and have it playing through my tv from my laptop. And i dont notice any real difference to SD quality pictures that I grew up watching.

  9. Oh well XBMC to the fore, what a lousy selection by the BBC.

  10. ah, i’m glad i don’t have to worry about this.
    living in switzerland, i could either watch the swiss (which is my second choice), the austrian (best one there is, great commentators) or the german broadcast (the only thing they ever talk about is vettel, vettel, vettel and vettel, so i would rather watch a livestream of sky on the internet)

    they all broadcast every race of the season live, so i guess i can call myself lucky to live here and not the uk ;)

    • alexander said on 20th December 2013, 12:18

      i wish they picked melbourne comon it doesnt matter if its on at 5.am its still the first race of season. and also annoyed that they chose abu dhabi over brazil(thats means another midnight highlights program along with usa).

      i also hope the bbc have a rethink about the length of the highlights shows it should be like this:
      fridays: practise highlights or review show(mabey half an hour of inside f1 on bbc2)
      quali show should be 1hr 30min every non live weekend(instead of 1hr and 10min)
      race show should be 2hrs every non live race not just the fly always.
      if they dont do that then ill just watch a sky f1 stream with r5l commentary on non live weekends.

  11. jre_f1 (@jre_f1) said on 20th December 2013, 12:08

    Paid out for Sky this year but still watched the BBC when the option was available.

    Why??!

    I just cannot stand David Croft, he’s completely hopeless, James Allen used to grate me a bit but at least he knew his stuff and could not confuse a white Sauber and a Blue Williams. They need to find somebody better than him, or let Brundle do it solo, he was a good lead commentator in 2011!

    • @jre_f1 In that case you’re still lucky.

      From this year, the F1 broadcasters in India have tied up with Sky so we get Croft and MB and trust me, Croft sounds like the God from the heavens as earlier we had a guy named Steve Slater who was the devil.

      If Croft can mistake a white Sauber for a Blue Williams the here is how Slater went,

      1. Williams of Pastor Maldonado for Nico Rosberg from Mercedes

      2. (2008 Brazil) While Martin Brundle and James Allen knew all along that Timo Glock was losing time every sector to Lewis Hamilton (remember Hamilton had to overtake Glock at the last lap to win the championship) and that a pass was expected, poor ol’ Steve had no clue why Lewis finished in 5th and why Glock was so slow. He was screaming “Massa has won the WDC” all over the place while James Allen immediately was able to point out that Glock was on Slicks so he was losing 3 seconds per sector. I thought for a long time after the race that Glock slowed on purpose when infact he was going as fast as he could!

      3. The mother of all – He said during the 2011 Canadian GP, “Michael Schumacher, the rain master going superbly. The 2010 World Champion is charging towards his young compatriot (Vettel)”

    • I like Crofty: I think he always brings excitement to the races and he’s rarely boring, which I can’t say for Coulthard.

  12. Paul (@frankjaeger) said on 20th December 2013, 12:14

    Definitely should of had German + Brazilian grand prixs instead of Spanish + Russian, and gifted us Monaco . Either way I torrent them afterwards for non-BBC covered races :)

  13. Diceman (@diceman) said on 20th December 2013, 12:51

    9 races is better than nothing, in Finland we see zero races for free.

    • Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 20th December 2013, 14:18

      In Singapore we get one race (guess which one?), and then they add ads into the coverage, just randomly cutting it in many places in between and switching to an ad.

      • David not Coulthard (@) said on 20th December 2013, 17:23

        @wpinrui

        They show ads even if you go straight to Marina Bay (I mean, Marina Bay can’t be far from any spot in Singapore, right?)? :p

  14. David not Coulthard (@) said on 20th December 2013, 17:20

    The situation in Indonesia is a bit funny: We get free-to-air races on Kompas TV (which uses a workaround around the law in order to broadcast the channel nationally) with some ads, and a short, and somewhat bad (rather close to being, if not actually, rubbish). And yet the paid option, the cheapest of which (which is the one I’ve got) basically the non-HD version of the channel from which Kompas TV (which doesn’t air in HD, at least in its default option) gets its browadcast (which is owned by Murdoch , I think, so its been taking Sky’s broadcast starting this year, replacing Steve Slater and Karun Chandok/ Alex Yoong). On Sundays the 2 options are more or less identical (commentary, ad periods, though Kompas TV shows its own ads), apart from the fact that one of Kompas TV’s ads is prolonged by a short news programme (and the fact that the one other than Kompas TV costs some money). Kompas TV, though, doesn’t show anything else, so FPs and qualies and those extra few minutes in the races are all I get from the paid option apart from what I get in the free option.

    In the BBC era of British broadcasting, (what I think are) Murdoch’s channels (Star Sports, sometimes switched to ESPN, which has since been renamed here to Fox Sports, the HD variant of which being what would’ve been needed to watch an HD race here today) had a Different commentary (the aforementioned Slater/Chandok-or-Yoong)and ad times to the Indonesian F1 broadcaster at that time, Global TV, which took their broadcast (and therefore commentary) from The BBC, + echoes (for some reason) to the team radios and had their own ad times (making me switch between the 2 channels during races). Global TV also showed everything, as long as it was Sunday’s race.

  15. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 20th December 2013, 18:08

    The Brits still don’t know how well they have it. Here in Ireland we haven’t had proper coverage since… 2004 I think? I can’t even remember if it was actually any good or not.

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