BBC reveals F1 coverage schedule for 2012

The BBC has revealed its coverage plans for all Formula 1 races in 2012.

Ten races will be shown live on BBC One, including the British, Monaco and season-ending Brazilian Grands Prix.

Of the other 10, there will be extended highlights programmes on BBC One, of either 90-minute or two-hour duration depending on race location.

Races in the Far Eastern time zone will have highlights broadcast on BBC One at 1400, with those in the European time zone getting 90 minutes at 1730.

The BBC's coverage of all the live races will be as extensive as ever, with all the action on and off the track across TV, radio, online, red button and mobile.

LIVE RACES ON THE BBC

  • 15 April: China
  • 13 May: Spain
  • 27 May: Monaco
  • 24 June: Europe
  • 8 July: Britain
  • 2 September: Belgium
  • 23 September: Singapore
  • 14 October: Korea
  • 4 November: Abu Dhabi
  • 25 November: Brazil

There will be full live coverage of both qualifying and race on BBC One, BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website, plus a one-hour evening highlights programme on BBC Three and BBC HD.

For these races, all three practice sessions will be shown live on the red button and the website.

The F1 Forum will continue on the red button for about an hour of comment and analysis after the programme.

The presentation team will be at all the races, including those that are not being broadcast live on BBC television. Full details of the team will be revealed at a later date.

For those races in the Far East time zone which take place early in the morning in the UK, two hours of highlights will be shown at 1400.

For races which are run at a time that is early afternoon in the UK, 90 minutes of highlights will be shown at 1730. Schedules are subject to change.

The full narrative of the weekend, including live text and audio commentary, news, interviews, pictures and highlights of all sessions on track, will also be available on the BBC Sport website and there will be live coverage of both qualifying and the race on radio.

All 20 grands prix will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra.

The BBC Sport website and red button will broadcast live coverage of every second of on-track action for all the races that are live on BBC One and will have highlights of the others.

In detail, the coverage will be as follows:

Network television - Live grands prix

Qualifying sessions and races live on BBC One and BBC One HD

One-hour evening highlights programme on BBC Three and BBC HD

All races and qualifying sessions that start before 1000 to have full repeat on terrestrial TV later in the day

Network television - Other races

Extended highlights (90 mins) on BBC One and BBC One HD, 1700 for European time zone races and (120 mins) 1400 for early morning races

Qualifying: Extended highlights (75 mins) BBC One and BBC One HD, Saturdays at 1730 for European time zone races and 1300 for early morning races

(Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying and highlights will be on BBC Two and BBC HD)

Radio

Live commentary of every race plus coverage of practice and qualifying sessions

5 Live Formula 1 on 5 Live Sport every Friday night prior to a race, previewing all the action with expert analysis and the latest news from the track

Chequered Flag podcast available to download at BBC Radio 5 live website with expert analysis and reaction from the circuit

Online/Red Button

Live BBC races - all live on-track sessions streamed live on Red Button and on the BBC Sport website

Interactive forum on Red Button for an hour after each live race

All races - live text and audio commentary, highlights, interviews, news, reaction