BBC F1 Coverage 2014: Will BBC Show F1 in 2014?

As the current season draws to a close, fans now begin asking the question: Will the BBC be showing F1 in 2014? Plus if BBC decide to cancel its coverage next season, could ITV or BT Sport purchase the UK broadcast rights?

When this current deal was originally announced prior to the 2012 season, it was stated the new arrangement would run from 2012 till 2018. With no announcement to the contrary since then, it appears Formula One will be returning to the BBC in 2014, sticking with the current format.

Sebastian Vettel - Photo by Morio (Wikimedia Commons)

The four-time F1 World Champion – Sebastian Vettel – Photo by Morio (Wikimedia Commons)

Ever since Sky Sports obtained the exclusive UK rights to air every Formula One race live and cherry picked BBC F1’s personnel, the Beebs Grand Prix programming has been going a little downhill. We’re now in the bizarre situation where half the race weekends receive comprehensive live coverage including practice sessions, and the other half don’t even show the whole race.

On a personal note, I actually prefer the practice session/radio commentary line-up of James Allen and Allen McNish to the current qualifying and race team. I’m surprised James wasn’t signed-up as soon as ITV’s coverage was lost to the BBC a few years ago.

Although some anti-Sky race fans would rather see someone else like ITV or BT obtain the rights to show every race live, that’s unlikely to be happening anytime soon. Though with too many more noncompetitive seasons like this one, there may not be any British viewers left by 2018.

Let’s hope next seasons rule changes shake things up a bit and manage to erase Red Bull’s massive speed advantage. With the teams management clearly set on protecting Vettel from too fast a teammate such as Kimi Raikkonen, our only hope seems to be if either Lewis or Fernando’s teams deliver them a true race winning car for 2014.

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  28 comments for “BBC F1 Coverage 2014: Will BBC Show F1 in 2014?

  1. Brian Hardie
    Monday 20 January, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Very simple chaps to watch F1 FOC on TV . Go to Wiziwig.TV and you will get Sky Sports and BT Sport and then go onto Film-On .com and ditto . It costs zilch .

    Just heard from a mate insider that Gary Anderson has been dropped because he is too fat and old to be a presenter . Outrageous he was there ace in the pack with his knowledge being an ex Tech Director . He knows where all the dodgy secret’s are on the cars .

    As usual the idiots at the BBC get it wrong and pander to the lowest common denominator . Cheap Bimbo presenters who know sod all about the sport at the sharp end .

    We will miss Gary very much .

    • David Grant
      Thursday 23 January, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Hope this is not true about losing Gary what a brilliant man

  2. JJames
    Friday 20 December, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    The BBC had the F1 contract till 2018, unfortunately the F1 contract and the money for Moto GP was slaughtered on the Olympics alter… the Olympics coverage ate up a huge amount of the BBC coverage for years to come. The lady Sports Director @ the BBC had a choice… expenditure on Motor Sport coverage or the Olympic’s coverage. Well, we know where that ball landed. Mind you, to be fair, her arm was probably well twisted by the UK Government who insisted that the BBC covered the Olympics.

    They do say that messing with satellite TV can be fun if you have the will and the equipment… loads of FTA motor sport on there if you Google in the right place 😉

  3. Luke g
    Tuesday 17 December, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Itv should never of lost the f1 in the first place

    • Steve in Essex
      Wednesday 18 December, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      “Itv should never of lost the f1 in the first place” ???!!!

      I think that you have that the wrong way round, they should never have had it in the first place!

      Half way through their first season, we stopped watching, until it came back to the Beeb.

      As for Sky, well their presenters seem to to be so fond of the sound of their own voices that they miss little things, like JB doing an overtake and end up being surprised by things that have been scrolling across the bottom of the screen for a minute or 2.

      Bring it all back to the Beeb.

  4. Will
    Sunday 15 December, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I have been reading comment’s from about the bbc fi.suzi perry tries to do a good job she still has a lot to learn. So please give some one a els a go

  5. Tim
    Wednesday 11 December, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    The BBC F1 coverage is first class, yes some people will want more of one aspect that others but on the whole the presenters and the specialist knowledge each brings gives a better than acceptable presentation.
    What coverage will we get from the BBC for the 2014 season?

