Sky Sports have announced that their new Formula 1 channel will include live coverage of both the GP2 and GP3 Series.
Complementing the channel’s coverage of every session from all 20 races in 2012, fans will have the chance to receive a glimpse into the future of motorsport with both series considered to be the premier breeding ground for Formula 1 drivers of the future.
Sky Sports F1 HD will show two GP2 races per weekend, which includes a feature race on Saturday afternoons and a shorter sprint race on Sunday mornings.
The championship has been expanded this year to include several flyaway races after its recent merger with the GP2 Asia Series.
Now in its third year, the GP3 Series will support all the European-based grands prix and Sky Sports F1 will also provide extensive coverage of the championship throughout the season.
In addition to live coverage, Sky Sports have also confirmed that their weekly magazine show, presented by Georgie Thompson and Ted Kravitz, will also provide coverage, analysis and discussion of the races from the likes of Monaco, Monza and Silverstone, Spa and Singapore.
“We are delighted to be showing GP2 and GP3 live on Sky Sports F1 HD,” said Sky’s F1 Executive Producer Martin Turner.
“There are six former GP2 champions in Formula 1 this season, including Lewis Hamilton and last year’s winner Romain Grosjean.
“The series promises nail-biting and fascinating racing and we’ll track gifted drivers through the ranks as they aim for Formula 1.”
The 12-round 2012 GP2 Series will begin in Malaysia on 23-25 March and there will be strong British interest in the championship, including Formula 2 race-winner Jolyon Palmer and 2011 GP3 runner-up James Calado.
Alex Brundle, the son of Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle, will be driving for Carlin Motorsport in the GP3 category.
Sky Sports F1 launches on the weekend prior to the opening race in Australia, and the broadcaster has confirmed that they will be taking the world feed commentary, provided by Will Buxton, for every GP2 and GP3 race.
.GP2 Series – Malaysia – TV Schedule Sepang, Kuala Lumpur (March 24-26) Friday 24th March Practice – 3.55am – LIVE – Sky Sports F1 Qualifying – 7.50am – LIVE – Sky Sports F1 Saturday 25th March Race 1 – 2.55am – LIVE – Sky Sports F1 Sunday 26th March Race 2 – 6.10am – LIVE – Sky Sports F1 Replays at various times . GP2 Series 2012 Schedule All races LIVE on Sky Sports F1 March 24/25 – Malaysia – Sepang April 21/22 – Bahrain – Sakhir April 27/28 – Bahrain – Sakhir* May 12/13 – Spain – Barcelona May 25/26 – Monaco – Monte Carlo June 23/24 – Europe – Valencia July 7/8 – Great Britain – Silverstone July 21/22 – Germany – Hockenheim July 28/29 – Hungary – Budapest September 1/2 – Belgium – Spa-Franchorchamps September 8/9 – Italy – Monza September 22/23 – Singapore – Marina Bay *Independent round GP3 Series 2012 Schedule Coverage on Sky Sports F1 May 12/13 – Spain – Barcelona May 26/27 – Monaco – Monte Carlo June 23/24 – Europe – Valencia July 7/8 – Great Britain – Silverstone July 21/22 – Germany – Hockenheim July 28/29 – Hungary – Budapest September 1/2 – Belgium – Spa-Franchorchamps September 8/9 – Italy – Monza .