This is difficult because I think the BBC need to:
1) balance giving an overall narrative to season (not just showing european races that may give the best viewing figures) and have a fairly even spread throughout the season. This is because they need to get casual viewers “hooked” on tuning in every few weeks for a race and hardcore viewers will go and watch Sky if they can afford it or can’t live without every race live.
2) Include what I think are the classics, 1st race, Monaco, Britain, Spa, Monza, Japan and final race. Possibly USA too since it’ll be the 1st race there.
3) Get as many viewers as possible for their races and include popular races such as Canada, Singapore and maybe Korea and India and avoid races that clash with the things like Wimbledon and the Olympics.
So my recommendation would be:
1) Australia. (Early morning start, but its the 1st race so important to the narrative and I love the anticipation of getting up early for the first practices of the season).
2)India. (Depending on how this years race goes, if badly then China to fill the gap between Melbourne and Monaco.)
3)Monaco (Just has to be included.)
4)Canada (often produces good races and on during prime time so will get good viewing figures)
5)Britain (Home GP, so no expensive flights for the production crew.)
6)Belgium (Classic race, and large gap since Britain won’t be missed due to Olympics)
7)Singapore (Racing under lights!)
8)Japan (Classic circuit.)
9)USA (Penultimate race, 1st at a new venue and prime time so not to be missed.)
10)Brazil (Final race, classic circuit.)
I would like to include Malaysia, India, Spain, Germany, Italy, Korea and Abu Dhabi but I can’t so that’s my reserve list. Hopefully I’ve got most of the classics, and they’re reasonably spread out through the season to help maintain a “story” of the year, and I’ve only got one back to back, which is hopefully when the title is decided.
Unfortunately I think I’ve read that Sky get to pick some races for exclusive coverage though which may completely ruin my choices, but at least I’ve got a long reserve list to pick from. In reality I’d like to pick them all for live coverage and pay the BBC to cover them, but if I could afford that I could also afford to pay for a Sky subscription…