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Formula One: Steve Jones “F1 is like a soap opera”

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The new lead anchor of UK network Channel 4’s free-to-air coverage, Steve Jones, compared its twists and turns to Hollyoaks ( UK Soap Opera) , saying that he’s just as fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes as he is by the racing action.

“Only 20% of what’s going on [in F1] is on the screen when the cars are on track,” life-long F1 fan Jones told reporters at Channel 4’s official launch.

“Beyond that, there’s the politics behind it, it’s almost like Hollyoaks on wheels! There’s so much going on behind the scenes.

“It is just fascinating and that’s been the thing that I’ve been so honoured to be around, and watch it and just yum it up. All those little relationships between the drivers and the team principals, between the teams themselves.

“That’s what I’m hoping to bring to our coverage, really – just to get those relationships.”

With less than a week to go until season finally gets underway, Channel 4 have been heavily promoting thier coverage through social media.

You can follow C4 F1 coverage on twitter through this link

Formula One: Channel 4 UK confirm FTA live races


Channel 4 has confirmed the ten Formula 1® Grands Prix it will broadcast live in 2016, which will include the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix on July 10th.

As part of a new three-year deal from 2016-2018 with Formula One World Championship Limited, announced last month, Channel 4 will broadcast live coverage of ten Grands Prix, including practice sessions and qualifying over each season. Channel 4 will broadcast comprehensive highlights of all 21 races, including those broadcast by Sky Sports.

Channel 4 coverage will begin over the weekend of March 18th-20th with build up to, and comprehensive highlights coverage of the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend. Channel 4’s first live race will be the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, broadcast over the weekend of 1st-3rd April.

Following a picks process with Sky Sports, the full list of races broadcast live by Channel 4 is:

Bahrain– 1st-3rdApril (4.00pm)

Spain– 13th-15th May (1.00pm)

Europe (Azerbaijan) – 17th-19th June (TBC)

Britain– 8th-10th July (1.00pm)

Hungary– 22nd-24th July (1.00pm)

Belgium– 26th-28th August (1.00pm)

Italy– 2nd-4th September (1.00pm)

Malaysia– 30th September-2nd October (8.00am)

Mexico – 28th-30th October (7.00pm)

Abu Dhabi– 25th-27th November (1.00pm)

All of the live coverage and highlights will be broadcast free-to-air and in high definition.

Stephen Lyle, Channel 4 Head of F1® said: “We are delighted to announce the full line up of races we will be showing live across 2016. The British Grand Prix is a huge highlight of the sporting calendar and we’re looking forward to covering all the action live from Silverstone this summer. ”

This follows the news announced earlier in the month that Whisper Films will produce coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ and that 13 times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard will be bringing his extensive knowledge in Formula 1®, as well as his considerable contacts in the sport, to Channel 4’s coverage.

The full presenting and commentary team will be announced in due course.

Channel 4 have reiterated their commitment to broadcast all races advert free.