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Sky Sports F1 launches tonight at 8pm on Sky 408, Virgin 516

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Sky’s new Formula One channel, Sky Sports F1, will launch on Sky and Virgin Media from 8pm tonight.

The channel will take viewers closer than ever to Formula One, with more action and analysis of all practice and qualifying sessions and every race throughout the 2012 season.

From launch, Sky Sports F1 will give viewers:

Every race live: From March to November, every moment of each race will be live in HD, without the interruption of adverts.

Live practice & qualifying: Every practice and qualifying session for each Grand Prix will be shown live on one channel, Sky Sports F1.

The full season in-depth: Over nine full months, viewers will have a wealth of programmes with in-depth interviews, archive action and weekly magazine shows.

Extra live content: Through Sky’s interactive service, fans can follow the action through on-board cameras, go behind the scenes with the teams in the pits, and follow race data, to take them further inside the sport.

GP2 and GP3 series: Sky Sports F1 will also include live coverage of both the GP2 and GP3 series.

The 12-round 2012 GP2 series will begin in Malaysia on 23-25 March and follows a global circuit through 10 countries. Sky Sports F1 will show the two races per weekend; a feature race and a shorter sprint race.

The first GP3 race of 2012 takes place in Barcelona, Spain on 11-13 May, followed by seven more races throughout the year, with the final race at Monza, Italy on 7-9 September 2012.

On Sky Sports F1 tonight:

The F1 Show (8pm/repeated at 11pm) – Martin Brundle and Damon Hill join Simon Lazenby and the entire Sky Sports F1 team to preview the upcoming 2012 season.

Formula One Legends (10pm) – Steve Rider speaks with two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi. The Brazilian spent ten years in the cockpit between 1970 and 1980.

Formula One Legends (10:30pm) – Steve Rider sits down with British racing great Sir Jackie Stewart. The former F1 driver spent eight years behind the wheel, winning three world championships in 1969, 1971 and 1973.

Also tonight, Sky Movies will premiere the BAFTA award winning film ‘Senna’ – which chronicles the monumental life and tragic death of motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna – Sky Premier at 10pm.

The Sky Sports F1 team:

Martin Brundle – Expert Analyst
David Croft – Commentator
Anthony Davidson – Expert Analyst
Damon Hill – Expert Analyst
Ted Kravitz – Reporter
Simon Lazenby – Presenter
Natalie Pinkham – Reporter
Steve Rider – Presenter
Georgie Thompson – Presenter
Rachel Brookes – SSN Reporter
Craig Slater – SSN Reporter

The channel will be provided at no extra charge to all Sky TV customers who take both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or the HD pack of channels.

It can be found on Sky channel 408, and Virgin Media channel 516.

Updated: Friday 9 March 2012