For the third part of the first triple-header to begin the 2020 F1 season, F1 goes to the Hungaroring for the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix on July 17-19. Here’s how you can watch it, and what time it starts depending on where you are.
Two different winners – Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton – graced the top step of the podium at the Red Bull Ring for the first two rounds of the 2020 F1 season. Will we get a third new winner in Hungary?
After all, Max Verstappen took his first F1 career pole position there in 2019. So perhaps it’s time for Red Bull to go one better and win. Or we could see a shock winner in a McLaren, Racing Point or even Ferrari…
The first triple header of the 2020 Formula One season concludes with the teams and drivers taking a 260-mile trip across the border from Austria into Hungary for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The main change from a TV perspective this weekend is that Channel 4’s highlights programme airs an hour later, from 19:30 to 22:00. The change is likely to cover up gaps in Channel 4’s own programming schedule arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unusually, the 5 Live schedule for F1 is blank, because every session is airing on the BBC website only, and there is no Preview schedule on BBC Radio 5 Live either, as Premier League football, FA Cup semi-finals and cricket pushes F1 down the BBC’s pecking order.
On the personnel front, Jenson Button is not with the Sky team in Hungary, but will be rejoining the team in Silverstone.
Over in Spain, the MotoGP season gets underway with a double-header at Jerez, as Marc Marquez looks to triumph once again.
For MotoGP, it is the first round of the year, however for Moto2 and Moto3 it is round two of the year after they managed to kickstart their season in Qatar back in March.
BT’s coverage comes from Triumph’s main base in Hinckley, with the usual team of Suzi Perry, Gavin Emmett, Keith Huewen, Neil Hodgson amongst those guiding viewers through the championship this year.
As with F1, some pay TV broadcasters are travelling to Jerez, however Dorna have prohibited all other journalists from the circuit itself.
For those that did not watch Moto2 or Moto3 from Qatar, keep an eye on MotoGP’s new graphics set for 2020 during the Jerez weekend.
Free-to-air highlights of MotoGP again air on Quest in a Monday evening time slot.
Elsewhere, in an interesting development, Sky Sports F1 are airing live coverage of the Ferrari Challenge series where possible this year, as they continue to grow their non-F1 motor sport portfolio.
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It is not Sky Sports F1’s only acquisition recently: they are also airing extensive coverage of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance and Sprint Cup championships this year for the first time.
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