There’s a quiet sense of relief across F1 fans based in Europe because the Spanish Grand Prix marks the beginning of a run of races that start around the massively convenient time of Sunday afternoon rather than the early mornings of Australia, Malaysia and China.  Of course, those of you based outside Europe won’t be as chuffed, but anyway, here’s Badger’s handy guide to what’s on and when for UK based fans.

The main events:

  • Qualifying – Saturday: 1pm – 2pm on BBC1, Red Button, Online and Radio 5Live (coverage to begin around midday)
  • Grand Prix – Sunday: 1pm onwards on BBC1 Red Button, Online and Radio 5Live (coverage to begin around midday)

For the more hardcore fans:

  • Practice 1 – Friday: 9am – 10.30am (Red Button, online and radio)
  • Practice 2 – Friday: 1pm – 2.30pm (Red Button, online and radio)
  • Practice 3 – Saturday: 10am – 11am (Red Button, online and radio)

Also, in case this isn’t enough for you, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Spanish GP is also the first round of the GP2 series – where many of our current F1 drivers have graduated from.  In a nutshell, it’s like F1 but a bit slower, with drivers that are likely to be unfamiliar, but with plenty of overtaking and incidents – all rather exciting.  Read Badger’s preview articles here and if you fancy watching it on telly it’s on British Eurosport and Setanta Sports 1.