What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds for the season opener?

What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds for the season opener?

What is it?

The first race of the 2019 Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne. The first of 21 rounds across the year, starting here and ending in Abu Dhabi in December. 

When is it and what time does it start?

March 15-17. The first two practice sessions begin at an ungodly time (1am and 5am GMT) on Friday March 15 but if you’re considering getting up for the qualifying, then that session starts at 6am on Saturday March 16 with the race beginning at 5.10am on Sunday March 17. 

What TV channel is it on?

Once again this year all races are broadcast live on Sky Sports F1. Sky’s practice coverage starts at 12.30am GMT on Friday morning whilst the qualifying program starts at 5am (or 2.45am if you’re brave enough to want to watch final practice). The race program on Sunday starts at 3.30am with “on the grid” coverage from 4.30am.

All the usual suspects from past seasons will be there: Martin Brundle, David Croft, Damon Hill and some new faces in Jenson Button and Karun Chandhok. Oh, and Ted Kravitz is there as well, of course. 

Channel 4 have just the one live race this year – the British Grand Prix – but their highlights packages start at midday on Saturday for qualifying and 2.30pm on Sunday for the race. 

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