It has been confirmed today, which races will be shown live by Channel 4 and exclusively live by Sky Sports F1. As I discussed in my predictions, Channel 4 get to pick 3 races, then Sky pick 3, and Channel 4 and Sky go 1 by 1 until all races are gone.
The races that Channel 4 chose were Bahrain, Spain, Europe, Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.
March 20th – Australia (Melbourne) – Sky
April 3rd – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Channel 4/ Sky
April 17th – China (Shanghai) – Sky
May 1st – Russia (Sochi) – Sky
May 15th – Spain (Barcelona) – C4/Sky
May 29th – Monaco (Monaco) – Sky
June 12th – Canada (Montreal) – Sky
June 19th – Europe (Baku) – C4/Sky
July 3rd – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Sky
July 10th – Britain (Silverstone) – C4/Sky
July 24th – Hungary (Budapest) – C4/Sky
July 31st – Germany (Hockenheim) – Sky
August 28th – Belgium (Spa) – C4/Sky
September 4th – Italy (Monza) – C4/Sky
September 18th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky
October 2nd – Malaysia (Sepang) – C4/Sky
October 9th – Japan (Suzuka) – Sky
October 23rd – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Sky
October 30th – Mexico (Mexico City) – C4/Sky
November 13th – Brazil (Interlagos) – Sky
November 27th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – C4/Sky
I must say, I’m not the greatest fan of the races they picked, but with the process, it is first come first served. The fact that they have not got either Monaco or Canada, and instead have the slightly less interesting Spain and Europe. However, that is the luck of the draw. From my predictions just after new year, I got 15 out of 21 picks correct, which isn’t to shabby for a first attempt. But I bow down to @f1broadcasting. Who got a phenomenal 19 out of 21, only getting Japan and Hungary the wrong way round.
Channel 4 have already confirmed David Coulthard as one of their team, and it is looking like Ben Edwards and Eddie Jordan will also make the jump, however Eddie only appearing for the live races.
I would guess that Channel 4 will be showing highlights from Australia with Qualifying on the Saturday 19th March at about 12:00 for a 90 minute Qualifying Highlights show, and the Race Highlights show at 12:30 on Sunday 20th March for approximately 120-150 minutes. There is a possibility that they may even have a preview show at some point before Melbourne, however, currently there are no signs of that.
The rest of the Channel 4 line up should be announced in due course.