2013 Formula One TV Schedule

The new Formula One season begins Sunday in Melbourne. There are a few changes to Formula One broadcasting this year. TSN’s coverage remains relatively unchanged. However, NBC is replacing Speed as the American broadcaster of the series. NBC will broadcast four races live on over-the-air television, including the Monaco Grand Prix. Their commentary team if full of familiar names with Leigh Diffey calling the races along with Steve Matchett and David Hobbs. Will Buxton will report on-site. The entire crew will join Buxton in Monaco, Montreal and Austin. And maybe best of all, for Canadian fans, NBC will show a pre-race show before the races in Monaco (30 minutes) and Austin (60 minutes). NBC will also broadcast 30-minute post-race shows following the races in Montreal, Austin and Brazil.

TSN will once again simulcast BBC’s commentary, featuring Ben Edwards and David Coulthard. Reporter Lee McKenzie (who is one of the most underused reporters in sports broadcasting) and technical analyst Gary Williams also return. The new addition to BBC’s broadcast is reporter Tom Clarkson, who filled-in for McKenzie on some BBC broadcasts last season. Clarkson has previously also worked for Ten in Australia. RDS will show every race in French with commentators Pierre Houde and Bertrand Houle. RDS will show a 30-minute pre-race show before every race.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are eastern. All races and qualifying are on TSN and RDS unless otherwise noted. It also looks like TSN2 will show some selected practice sessions this season. The first is from Melbourne later tonight (Thursday night).

· Saturday, March 16 Qualifying: Australian Grand Prix 1:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, March 17 Australian Grand Prix 1:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, March 23 Qualifying: Malaysian Grand Prix 3:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, March 24 Malaysian Grand Prix 3:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, April 13 Qualifying: Chinese Grand Prix 1:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, April 14 Chinese Grand Prix 2:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, April 20 Qualifying: Bahrain Grand Prix 6:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, April 21 Bahrain Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, May 11 Qualifying: Spanish Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, May 12 Spanish Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, May 25 Qualifying: Monaco Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, May 26 Monaco Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET (TSN, NBC)

· Saturday, June 8 Qualifying: Canadian Grand Prix 12:55 p.m. ET
· Sunday, June 9 Canadian Grand Prix 1:55 p.m. ET (TSN, NBC)
· Saturday, June 29 Qualifying: British Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET (TSN2)
· Sunday, June 30 British Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, July 6 Qualifying: German Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET (TSN2)
· Sunday, July 7 German Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET (TSN2)
· Saturday, July 27 Qualifying: Hungarian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, July 28 Hungarian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, Aug. 24 Qualifying: Belgian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Aug. 25 Belgian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, Sept. 7 Qualifying: Italian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Sept. 8 Italian Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, Sept. 21 Qualifying: Singapore Grand Prix 8:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Sept. 22 Singapore Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET

· Saturday, Oct. 5 Qualifying: Korean Grand Prix 12:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Oct. 6 Korean Grand Prix 1:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, Oct. 12 Qualifying: Japanese Grand Prix 12:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Oct. 13 Japanese Grand Prix 1:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, Oct. 26 Qualifying: Indian Grand Prix 4:25 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Oct. 27 Indian Grand Prix 5:25 a.m. ET

· Saturday, Nov. 2 Qualifying: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Nov. 3 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 7:55 a.m. ET
· Saturday, Nov. 16 Qualifying: US Grand Prix 12:55 p.m. ET (TSN, RDS2)
· Sunday, Nov. 17 US Grand Prix 1 p.m. ET (NBC, RDS2)
· Saturday, Nov. 23 Qualifying: Brazilian Grand Prix 10:55 a.m. ET
· Sunday, Nov. 24 Brazilian Grand Prix 10:55 a.m. ET (TSN, RDS)

32 thoughts on “2013 Formula One TV Schedule

  1. It’s funny, I was thinking about this earlier today and was going to tweet you asking about it. Nice timing with the post, haha.

