BBC highlights draw in 3.2 million
19 March 2012 – BBC Sport has reported a peak audience of 3.2 million for its Sunday afternoon highlights programme of the Australian Grand Prix. In a split television deal with Sky, the BBC's first live show for UK audiences will come for Round 3 in China.
For Melbourne, the BBC began race coverage from 2pm on Sunday, with its extended highlights package reaching a peak audience of 3.2 million – 100,000 higher than live coverage of the same race in 2011, which peaked at 3.1 million.
For 2012, the new Sky Sports F1 channel is showing all sessions live, whereas the BBC will bring viewers ten live events including the Monaco and British Grands Prix plus the season finale in Brazil.
David Coulthard (top) is now joined by new lead commentator Ben Edwards. Jake Humphrey continues to front the programme alongside Eddie Jordan, Lee McKenzie and Gary Anderson.