ESPN is further ramping up its partnership with Britain’s Sky Sports for TV coverage of the upcoming Formula 1 World Championship, which opens this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix, airing live on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 25.
ESPN has added Sky Sports’ pre-race ‘On the Grid’ program for the entire season. For the Australia event, On the Grid will air on ESPN2 Sunday at 12:30 a.m. ET.
Sky Sports’ comprehensive coverage will include commentary and analysis from a line-up of former world champions and current F1 drivers, bolstered by the recent addition of 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg (pictured at right, above). He joins Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Paul di Resta and Anthony Davidson along with expert commentators Simon Lazenby, Ted Kravitz, David Croft, Rachel Brookes and Natalie Pinkham. The agreement for ESPN to air the Sky Sports coverage was arranged by Formula 1, with the approval of ESPN and Sky.
ESPN networks also will air all three practice sessions live from Australia as well as qualifying from the 3.295-mile, 16-turn Melbourne Grand Prix circuit.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had Formula 1 on ESPN and we’re very happy to have it back,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming & Scheduling. “There are a lot of exciting storylines heading into the season and race fans are intrigued about what’s to come. They’ll be able to see it all unfold on our TV and digital platforms and we look forward to getting started.”
This year, races will air on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, while practice and qualifying sessions will air either on ESPN2, ESPNEWS or on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices through the ESPN App.
|Thur., March 22||Practice 1||9 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Friday, March 23||Practice 2||1 a.m.||ESPN3|
|Practice 3||10 p.m.||ESPNEWS|
|Sat., March 24||Qualifying||2 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sun., March 25||On the Grid||12:30 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Race (encore)||11 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Race (encore)||1 p.m.||ESPNEWS|
|Race (encore)||9 p.m.||ESPNEWS|