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BBC unveils TV broadcast plans for 2015 F1 season

MUMBAI: After a 2014 season which culminated in 6.5 million people tuning in to the BBC to watch Lewis Hamilton crowned as the new World Champion, the UK pubcaster confirmed its coverage plans for the 2015 Formula One World Championship.

The BBC has negotiated with Sky on the division of live and non-live races, with a variety of factors being taken into account when deciding the picks. For the races not shown live on BBC, TV audiences are offered a wealth of ways to follow the action with extended TV highlights and live radio and online coverage.

The BBC has a deal to broadcast F1 through 2018.

The BBC will show 10 live races on television, with the remaining Grand Prix shown as extended highlights. All the races will be live on BBC Radio 5 and fans can also follow all the action and the latest news on the F1 section of the BBC Sport website and via the BBC Sport App.

The 10 live television races will be:

  • Malaysia 29 March
  • Bahrain 19 April
  • Canada 7 June
  • Great Britain 5 July
  • Hungary 26 July
  • Belgium 23 August
  • Japan 27 September
  • Russia 11 October
  • Brazil 15 November
  • Abu Dhabi 29 November

BBC head of F1 Ben Gallop said, “Like all F1 fans, we can’t wait for the 2015 season. With Lewis Hamilton as World Champion, F1 in Britain is in a great position and we’re delighted with our race package. These live races, combined with our ever-popular highlights programmes and our extensive coverage on radio and online means F1 fans can follow every step of Hamilton’s title defence on the BBC.”