The Canadian Grand Prix, which has exclusively aired on cable for the past decade. The last time the Canadian GP (or any Formula 1 race) was on free TV in Canada was 2003 on CTV. Of course it is worth noting one of the main reasons the race is on CTV this year is because Euro 2012 is on TSN Sunday afternoon. I am quite interested to see how many viewers Formula 1 racing can pull in though.
Here is the press release detailing TSN and CTV’s coverage.
Start your engines. Formula 1 lands on Canadian soil and Bell Media’s CTV, RDS and TSN are in Montreal to bring fans extensive coverage of the 2012 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX. CTV delivers live coverage of the race from the famous Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Sunday, June 10 at 1:55 p.m. ET and on RDS at 1 p.m. ET.
Auto racing fans can get set for the race with live coverage of the qualifying for the 2012 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX on Saturday, June 9 at 12:55 p.m. ET on TSN and at 12:30 p.m. ET on RDS.
TSN’s John Lu is on Montreal’s île Notre-Dame filing reports for SPORTSCENTRE and keeping race fans updated with highlights and post-race reaction.
CTV Montreal has extensive CANADIAN GRAND PRIX coverage, with sports reporter André Corbeil live at the track and Camille Ross providing updates on the weekend’s festivities. Racecar fans can also test their broadcast abilities at the CTV Montreal “So You Think You Can Be A Sportscaster” tent.
RDS delivers exclusive French language coverage with four special editions of SPORTS 30 starting tomorrow, followed by live coverage of practice and qualifying sessions. In addition, Pierre Houde, Bertrand Houle and Christian Tortora will provide Canadian racecar fans updated with insight and analysis of the world-class race over the weekend.
TSN Radio 990 in Montreal is covering all of the F1 excitement in the city throughout the week.
The 2012 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX has 24 world-class drivers competing for the title over 70 laps. This year’s lineup includes reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault), and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) who is leading the championship. Other top competitors include Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), and defending CANADIAN GRAND PRIX Champion, Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes), who won last year’s race on an exciting last lap pass.
I am still that, even with the race on CTV, Bell isn’t bothered to produce a pre or post race show. Even something from CTV Montreal would be better than nothing. Surely it isn’t that hard to throw something together with a host (Vic Rauter) and an analyst (maybe Jacques Villenueve). Add in a quick grid walk from John Lu and I’m sure it would draw some new fans in. And please those longtime fans (like myself) who unsatisfied with TSN’s (lack of) coverage of Formula 1 in recent seasons.