  6. student
    Saturday 7 December, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I think Jake likes to slow down the show while Suzi likes to speed it up.

  7. Andy_Mann
    Sunday 1 December, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I have watched F1 since 1960 and was so depressed when I tuned in to find the first race of the season was live only on SKY TV!!! and highlights on BBC later which is totally useless to us.

    I have since not watched at all and hope it comes back to terrestrial TV soon

    I have been involved with FF2000 and Stock car racing so I love motorsport but think Berni Ecclestone is only interested in the money and doesn’t care about the fans.

  8. Nickwhite650
    Sunday 1 December, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Fascinating comments all round. Anyone who has watched moto gp for a few years will know that Suzi knows her stuff on two wheels, and unsurprisingly, had to pick up some knowledge of F1 along the way while presenting for BBC this year.
    Jake was excellent as he he is very laid back, fun and offsets the jargon and epic knowledge held by EJ and DC. That is what the main presenter should do – make the viewing fun and relevant to the viewers. They can’t please everyone – as some people want to know the inside out of every piece of aerodynamics etc while others are just learning how qualifying works!
    I think Suzi is doing a great job, brings a female quality (of course) which is the same for Lee. She knows her stuff and could well present the same as Suzi but she wasn’t chosen. Maybe there’s a reason for that.
    As it is, I think that the coverage overall is full with a broadsheet quality compared with Skypad over the top tabloidism of Sky. The features at the start of the shows on BBC are always fun and a great way to kick off the day’s viewing. On Sky, things feel fake and false, made to look good but are only skin deep.

  9. Rosemary
    Thursday 28 November, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I have been following F1 since the 60’s and the current coverage is the worst we have had in the UK during that period – unless you are prepared to pay to install Sky! I thought that the BBC deal was that they couldn’t afford to go to all the GPs – but they still do!! It’s just that for 1/2 the season we do not get the full race. Can we please have the same as in Italy where there is also a deal with Sky and for 1/2 the races they are not live but at least they do show the whole race!!! Even better if we could be the same as Germany where Sky have given up their coverage and its gone back to terrestial.

  10. JJames
    Tuesday 26 November, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    The BBC used to do a first rate coverage of F1 and Moto GP… having now lost both to subscription TV; one has to ask what is the purpose of the BBC and what are we paying this outrageous TV license fee for now?

    The BBC coverage of F1 has slipped badly over the last couple of years… they have preferred career presenters rather than knowledgeable sports presenters. Martin (go for the money) Brundle had his faults, but at least he knows the sport. The only presenters I can stand on the BBC F1 team now is Eddie Jordan and Gary Anderson. Gawd help all us TV motor sport fans… the money men and posers have it by the throat. 🙁

  11. Stewart wells
    Monday 25 November, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    The bbc f1 team is first class ej inside track & Gary is brilliant & dc is fun & enjoyable to watch & listen to .I hate sky & don’t miss
    Lady penople Martin to much money brundle
    The bbc was the home to f1 itv was awful bonjour

  12. Mondo
    Sunday 24 November, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Enjoyed bbc coverage as its free and I can use Iplayer to catch up missed races during the week nights and get my weekends back
    Free practice and radio five live extra commentary the best ever with technical garage info from Gary Anderson
    Sky viewers I don’t envy your costs but don’t miss mumble blundell one bit
    F1 has lost a lot of viewers this year with sky,and the sport has had a lost interest in cheating with mclaren/ferrari and recent tyre gate and predicable red bull racing cheating or not… Who cares The usual f1 season
    Bring on 2014. Will see it somewhere. Highlights or live on bbc I hope

  13. Dee
    Sunday 24 November, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I do hope the BBC hang on to EJ and DC next season but you should seriously consider dropping Suzi Perry who obviously decided to make the last show ‘The Suzi Perry Show’ and didn’t allow the 2 great presenters alongside her to do their job! She has been a terrible presenter all season who has shown her lack of knowledge of the sport.
    We have been short changed by not having more of Lee McKenzie who appears to be well respected by the drivers and the teams and who delivers really professional interviews. Promote her to replace Suzi and do us all a favor! She did well when filling in for Jake….he was always going to be a difficult act to follow but you failed miserably by putting Suzi in his place!

