Formula 1 2017 season on Sky Sports & Channel 4

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Lights out and away we go! After months of speculation and anticipation, Formula 1 is back for the 2017 season and fans in the UK can follow all the action across Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 throughout the campaign.

It’s been a busy few months for the sport over the winter and the curtain-raiser in Australia is filled with much intrigue and uncertainty.

Since last year’s final chequered flag in Abu Dhabi, the sport has new owners, 2009 world champion Jenson Button has taken a sabbatical, and reigning champion Nico Rosberg shocked the motorsport world by calling time on his Formula 1 career.

Following Rosberg’s retirement, the Mercedes door was left open for the arrival of Valtteri Bottas and there will be much fascination about how the Finn adapts to life alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

Indeed, Hamilton himself will have his eyes wide open to the possibility of another drivers’ title, especially given the Mercedes’ early signs of promise during testing in Barcelona.

That, however, does not consider the rule changes that look set to shake up the sport entirely, which include a raft of new regulations and technical upgrades, which is hoped will make the cars more visually pleasing and the racing more exciting.

This year, the cars will be heavier, wider and more aggressive-looking, and it’s set to be the hardest, fastest and loudest campaign in years as teams try to hunt down Mercedes, who have dominated the constructors’ standings for the past three years.

There is hope that German marque’s recent dominance could be broken, and many motorsport fans would love nothing more, especially if that most romantic of teams, Ferrari, could find a way back into the mix at the top.

The story of the 2017 Formula 1 season is about to be written and with so much up in the air it promises to be a pulsating season.

Details of how to follow the 2017 Formula 1 season on the box can be found below, while further information, in-depth race schedules and live timing are available via f1.com.

Sky Sports will be the only place to watch every practice, qualifying and race day throughout the 2017 Formula 1 season on its dedicated F1 channel.

The usual presentation team returns to cover every twist and turn of the season, led by presenter Simon Lazenby from the pitlane and paddock area, alongside expert pundits including Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert.

Race commentary comes from David Croft and Martin Brundle, with further contributions from Anthony Davidson and Paul di Resta, while Ted Kravitz and Rachel Brookes have the latest news and interviews from the pits.

A new on-air signing for Sky Sports this season is veteran Formula 1 technical officer Pat Symonds, who will add his insights at selected races throughout the year.

The most significant innovation for the new season that is set to revolutionise the viewing experience for fans is the introduction of Ultra HD coverage from every race.

This year, Sky Q customers can enjoy all the action on the track in Ultra HD, which boasts up to four times the detail of regular HD, and the broadcaster says it will be “Formula 1 as you have never seen it before, and it has never looked so good”.

As usual, Sky Sports will offer a host of interactive options for subscribers to enjoy, including Race Control, offering multiple driver cams, the pitlane channel, driver tracker and an up-to-date timing page, will be available on the Red Button as well as on the Sky Sports for iPad service.

Live streaming of all live sessions for Sky subscribers can also be found on the Sky Sports app or via Sky Go, while its dedicated website – skysports.com/f1 – has all the latest news, interviews and features from the paddock.

Channel 4 will showcase the entire Formula 1 season on free-to-air television with live coverage of 10 grands prix and extended highlights of the other 10 races on the calendar.

Now in its second season covering the sport after taking over the terrestrial rights from the BBC last year, Channel 4’s 2017 live race picks will feature the British, Monaco and United States Grands Prix, with all live races once again uninterrupted by commercial breaks.

Steve Jones will continue to front Channel 4’s coverage; alongside him will be David Coulthard, who returns as chief analyst and co-commentator, with Mark Webber, Eddie Jordan and Susie Wolff also part of the team throughout the year.

Ben Edwards leads the team in the commentary box for qualifying and race days, alongside Coulthard, with special guests joining him for Channel 4’s free practice coverage at their selected live race weekends, while Lee McKenzie and Karun Chandhok reprise their pit lane reporting roles.

All of Channel 4’s live coverage and highlights programming will be broadcast in high definition and available to watch live or on-demand online via All 4, while the network’s official website – channel4.com/f1 – has all the latest news, highlights and video clips.

MARCH 24-26

Formula 1: Australian Grand Prix
Round 1 – Melbourne
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APRIL 7-9

Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix
Round 2 – Shanghai 
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APRIL 14-16

Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix
Round 3 – Sakhir
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APRIL 28-30

Formula 1: Russian Grand Prix
Round 4 – Sochi
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MAY 12-14

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix
Round 5 – Barcelona
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MAY 25-28

Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix
Round 6 – Monte-Carlo
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JUNE 9-11

Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix
Round 7 – Montreal
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JUNE 23-25

Formula 1: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Round 8 – Baku
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JULY 7-9

Formula 1: Austria Grand Prix
Round 9 – Spielberg
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JULY 14-16

Formula 1: British Grand Prix
Round 10 – Silverstone
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JULY 28-30

Formula 1: Hungarian Grand Prix
Round 11 – Budapest
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AUGUST 25-27

Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix
Round 12 – Spa-Francorchamps
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SEPTEMBER 1-3

Formula 1: Italian Grand Prix
Round 13 – Monza
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SEPTEMBER 15-17

Formula 1: Singapore Grand Prix
Round 14 – Marina Bay
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SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1

Formula 1: Malaysian Grand Prix
Round 15 – Sepang
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OCTOBER 6-8

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix
Round 16 – Suzuka
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OCTOBER 20-22

Formula 1: United States Grand Prix
Round 17 – Austin
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OCTOBER 27-29

Formula 1: Mexican Grand Prix
Round 18 – Mexico City
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NOVEMBER 10-12

Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix
Round 19 – Sao Paulo
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NOVEMBER 24-26

Formula 1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Round 20 – Yas Marina
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