Formula 1 2018 season on Sky Sports & Channel 4

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Formula 1 roars back onto the track in March with a fresh and bold new-look for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and Sky Sports’ dedicated F1 channel will show every race live, alongside extensive free-to-air coverage on Channel 4.

The 2018 season is set to bring down the curtain on 40 years of Formula 1 on mainstream terrestrial television in the UK, as from 2019 Sky Sports will become the exclusive home of F1 coverage, with Channel 4’s current free-to-air offering coming to an end after the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Before that though comes 21 Grands Prix across the globe with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton both chasing a fifth World Championship, this could well be a historic campaign in the making, as the two rivals once again begin the season as favourites.

It’s been a busy off-season away from the grid with a raft of changes and while none rival last year’s sweeping technological shake-ups for importance, petrolheads will be delighted to hear of the increased focus on overtaking and louder, more dramatic engines.

Last year produced competitive if unspectacular racing and Mercedes and Ferrari will need to keep a firm eye on their wing mirrors this time around for the likes of Red Bull and maybe even McLaren, who are looking to put a dire 2017 behind them.

How all of this will translate to the racing remains to be seen, though promising signs are in wait and all this is coupled with F1’s revamped look for the 2018 season, with new TV graphics, race weekend innovations and procedures that the sport’s commercial owners Liberty Media hope will improve the show for fans watching around the world.

Details of how to follow the 2018 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 2018 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, plus 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg for selected races.

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

One of Sky F1’s main changes for the 2018 season sees The F1 Show moved to a post-qualifying slot on Saturdays.

The revamped show will be a celebration of the glitz and glamour of motorsport, taking fans into the heart of each of the season’s exotic locations and capturing the eclectic personalities that surround each grand prix.

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.

Sky subscribers can find the channel on 406 while Sky Q customers will also be able to watch all the action in Ultra HD.

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 11 races on the 2018 calendar.

Now in its third and final season covering the sport under its current contract, having taking over the terrestrial rights from the BBC in 2016, Channel 4’s 2018 live race picks will feature the British, Monaco, Japanese 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 pit lane reports and interviews come from Lee McKenzie and Karun Chandhok.

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 23-25

Formula 1: Australian Grand Prix
Round 1 – Melbourne
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APRIL 6-8

Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix
Round 2 – Sakhir
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APRIL 13-15

Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix
Round 3 – Shanghai
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APRIL 27-29

Formula 1: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Round 4 – Baku
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MAY 11-13

Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix
Round 5 – Barcelona
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MAY 24-27

Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix
Round 6 – Monte-Carlo
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JUNE 8-10

Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix
Round 7 – Montreal
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JUNE 22-24

Formula 1: French Grand Prix
Round 8 – Le Castellet
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JUNE 29 – JULY 1

Formula 1: Austria Grand Prix
Round 9 – Spielberg
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JULY 6-8

Formula 1: British Grand Prix
Round 10 – Silverstone
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JULY 20-22

Formula 1: German Grand Prix
Round 11 – Hockenheim
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JULY 27-29

Formula 1: Hungarian Grand Prix
Round 12 – Budapest
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AUGUST 24-26

Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix
Round 13 – Spa-Francorchamps
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AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 2

Formula 1: Italian Grand Prix
Round 14 – Monza
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SEPTEMBER 14-16

Formula 1: Singapore Grand Prix
Round 15 – Marina Bay
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SEPTEMBER 28-30

Formula 1: Russian Grand Prix
Round 16 – Sochi
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OCTOBER 5-7

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix
Round 17 – Suzuka
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OCTOBER 19-21

Formula 1: United States Grand Prix
Round 18 – Austin
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OCTOBER 26-28

Formula 1: Mexican Grand Prix
Round 19 – Mexico City
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NOVEMBER 9-11

Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix
Round 20 – Sao Paulo
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NOVEMBER 23-25

Formula 1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Round 21 – Yas Marina
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