    • brunom
      Sunday 24 November, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Suzi Perry did a very good job this year, often passing questions around to DC and EJ, with EJ originally often butting in when she was talking.

      She presented MotoGP for some time and was very good at that.

      The last few year’s, 3 amigos was a travesty, and it was good to see the back of Jake. DC always looked uncomfortable playing along with Jake’s school boy style of presentation.

      Suzi Perry had more input today – so what – it was the last race, and it was appreciated.

      Maybe she was reminding them that she was head presenter.

      Lee was very good when she stood in for Jake [ but who wouldn’t be ? ], yet the powers to be chose Suzi, why ? – because they believe she the best option

      • Tony-O
        Wednesday 27 November, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Brunom. You can’t be watching the same BBC as I am. On mine Suzi was mediocre presenting MotoGP, and in F1 an embarrassment. She constantly shows her lack of knowledge and hasn’t learned much more all season. She seems to be mostly interested in promoting herself. I do hope the Beeb take note of public opinion and move her elsewhere.

        On the other hand Jake, who I didn’t like at first, showed promise by about the third race with his keenness to learn and by the end of his first season was brimming with knowledge and had an entertaining presenting style that connected with everybody. If they could find someone as good, male or female I’d be very happy.

        • johnnyhammer
          Thursday 12 December, 2013 at 11:59 PM

          i agree with you about perry, she as been utter rubbish but i hated humphreys with a passion, dont no who id like t present next year, but certainly not her, if gary anderson was more cheerful he would be good cos he knows more than them all put together but he wouldnt get the job cos they wouldnt think he is young enough or as good looking as perry

    • Jim
      Thursday 28 November, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Totally agree with everything mentioned above.

    • David Grant
      Friday 29 November, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I completely agree with your comments,I have watched two of the races on Sky this year and I thought their presentation was way below the standard of the BBC.I am pleased I am not a subscriber.
      Lee McKenzie must replace Suzi Perry.I was taken to Silverstone in 1956 to see my first Grand Prix when I was 16 and still love F1.

    • chris
      Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Jake……A difficult act to follow ? Jimmie Crankie could have filled his slot !

    • gumpo
      Wednesday 12 March, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      jimmy crankie could have filled Jake’s slot !

  14. njjc
    Sunday 24 November, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I will always opt for the BBC coverage, as i think Eddie and David are very good. I have sky sports for the football so having a dedicated F1 channel is great.

    I also use the Formula1 web page for live timings and more than likely get sucked into getting the app.. But i suppose that a percentage of the money that i pay goes towards the sport, which i love.

    Sky is expensive but if you phone up and try and make your package smaller they normally offer you a discount to stay with the larger package. I currently get 25% off my bill for 12 months.

  15. Ian Gray
    Sunday 24 November, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Been following F1 since 50’s. Preferred it on terrestrial but had Sky HD so got all races live for free which was the deal. Just uprated my Sky package and to my horror have lost F1 without being told this would happen! To get it back I need to pay £27 per month for Sports package! Outrageous and their CEO gets £7,000,000 for making decisions like this! What a joke company!

    • Westy
      Tuesday 10 December, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      I feel your pain, same thing happened to me. I got sick of them cancelled the lot. I have ordered a nowtv box, and might pay the £10 for live race weekend no way am I paying £27 a month

    • jason
      Sunday 15 December, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      look online f1 live stream and watch for free

    • Damo
      Tuesday 24 December, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Get a Dish pointing at 19.2 east and watch every race on Orf HD for free

      • Damo
        Tuesday 24 December, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Forgot to say you can listen to the commentary in English on radio 5 live on your PC or Laptop for it as you watch the Grand prix with the TV on mute

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