Sky Sports News will be on-site at all 20 grands prix for up to six days and present at every day of each test session in the build-up to the 2012 season.
The channel has confirmed its coverage plans for the new Formula 1 season, and pledges to provide fans with breaking news stories, detailed analysis and extensive coverage of each grand prix, including on-site build-up and reporting for all 20 races.
It will also cover the launches of the new 2012 cars and driver line-ups throughout February and early March.
Rachel Brookes and Craig Slater, two of the channel’s most senior reporters, will be embedded amongst the teams at each race throughout the 2012 season and at every official pre-season test session.
The team of dedicated Sky Sports News F1 reporters will be broadcasting the most comprehensive build-up to a grand prix weekend that UK viewers have ever seen, with up to six days of coverage prior to each grand prix.
Live and recorded on-site reports will begin from the paddock each Tuesday and run all through the week, with extensive reaction after each session from the drivers, team personnel, and analysis from the Sky Sports F1 pundits, including Martin Brundle and Damon Hill.
Sky Sports News’ coverage will complement the broadcaster’s new dedicated Formula 1 channel, which launches a week before the first race of the 2012 season in March and will show every session from each grand prix live until 2018.
“This is the ultimate news service for F1,” said Andy Cairns, Sky Sports News Executive Editor.
“Our reporters will be trackside and in the Sky Sports News HD studio ensuring viewers are always up to date with what’s happening on and off the track.
“Viewers with iPads will be able to follow our F1 coverage wherever they happen to be via the new Sky Sports News app which features on-demand video, the latest news and interviews, data as well as live video of Sky Sports News itself.”
Rachel Brookes joins Sky’s Formula 1 team in 2012, having previously reported on international and domestic cricket for Sky Sports News over the past seven years, interspersed by a brief stint presenting for the now defunct Setanta Sports News channel.
Craig Slater has been one of the channel’s key boxing reporters in recent years, reporting on all the pre-fight build-up at every major international bout involving the likes of David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Carl Froch.
They will cover all 20 grands prix for Sky Sports News, and provide reports on all the pre-season testing sessions, starting in Jerez on February 7-11, followed by two seperate tests in Barcelona on February 21-24 and March 1-4.
It is the first that Sky Sports News will be provide comprehensive reporting of Formula 1. Due to the lack of broadcast rights in previous years, the channel’s coverage of the series usually consisted of only a brief mention of qualifying and race results.
But since news emerged of their controversial shared deal with the BBC last summer, the channel has visibly increased its coverage with several special reports and features from the headquarters of Caterham, Williams and Marussia teams, the Pirelli tyre launch, as well as interviews with the new Sky Sports F1 pundits and presenters.
The first race of the season – the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne – will be held on March 16-18, with exclusive live coverage of each session on Sky Sports F1 HD.
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