2013 Formula One Australian Grand Prix

By David Knox on March 3, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 18

2013-03-03_0017The Australian Grand Prix returns to TEN later this month with commentary from Alan Jones, Greg Rust and Daryl Beattie, with James Allen, Mark Howard and Tom Clarkson trackside.

Chris Brown, Amanda Keller, Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering will bring behind the scenes coverage.

TEN Late News relocates to Melbourne for the week and on Saturday morning, TEN will broadcast the inaugural Grand Prix breakfast hosted by Steve Quartermain and Natarsha Belling.

This is the most extensive coverage of the Grand Prix in its history, with over 27 hours of television across the three days on TEN and ONE.

The 2013 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix returns to the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne and motorsport fans can catch the electric atmosphere live and exclusively on TEN and ONE.

Featuring Aussie’s Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and the world’s premier drivers, including world champion Sebastian Vettel, and defending Australian Grand Prix champion Jenson Button, the Australian Grand Prix is the first race of the 2013 Formula One season.

Throughout the weekend TEN’s expert team are set to supply first class commentary on all of the action around the circuit. World-renowned motor racing identity Alan Jones joins the team this year and as one of only two Australians to have ever won the Formula One world Championship, he is uniquely placed to give an insight into the psyche of the drivers through this big weekend. He joins TEN’s motorsport host Greg Rust and expert commentator Daryl Beattie, and alongside them James Allen, Mark Howard and Tom Clarkson will have all the breaking news from the track.

Nicole Livingstone will bring roving interviews from the Qantas Paddock Club, and a host of TEN stars including Chris Brown, Amanda Keller, Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering will also be based there, delivering all the colour and excitement from behind the scenes.

On Saturday morning, TEN will broadcast the inaugural Grand Prix breakfast. Hosted by Steve Quartermain and Natarsha Belling, it’s the perfect start to ignite a huge weekend of motorsport and will feature special guest appearances from Formula One legends and drivers, along with some exciting musical performances.

In addition to the weekend’s main coverage, Ten Late News relocates to Melbourne for the week. As the countdown to the chequered flag begins, Hamish Macdonald and the team speak to some of the key players involved in motorsport today.

Hamish is also one of the drivers competing in the Mazda6 Celebrity challenge. Pitted against a host of other celebrities including TEN’s meteorologist Magdalena Roze, and The Project’s Lehmo, they will battle it out over four days on the Albert Park circuit.

Friday, March 15
12pm – 7.00pm Live on ONE
(Ade 11.30am, Bris 11.00am and Perth 9.00am)

Saturday, March 16
F1 Breakfast 8am-11am on TEN
(Ade 7.30am, Bris 7am, Perth 5am)
Qualifying coverage 11.00am – 6.30pm on TEN
(Ade 10.30am, Bris 10.00am, Perth 8.00am)

Sunday, March 17
10.00am – 7.00pm on TEN
(Ade 9.30am, Bris 9.00am, Perth 7.00am)

18 Comments »

  1. JoshS March 5, 2013 at 1:53 am -

    You’ll have to forgive us for not believing TEN since races last year were shown in standard definition on TEN and they considered showing races after 10.30 in Perth, after the race had already finished.

    I don’t trust TEN as far as I could throw Gina Rhinehart, or Lachlan Murdoch…

  2. William March 5, 2013 at 12:23 am -

    @JoshS
    It’s live nationally on ONE and TEN throughout the weekend as ONE will do the simulcast coverage on Saturday and Sunday the whole entire day if I am correct. It’s going to feature support racers in between and they will do a cross to the lounge at times when there is no F1 or support categories

  3. JoshS March 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm -

    William, channel TEN wont be in HD, they’ll stay standard to save money.

    The coverage will be rubbish. There are more events than just the Grand Prix. It was galling last year to hear Breakfast interviewing Bingle while there were support races on.

    If it isn’t live, in HD in Perth, there will be issues in their main office here

  4. William March 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm -

    @Craig
    For Australasia and European rounds except for Abu Dhabi should be shown live on ONE and TEN delayed. For rounds in the US including Abu Dhabi should be simulcast on ONE and TEN just like when it was a 24hr sports channel.

