Bahrain Grand Prix Live TV Times

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Here are the details of the BBC’s live video coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix and the F1 Fanatic live blogs which will take place during all five sessions this weekend:

Friday 12th March 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix Free practice 1 – 7:00 – 08:30 (BBC Red Button and online)
F1 Fanatic live blog will run throughout this session

Bahrain Grand Prix Free practice 2 – 11:00 – 12:30 (BBC Red Button and online)
F1 Fanatic live blog will run throughout this session

Saturday 13th March 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix Free practice 3 – 08:00 – 09:00 (BBC Red Button and online)
F1 Fanatic live blog will run throughout this session

Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying – 10:10 (BBC1, Red Button and online) (Starts at 11:00)
F1 Fanatic live blog will begin around 10:00 and end around half an hour after the chequered flag

Sunday 14th March 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix – 11:10 (BBC1, Red Button and online) (Starts at 12:00)
F1 Fanatic live blog will begin around 11:00 and end around half an hour after the chequered flag

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62 comments on “Bahrain Grand Prix Live TV Times”

  1. Yup, going to miss live Qually and the Race for sure, stupid job.

    1. Pull a sicky.

      1. The wonders of “working from home” :D

        1. damonsmedley
          9th March 2010, 12:06

          “working” hehe! :)

      2. Ha, everyone in work would know im faking it, \I’ve not shut up about the start of the new season for the past few months, everyone knows exactly when it is because of me, and non of them care! Good achievement i think.

        1. Then book the day off as a holiday

  2. Ned Flanders
    9th March 2010, 10:49

    I think perhaps you mean half *an* hour after the race Keith.

    Remember everyone here in the UK- the race is an hour earlier than usual, presumably because the season is starting before the clocks change. I’d hate to tune in at ten past 12 as usual to find I’d missed the first few laps of the season!

    1. Fixed the typo.

      And yes, watch out for the daylight savings change. You can, of course, use the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar which has all the times for every session this year:

      F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

      On a side note: daylight savings sucks.

      1. March daylight savings sucks. The October one is awesome.

        1. Wait wait, October saving sucks awfully. You suddenly lose hours of afternoon sun. It’s the most awful thing about winter.

      2. DST runs for far too long. If we have to have it, it should just be for the actual summer.

        Better yet would be to do what my mother suggested once, and just move schedules/opening times/school hours one hour back and forward.

        1. I may miss the race due to power cut.

      3. Are you sure? I’ve got it in my calendar as March 28… and here also :

        But, whenever, yeah… it sucks.

  3. Schumi_the_greatest
    9th March 2010, 10:53

    this is later than the race started last year isnt it?

    good news for me…i can wake up hungover and watch it in bed on sunday morning! :-)

    1. You want to wake up hungover? Crazy person!

    2. You can’t do that! I’ve got money on you winning you drunken German bullyboy!! ;) :p

  4. For all you viewers in Australia, ONE HD is showing an hour long season preview at 7:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

    1. Is that Eastern Standard Time or local time?

      1. Not sure, I would assume local time, but don’t take my word for it.

        1. damonsmedley
          9th March 2010, 12:12

          Thanks heaps! I would have missed it for sure!

        2. I saw the TV commercial, and it showed the times as Eastern Standard. Since I’m in WA, I’ll get back from school just in time to see it…

    2. God bless you

      1. You’re welcome.

    3. Thanks for that Macca.

      Here in Adelaide its on at 7pm so I’d assume it would be on at around 5.30ish in Perth.

      1. There is also a repeat on Thursday night 10:30 – 11:30pm SA/NT time.

        Qualifying is live 9:30pm
        Race is live 10:00pm with pre-race show half-hour beforehand. (SA/NT time)

        I wish they would show the practice session live as well. At least we do get to see them for the Australian Grand Prix.

        I think it is great that ONE have made the commitment to show every qualifying and race live this year. We will see how that goes when they have some of the Asian races shown around 4:30pm our time.