    Anyhow, still disappointed that TSN has opted not to air a pre-race show (let alone a post race-show), whether it be their own show or BBC’s. Also wish TSN would use the SKY feed as opposed to the BBC feed. Nowadays I usually download the race torrent a day later and watch SKY’s post-race show.

    • Biggest problem with BBC’s pre-race show is it doesn’t air for every race (since BBC only has 9) and it doesn’t have commercial breaks. They probably stopped doing their own because it wasn’t worth the money, although I think its only professional to have one. I just watch BBC’s online when there is one. Although without Jake Humphrey, I’m not sure how good it will be now.

  2. Looking forward to some F1 this weekend and not getting much sleep! It looks like TSN2 is picking up Friday’s second practice at 1:30am ET tomorrow (or late tonight if you prefer) for this weekend’s race in Melbourne as well as next Friday for the race at Sepang. I’ve been highly critical of TSN’s F1 coverage the last few years but I give them major credit for picking up 2nd practice. There’s no other practice listed beyond next weekend but hopefully TSN2 can air it all season since we no longer have access to the American coverage with it moving from Speed to NBCSN this year. RDS always carries all three practices for the Canadian Grand Prix too.

    Looks like NBCSN/NBC is going to put more effort into their F1 shows in the US than what Speed/Fox did the last several years with NBC actually showing their races live unlike Fox often taped delayed between infomercials. Leigh Diffey (who will also call IndyCar) is hard on the ears at times though… I find he has a tendancy to get a little excited and shout at you. He’s a big step-down from Bob Varsha, in my opinion.

  3. You write that 4 races are on NBC and in the list there are only 3.

  4. Wish TSN would show the sky sports pre race show and also add shows like inside Grand prix and Mobile 1 the grid.

  5. I wish TSN would get it’s own commentators with F1 knowledge and call their own race.

    • I really have no problem getting BBC’s commentators, I just wish they’d get the video feed from them too. It isn’t a problem most of the time since FIA provides the feed, but when BBC goes to their pit reporters it all gets a bit confusing. At least when they had a pre-race show TSN would put a graphic up saying who was speaking. Now there’s nothing.

      • BBC doesn’t show their pit reporters during the race, you only hear the audio – so you’re getting exactly what we’re seeing in the UK.

  6. I’m still at odds with the lack of quality with regards to the TSN(CTV owned) broadcast. We get shafted with a lousy 2 10min hr broadcast of just the *main race* because TSN won’t pick up the feed at the beginning of the BBC broadcast (as much as 3 1/2 hours long). We also get a lousy *edited* broadcast of the qualifying, not the complete program.

    It always seems to be the way…we here in Canada get a second rate quality broadcast where F1 is concerned.

    • TSN shows all of qualifying. Not sure what you mean by edited. They show each segment with ads in between.

      • Well, there is 10 mins pit time between each session, TSN is tape delaying the broadcast so they edit the program, we don’t see the broadcast live, TSN takes a sponsor break (it’s not a 10 min break), then starts airing again usually AFTER the next session has gone green. We also don’t get to see the interviews with the top three qualifiers after the qualifying is over, that’s why I state that the broadcast is edited. If one has ever watched a Sky broadcast you’ll see all of this as it happens unedited.

        We here don’t get that luxury,

        and I’m assuming that it is because CTV doesn’t want to spend the money on broadcast time for F1or feels that rebroadcasts of Sportscentre are more important to viewers.

        • I was unaware of any 10 minute breaks between sessions. I thought it was more like 5 mins and TSN just showed ads for the better part of it.

          I’m a bit confused about this because TSN starts showing qualifying at the same time as BBC, Sky and NBC. So I’m not sure how exactly they could edit out breaks.

          Unless you’re referring to repeat broadcasts, then yeah they might edit a bit for time. That’s usual for second run programming in sports though if the original broadcast went longer than expected.

