BBC reveal 10 free-to-air races for 2013
December 21, 2012
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The BBC have shown off the 10 races that will be broadcast on free-to-air on the 2013 calendar.
The bold step has been made to drop the Monaco Grand Prix, which I feel is the right one, seeing as races there can be mostly boring. Replacing it is the Canadian Grand Prix, widely regarded as the fans’ favourite race of the season.
Interestingly, the season opener in Australia will not be shown, as will the next in Malaysia. Therefore BBC live coverage will begin with the Chinese Grand Prix.
The currently unannounced race, which for 2013 takes the place of the delayed New Jersey Grand Prix, is also on the BBC calendar. However, it has been confirmed that if the race is dropped, the BBC are not allowed show a different race live instead.
Similar to last year, the 10 races not shown live will be broadcast later on that day in a highlights package. Here are the 10 races being shown live:
Race 3: China: April 14
Race 5: Spain: May 12
Race 7: Canada: June 9
Race 8: TBA*: July 21
Race 9: Great Britain: June 30
Race 12: Belgium: August 25
Race 13: Italy: September 8
Race 16: Japan: October 13
Race 17: India: October 27
Race 20: Brazil: November 24
* = This race is unannounced, and will be a one-off only. It will most likely be hosted in Istanbul or the A1 Ring (now called the Red Bull Ring).