        The only thing I dont like about the ONE coverage is the ridiculous and annoying comments by the commentary team – Cam McConville, Greg Rust, Darryl Beattie. They should just shut-up and let us watch and listen to the BBC commentary team.

        The most annoying part is after every commercial break they sit and talk without even ‘really’ knowing what is going on – instead of converting straight back to the BBC commentary team. It is so annoying!!!

        1. Cam McConville is not on the team any more as far as I can tell Craig Baird has taken that spot and they wont get there pre race report from Peter Winsor any more, James Allen is taking that role over, which is great news.

          1. Despite his racing heritage, Craig Baird adds nothing original to the commentary team – except maybe “snippey re-iterations” of Daryl Beattie’s insightful comments. Mindless gumby, get Craig Baird off the telecast. What do you guys think?

  5. Boo hiss, why did I move to Canada? Minimal coverage and no BBC extras makes me a sad panda.

    1. South Park reference makes this comment of the day.

      1. No doubt.. lol… I wonder if SpeedTV will be blacking out the races and quali again this year.. good thing the races were on TSN as well.. all I can say is thank god for Darmeth..
        That’s the only way I can see the pre-race show after I download it… why can’t the FIA or BBC realize that there missing out on an opportunity to make money by offering the online access across the ocean… I would gladly pay for it.. :)

        1. Or just use a proxy server based in the UK? But I didn’t say that…obviously.

  6. Well I’ll miss the race being live as it’s Mothers Day. Despite me not even seeing my Mum on this day, I have 2 children and it’ll be me running around doing things (on their behalf). Crazy!

    So, I’ll be watching this at around 11pm on record.

    1. Put your foot down Chalky, my in laws are coming round and i have told them that they are welcome but no talking or eating is happening until after 3pm!
      that didnt go too well with my wife, but my arguement…. they have had 5 months to come round, why pick the first bloody race of the season!

      1. You’ll pay for your attitude through the rest of the year, man…. oohhh lordy will you pay !

  7. It’s so close, I really can’t wait…

    Do you still need help with these live blogs Keith? I’m free on Friday morning for the first two sessions if your still looking for people to help out.

  8. Keith, or anybody else who cares to explain, when you say “Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying – 10:10 (BBC1) (Qualifying starts 11:00)”, does that mean it is not online but only on TV?
    I’m outside the UK, i was thinking to use a proxy and watch it online with BBC’s commentary.

    If that doesn’t work out, i’ll watch it on Dubai Sports. if i’m not wrong they are supposed to broadcast it as well. will give more information about their times later, and will give the frequencies they air at (satellite).

    Sadly i won’t be able to watch the beginning of the races, i have college :S Damn it, “we don’t need no education” :D

    1. It should be on the BBC Sport website if you can’t get near a TV.

      1. Well i was thinking about that, will take my laptop to the lecture and just watch the race. But my main question was: will it be actually online.
        I quote Keith “Bahrain Grand Prix Free practice 3 – 08:00 – 09:00 (BBC Red Button and online)” – he says here Red Button and online.
        whereas in the qualifying + race he doesn’t mention the red button nor online..

        1. Robert McKay
          9th March 2010, 14:30

          Quali and the race will be online, yes.

          I think Keith just lists it that way as the practice doesn’t get shown on the “main” BBC channels so people automaticall have turn to the red button or online streams. You can watch quali and the race on red button or online but that wouldn’t particularly be the “default”.

          The 10.10 refers to when the quali show starts, with quali actually going green at 11.00.

        2. All sessions will be live online at .

          Practice sessions will also be BBC Red Button.

    2. Have tweaked the wording so it’s clearer.

  9. what can people outside the UK see on BBC Online? is it the same as BBC Online within UK?
    is there a place where i can watch F1 practice? here in holland we get like in most other places the qualifying and the race only.

    1. what can people outside the UK see on BBC Online?

      No (or, at least, you’re not supposed to be able to).