  7. On a related subject, what is going to happen in Canada on August 17 when SpeedTV transforms into Fox Sports 1? Does it just continue to be available like nothing has changed, similar to the CBS Sports Network that used to be a specialized college sports channel? Does it just disappear when it stops being Speed, and Fox Sports 1 will be considered an entirely new channel not authorized for distribution in Canada by the CRTC? Do any of the Canadian satellite and cable TV companies even know and understand yet that Speed is changing its name and programming format? I sent an e-mail to my cable company asking them to start looking into replacing Speed with Motors TV (a motorsports channel available in much of Europe including Britain), and I have received no response after several days.

    Maybe someone who writes about sports media in Canada could ask Bell, Rogers, etc., what’s going to happen and hopefully get an answer from them?

    • It’s a good question and I don’t know the answer yet. I’d say its different to CBS Sports Network because that was really just a change in name. It still airs almost entirely college sports. FS1 is going to show almost everything but racing (aside from NASCAR practice/qualifying and truck races). Sportsnet owns the Canadian rights to the soccer, baseball, UFC and college football (I think college hoops too, but they don’t show it for some reason). That’s almost all of their live programming. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to pick up some of the talk shows for theScore either. In that case, almost everything would be blacked out since TSN and Sportsnet can ask for blackouts of US cable channels (as TSN did for F1 on Speed). My guess is the providers are well aware of what’s happening and it will probably just disappear.

      I don’t think it automatically gets removed though. TSN or Sportsnet (or CBC or anyone else really) would have to file a complaint with the CRTC first that the new FS1 channel competes with their Canadian service. They’d almost certainly win since it does.

    • In as much as F1 is concerned where Speed was involved..

      Speed is no longer the broadcaster for F1 in the states, NBC has purchased up the rights for US broadcasting, but we here won’t see the races as they will be broadcast on NBC’s sports network, which we don’t get here.

      My understanding is that NBC will only broadcast the races and not the qualifying nor the practice sessions.

      • I’m more interested in sports car racing, like the 12 Hours of Sebring on Speed as I type this. Sportsnet has had some sporadic airings of ALMS in the last couple of years, often tape-delayed, but otherwise I doubt I’d see much on the Canadian channels or Fox Sports 1 if it remained available in Canada. That’s why I’m hoping the Canadian cable/satellite services can replace Speed with Motors TV.

  8. TSN2 used the BBC 5 Live Radio commentary for its coverage of second practice this morning. It was nice to hear James Allen again calling F1 action. I guess they used the radio feed since BBC television only covers practices on weekends when they’re showing the grand prix live (this weekend they’re not).

    By the way, you can watch the magazine show “Inside Grand Prix” at their website http://www.insidegrandprix.com/ and I think I’ve seen Mobil 1 The Grid on Sportsnet, at least last year.

    • I find it kind of interesting they relegate Allen to radio. Surely he’s more well-known/qualified than Edwards. I think an Allen/Coulthard broadcast team would even top Croft/Brundle on Sky. Then again it seems 5 Live always has a better commentator than BBC TV. When Croft was there he was better than Brundle (at play-by-play at least) and the guy who was before him.

      Interesting that TSN used the BBC radio feed. It would almost make sense just to use Sky for all coverage and be done with it. Radio commentary on TV is odd, to say the least. Do you know what TSN did when 5 Live broke for a news update?

      • The BBC used the Radio 5 Live feed on their website for practice too, so I think they’re rotating between commentators for these sessions. There were lots of complaints when Allen was on ITV that he wasn’t charismatic enough on commentary. Funnily enough, I think he’s done better on radio since

  9. Very disappointed that the Asian/Aussie qualifying and races are not re-broadcast on TSN2 at 8:00 am, the way they have been in the past. I dearly love F1, but getting up at 2 am is hard.

