Airdate: Australian Grand Prix 2016


The 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix returns to the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne this Friday, airing over the weekend on TEN and ONE.

Unfortunately the timing this year means the big event on Sunday will fall into the Easter non-ratings period.

Following a disappointing season last year, Aussie hero Daniel Ricciardo will be back with a vengeance in 2016 as he sets his sights on a World Championship.

He will, however, have some tough competition on his hands with the unstoppable Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton out to prove a point.

Throughout the weekend, Network Ten’s expert team are set to provide first-class commentary on all the action on and off the track.

Australia’s most experienced Formula One driver, Mark Webber, joins the team again this year to offer his expert opinion and, following the success of last year, commentate all F1 sessions as well as qualifying and the race.

Mark joins TEN Sport’s Matt White and Mark Howard, former F1 World Champion Alan Jones and expert commentator Daryl Beattie on set with Mark Larkham, James Allen and Tom Clarkson to bring fans all the news from inside the F1 Paddock.

Network Ten will also bring viewers all the glamour and excitement of Formula One from around the circuit with a host of TEN stars including Grant Denyer, Chrissie Swan, Adam Gilchrist, Amanda Keller and Gary Mehigan on set in the Paddock Club throughout the weekend.

The 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix promises to be an action-packed weekend of thrills and spills, on and off the track, live and free on Network Ten.

Friday, 18 March. 11.30am – 7.00pm AEDT on ONE.
Saturday, 19 March. 10.00am – 6.30pm AEDT on TEN
Sunday, 20 March. 10.00am – 6.00pm AEDT on TEN


  1. Maev....Sydney

    I wish Greg Rust was back….Matt is like a hyper active kid….hard to watch…for me…and I don’t feel he fits with Alan Jones as well, either….the rapport just isn’t there…
    Also, all the TEN celebs…cross promoting their shows…is sooo darn annoying….I want to watch motor racing….not socialising….

    • Its on the Tenplay website but Ten will show Australia, Russia, Monaco, Europe (Azerbaijan), Britain, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and Abu Dhabi live. The European ones (except possibly Europe GP ironically) are 10pm EST starts. The other 11 will be 9.30-10.30pm on One Monday night, same as 2015.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    “…expert team are set to provide first-class commentary on all the action on and off the track.”
    If only that were true. Team is far from expert, commentary is second-rate, and as for covering all the on-track action – we will get to hear some C-list celebrity tell us that they are so excited to be at their first F1 GP while there are actual support races going on.

    Ten’s coverage is a disgrace.

    • Yes I’ve noticed that too. Nothing worse than some actor being interviewed who has little interest in the race itself and the interview time is spent talking about their upcoming TV show. The only positive is 7 and 9 would be worse.

      More track time and less couch time would be fantastic.

    • Ten showed most support action except for one or 2 sessions of Touring Cars. Ten may or may not show show Australian GT ob the Friday due to the fact it starts bang on at when Ten’s coverage arrives. At least Ten gave us most supports except for that other partner Fox Sports who gave us Australian Formula 1 GP and V8s

      • Secret Squïrrel

        Foxtel show every F1 race and every V8 Supercars race as well as the support categories. Their race commentary and pre- and post-race reporting for both is vastly superior to the uninformed bore-fest on Ten.

        Ten’s failed attempt at being the “Home of Motorsport” is why I and a friend ended up forking out for Foxtel Play (that and the EPL).

        I do hope Ten pay you for all the unquestioning credulous support that you give them here and on other sites.

        • Based on what glennc has provided of what times are on Fox Sports. It seems as though Fox will miss out on so much action on the track. Similar to 2015

      • Australian Formula 1 GP Russian GP Monaco GP European GP British GP
        German GP Italian GP Malaysian GP Mexican GP Abu Dhabi GP is live on Ten Sport

        • I’m well aware which 10 of the 21 they’re covering live, I want to know how Ten determine they are the 10 Premium events on the calendar? Of is that just marketing BS? I’ll go with marketing BS!

          • They are “Key Events”. Monaco and Australian GP will be shown on Ten Sport under the new 5 year deal announced in 2015. Its like every second one except for rounds 2 and 3 and R17 and R18 due to the unprecedented amount of rounds in the history of Formula 1

          • Serious question William. Do you work for the Ten Network? I love Ten (well, try to anyway) but your reasoning here is preposterous and pure marketing speak. Get all races in simulcast with Fox, they can, it happens with MotoGP. If you do, take this on board. Ten aren’t doing a very good job of covering motorsport. I love motorsport and I love Ten but their coverage borders on unbearable to watch.

      • The commentators go to every race and provide live commentary for every race. Last Year the BBC provided the English World Feed Commentary… used by Canada, Australia etc. Its just that the BBC (and now Channel 4) contract with Sky only allowed them to show 10 races in the UK.

        The best thing to happen to Formula 1 coverage in this country was Fox’s decision to show the Sky Coverage.

    • Channel 4 are the rights holders in the UK now that the BBC offloaded it for 2016-18. They cover some different races to us. My point is that for a Network that claims to be the home of ‘Premium Motorsport’ that their selection is very random.

  3. Funny how they (TEN) dragged of Mark last year for Melbourne and then we saw bugger all of him for the rest of the year.

    Also what about some details on the Foxtel coverage?

    • Well, that’s a Ten press release so probably no Foxtel details.
      For what its worth, Fox’s live coverage is all on Fox Sports 5.
      Friday noon-3pm and 4.15-7.30pm. Saturday 1.45-6.45pm.
      Sunday 2.30-7.00pm

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