As the highly anticipated 2014 Formula 1 season approaches, BBC Sport will once again bring audiences all the action throughout the year across TV, radio and online, with a more enhanced digital offering than ever before.
As previously announced, the BBC team this year is led on TV by presenter Suzi Perry with chief analyst Eddie Jordan, co-commentator and expert pundit David Coulthard and expert analyst Allan McNish, lead commentator Ben Edwards and pit lane reporters Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson on TV.
Joining the TV team to make an occasional series of films will be F1 legend Mark Webber. Mark will be looking at stories within Formula 1 from his unique perspective.
On Radio 5 live, F1 correspondent and commentator James Allen leads the coverage with Allan McNish as co-commentator and F1 presenter and pit lane reporter Jennie Gow.
The BBC will show nine races live on TV, including Malaysia, Silverstone, Canada and the last race of the calendar in Abu Dhabi, with the rest being covered in our ever-popular extended highlights programmes, with the same for qualifying. Live race weekends will see practice sessions live on BBC Two.
Audiences can listen to every Grand Prix of the season on Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra, including coverage of practice and qualifying. Every race weekend starts on a Thursday night on Radio 5 live with the Formula 1 preview show, and the Chequered Flag podcast is available to download at the end, wrapping up all the action. Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra are available to listen to through the BBC Sport website, the BBC Sport app and the BBC iPlayer Radio app, meaning listeners can access the live commentary from anywhere.
Commentator Jack Nicholls also makes a BBC debut this year, leading the coverage from four races on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra.
The BBC’s live digital offering will bring the best of the F1 action to audiences wherever they are, across four screens: PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV. For live race weekends, fans will have greater control over the action, with five different video options to choose from in addition to the streamed network TV coverage: the pit-lane camera (also available via the red button); a driver tracker; a stream of on-board cameras; the TV pictures with Radio 5 live commentary over the top; and a timing screen. A highlights package will also be available to watch after every race. For race weekends when we are not live on TV there will be live Radio 5 live audio available on the BBC Sport website along with live text commentary, plus highlights available on demand after all sessions. Connected TV will also include on-demand video highlights after each session along with race reports and analysis.
The BBC Sport website will also once again feature regular contributions from F1 commentary legend Murray Walker, with analysis from BBC experts David Coulthard and Allan McNish, plus all the race reports and news throughout the season from the BBC’s chief F1 writer, Andrew Benson.
Audiences can access the BBC’s digital coverage from any device through the BBC Sport website, and via the BBC Sport apps for mobiles, tablets, and connected TVs.
Coverage will be supported through the range of BBC social media platforms, which are followed by millions of fans in the UK and across the globe. This season sees a dedicated Formula One Twitter account from BBC Sport,@bbcf1, which will provide the latest news and behind-the-scenes coverage from across output. Fans will also be able to have their say on key race incidents through online and Twitter hashtag votes, following the successful use of voting on other BBC programmes including Match Of The Day. In addition, the BBC Sport Facebook and BBC Sport Google+ page will extensively cover every race, while the BBC Sport Instagram account will showcase the best behind-the-scenes photos from the BBC’s Formula 1 team.
Ben Gallop, BBC Head of F1, says: "We are all excited about the new F1 season on the BBC. 2014 sees new faces to complete our first-rate team and a stronger digital offering to our output than ever before, which really puts users in control of the action. This season has already got everyone talking, with intriguing technical changes and team line-ups, and we’re looking forward to bringing that in all its glory to our audiences.”
BBC Radio 5 live’s Formula 1 coverage is produced by USP Content.