    • There are rebroadcasts. Aussie qualifying is at 11am ET tomorrow and the race at 10:30am ET on Sunday. Malaysia qualifying is same time next Saturday, with the race at 12:30pm ET on Sunday.

  10. Good luck finding Q2 and Q3 tonight. Let us know if you discover where and when it will be.

    • The rescheduled Formula 1 qualifying sessions will be live at 7:55pm on TSN2.

      • Thank you for the update – I’m glad I found this blog!

        Unfortunately part of the problem with our lame Canadian coverage, is that the carrier (Videotron for me) doesn’t ever update racing schedules of any kind, so it’s impossible to set your PVR. Even if you know the show will be on at a specific time it makes it impossible to PVR in advance, as the subject of the broadcast won’t read correctly until the show begins to air.

        Does anyone know where or how to get NBCSports here? Isn’t it weird that there’s no pay service available to find F1 live online? I have the F1 app on my phone which although expensive is awesome to watch (in graphic format anyhow) every session of every event.

        I used to have an illegal dish. But even that has been shut down. I’d be happy to chance going to jail to have the freedom to pick and choose what I want to watch instead of being forced to endure this horrible TSN Racing TV. I guess we’ll be ok for now, until there’s some TSN conflict with a ladies lacrosse tournament which will clearly pre-empt F1.

        • David
          As for youw ant the freedom to be able to piick what you wnat the issue with that this is not limited to Canada its the same in most of the world and the reaosn for that in part is studios and league make tons of cash of sales and if people were be able to pick what they want from out side of there country etc those league and studios would lose billions of dollars each year so it won’t change for that reason.

          What i find a bit funny is Canadians want to get Nbc Sports while Americans want to get access to Tsn now with all of that said it would not shock me if we Nbc Sports Canada soon but it will be limited.

          • Jayme,

            The first part of your post is incorrect. In the United States for example, anyone can get Shaw Direct or Bell TV. You can read the Shaw Direct & Bell TV forums on digitalhome.ca if you don’t believe me. Here in Canada, Direct TV & Dish Network was perfectly legal until Friday April 26, 2002. This is because Bell whined to the federal government which was controlled at the time by the Liberal Party and they received a favorable ruling from the federal court on the day listed above. Now I don’t want to get too political. However, I feel that this is an abuse of our civil rights and liberties. I am sure that David B and most Canadians feel the same way.

            As to your second point, it would be nice if we could get the NBC Sports Network here in Canada and in turn Americans receive access to TSN & TSN2. Though unfortunately, I think that the chances of this happening are very low.

            • I think its only the Northern States that can get Canadian dishes but there limited to what they can get in terms of channels the amount of Americans that want access to Tsn and Space is amazing and if they all could get Canadian dish and were not limits there would be no Americans complaining.

              The only way all this will change is if Canadian and American networks etc merge and become united as for civil rights i thin k thats reaching just a bit as tv is not a right.

              • Jayme,

                I think buying a TV or any other device is a freedom AND a right. I can’t change the content available on someone’s network that I subscribe to, but I have the right to choose and should therefore be free to subscribe or buy into anyone else’s network or content.

                The best F1 coverage we had here in Canada was after I pointed out to the CRTC that TSN had no reason to secure a black out for Speed’s F1 practice since TSN was not covering it! So a good combo to PVR was Speed’s live practice, Peter Windsor’s interviews and pre race pit lane and then whatever CDN version of the Qualifying and broadcast – Brundle was always informative. Now what little we get requires a lot more research to find out what and when. This blog is helpful! Thanks..

  11. “I think its only the Northern States that can get Canadian dishes but there limited to what they can get in terms of channels the amount of Americans that want access to Tsn and Space is amazing and if they all could get Canadian dish and were not limits there would be no Americans complaining.”

    You are correct. Post #1 on the following digitalhome.ca threads:


    I said my piece regarding the ban of Direct TV & Dish Network and you said your piece. We will leave it at that.

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