    For MotoGP like Australasia and European rounds except for Qatar should be shown on ONE and TEN delayed. For America rounds it should be simulcast on ONE and TEN.

    But once 2014 comes around it will be a whole different story as the main channels will be in HD

  5. Craig March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm -

    Thanks for the update (I normally forget to check the advance guide) I would rather the F1 to be primarily on ONE live and TEN delayed, except the AU round.

    I hate how for most it will only be in HD when it can’t be shown on the main channel. Just like the V8s on Seven. With 4k TVs starting to appear on the market and we still have trouble getting sport and other main channels in HD.

  6. William March 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm -

    @MattC
    TEN takes the Sky commentary team for qualifying stages and the race while TEN takes the commentary for the practice sessions at Albert Park
    @Bogues
    Do you watch V8s or even Nascar but F1 is rating highly especially for multi channel on ONE it gets between 300,000-500,000 for the races and 300,000 for Pre-race

  7. Maev....Sydney March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm -

    Whoa…pick me up off the floor….I will take what I can get….all the peripheral bits ad to the mood…when one cannot actually be there…
    And you either love motor sport…or cannot stand it….so anyone who does not like it…thinks they are going around in circles…and will never be convinced otherwise….each to their own.

  8. William March 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm -

    @SS
    Mark Howard is highly knowledge guy and this is going to be the most funny GP ever. They should go in the celebrity challenge besides Mark Howard well he is a TEN Sport guru. We want more racing action then the talk with NL and I like Will McCloy where is he is going to be at the paddock area this year

  9. Rayne March 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm -

    F1 is boring. I would say it would put me to sleep except the engines are so high pitched it’s too annoying at any volume!

  10. MattC March 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm -

    Does this mean that Ten won’t be taking the BBC commentary feed for qualifying and/or the race? It’s bad enough listening to Greg Rust leading in and out of commercial breaks, let alone listening to his ill-informed drivel (and bizarre pronunciations) for an entire race.

  11. Secret Squirrel March 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm -

    That is a lot of hours to fill but – “Nicole Livingstone will bring roving interviews from the Qantas Paddock Club, and a host of TEN stars including Chris Brown, Amanda Keller, Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering will also be based there, delivering all the colour and excitement from behind the scenes.” – ugh. Do they really think that motorsport fans want to sit thru irrelevant froth and bubble like that?

    And please don’t let Mark Howard annoy the drivers like he does every year. It’s embarrassing to watch.

    @BigVic – you’re thinking of Nascar, F1 tracks are more complex than a circle! Anyway, only 2 out of the 26.5 hours will be racing and I just know that you’ll be interested in what canapés are being served in the Qantas lounge and hearing inane 30 second grabs from personalities being bothered by Nicole Livingstone.

    At least there will be no Paul Henry this year.

  12. William March 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm -

    Where does this leave for the NBL the very first time on 11. Thanks David for clearing that up for me as I was getting worried that ONE wasn’t showing F1 a popular sport shown on TEN

  13. David Knox March 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm -

    Live around the country on ONE.

  14. BigVic March 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

    Yawn….I don’t want to see cars going round and round the circle.

  15. William March 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm -

    @Craig
    On the advance guides it says ONE will be televising the F1 on Friday and Saturday as I cant speak at the moment for Sunday

  16. William March 3, 2013 at 10:52 am -

    It’s due to the NBL for ONE not showing F1 in HD on Sunday but they should really broadcast it on Friday right through to Sunday and instead but the NBL on 11. That means its going to be F1 on TEN for European rounds

  17. bill March 3, 2013 at 9:43 am -

    So they’re showing practice on Friday in HD but qualifying and the race in SD?
    FTA TV in Australia once again re-affirming what a joke it is, the sooner they go bust and all sport is on Fox the better.

  18. Craig March 3, 2013 at 7:23 am -

    Dumb question David but will the Saturday/Sunday coverage but only on TEN or simulcast on ONE in HD like previous years?

    Go Webber!

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