Sky Sports F1 will provide unrivalled coverage of the 2013 Formula 1 season, starting with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15-17.
Now in its second full season, Sky’s dedicated Formula 1 channel will include live coverage of every practice session, qualifying session and race from each grand prix weekend.
Simon Lazenby will lead the Sky Sports’ comprehensive coverage of the entire season alongside some of the biggest names in F1 broadcasting, including Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, David Croft and Ted Kravitz.
In all, 10 race weekends will be exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 HD, including three of the first four races, as well as the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in May and the prime-time United States Grand Prix in November.
After a dramatic 2012, which saw Sebastian Vettel win his third consecutive championship in the final race of the season, and with very few rule changes, the 2013 season looks set to be just as compelling and dramatic.
Sky Sports executive producer of Formula 1 Martin Turner said: “The 2013 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.
“This year promises to be another great season, and we’ll look to go from strength to strength as we give F1 the Sky Sports treatment in 2013.”
Read SOTB’s comprehensive guide to Sky Sports’ F1 coverage in 2013:
After an impressive debut season, Sky Sports F1’s award-winning broadcast team are back for the 2013 campaign with one thing in mind: providing the ultimate Formula 1 experience.
The on-screen line-up remains largely unchanged for the 2013 season, with Simon Lazenby fronting live coverage of all the key sessions, including Friday practice, qualifying and the race itself.
Commentary again coming from David Croft, who will be joined for practice sessions by Anthont Davidson, while Martin Brundle takes over for qualifying and the race.
Expert analysis on all the key incidents and issues within the world of Formula 1 will be led by 1996 world champion Damon Hill and three-time F1 winner Johnny Herbert, with contributions from various special guests throughout the season.
Pit-lane reporters Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz will gather the usual mix of stories, breaking news and interviews from the pit lane and paddock – including Kravitz’s popular ‘Notebook’ segment at each race weekend.
Popular Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson will not be part of the Sky F1 line-up team in 2013 after leaving her post in the off-season.
Sky Sports F1 is the only place you can watch all this season’s races live and uninterrupted, offering in-depth coverage of every session from every single race weekend.
In 2013, 10 of the 19 races weekends will be exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 HD and with variety of ways to watch you won’t miss a moment of the season ahead.
Every practice session, qualifying and race day will be shown live and in full on Sky Sports F1 HD (now channel 406 on Sky platforms), including exclusive live coverage of the Monaco, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and US Grands Prix.
High definition brings you the action in stunning picture detail, while Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound will make you feel like you are trackside.
As the self-styled ‘home of Formula 1’, Sky Sports F1 strives to constantly push the boundaries of technology and innovation to enhance the viewing experience for F1 fans.
Sky’s live F1 coverage will complemented by Sky Race Control, the only interactive Red Button service during F1 weekends which will allow fans to choose between as many as ten simultaneous content streams, which gives fans the unique opportunity to choose what they want to watch.
Not only can viewers choose from on-board cameras and data streams, but they can also choose to watch a dedicated ‘Pit Channel’, with regular updates provided by Sky Sports F1’s pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz.
A similar interactive service will be made available for iPad users, and live streaming of all Sky Sports F1 coverage will be available to subscribers online at skysports.com, and via mobile and tablet devices.
The Sky Sports iPad app allows users to completely customise your race experience. View two camera feeds with split screen functionality, you can enjoy live race footage with on board or pit lane feeds simultaneously, see the latest race stats and much more.
In addition, you don’t need to be at home to enjoy the F1 season as Sky Sports F1 is also available on Sky Go, allowing you to watch every grand prix live on laptop, mobile and selected tablet devices wherever you are.
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Sky Sports’ weekly Formula One magazine show returns for 2013 to bring you all the latest stories and features from the world of F1 every week.
Natalie Pinkham steps in to present the show, replacing former host Georgie Thompson. Pinkham will be alongside Ted Kravitz for the new season.
They’ll be joined by a variety of famous and familiar faces each week to preview and review every race from the 2012 season, along with further analysis of all the major incidents and talking points via the Sky F1 touchscreen.
Sky’s innovative ‘virtual car’ will re-appear for the new season to show important technical details in action.
As well as regular features and big-name interviews with the faces of Formula 1 both past and present, The F1 Show delves into the wider history and tradition of the sport and brings you inside insight from technicians and Team Principals.
The programmme will be presented from all 19 grand prix locations throughout the year, while on non-F1 weekends it will be presented from Sky’s west London studios.
For the first time in 2013, The F1 Show will also be simulcast on Sky 1.
Sky Sports F1 will be broadcasting ‘Classic Races’ throughout the 2013 season, giving fans a chance to relive memorable grands prix from yesteryear.
Ahead of each GP this season, a selection of races will be screened in the week leading up to the event, starting on Saturday, March 9, with the 1994 Australian GP – with a further four races aired before first practice in Melbourne.
And don’t worry if you miss a ‘Classic Race’ during the week as they will be repeated throughout the race weekend.
However, it is not just on Grand Prix weekends that Sky Sports F1 will be showing historic races.
Look out for themed quintets during the non-race weeks such as ‘five great wet races’ and ‘five maiden victories’.
Former BBC and ITV F1 presenter Steve Rider will continue his fascinating series of interviews with some of the greatest figures from the sport’s history in the Legends of F1 series.
He talks intimately with the names synonymous with Formula 1 success, sharing stories of their experiences and fondest memories of the sport in a must-see series for all Formula 1 fans.
Having interviewed great names like Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jody Schekter, Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and many more in 2012, Rider’s series will return with a batch of new interviews in 2013 which are expected to be announced in due course.
As in 2012, Sky Sports F1 will provide live coverage of the two major single-seater championships supporting the Formula 1 circuit throughout the season.
The 12-round 2013 GP2 Series will begin in Malaysia on March 23-24 and follows the Formula 1 circus around the world, reaching a climax at the Singapore Grand Prix, while
Sky Sports F1 will show the two races per weekend; a feature race and a shorter sprint race, along with GP2 practice and qualifying and GP3 qualifying.
This year’s GP2 Series will feature British drivers James Calado, Jolyon Palmer and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, while GP3’s eight-round schedule begins in Barcelona on May 11-12 and features Brits Jack Harvey, Nick Yelloly, Dino Zamparelli and Josh Webster.
Commentary on all the GP2 and GP3 action comes from Will Buxton and a selected guest commentator.
Sky Sports News will continue to provide its own comprehensive Formula 1 news service at all 19 race weekends during the 2013 season.
With two dedicated reporters primed to relay all the breaking news, Rachel Brookes and Craig Slater will share reporting duties throughout the season and provide regular updates from each race weekend, plus highlights of all the key action from each session.
Live and recorded on-site reports will begin from the paddock each Tuesday and run all through the week, with extensive reaction after each session from the drivers, team personnel, and analysis from the Sky Sports F1 pundits, including Martin Brundle and Damon Hill.
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