Australian Grand Prix 2018: Live TV Coverage on Sky Sports F1, Highlights on Channel 4

Australian Grand Prix 2018: Live TV Coverage on Sky Sports F1, Highlights on Channel 4
Updated on Friday 23 March 2018 by @TVNewsroom

The 2018 Formula One season gets underway this weekend (23-25 March) with the opening round at Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

Lewis Hamilton enters this campaign as the favourite to retain the title that he won last year, but is expected to face a stern challenge from the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and Sebastian Vettel, who claimed victory at this race 12 months ago.

TV coverage details are at the end of this page.

There’s a few changes to the 2018 season. McLaren terminated their engine partnership with Honda and instead signed a three-year deal for power units supplied by Renault.

Toro Rosso parted ways with Renault—allowing McLaren to finalise their agreement with Renault—and came to an agreement to use Honda power units, and Sauber renewed their partnership with Ferrari, upgrading to current-specification power units after having used year-old power units in 2017.

The French Grand Prix returns to the calendar for the first time since 2008. The race is due to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990.

The German Grand Prix will also return to the championship after a one-year absence, with the Hockenheimring scheduled to host the race.

A revision of the sport’s technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device —commonly known as the “halo ” — will be introduced for the 2018 championship.

The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that will see the device adopted by all open-wheel racing series by 2020.

As for the Australian Grand Prix, all five sessions – three rounds of practice, qualifying and the race – will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, while Channel 4 will have highlights of qualifying and the race.

Friday 23 March 2017

First Practice
12.30am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 1am start time

Second Practice
4.45am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 5am start time

Saturday 24 March 2017

Third Practice
2.45am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 3am start time

Qualifying
5am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 6am start time
1pm – Highlights – Channel 4

Sunday 25 March 2017

Race
4.30am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 6.10am start time
2.30pm – Highlights – Channel 4

The Carabao Cup fourth round draw will be made this evening, following the Brighton & Hove Albion v Portsmouth second round tie. The draw will be made on an either/or basis as the third round fixtures will not yet have... Read more

Sky Sports will broadcast more than 40 hours of live golf this week as the 2020 US Open takes place at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York. This is the second men’s major of the year and the first US... Read more

The televised schedule for week two of the 2020 National Football League season looks like this:

Sky Sports will once again show four fixtures from the next round of the 2020/21 Carabao Cup. The third round tie between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur will be shown live on Sky Sports from 6.00pm on Tuesday 22nd September.... Read more

Sky Sports today confirmed the new line up for Soccer Saturday following the departure of Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson. Host Jeff Stelling will be joined by regulars Paul Merson, Chris Kamara, Sue Smith, Clinton Morrison, Alan... Read more