Australian Grand Prix 2018: guide

A pop-up channel, Live HD coverage, with qualifying sessions and race available ad-break free.

FOX Sports coverage of the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix begins next week with the qualifying sessions and race available ad-break free for the first time ever.

A 24/7 dedicated motorsport pop-up channel switches on Monday March 19, with Live action from Thursday 22nd.

The commentary team features Jess Yates, Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall hosting the 60-minute programs alongside Supercars experts Neil Crompton and Greg Murphy, and technical analyst Mark Larkham.

Chris Stubbs and Riana Crehan report from Pit Lane.

FOX Sports’ Head of Television, Steve Crawley, said: “In 2018, we’ll deliver motorsport fans what they want – ad break free coverage of the Melbourne Grand Prix qualifying and race for the first time. This means that every race on the Formula 1 calendar is now ad break free for Foxtel viewers.

“After the season opener in Melbourne, FOX Sports will be the only place to watch every race from practice through to the main race live. If you love F1, FOX Sports is the place to be.”

FOX Sports will deliver Live, start-to-finish coverage of the event, all on a dedicated 24/7 pop up channel, with all practice sessions also available Live in HD.

The Australian Grand Prix launches the biggest year of Formula 1, with every event after the season opening race available exclusively Live on FOX Sports.

FOX Sports 506 will become the home of the Australian Grand Prix from Monday (March 19), before the Live action begins on March 22.

And for the first time, the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will count towards the Championship, launching a massive four days of Live racing.

FOX Sports will deliver every practice, qualifying session and race from the inaugural event, with the action getting underway from 12.30pm EDT on March 22.

Supercars Trackside returns from 5.00pm on March 22, and 7.15pm on March 25 to preview and review the Supercars action.

In addition to wall-to-wall coverage of both events, the pop up channel will feature classic Formula 1® and Supercars races and reviews of past seasons.

FOX Sports brings Sky Sports’ world-class production to Australian viewers, providing them with unparalleled Formula 1® coverage. With ex-drivers, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert, and commentators Ted Kravitz and David Croft as part of the line-up, fans receive all the news and analysis from on the ground at every race.

FOX Sports’ Formula 1 Race Centre will be the ultimate companion to the TV broadcast. Available via foxSports.com.au and the FOX Sports App, the Race Centre will offer fans unrivalled access to four additional video streams including live timing, in car-cameras, pit lane with snippets from team radios and a driver tracker, plus an up to the minute blog of key events during the race.

The Supercars Race Centre will offer fans access to team radio, car telemetry for all 26 Supercars, plus live timing and racing stats, along with a dedicated Supercars blog.

FOX Sports 506 (All times are AEDT)

Mon 19 Mar
12.00am, dedicated channel switches on

Thu 22 Mar
Day 1 from 12.30pm
Supercars Trackside, Live at 5.00pm

Fri 23 Mar
Day 2 from 11.30am

Sat 24 Mar
Day 3 from 11.45am

Sun 25 Mar
Final Day from 12.45pm
Supercars Trackside at 7.15pm

3 Responses

  1. This is great news! The last few years were ridiculous with Foxtel having to break commentary mid-sentence to go to an ad break just because Ch10 went to an ad break.

    I agree with ‘laurie’ – the $10 HD fee Foxtel charges is well past it’s use-by-date. Foxtel can definitely surcharge $10 for 4K, but no longer for the now very commonplace HD. HD is no longer premium. Take into account that Sky UK telecast F1 in 4K and have done so for the last 1 or 2 years.

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