  10. Eje Gustafsson
    9th March 2010, 16:00

    US Show times (Central Standard Time – GMT-6)

    Fri 3/12 5:00-6:30am SPEEDHD/SPEED
    Sat 3/13 12:30-2:00am SPEEDHD/SPEED

    Sat 3/13 5:00-6:30am SPEEDHD/SPEED
    Sat 3/13 9:30-11:00pm SPEEDHD/SPEED (rerun)

    Sun 3/14 6:30-9:00am SPEEDHD/SPEED
    Sun 3/14 12:30-3:00pm SPEEDHD/SPEED (rerun)
    Mon 3/15 11:30-2:00pm SPEEDHD/SPEED (rerun)


      Daylight Time starts at 2AM Sunday 3/14 in the US – two weeks ahead of the rest of the world, that’s why morning practices start an hour earlier than the race here in the US.

  11. Denmark:
    Alle tiderne er for 3 Puls.
    08:00 – 09:35 Fri træning 1
    12:00 – 13:35 Fri træning 2

    09:00 – 10:10 Fri træning 3
    12:00 – 13:15 Kvalifikation

    07:00 – 08:35 Fri træning 2 (Reprise)
    08:35 – 09:45 Fri træning 3 (Reprise)
    09:45 – 11:00 Kvalifikation (Reprise)
    11:00 – 15:30 Bahrain GP
    15:30 – 16:00 Schumachers Comeback (Dokumentar)

  12. My sister asked me yesterday what I was getting Mum for Sunday. I stared at her blankly, wondering why the first race of the F1 season would mean I had to buy Mum something…

  13. Does anyone know if the BBC are doing a season preview this week on TV or radio??
    Guessing 5Live will have their normal race preview Fri night.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Ps. We’re doing an honorary Mother’s Day at a more convenient time to free up Sun!

    1. There a lots of 10 minute vids on BBC F1 which featue Jake, along with DC, Martin Brundle, Eddie Jordan and Jonothan Legard previeing the season.

      One is about the new rules, another who will win the Mclaren inter team battle. They are quite good.

      Here is a link to one, it should be easy enough to find the others.

    2. I think there might be previews shown but apparantly not on freeview :S I’ll try to find out more info. There’s a nice video of the BBC guys talking about Button vs Hamilton and there was one yesterday where they discussed Schumi

      1. Sorry Calum I was typing my message just as you posted yours so I didn’t see!

      2. Haha! I won by 2 mins.

        I also remember that the BBC redbutton service(on all digital formats apart from freeview) was showing some sort of F1 preview at the weekend, but I don’t know if it is still on.

        1. Congrats on your victory :P

  14. Thanks Calum and Steph! Spend most my online time just on mobile so do sometimes miss main BBC website content.
    Just been on computer and watched all the season preview vids now though – def enjoyable stuff for anyone else who missed them.
    Course, that does mean I’m up slightly later than ideal, but such is the life of a fanatic!

  15. Hey guys i have another question:
    Do BBC keep the race on the iPlayer even after it’s done? like they do with Top Gear and all other tv shows?

    1. For the normal amount of time stuff is on iPlayer, yes (a week?).

      The free practice videos can still be found plenty of time afterwards, though, but sometimes tracking them down is not simple.

  16. New video of the new Bahrain track, the Acting CEO of the Bahrain International Circuit Shk. Salman Al-Khalifa takes CNN’s Richard Quest for a drive..

    1. at the back seat cameraman is looking busy :)

  17. I may miss the race due to power cut in my city.

  18. jose arellano
    10th March 2010, 18:33

    hey keith!, i was checking the tv times for my country, and it says “FORMULA 1: Grand Prix of Bahrein” AVAILABLE ON HD !!

    so f1 is broadcasting hd after all ?

    1. Apparently that’s upscaled SD and not true HD.

  19. I love F1,I looked forward to the start of 2010 with,hopefully lots of manouvers like we saw with Jenson driving his way to clinching the championship.
    Sadly,Bernie bringing in the no refueling rule has brought the F1 so far to one big yawn.Bernie,has put not 1, but both feet into his mouth this time.
    There is no excitement whatsoever,no expectation,no…well nothing really.The Americans have a great saying ‘If it aint broke,don’t fix it’

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