FORMULA 1: Sky Sports confirms its coverage plans for 2013

Sky Sports F1 will show the Monaco Grand Prix exclusively live next year when the Formula 1 World Championship returns for the 2013 season.

The broadcaster has confirmed its plans for 2013 which will include live coverage of every practice session, qualifying session and race from each grand prix weekend with 10 of them exclusively live.

Every race will be screened on the dedicated Formula 1 channel Sky Sports F1 HD, which made its debut during the 2012 season.

The season opens with exclusive live coverage of the first two grands prix – Australia then Malaysia – only on Sky Sports F1 HD.

In 2013 viewers will enjoy every practice, qualifying and race of the 2013 Formula 1 calendar live on Sky Sports F1, with three of the first four grands prix weekends exclusively live.

In all, 10 races will be shown exclusively live on the channel, including the Monaco, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and US Grands Prix.

The new season kicks off on Sky Sports with The F1 Show on February 15, followed by coverage of all three February tests and car launches.

Sky’s on-screen team will remain unchanged for 2013.

Commentary next season will again come from Martin Brundle and David Croft, with expert analysis by Damon Hill, Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert.

Fronting the coverage are presenters Simon Lazenby and Georgie Thompson alongside pit-lane reporters Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz.

Sky Sports executive producer of Formula 1 Martin Turner said: “The season starts live only on Sky Sports F1 HD. We’ll bring viewers the whole story of the season, live from every practice, qualifying session and race in the calendar.

“We’re looking forward to covering the Monaco Grand Prix live and exclusively – it’s the jewel in the crown of F1 and this is the first time that GP will be exclusively live to Sky Sports F1 HD.

“We’ll follow the twists and turns of the most glamorous weekend in Formula 1 to bring viewers closer to the iconic race that every driver wants to win.

“Last season, we ran features on every team on the grid, broadcast the first UK F1 coverage in Dolby 5.1 surround sound and showed the Team Principal and Driver press conferences live too.

“We also introduced virtual screen technology which created the virtual car seen in the F1 Show and allowed us to recreate a driver’s perspective during key moments of a race.

“Next year promises to be a great season, and we’ll look to go from strength to strength as we give F1 the Sky Sports treatment in 2013.”

In addition to a full calendar of live Formula 1 coverage, F1 fans will enjoy a unique insight into the future of their sport with live coverage of Formula 1 feeder series GP2 and GP3.

The live race weekends will be supported by weekly episodes of the F1 Show beginning on 15 February 2013 and round the clock coverage on Sky Sports News HD, skysports.com/formula1 and @SkySportsF1.

Viewers can watch live on TV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, via Sky Go or using Race Control accessed via the red button, skysports.com/formula1 or the Sky Sports App for iPad.

Race Control users can choose two of up to ten camera views, including driver and pit lane cameras, and data streams to watch on split-screen.

The Formula 1 season forms part of a top year of live sport on Sky Sports in 2013, which also includes Masters golf, the British Lions Tour to Australia, back-to-back Ashes series and more Barclays Premier League football matches than ever before.

More information on Sky Sports F1 HD can be found at www.sky.com/f1

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March 15-17 – Australian Grand Prix (Round 1)*
March 22-24 – Malaysian Grand Prix (Round 2)*
April 12-14 – Chinese Grand Prix (Round 3)
April 19-21 Bahrain Grand Prix (Round 4)*
May 10-12 – Spanish Grand Prix (Round 5)
May 23-26 – Monaco Grand Prix (Round 6)*
June 9-11 – Canadian Grand Prix (Round 7)
June 30-July 2 – British Grand Prix (Round 8)
July 5-7 – German Grand Prix (Round 9)*
July 19-21 – Grand Prix TBA* (Round 10)
July 26-28 – Hungarian Grand Prix (Round 11)*
August 23-25 – Belgian Grand Prix (Round 12)
September 6-8 – Italian Grand Prix (Round 13)
September 20-22 – Singapore Grand Prix (Round 14)*
October 4-6 – Korean Grand Prix (Round 15)*
October 11-13 – Japanese Grand Prix (Round 16)
October 25-27 – Indian Grand Prix (Round 17)
November 1-3 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Round 18)*
November 15-17 – United States Grand Prix (Round 19)*
November 22-24 – Brazilian Grand Prix (Round 20)

* denotes exclusively live races on Sky Sports F1

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